This might be the ugliest week for waivers so far. It makes sense as we hit bye weeks and there are fewer games and less opportunities for someone to pop.
This week hit some teams hard with the loss of multiple starters, I know in one league I personally lost Rodgers, Tate, and Sanders.
I always want to stress that you can’t panic. When you panic you will make moves that you ultimately regret. Don’t go throwing a ton of FAAB or a high waiver claim on Philip Rivers because you lost Rodgers. You are better off keeping those shots for potential difference makers at RB or WR.
This week is a prime example of why they say quarterbacks are replaceable. No, you will not get Rodgers production out of the likes of Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, etc.., but imagine you are the Bell owner right now and you needed to head to the wavier wire for a replacement – that is the difference.
No one on this week’s wavier wire inspires confidence to go all in on. Let someone else get excited and spend some money on someone while you save for the next injury to go down.
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Players listed are owned in less than one-third of ESPN leagues. If multiple players are listed with the same FAAB range it means they are relatively equal, but in a pinch the ranking on the left is the order I would rank them.
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1. Alex Collins – The only somewhat interesting/reliable option on the wire this week, and he might already be gone in a lot of your leagues. I am still not convinced he is the back in Baltimore, even though I would like to see him get the opportunity. They still seemed intent to use Terrance West when healthy, Allen is still there, and in a few weeks Woodhead will be back. All I am saying is temper expectations, and know that any bid you place here has risk.
2. Dion Lewis – He got a lot of work, but he has the same risks as Collins. There are a lot of backs there and in any given week it could be any of them. Rex Burkhead seems to be on the verge of returning and muddying the waters even more.
3. Thomas Rawls – I don’t know if any Seattle running back ends up carrying value on their own. Throw your dart and hope it lands.
4. Matt Breida – Talk of a split was extremely exaggerated. He is still basically just a pure handcuff that you could never start except in the deepest of leagues. But Hyde’s injury history makes him a worthwhile stash.
5. Orleans Darkwa – I think this week was more of a mirage than a sign of anything to come. Just in case it is you can give him a shot.
6. D’Onta Foreman – For the third time this season Foreman had double-digit carries. I am becoming pretty convinced that if Miller misses time Foreman would become a top-15 back during the weeks he is filling in.
7. JuJu Smith-Schuster – I don’t think Bryant gets dealt. Smith-Schuster’s snaps are up, but I don’t know how excited I can get. Outside of Brown and Bell no one seems like a weekly start in this offense.
8. C.J. Prosise – He flashed so well in limited starting duties last year. It is worth hoping they give him a shot again; just don’t count on it.
9. Corey Davis – He hasn’t played in a while, but he could be a great second half addition if you can last a week or two more with him on your bench.
10. Jalen Richard – I get the feeling he is the guy if something happens to Lynch. But the guy means like a 60/40 lead role.
11. Mike Williams – He is back and will likely be eased in. Like Davis he could be big down the stretch run.
12. Benny Fowler – Sanders appears to be out at least one week and I would expect him to be out much longer. Fowler likely assumes his role.
13. Ricardo Louis – Still got targets and missed out on a potential big play this week. Low upside play, but the risk isn’t all that bad.
14. Chris Ivory – Fournette appears to have lucked into a minor injury when it looked like it could have been worse. Maybe Ivory gets some more work, and don’t rule out the chance Fournette sits. If he does then Ivory would be up near the top of this list.
15. Kenny Golladay – Tate is going to miss a few weeks as the Lions head into a bye. Golladay should come out of it ready to play.
16. TJ Jones – Has been playing the three receiver role with Golladay out and maybe he sticks. I’d put the money on Golladay taking over.
17. Mohamed Sanu – I cheated a little here with this one. I assume many people who held him through the injury and bye are ones in dead leagues. Juicy matchup coming if he plays.
18. Taylor Gabriel – If Sanu is out then Gabriel could be in for a huge day.
19. James Conner – Pure handcuff and nothing more.
20. George Kittle – One of the tight ends available that meets the threshold for this list. He is getting plenty of targets relative to the position.
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