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.
Here are your players for this week:
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Jordan Thomas, TE HOU
Thomas is a heavy-footed tight end but the Texans simply have no one else healthy. But during a week eight tilt against the Dolphins, he secured four-of-four targets for 29 yards and two touchdowns. The 2018 sixth-round rookie is a relatively unknown product and probably doesn’t offer much upside but in a depleted tight end pool, he’s about as good as you’ll find as an upside target. Add Thomas on the cheap if you are a desperate at the position but keep expectations very low.
Matt LaCosse, TE DEN
Matt who? Yup, it’s not often that a player eludes our radar and while I can’t speak for every writer or owner at DLF, he was completely off my radar and I doubt I could have picked him out of a lineup of names. He produced 29 yards on four-of-five targets in Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs. LaCosse seems to be playing behind Jeff Heuerman but matched him in targets (5) on Sunday. He’s the deepest of deep-roster additions to consider for this week. Surely there are better names to consider this week but we’re all about getting players to you as soon as they ‘blip’ on the radar.
Josh Adams, RB PHI
Adams has already been mentioned so this is just a verification that he’s not floating unclaimed in your free agent pool. He led all backs with nine carries in a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, producing 61 yards. He chipped in with a single reception for six yards as well. The Philly backfield is as unsettled as ever and Adams is in the mix for touches. it’s is situations just like these that can create new every-week starters The UDFA out of Notre Dame should be owned in deeper leagues.
Rishard Matthews, WR NYJ
Heads up! The 29 year-old receiver has signed with the Jets and should immediately vie for playing time in the wasteland which is the Jets’ receiving corps. He’s not a high-value target but could have upside potential in the middle of bye-week hell that we’re currently in. Matthews was critical of his usage in Tennessee and was summarily waived. For what it’s worth, the veteran should have been more involved and he had every right to be upset though he chose a poor channel for venting his frustration. Regardless, he’ll be motivated and should be active on Sundays for the Jets. Add now on the cheap if needed before your league-mates realize he’s been signed.
Dontrelle Inman, WR IND
The Colts may be the only team in the NFL with no WR2 but four or five WR4s. Welcome Dontrelle Inman to the collective. Inman is just the most recent Indi receiver to produce on Sundays, this week compiling six receptions and 52 yards on seven targets. There’s little-to-no reason to add him just yet but the journeyman receiver has impressed during spans of time in the past, most notably in 2016 with the Chargers when he tallied 58 receptions, 810 yards and four touchdowns, all career-high numbers. Keep him on your radar and revisit his production following week nine.
Equanimeous St. Brown, WR GB
ESB has been one of the forgotten receivers in Green Bay since the rise of both Geronimo Allison and, fellow rookie, Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Green Bay consistently identifies talented receivers in the draft and, much like the Pittsburgh Steelers, bear watching during the NFL Draft. ESB only saw two targets on Sunday, but converted on both of them for 31 yards. Should Randall Cobb depart via trade or, as expected, not return in 2019 due to being a free-agent, it’s very possible he secures a WR4 within the offense. ESB was the highest profile receiver drafted by the Packers in 2018 so there is upside here.
See you next week!
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