Another week of football is upon us, and another top tier player has gone down with an injury. Arian Foster has a torn ACL and is out for the season. With the season almost half over, many of the best players are unavailable in most leagues. However, there are always some values available on the waiver wire. Here are some of the guys on my radar.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets. In many leagues, Ryan Fitzpatrick is keeping pace with Andrew Luck on a weekly basis. Think about that for a second. Luck was potentially drafted in the first round in your league, and depending on the size of your league, you can get similar numbers from a guy that might be available as a free agent. If Fitzpatrick is available, he's definitely a nice start this week against the Raiders.
Bryan Hoyer, QB, Houston Texans. I mentioned Hoyer last week, and I'll mention him again. He's not the flashiest option, and struggled for a portion of the game against Miami, but he also has been putting up solid numbers in the games he's starting. I'd take Fitzpatrick over Hoyer this week, but Hoyer's still a decent spot start as well.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears. Cutler hasn't had a great year, but he's returning from a bye week and may be available in your league. He's not going to win you a matchup on his own, but he'll put up enough stats to at least keep you in contention. If you're starting to get desparate, give Cutler a look.
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys. I don't think McFadden is a long-term answer for your fantasy team. However, I do think he could be a nice answer this week. While the Giants do have a tendency to give up lots of yards to running backs, it's hard to deny that McFadden looked in week 7 against them. Christine Michael could take over in the Cowboys backfield, but with a week like McFadden had last week, it's possible that McFadden just claimed the starting spot.
Alfred Blue/Texans RBs, RB, Houston Texans. Arian Foster's replacement in Houston should put up serviceable numbers moving forward, although this backfield looks like it will likely be a time-share. Blue seems to be the favorite to take carries in Houston, but the entier backfield is at least worth a look.
Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants. Darkwa got some carries last week thanks to injury. He performed well, and should see continued looks in the future. He's worth a gamble.
Brandon Oliver, RB, San Diego Chargers. Melvin Gordon is coming off of an injury, and has struggled at times this season. Will Oliver see an increase in carries? He's running on borrowed time right now since Gordon is a talented back, but Oliver could see some carries this week.
Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs. West was added heavily after Charles went down with an injury. Then he was dropped just as heavily due to a slow start. However, West arrived in week 7, and appears to be a legitimate option at RB. Grab him if you eed some depth and a potential starter.
Chris Conley, WR, Kansas City Chiefs. Conley had a great game in week 7, and may finally be coming into his own in the NFL. Granted, Maclin might return in week 8, but Conley is still worth an add, especially if you need help at WR. Most rookies take a little bit of time to develop in the NFL. If Conley is finally hitting his stride, he could help your team out down the stretch.
Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings. If he's not owned in your league yet, why not? Go get him. Period.
Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks. Like Conley, Lockett showed signs of life in week 7. The Seahawks are not a passing team, but Lockett looks like the best WR on Seattle's roster, and could be a nice flex or WR3 option at worst. The potential is there for him to outproduce Doug Baldwin.
Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals. Floyd has seen an increase in production over the past few weeks. That makes sense, as he has had more time to recover from a devastating finger injury in the preseason. He's played essentially all season, but he's finally putting up the numbers we've come to expect from him. He shouldn't be your #1 WR, but he's a nice complemetary piece.
Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets. Want to take a moment and say "who?!" Here's that moment. Cumberland is forgotten in most fantasy leagues, and hasn't gotten much press this year. However, remember that the Jets face the Raiders this week, a unit that is prone to giving up big games to tight ends. If you're looking for a gamble that could pay off nicely, Cumberland fits that bill.
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins. Reed has looked great with with the Redskins when not injured; in five games, he has seen 49 targets. That's more than Jimmy Graham has seen all season. the Redskins are on bye this week, so Reed could definitely be available on waivers. If you have room, grab him now. This is a move that could help win you the season, not just a matchup.
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions. Ebron is still unowned in lots of leagues, but he has actually put up some pretty decent production at times. He's worth a look in all leagues.
Ben Watson, TE, New Orleans Saints. Before the season began, the Saints stated that Watson would be the #1 TE in New Orleans. Watson started out slowly this season, but is finally starting to produce. He had a great week in week 6, and a decent (but not great) week in week 7. He's not a guy that's going to wow you often, but as a spot start, you could do worse.
Minnesota Vikings D/ST. The Vikings defense is coming off of a 7 sack performance in week 7. The Bears are giving up lots of points to D/ST units. This defense is a great spot start in week 8 and a potential season-long start if you're desparate at D/ST and don't like to stream unit. Highly recommended in week 8!
Detroit Lions D/ST. The Lions face the Chiefs this week. Kansas City is struggling hard with injuries and is a useful opponent for streaming defenses. While Detroit doesn't have the best defensive unit in the league, they should still put up decent numbers against Kansas City. They're worth a look this week depending on who else is available.
Tennessee Titans D/ST. This is a gamble play, but the Titans are looking surprsingly strong against the pass, and are facing a Houston Texans offense that just lost Arian Foster for the year. That will put more pressure on Brian Hoyer, who has issues with interceptions at times. This unit could be a great gamble this week.
Hope this helps, and good luck this week!!
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