Archive for Waiver Worthy

Waiver Worthy: Week 4: Wendell Smallwood, Sterling Shepard, Duke Johnson & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When it comes to playing fantasy football one of the biggest mistakes can be complacency.  Not keeping a close eye on the waiver wire and trying to identify opportunities for production is a mistake.  Injuries are a constant, and being prepared with an alternative option is key to anyone’s success.  Coming out of Week 3 who are the players to target?  Let’s take a look at some of the options:


Wendell Smallwood – Running Back – Philadelphia Eagles
Darren Sproles suffered a pair of injuries in Week 3, with a broken arm and torn ACL, and that should end his season.  While no one player will likely assume all of Sproles’ opportunities, Smallwood appears to be in the best position to benefit from his absence.  After picking up 8 yards on 7 carries over the first two weeks he exploded for 71 yards on 12 carries against the Giants (matching the carries of LeGarrette Blount, who turned 12 carries into 67 yards).  Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 2: Carson Emerges In Seattle, WR To Target & More

by Will Overton

Another week is almost in the books and it was a fun one, with a lot more real fantasy points scored. If you happen to be staring at 0 – 2 you may be feeling a little desperate, or at least like you need to shake things up, though you don’t want to do something too irrational and hopefully I can help you decide who to grab and who to pass on.

Just for reference as we go along this season I try not to mention the same guys every week, which is why you won’t find Buck Allen on my list even though he is a must own right now. I also try to avoid guys owned in more than 25% of leagues, which is why you won’t see Marqise Lee.

So without further explanation, let’s get to breaking down this week’s waiver targets:

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Waiver Worthy: Week 1: RB Dominate The Potential Targets (Cohen, Allen & More)

by Will Overton

Working the waiver wire after week one is a tricky road to navigate. You have to balance that tension of not wanting to overreact to a one performance, either good or bad, with not wanting to miss out on a guy who might turn out to be a pretty solid player all year long.

I will try and help you navigate the murky waters a bit here by discussing some of the guys sure to be prime targets and giving my thoughts on what you should be doing with them. This week’s edition will be running back heavy:

Tarik Cohen – RB, Chicago Bears
Certain to be one of the hottest names on the wire, Tarik Cohen put the fantasy world on notice with a really impressive rookie debut. He ran the ball five times for 66 yards, including a 46 yard run at one point. Cohen also caught eight passes for 47 yards and a TD. Between his success and Howard dropping a critical pass in the 4th quarter, I think it’s pretty well established that Cohen will be the receiving down back. Read more

Deep League Waiver Wire Targets: Injuries Lead To Wide Receiver Diamonds In The Rough

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There were a pair of potentially significant injuries to already questionable wide receiving corps in Week 1.  The Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears already had issues, but with Allen Robinson lost for the season and Kevin White potentially following suit trying to find value could prove difficult.  Questionable quarterback play and feature running backs will further cloud the issue, but let’s take a look at both depth charts and try to find the diamond in the rough worth stashing:


Jacksonville Jaguars
Player to Add = Dede Westbrook

The Jaguars do have potential options, though none of them have the upside of Allen Robinson.  Rookie Leonard Fournette, who took 26 carries for 100 yards in Week 1, should be in story for a bigger role and there could be more touches for Chris Ivory and T.Y. Yeldon (when healthy).  Still, Blake Bortles has to throw the football to someone. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 15 Fallout: Dion Lewis, Tyler Lockett & More

by Will Overton

Championship week isn’t the ideal time to be relying on waiver wire pickups to save your team, but you also don’t want to be so stuck in your ways that you pass up guys who can be helpful. If you have an injury to fill, or a spot that you find yourself streaming week to week, we are going to help you navigate the waiver wire by looking at some of the standouts from Week 15 available in a majority of leagues:

Dion Lewis – RB, New England Patriots
The running back pool right now is very weak, but Lewis is available in over 50% of leagues on ESPN. It seemed like the Patriots were content to keep Lewis as a piece of a three headed monster and not a focal point of the offense, until yesterday. Lewis ran the ball 18 times for 95 yards and also caught a pair of passes. We know he is more talented than James White, and if the Patriots are looking to move back to a two man crew at running back then Lewis is a great add.
Verdict: Must Add If Available Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 14 Fallout: Justin Forsett, Marquise Lee & More

by Will Overton

When you’re walking into the fantasy playoffs you don’t want to have to rely on the waiver wire, but sometimes it just happens to you. Maybe you lost one of your guys to injury yesterday that you now have to replace as you go into a must win playoff game.

Even if you don’t have a hole to fill in the starting lineup on your team, solidifying your bench is extremely important. You never know when what you think is a non-in jury worsens throughout the week, like Julio Jones this week, and at the last second you’re needing to rely on someone off the bench.

Here are some of the guys on a lot of waiver wires who made an impression in week 14. I’m looking at guys under 30% owned on ESPN, so while Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery are must adds to me, we aren’t discussing that here. So let’s look at guys more widely available: Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 13 Fallout: Kapri Bibbs, Tyler Lockett, Ladarius Green & 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:


Kapri Bibbs – Running Back – Denver Broncos
With Paxton Lynch struggling at QB (104 yards thrown) and Devontae Booker once again failing to produce (18 carries for 35 yards and 1 TD), Bibbs exploded on limited touches as he took 5 carries for 49 yards.  While he hasn’t impressed overall this season, with 29 carries for 129 yards, you know that the continued problems for Booker has got to be opening up an opportunity.  Over the past five games look at the yards per carry marks that Booker has posted:

  • 2.8 (19 carries)
  • 2.2 (10 carries)
  • 3.2 (24 carries)
  • 3.3 (24 carries)
  • 1.9 (18 carries) Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 12 Fallout: Kenneth Dixon, Malcolm Mitchell, Dontrelle Inman & 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:


Kenneth Dixon – Running Back – Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens employed an even split in terms of carries, and neither of their running backs did much to separate themselves:

  • Kenneth Dixon – 13 carries for 49 yards
  • Terrance West – 13 carries for 48 yards

Both also received 4 targets in the passing game, though Dixon was more productive in that regard (4 receptions for 31 yards).  This was a dramatic increase in carries for Dixon, who hadn’t had more than 9 in a game (which came back on November 6 against the Steelers).  It’s possible the team has finally grown tired of the underachieving West, and if they haven’t yet they should before long. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 11 Fallout: Tyler Boyd, Alex Collins, Dorial Beckham-Green & 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:


Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – Wide Receiver
A.J. Green was lost early on Sunday and talk is that he could be lost for the rest of the season.  The team had four players with at least six targets in the game in his absence:

  • Brandon LaFell – 9
  • Tyler Boyd – 8
  • Giovani Bernard – 8
  • Tyler Eifert – 6 Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 10 Fallout: C.J. Prosise, Tyreek Hill & More

by Will Overton

The fantasy playoffs are quickly approaching, with some leagues having as few as three regular season weeks remaining, so playing the waiver wire has never been more important. Knowing who to claim and who to pass on, and also who makes a better claim when there are a few guys worth investing in, is paramount.

We are going to look at all the action from Week 10 and pick out the waiver worthy performances of the day, giving our own take on whether they should be added or left on the wire for someone else:

James Starks – Green Bay Packers – Running Back
The Green Bay Packers actually have a real and healthy running back on their roster, which they’ve been missing the last couple of weeks. Starks was brought back a little slow with seven carries for 33 yards, and also catching three passes for 11 yards and a TD. This might also be due to the Packers falling so far behind, so early. The only other viable option the Packers have is Ty Montgomery who is really a wide receiver. Read more