There is no way around it, this week is going to be hard. With six teams on bye it’s very likely that you will be impacted in some way. The hope is to weather the storm, but also don’t sacrifice the remainder of your season and playoff potential for a quick fix (if you are fighting to get into the playoffs then forget what I just said).
At any rate, tough decisions have to be made as there are also injuries and under performers to deal with. Let’s jump right in and take a look at some of the more interesting names that may be a available to you on the waiver wire:
Jimmy Garoppolo – QB – San Francisco 49ers
At what point do we start to give an undefeated quarterback some credit? The focus of San Francisco isn’t on their passing offense, but Garoppolo has been a dependable fantasy option and in weeks like this that is all you need. A week after a blowout victory against Carolina, although all Garoppolo had to do was complete 18 of 22 passes for 175 yards and 2 TD, he had his best game of the season in Arizona. Granted it was the Cardinals, but Garoppolo still eclipsed 300 yards passing (317) for the first time this season while throwing 4 TD. It is also worth noting that in Emmanuel Sanders, the 49ers’ passing offense has added a legitimate weapon and the chemistry was on display last week. Seattle, this week’s opponent, has allowed opposing signal callers to be a QB1 (on average) and Garoppolo is line for another solid performance.
Derek Carr – QB – Oakland Raiders
After last week Carr is up to just 13 touchdowns on the season, but he has also been efficient with just four interceptions. Facing the Lions in Week 9 he led Oakland to victory, as for the third straight week he came quite close to reaching the 300 yard mark (293, 285, 289, respectively). Carr hasn’t done much to really light up the fantasy box scores, but he has been a consistent performer and that makes him a more than capable bye week or injury replacement.
Ronald Jones – RB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When you out touch your competition by the margin of 20 to 4, it’s clear what the coaching staff is thinking regarding their backfield. Over the past two weeks the margin has been 32 to 15, and after last week’s game Bruce Arians made things official. Jones gained 67 yards on the ground against Seattle on 18 carries while scoring a touchdown and catching two passes for another 15 yards. With 4.1 yards per carry Jones hasn’t exactly been a big play threat, but in this case it’s all about opportunity and right now Jones the job.
Kallen Ballage – RB – Miami Dolphins
From three we got to one. Even when the backfield was a little more crowded we were seeing Ballage vulture some touchdowns, but over the next four games he is the last man standing. Kenyan Drake is now in Arizona, and with Mark Walton suspended it’s all about Ballage in Miami. If we are going to go based on last week, seven carries for 19 yards, Ballage isn’t all that appealing and his track record for the season (35 carries for 70 yards) doesn’t make things that much better. So far this season nothing has really gone in his favor, but all it takes is one game for that to turn around and the Dolphins have no choice but to find out.
Trey Edmunds – RB – Pittsburgh Steelers
First let’s operate under the assumption that John Conner is forced to miss another week with his shoulder injury. Next, it was clear that Jaylen Samuels was the passing game option last week as he caught 13 passes for 73 yards. While Samuels did carry the ball eight times, all he did was manage 10 yards. On the other hand Trey Edmunds made good use of his 12 carries as he picked up 73 yards. The majority of those yards came on a 45 yard run, but he did look impressive and it certainly caught our attention. And that brings us to our next assumption… Edmunds left last week’s game with a rib injury, so we are going to operate as if he will be in the lineup next week. Samuels is still the more attractive optio and Edmunds is more of a flier, but it might be one you must take.
Danny Amendola – WR – Detroit Lions
Amendola isn’t an exciting or explosive option, but he is a solid receiver nonetheless. Over the past three weeks he has been targeted 24 times as he has become a critical part of Matthew Stafford’s passing game. After eight receptions in each of the previous two weeks Amendola caught three passes for 29 yards, but knowing that Stafford will look his way helps.
Zach Pascal – WR – Indianapolis Colts
With T.Y. Hilton slated to miss at least one more week it opens up some opportunities for Pascal. At this moment it is also unclear who the quarterback for Indianapolis will be next week with Jacoby Brissett nursing an injury, but someone has to catch passes for the Colts. Last week Pascal caught five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown, and this week things should be even better as the Colts get to feast on Miami. To be hones, I’m not sure it really matters who the quarterback is for the Colts this week as Pascal looks to add to his 19 receptions for 321 yards and 4 TD.
Hunter Renfrow – WR – Oakland Raiders
After coasting along on the fringes of Oakland’s offense, Renfrow has taken a solid step forward over the past two weeks. After catching four passes for 88 yards and a touchdown against the Texans, Renfrow followed that up with another four receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown last week against the Lions. It’s clear that Renfrow is beginning to take on a larger role in Oakland’s offense as he was targeted a team high seven times last week, but his fantasy ownership hasn’t caught up. This week I suspect that will change.
Ryan Griffin – TE – New York Jets
So much for Chris Herndon. Well at least for now that is as Herndon has yet to return to the Jets and Griffin has begun to take a bigger role. We know that the Jets will be trailing and looking to pass, and we also know they have a lack of weapons. Last week,Griffin was targeted eight times while catching six passes for 50 yards. After catching two touchdowns two weeks ago, Griffin should have had his fourth touchdown of the season but a bogus replay review took it away. For whatever we can say about the Jets, and there certainly are a lot of bad things to say, Griffin has 10 receptions for 116 yards over the past two weeks.
Jacob Hollister – TE – Seattle Seahawks
If you are asking who Hollister is you certainly aren’t alone, because I am right there with you. After Will Dissly’s injury we knew that the Seahawks need a tight end to step up, and last week that clearly was Hollister. For the second time in three weeks he was targeted six times, and he has emerged as Seattle’s passing game threat at the position. This time he caught four passes for 37 yards but the difference, and why he is now on our radar, is the fact that he caught two touchdowns. Don’t go crazy and overpay for, but he has caught our attention.
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