Believe it or not, we are past the mid-point of the fantasy regular season. Where does the time go? Although for some fans, the past several weeks have been torture. Lucky for them, they can push that pain down and lift their spirits with a competitive fantasy team.
If you are in the hunt, now is the time to be aggressive and make your team the unstoppable
juggernaut that it should be! OK, that is a bit much, but you get the point. I can’t help it, I’m excited for the stretch run!
This week offers some tempting waiver wire assets. Eligible players are based on the rostered average of less than 45% from three major fantasy websites (Yahoo!, CBS sports, & My Fantasy league) and then listed by value. Let’s dive right in by position…
Tua Tagovailoa (42%): Remember when he was more highly regarded than Justin Herbert? Well, he hasn’t lost any potential and he has been handed the reins to the Dolphins offense. Ryan Fitzpatrick was a solid fantasy QB2 and the Miami coaching staff must think the world of Tua to simply replace him. There may be some bumps in the road, but if you need a QB2, he is a good gamble.
Baker Mayfield (34%): He just lost OBJ, and that isn’t going to help. But he has more than adequate weapons to keep producing. He can be frustrating since he likes to complete passes to the other team and his yardage totals are underwhelming. However, he also averages over 2 TDs per game and he is quite consistent with 2+ TD passes in 5 of 7 games.
Jimmy Garoppolo (36%): It has been a wild ride so far for the Niners QB. Much of that can be chalked up to their absolute inability to maintain a somewhat healthy roster. It would be highly unlikely for that bad luck continue. Jimmy G won’t wow you with eye-popping games, but he is a serviceable QB2.
Daniel Jones (37%): Danny Dimes has had a rough sophomore season. With solid weapons, you expect more out of him on a weekly basis. Losing Saquon certainly didn’t help matters. But there is a silver lining! He has a brutal schedule for quarterbacks so far and his second half should be at least marginally better than his first.
Lamical Perine (37%): With Bell off to Kansas City, that leaves Perine to share duties with Frank Gore.The Jets have little reason to feed the veteran Gore when they need to see what their 4th round pick has to offer for the future. Production will be very sporadic considering the nature of… well… the Jets. But a decent volume should be there.
JaMychal Hasty (44%): This is a “situation-based” play. Playing running back in San Fran definitely provides opportunity due to the play-calling and Shanahan’s willingness to use any and every back. This may only be a temporary fix, but he could be very productive if given the opportunity. The only healthy back on the current roster is Jerick McKinnon, which is kind of ironic. Mostert is out until week 10 and Wilson is out until week 12. Tevin Coleman “can” come back this week, but there is no evidence that he will be rushed back and resume a heavy workload.
Tony Pollard (34%): I fear for the health of any back behind that Dallas offensive line. Although, Pollard gets about 10 touches per game playing behind Zeke. That level of usage is a bit surprising but may grow considering the season they are having.
Nyheim Hines (37%): Only if you have to. Much more valuable in PPR format since he will get targeted a handful of times per game which makes up the vast majority of his value.
Preston Williams (42%): He seems to be all the way back from his knee injury of 2019. I’d be more confident in the gunslinging of Fitzpatrick, but the unknowns surrounding Tua include positives as well.
Jalen Reagor (31%): He was just activated from the IR. He may not be as proficient as Fulgham as a professional WR yet, but his ability is unmistakable. With the dearth of healthy NFL talent in Philly, he should see a good share of touches. Especially considering Pederson’s creativity.
Nelson Agholor (17%): It appears he is building quite a rapport with Carr. Even if week 7’s breakout was an aberration, he has had 3 straight games with TDs. It will be interesting to see how the return of Bryan Edwards will play out, but his role as the deep threat probably doesn’t change that much.
Brandon Aiyuk (34%): The Niners are not an explosive passing offense but his opportunity in the next few weeks will be difficult to pass up. Deebo Samuel injured his hamstring at New England this past weekend and Aiyuk steps in as WR1. It will mostly be temporary, but worth it.
Rashard Higgins (4%): In the absence of OBJ, Higgins could be in for a huge jump in production. My only reservation is the return of KhaDarel Hodge who returns from IR this week. He had beaten out Higgins for the WR3 role in camp and there is healthy concern about where and how both will be used. Higgins “could” be a fantastic return on investment. I think he will be a polarizing player through waivers this week. I’d rather shoot for the moon and miss than to never take a shot. Just apply the right amount of caution if he is your target.
Curtis Samuel (29%): Don’t expect big numbers, but Carolina makes it a point to get him several touches per game. They look for ways to involve him in the passing game, jet sweeps, and even on the goal line. He just doesn’t provide the splash plays that everyone had expected.
Logan Thomas (28%): He isn’t seeing as many targets as he did in the beginning of the season, but with Allen under center he has made the most out of the limited opportunities. Plus, many of those earlyseason targets were off the mark. The former college QB has averaged 51 yards and 1 TD over the last couple of games.
Irv Smith (19%): For me, this is a bit of a mystery. On a team in need of a solid third option, Smith has gone almost completely ignored for most of the season. He had only 2 catches in the first 4 games combined! However, we may be seeing an effort to get him involved in the offense. Over his past two games he has averaged 4 receptions and almost 60 yards. This is either a two-week blip on the radar, or the beginning of what everyone had anticipated to see from the 2019 2nd rounder. Tight ends typically take some time to develop so I’d lean toward the latter. Also, with a position this short on options, gambling on a breakout from a young free agent has little downside.
Trey Burton (26%): Upon his return from the IR, Burton compiled 16 targets, a receiving TD, and a rushing TD. They obviously like his versatility, but his snaps will be limited by the expected return of Mo Allie-Cox in week 8.
Drew Sample (10%): He rarely leaves the field for the Bengals. Over the past 5 games, he has logged 88% of their offensive snaps. In comparison, that is more snaps that Tyler Boyd, A.J. green, and Tee Higgins! Unfortunately that doesn’t lead to may receptions. 3+ targets for 25 yards on average. That isn’t going to impress anyone, but if you are desperate to fill the position, you want someone who is on the field.
Albert Okwuegbunam (5%): His last name is pronounced “O-coo-WAY-boo-nahm”. Now, he had a bit of a breakout this past week getting time (40% of offensive snaps) and leading the team in receptions as he caught all 7 of his targets. That may just be one game of strategy, matchups, and situation that worked in his favor. But again, if you are desperate at this rather shallow position, taking a shot on a young
player has little downside.
Good luck this week on your matchups!