Waiver Targets – Week 16

By Dave Moore (@davieremixed)

Congratulations/Commiserations* . You’re in the final or some horrendous 3rd/4th/5th/6th place* playoff. It’s all on the line and we’re in choppy waters as some players may get shut down for the final weeks of the season. *delete as appropriate

Let’s get to it…

Quarterback – Ryan Fitzpatrick – Miami Dolphins

There is literally no option I like this week who is going to be available for you. If you’re unfortunate enough to be stuck with Tom Brady & Jared Goff then maybe throw a dart at Ryan Fitzpatrick in the Tank Bowl between Miami & Cincinnati this Sunday but the matchups for the QBs that aren’t Top 10 are just pretty unfavourable.

Running Back – Mike Boone – Minnesota Vikings

Dalvin Cook went out of the game against the Chargers with a fresh injury and could miss next week’s huge game at home to Green Bay. With Alexander Mattison also missing Sunday’s game this could open up opportunities for Boone who bagged two scores thanks to those aforementioned injuries.

If – like me – Cook has carried your team to the playoffs then maybe look at snapping Boone up incase Cook can’t go against Green Bay.

Wide Receiver – Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins

Are we thinking OROY for McLaurin? He’s got to be in the consideration as he’s been a huge bright spot for a team that has had a terrible year.

This week’s matchup is against the Giants and after he went for 5/130/1 against the Eagles I am backing him to have another big week against the G-Men in what we should be calling Chase Young Bowl.

Tight End – Noah Fant – Denver Broncos

I think we can give Drew Lock & the Broncos a pass against a superb Chiefs team in treacherous conditions. I think most QBs would struggle to get any sort rhythm going, let alone against the team who is a lock to be playing the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.

Despite that, Fant had 56 reception yards and I expect that to continue against the Lions who give up a touch under 8 fantasy points per game to Tight Ends.

Waiver Wire Week 14

by Dave Moore (@davieremixed)

For some of you, your playoffs have already started or start this week. For others, it’s do or die, now or never. Let’s get into who you should target for that final push…

Quarterback – Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers

At face value this could be a bit of a stretch against a New Orleans team that has been a real strong point for the Saints this season and arguably carried them through the Brees-less stretch earlier in the season.

However, a lot of their success has come from stopping from the run and they are liable to give up chunk plays (see DJ Moore’s TD two weeks ago). They hover around mid-table for passing yards given up per game as well as passing TDs against per game so if someone binned Jimmy G off due to the tricky 49ers schedule, this may be a wildcard grab for you to consider.

Running Back – Rashaad Penny – Seattle Seahawks

This is an absolute must after he and Chris Carson ran all over the Vikings on Monday Night/Tuesday Morning Football.

Penny got over 100 scrimmage yards off 20 touches with two scores to boot, that’s two big games in a row after the bye week and a matchup against the Rams seems to be favourable after their struggles against a similar team in the Ravens recently.

After the Rams this week the Seahawks face a favourable trip to the Panthers and a home game against the Cardinals so this is a player you can bank on for the duration of your season.

Wide Receiver – James Washington – Pittsburgh Steelers

This is partly predicated on JuJu not playing. However, if the WR1 does take the field against the Cardinals I assume Patrick Peterson will cover him for the majority of the game leaving Washington carry on his good form from the last couple of weeks.

It’s evident that Duck Hodges is the better QB for Pittsburgh’s offense and playoff aspirations. The Cards are #32 against the pass and with Washington going off for 111 yards and a touchdown off four receptions against a not-terrible Browns I expect a similar line against a team whose season is emphatically over.

Tight End – Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins

I did not expect to be putting a Dolphins player in here at any stage this season but hats off to FitzMagic, he’s doing wonderful things in Florida alongside his renegade kicking team.

Gesicki has caught a TD in each of the last two weeks and the Jets are something of a confusing mess. They can turn the Cowboys over, blow the Raiders out and then get blown out by the *checks notes* THE WINLESS BENGALS?!

Additionally, Gesicki has had at least six targets in each of the last five games and caught six of six against the Jets back in week 9 for a total of 95 yards.

Waiver Wire – Week 12

By Andy Moore (@ajmoore21)

With your fantasy play off games fast approaching we’ve got you covered for week 12, which kicks off in Houston with the Colts visiting the Texans on Thursday.

Quarterback – Jeff Driskel (Detroit Lions)

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With Matthew Stafford potentially out for six weeks, Driskell could be the stream play that pushes you into the postseason in your league. The former Florida Gator was solid on Sunday against the Cowboys, passing for 209 yards and 2 TDs, whilst adding another 51 yards and a TD on the ground.

Driskel spread the ball around against Dallas, with Marvin Jones Jr, Danny Amendola and Kenny Golladay all being targeted 5 times in the loss, Jones was by far the most productive of those receivers with his 2 TD afternoon building on a string of impressive performances.

The Lions face the woeful Washington Redskins in week 12, a great chance for Driskel to punish a defence that is ranked the worst against the pass in the NFL. If Stafford’s injury does side-line him for six weeks, Driskel will also play against a dubious Tampa secondary in the middle of the fantasy play offs.

Running Back – Jonathan Williams (Indianapolis Colts)

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The Colts steamrolled over the Jags in week 11 with two running backs breaking the 100 yards line on the ground. The second of those backs was 4th year Arkansas product, Jonathan Williams. Taking over from the injured Marlon Mack (who has a fractured hand), Williams turned his 13 carries into a career best 116 yards and caught a pass to add a further 31 yards through the air.

Mack has already been ruled out for Thursday’s matchup against the Texans and based on Sunday’s performance it’d be a fairly safe bet to say Williams takes over as the bell cow in Houston. Should Mack be held out longer, Williams would face a mixed bag of run defenses, including the Titans, Buccs and Saints in coming weeks.

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Wide Receiver – Taylor Gabriel (Chicago Bears)

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I know, I know, the Bears Quarterback situation isn’t in good shape whatsoever, with Mitch Trubisky pulled from the game in the 4th quarter against the Rams. Matt Nagy has since said that Trubisky was struggling with an injury of some sorts and he wasn’t benched, laying the ground for him to return at QB next week.

That’s good news for Taylor Gabriel who took advantage of Allan Robinson’s quiet night (think Jalen Ramsey) on Sunday, turning 14 targets and 7 catches into 91 yards. The former Atlanta Falcon has seen two fairly productive weeks despite dubious QB play and looks set to continue that against a leaky New York Giants secondary.

Pick him up now as a solid Flex option and he could contribute against the G-men and the Lions the following week.

Tight End – Ryan Griffin (New York Jets)

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The Jets routed the Redskins on Sunday, in what must have been a relief for under fire Coach, Adam Gase, and 2nd overall pick, Sam Darnold, who looked every inch the Franchise Quarterback in an impressive performance. A large part of the supporting cast that helped him on his way was Ryan Griffin, who caught 5 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown.

The former Houston Texan has put in three solid fantasy performances this season, against the Dolphins, Jacksonville and on Sunday against the ‘skins. However, it’s Griffin’s next three matchups which offer potential points for fantasy players, the Jets host a Raiders defense which gives up an average of 60 yards and a touchdown each game to Tight Ends, before facing off against the dumpster fire Bengals and Dolphins.

With Chris Herndon now on IR, Griffin is a good option and certainly worth adding.

Waiver Wire – Week 11

By Andy Goddard (@godsy1985)

Another week passes in the NFL and yet more injuries to worry about! With Tyler Lockett spending time in hospital, George Kittle missing this week with a knee/ankle injury and Austin Hooper suffering a sprained MCL, a lot of you will need to look at bolstering your numbers through the waiver wire.

Here are some players you should look out for and put a claim on.

Quarterback – Ryan Tannehill (Tennessee Titans) – owned by 46%

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Ryan Tannehill is coming off of an impressive performance against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 10 where he completed 13 of 19 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 37 yards on three carries. Although he is on a bye in week 12, he may be worth stashing in deeper leagues. Upcoming games against the Raiders in week 14 and the Texans in week 15 give Tannehill a chance to put up decent fantasy numbers. He has scored at least 22 fantasy points in four consecutive weeks.

Derrick Henry is doing most of the heavy lifting in the Titans offense however, this should open up opportunities for Tannehill in the passing game. He certainly showed late on against the Chiefs that he can lead this offense! Tannehill’s stock is on the rise so you should get in quickly if he hasn’t already been claimed in your league.

Running Back – Brian Hill (Atlanta Falcons) – owned by 1%

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The Falcons are suffering at running back. After the team placed Ito Smith on IR on Saturday, Devonta Freeman suffered a foot sprain against the Saints on Sunday. This presented an opportunity for Brian Hill, and he could be the perfect pick up for a team in need at the running back position. 

Hill took advantage of his extended role to the tune of 61 yards on 20 carries plus a 10 yard touchdown catch. With the injuries pilling up he has a real shot at being the starting back for the high-powered Falcons who are coming up against a Carolina Panthers defense that ranks in the bottom 10 against running backs in fantasy this season.

How much action Hill gets will depend on the outcome of Freemans’s MRI but put a claim on him now, otherwise someone else will!

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Wide Receiver – Deebo Samuel (San Francisco 49ers) – owned by 20%

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With Emmanuel Sanders picking up an injury on Monday night, Deebo Samuel could legitimately be the number 1 receiver in San Francisco if Sanders misses any time. He stepped up when Sanders went down in the week 10 loss against the Seahawks, finishing the game with 8 catches for 112 yards.

Samuel has struggled to separate himself from the niners crowded receiver corp so far this season but the injury to Sanders could ultimately be the break that Samuel needs to really showcase his undeniable talents.

The 49er’s have a favourable matchup against the Cardinals in week 11.

Tight End – Kyle Rudolph ( Minnesota Vikings) – owned by 26%

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So it would appear that Kyle Rudolph is a thing again?! With four touchdowns in the past four games, it certainly looks that way. He is averaging around 5 targets and 11.2 fantasy points per game over this period. Unless you have one of the top 5 tight ends, to gain a decent number of fantasy points you are very touchdown dependant but Rudolph does have a good matchup in week 11 against the Broncos. Maybe the touchdown streak continues?

With Adam Thielen hurt, Rudolph was always likely to gain a few more targets. Thielen’s status is currently unclear for week 11 but Rudolph should still be a good option if you are needing a tight end.

Week 10 Waivers

By Adil Khan Deshmukh (@dillytoon)

We’re heading into the crunch weeks in fantasy football as we hit that beautiful path towards the playoffs. Here we’ll take a look at who you should be targeting in this week’s waiver wire.

Quarterback – Ryan Tannehill (Tennessee Titans) – owned by 8%

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A good streaming option for this week in the quarterback position is the man under centre at Nissan Stadium. Tannehill has been a serviceable fantasy quarterback for the last three weeks, with him scoring 21.5 points per game on average. That has resulted in him being the QB5 throughout those weeks. In two of those games he has topped 300 passing yards and has thrown for 6 TDs plus a rushing TD to boot. 

A home tie versus Kansas City awaits, and with the potential return of Mahomes for the Chiefs; the Titans could be forced to throw the ball a lot. The Titans have a bye in week 11, so if you’re looking for a one week streaming option or some much needed bye-week help; look towards Tannehill and snap him up.

Running Back – Ronald Jones II (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – owned by 38.1%

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The second year back out of USC has finally been named the starting running back for the foreseeable future. Since the Bucs have returned from bye, Jones has out-touched Peyton Barber 32-15, managing a 18 rushes for 67 yards and a TD stat line in the game at CenturyLink Field during week 9. 

Jones is likely to be available in the majority of leagues and two of the next three matchups are favourable. Week 10 sees the Bucs face the Cardinals and in week 12 they face the hapless Falcons. Jones is likely to occupy your flex spot during those weeks, so snap him up off waivers before somebody else does!

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Wide Receiver – Jamison Crowder (New York Jets) – owned by 54.7%

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Now that Darnold is back from his bout with Mono, Jamison Crowder has returned to fantasy relevance. In the week 9 bout with Dolphins, Crowder amassed 83 yards from 8 receptions and a score. For those in PPR leagues, a 22.3 point haul from a guy who’s most likely to have been occupying a flex position is incredible value. Darnold has really struggled to stretch the field consistently since coming back, dispelling hopes of a Robby Anderson return to fantasy form, and this has resulted in him finding Crowder repeatedly for short yardage gains. 

Week 10 sees the Jets face the Giants in the battle of the Meadowlands, a matchup that is most likely to be very favourable to Crowder. When you factor in the next 5 games into the picture, Crowder could be absolutely vital to your fantasy hopes. After the Giants, they face the Redskins, Raiders, Bengals and the Dolphins; a mouthwatering stretch for all you fantasy fiends.

Wide Receiver – DeVante Parker (Miami Dolphins) – owned by 22.9%

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As long as Fitzpatrick us under centre for the Dolphins, there is some viability to Parker for your fantasy team, particularly for PPR leagues.

In each of the past 5 games for the Dolphins, Parker has managed to score over 10 fantasy points in PPR. There have been 4 touchdowns in 5 of those games, and the team is likely to throw the ball a lot considering their QB and the likelihood of them falling behind. This week’s opposition in the Colts doesn’t provide that juicy matchup that a lot are looking for, however he will be serviceable as a flex player.

Also, if you manage to make it into the playoffs, the stretch through weeks 14-16 are great as they face the Jets, Giants and the Bengals.

Waiver Wire – Week 9

By Andy Goddard (@godsy1985)

With the Rams and Saints on their bye week and a long list of injuries building up within the NFL, there should still be plenty of options to help improve your team on the waiver wire.

Quarterback – Sam Darnold (NY Jets) – owned by 38%

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Darnold shouldn’t be seeing too many ghosts this week as he leads his NY Jets against a Miami Dolphins team that are struggling to get pressure on quarterbacks. Brian Flores is trying to run a similar defensive scheme as his old employers (New England Patriots) but without the talent level.

There are some concerns regarding Darnold’s health as he is currently struggling with injuries to both his thumb and toe, and his seven interceptions over the past two games don’t make good reading but hear me out. Every quarterback who has gone up against the Dolphins this season has scored at least two touchdowns and the QBs have at least 19 fantasy points in every game.

The Jets have a relatively easy schedule in the coming weeks as well, as they take on the Giants (2-6), Washington (1-7), Oakland (3-4), Cincinnati (0-8) and Miami (0-7) again! Darnold showed against the Cowboys that he can put up decent fantasy numbers so don’t be put off by the last few weeks.

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Running Back – Jaylen Samuels (Pittsburgh Steelers) – owned by 35%

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Samuels could well be the starting running back this week for the Steelers after James Connor and Benny Snell both picked up injuries against the Dolphins on Monday night. Without knowing their status, it’s difficult to gauge just how much action Samuels will see but even if one of the two are out, Samuels will get some carries.

The Steelers play the Colts in week 9 and whist it isn’t the ideal matchup for Samuels, he could be a good flex option if Conner is out.

If Conner misses an extended period of time, Samuels could be your ticket into the playoffs.

Wide Receiver – Danny Amendola (Detroit Lions) – owned by 41%

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Amendola has stepped it up the past two weeks with 16 catches for 200 yards from his 19 targets. This upturn in production has coincided with the injury to Kerryon Johnson and the Lions struggles to run the ball.

Amendola started the season well with seven catches for 104 yards against the Cardinals but then disappeared for the next four games but that shouldn’t happen this time around. With a week 9 visit to Oakland coming up he should continue to produce good fantasy numbers.

The Raiders are ranked 27th in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers so he is worth a starting berth in the flex.

Tight End – Dallas Goedert ( Philadelphia Eagles) – owned by 15%

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Goedert is outperforming Zach Ertz and is worth trying to pick up in deeper leagues as a low end starter. In the previous three games, Goedert has scored two touchdowns and racked up 139 yards from 12 receptions (17 targets).

This has resulted in at least 9 fantasy points for each game. During the same span of games, Ertz has just eight catches for 112 yards and 0 touchdowns.

This week the Eagles are taking on the Bears and whilst I would still start Ertz over Goedert, Goedert could actually prove to be the better pick come the end of the season.

Waiver Wire – Week 8

by Paul Maughan (@morny7)

We’re at that point in the fantasy season where those projections of August have all set to rot (NFL.com told me I was going 14-0, and now I’m desperately hoping Josh Allen and Michael Gallup can save my season!).

This is where a real skilful eye for talent and projections can make a difference, and those of you wanting to get ahead scour the internet for that sort of intelligent insight. For the rest of you, here’s my tips for your Waiver Wire pick-ups for the week!

QB – Kirk Cousins – 38.8% Ownership – NFL.Fantasy

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It turns out that, once Mike Zimmer dragged himself into modern football and allowed his quarterback to actually throw the ball, he isn’t actually too bad. Cousins will never be a top-of-the-league elite passer, but he’s still above-average and starting to put up the numbers to somewhat justify his crazy contract.

The fact that less than 40% of the league own him is bizarre, and considering the Vikings coming schedules offer inviting games for offenses (including a revenge game against the Redskins on Thursday night), and he could be a great pick-up. Just forget the fact that we all spent most the last 12 months laughing at him, and pay attention that he’s averaging 24 fantasy points a game over the last three weeks.

RB – Jamaal Williams – 31.4% – NFL.Fantasy

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Aaron Jones gets the overwhelming amount of rushing yards, understandably, but Williams is still being spotted in. More importantly, for those in PPR leagues, Williams is being trusted by Rodgers and was targeted 5 times in Sunday’s dismissal of the Raiders.

He isn’t a guaranteed home run but in deep leagues, where the choices will be very, very limited, he’s a decent option to have in a flex spot, especially with upcoming games against the defences of the Chiefs and Chargers. A relatively high floor player with potential to go-off – go and get him and hope he has a historic week.

WR – Jamison Crowder – 30.6% – NFL.Fantasy

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He’s average, he’s playing for an average (green-tinted glasses alert!) team, but so far with Darnold he’s been a PPR monster. Averaging 5 fantasy points and less-than 3 receptions a game with Luke Falk, in his two games with Spleeny Sam he’s totalled a colossal 20 receptions and 40 fantasy points!

He’s basically a dump-off haven and in Gase’s system is going to flourish as long as is playing with a QB who isn’t, well, Luke Falk. He’s already had a bye-week so pick him up now and watch the greasy, slippy PPR points roll in.

TE – Ben Watson – 10.1% – NFL.Fantasy

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He’s an experienced, reliable Tight-End playing for the savviest team in the NFL, with the most reliable passer who is a master at spreading the ball around. Why wouldn’t you be picking up Benjamin Watson?

The Patriots are clearly trying to add a Gronk-replacement in the OJ Howard rumours are true, but until they do Watson is their best shout, especially with the Matt LaCrosse/Ryan Izzo fitness troubles and Eric Tomlinson being pretty awful at football. It’s a tough game picking up Tight-Ends outside of the big 3 or 4 at the top, so go and get him while he’s still available. He may get dumped off by them again soon, but with an upside of such potential, he’s a risk definitely worth-taking.

Fantasy – Waiver Pick Ups – Week 7

by Rob Grimwood – @FFBritBaller

How can we already be nearly half way through the fantasy season? Crazy, isn’t it. Nonetheless, as bye weeks hit full throttle with a plethora of elite fantasy talent ineligible for your week 7 rosters, waiver pick-ups over the next week or two are pivotal to maintaining winning weeks for your teams.

Let’s get to it…

Quarterback – Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars55% owned ESPN

With Jameis Winston and Baker Mayfield on bye in week 7 (should you somehow still be trusting these QB’s in your fantasy teams!) Minshew has a great match-up in Cincinnati, and will be a great plug and play this week for any owners that need QB help.

Despite only putting up 4 fantasy points in week 6, Minshew had given fantasy owners no less than 15 points per game since the beginning of the season. Look for a bounce-back here from currently the most popular man in the NFL, especially as the Bengals are leaking the 4th most points to opposing QB’s on a week to week basis.

Running Back – Benny Snell Jr, Pittsburgh Steelers2.1% owned ESPN

I could be telling you to pick up Adrian Peterson here like the majority of analysts will likely be doing this week. Peterson has a very hard schedule coming up, and one good week versus the hapless Dolphins does not sell me i’m afraid.

Yes, I know Benny Snell is on bye this upcoming week, but after the bye the Steelers face the aforementioned hapless Dolphins. With Jaylen Samuel still likely out and James Conner yet to break 55 rushing yards in a game this season, Snell could well be playing himself into a decent workload for Pittsburgh. 17 carries for 75 yards against the Chargers in week 6 says he’s ready to prove his worth.

Wide Receiver – Golden Tate, New York Giants 63.2% owned ESPN

I can’t believe Tate is still available in more than a third of leagues. You realise he is literally the only proven receiver in that organisation right now with Sheperd and Engram out, right?

With those pair still likely questionable at best in week 7, and with a favourable match-up against a Cardinals secondary that gives away 23 standard fantasy points to receivers on average each week, Tate is a solid pick up and play for the Godwin/Evans/Moore/Juju/OBJ owners.

It’s a mini bye-nado this week with all of those elite fantasy stars out on a bye week, so if you’re still on the hunt, also consider Dede Westbrook (70% owned) who faces the Bengals, Dante Pettis (26.2% owned) whose target share increased last week and faces the porous Redskins or John Brown (57% owned) who currently is a fringe WR2 in fantasy that has that juicy inter-division match-up against Miami in week 7.

Tight End – Jordan Akins, Houston Texans7.6% owned ESPN

It’s pretty skinny, as always on the Tight End waiver front. But Akins has been seeing his fair share of targets over the last 4 weeks including a breakout game against the Chargers (3 receptions for 73 yards and 2 TD’s) in week 3.

The schedule is the most intriguing factor behind this pickup. Indianapolis and Oakland both find themselves in the top 5 for most fantasy points given away to opposing tight ends so far this season. With the Colts coming to Houston next week and the Raiders being the Texans opposition in week 8, Akins could have some fantasy relevance.

Quick mention to Hunter Henry, who is some of the more casual leagues will be on your waivers. Make sure you invest a heavy dosage of FAAB on the Chargers’ tight end, especially if you are short in this position.

Eyes peeled.