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:
DuJuan Harris – San Francisco 49ers – Running Back
With Carlos Hyde sidelined Harris stepped up and was the “lead” back, though the 49ers were playing from behind against the Saints. That said, the ability he showed to both run and catch the football is promising:
- Rushing – 10 carries for 59 yards
- Receiving – 5 catches (6 targets) for 83 yards and 1 TD
While it’s hard to imagine Harris emerging as the lead back, Hyde has been rather underwhelming this season (3.9 YPC) and isn’t a big option in the passing game (13 catches on 14 targets in 6 games) and has never been a pillar of health. Harris could easily move into a timeshare, and is a must own handcuff in PPR formats at worst.
Verdict – Must own handcuff with potential for more (worth stashing in deeper formats)
Kapri Bibbs – Denver Broncos – Running Back
Devontae Booker struggled on Sunday night, taking 10 carries for 22 yards (his longest rush was 5 yards). Bibbs, meanwhile, had 2 carries for 11 yards and a 69 yards touchdown reception. That’s hardly going to force a change, but it’s obvious the Broncos need to do something with C.J. Anderson sidelined and Trevor Siemian struggling. With Booker totaling 29 carries and 76 yards over the past two weeks, would more of a timeshare really be a surprise?
Verdict – Consider Bibbs a great stash in all formats
Paul Perkins – New York Giants – Running Back
It was interesting to see Perkins as the man in the backfield with the game on the line. That said it wasn’t like he was any better than the underwhelming Rashad Jennings:
- Perkins – 14 touches for 47 yards
- Jennings – 14 touches for 39 yards
This situation is a complete mess and for now it’s going to be impossible to trust either on a weekly basis. That said, it may not take much of a breakthrough for Perkins to gain hold of the job and he certainly could make an impact.
Verdict – Worth stashing in deeper formats
Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – Quarterback
It was definitely a big day for Kaepernick, who threw for 398 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT (while adding 23 rushing yards). Of course we have to take the matchup into account, especially after he failed to complete 50% of his passes over his first two starts and averaged under 6.5 yards per attempt (he was at 10.21 yesterday). He’s always been known better for his legs than his arm, so don’t get too excited about this one.
Verdict – Still only viable in two-quarterback formats
T.J. Yeldon – Jacksonville Jaguars – Running Back
Both of Jacksonville’s running backs had a big day on Sunday:
- Chris Ivory – 19 touches, 107 yards
- T.J. Yeldon – 12 touches, 65 yards, 1 TD
Where Yeldon had the advantage was in the passing game (6 targets led to 5 receptions). He now has 10 targets over the past two weeks, and that’s where his value will lie as he isn’t going to surpass Chris Ivory running the football (barring an injury).
Verdict – Worth owning in PPR formats
Albert Wilson – Kansas City Chiefs – Wide Receiver
Jeremy Maclin tried to play, but he was lost early and that left a gaping hole in the receiving game. Wilson (along with Travis Kelce) ended up being the primary receiver, getting 8 targets into 3 receptions, 42 yards and 1 TD. Obviously it wasn’t the most efficient performance, but Nick Foles didn’t have the greatest of games himself (187 yards).
Wilson has been rather silent the past two weeks, so it’s hard to get too excited. He did show promise last season, but at 5’9″ he isn’t going to be a source of TD.
Verdict – Potential, but Tyreek Hill better grab
Eli Rogers – Pittsburgh Steelers – Wide Receiver
How many times are the Steelers going to throw the football 45 times with Le’Veon Bell in the backfield? That alone makes us wonder about Rogers’ performance (6 receptions for 103 yards) considering he needed 10 targets to get there. You know Bell and Antonio Brown are going to be the focus, with Rogers having to battle Sammie Coates and others for opportunities. It was a nice game, but he’s simply not a player to get overly excited about.
Verdict – Hard to trust for weekly production
Rishard Matthews – Tennessee Titans – Wide Receiver
We all know that the Titans are geared to be a run first offense behind Demarco Murray, so seeing Marcus Mariota throwing the football 43 times is not going to be a common occurrence. That said, Matthews has now scored 5 TD in his past five games so he has to grab our attention. Of course he also hasn’t been getting many targets most weeks, with four or fewer in four of his past six games (he’s averaging 5.3 targets per game overall). That type of usage, in a generally run first offense and for a player who hasn’t been breaking off big plays, is going to make him a TD dependent option.
Verdict – Too risky to trust on a weekly basis
Quinton Patton – San Francisco 49ers – Wide Receiver
He’s had more down weeks than good, though he’s now had 7+ targets in two of his past three games (he turned 9 targets into 6 receptions and 106 yards yesterday). Is that really enough? Yesterday was the first time he topped 60 yards and he has yet to find the end zone. There are simply better players to target.
Verdict – Don’t bother
Lance Kendricks – Los Angeles Rams – Tight End
He’s now played a big role in the offense for the past three weeks:
- at Detroit – 5 catches (8 targets) for 34 yards and 1 TD
- vs. New York Giants – 7 catches (9 targets) for 55 yards
- vs. Carolina – 7 catches (12 targets) for 90 yards
While he’s managed just 1 TD over this span, at 6’3” and 250 lbs. you have to think that the opportunities in the red zone will be there. He’s not going to be a trustworthy option, but he definitely is on the streaming map.
Verdict – Possible streaming buy
Richard Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – Tight End
He’s been on fantasy radars for some time, but the problem is how often can we bank on him getting 10 targets (even without a strong running game)? In fact he entered the game with 17 total targets and the team simply has too many alternatives in the passing game in order to count on him producing.
Verdict – Pass
Sources – NFL.com, ESPN, Yahoo!
*** Pre-Order Rotoprofessor’s 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide for Just $5.50 By Clicking Here!! ***