Wednesday’s Waiver Warriors – Week 4
For the majority of fantasy football leagues, waivers run on Wednesdays. AEE Fantasy is here to help you prioritize the guys you need to be picking up to help improve your fantasy football team.
Daniel Jones – Danny Dimes was mesmerizing in his first game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Next week he will face off against the Washington Redskins in a home game. I thought Washington’s defense was underrated, but they made Mitchell Trubisky look like an NFL quarterback last night, so Danny Dimes is a priority streaming candidate.
Gardner Minshew – Mustache-Mania continues as Gardner Minshew II goes on the road to face a sliding Denver Broncos squad. Denver’s defense hasn’t been nearly as good as I had anticipated, making Minshew a solid streamer in fantasy football leagues.
Tony Pollard – Proving he has value outside of just being Zeke’s handcuff, Tony Pollard has officially become must own. He has flex appeal in positive matchups even when Zeke is playing, but if anything unfortunate were to happen to Zeke, Tony Pollard would basically become Austin Ekeler (in terms of fantasy value) with a better offensive line.
Jeff Wilson – If Kyle Shanahan keeps queuing up Jeff Wilson for red zone runs, sign me up. Wilson has 4 touchdowns in 2 games and while I don’t think he maintains that efficiency rest of season, he’s worth taking a chance on in a high scoring 49ers offense.
Wayne Gallman – Unfortunately, with Saquon Barkley now out a projected 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain he suffered on Sunday, Wayne Gallman has become a top priority waiver candidate for running back needy teams. Gallman is another one of my Robitussin players; it tastes awful, but it works.
Nelson Agholor – Ol’ Alligator Arms caught two touchdowns on Sunday in the loss to the Lions, but was inefficient for the most part, catching 8 of 12 targets for just 50 yards. If Agholor is still out there, he needs to be owned in your league for whenever Desean Jackson or Alshon Jeffrey are MIA.
Diontae Johnson- For all that’s been said about James Washington and his connection with Mason Rudolph, it was actually Diontae Johnson that stood out on Sunday. The big-bodied wide receiver pulled in 3 receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown. He was also second on the team in targets behind only JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Phillip Dorsett – With Antonio Brown having been released and Julian Edelman being nicked up, Phillip Dorsett has become must own. Dorsett is getting work in the run game as well as the passing game and should continue to see steady targets if the wide receiver corps for New England is depleted.
Taylor Gabriel – I want to be your sledgehammer, why don’t you call my name? Taylor “Peter” Gabriel dropped 3 touchdowns last night on the Washington Redskins. Gabriel won’t get you 3 touchdowns every week, but he is a solid utility player who can be a WR3 with WR2 upside in plus matchups. He is in concussion protocol currently, but he’s still a solid pickup.
Dawson Knox – Fort Knox was solid gold this weekend, bringing in a touchdown and leading the team in yards. With the complete lack of depth on the waiver wire as far as the tight ends are concerned, Knox is a high priority target on a rising Bills offense.
Darren Fells – Though it was Jordan Akins who broke off the long touchdown, it was actually Darren Fells who led the team in snaps for tight ends. He also had 5 receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown and that performance feels less fluky to me than Akins.
Kyle Allen – Cam Newton’s future with the Carolina Panthers is suddenly in question after Kyle Allen ripped the Arizona Cardinals defense for 4 touchdowns. However, it was the Cardinals. I would pursue Allen if I’m looking for a quarterback streamer, but I don’t think it’s going to be that easy to just replace Cam Newton in this offense.
Mason Rudolph – Though he struggled against the San Francisco 49ers defense, I still have faith that Mason Rudolph can be productive. The 49ers are an underrated defense that was 2nd in scoring in fantasy football heading into the game and they were playing at home. If I miss out on the main quarterback targets, I won’t be terribly disappointed to end up with Rudolph.
Royce Freeman – Patrick Lindsay broke out on Sunday, but Royce Freeman still is getting a decent amount of run. Freeman actually matched Lindsay in passing targets and catches and had 15 carries in the game. He was less effective than Lindsay, so it’s fair to worry about his volume going forward, which is why he’s not a top priority.
Gus Edwards – The Gus Bus has established himself as the clear second running back for the run heavy Ravens. Mark Ingram has received a lot of run in the first part of the season, but he’s always shared the volume with Edwards. With the volume Edwards is getting, he can’t be ignored as a low end flex play for running back needy teams.
Jamaal Williams – Man. I wish I could say don’t pick up Jamaal Williams, but you probably should. Williams had more carries than Jones, averaged much better yards per carry and even saw a little more work in the passing game.
Adam Humphries – The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver has finally made an impact on his new team. Humphries tied for the team lead in targets with Delanie Walker and pulled in 6 receptions for 93 yards. I think Adam Humphries is going to have good games here and there, but overall, he’s not a top priority with Marcus Mariota throwing him the ball.
Mack Hollins – The Eagles wide receiver corps is depleted, which allowed Mack Hollins to emerge as tied for second most targets on the team last week. Hollins’ window is limited, as he will likely lose most of his value when Alshon Jeffrey and Desean Jackson return from injury.
Auden Tate – The Bengals rookie wide receiver shined on Sunday, leading the team in yards and finishing just one target behind lead receiver Tyler Boyd. This was a surprising performance given how well John Ross had been playing. Like Hollins, Tate risks losing his value when AJ Green returns from injury, so now the time is to pick him up and flex him.
Dante Pettis – Finally creeping out of Kyle Shanahan’s doghouse is Dante Pettis. He only had 5 targets, but it was enough to lead all players not named George Kittle. Pettis also found the endzone, and if he continues to get this type of run, he will be the value he was projected to be during the offseason.
Jordan Akins – The Texans sophomore tight end exploded for two touchdowns on Sunday against an undermanned Chargers team. This felt fluky and I would rather own his teammate Darren Fells in fantasy football, but in desperate times, Akins is a desperate measure.
James O’Shaughnessy – The luck o’ the Irish helped O’Shaughnessy catch another touchdown. His value is touchdown dependant, but if Gardner Minshew continues to develop, he might be an actual tight end value later this season.
Joe Flacco – Perhaps the most boring quarterback to watch right now, Joe Flacco has been just awful for fantasy football. Only in the absolute most desperate of situations should you be holding onto Flacco. If you are in that situation, sorry about your luck.
Taysom Hill – I keep hoping Taysom Hill will get to play, but unfortunately, his role regressed on Sunday. Unless Bridgewater gets hurt, it seems unlikely that Hill is going to get to start any time soon. He’s only a deep stash in two quarterback leagues.
Jordan Howard – Finally! Jordan Howard managed to fall forward into the endzone, a role I projected him to thrive in before the season started. Unfortunately, he’s still splitting snaps with Miles Sanders and Darren Sproles, both who have larger percentages of the snap share. Howard is basically a bench guy unless Sproles or Sanders get injured.
Rex Burkhead – Sexy Rexy Burkhead was the highest scoring Patriots running back this past Sunday. However, that was with James White out. With White coming back, Burkhead is likely to slip back into his previous role as a low-end, desperation flex play.
Benny Snell – Surprising to most, but not to those paying attention, Benny Snell had more carries than Jaylen Samuels on Sunday. Snell is still only a handcuff at this point in time, but as the season progresses, I think he has a chance to carve out a real role.
Preston Williams – The Dolphins suck. However, they still theoretically have to play the games. Williams was terribly inefficient, but he was targeted 12 times and that can’t be ignored. He’s a deep league, deep stash.
JJ Nelson – Hunter Renfrow was projected as the second best receiver on the Raiders roster, but it was JJ Nelson who found the endzone on Sunday. If Nelson can carve out a role as the 2nd wide receiver on this team, he might have low level value this season.
Darius Slayton – The rookie receiver for the New York Giants had some nice catches in the Buccaneers vs Giants game. Darius Slayton only had 3 catches, but it was for 82 yards. He’s a deep threat with a quarterback who can actually throw deep as opposed to Eli Manning. Slayton could be a sneaky sleeper option to grab off the waiver wire for minimal cost.
Irv Smith – The rookie tight end for the Minnesota Vikings has finally started to break out from behind Kyle Rudolph. He only had three targets, but he caught all three of them for 60 yards. If he can continue to progress, he might hold some value for tight end needy teams.
Demetrius Harris – David Njoku’s replacement didn’t do much, but he did catch a touchdown. Harris isn’t a sexy option, but it might be the only one you have. He’s splitting snaps with Ricky Seals-Jones, so it’s definitely not worth rostering him except in the deepest of leagues.