There was a lot of exciting games yesterday that featured a few different players on the verge of fantasy relevance. Like every week you want to be on the cutting edge of fantasy football and play the waiver wire diligently! Well, lucky for you I’ve got the list of what players you are going to want to target, to help you, get that championship!
*All percentages refer to percentage that player is owned in NFL.com leagues*
Blaine Gabbert, San Francisco 49’ers, Quarterback, 0.6%
No I’m not crazy, Blaine Gabbert is really a legitimate quarterback option in fantasy football. In four starts this season Gabbert has scored 66.52 fantasy points, that’s 16.63 points per game! And it’s not like he’s been spoon fed opponents as two of those four games were against the Seahawks and the Cardinals! This week Gabbert has a super favorable matchup against the Browns, so if you are streaming quarterbacks or looking for a quarterback with a super low price tag in DFS, than Gabbert is your guy!
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Quarterback, 26.4%
Winston is owned in more than a quarter of the leagues, so there is a decent chance he might be taken, but if he isn’t than he is definitely worthy of being your number one waiver selection this week. Winston has become a beast in the back half of this season, and has quietly got the Bucs into a position where they could actually compete for a playoff spot. This week Winston faces the best matchup a quarterback can see against the porous Saints. Winston could easily be a top five quarterback this week.
James White, New England Patriots, Running Back, 6.2%
Realistically, if you have a high waiver priority this week, you want to use it on James White. With Patriots offensive weapons dropping like flies, White seems the most likely to produce in the Pats offense down the stretch. White is primed to take over that type of running back production that we saw from Dion Lewis earlier this season, and Shane Vereen toward the end of last season. If White’s weekly production totals in the future are near what they were this past week (10 receptions on 13 targets for 115 yards and a touchdown) than he is a bon-a-fide RB2 in regular formats, and a beastly RB1 in PPR.
Chris Polk, Houston Texans, Running Back, 0.6%
I remember seeing this guy on the Eagles last year a little bit when LeSean McCoy missed some time. And back then, I saw something in this guy. Then the Eagles picked up a couple of new running backs and got rid of Polk, and he landed in Houston. Then I saw Foster go down in training camp. I thought for sure Polk was going to separate himself as the next best running option in Houston. But Polk just never could quite do it… Until yesterday! Polk finally (!) got fed the ball consistently in a real game, and he showed off what he brings to the table. Polk is a worth a stash now, as he could easily be in line to take over the majority of snaps in the Texans backfield. In which case Polk would be a fantasy RB2, or flex player.
DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins, Wide Receiver, 14.9%
The Miami Dolphins are finally starting to use the first round weapon they drafted this year. Parker has scored touchdowns in back-to-back weeks, and I don’t know if you saw his touchdown this week, but it showed off exactly why he was a first round talent. I expect Tannehill to throw the ball with confidence down the field to Parker a couple of times a game. And considering that the majority of the Dolphins production this year has been in the short pass/running game, it is safe to assume that Parker will see some favorable coverages in the deep game. Parker could be a Stefon Diggs level player over the last few weeks of the regular season, and could be worth an add if you need more flex options.
Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers, Wide Receiver, 8.6%
How this guy is only owned in 8.6% of leagues is beyond me… Wheaton has a touchdown in back-to-back weeks now, and had over 200 yards receiving two weeks ago! The Steelers do face tough defenses for the next two weeks as they take on the Bengals and Broncos, but Wheaton is still worth a stash if you have a person you can justify dropping. At the very least you want to stash him just to make sure you don’t see him in your opponents line up, as Wheaton is a player with an absurdly high ceiling.
Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tight End, 8.6%
ASJ may not have had the most productive week in his first week back since week two, but he was targeted six times, which was the second most on the team. If that trend continues this week than ASJ should be in line for a very productive fantasy week, against the worst fantasy defense in the NFL. If you are streaming tight ends ASJ would be a solid pick up this week. And could even become a weekly starter in your lineup for fantasy playoff time.
Ryan Griffin, Houston Texans, Tight End, 0.2%
Griffin is the only player to make this list two weeks in a row. And you all should have listened to me last week! As Griffin scored a touchdown again yesterday, and is 7th in fantasy scoring amongst tight ends so far this week! Griffin is becoming one of Brian Hoyer’s favorite targets, in an offense that is hungry for play makers that aren’t named DeAndre Hopkins. I wouldn’t be surprised if Griffin ends up being a top 10 tight end over the last three weeks of the fantasy season. Making him worth a grab if you are struggling at the position.