Week #16 Waiver Watch Of Truth

Week #16 Waiver Watch Of Truth

Welcome back to the Waiver Watch of Truth! The season is winding down but there are still some viable options out there on the wire. 

Quarterbacks

Gardner Minshew, Philadelphia Eagles - a surprising report this week mentioned Jalen Hurts suffered a shoulder injury in last weeks games and his status for this week is uncertain. That would be a huge blow to Philly and fantasy rosters everywhere but in case he misses, Minshew is a veteran who’s had stretches of great play in the past. It typically doesn’t last more than a game or two, and this week is a tough matchup against Dallas, but Dallas has looked vulnerable through the air recently. The Eagles have an elite set of weapons and should get Dallas Goedert back soon, giving Minshew some steaming appeal.

Daniel Jones, New York Giants - It’s always hit or miss with Jones but he’s got a great matchup this week against the Vikings and with the Giants defense banged up, Minnesota should be able to put up points forcing Jones to throw a bit more. This game surprisingly has the 2nd highest Over/Under on the week so expect a lot of points, many of which Jones should be responsible for. The Vikings have surrendered some of the most points to QBs this year so Jones is worth a dice roll this week if you’ve been streaming or just lost Hurts possibly.

Running Backs 

Zack Moss, Indianapolis Colts - An early ankle injury to Jonathan Taylor crushed several fantasy teams this past week and reports today indicate he will miss the rest of the season. While it won’t be the sexiest pick up, Zach Moss looked to be the primary back up on Sunday with 67% of the snaps and 25 opportunities. Deon Jackson was also mixed in initially but an early fumble could have been a reason Moss got so much work in the game. Tough to say for sure if the Colts lean on Moss or Jackson - my guess is a mix of both - but if I was going to bet on one it would be Moss. I don’t expect the Colts to be 33 points ahead of the Chargers this week, so game script won’t be as favorable, but the Chargers are one of the worst run defenses in the NFL so Moss makes an uninspiring floor play if you’re desperate and could give you double digits if he gets into the end zone.

Deon Jackson, Indianapolis Colts - I like Jackson for the same reasons as Moss. It’ll likely be a split between the two and a great matchup this week against the Chargers. Moss will certainly be much more expensive to acquire and I think Jackson is also worth rostering. He had a few decent games earlier in the season when Taylor went down and seems to be useful in the passing game. He could be an OK flex option in PPR leagues if you’re desperate given the matchup and possibility the game script forces Indy to throw a bit more.

Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears - high chance Herbert is floating around a lot of waiver wires after going on IR a few weeks ago. It’s been 4 weeks since he was put there so he’s eligible to return this coming week, we’ll see if he gets activated. He had a nice string of games before getting hurt, finishing inside the Top 28 RBs in his first 6 of 8 games, including an RB1 overall finish in Week 3. It’s risky business to start him his first game back this week if he’s activated in a tough matchup against Buffalo but if you’re desperate you at least know he’s got talent and should get around 10 touches.

Handcuffs - I’ve been preaching for weeks and it’s important now more than ever. Please add some handcuffs to your roster as insurance. Jonathan Taylor is the latest example of an RB going down and we saw a few guys, Ekeler for example, leave the game for a bit and return. First priority is getting your own RBs handcuffed and if you’re set in that regard, why not add a few other upside handcuffs on the back of the bench. At this point in the season there’s no sense in rostering a 4th or 5th WR or back up TE, so replace those guys with some of the following players to give yourself a high upside lotto ticket - Zamir White, Jaylen Warren, Joshua Kelley, Samaje Perine, Gus Edwards, Hassan Haskins, Jamycal Hasty, Kenneth Gainwell, Boston Scott, Matt Breida, Jordan Mason, Keontay Ingram, Alexander Mattison, Chuba Hubbard. The top guys of this list would be Perine, Kelley, Warren and Mattison since we’ve seen them produce more often than not this season. From the rest of the names they’re all kind of a jumble so pick you’re favorite one.

Wide Receivers 

Jahan Dotson, Washington Commanders - I highlighted Dotson last week and another productive game against the Giants means Dotson should get an even closer look if he’s available. There’s a bunch of mouths to feed in Washington and the passing offense is a bit limited by Heinicke, but he’s shown his explosiveness the last two weeks and is reminding everyone why he was a first round pick this past year. He’s getting a high percentage of his targets deep down the field which is a plus but has a tough matchup this week against SF. I would add Dotson to stash this week and if he is productive again in a tough matchup you should have some confidence playing him in the championship against Cleveland if you’re iffy in your flex.

Chris Moore, Houston Texans - Multi week absences for Brandon Cooks and Nico Collins has opened the door for Chris Moore to be the de facto #1 option in Houston. He was probably widely added last week after his 25 point game, but don’t be surprised if he’s still available or even dropped this week after an underwhelming game in Week 15. He still saw 9 targets last week and 11 the week before, so as long as Cooks and Collins continue to miss, Moore should be a high volume play in a favorable matchup against Tennessee.

Russell Gage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - With Julio Jones sidelined this past week and Gage getting back to form from the injury, he turned in a monster performance and saw 12 targets from Tom Brady. The Bucs have been out of sync all year on offense, especially the protection and Brady’s connection with Mike Evans. The Bucs have to throw to the short and intermediate part of the field and if Julio misses more games, Gage makes a very interesting PPR option.

Rasheed Shaheed, New Orleans Saints - Shaheed is a high risk play for sure but the kid is electric and has the potential to score anytime he touches the ball. He’s been getting more involved in the offense lately after starting the season primarily on special teams, playing over 50% of the snaps the last three weeks. If your league awards points for returns he gives you a little bonus there. He’s only gotten 3-4 targets each of the last 3 games and they’re typically deep shots, so his floor is virtually zero but he can hit a home run at anytime, even in the return game, so he could be a high risk high reward flex if you need some upside.

Marquise Goodwin, Seattle Seahawks - Unfortunate news for Tyler Lockett who suffered a broken finger in last weeks game which will sideline him for a little while. Goodwin has world class speed and showed some decent production earlier when filling in for DK Metcalf the game he went down. Geno Smith has been surprisingly great this year so it’s worth adding his new #2 option in the passing game.

Tight Ends 

Juwan Johnson, New Orleans Saints - It seems like we’ve found this years version of Robert Tonyan, Eric Ebron, etc. The TE who just seemingly gets in the end zone every week. Johnson now has 7 touchdowns on the season and TE has been an absolute pile of crap this year, which makes Johnson worth the risk. Like every other TE he can easily give you 3-4 points if he doesn’t score, but more likely than not that’s what you’re getting from other steaming options anyway, so why not play the guy who’s been a proven scorer this year.

 

Good luck all and as always, stay true. 


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