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.
It’s tight ends on parade following week seven as normally occurs during the middle weeks of the season. The tight end position offers up gems each year that tend to have multi-year value and we have a few appearing on the radar now. Other than that, things are thin but should pick up when struggling teams fall from the playoff race and begin looking to next year.
Here are your players for this week:
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Demetrius Harris, TE KC
Travis Kelce plays nearly every snap but the the 27 year old Harris has been eclipsing 40% of snaps consistently and logged his second touchdown of the year in week seven. Harris’ value is in 2019 when he becomes a free agent. If you have need at the position and an open roster spot, Harris is a solid deep-roster addition while we wait to see where he lands in 2019.
Michael Roberts, TE DET
The sophomore tight end reeled in two more touchdowns in week seven, bringing his total to three on the year. Roberts appeared in only his third game of the year and only has four targets as we approach the half-way point next week, but he’s converted on all of them, three of which went for touchdowns. It’s hard to know how the snaps will shake out going forward but for now it appears as though Roberts will be trending higher into the second half of the season. A quick check finds major fantasy news sources still down on Roberts but we’d suggest a cheap addition while waiting to see just what his snap share is going forward. It’s not as if Luke Willson or Levine Toilolo elicit much excitement and Detroit could benefit from a more dynamic tight end presence.
Chris Herndon, TE NYJ
Herndon is still available in many dynasty leagues and is now deserving of being added after garnering seven targets on Sunday, converting on four of them for 42 yards and his second touchdown on the year, his first coming in week six vs. the Colts. The Jets were high on Herndon out of Miami and selected him in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Rookie Draft. Rookie tight ends rarely have an impact early in their careers but opportunity and athleticism seem to be paying off for Herndon. The Jets are currently running a committee at the position with Eric Tomlinson, Jordan Leggett, Neal Sterling and Herndon all factoring, though Herndon and Leggett are the primary pass catchers. Scoop up Herndon as an upside rookie play early into his development.
Kenjon Barner, RB NE
Pending the news about Sony Michel’s knee injury, Barner could make for an interesting addition though he’s hardly the runner Michel is. Barner tallied 10 totes for 36 yards and didn’t register a reception Sunday vs. Chicago. If Michel’s injury results in a lengthy absence, expect the Patriots to add a bigger, veteran, back to fill the void but that doesn’t mean Barner won’t have a role. James White will be the big winner as his snaps are sure to increase but Barner can be added as insurance and the outside chance he sees an increase in workload.
Elijah McGuire, RB NYJ
McGuire was placed on injured reserve (foot) to begin the season meaning that he’ll be eligible for return in the next couple of weeks. During the preseason, many will remember the coaching staff of the Jets throwing “LaDanian Tomlinson” references when referring to McGuire’s skills as a runner. While we’re not ready to make that comparison, he carries good size (5’10/214) and possesses capable hands to increase his potential if/when called upon. Fellow back Bilal Powell is 29 years old and exited week seven after suffering a neck injury though it doesn’t appear it’s a serious injury. Isaiah Crowell remains the primary option in the backfield but has never eclipsed 1,000 yards or seven touchdowns meaning there’s potential for McGuire should he return healthy and be given an opportunity to produce. McGuire should be rostered in all dynasty formats on pure youth and potential.
See you next week!
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