Week #16 Waiver Watch of Truth
Same intro every week folks, if you’re new to this series carry on, if not drop down to the QB
section. Some fantasy players believe leagues are won in drafts, others believe they’re won through trades, I personally believe championships are won on the waiver wire. Every league is different and it’s undoubtedly a combination of the three but let’s make sure you’re up to speed on this week’s top waiver wire adds.
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
Hurts was phenomenal against the fairly stingy Cardinals Defense putting up a whopping 37.82 points. If you had him in your lineup last week, good for you! If you’re in need of a QB for championship week you could certainly do worse than this stud rookie against that Dallas Defense. Hurts showed his rushing ability once again (11 attempts for 63 yards and a TD) but this time his arm was the star of the show, throwing for 338 yards and three scores. If he can even get close to that production against Dallas he could win a lot of ballsy folks a ship! He’s rostered in 33.1% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Marcus Mariota LV, Teddy Bridgewater CAR.
Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins
Ahmed returned after the three-week absence due to a shoulder injury and what a return it was. The undrafted rookie rumbled his way to 122 yards on 23 carries for an impressive 5.3 yards per carry. He resumed his role as the workhorse back making him an option for Championship week if Gaskin remains sidelined. He’s rostered in 24.2% of ESPN leagues.
Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams
With workhorse running back Cam Akers already ruled out with a high ankle sprain, Brown is back in the fantasy conversation. He hasn’t been productive at all but neither has his counterpart Darrell Henderson JR. If you’re desperate to replace Akers, Brown is an option. He’s rostered in 24.2% of ESPN leagues.
Lynn Bowden Jr, Miami Dolphins
Bowden has another solid day leading the Dolphins in receptions with six on seven targets. He only managed 46 yards from scrimmage but had a solid day in PPR formats with a total of 10.6 points. If the Miami receiving corps are still banged up next week vs the Raiders, Bowden could be a safe play. He’s rostered in 14.5% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Sony Michel NE, Ty Johnson NYJ, Frank Gore NYJ, Benny Snell JR. PIT.
Russell Gage, Cleveland Browns
Gage had another productive game making it his third straight with at least 15 PPR points. The former LSU Tiger hauled in five of ten targets for 68 yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay on Sunday. Gage is a solid play in this pass heavy offense and is even more intriguing when Julio Jones is on the sideline. Atlanta plays Kansas City this week which will undoubtedly force Atlanta to once again have a pass heavy game-script. He’s rostered in 21.3% of ESPN leagues.
Keke Coutee/Chad Hansen, Houston Texans
This duo of nobodies continued to put up solid fantasy performances, more impressively, they did it against the Colts dominant defense for the second time. Coutee had a solid day hauling in five balls on seven targets for 53 yards and a touchdown. Hansen had a reduced workload due to the return of Brandin Cooks but the practice squader made the most of his limited opportunities by catching a 38 yard touchdown. He only had one other catch but it was for 17 yards. Either wouldn’t be crazy plays against Cincinnati this week if you’re desperate in a deep PPR league. Coutee is rostered in 30.8% and Hansen 4.4% of ESPN leagues.
Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers
Lazard had his busiest day since coming back from a core injury in week #11. He brought in five of six targets for 56 yards which led the way for Green Bay receivers Saturday night against Carolina. Lazard has the WR2 role on lock over Valdez-Scantling making him a viable plug and play option. He could have a big game versus the soft Tennessee secondary this week especially if it turns into a shootout. He’s rostered in 25.8% of ESPN leagues.
Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns
Higgins had another solid day catching four of five targets for 76 yards making it his third straight week with double digit points in PPR formats. If you’re in need of a dart throw play in the championship, taking a risk on Hollywood Higgins against the Jets doesn’t sound too shabby. He’s rostered in 16.3% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Darnell Mooney CHI, Zach Pascal IND, Greg Ward JR. PHI, Kendrick Bourne SF, Lil’Jordan Humphrey NO.
Durham Smythe, Miami Dolphins
Smythe had a larger role in Miami’s offense due to the weapons arsenal being depleted by the injury bug. If Gesicki can’t go this week, Smythe could be a sneaky good play. He secured all five of his targets for 40 yards against the stingy New England defense on Sunday. He’s rostered in 0.1% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Jordan Akins HOU, Dan Arnold ARI.
Here’s a list of players that I either included in the previous week’s article or are obvious adds that are owned quite a bit more but still have a decent chance of being available in your league. These guys are definitely worth checking the wires for.
Top Priority list:
QB Drew Brees NO 55%
QB Kirk Cousins MIN 38.1%
WR Emmanuel Sanders NO 53.8%
WR Nelson Agholor LV 35.8%
WR Jakobi Meyers NE 34.1%
RB Giovani Bernard CIN 59.1%
RB Darrell Henderson JR. LAR 59.1%
RB Le’Veon Bell KC 57.5%
RB James White NE 47.6%
RB Phillip Lindsay DEN 43%
RB Tony Pollard DAL 34.9%
TE Logan Thomas WAS 53.2%
Take all of this with a grain of salt as I obviously don’t know the details of your specific situation, what you need, who you’d drop and who else is available in your league.
Thanks for reading and as always, stay true.
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