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.
Don’t forget to check Ken Kelly’s “Dynasty Aftermath” weekly for more notes on players who should be on your radar.
Here are your players for this week:
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Jeff Driskel, QB CIN
The Driskel chronicles begin now. Andy Dalton is done for the year after suffering ligament damage in his hand and Driskel is the next man up. Filling in for Dalton, he went 17-of-29 for 155 yards and a touchdown in a loss vs. the Browns. The Bengals can save a significant amount of money by releasing Dalton during the off-season and all signs point to them doing just that. Dalton has never shown the ability to win the big game and while it can’t all be heaped upon his shoulders, there doesn’t exist enough upside for the Bengals to retain him though he isn’t a free agent until 2021. Add Driskel as an emergency starter in 2018 or as a deep developmental sleeper for 2019.
Chase Daniel, QB CHI
Mitchell Trubisky may miss another week but Daniel was solid in replacement, throwing for two touchdowns and 230 yards. He doesn’t carry any long term value but we’re on the eve of the playoffs and 2QB format coaches desperate for a fill-in starter could do worse. He’s got a receiving corps. and running game to make some noise. The Giants are on tap for week 13.
Colt McCoy, QB WAS
Didn’t add him last week? Maybe he’s still available. Much like Daniel above, McCoy threw for two touchdowns and 268 yards though he also tossed three interceptions. McCoy gets the Eagles in week 13 and he’ll remain the starter for the rest of the season. Add him now for an emergency start or 2QB format depth.
Cody Kessler, QB JAX
Blake Bortles has been benched again and it now appears as though Kessler will be given the reins for the remainder of the year. Kessler, now in his third year, did have a nine game stretch in 2016 where he through for 1,380 yards, six touchdowns to only two interceptions and completed over 65% of his passes. So you’re telling me there’s a chance! The Jaguars aren’t bereft of receivers though they are as plane-Jane as you can get on offense, usually relying heavily on the run. Kessler brings very little intrigue to the position but he’s starting and needs to be owned in deeper leagues.
Jeff Wilson Jr., RB SF
An undrafted rookie out of North Texas, Wilson saw his first action of his young career, backing up Matt Breida. He carried seven times, producing 33 yards while catching a single pass for eight yards. He’s a complete unknown but in a backfield desperate for runners. At the NFL Combine, he measured in at 6’0/210 lbs. so he carries good size. You can find more about Wilson Jr. here.
Justin Jackson, RB SD
Jackson will play behind Austin Ekeler following the loss of Melvin Gordon to a sprained MCL. Jackson, a seventh round rookie out of Northwestern in 2018, has passable measurements and metrics as demonstrated during the NFL Combine which can be found here. He saw seven rushes, producing 57 yards including a nice 20 yard scamper. Gordon is only expected to miss two to three weeks so Jackson won’t have long to make a name for himself, but running backs often only need a solid game or two to appear on the radar. Add him in the deepest of deep leagues.
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See you next week!