By Jake L-B (@JakeLB12)
With a quarter of the season already in the books, it’s by now you *generally* have a feel for your team. Whether you’re cruising at 4-0 or making your league counterparts feel better about themselves at 0-4, you pretty much have your guys sussed. Be that as it may, we all need to dip into the waiver wire from time to time, so let’s get to it.
Jacoby Brissett– Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts – owned by 47% (ESPN)
It’s not usually my style to sell you on a player who just marked the worst completion percentage by a Colts QB since 2009 on throws more than 5 yards downfield, but hey, the fantasy numbers don’t lie. Consistency has been key for Jacoby Jajuan Brissett (say that three times quickly for you reading along at home) this season, averaging 19 points a game and so far keeping up his end of the bargain.
This week, he lines up against a very friendly Chiefs defense who provide one of the weakest pass rushes in the league, laying claim to the 7th lowest pressure rate on opposing QB’s. Unfortunately, it looks like the Colts might be without T.Y. Hilton, which is obviously a big blow, but here’s an interesting stat for you which might ease your hesitation: Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes have thrown 10 touchdowns this season, which ties the league lead. They share this record with one other person. Who is the third person? Our man Jacoby.
In a pretty even AFC South, I’d consider him a solid option for the remainder of the year.
Jaylen Samuels – Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers – owned by 30%
Now hear me out. Jaylen Samuels is still the number 2 guy for the Black and Yellow behind James Conner, but this past Monday night *could* be a glimpse into the wacky wildcat future that awaits. James Conner had 10 carries, which is exactly what Samuels got. Conner also received 8 targets, and again so did Samuels. See what’s happening here? Granted, it was against a miserable Bengals D, but the point remains: In Pittsburgh’s first win of the season, the load was split down the middle and the rewards were reaped. And before I forget, Samuels went 3 for 3 on, ahem, passing attempts. That’s bonus points you literally never dreamt of.
Next up it’s a divisional grudge match against the reeling Ravens, who just let Nick Chubb go all Forrest Gump on them (165 yards, 3 TDs). To say this Ravens defense is susceptible is an understatement – back to back -6 point weeks in scoring will do that for you. Throw that in with the Steelers feeling a bit frisky after last week, there’s some potential here for Sunday and going forward.
Geronimo Allison – Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers– owned by 33%
Because of the awesome name Geronimo Allison alone, you shouldn’t really need anything else from me, but I’ll give it a go. The 3rd year undrafted free agent has had a mixed start to the season for the Cheeseheads, only to seemingly deliver the goods every other week. However, his luck may be about to change. Davante Adams, the undoubted stalwart of the receiver corpse, is out (at time of writing) with turf toe, which could mean 1-2 weeks out. Apart from Marquez Valdes-Scantling and the eternal Jimmy Graham, Aaron Rodgers needs somebody to throw the ball to.
Geronimo saw 4 targets last week, catching 3 with one being for a touchdown. This Sunday, despite facing off against a stubborn Cowboys defense (only 887 yards allowed for the season through the air, 10th in league for teams who have played 4 games) the chance for his targets to double, even triple is feasible.
If he seizes the opportunity here, the potential for more volume down the road is in play with MVS proving to be a bit patchy, shall we say.
Auden Tate– Wide Receiver, Cincinatti Bengals – owned by 3.2%
Quietly, very quietly, is a possible breakout campaign from the 7th round pick from last years draft. Auden Tate has 11 receptions in 3 weeks for the Bengals, not to mention leading the team in receiving yards for the 2nd straight week. Now, his production could be about to skyrocket after the news that John Ross has been sidelined for a few weeks. Don’t forget A.J. Green either, who although on the backend of recovery now, will surely be off the pace to being with.
Matchups are important, that goes without saying, but with Andy Dalton hellbent on slinging the ball as much as possible (only Kyler Murray, Matt Ryan and Jared Goff have thrown the ball more), Tate is in a good spot for a little while yet.
Benjamin Watson – Tight End, New England Patriots – owned by 5.3%
Remember him? The 38 year old has just completed a 4 game suspension and looks set to be the number 1 TE for a team who know their stuff when it comes to the position. Tom Brady’s current TE duo, Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo, have only 4 catches combined this season, which isn’t exactly ideal. But before you cross off the browser window in disgust, just remember big Benjamin Watson and the Golden Boy have history. Back in his rookie year of 2004, Watson went on to get himself a Super Bowl ring as part of his new/old/current team. He also went to have 5 fruitful years with the franchise.
As long as you aren’t anticipating Gronkowski-esque numbers at a position that’s so thin its scary, Watson is worth a roll of the dice for a Pats team that, you know, puts up a lot of points.