Week #5: 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.
Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers
Bridgewater had an ultra productive day despite missing CMC. The former Viking went for nearly 300 yards and two TDs through the air and added 32 more yards and another score on the ground racking up 26.24 fantasy points. He’s been very “boom or bust” so far but if you’re in need of a streamer this week Bridgewater should be considered, especially since he’s playing that Atlanta defense. He’s rostered in 9.8% of ESPN leagues.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins
Week #1 we saw Fitztragic against the Pats but ever since then Fitzmagic has prevailed with 21+ fantasy points in each of the past three games. If you’re in need of a QB or are just looking for a backup, Fitzpatrick is a decent option and looks to have the starting job in Miami on lock for now. The journeyman is rostered in 28% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Derek Carr LV, Kirk Cousins MIN.
Damien Harris, New England Patriots
Harris was activated off of injured reserve on Monday and got the start against the reigning Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. With Sony Michel landing on IR, Harris got plenty of work (17 carries for 100 yards) and will continue to get a healthy workload for the Pats. Go pick up Harris if he’s available in your league. He’s rostered in 15.4% of ESPN leagues.
Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals
Remember last season when David Johnson was struggling and got banged up then lost his job? Yeah, I remember too. Edmonds is a must add if you’re a Drake owner and is definitely worth a stash if you’re not. Arizona coaches didn’t seem overly concerned about Drake’s chest injury that knocked him out of Sunday’s contest against the Panthers but even when Drake is healthy, Edmonds could be valuable since he’s been getting a steady amount of receiving work with 13 receptions and two touchdowns so far. If Drake continues to struggle or misses time Edmonds is sure to get a larger role if not the starting job. Go scoop him up if possible, he’s rostered in 25.4% of ESPN leagues.
D’Ernest Johnson, Cleveland Browns
Johnson stepped up on Sunday when star running back Nick Chubb went down with a MCL injury which landed him on injured reserve sidelining him for about six weeks. Johnson is a great pickup even with Hunt set to be the lead back for Cleveland. Johnson actually was the lead back against the Cowboys if you’re going by touches and yards (13 for 95) but to be fair Hunt was playing through an injury. Johnson will
surely have a sizable complementary role to Hunt as long as Chubb remains out. Johnson is owned in 0% of ESPN leagues so he better be available in your league!
Reggie Bonnafon, Carolina Panthers
Update: Bonnafon has landed on IR with a high ankle sprain. He’ll be out at least 3 weeks.
Mike Davis has been excellent replacing Christian McCaffrey but he may start splitting work after Bonnafon was called back up from the practice squad last week and made the most of his opportunities Sunday vs the Arizona Cardinals. Bonnafon was trusted with 10 handoffs which he turned into 53 yards for a healthy 5.3 YPC. He also caught both of his targets including one for a score. I wouldn’t trust Bonnafon enough to play him but in deeper leagues any RB who gets double digit touches and a touchdown should be stashed even if he only had a 25% snap share. He’s rostered in just 0.2% of ESPN leagues.
Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers
Unfortunately the trend of running back injuries continued on Sunday and that left Jackson and Joshua Kelley with the bulk of the work as Ekeler went down after just three snaps with a hamstring injury. Both backs were ineffective against the stout Tampa Bay rush defense but Kelley did lose a very costly fumble. Their snaps were spilt fairly even (30 to 21 in favor of Kelley) and touches were 12 to 8 also in favor of Kelley but Jackson was more efficient on the ground and could get a healthy workload while Ekeler is sidelined. If Kelley isn’t available in your league Jackson is a viable option if you’re desperate. He’s owned in 8.8% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Wayne Gallman NYG, Travis Homer SEA, Dontrell Hilliard CLE.
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos
I’ve been mentioning Patrick for the past few weeks now and own quite a few shares of him for my teams but for some reason he hasn’t drawn the attention of the fantasy community yet. He’s only rostered in 0.6% of ESPN leagues but that will surely change after his stellar Thursday night performance against the Jets. Patrick led Denver in targets, receiving yards and receptions hauling in 6 of 7 targets for 113 yards and a score. With top receiver Courtland Sutton out for the season Tim Patrick will continue to have a large role in this offense and his 23.3 point performance should have the masses flocking to him on the waiver wire.
Isaiah Ford, Miami Dolphins
Ford corralled four of eight targets for 48 yards vs Seattle on Sunday trailing only Parker in targets, receptions and receiving yards. This seventh round pick from 2017’s draft has been a surprise contributor this season racking up 26 targets, 15 catches and 151 receiving yards over the first four games. That’s especially intriguing when you compare his numbers to that of Preston Williams who has just 17 targets, 6 catches for 89 yards and a score. Makes you wonder who the WR2 is on this offense after all. It’s also of note that it was the first time that Ford had a higher snap percentage than Williams. Ford could be a sneaky bench stash and he’s only rostered in 0.5% of ESPN leagues.
Jeff Smith, New York Jets
Jeff Smith came off of injured reserve on Thursday and went right to work that evening hauling in seven of nine targets for 81 yards. Tying top target Jamison Crowder in receptions and coming in second to him in yardage may not seem like a big deal but Smith only had one reception to his name prior to Thursday night. The Boston College product is rostered in 0% of ESPN leagues so apparently even his friends and family didn’t believe in him enough but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. He’s worth a stash in deep leagues as a “wait and see” dart throw.
Honorable mentions: Hunter Renfrow LV, Zach Pascal IND, David Moore SEA, Nelson Agholor LV, Darnell Mooney CHI, Greg Ward PHI.
Greg Olsen, Seattle Seahawks
Olsen hauled in five of a season high seven targets for 35 yards against Miami as he continued to show good chemistry with Russell Wilson who is putting up MVP worthy numbers so far. Olsen isn’t the type of player that he used to be but the 35 year old veteran had five receptions on Sunday for the second time in as many weeks and will remain a playable option in deeper leagues due to the potent Seattle passing offense. Olsen is rostered in 14% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Drew Sample CIN, Dan Arnold ARI.
Here’s a list of players that I either included the previous week or are obvious adds that have a decent chance of being available but are most likely rostered in your leagues. These guys are definitely worth checking the wires for.
Top Priority list:
QB Gardner Minshew JAC 45.9
QB Justin Herbert LAC 11.8%
WR Laviska Shenault JR. 27.8%
WR Brandon Aiyuk SF 26.1%
WR Tee Higgins CIN 25%
RB Joshua Kelley LAC 56.9%
RB Devonta Freeman NYG 56%
RB Malcolm Brown LAR 51.5%
RB Adrian Peterson DET 51.5%
TE Austin Hooper CLE 42.8%
TE Dalton Schultz DAL 32.6%
TE Robert Tonyan GB 7.9%
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.