The Waiver Wire 11/3
Updated at 3pm
As I said overt at WEEI this morning, the injuries just keep coming. It’s really getting absurd, isn’t it? At this point in 2015, if you haven’t lost a major player to injury, you are very, very lucky.
This week, we add Le’Veon Bell to the list of stud backs who are done for the year. We also lost Steve Smith for the season to an achilles injury. Khiry Robinson broke his leg. He’s done. Keenan Allen injured his kidneys and he’s out indefinitely. Matt Forte injured his knee and will miss time. Reggie Bush is done for the year with a knee injury and that leaves the 49ers without any established backs to speak of because Carlos Hyde and Mike Davis are also hurt. I could go on, but you get the point. There’s going to be a lot of people looking for answers this week.
Oh, and did I mention that this rash of injuries hits on a week where we have six teams on their bye? Get those bids in early this week, folks. The cupboard will be bare by Wednesday morning.
As always, I will be adding players to the wire throughout the day. I’ll have some Week 9 defenses posted this afternoon.
Sam Bradford, Eagles, 53 percent
His receivers and backs are all getting healthy and he's in a very good position coming off his bye week. The Eagles play a very nice schedule the rest of the way. I'd be adding Bradford if I need quarterback help.
Derek Carr, Raiders, 39 percent
He has lit up two good defenses the last two weeks, so it's time to start taking Carr seriously as a QB1 on a weekly basis. He can help you in all leagues because of his weapons and his improving all around game.
Jameis Winston, Buccaneers, 18 percent
He had another strong outing last week and he did it on the road with a lot of his weapons injured and on the sidelines. Winston's remaining schedule is excellent. He is worth an add in all leagues for the rest of the season.
Blake Bortles, Jaguars, 55 percent
He has a tough matchup with the Jets this week, but I like Bortles the rest of the way as his schedule lightens up nicely. I also like his weapons with Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Julius Thomas all healthy.
Jay Cutler, Bears, 32 percent
Cutler has a tough schedule the rest of the way or I would be even higher on him. He's a guy to use as a matchup play now that Alshon Jeffery is back and healthy.
Marcus Mariota, Titans, 34 percent
He could be back this week and he looked pretty good before he went down with injury. Mariota has a nice matchup with the Saints this week, so he might be able to help in deeper leagues and he could certainly have value the rest of the way.
Tyrod Taylor, Bills, 40 percent
He’s still worth owning in big leagues and he could become a weekly play again if his skill players get healthy.
Tony Romo, Cowboys, 53 percent
He’s out there in some leagues, and he absolutely has some value the rest of the way one he returns. Having said that, his schedule is far from easy and who knows how durable he will be. He’s worth a roster spot in 12-team leagues and above if you have deep benches.
Brian Hoyer, Texans, 14 percent
He’s a matchup play in deep leagues, but he has a few weeks where you’ll want to stay away. Not a bad insurance policy (QB3) for strong teams because his playoff matchups are pretty good.
DeAngelo Williams, Steelers, 24 percent
Williams is the must-add guy this week and for good reason. If you are a Le'Veon Bell owner, or anybody else looking for an answer at running back, you should sell out to get Williams, who has looked good this season when given touches.
C.J. Spiller, Saints, 58 percent
Khiry Robinson has a broken leg and that opens the door for Spiller, who just wasn't getting enough touches to be a viable weekly option. Add Spiller in all leagues, especially PPR leagues.
Ryan Mathews, Eagles, 56 percent
This guy needs to be owned in all leagues. He's a flex option with big weekly upside and he could be a monster if anything happens to starter DeMarco Murray. If you own Murray, you should go get Mathews while you can.
Jeremy Langford, Bears, 8 percent
Matt Forte sprained his knee last week and Langford is the next man up. It appears that Forte's knee injury is a one or two week thing, but we'll know more in a few days. The Bears have a nice Monday night matchup with the Chargers next week, so Forte owners would be wise to go get Langford now. If a Week 9 running back is a priority for you, you might consider beating the Forte owner in your league to the punch.
Duke Johnson, Browns, 52 percent
This is the time to add Johnson because it’s becoming clear that he needs to play more and HC Mike Pettine acknowledged that after the game. He could have RB2 value the rest of the way in 10-team PPR leagues and in all 12-team leagues.
Christine Michael, Cowboys, 26 percent
With the release of Joe Randle, Michael is the number two back in Dallas—playing behind the ever-brittle Darren McFadden. He has to be owned in 12-team leagues and he makes a great handcuff for those who own McFadden. Michael is not a perfect player and he’s not much of a receiver, but he can run with burst and power and Dallas now has Dez back. Teams will not be able to stack the box as they have the last month or so.
Tevin Coleman, Falcons, 32 percent
Look at what Devonta Freeman is doing. The Falcons are a great platform for a talented back and Coleman, while flawed, is most certainly a talented back. The other factor is Freeman, who has never been durable. Coleman should be owned in all fantasy leagues, either as a stash or as a handcuff to Freeman.
David Cobb, Titans, 23 percent
If you haven't stashed him yet in 12-team leagues, you should do so now. Cobb could have fantasy viability by Week 10 or 11. He's a worthwhile add in all leagues if you need an option at RB.
Pierre Thomas, 49ers, 0 percent
Wow. What can you say? The 49ers are beyond battered at the RB position. Thomas is a guy to use this week and perhaps for a few more until Carlos Hyde gets healthy. He has more value in PPR leagues based on his skill set.
Shaun Draughn, 49ers, 0 percent
He may be the better option in standard leagues compared to Pierre Thomas. Draughn is close to game shape compared to Thomas, who was not in any camp this year and last played in 2014.
Stevan Ridley, Jets, 3 percent
In 12-team leagues, I am thinking that Ridley is the back to own as a handcuff to Chris Ivory. This is a time to land him as he’ll get snatched up once he starts getting carries.
Willie Snead, Saints, 62 percent
He's coming off his beat game of the year and he is looking like a weekly WR3 play in 12-team leagues and in 10-team PPR leagues. Drew Brees is back on top of his game and his skill guys are all looking better because of it.
Brandon LaFell, Patriots, 67 percent
He’s taken in most leagues, but he SHOULD be owned everywhere. Grab LaFell and you may have a weekly starter at some point not too far off.
Michael Floyd, Cardinals, 50 percent
He's off this week, but Floyd is clearly back now with touchdowns in three straight games. People tend to forget that Floyd has top shelf talent. Add him if you can.
Tavon Austin, Rams, 55 percent
Austin was active once again and as I have been saying, it should continue. Go get Austin and use him as a weekly flex or WR3 in 12-team leagues. He should be owned in all leagues.
Michael Crabtree, Raiders, 61 percent
The targets are there every week and he's scoring touchdowns now with two in the last two weeks. Crabtree needs to be owned in all leagues. He's a weekly WR3 option regardless of scoring format.
Kamar Aiken, Ravens, 19 percent
Steve Smith is done for year with an Achilles injury and that leaves Aiken as the receiver to own in Baltimore. He won't help you this week as the Ravens are on their bye week, but he's a WR3 option the rest of the way.
Marvin Jones, Bengals, 49 percent
He's a boom or bust WR3 option and he can help you plenty in leagues during the bye week crunch. Add him if you need receiver help.
Malcom Floyd, Chargers, 18 percent
Keenen Allen is out indefinitely with a kidney injury and that means Floyd will play a major role every week for the indefinite period. He's worth an add in most leagues and can help you out during the heavy bye weeks.
Stevie Johnson, Chargers, 43 percent
Johnson, just like Floyd, can help you plenty while Allen is out. He's a solid WR3 option in 12-team leagues for Week 9 and beyond.
Nelson Agholor, Eagles, 24 percent
He's one of my favorite players to add right now. He's at his low point, but if you look at his season as a whole, there are many reasons for his poor stats. If the Eagles' offense picks up, as I expect it will, Agholor could be a big part of it. Stash him now in all leagues, especially PPR leagues.
Ted Ginn, Panthers, 38 percent
He has a pretty good schedule the rest of the way and he's past his bye week, which is a plus. Cam Newton is looking for Ginn consistently and that is not likely to change this season. He's a weekly option in 12-team leagues.
Marquess Wilson, Bears, 4 percent
Eddie Royal injured his knee and that opens the door for Wilson, who should be playing ahead of Royal regardless of health status. For this week, at least, Wilson should play a major role in the offense and is a WR3 option in 12-team leagues.
Chris Givens, Ravens, 0 percent
Steve Smith is done for the season, and there just aren’t many options left in Baltimore. And, it’s not like Givens is some stiff. He’s a legitimate downfield threat and he should be a good fit with Joe Flacco. Add Givens now if you can in deeper formats. He has a lot more upside than you might think.
Jordan Reed, Washington, 68 percent
He's the guy to add if he is available. He's healthy right now and he produces TE1 numbers when healthy. Reed's a no-brainer.
Ben Watson, Saints, 52 percent
As I said a few weeks ago, Watson is a sustainable asset because he has talent, as Patriots fans know, and he has a great quarterback in Brees. Add Watson if tight end help is what you need. He can help you the rest of the way.
Charles Clay, Bills, 50 percent
Clay is a viable weekly option and he's past the bye now. He'll be targeted every week and he is a primary weapon in the red zone.
Eric Ebron, Lions, 47 percent
He's on the bye this week, so keep that in mind, but I like Ebron the rest of the way. He's an improved player and he has the ability to make big plays with so much talent around him. Teams cannot afford to pay him much attention with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate playing outside.
Heath Miller, Steelers, 28 percent
We knew he'd be better with Ben Roethlisberger back, and he ended up getting 13 targets last week. While that kind of usage will not continue, Miller will be getting more looks without Le'Veon Bell in the fold. He's a fringe TE1 in 12-team leagues going forward.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bucs, 34 percent
There's a good chance he will return this week and he'll be heavily used once he's back. He'll also be playing with an improved quarterback. Seferian-Jenkins has TE1 upside the rest of the way.
Vernon Davis, Broncos, 35 percent
There’s a lot to unpack here after today's trade. There’s no doubt that Davis gets a bump in value because he had none in San Francisco. The question is, will he take over the position, and if so, will it take some time? I would answer yes to both. So adding Davis as a stash has some merit. Playing him this week would be risky. This is not the old Peyton Manning, obviously, but Davis is a good fit for the current Manning, because he can make yards after the catch if you can scheme the ball his way.
Minnesota Vikings, 59 percent
They get Nick Foles at home, which is great, but they also get Todd Gurley, which is less great. Still, the Vikings are a tough defense and they should be able to help you this week and most weeks going forward.
Cincinnati Bengals, 35 percent
They will get Johnny Manziel on a short week of preparation, so they certainly have a chance to get some turnovers. You also have the browns in sell-mode, which is never good for team morale. Cincy checks a lot of the boxes this week.
Miami Dolphins, 30 percent
They get the Bills this week and unless Buffalo gets some weapons back, they are an under-matched bunch. I smell turnovers, and not the kind grandma bakes.
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