NFL Week 15 – Waiver Wire Essentials Report

Tim Hightower got the rock an astounding 28 times during Week 14 - 28 CARRIES

Tim Hightower got the rock an astounding 28 times during Week 14 – 28 CARRIES!!

Your team may have made it through the first round of playoffs but that doesn’t mean players can’t be added to help out. Target these players in Week 15 to either strengthen your team or keep them away from the competition.

Tim Hightower (Ownership: 41%) 

After a four-year hiatus from the NFL, Tim Hightower was signed by the New Orleans Saints to handle the workload left by the newly injured reserved, Mark Ingram. There was speculation that Hightower would receive the majority of carries and CJ Spiller would serve in a complimentary role. However, no one knew Hightower would receive 28 carries, something Ingram hadn’t done since Week 9 of 2014. Hightower tallied only 85 yards on the ground, but he did manage to find the endzone. With another healthy dosage of touches and a Week 15 home tilt with the Detroit Lions, Hightower should be an RB1 candidate.

James White (Ownership: 50.0%) 

This is definitely the last week White will be available in 50% (or less) of fantasy leagues. The first reason, White now has at least one touchdown in three of the past four weeks. The second reason, LeGarrette Blount exited week 14 early and is questionable heading into week 15. White is one of the few reliable receiving options left in New England and Brady fully trusts him in the backfield. The Titans, who just relinquished 82 total yards and a touchdown to Bilal Powell, will be welcomed into Foxborough Sunday. Pencil White in as an RB1.

Denard Robinson (Ownership: 3.6%) 

The speedy Robinson rushed for 75 yards and a score on just 14 carries in week 14 against the Colts. Furthermore, rookie T.J. Yeldon suffered a knee sprain opening the door of opportunity for Robinson. The severity of the injury is unknown but expect Robinson to receive a healthy mix of touches until Yeldon is fully healed. The Jags host the Atlanta Falcons whom let up 85 yards and a score last week to the aforementioned, Tim Hightower.

Tyler Lockett (Ownership: 21.7%)

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense is humming right now and you should get in on the buzz while you still can. Tyler Lockett is a receiver that can be added off waivers and immediately impact your team. Lockett recorded 104 yards and two scores against Baltimore and now has 4 scores and 280 yards over the past four weeks. Lockett is a candidate to add to that massive total as the woeful Browns walk in to CenturyLink Field. Lockett is locked in as a WR2/FLEX option for week 15.

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NFL Week 14 – Waiver Wire Essentials Report

DaVante Parker against a hapless Giants pass defnese

DaVante Parker matches up against a hapless Giants pass defense 

Congrats to those who made the playoffs. However, every savvy fantasy player knows that the real season begins now. Just because you made it past Week 13, doesn’t mean your team can’t get help from the waiver wire. Target these players for depth or an added boost down the stretch.

DeVante Parker (Ownership: 21.1%)

If you didn’t take my advice about DeVante Parker last week, here it is again. After accumulating 71 percent of Tannehill’s passing yardage and a score against a porous Ravens secondary, Parker is now a key asset in this Miami offense. Parker now has 143 yards and two touchdowns in two weeks. He’ll look to keep the streak going against a struggling Giants defense that just let up 270 yards to Jets’ receivers.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Ownership: 15.2%)

After a nine game absence, ASJ finally returned to the field for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his first action back, Seferian-Jenkins caught three balls for 31 yards and saw the second most targets on the team behind Mike Evans. Most importantly, the second-year tight end emerged from the game unscathed and now gets a favorable matchup against divisional foe, New Orleans. The Saints have the worst pass defense in the NFL and frankly can’t stop anyone. ASJ is a good play in week 14 for anyone who may be in need of tight end help.

Bilal Powell (Ownership: 13.0%)

Powell shined and scored his first touchdown of the season in a showdown to see which team is the best in New York. Powell is still getting limited touches but is a significant factor in the receiving game. Whenever the Jets decide to take to the air, Powell replaces Ivory as the primary runner in the backfield. Powell has immediate value in PPR leagues but is worthy of a roster spot in standard leagues as well.

James White (Ownership: 26.5%) 

Rolling with a New England running back is always dangerous. However, White showed in week 13 why every fantasy owner should at least roll the dice on him. White rushed twice for only four yards but he also caught a career high 10 passes for 115 yards and a score. As the Patriots continue to scurry to find more receiving options for Brady, White is making a name for himself in the Dion Lewis role. White is certainly a boom or bust candidate but if you can stomach the risk, the reward just might lead you to a fantasy championship.

NFL Week 13 – Waiver Wire Essentials Report

David Johnson can help fantasy owners carry the load into the playoffs

David Johnson can help fantasy owners carry the load into the playoffs

Last four games of the regular season: the home stretch for football franchises and fantasy players alike. With a slew of injuries hitting more players, stay on top of your waiver wire to make an impact in the final few matchups for your season.

David Johnson (Ownership 22.7%)

The Cardinals didn’t lose just one, but TWO running backs in a tough stint with the San Francisco 49ers. Starter Chris Johnson was diagnosed with a fractured tibia in his left leg and handcuff, Andre Ellington, is dealing with turf toe to the same foot that sidelined him last season. David Johnson has been used sparingly all season but was able to find the endzone twice over the past two weeks. Now with an uptick in usage, Johnson is definitely worthy of a roster spot in every league and at least flex consideration for the rest of the season.

DeVante Parker (Ownership 4.8%)

DeVante Parker had four catches for 49 yards entering week 12: on Sunday he caught another four balls for 80 yards and a score. The career day exemplified why Miami used a first round pick on the speedy receiver. The scary thing is, Parker is just getting started. Cracked ribs to fellow wideout, Rishard Matthews, opens the door to more playing time for Parker. The Dolphins defense is also in a slump, once again, and will more than likely be playing from behind just like in Sunday’s game against the Jets. Fortunately for the Fins, three of their final four matchups to close the season are against teams that rank in the bottom half of pass defense in terms of limiting receivers. Grab the rookie and watch Parker make a splash for you in the home stretch of the season.

Scott Chandler (Ownership 2.0%)

Gronkowski is the latest addition to the injury report for weapons in Tom Brady’s arsenal. Fortunately for the future Hall of Famer, the MRI revealed that his knee injury is just a bruise and nothing more. We all know that Tom Brady will be Tom Brady and will make use of the receivers at his disposal. That means it is Scott Chandler’s time to shine. Chandler didn’t manage a score against is former team in week 11 but does have two touchdowns in three games and is now the starting tight end in the Patriots offense. If your tight end isn’t performing up to par or just recently got injured (i.e. Jimmy Graham) you can do a whole lot worse than Scott Chandler in your lineup.

Alfred Morris (Ownership 47.1%) 

Man what an up and down year it has been for Alfred Morris. After posting zero points and leaving the game against the Panthers due to injury, the four-year back returned to lead the Redskins back with 23 carries and 90 total yards from scrimmage. Yes, I know. Matt Jones is the younger more explosive back and the two both limit each other’s upside. However, whether you like it or not, something special is swirling around Washington and the team seems reenergized. The Redskins host divisional foe Dallas Cowboys in week 13 and we all know how that team is trending. Morris can very well receive a healthy dosage of touches in the game and be a major factor for week 13 folks looking to squeak into the playoffs.

NFL Week 12 – Waiver Wire Essentials Report

Buck Allen

Barring injury, Buck Allen will be the primary workhorse for the Ravens offense

Another week, another batch of injuries. Week 11 saw a peculiar amount of injuries suffered by tailbacks. Justin Forsett, Charcandrick West, Frank Gore, and Devonta Freeman were the main victims this past week. Do yourself a favor and pick up these backups on waivers to prepare for the fantasy playoffs.

Buck Allen (Ownership 6.2%)

Condolences to the Baltimore Ravens franchise and the team’s fan base. As if an abysmal 2–7 record to start the season wasn’t enough, Justin Forsett and Joe Flacco were both lost in the game due to season-ending injuries. As the absolute only option to generate any offense for the Ravens, Javorious Allen should handle a huge workload going forward. In the absence of Forsett, Allen accumulated 67 rush yards and 48 receiving yards in week 11. Even more enticing, the Ravens face the Browns and the Dolphins in the upcoming weeks, two teams horrendous at stopping the run. Pick up Allen off waivers and ride his coattails into the promise land.

Spencer Ware, KC (Basically Unowned)

Just as Charcandrick West was starting to get on a roll and make a name for himself in the league, he suffers a hamstring injury. West is day-to-day but hamstring injuries can linger, just ask Odell Beckham Jr. Ware stepped in line for West on Sunday and didn’t miss a beat running for 96 yards and 2 TDs on just 11 carries. The Chiefs defense and run game have been absolutely red hot in the past five weeks and a speculative add of Ware couldn’t hurt. Keep in mind, Knile Davis was a healthy scratch for the week 11 bout but he may also return to create depth among the Chiefs backfield.

Ahmad Bradshaw (Ownership 4.0%)

You’ve seen this story before. Ahmad Bradshaw comes back from the fantasy fringes to become relatively unstoppable week after week. Bradshaw was the lead dog for Indy last year averaging 12 points a contest before going out to a season ending injury in week 10. The Colts brought in Frank Gore to take over the reigns in 2015 and he has done a formidable job. However, Gore is on the wrong side of 30 with a lot of mileage on his legs. Furthermore, Gore may have suffered a knee injury with the extent of the injury unknown. If Gore is sidelined, Bradshaw automatically jumps to a RB2 with RB1 upside. Bradshaw is already familiar and comfortable within the offense and will continue to gain more touches even with Gore in the mix.

Tevin Coleman (Ownership 26.1%)

When the number one fantasy running back goes down to injury, you pick up the handcuff off waivers. Freeman is apparently moving along rather quickly in the concussion protocol but don’t be surprised if the league is extra careful with him after the debacle that happened with Case Keenum. Coleman struggled in Freeman’s absence running for only 48 yards on 17 carries. However, the rookie was praised in the preseason for his speed and if given the opportunity, can be a great addition to a roster. Add Coleman to a bench spot now and wait to see what the rookie can do when his number is called upon once again.

NFL Week 10 – Waiver Wire Essentials Report

James Starks is still stealing the show in Green Bay

James Starks is still stealing the show from Eddie Lacy in Green Bay

James Starks (Ownership 16.9%)

James Starks is outplaying Eddie Lacy and getting plenty of chances to take over the lead back role. Although he is not able to quite clear that hurdle, he’s still scoring plenty of fantasy points and is the answer to fantasy players who desperately need help at the RB position. Against the Panthers, Starks carried the ball 10 times for only 39 yards, but racked up the fantasy points by catching 6 balls for 83 yards and scoring a touchdown. He may not be the sexiest add to your fantasy team, but when he’s healthy, he puts up the fantasy points.

Antonio Andrews (Ownership 17.6%)

Titans Coach Mike Mularkey promised to use Antonio Andrews as his feature running back during Week 9 and that’s exactly what he did. Andrews racked up 88 yards on 19 carries and hauled in one catch for 23 yards as Tennessee stunned the Saints. It was a game of miscues, but Andrews is clearly Mularkey’s guy. It’s been a while since Andrews found the end zone, but he is the clear cut starting back and is widely available. A true starting running back is a rare commodity and fantasy owners need to jump on him while they still can.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Ownership 7.8%)

Austin Seferian-Jenkins hasn’t been on the playing field since Week 2 when he suffered a nasty shoulder injury. However, he is due back this week for Bucs home tilt against the visiting Dallas Cowboys. When it comes to tight ends in the NFL, there is NOT a lot to choose from, and Seferian-Jenkins had an explosive start to the year before going down with injury. The 23-year-old is far from a Must-Add, but if your tight ends are not getting the job done for your team, pick him up.

Kamar Aiken (Ownership 4.7%)

With Steve Smith Sr. done for the year, Joe Flacco only has one real option for the number one wide receiver position and that is Kamar Aiken. Aiken has a nose for the end zone and thrived in the number one position with Smith went out the first time. Aiken is looking at a favorable Week 10 matchup at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

NFL Week 9 – Waiver Wire Essentials Report

Once again, DeAngelo Williams will be the

Once again, DeAngelo Williams is set up to become a plugin fantasy diamond

2015 has not been a good year for quality running backs. After Foster went down in Week 7, two more bit the dust in Week 8 and fantasy owners are looking for diamonds in the rough. Stay afloat for the second half of the season with these waiver wire pickups.

DeAngelo Williams (Ownership: 27.2%) 

What a tough blow for Pittsburgh fans and fantasy owners everywhere. The day Ben Roethlisberger returns from knee injury, LeVeon Bell tears his ACL and is put on season ending IR. Talk about not catching a break. For those who weren’t smart enough to handcuff the stud running back, hopefully you can catch DeAngelo Williams off of waivers for Week 9. In the two games Bell missed due to suspension, Williams posted 204 yards and three touchdowns on 41 carries. Williams is a legitimate top-15 running back for the rest of the season.

Jeremy Langford (Ownership: 2.8%)

If losing Bell was a tough blow to Pittsburgh, Forte exiting with a knee injury was a devastating addition to their list of injuries this season. Forte, quietly having a very productive fantasy season, did not suffer a season ending injury, but there is no current timetable for his return. Jeremy Langford, you’re up rookie. Langford, described as an explosive talent on draft day, actually played wide receiver and cornerback at Michigan State. Not known for his physicality, Langford did manage to poach two short touchdowns away from Forte earlier in the season. With a heavy dosage of carries and yards, Langford will be more than just a TD-dependent option for the foreseeable future.

Kamar Aiken (Ownership: 20.6%) 

Hard to see a wily veteran like Steve Smith Sr. go out due to injury. Ice up son, maybe you’ll reconsider retirement and come back better than ever. Well, this is less of an endorsement because Kamar Aiken is a good receiver and more of an endorsement that Kamar Aiken is the only receiver left in Baltimore. Aiken’s hands aren’t trustworthy and he drops a lot of balls. However, Joe Flacco’s only other target at the moment is Crockett Gillmore. Joe Flacco boasts a big arm for a reason and he’ll have to throw it to someone. Aiken could produce respectable numbers on sheer volume alone. You can do a lot worse than Aiken going forward (or not), pick him up and stash him on your roster.

Stevie Johnson (Ownership: 28.7%)

Stevie Johnson was on my wide receiver deep sleeper list in the preseason and backed up my recommendation in the first two weeks with 127 yards and two scores. Unfortunately, Johnson petered out the next couple weeks and was injured the following two weeks after that. Fast-forward to week 9 and now Johnson is the number one receiver due to Keenan Allen’s kidney ailment. Allen is out indefinitely and Philip Rivers has been playing red hot. Get Johnson off of waivers and into your lineups ASAP.

 

 

Hot Start for Stefon Diggs is NO FLUKE

Stefon Diggs

Stefon Diggs is the go-to-guy for Terry Bridgwater and hungry fantasy owners

The Minnesota Vikings appear to have locked on to the star receiver the team has been longing for. Stefon Diggs was selected in the fifth round due to injuries and inconsistencies, but has been torching opposing defenses during the last three weeks and seems to be the answer quarterback Terry Bridgewater has been looking for.

Mike Wallace is currently the number one receiver on the team, but make no mistake, Diggs is the go-to-guy for Bridgewater. Diggs may not put up the same numbers as Odell Beckham did last season, but if he continues at his current pace, he could challenge Amari Cooper for rookie of the year.

Diggs saw NINE targets during his pro debut against the Denver Broncos during Week 4, hauling in six catches for 87 yards. Even though he fumbled twice, he still managed to catch all of those balls against the elite cornerback, Aqib Talib. Now he’s on fire averaging more than 6 catches per game to go with his impressive NINE targets per game – These numbers alone make him a must own in EVERY fantasy format.

Diggs speed allows him to make adjustments to almost any poorly thrown passes by Bridgewater. One play that showed off his remarkable talent was last week against the Lions. Diggs ran a vertical route and Bridgewater overthrew the pass. Even though the pass was overthrown, Diggs was able to accelerate and make a difficult catch for his very first touchdown reception. Diggs has nineteen receptions for three hundred and twenty four yards and one touchdown. He is averaging seventeen yards a catch and has broken the 100-yard reception mark in back-to-back games.

NFL Week 8 – Waiver Wire Essentials Report

It's a mystery that Stefon Diggs is still UNOWNED in

How is Stefon Diggs still UNOWNED in more than half of fantasy football leagues???

Next man up: the phrase is so commonly used throughout the National Football League. With injuries come opportunities for another guy to show what he’s got. It’s also an opportunity to get your season back on track with the right waiver addition. Target these four players on waivers heading into week 8.

Stefon Diggs (Ownership: 44.0%)

Truth is, Stefon should’ve been dug up from waivers about a week ago! The rookie excelled with each passing week including a 6-108-1 stat line last time he took the field. In the absence of Charles Johnson, it seems as if Diggs, not Mike Wallace, took over the X position and is now the favorite receiver for Teddy Bridgewater. With defenses keying in on Adrian Peterson and at least four favorable matchups to close the season, Diggs should be a viable fantasy option for the rest of the year.

Alfred Blue (Ownership: 19.2%)

The injury bug can’t seem to stay away from Arian Foster. After missing the first three games of the season due to a groin tear, Foster tore his Achilles in week 7 and will now miss the rest of the year. In his seven-year career, Foster has only played in a full 16-game season twice. If that’s not a good enough track record to handcuff the brittle back, I don’t know what is. Alfred Blue should now be owned in all formats. Earlier in the season, it took Blue a few games to get on track but he is the undisputed lead ball carrier now for the Texans.

Jordan Reed (Ownership: 41.8%)

Reed picked up right where he left off. Returning from a two game absence, Reed caught 11 balls for 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The big tight end was targeted the most on the team and helped Kirk Cousins and the Redskins complete the biggest comeback in franchise history (YOU LIKE THAT?!). Reed is undoubtedly the focal point of the passing game as he has led Washington three times in five appearances this season. The Redskins are on bye in week 8 but he should be added before the team’s week nine matchup in Foxborough against the Patriots.

Danny Amendola (Ownership: 16.1%)

That’s two respectable efforts put up in a row by Danny Amendola. The veteran receiver has been hit-or-miss all season with Brandon Lafell sidelined. However, now that LaFell is back, Amendola may see his share of targets decrease. Alternatively, if LaFell continues to drops balls at the rate that he did in week 7, Belichick will have no problem benching him and Amendola could continue to grow great chemistry with Brady. If there were one offense in the NFL to support and sustain four different receivers, it would be New England’s Brady Bunch.

Do NOT Sleep on Brandon LaFell

Make no mistake, Brandon LaFell will provide a spark to any fantasy lineup

Make no mistake, Brandon LaFell will provide a spark to any fantasy lineup

After missing at the first six games with a foot injury, there’s rampant speculation as to when Brandon LaFell may return to the playing field for the New England Patriots. He’s already practicing again and may be the missing piece the Patriots need to put the finishing touches on their juggernaut offense.

As to when the Patriots might activate LaFell, it could be any day now. There is now a 21-day activation clock running and New England could activate LaFell this week against the Jets, Week 8 against the Dolphins or even Week 9 to face the Redskins.

Sitting at 6 and 0, the Patriots don’t have to hurry the receiver back into action. Last season, LaFell tallied 74 receptions for 953 yards and 7 touchdowns. Tom Brady is putting up great numbers and seems to be more dangerous every week. He’s thrown fourteen touchdowns and only one interception through the first six games of the season.

As we said, LaFell is eligible to play this week against the division rival New York Jets. If the coaching staff has made a decision on when to activate him, they are not sharing their thoughts with anyone else. With his return, Brady will have even more passing options, which is a terrifying thought for opposing defensive coordinators. As one of Brady’s most trusted receivers, LaFell is a MUST-ADD in every fantasy format under the sun.

NFL Week 7 – Waiver Wire Essentials Report

Ben Watson

Owners looking for tight end help have to make a play for Ben Watson this week

Benjamin Watson (Ownership: 4.2%)  

The Saints’ tight end finally broke on to the scene last Sunday with a 10-120-1 stat line. Now don’t get ahead of yourself, Watson is no Jimmy Graham. However, Watson now caught a touchdown in two consecutive weeks and Drew Brees is finally looking healthier and up to speed. If the Saints’ offense could ever get on a roll, Watson could see a big uptick in fantasy points. With the Colts on their way to the superdome in a week 7 matchup, Watson will be a sneaky flier option for those tight ends on bye (i.e Tyler Eifert, Martellus Bennett.)

Marvin Jones (Ownership: 29.0%)

I wrote about Marvin Jones in week 3, to which he posted an absolute dud in week 4. Since then, Jones put up 21 fantasy points in two weeks which is respectable considering he was going against the Seahawks and Bills defense respectively. Jones is a legitimate WR 2 in a red-hot offense. Currently, there are no threats to unseat Jones at his position and he should thrive while defenders target A.J. Green. Perhaps the only downside is all the mouths to feed in this offense. With Gio Bernard, Jeremy Hill, Tyler Eifert, and the aforementioned A.J. Green, that’s a lot of targets Dalton needs to spread around to keep people happy. Regardless, if you’re looking for a receiver with some definitive upside, Marvin Jones is your guy.

Theo Riddick (Ownership: 26%)

Slowly but surely, Riddick is carving his role into this Lions offense. He had three catches on Sunday bringing his season total to 33, which leads the league. Riddick also got involved in the ground game carrying the ball seven times for 28 yards. All seven of Riddick’s carries came after Abdullah’s fumble. If the rookie continues to have ball security problems, Riddick would receive added touches. Keep in mind, Bell was able to practice all last week but was scratched before the game making him questionable heading into week 7.

Jay Cutler (Ownership: 23.9%)

Say all you want about Jay Cutler but the man has now put up three consecutive weeks with 19 or more fantasy points. After taking this week off, the Bears should get some much-needed rest to their ailing receiving corps. With some healthy weapons on the outside, Cutler can thrive, as the Bears will most likely have to throw their way out of most games. You may not look at Cutler as your top choice for a weekly starter, but he sure is better than some other choice…looking at you Peyton Manning.