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.

Fantasy Waivers: Week 3

By Adil Khan Deshmukh – @dillytoon

Where did the first two weeks of the season go?

We hope you picked up Terry McLaurin and John Ross over the last week as they produced stellar fantasy performances in Week 2. Let’s take a look at the guys that you should be looking to acquire ahead of Week 3.

Josh Allen – Quarterback, Buffalo Bills – owned by 30%

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Week 2 was the demise of a couple of veteran quarterbacks, with Drew Brees tearing ligaments in his hand (6 weeks injury) and Ben Roethlisberger ruled out of the rest of the season with an elbow injury. So if you’re licking your wounds from losing your QB, or you’re in the business of streaming your QB, we have found your guy.

Allen is surprisingly undervalued in fantasy terms, particularly as he was the QB2 for the final 5 games of the 2018 fantasy season (we don’t count wk17). So far after two weeks in the 2019 season, he is QB12 and has come off a decent fantasy performance versus the New York Giants (22.1 points). He has thrown for over 250 yards in both games this season, a feat he didn’t achieve in his rookie year. With Allen’s propensity to scoring rushing TDs (scored in both games this season) and with a plus matchup in their home season debut versus the Bengals, look to him to be your QB going forward. 

Raheem Mostert – Running Back, San Francisco 49ers – owned by 11%

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The 49ers have been sneaky good to start the season, with them starting the season 2-0. Jimmy G looks good and the running back duo of Breida and Mostert both are playing well and that’s before we get to the master of vulture Jeff Wilson. 

Mostert in week 2 rushed for 83 yards on 13 carries and had 3 catches for 68 yards and a TD. The Niners face a struggling Pittsburgh side next, who may struggle to keep the offense on the field after their spate of injuries. Mostert will have a lot of flex appeal in week 3, ahead of their week 4 bye so pick him up and reap the rewards.

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DJ Chark – Wide Receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars – owned by 22.2%

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Chark over the first two games has performed more than admirably, particularly as they have lost their franchise QB Nick Foles to injury. Week 1 he scored 24.6 points in full-PPR, by way of 4 receptions for 146 yards and a TD, and then followed that up with 7 receptions for 55 yards and a TD in Houston. 

The second week performance was key, as this came with the brilliantly named Gardner Minshew under centre. Now the schedule is not that kind to the Jaguars, with them facing the Titans, Broncos and the Panthers in their next three outings. Pick him up and matchup dependent stick him in your flex.

Demarcus Robinson – Wide Receiver, Kansas City Chiefs – owned by 1.1%

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The human cheat code. Yes, you know who we’re talking about – Patrick Mahomes. He elevates guys on his offense from relative unknowns to fantasy superstars. 

Week 2 was the turn of Demarcus Robinson to ‘ball-out’ with an incredulous 6 catches for 172 yards and 2TDs. Four of the Chiefs receiving corps scored over 10 points in full-PPR and with Tyreek Hill out for an unknown period of time we can expect the targets to remain spread as Mahomes continues to blitz the league. Week 3 brings the matchup against the Ravens, who just let Kyler Murray throw for 349 yards on them. Robinson was on the field for 69% of snaps so look to him to provide your x-factor in the coming weeks.

Greg Olsen – Tight End, Carolina Panthers – owned by 58.7%

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The old man is back to producing fantasy performances! If you are one of those that do not own Kelce, Ertz, Kittle or Andrews; you’re probably scrambling to find the guy who will obtain a reasonable number of points at the TE position. In week 2, Olsen had a stat line of 6 receptions for 110 yards for a massive 17 points in PPR.

This has all happened whilst Cam Newton has been nothing short of disappointing with his inability/refusal to move around the pocket. Next up for the Panthers is a trip to Arizona and their swiss cheese defense in relation to covering the tight end. In the first two weeks, they have given up 131 yards/1TD to Hockensen and 112 yards/1TD to Andrews. Look to Olsen to provide that matchup specific stellar performance when you’re in need.