This week hit a lot of people hard with injuries and a lot of people are looking to the waiver wire for a short term solution to their injury woes.
Below is my priority for this week’s waiver wire options. I used ESPN ownership percentage and picked players under 50 percent owned.
The FAAB portion is a rough range of what I would spend on these players. You know your league better than I do. I am in two FAAB leagues and they run completely different in terms of how much a potential starting running back will go for.
Unless you are desperate or in a league deeper than 12 teams I would not recommend going over the high-end for any of these budgets.
The following order is how I would want them in a vacuum. For example I would want McKinnon over Dwayne Washington, but I would prefer Washington at his lower expected price than McKinnon at his expected price.
For this week I think my strategy for waivers would be to let league mates use 30-50% on the high-end names while you sit back and grab less exciting names that should provide decent production.
For the column referring to the waiver claims. If your league resets the waiver priority every week disregard that and just use your waiver claim any time you can. No point in saving it so you can get the best available player someone dropped.
|Player||Pos||FAAB||Burn waiver claim?|
|7||Cameron Artis-Payne||RB||7%||Only if you really need a RB|
|8||Fozzy Whittaker||RB||7%||Only if you really need a RB|
|16||Matt Ryan||QB||0-3%||Need a QB streamer and no other options|
|19||Giants||D/ST||0-3%||Need a D/ST streamer and no other options|
|20||Buccaneers||D/ST||0-3%||Need a D/ST streamer and no other options|
- Jerick McKinnon – No clue on how long Peterson will be out. He will be the more talented half of a RBBC while Peterson is out, but wont get goal line work. The other downside here is once the starter returns he has no chance of being usable.
- Tyrell Williams – If you didn’t grab him last week you will need to pay up now. His speed and size are going to look mighty nice when Rivers is looking for a new go to receiver.
- Kenyan Drake – I don’t think the Dolphins want Ajayi to take the workload, and think Drake is better anyway. The issue for Drake is he also has injury concerns, and like McKinnon, has no chance to carry value when the starter returns.
- Jay Ajayi – I don’t see the Dolphins giving him a starter’s workload. There is a chance they do and that is why I would be willing to spend about 10% on him.
- Matt Asiata – He got more work than McKinnon last time Peterson missed time, but the yards were never great. If he didn’t fall into the end zone it ended up a bad day.
- Dwayne Washington – Abdullah might be in trouble with his foot injury, and Washington should step in as the running downs and goal line back. The issue here is the Lions want to throw, throw, and throw some more. Expect him to get 10-15 touches in Abdullah’s absence, but once Abdullah returns little to no value.
- Cameron Artis-Payne – He dominated the carries last year when Stewart went down, but he has to battle with Fozzy and Tolbert between the 20s and Cam near the end zone. Only go here if you’re desperate.
- Fozzy Whittaker – He is usually active over Artis-Payne because of his special teams duties so when Stewart goes down he immediately looks like the guy. Don’t be fooled by that, but also don’t let one of your opponents get him just in case things have changed.
- Kenneth Dixon – He hasn’t played a snap but he makes the list. The Ravens backfield is bad and he should have an opportunity to start soon after he returns.
- Phillip Dorsett – With Moncrief dinged and Luck always airing it out Dorsett should be owned.
- Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington – Did you see the running back splits for the Raiders this week?
- James Starks – Used a lot more than Lacy owners wanted to see.
- Quinsy Enunwa – Jets run a ton of three wide sets. I don’t think he has a ton of value week to week, but if something happens to Decker or Marshall he could be a top-20 guy.
- Dennis Pitta – Getting targeted a lot. There are a lot of bad tight ends out there right now.
- Matt Ryan – He has been great lately. I would hate to use a waiver claim or significant FAAB on such a replaceable fantasy position, but he does get the Saints this week.
- Jesse James – 6’7″ option on a team without many tall red zone receivers.
- Cole Beasley – He is going to be a safe 7 for 70 machine if you need safety.
- Giants and Buccaneers – Lowly owned streamable defenses for week 3.
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