Welcome to our in-season coverage of waiver wire considerations for this week.
We won’t be forcing waiver wire advice or suggestions. Instead, expect to see a wide-ranging number of players each week, based solely on increasing snaps, injury or any combination of events that suggest a player’s status could change in the future. You can expect we will be providing a bit of justification for the addition as well as just how deep the particular player is. We are only highlighting those players that we believe deserve some level of attention, not merely players who happen to see targets or log a carry. As is always the case in fantasy, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Whether you are a multiple-year winner or in a constant state of rebuilding, the waiver wire is, arguably, your largest source of talent from which you will build your future dynasty. Being first to act and last to react, year over year, will play a huge role in the building and shaping of your team(s). It takes a lot of commitment to stay that engaged, but it’s an activity that will pay dividends every year.
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Zach Pascal, WR IND
Talk about out of nowhere. 56 yards on 6-of-10 targets and his first touchdown on Sunday vs. Houston. The UDFA sophomore receiver has great size (6’2/219) and has certainly earned a spot moving forward, especially with T.Y. Hilton likely not to suit up on Thursday night. Chester Rogers and Ryan Grant are still above Pascal on the depth chart but another game or two like this past Sunday and it will be impossible to keep him off the field. He’s an immediate addition in dynasty but expectations must be kept low as he could fall back to anonymity as quickly as he rose from it.
Mike Davis, RB SEA
He’s baaaack. Just like last year when Davis arrived on the scene, he’s back and rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns on 21 rushes. When are the Seahawks going to realize they have a potential starter on their hands, at least to compete with Chris Carson. To wit, Pete Carroll has said that Davis has earned a spot in the running back rotation. That means he’s earned a spot on your roster. Pick up the 25 year-old immediately though his situation is going to remain muddy into the near future barring injury to Carson.
Rod Smith, RB DAL
This is far more about Ezekiel Elliott’s injury news than Rod Smith’s upside. But as Zeke’s back up, he should be added, especially as a hand-cuff. Speaking on Monday, Dallas head coach Jason Garrett said Elliott is playing through ankle and knee injuries. The injury doesn’t appear to be threatening Elliott’s availability in the near-term, but it may mean increased snaps for the 26 year old Smith. Smith’s upside is very limited but he could be a valuable role-player should the injury bug bite down the stretch.
Hayden Hurst, TE BAL
This is simply a waiver wire check note. Hurst should certainly be already rostered in your league, but depending on roster depth, he may have been dropped due to injury status and the fact that the Ravens have nearly 46 other tight ends on their roster. Hurst is due back from injury in week five.
Keke Coutee, WR HOU
Will Fuller may be on the shelf again for the next few weeks due to a hamstring injury and Coutee wasted no time making his presence felt in his first action as a rookie. He produced 109 yards on 11-of-15 targets on the day. Coutee is considered a slot-specialist and should find plenty of space along-side DeAndre Hopkins. Like Hayden Hurst, Coutee is likely already rostered but we saw him hit the waiver-wire in numerous leagues over the past three weeks.
Tyler Kroft/C.J. Uzomah, TE CIN
Tyler Eifert is out for the year (again) after a horrific broken ankle creating opportunity for both Kroft and Uzomah. We like Tyler Kroft to handle a majority of the work as he did in 2017 though Uzomah has greater production and a touchdown on the year. There’s no guarantee either will be an effective fill-in for the more talented Eifert. If you have dire need at the position, take a stab and hope for the best. Which one to choose? That’s the big question.
Jordan Leggett, TE NYJ
Leggett, now in his second season, caught three of four targets for 13 yards and a touchdown vs. Jacksonville. The Jets are looking for a play-maker at the position and the rookie, Chris Herndon, would seem to be the favorite but should Leggett continue to produce, it will be a competition to watch. I’m not suggesting an addition via bidding, but consider an FCFS (First Come First Serve) addition in deeper leagues at no cost if you can.
Geoff Swaim, TE DAL
Like the Ravens, the Cowboys’ tight end depth chart is in flux and difficult to nail down week-to-week. Swaim continues to receive targets, garnering 12 over the past two weeks, and scored his first touchdown on Sunday. He’s a worthwhile addition but don’t bet the farm. Dallas is in dire need for production from it’s receiver corps. and opportunities should abound for Swaim.
Kendrick Bourne, WR SF
The second-year receiver has been hanging around the receiver depth chart for two years but has yet to break through with consistent production. His targets have steadily increased though he garnered only four, a season high, in week four vs. the Chargers, converting one of them for his second touchdown of the young season. San Francisco’s receiver depth chart is anything but settled and it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Bourne carves out a greater role going forward.
That is all for now, see you next week!
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