Archive for Waiver Worthy

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

Waiver Worthy: Week 9 Fallout: James Starks, Karlos Williams & More

by Will Overton

Thankfully we are going back from six teams on bye to four, but the quality of fantasy value absent this week is much better, with the exception of the San Francisco 49ers (who no one should miss).  Still, there are always going to be needs to be filled due to injuries, bye weeks and poor performances. I have six players who I like for Week 10, some of which are coming off big weeks in Week 9 and others who I just expect to have a big performance

Let’s take a look at the potentially hot adds for the week:

Kirk Cousins – QB, Washington Redskins: The bye week has three guys who are fantasy starters all sitting out and Ben Roethlisberger is headed back to the bench with another injury. This means there are going to be teams in the market for a quarterback and one of the best streaming options for it this week is Kirk Cousins. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 8 Fallout: DeAngelo Williams, Jeremy Langford & More

by Will Overton

We have made it halfway through the season, and we have also made it to the “dreaded” Week 9 byes as there are six teams on bye week. Featured among the absent are four QB who could be considered starters or fringe starters in fantasy leagues, several Top 25 RB and Top 25 WR and a handful of Top 15 TE.

At this point in the season you are generally looking for players who might be able to help you down the stretch and into the fantasy playoffs, but for this week you may be forced to just be filling gaps as best you can. We’ll talk about those with long term upside, but we’re going to be more focused on Week 9 adds more than anything else.

Let’s take a look at the waiver wire grabs to target:

Jameis Winston – QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: It’s not been a super memorable rookie season from, but the last two weeks he’s looked a bit better with his decision making and threw for a TD and ran for another yesterday. This leads up to a nice matchup with the New York Giants. We saw what Drew Brees did and while we shouldn’t expect that from him, he could be in line for his biggest game of his young career. Read more

Prioritizing The Wire: Ranking The Top 10 Running Back Targets Prior To Week 8

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you searching for the best running back to add this week over the waiver wire?  It’s often difficult to sort through the options, so let’s try to prioritize who the best grabs are considering both the short and long-term.  Keep in mind, to be eligible for this list you have to be owned in under 50% of both ESPN and Yahoo leagues, so someone like Chacandrick West (67.4% in ESPN) or Matt Jones (52.8% in ESPN) haven’t been included.  It’s important to examine your own waiver wire, just in case someone surprisingly remains available.

1) Darren McFadden – Dallas Cowboys
ESPN – 42.6%, Yahoo! – 38%
Clearly he took advantage of the injury that sidelined Joseph Randle, taking 29 carries for 152 yards and 1 TD against what had been a stout Giants’ run defense.  Obviously we can’t bank on this kind of workload continuing, whether it’s Randle or Christine Michael sharing duties, and McFadden is a consistent injury risk.  Still, running behind arguably the elite offensive line in the game makes McFadden the top grab in all formats. Read more