After a month long hiatus, I’m pleased to be back with my weekly columns here on Breaking Football. Hopefully during my ‘break’ you went on a nice run and are leading the way in our fantasy league. Whether you are or not, there’s always room for improvement – and that starts on the waiver wire.
Heading into week 8, this looks to be the most active week on the waiver wire so far this season. There are a handful of guys at each position who are worth adding and in turn could prove to be worth the slide down on the waiver priority list.
Anyone I missed? Drop them below in the comments!
*All percentages based on ESPN standard leagues
QB Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears) – 1.5% owned
After missing the past 5 weeks, Jay Cutler is set to return this week which is much needed for a for a 1-6 Chicago Bears team. In his two starts earlier in the season, Cutler didn’t look all that great. However, if you’re in trouble at the QB position with a guy like Carson Palmer under-performing, Cutler is worth the add. In slimmer leagues, you may be able to wait it out and snag him proceeding the waiver wire period.
While he’s definitely not worth a start this week as he goes against a tough Minnesota defense and may be a little rusty, he could prove to be a viable starting option in the final stretch of the season. Chicago will play from behind in the majority of their remaining games, giving Cutler plenty of opportunities to air it out.
RB Mike Gillislee (Buffalo Bills) – 6.1% owned
With LeSean McCoy’s status uncertain for this upcoming Sunday, Mike Gillislee very well could be the feature back in Buffalo’s offense during their week 8 contest against New England.
In limited carries, Gillislee has posted an impressive 6.2 yards per carry and has flashed the ability to make the big run. In the past two weeks he has posted runs of 44 and 20 yards with 2 TDs in his last 3 games. He even has a receiving TD to his credit which came earlier in the season. If he impresses in a starting role, Gillislee could solidify a steady role on Buffalo’s offense moving forward – making him more than a one week investment.
RB Jacquizz Rodgers (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – 34.5% owned
Jacquizz Rodgers has made the most of his opportunity while filling in for the injured Doug Martin and Charles Sims III. The Buccaneers have been feeding him the rock as he’s averaged 28 carries in his two starts so far this season. He’s coming off a game in which he ran wild against the 49ers for 154 yards, this after surpassing 100 yards against Carolina a couple weeks back.
In a lead role, Rodgers is a must start and fits the role as an RB2 on your fantasy team. He will be the priority add for RB needy teams. If you’re high on the waiver priority list, go for Rodgers and instantly insert him into your starting lineup as he goes against a disappointing Oakland defense in week 8.
RB/WR Ty Montgomery (Green Bay Packers) – 17.8% owned
How often do you see a WR receive the eligibility to be inserted as an RB as well? Since I’ve been playing fantasy football, this is the first time I’ve personally seen this. While I’m not too high on Montgomery from a production standpoint, you have to love the versatility.
After going the first 4 games with 0 targets, Montgomery has registered double digit targets in consecutive games, while compiling 12 carries during that span. Coming out of Stanford, I raved about his playmaking ability. The Packers want to get the ball in his hands, so he’s bound to make the big play sooner or later. I’d add him based more-so on his versatility to be plugged into 2 positions more than anything.
WR Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers) – 17.5% owned
Expectations have been high for the Fresno State product ever since being drafted in the 2nd round in 2014. He was expected to take off last season with the absence of Jordy Nelson, but he failed to deliver. He finally had what very could be his breakout game after going for 132 yards and a pair of TDs on 13 catches in primetime against the rival Chicago Bears.
The Green Bay Packers will continue to pass the ball at least 40 times a game. If Adams can put up consistent production, he’ll be a viable FLEX from here on out. He already has 5 TDs on the year and has proven to be a reliable possession receiver. Don’t expect similar production to what he had against the Bears, but a solid 8-10 points on a weekly basis is well worth a waiver claim.
WR Jamison Crowder (Washington Redskins) – 39.8% owned
For weeks now I’ve been monitoring Jamison Crowder as a steady waiver wire claim. He’s been the most consistent producer on that Redskins offense and even has a return TD to his credit as well.
Crowder is a menace out of the slot who is coming off his best game of the season where he eclipsed 100 yards on 7 catches against the Detroit Lions. Cr
WR Donte Moncrief (Indianapolis Colts) – 45.6% owned
To my surprise, Donte Moncrief is available in more than half the leagues on ESPN. After returning to practice, he’s a must own as he plays a key role in Indy’s high octane passing attack.
The Colts are a team that rely on the passing game. The return of Moncrief will accelerate production and he’ll receive a fair share of looks. Last season he surpassed 700 yards with 5 TDs – he could finish with similar production in the 2nd half.
TE Ladarius Green (Pittsburgh Steelers) – 5% owned
After career threatening injuries stemming into the offseason, Green’s future was up in the air and there were questions marks on whether or not he would even suit up in a Steelers uniform. Things are looking up for the offseason acquisition as he returned to practice and is likely to play following Pittsburgh’s week 8 bye.
In a season that has been underwhelming for TEs as a whole, Green is worth an add based on his upside in Pittsburgh’s offense. After splitting time with Antonio Gates in San Diego, he’ll be the go-to guy from the TE position.