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Waiver Worthy: Week 3 Fallout: Jordan Howard, Terrelle Pryor, Wendell Smallwood & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Looking to hit the waiver wire?  Who isn’t looking to improve, though making any hasty decisions off one game could ultimately prove more costly than helpful.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few players who may be available and if they are worth targeting or not:


Jordan Howard – Running Back – Chicago Bears
We were proponents of adding him after Week 2, given the struggles of Jeremy Langford, and Howard’s Sunday night performances helps to hammer it home:

  • Rushing – 9 carries for 45 yards
  • Receiving – 4 receptions (6 targets) for 47 yards

Langford did break a 23 yard run, but finished the day with just 3 carries and 2 receptions (on 3 targets) before being forced from the game due to injury.  Given how bad he was over the first two weeks and the potential that Howard possesses, this appears to be the changing of the guard in the Bears’ backfield.  Howard is a must own option, as he has the upside of a must play RB2 (and occasionally more than that, depending on the matchup). Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 2 Fallout: Jay Ajayi, Tyrell Williams, Charles Sims & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Looking to hit the waiver wire ?  Who isn’t looking to improve, though making any hasty decisions off one game could ultimately prove more costly than helpful.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few players who may be available and if they are worth targeting or not:


Jacoby Brissett – Quarterback – New England Patriots
According to Gregg Rosenthal of (click here for the article):

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported after the game that Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder, according to someone informed of the results of exams performed at the hospital today. Garoppolo’s chances of playing Thursday against the Texans are slim, per Garafolo, but the Patriots are hopeful he can return Week 4.”

Given the injury and the quick turnaround, it’s impossible to forecast Garrapolo taking the field on Thursday.  In two-quarterback formats that puts Brissett squarely on radars, especially since he showed something in his brief time on the field against the Dolphins (6-9, 92 yards, 0 TD and 0 INT, as well as rushing 4 times for 12 yards).  It is a difficult matchup, though we all know the Patriots find a way. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 1 Fallout: Theo Riddick, Tyrell Williams, Carson Wentz & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Looking to hit the waiver wire already?  Who isn’t looking to improve, though making any hasty decisions off one game could ultimately prove more costly than helpful.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few players who may be available and if they are worth targeting or not:


Carson Wentz – Quarterback – Philadelphia Eagles
22-37, 278 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT

The second overall selection wasn’t particularly accurate (59.5% completion rate), we have to take into account that the performance came against the Browns and wonder how often are they going to let him throw the ball 37 times.  There was always going to be value in two-quarterback formats, but in single-quarterback leagues there’s no reason to get excited off this opening day line.

Verdict – Deny Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 16 Fallout: Isaiah Crowell’s Increased Role & More

by Will Overton

I am a week 16 Championship game advocate because there are just too many variables and things left to chance in Week 17 to decide a champion. That said, I know there are plenty out there who do still play in Week 17 and have very high stakes on the line, so we’re still plugging away with top notch coverage here at Rotoprofessor.

As of now there are no guaranteed to sit kind of guys, which is nice to see. There were also no significant injuries in Week 16, so the talent pool on the wire is a little thin. Based on matchups and recent form there are a few guys jumping out at me who you should take a look at. Let’s break down the top waiver wire targets for those who are still on the lookout for some help:

Sam Bradford – QB, Philadelphia Eagles: I always make sure to include a streaming QB option in my waiver wire columns and Bradford is the widely owned QB I have identified. This one is all about matchup, and a little bit about game script. The Eagles draw the Giants porous secondary which is nice, and it’s almost certainly going to be a shootout similar to the one they just had with the Redskins in which Bradford threw for 361 yards. I like him to put up numbers based on quantity of work, if nothing else. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 15 Fallout: Christine Michael Next Up In Seattle and More

by Will Overton

Depending on the league you play in this is very likely your championship week, and to be honest it should be since Week 17 championships are rough. I am guessing if you’ve made it all the way to the championship in your league you aren’t relying too heavy on your waiver wire. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, though, that there’s help out there for the taking.

It’s also possible you play in a league where winning your consolation bracket or third place game actually means something. So let’s keep up on what we’ve been doing all year and look at some of the top waiver wire adds of the week:

Jay Cutler – QB, Chicago Bears: My pick for the streaming QB of the week is Cutler. We really haven’t seen any big blow out games this season, which is odd, though he has hit two TD in back-to-back games. This week he gets one of the more favorable matchups in the league with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who just made Case Keenum look like Tom Brady.  Cutler has the weapons, with Alshon Jeffrey and Matt Fort,e to help him have a big day and he’s due for a three TD outing. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 14 Fallout: Seahawks Skill Players, Tim Hightower & More

by Will Overton

The fantasy playoffs are underway, whether they are just beginning in Week 15 or if you’re lucky enough to have reached the next round. That means, unless you’re in a keeper or dynasty league, your competition for the waiver wire is starting to thin out, which is a good thing for those who need to use it.

A lot of owners are hesitant to use the wire when so much is at stake, but if you can upgrade your team you shouldn’t hesitate. Let’s look at some of the guys I think could be worth a look for Week 15:

Brock Osweiler – QB, Denver Broncos: If someone like Alex Smith, who goes against the Ravens this week, is available in your league he may be a better option at QB, but he’s owned in a decent amount of leagues. So if he’s not there Brock Osweiler really isn’t a bad option to consider. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 13 Fallout: Rookie Wide Receivers Explode and More

by Will Overton

It’s time folks, the fantasy football playoffs are upon us. Or they are upon us for many fantasy owners. I know a lot of leagues still have one more week in their regular season, but whether you’re gearing up for the playoffs this week or are in a must win battle to make the playoffs, you need to go in equipped to win your matchup with the best lineup possible.

As we always do on Monday’s we are going to be looking at the hot adds to make for this week, looking at what went down yesterday in the league and what the schedule looks like for Week 14. With a week that didn’t see many significant injuries we have to dig a bit deeper for adds this week, but here are the guys I am targeting right now:

Jameis Winston – QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: I think it’s pretty clear that the team you want to stream quarterbacks against is the New Orleans Saints. Week in and week out, without fail, someone is torching the Saints secondary and this week it’s Jameis Winston’s turn to make it happen. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 12 Fallout: Baldwin’s Big Game, D. Johnson’s Opportunity & More

by Will Overton

This could be the final week of your regular season, and if it’s not it’s probably one of the last two. Even though there aren’t any more bye weeks, you may still need that waiver wire to fill your lineup this week because of injuries or underperforming.

In this space we are going to look at guys who had breakouts in Week 12 and also guys we think may have breakouts in Week 13. Looking back is only half of the battle of the wire now, because who a team is playing makes a big difference.  With that in mind let’s take a look at the top targets on the wire this week:

Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB, New York Jets: At the beginning of the year it seemed like a sure thing that the only way the Jets offense would get any traction this season was through the running game. That really hasn’t been the case, though, as Fitzpatrick turned in yet another stellar performance yesterday throwing for 4 TD against the Dolphins. This comes off the heels of two rough performances so it was good to see. He should be able to keep the momentum going next week against the Giants, who let Kirk Cousins throw for over 300 yards. If you need a QB to stream Fitzpatrick would be one of my first choices. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 11 Fallout: RB Galore (Ware, Coleman & Allen), Terrance Williams & More

by Will Overton

We’re headed into Week 12 and that means no more bye weeks to give owners headaches. You should be working at full capacity, aside from any injuries you may have (and chances are you are dealing with a major one at this point). This should be a welcome relief to owners, but it shouldn’t make you feel safe.  There are only a few weeks left in the fantasy regular season. There are injuries you need to maneuver around and I’ll bet you still own some underachievers. You don’t want to take your foot off the gas now.

With that in mind, let’s continue looking at the waiver wire and breaking down the most popular/best adds for the coming week:

Kirk Cousins – QB, Washington Redskins: A couple of weeks ago I touted Cousins as a streaming quarterback option, and I will bet on him again this week. He is currently owned in 28% of leagues and it’ll probably be a lot less now after he had a bit of a stinker against the Carolina Panthers. Let that work into your favor and snatch him up for another prime matchup, this time against the New York Giants. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 10 Fallout: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Wes Welker & More

by Will Overton

This isn’t a particularly strong week for the waiver wire. For the most part in Week 10 we saw a lot of familiar faces, who are already owned in a lot of leagues, making the noise. There also weren’t many significant injuries opening the door for new opportunities (though that’s not something anyone is going to complain about).

That said, there were still a few waiver wire standouts for us to discuss and there are also a few guys we will highlight based on their matchup in Week 11. Let’s take a look at who I would be eyeing on the wire this week:

Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB, New York Jets: I was able to nail my waiver wire streaming quarterback for Week 10 when I advised readers to add Kirk Cousins. Let’s see if I can strike some magic again with Ryan Fitzpatrick. First things first, pay attention to his status because he did have surgery on his thumb over the weekend, so he is going to be questionable. If he plays, though, this matchup with the Texans is a very nice one. Read more