An ugly week it was… As far as offense goes there were some games where, quite honestly, it was in short supply. There are also some injury issues that handcuffed our success, after seeing Pat Mahomes go down on Thursday, Alvin Kamara ruled out and David Johnson being a non-factor. Of course owners that had preemptively added Latavius Murray or Chase Edmondswere in better shape (we should note that there wasn’t much holding us back from starting Johnson this week). The point is that it helps to be strategic when working through the waiver wire.
It is still early in the week and there are some injuries we need to sort through, but let’s take a look at some names of interest as they relate to the waiver wire. One area where we do catch a break is the bye weeks as just two teams will be resting in Week 8; Dallas and Baltimore.
Here are some names that will likely pop up on your radar, and they should to varying degrees, and be part of your waiver wire research:
Matt Moore – QB – Kansas City Chiefs
Ordinary… If I had to come up with one word to describe the Chiefs offense without Pat Mahomes, that is the first one that comes to mind. By no means can we compare Moore to Mahomes, it’s not even close, but the rest of the Kansas City offense hasn’t changed. Mahomes makes them better, but on their own Tyreke Hill, Travis Kelce and company bring a fair amount of skill to the table. Now the Chiefs offense will be a lot more conservative with Moore under center, but by default there is some fantasy production to be found.
It’s very possible you might find a better option on you waiver wire, but there are also directions you can go in to replace Mahomes that would be worse. When Moore entered the game last week Kansas City was already in control of the game and they didn’t ask much of him as they relied on the running game and their defense. Moore was 10 for 19 for 117 yards and a touchdown, and he’ll likely play a complementary role once again against Green Bay. The good news is that all it takes is Hill or one of the other speedy receivers to break a long touchdown and Moore’s day looks a lot different.
Jacoby Brissett – QB – Indianapolis Colts
We have seen Brissett discussed in this space before and for good reason, as the Colts’ quarterback has given us some solid performances. Yesterday was no different, as coming off his bye week Brissett was 26 for 39 passing with 326 yards and four touchdowns. It was his second 300-plus yard game this season. He has been efficient with 14 touchdowns against just three interceptions, and there is no reason not to expect that to continue.
Chase Edmonds – RB – Arizona Cardinals
At this point Edmonds needs to be 100% owned. I understand that is a bold statement, but there is no getting around it. Edmonds is an explosive player who is a borderline FLEX option at worst, and at this point we can’t trust David Johnson. Despite practicing this week, there being reports that he was expected to play and Arizona only having two active running backs, Johnson carried the ball once for two yards. Edmonds was a workhorse, as he had 27 carries for 126 yards. More importantly he found the end zone three times, and all three were from beyond 20 yards. At this point Edmonds’ ability, and potential value, is clear.
Mark Walton – RB – Miami Dolphins
If there were any questions about the division of labor in Miami’s backfield, I would say that they were answered this past week. As far as carries went Walton outpaced Kenyan Drake by the margin of 14 to 6, and he did take advantage of the situation. While he didn’t find the end zone, Walton averaged 4.7 yards per carry as he picked up 66 yards. Kalen Ballage was the running back who did score the rushing touchdown, but you have to follow the carries. With that being said we still have to remember that we are talking about the Dolphins and that’s going to limit his upside.
Reggie Bonnafon – RB – Carolina Panthers
At this point there aren’t many low owned options that are jumping off the waiver wire at us. If you have a player that should be dropped, you don’t want to waste the opportunity to churn the back end of your roster. That brings us to Bonnafon in a clear handcuff situation as the Panthers come off their bye week. Christian McCaffrey is the number one option in Carolina, but you never know when injury could strike. When McCaffrey was dealing with cramps two weeks ago Bonnafon stepped up as he carried the ball five times for 80 yards and a touchdown. This is a straight stashing situation, but that is what the back end of your roster is for.
Geronimo Allison – WR – Green Bay Packers
While Davante Adams is continuing to deal with his toe injury, the opportunity is there for Allison. The problem is that he has been nursing his own health issues, and it appears he has been over taken in Green Bay’s pecking order. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is the big play threat and at this point there seems to be everyone else. Allen Lazard and Jake Kumerow are factors, but Allison was tied for the team lead in targets on Sunday with five. Allison caught four of those targets for 33 yards after entering the week with 13 receptions for 144 yards and 2 TD. If he is fully healthy Allison’s role should expand in the near term, but it’s also hard to put a great deal of trust in him. However we can say the same thing about pretty much anyone else we are going to find on the waiver wire at similar ownership levels.
Jaron Brown – WR – Seattle Seahawks
Last week Brown emerged on the scene with 2 TD catches as he looks to grab a hold of Seattle’s number three receiver job. This week the Seahawks offense wasn’t as prolific, but Brown did catch three passes for 60 yards as he continues to take steps towards fantasy relevance. With his role seemingly secured he is going to be worth a look next week as he is in a serious value position. That is courtesy of Seattle’s opponent, as they face the Falcons and their very, very lackluster passing defense.
Alex Erickson – WR – Cincinnati Bengals
Erickson entered the week as a non-factor this season, and he ended it on the completely opposite end of the spectrum. After catching 11 passes for 109 yards he was targeted 14 times on Sunday. He turned that into eight receptions for 137 yards in a game the Bengals never really had much of a chance. Based on how things have been going for Cincinnati that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but more of the same is likely next week against the Rams. Working in Erickson’s favor is that last week he was targeted six times while catching four passes for 47 yards, so this is starting to look like a trend. There is risk involved, but he might be in a better position than most considering how the last two weeks have gone.
Ricky Seals-Jones – TE – Cleveland Browns
With David Njoku still sidelined someone has to take the lead at the tight end position for Cleveland. Two weeks ago, prior to the Browns’ bye week, that was Seals-Jones as he was targeted six times, which he turned into three receptions for 47 yards and a TD. It was the second time in three weeks that Seals-Jones had three receptions and a touchdown, and it’s possible that he continues that success coming out of the bye week.
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