Another fantasy week in the books as we continue to march through the season. Miami and Carolina are both on bye weeks, but so far neither team has produced any consistent fantasy studs. None the less if you need some bye week fillers or just some roster upgrades here are my locks for waiver wire wonders.
**Note owning percentages are based off of ESPN Fantasy Leagues**
Sam Bradford – Philadelphia Eagles – Owned in 50% of leagues
Bradford, like most of the Eagles offense, has struggled so far this season. However, he did just post up a big three touchdown game this past week and is coming up against a New Orleans defense this is offering up the second-most points to fantasy quarterbacks this season. I wouldn’t bet the house on Bradford, but I do like this match-up quite a bit.
Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – Owned in 26% of leagues
Smith has never been synonymous as an every week fantasy starter, but he has produced a very solid fantasy campaign so far. He’s averaging 15.25 points a game in standard scoring ESPN fantasy leagues; not too shabby for a nice QB2 option or bye week replacement for Ryan Tannehill owners. He’s facing a rather porous Chicago defense this week (at home in KC) and should look to capitalize on his current 4-3 TD/INT ratio.
**Garbage Time Winner**
Brandon Weeden – Dallas Cowboys – Owned in 5.8% of leagues
Weeden has done admirably so far this season filling in for the injured Tony Romo. Dallas’ conservative play calling through his first two games has not helped his fantasy value and I expect that to change this week. Going up against a rather lackluster New England secondary and likely playing from behind I expect Weeden to put up his best fantasy game of the season; all courtesy of garbage time touchdowns.
Duke Johnson Jr. – Cleveland Browns – Owned in 50% of leagues
He is still splitting carries with Isaiah Crowell, but Duke the Nuke has some solid PPR value. He is a bit more explosive than Crowell and offers owners a nice flex option for the upcoming weeks.
Darren McFadden – Dallas Cowboys – Owned in 49% of leagues
With Lance Dunbar’s injury Dallas’ backfield-pass catching option is up for grabs. It could easily go in the favor of Joseph Randle, but considering that he didn’t get a single snap following his fumble in Sunday’s game I like McFadden’s odds. I’m going on a limb, but I like a late-career resurgence of Run DMC going forward behind that monstrous O-line of the Cowboys. Plus, he’s always had good hands for a bigger back – it bodes well for PPR leagues.
Allen Hurns – Jacksonville Jaguars – Owned in 11.6% of leagues
I had Hurns on my list last week and he did not disappoint. He torched Indianapolis’ secondary for eleven catches, 116 yards, and a touchdown. In four games, so far this season his produced over 60 yards and is emerging as one of Blake Bortles’ favorite targets.
**Under The Radar**
Kamar Aiken – Baltimore Ravens – Owned in less than 1% of leagues
Baltimore’s offense hasn’t been very stellar so far this season, but with Steve Smith out for the foreseeable future Aiken could be the go-to receiver for Joe Flacco. He produced a solid game last Thursday night against the Steelers (5/77/TD) and with an extended week of practice I would not be shocked if he doubled his money against Cleveland this upcoming week. At the very least, he’s a player you should keep an eye on this week.
Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns – Owned in 11% of leagues
I had him on my watch list last week and he’s now had back-to-back games with six catches and over 70 yards (scoring in both). He’s going up a suspect Baltimore defense and should look to cap in on some red zone opportunities.
Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – Owned in 16% of leagues
The Colts offense has been in a state of flux the first few weeks of the season, but Fleener’s value skyrocketed this past week with veteran Matt Hasselback under center. If Andrew Luck can’t go this Thursday night (which is very likely) against the Texans, Fleener might be worth a fill-in for Greg Olsen owners.
That’s all I got for #waiverwirewonders this week. Good luck this week guys!