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
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
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
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
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.