This is going to be a crazy week for waivers. A lot of guys popping up in interesting positions and a lot of people in need for starters in a week that is probably the worst bye week of the season.
Not only are there short-term fill ins, but we have some league winning potential players nearing their eligibility to return.
Everyone is going to have a different strategy this week. Many will be dumpster diving for a one or two week filler like Charcandrick West, Antone Smith, Peyton Barber, etc. while the rest will be looking to stock up with potential studs for the playoff run with the likes of Sammy Watkins and Adrian Peterson.
To me this is by far the most interesting waiver period of the season. I expect a lot of FAAB to be thrown around by borderline playoff teams.
In a vacuum I am not burning a waiver priority on any of these guys. If you need a win or a short-term fill in I would burn one on any of the top three, or even Hightower for a one week option.
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And like I said before, you know your league better than I do. Some of these bids might be far too high, some too low. Depth of the league and your roster construction has a lot to do with how much to bid as well.
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Charcandrick West – This is a little risky as the top add because we don’t know the status of Spencer Ware (concussion) or Jamaal Charles (getting his knee checked out again), but I think both won’t end up playing. The bad news is we wont really know anything by the time waivers clear, except maybe on Charles. West is a great play this week and I think is the Spencer Ware handcuff at this point, not Charles.
Antone Smith – I highly doubt we see Jacquizz Rodgers on Thursday. I keep going back and forth on Smith vs. Barber. Smith has been playing the number two role, so I would lean him. I think Barber is the better player, but that probably won’t matter on a short week.
Peyton Barber – See some of the comments above. Barber is the desperation play if you can’t get Smith or West.
Corey Coleman – Should be returning this week or next. With Josh McCown at quarterback he has wide receiver two upside.
Alfred Morris – Morris should be owned in every league. I have had him here for weeks and nothing has changed. There are reports that “there is a chance Elliott gets a lengthy suspension”, but read more than the headline – I don’t think he does. Morris is a must own regardless.
Kapri Bibbs – He is the Booker handcuff. Early in the game there was serious panic when Booker left the game. It looked like it was going to be the Bibbs show right away. Booker returned, though, and almost fumbled the game away while not doing anything special. I am still not completely convinced this isn’t going to be a committee.
Tim Hightower – You might be surprised he isn’t higher on this list. I don’t think he is good. I would assume the benching of Ingram is a one week thing. The matchup is great and he did have a great game against the Seahawks, but I don’t trust it.
Rob Kelley – There isn’t much upside here. He is about as good as Matt Jones, maybe. He isn’t going to be used in the passing game and he has very little big play ability. I see a lot of 2-5 yard gains and he breaks one or two for 15-20 yards if he gets a full workload.
James Starks – He is the only chance they have at being a true running back right now. When he returns in a couple of weeks he will be the closest thing to a real running back the Packers will have the rest of the season.
Sammy Watkins – He didn’t have surgery so all he has been doing is resting. He hasn’t had to rehab from a procedure of any kind. I think Watkins returns when first eligible in week 12. The bad news is you will probably have to wait until weeks 12 and 13 to see something before you use him, meaning you will be starting him for the first time in the fantasy playoffs. He could win a lot of people a title, or end a lot of people’s seasons in the first round of the playoffs. But if you want him you need to get him in one of the next two weeks. Once the return is imminent the FAAB price is going to go way up.
Adrian Peterson – Peterson is eligible to return week 11. I am far less confident in him as a stash and hope pickup than Watkins. He had the meniscus surgery and there isn’t a lot known about his rehab at the moment other than this tweet.
Adrian Peterson is in Vikings locker room no wraps of any kind on knee walking fine not talking to media though
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) October 25, 2016
Where I have room I am taking a chance. It can’t hurt. Most of us have a lot worse on the end of our benches.
Dion Lewis – Blount is always going to have his role. The question is still what happens with the passing downs role. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lewis and White split reps in that role to start and then Lewis takes over. The good news is he is practicing. The bad is the Patriots signed Tyler Gaffney from the practice squad, meaning he might take the full 21 days before returning to play.
C.J. Prosise – I wouldn’t be shocked if he is this season’s out of no where late season fantasy stud that wins a lot of people championships.
J.J. Nelson – I love the talent. The issue was always the role. With much of the Cardinal receivers battling injury I want Nelson if I have the room. With how this offense operates there is a lot of upside here, if he keeps getting the snaps.
Dontrelle Inman – I like the Chargers playoff schedule for the passing game. Inman isn’t the most skilled, but he consistently plays the most snaps.
Deep league targets
Running Back: Paul Perkins (NYG), Andre Ellington (ARI), Alfred Blue (HOU), Ka’Deem Carey, (CHI)
Wide Receiver: Cordarelle Patterson (MIN), Brandon LaFell (CIN), J.J. Nelson (ARI)
Tight End: C.J. Fiedorowicz (HOU)
Dak Prescott @ Browns – Standard “quarterback going against the Browns” play here. Downside is Zeke might run all over the Browns and Prescott might not be able to do much.
Marcus Mariota @ Chargers – He has been playing really well lately. The touchdowns might not stick around, but for the streaming options the matchup is solid and the player isn’t horrible.
Sam Bradford vs. Lions – If Slay is out again I like him a ton. If he plays I still like him, but not as much. The Vikings don’t have a great run game so Bradford has to do some of the heavy lifting.
Colin Kaepernick vs. Saints – It’s the matchup along with the typical Kaepernick thing. The rushing yards help offset how bad he is as a passer.
Josh McCown vs. Cowboys – He is a borderline start every week now, but he is still very underowned because he missed so much time. The Browns will be in a lot of come from behind situations this year.
Packers vs. Colts – Any team that faces the Colts is a nice streaming option. A lot of times you are playing for the turnovers and sacks, not points allowed.
Cowboys @ Browns – The Cowboys are a defense that is a play for a low point total. They will run the ball a lot and not give the defense much time on the field, limiting the turnovers and sacks, but also points allowed.
Dolphins vs. Jets – Ryan Fitzpatrick. That pretty much sums it up.
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