Last week may long be remembered as the week fantasy football owners lost Arian Foster. It also could be looked back on as the week Stefon Diggs began is ascent to stardom. In either event, you’ll now need/want to take a look at your league’s waiver wire to pickup Foster’s backup(s) and Diggs, if any of them are still available.
For everyone else who could be of service to you for the rest of the year, we dig into this week’s top waiver wire adds:
Johnny Manziel, QB, Cleveland Browns (Available in 99% of Yahoo fantasy leagues)
He’s probably not the most popular guy at the moment due to his off field stuff, but Johnny Foobaw suddenly could have some value with Josh McCown (shoulder) banged up). He’s not a sexy add for week eight (Browns face Arizona), but he’s interesting as a long-term stash. He’ll start games eventually, regardless of what comes of McCown’s status and now is a good time to make the move for him if you’ve had issues at quarterback.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills (58%)
Jay Cutler and Derek Carr are actually available in even more leagues, but we’ve beaten their value and upside to death in recent columns. Now it’s to Taylor, who has been a mighty fine fantasy quarterback, both as a runner and a passer. He’s sat out the past two weeks with an MCL sprain but he’s due back in week nine (Bills on bye this week). He’s a solid stash for the rest of the season and is out there in a good amount of leagues. He’s a good add if you’re getting someone like Andy Dalton back or if Carr/Cutler aren’t available. For this week, though, Cutler is probably the guy you’ll want to go grab.
Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans (84%)
Sorry if I wasn’t loud and clear: go pick up Alfred Blue. Foster is toast and Blue went nuts prior to Foster’s return. He isn’t an all world talent, but the Texans want to run the ball and they dump off to their RB quite a bit. Blue has serious value and is available in far too many leagues. Chris Polk also may have some value eventually, but he’s not the Texans running back you want – Blue is.
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys (65%)
Holy crap, did the Cowboys just find their DeMarco Murray? I don’t know, but we can’t just brush off a 160+ yard and 1-TD day from McFadden, who truth be told, probably should have been the main man all along. He looked terrific in week seven and should continue to have a rather large role moving forward. He needs to be picked up everywhere.
Khiry Robinson, RB, New Orleans Saints (96%)
The hell? Everyone thought Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller would be total bosses, yet Robinson touched the ball quite a bit last week and scored twice. Mother F, I know. But hey, he’s a solid talent and when things are going New Orleans’ way, they’re a balanced offense that gets all of these talented running backs involved. Robinson is a dicey Flex play most weeks and you probably just missed out on his best week of 2015, but he’s an injury away from a massive role and isn’t the worst bench stash.
Zac Stacy, RB, New York Jets (98%)
Stacy doesn’t have immediate value, but he could at any time with Chris Ivory still dealing with a lingering hamstring issue. He’s gotten over 20 touches over the past two weeks, too, so he’s not a total waste. If Ivory ever takes a seat or is more limited than he has been, Stacy could end up being a decent guy to own. Guys like Dexter McCluster, Christine Michael and Charles Sims are also worth picking up in deeper leagues.
Marvin Jones, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (60%)
Jones is coming off a bye, which is why he’s out there in a lot of leagues. Before his week off he had a huge game and in Cincy’s spread out, potent offense, he can do that in any given week. He’s not the most consistent option, but he’s better than most that’s out there.
Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens (76%)
We don’t know what Aiken will do on MNF at the time of this post, but we do know he’s been surprisingly solid in 2015. With or without Steve Smith in the lineup he’s been a steady threat for 70+ yards or a touchdown and next week the Ravens face a stingy Chargers pass defense. At least they were, before getting torched by the Raiders in week seven. Either way, Aiken will have some upside going forward as Baltimore’s #2 passing weapon.
Nate Washington, WR, Houston Texans (96%)
Washington’s week 7 numbers were mostly thanks to garbage time, but with at least 8 targets in each of his last four games, it’s not like he’s a total turd. This is a bad offense that just lost Arian Foster and will be throwing from behind a lot. He’s no stud, but he has enough value to consider picking up if you’re in a jam.
Ben Watson, TE, New Orleans Saints (59%)
It seems this Watson producing thing is for real, as he’s been very good two weeks in a row. In fact, he got tackled very close to the goal-line this week, so he narrowly missed out on a truly huge day for the second week in a row. He’s ancient and the Saints switch things up arguably more than anyone else, but it’s time to take notice of his role.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (74%)
ASJ was close to returning from a shoulder injury this past week and while he didn’t, he could be back very soon. He went nuts in week one and carries upside in plus matchups. Get him on your roster if you’ve had issues at tight end.
Cairos Santos, K, Kansas City Chiefs (70%)
I’m only listing one kicker, since Santos is an awesome option and is insanely under-owned. Is it because the Chiefs are a perceived mess and people assume he won’t do anything? Because it’s just the opposite, as their ineptitude makes him a super lucrative option. Their offense moves the ball and simply fails to score touchdowns, which has played a huge hand in him 12 field goals over the past five games. Granted one of those games was a crazy 7-7 day, but Santos has as much upside as any kicker. He’ll have his dud weeks, but that’s the risk you run with kickers off the waiver wire. If you want someone a little more stable with less upside, shoot for Chicago kicker Robbie Gould, who is available in 85% of leagues.
Miami Dolphins Team Defense (61%)
I guess it’s time to drink the kool aid. Interim head coach Dan Campbell has Miami playing the type of defense we all envisioned before the season even started. I doubt it rolls into next week’s matchup with the mighty Patriots, but it could. Long-term, this team looks revitalizes and this will be an interesting defense to consider on a weekly basis. I also am warming up to the Jaguars (97% available), but they’re off in week eight.