We hit on quite a few players last week. Branden Oliver had another big game on your second chance opportunity and Ronnie Hillman rushed for 100 yards. The Giants look like good pickups as well. Despite a poor showing, Andre Williams is clearly the top back and an injury to Victor Cruz skyrocketed Odell Beckham‘s fantasy value. Benny Cunningham plays later tonight on Monday Night Football. Justin Hunter was bumped up the Titans’ depth chart to WR2 and Tim Wright has continued to be integrated in to the Patriots’ offense. He caught only one pass, but it was a TD. Our long shot Ace Sanders was relegated to return duties for the most part after missing the Jags first four games. This week we will try to continue bringing you the best waiver wire options available.
QB Austin Davis, STL
Over the past two weeks (does not include Monday nights game), Davis has passed for 702 yards, six TDs and two interceptions. These performances came against the Eagles and Cowboys. With a tough matchup with the 49ers behind him and an even tougher matchup next week against the Seahawks, now is the time to scoop him up. He will not be a high priority due to his matchup with the Legion of Boom in Week 7. Grab him now and stash him on your bench. He is starting to become an excellent QB2. If he continues to develop, you may find yourself a valuable asset and insurance policy for your starting QB.
RB Antone Smith, ATL
All this guy does is make plays. It seems incomprehensilbe that he can continue to score long TDs on limited touches, nevertheless, here he is as a top waiver priority. With just 18 touches in the past four games, he has manged to score a long TD in three of the four outings. His three TDs went for 38, 48 and 41 yards. He is the definition of a boom-or-bust player. What he has been doing appears to unsustainable, but hopefully the Falcons see the talent everybody else does and it earns him more touches.
RB Storm Johnson, JAX
Johnson earned the first start of his young career and to be honest, he wasn’t all that good. Still, we aren’t jumping ship just quite yet because the opportunity is there. Starting RB Toby Gerhart is injured, and when healthy hasn’t been very good. Actually none of their RBs have been very good. It looks like Johnson may see a significant amount of touches and get the goal line work. Every starting RB should at the least be stashed on somebody’s bench. They are just so hard to come by in today’s NFL.
RB Brandon Bolden, NE
With Stevan Ridley sidelined for the rest of the season, it’s anybody’s guess who Belichick will utilize as his replacement. Our guess is Bolden. The options (that we are aware of) are Bolden and rookie James White. Bolden has more experience and has been utilized before. White has been most often utilized as a healthy scratch, although he did have a very good preseason. We will have to wait and see what happens, but if you’re looking to grab a Patriots’ back, our money is on Bolden. We give him a slight edge on White.
WR Andre Holmes, OAK
Holmes has emerged as the Raiders go-to-guy in the passing game since Rod Streater‘s injury. In the past two games as the top target, he has totaled nine receptions, 195 yards and three TDs, on a hefty 20 targets. If he is still available in your league, he should be your top priority. In any competitive 10-to-12 team league, he should be by far the best WR option available on your waiver wire. He is begining to look like a legitimate WR1. Even if he is on the Raiders, a WR1 is still a WR1.
WR Jarvis Landry, MIA
With the Dolphins’ top slot receiver (Brandon Gibson) sidelined, Landry saw an increased workload. He made the most of his opportunity. The rookie popped of the screen in both the passing game and special teams. His talent is undeniable. He enjoyed season highs across the board. He tallied six receptions and 75 yards on eight targets. He also added a TD. The kid only promises to get better and we doubt Gibson will be getting his job back anytime soon. He should be considered a sleeper with major upside in the Dolphins’ offense.
TE Clay Harbor, JAX
There are not too many decent TEs that we are yet to feature in this article, so we went with Harbor. He has quietly been a pretty solid TE. In just three games, Harbor has totaled 14 receptions for an average of 61 yards-per-game. Week 6 was by far his most productive fantasy outing. He put up 91 yards and a TD. If you are in a deep league and in need of a TE, Harbor could be a sneaky good pickup that most people will overlook.
Long Shot of the Week
RB Tre Mason, STL
With Zac Stacy less than 100-percent, Mason is expected to see the first action of his NFL career. Mason is ultra-talented. Although he is a raw talent, he certainly brings more to the table than Stacy and Cunningham. The issue lies in grasping the offense and pass protection. Once he gets that down, he has the potential to be great. Nonetheless, there is a very good possibility that once the Rams get a look at him, it will be hard to keep him off the field. The rookie from Auburn is just that good.