We’ve got a four teams on bye this week including the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers leaving a few of you out there with some opening in your regular starting lineups. This week isn’t posing too many ‘must-haves’ on the waiver wire, but don’t fret there are still a good amount of gems out there to plug and play.
**Note owning percentage is based off of ESPN Fantasy Leagues**
Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – Owned in 69% of leagues
Surprisingly, Tannehill is available in a good number of leagues. He’s coming off a bye week and if one of your fellow opponents was unwise enough to drop him I suggest you pick him up. Tannehill is a decent QB2 option and despite the ups and downs Miami has had starting the season, he’s been a fairly productive quarterback. With Philbin gone, I’d expect Tannehill to finally start capitalizing on the talented offensive options at his disposal. It doesn’t hurt he’s facing two soft AFC South defenses in a row the next two weeks (away at Tennessee and home in WK7 vs Houston).
Brian Hoyer – Houston Texans – Owned in 1.1% of leagues
If you need a quick plug-in this week at QB or need a second option in a two-QB league, Hoyer is worth the shot. He filled in nicely last Thursday night for Ryan Mallet, throwing for over 300 yards and two scores (he did have an INT). He’s had an extended week to practice with the first-team offense and is facing off against everyone’s favorite fantasy opponents the, Jacksonville Jaguars. Buy low and buy now.
Don’t believer the hype
Josh McCown – Cleveland Browns – Owned in 4.3% of leagues
Yes, McCown was the top scoring fantasy quarterback last week, but I do not expect that trend to continue. He’s facing off against a turnover-causing machine called the Denver defense and he still has a below average receiving corps.
Kansas City Shuffle
Charcandrick West (owned in 1.2% of leagues) and Kniles Davis (owned in 23.7%)
With Jamaal Charles season-ending ACL tear it is going to be up to West and Davis to pick up the slack. While West has harvested a larger role in the offense of late, Davis is still the veteran back-up and he’s performed very admirably as the Chiefs feature back in the past. This week’s match-up against Minnesota may feature a split-back game plan from head coach Andy Reid, but I expect Davis to eventually win the starting battle here. He’s the more proven back and has just as much explosive capability as West. Regardless, both are must-add fantasy players at this moment in time.
On the PPR Radar
Charles Sims – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Owned in 39% of leagues
Theo Riddick – Detroit Lions – Owned in 15.2% of leagues
Both Sims and Riddick are PPR worthy running backs. Neither one is going to get the lion’s share of carries, but both are explosive commodities in their team’s passing offense. Sims is coming off a 138 total yard game (53yds on the ground and 85 through the air) and is being used heavily and often in Tampa’s offense. He is on bye this week, but if you have the roster space he is a worthwhile addition. Riddick is coming off a 10 catch 53 yard performance against Arizona that also yielded a touchdown. He’s currently leading all running backs in terms of catches and will look to continue his impressive start this week against Chicago.
Kamar Aiken – Baltimore Ravens – Owned in 32.9% of leagues
I had him on my list last week and he’ll stay there until Steve Smith returns to the lineup. He had a four catch 78-yard game against Cleveland this past weekend and will look to expose San Francisco’s secondary this Sunday. In Smith’s absence he is still the team’s number one making him a legit flex play.
Ted Ginn Jr. – Carolina Panthers – Owned in 33% of leagues
I’ve never been a big Ginn Jr. fan, but he’s been quite productive this season for the Panthers. He’s got three scores already on the year and is the go-to deep threat for Carolina. He’s got a tough match up against Seattle this week, but with Philly and Indy coming up the following weeks, he’s a guy you should be keeping an eye on.
Marquees Wilson – Chicago Bears – Owned in 5.2% of leagues
Back-to-back six catch 80-plus yard games for Wilson means he’s on majority of player’s radars. He’s definitely a valuable commodity this week going against the Lions (a game likely to turn into a shootout). However, understand that once Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal return from injury (could be as early as next week) his fantasy value is going to take a serious dent. I’d grab him now, play him if you need him and look for long-term options elsewhere.
Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns – Owned in 37.7% of leagues
I’ve been on the Barnidge train for the last two weeks now. After a dominating performance (8 catches for 139 yards and a score) against Baltimore last week he’s established himself as a every week starter (he’s currently third among scoring tight ends). He’s now had a touchdown in three consecutive weeks and hasn’t gone below 75 receiving yards during that span. He’s been the Browns most productive receiver thus far – a trend I expect to continue as the season progresses.
Interesting match-up plays
Darren Fells – Arizona Cardinals (owned in 1.7% of leagues)
Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles (owned in .7% of leagues)
Fells has been used in 90% of Arizona’s offense snaps the last two weeks, but his fantasy numbers have not been very glamorous despite his time on the field. His constant usage bodes well for an eventual breakout game, which could very well come this week against a Steelers defense that just got shredded by Antonio Gates on Monday night. Celek is benefiting from Philly’s sudden surge of two tight end formations. He’s found the endzone in consecutive games and is going against the Giants this Monday night. I wouldn’t be surprised if the wiry vet extends that streak against his NFC East foes.