A very boring waiver week, unless some of the exciting names are still out there from last week. There are going to be leagues where players like Jay Ajayi are available, but he is not included here because he is owned in more than 40 percent of leagues.
This week might be mostly about prepping yourself for the devastating byes that are coming in weeks eight and nine where six teams will be off each week.
Save your FAAB unless some top options are still out there. Next week at this time we’ll be looking at the players that get dropped as people are scrambling to cover their bye weeks.
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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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Cameron Meredith – Kevin White’s four games started plus Meredith’s two games started have combined for the second highest target total. The receiver opposite of Jeffery is going to get targets as long as opposing teams focus on Jeffery.
Dion Lewis – In a very unexciting week Lewis gets one week closer to returning. The upside is to be what he was last year; just don’t expect it in the first week or two of his return.
Kenny Britt – Coming into this week he had a nice yardage and target total. This week he finally turned it into a big game. Something tells me the Rams passing game won’t be this good more than maybe one more time this season.
Alfred Morris – If something happens to Elliott I am pretty confident Morris immediately becomes a top-15 running back.
Devontae Booker – I did say that I wasn’t as worried about Booker, but that doesn’t change he is one of the most valuable true handcuffs out there right now.
Ty Montgomery – Guess who led ALL receivers in touches in week six? Yup, it was Montgomery. Playing a decent amount as the team’s running back he got 10 catches on 12 targets and another three carries. He lost a late fumble that ended the very little chance of a Packers comeback. Eddie Lacy was in and out of the game repeatedly with his ankle bothering him, on a short week Montgomery should get another nice workload on Thursday.
Jacquizz Rodgers – Doug Martin is supposed to return this week, but nothing is ever guaranteed in terms of injury. Rodgers showed he can handle a big workload if Martin doesn’t play, and he should take over the Charles Sims role when Martin is healthy.
Mike Gillislee – People were panicking when McCoy was rolling around in pain on Sunday, but were relieved when he came back healthy. Gillislee should be the guy to get most of the work if McCoy ever does miss time.
Kendall Wright – I had him a lot higher until I realized he only 22 of 62 snaps in the game. He did get nine targets on the 14 routes he ran. If Wright gets more involved in the offense he should be the Titans number one receiver, and number two in the passing game behind only Delanie Walker.
Rob Kelley – He had a nice game but doesn’t play third downs. With Matt Jones there he is just a handcuff for now.
Andre Ellington – Another guy that is only viable if the starter gets injured. Remember it wasn’t too long ago that Ellington was an exciting option at running back.
Alex Smith – What an unlucky week for Smith. Three touchdowns that he didn’t account for; the Poe touchdown was technically a lateral. The Raiders game was just game one on a stretch of nice matchups for Smith.
Brian Hoyer – He didn’t find the end zone, but he did throw for 300 yards again.
Robert Woods – Nothing really changes with him from the past weeks. He is the top option in a depleted passing attack.
Jamison Crowder – As long as Jordan Reed has value, Crowder is an interesting option.
Deep league targets
Quarterback: Marcus Mariota (TEN), Colin Kaepernick (SF)
Running Back: Paul Perkins (NYG), Bobby Rainey (NYG), Wendell Smallwood (PHI), Mike Davis SF), Justin Forsett (DET),
Wide Receiver: Corey Coleman (CLE), Anquan Boldin (DET), Cordarelle Patterson (MIN), Brandon LaFell (CIN)
Tight End: C.J. Fiedorowicz (HOU), Jack Doyle (IND)
A good amount of options this week if you need someone to fill in or you are streaming the position.
Alex Smith vs. Saints – He had some bad touchdown luck against the Raiders. As noted above. The Saints are easy to attack because just about everything works. The bad news is this game isn’t in New Orleans so it might not be as much of an offensive shootout.
Joe Flacco @ Jets – The Jets are really bad against the pass and it probably doesn’t get better. The run defense is still good enough that teams can focus on the air early and often to beat the Jets.
Colin Kaepernick vs. Buccaneers – It is never going to be pretty. He failed to complete 50 percent of his passes last week but still managed to score 18 points. The 5-6 points you get rushing every week are enough to offset one turnover and still count as an extra touchdown. Tampa Bay has only been good against Case Keenum and Derek Anderson this year. Kaepernick might not be better from a real life perspective, but from a fantasy perceptive he has Tim Tebow like appeal.
Brian Hoyer @ Packers – It is a Thursday night game and when possible I like to avoid players, the non-elite ones, that play on Thursday. Hoyer is still an interesting option for me if you are looking to stream. The Packers, even after getting shredded by the Cowboys, are still a solid defense against the run and are extremely beat up in the secondary. Hoyer has thrown for 300 yards in every start this season.
There have been better weeks for defenses. There are probably other defenses out there that are owned in more ESPN leagues that are on your waiver wire. If they are out there I would take the Bengals, Bills, or Patriots over any of these options.
Titans vs. Colts – I am cheating a little bit here because the Titans are owned in 50 percent of leagues. The Colts are good to allow 3-4 sacks every week and Luck turns it over more than you would think.
Ravens @ Jets – I don’t like taking road teams but the Jets area always a prime target with the way Fitzpatrick has looked this year.
Raiders @ Jaguars – This is a risky one. I don’t think the Raiders have a good defense but it’s Blake Bortles and the Jaguars.
Pretty close to one out of every ten Blake Bortles drop backs results in Fantasy points for the opposing DST.
— Heath Cummings (@heathcummingssr) October 17, 2016
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