The Waiver Wire 10/17

The Waiver Wire 10/17

A look at the Week 7 pickups
By: Pete Davidson : October 17, 2017 2:09pm

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As we head into Week 7, the waiver wires in most leagues are getting more and more depleted. That’s how it usually goes and 2017 is no exception. Having said that, a few players flashed in Week 6 and I’ve listed them below. There were also more injuries in Week 6. Aaron Rodgers was sadly among those lost, and as New Englanders can fully understand, losing truly great quarterbacks hurt not just that team, but the game itself. Rodgers is a long shot to play again this season. I get into his replacement, Brett Hundley, below.

The ownership rates listed below were sourced from Yahoo! They reflect a player’s ownership, not their availability.


Andy Dalton, Bengals, 47 percent

He’s a strong matchup play going forward. Dalton is past his bye week and, by my math, he has seven good matchups the rest of the way. He’s obviously got some great weaponry and if rookie John Ross returns soon, as expected, it could get fun fast. I like Dalton as a solid QB2 who can play for you on most weeks.

Brett Hundley, Packers, 2 percent

Yes, he looked like a rookie, but that’s to be expected as he’s been a guy holding a clipboard since his arrival in 2015. Hundley is young and inexperienced, He was tossed into a game on the road against a tough defense. This week, he’ll be prepped to play and he’ll also face a more exploitable defense. In fact, every remaining matchup on his schedule looks better than last week’s. I’m buying Hundley in deeper leagues just in case he settles in. He’s got foot-point ability and he’s got some good weapons. He’ll lose some games that Aaron Rodgers would have won, but the fantasy numbers should be solid.

Tyrod Taylor, Bills, 38 percent

He’s got a solid short term schedule for the pass, so he can help you right now. He’s playable for the next month at minimum. The reason I don’t love him is obvious. The guy has no weapons to speak of with both Jordan Matthews (thumb surgery) and Charles Clay (knee surgery) banged up. Matthews should be back sooner than Clay, but he is no lock this week or next for that matter.

C.J. Beathard, 49ers, 1 percent

It appears that he is now the quarterback in San Francisco. That gives you some opportunity over the next two weeks as the 49ers face the Cowboys and the Eagles respectively. Both games will be losses barring the unforeseen, but both games set up well for the pass and that makes Beathard a reasonable starting option if you need some help.

Jared Goff, Rams, 38 percent

He’s tempting, but the predictable good days are limited going forward. He’s a depth add for the later part of the season more than a guy you want in your lineup over the next five weeks. He’s a mediocre bye week replacement.

Jacoby Brissett, Colts, 21 percent

He may look enticing because he’s shown well so far in terms of fantasy points, but he has a rough matchup this week and then goes on the road. He’s a toe hold in really deep formats, but not a desirable one in typical leagues. He’s also likely to give way to Andrew Luck within the month.


Eddie Lacy, Seahawks, 28 percent

I have to say, I am shocked at how low his ownership is. Lacy is a player who has battled weight issues and maybe that is what has people discounting him, but I’d advise you to not make that hasty assessment. Lacy is a potential home run. He’s got a legit shot at being the lead runner on a team that is known for getting hot over the second half of the season. Yes, Thomas Rawls (23 percent) could be a factor as well, but Rawls has had huge problems with health. Neither back has taken control, but Lacy is better built to get things going and to actually handle lead back volume. I think he’s a great stash right now. Last week I talked about Adrian Peterson as a potential lightning-in-a-bottle add. Lacy is the same thing. If he hits, he could hit big. The other Seahawks back to focus on, when he gets healthy, is C.J. Prosise. He’s also underrated and has the talent to take over the backfield. I would be going after him as well if he is available. Prosise is unowned in 90 percent of Yahoo leagues right now.

Orleans Darkwa, Giants, 12 percent

Darkwa is the hot pickup this week and if you read my content here and at Rotobahn, you know I like him as an early down runner. Just don’t get too excited. There are other backs to worry about here, like Wayne Gallman and yes, even Paul Perkins. This backfield could change hands a few times the rest of the way. It’s also worth noting that the Giants have a tough schedule and a Week 8 bye on the horizon. They face Seattle this week in New York.

Darren McFadden (52 percent) and Alfred Morris (55 percent), Cowboys

I’m not getting too aggressive here for a few reasons. First, Zeke Elliott could still play the rest of the way. It sounds like he’s got a good shot at playing this week. The other factor is role. I doubt that either of these two backs take the whole job. They will be light RB2 options if they are options at all. Worth an add in 12-team leagues, but neither player projects to be a game-changer. If I am an Elliott team, I am going after Morris first and McFadden second.

Dion Lewis, Patriots, 10 percent

There’s a drumbeat for Dion and I get it. He’s exciting and he adds some juice to the ground game. He’s also versatile in terms of where you can line him up. I think he continues to make an impact but I don’t think he leads the backfield on a weekly basis. Mike Gillislee’s fumble really cost him, but I doubt that the Patriots go away from him because of a single gaffe. And let’s not kid ourselves, Dion is a guy who will fumble himself. This is an ensemble backfield and I think it stays that way. Picking the right back on a weekly basis will continue to be a challenge for fantasy GMs. Rex Burkhead (9 percent) should return this week. To me, he’s probably as good a player to go after and he might be cheaper. Both backs make nice adds in 12-team leagues.

Wendell Smallwood, Eagles, 34 percent

I’d be pushing him hard right now if I thought he could stay healthy, but he’s been battling a sore knee since the offseason and that’s not something to ignore. I really like this player, but don’t sell the farm to get him. He’s a nice guy to stash for cheap if you can, because he has some legit PPR upside if they can get him fully healthy. Resting him the last two games may have helped. We should find out this week against Washington. His playoff matchups are solid.

Marlon Mack, Colts, 47 percent

He is a stash option with some real upside. He could be a playoff weapon for you if he eventually gets steady work. I know some folks love Mack, and he is most definitely an exciting runner with some legit elusiveness and power to go with it. The problem is that he’s a rookie who plays like one. That being said, if the Colts ultimately fall out of the playoff hunt, Mack could get a long look down the stretch, which is when we play the most important fantasy games. Not a bad guy to add if your team is strong but your weakness is running back.

Alex Collins, Ravens, 31 percent

There are a lot of people touting this guy, and maybe they will proven be right. I’m not as impressed with him despite his per carry production, which has been impressive at over six yards per. The problem is that the Ravens still don’t use him much. He played just 22 snaps last week and that was a season high. He’s not very diverse and he’s a fumbler going back to his college days. He’s definitely a guy to add in 12-team leagues, but I’m not loving his upside. If you like him, by all means go get him, but to me, he’s a limited early down pounder.


Nelson Agholor, Eagles, 55 percent

He’s probably taken but if he happens to be around, I’d go get him in all leagues and formats. The guy has turned a corner and his quarterback is as aggressive as he is strong-armed. I like Agholor’s chances of producing the rest of the way and I think he can steal some more outside snaps from Torrey Smith. He’s played more snaps than Smith in three consecutive games.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers, 14 percent

Martavis Bryant’s situation keeps getting uglier. Anecdotally, it has looked bad all year, with Ben Roethlisberger seemingly ignoring him—even when wide open. Now we are hearing discernible rumblings that Bryant wants out and has expressed this reality to management. Not the way to win friends and influence coaches. All of this points an arrow at Smith-Schuster, who has shown well so far and who has outsnapped Bryant in four straight games. This guy has some upside if the trends continue. Teams collapse on Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. The rookie is going to get single coverage the rest of the way, and if Bryant actually gets dealt, he could erupt. Add him now as a stash or deep flex play. There’s home run potential here.

Josh Doctson, Washington, 6 percent

He’s a great lottery ticket and this might be your last shot at him. He is past his bye week and he has great matchups the next two weeks. Doctson is a serious playmaker who only needs to avoid injury to make a huge impact. The only issue, apart from injury, is that his playoff matchups are brutal. He could be a great sign and trade option if you get a few great weeks out of him before your league’s trading deadline. Many GMs are oblivious to their player’s schedules, so never assume they are informed. While Doctson’s snap totals have left a lot to be desired, he has scored in two out of the last three games and his coaches say he is going to play a bigger role going forward. Stash this guy now.

John Brown, Cardinals, 44 percent

He’s playing better and better. Brown has scored in two straight games and he could be on the verge of breaking out. He should be owned in all leagues now. With the exception of his matchup against the Jaguars in Week 12, he’s playable the rest of the way.

Cooper Kupp, Rams, 43 percent

People may start to go away from him after a few quiet games, he was facing Seattle and Jacksonville the last two weeks. His matchups are better going forward with Sammy Watkins drawing number one corners. In 12-team PPR leagues, Kupp can be a weekly WR3 if you have a need for one.

Marqise Lee, Jaguars, 33 percent

He’s the best receiver in Jacksonville, and while that’s no attention-getter, it is worth noting that he visits the Colts this week and they are giving up production to wide receivers. Lee is a player who is on the verge of finding himself. He just needs to stay healthy. He could be a weekly WR3 option the rest of the way IF he can avoid injury. Sadly, it’s been a bugaboo for him since his days at USC.

Robby Anderson, Jets, 17 percent

He’s playing regular snaps and he’s a legit playmaker for Josh McCown and the Jets. Anderson has been productive in three of the last four games and has upside to do even more. The Jets have solid matchups for the pass save for their game versus Atlanta next week. This week, the Jets travel to Miami and Anderson is a solid WR3 option in that matchup.


Jack Doyle, Colts, 40 percent

He was dropped in a lot of leagues due to his concussion but he bounced back strong on Monday Night Football and he is a weekly start going forward, so go get this guy.

Tyler Kroft, Bengals, 11 percent

He owns the job with Tyler Eifert gone for the year. Kroft has flashed some solid skills and he gets plenty of space with A.J. Green occupying multiple defenders. He could end up being a steal … or perhaps a waste. It’s hard to know at this point, but he is practically free, so what do you have to lose?

Austin Hooper, Falcons, 50 percent

He has been much more active lately and he can be used this week against the Patriots in a game that should feature a lot of offense. The fact that Mohamed Sanu is still banged up enhances his appeal and potential target total. Hooper also has a shot to establish himself and to become a weekly option. He’s worth adding in all 12-team leagues.

George Kittle, 49ers, 8 percent

He is gaining steam and he plays on a team that is looking to develop young talent. Kittle is a very good young player and he may be the second option in the 49ers’ passing game going forward. Add him in 12-team leagues or as a bye week replacement in smaller formats.

Ed Dickson, Panthers, 50 percent

He is involved and Cam Newton likes throwing to his tight ends. He also likes big targets so Dickson has a few things going for him. He won’t be helpful forever as Greg Olsen could return in about 3-4 weeks, but he can start for you in 12-team leagues right now.