by Will Overton
Another six team bye week has fantasy owners hitting the waiver wire in a panic. Unfortunately the pickings are very slim right now. If you’re looking for a wide receiver you may be in luck and we’ll discuss some options, but everywhere else the options are limited.
The NFL did buzz on a big deal last night with Jimmy Garoppolo being dealt to San Francisco, and so we’ll start by looking at him as a waiver option and then hit on some big performers from Week 8 as well:
Jimmy Garoppolo – QB, San Francisco 49ers
We’ve been waiting for the better part of two years for the Patriots to trade Garoppolo and the time has now come. The 49ers have been starting rookie C.J. Beathard the last couple weeks, but clearly weren’t convinced he was a long-term answer and they weren’t willing to wait for the offseason. Garoppolo will be an immediate starter, the only question is whether it’ll be this week or next. We haven’t seen a lot, but he did start two games last year and completed 71% of his passes with 4 TD and 0 INT. He has upside and in a year where the drop-off from the good QB to the next tier is pretty big this is a good spot to add and see what happens.
Verdict: Buy him if you need a QBRobby
Corey Clement – RB, Philadelphia Eagles
There appears to have been a changing of the guard in the Eagles backfield. Wendell Smallwood ran the ball just one time, and it was Corey Clement sharing the load with LaGarrette Blount and carrying the rock 10 times for 54 yards. Clement had some hype in the preseason, but up to this point never got his chance. The upside is somewhat limited as Blount is the goal line back and will share carries just about 50/50. Clement will get a nice boost if he can earn some extra value through the passing game. As it stands Clement is one of the only RB on the wire in a majority of leagues who is getting touches, so that in itself makes him worth looking at.
Verdict: Worth a grab based on shallow pool of talent on the wire
Devontae Booker – RB, Denver Broncos
Like we mentioned above the pickings at RB are slim. You won’t find a lead back on the wire right now unless your league is very shallow. So with that in mind, I think you at least have to look at Devontae Booker whose role has been growing in recent weeks. He became the passing down back a few weeks ago and in Weeks 6 and 7 he caught seven passes for 100 yards. Now in Week 8 his pass catching role was diminished, but he became more prominent on the ground including rushing in a TD. He’s still part of a three-headed split and C.J. Anderson is clearly at the top. In a pinch he can have some value, especially if he stays involved in a receiving role.
Verdict: Grab him if you need a RB, must add in deeper leagues
Paul Richardson – WR, Seattle Seahawks
I will start by noting that I do think both Paul Richardson and his teammate Tyler Lockett are waiver wire targets and both need to be added. That said, between the two Richardson is my favorite based on his red zone ability and TD upside. He is coming off a game where he had six catches for 105 yards and a pair of TD. On Sunday we saw the Seahawks throw the ball 41 times, and I honestly think that may become more of the norm. Seattle clearly doesn’t trust any of their RB, nor should they, and the more Wilson is airing it out the more looks Richardson will get and the more value he has.
Verdict: Solid add in all formats
Trent Taylor – WR, San Francisco 49ers
The addition of Garoppolo in San Francisco doesn’t affect just the QB position in fantasy, it affects the WR value too. The rookie Trent Taylor has been trending upwards the last couple weeks, and despite catching only three passes on Sunday he was still the leading receiver on the team. There is a chance that Pierre Garcon is out this week which would boost Taylor’s value. For the rest of the season I think Taylor is someone worth watching. I don’t think he’s an add in all formats yet, but seeing how his rapport develops with Garoppolo will be interesting to watch.
Verdict: Add for deep leagues and dynasty formats
Robby Anderson – WR, New York Jets
I don’t think that we can crown Robby Anderson the number one receiver on the Jets just yet. That said, things are trending towards him emerging in that role. He just had a huge game against the Falcons pulling in six catches for 104 yards and a TD. This is the second week in a row that he has scored and we’re starting to see the big play potential in him. The Jets and Josh McCown are becoming more pass focused and this is a big boost to Anderson’s value. I think with the way things are trending Anderson should be owned in all formats, even over his teammate Jermaine Kearse.
Verdict: Top add at WR in all formats
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