Solid showing from our fantasy football waiver adds from last week. While many didn’t have a huge day, they earned the targets and carries we hoped for. Owen Daniels was second on the Ravens with six targets, and Lorenzo Taliaferro led the backfield with 15 carries. Miles Austin and Stedman Bailey are coming off byes this week, so hopefully you picked them up before others get a chance too. The rookie QBs both showed promise. Teddy Bridgewater outperformed Blake Bortles. We are getting really deep into the waivers now. As injuries continue to mount, we will continue to dig deeper and deeper.
Note: Players from last week such as Teddy Bridgewater, Lorenzo Taliaferro and Owen Daniels will not appear again this week. Although they are still excellent adds.
RB Darrin Reaves, CAR
Now that DeAngelo Williams is out with a sprained ankle and Jonathan Stewart, Mike Tolbert and Fozzy Whitaker were already on the shelf, Reaves is the man in Carolina. When you can get a starting RB at this point in the season, he is a must add. Especially if you are dealing with injury woes or bye week blues. He will be tough to trust but desperate times call for desperate measures. This week with the Dolphins and Raiders on a bye, you may need to replace Lamar Miller or dare I say it, Darren McFadden. Odds are if you were relying on them, you don’t have great RB depth. Pick up Reaves.
RB Isaiah Crowell, CLE
There has been speculation that regardless of who is healthy in Cleveland that Crowell has performed his way in to the top spot. Assuming Ben Tate gets hurt again, and he will, the real competition is between Crowell and Terrance West. West has been the go to guy to this point, however, if Crowell continues to run like he has been, he could take the reins as the starter.
RB Jerick McKinnon, MIN
McKinnon finally got some touches and he looked great. McKinnon carried the ball 17 times for 135 yards. That’s 7.5 yards-per-carry. He also caught a 17 yard pass. It looks like Matt Asiata will continue to see a lot of work as well, especially on the goal line, but this could become a duel-back situation. McKinnon is clearly the more explosive back. It would be shocking if he does not remain heavily involved in the Vikings offense.
WR Marvin Jones, CIN
Jones has been practicing all week and will most likely return to action in Week 5. Last season as the WR opposite A.J. Green, Jones caught 51 passes and 10 TDs. He was expected to be utilized even more this season before suffering a serious foot injury in camp. He probably will be eased in to the lineup, however, expect him to be a major factor down the stretch. He may just be the man that can put you over the top come playoff time.
WR Eddie Royal, SD
Eddie Royal is on a tear right now, catching four TDs in the last two games. He has also been targeted at least six times in every game this season. While he makes us very nervous because it is very unlikely he continue this production. Nonetheless, he can still be a very productive WR. Keenan Allen has been struggling most of the season and dealing with a groin injury and we all know Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates’ health issues in the past. Royal is worth a bench stash right now.
TE Larry Donnell
We all saw Donnell’s three TD performance on Thursday night. That was great but obviously isn’t going to be regular thing. The more important stat is his 31 targets through four games. Eli Manning always loves utilizing his TEs and Donnell looks to be his guy moving forward. He is a great bye week fill-in and could even be used as an every week starter if needed. Especially if you drafted one of the many injured TEs in the league.
Long Shot of the Week
RB Branden Oliver, SD
Donald Brown is the only RB left in San Diego right? Wrong. Oliver had only one less touch than the struggling Brown on Sunday. Brown had 14 on 10 carries and four receptions, while Oliver had 13 on nine carries and four receptions. Not only were the touches close, Oliver outperformed Brown, although, it was somewhat by default. Brown averaged only 1.9 YPC, while Oliver averaged a slightly less unimpressive 2.6 YPC. Oliver is a long shot but could reward you if you pick him up.