Are you looking for that sweet spot-starter to get you through your bye week blues? Or are you looking for a guy you can use to fill in a position you may be struggling with in fantasy football? No matter your needs, we got the info on who to target on the waiver wire this week, and get you a fantasy win!
Note: All percentages refer to percentage of leagues the player is owned in on NFL.com*
Kirk Cousins, Quarterback, Washington Redskins, 2.4%
If you are in need of a quarterback for one week Cousins could be your answer in week 10. Cousins has the good fortune of playing against the Saints, who have given up the most fantasy points this season to quarterbacks. This season has had a lot of downs for Cousins, but it has also had a few nice ups. His excellent comeback win against the Buccaneers, and his winning effort against the Eagles earlier this year showed that he is capable of putting together a strong fantasy week. I think week 10 will be another nice week for Cousins, and he is likely available on your leagues waiver wire.
Matt Cassel, Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys, 2.4%
Cassel is another reasonable option for a one week quarterback fix if you happen to be suffering from the bye week, or quarterback injury. Cassel had a very nice outing (fantasy wise) in his game last night against a tough Eagles D, and is primed for an even nicer outing next week when he takes on the lackluster Buccaneers. With Dez Bryant back in the line-up, MacFadden running the ball as well as he has been, and Cole Beasley and Jason Witten as security blankets I expect Cassel to have some good fantasy production next week.
Landry Jones, Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers, 0.5%
Landry Jones appeared to be playing well in Roethlisbergers brief absence from the game yesterday. And he is another guy, like Cousins and Cassel who is benefiting this week from a very favorable matchup. The Steelers just have too many offensive weapons, and the Browns really don’t have the personnel to deal with it. In two starts this year Landry has looked respectable, and that was against tough defenses. If Landry can put up 15 points against a ruthless defense like the Cardinals makes me think that Landry could be a perfect one week band aid for your team.
Karlos Williams, Running Back, Buffalo Bills, 19.2%
Over the first four weeks of this season fantasy owners were all over Williams. But a week 4 concussion sidelined him until this past weekend. Williams proceeded to show us all why we were so high on him earlier this year totalling 110 and two touchdowns. LeSean McCoy was also injured in that same game, and will likely miss or at least be limited in the Bills Thursday night game this week. Amazingly Williams is only owned in 19.2% of leagues, so if he is available in your league than he should be your top waiver choice.
James Starks, Running Back, Green Bay Packers, 16.5%
James Starks has made a lot out of the opportunities he has been given this year. He has clearly been the most effective running back in Green Bay’s backfield all year, and it is now being reported that it is a strong possibility that Lacy could miss next week’s game against the Lions. That would just improve Starks value as he would be in a position to get a solid 20 touches in a game where Lacy is completely absent. Especially playing an inferior opponent like the Lions.
Brandon Bolden, Running Back, New England Patriots, 0.6%
Bolden is a bit deeper of a reach, so this is for you guys that are in deeper leagues. But with Dion Lewis missing the rest of the season I think Bolden may be the best choice for a fantasy replacement for him. Bolden’s skillset is much more similar to Lewis’ so if the Patriots want to continue running their offense similarly to how they have been all year, they will need to use Bolden in a Lewis like role. While Blount’s value is also increased by the loss of Dion Lewis, Blount is limited in how much of the slack he can pick up, due to his contrasting skillset. Bolden is worth a pickup to stash and see how the next couple of weeks play out.
Cole Beasley, Wide Receiver, Dallas Cowboys, 3.6%
I think it might be Beasley time. In my opinion the reintroduction of Dez Bryant to the Cowboys offense increases Beasley’s value ten-fold. Teams have to spy Jason Witten in the pass game, and double cover Dez Bryant, which just opens up so many nice short routes for Beasley to take advantage of. Obviously his production from last week shouldn’t be expected on a weekly basis, but I would expect Beasley to start consistently putting up 70+ yards a week, with some touchdowns sprinkled in there. Terrance Williams is owned in a much higher percentage of leagues, and in my opinion has less fantasy value.
Devin Funchess, Wide Receiver, Carolina Panthers, 33.3%
Funchess is owned in a third of leagues on NFL.com, but that number is sure to grow rapidly over the next couple of weeks. Funchess is the Panthers most underutilized offensive weapon, and this past week was the first glimpse of how good he can be if the Panthers utilize him properly. I wouldn’t be surprised if Funchess is as high as the top 15-20 in fantasy scoring amongst wide receivers in the back half of this season, simply because he is the most talented WR the Panthers have (healthy) on their roster right now.
Jacob Tamme, Tight end, Atlanta Falcons, 6.6%
In a league where consistent tight end production is hard to come by Tamme could be a good one to stash for later. Tamme and the Falcons are going into their bye week this week, so I would imagine that by Wednesday Tamme will be owned in even fewer leagues than he is currently. If you look at his schedule immediately after the bye week it is looking very favorable, as he plays against the Colts, Vikings, and Bucs. Who have given up the 8th, 12th, and 13th, most fantasy points to tight ends this season. I think Tamme will easily be a top 10 tight end for weeks 11-13, and could easily be your tight end from week 11-the end of the season.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tight End, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7.3%
I was plum shocked when I saw that ASJ was only owned in 7.3% of leagues. ASJ was a full go in practice last Friday but was left out of Sunday’s line up as Lovie Smith is notoriously cautious when it comes to letting players play hurt. But Vincent Jackson is likely to be out of the lineup once again, and I wouldn’t be surprised if ASJ leads the Bucs in targets, receptions, and receiving yards this weekend. ASJ is a guy you could potentially ride out your season on, and is your best bet for getting a high scoring tight end off of the waiver wire this week.
Are there any other players you are wondering about? Let us know who you are looking at in the comments, and we will let you know what we think!