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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Josh Johnson, QB WAS
Next man up. It didn’t take long for Mark Sanchez to get the hook and the Redskins turned to their fourth quarterback of the season in Josh Johnson. He immediately sparked the offense, throwing for a touchdown on 11-of-16 passing for 195 yards. He also threw an interception. Expect Johnson to start the remainder of the season, representing an emergency start option for 2QB leaguers. With the news that Alex Smith has encountered serious infection issues following his spiral fracture, the Redskins will be adding multiple names in all likelihood at the position.
Tim Patrick, WR DEN
I mentioned Patrick earlier in the year but in week 14 he capitalized on the season ending injury to Emmanuel Sanders by reeling in seven-of-ten targets for 85 yards. He led all receivers in targets on the day. Rookie DaeSean Hamilton did his best Sanders impression but it was Patrick who played the big-receiver role across from Courtland Sutton. At 6’4/212 lbs., expect to see Patrick work in this same role down the stretch, providing for potential material production in games to come. Add Patrick immediately for injury fill-in production now but also for 2019 upside as we wait to learn the roster status of Sanders during the off-season.
Trent Sherfield, WR ARI
The good-sized (6’1/205) undrafted rookie out of Vanderbilt only had three receptions coming into this week’s game but produced five receptions and 77 yards on seven targets on Sunday. The Cardinals are going nowhere at warp speed and are in dire need for upside receiving targets. Sherfield is a complete unknown though was timed at 4.45 in the forty in the recent past so there’s reason for some intrigue here, especially when noting his snap share has been increasing from week 10 when he saw a season high 53%. Sherfield can be added this week as a developmental prospect.
Brandon Bolden, RB MIA
Bolden hasn’t really been seen since his days in Miami but he picked a great game to appear back on the radar, rushing twice for 60 yards and two touchdowns, his most exciting play a rumbling 54 yard jaunt that showed the 28 year old still possesses plenty of speed. Bolden doesn’t project highly behind Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake but he’s a name to watch nonetheless should injury strike above him. Until that occurs, let him remain on the waiver wire unless your league uses very deep rosters and need insurance for Gore or Drake.
Trenton Cannon, RB NYJ
Not much to see here but Isaiah Crowell fell to injury and if he misses any time, Cannon will slide into the RB2 role behind Elijah McGuire. Cannon did produce a touchdown but only rushed for three yards on five totes. He also chipped in with a single reception for four yards. He’s a deep roster addition only.
Keelan Cole, WR JAX
Cole popped back onto the radar after falling off it weeks ago. He’s been a frequent visitor to the waiver wire of late after losing his spot on the depth chart. But on Thursday’s game vs. the Titans, he garnered seven targets, turning them into 55 yards on three receptions. It’s hard to project Cole’s usage going forward but he’s no worse than fourth on the depth chart and is still young on a team with an unsettled offense.
Blake Jarwin, TE DAL
It seems as though the Cowboys may have found a candidate for the starting tight end role in Jarwin. He remains locked in a battle with fellow rookie Dalton Schultz but Jarwin produced seven receptions for 56 yards on seven targets, showing solid route-running and the ability to make tough catches. Schultz has led the tight end group since Geoff Swaim’s injury in week 11 and we’ll need to wait and see snap-share for week 14, but expect to see Jarwin’s usage increase next week. The Cowboys utilize tight ends well and the snap-share leader has value down the stretch and into 2019.
Anthony Firkser, TE TEN
Jonnu Smith has an MCL injury and will miss the remainder of the season, opening the door for Firkser to see quality time down the stretch. In Thursday’s game, he collected three receptions for 27 yards, bringing his total receptions on the year to 16. Recall that Delanie Walker is out for the year and his future is uncertain. Smith would project as the top tight end should Walker choose to retire but all signs point to him returning for at least one more season which would, again, relegate Firkser to third on the depth chart.
Corey Coleman, WR NYG
Coleman moved up the depth chart due to recent injury to Odell Beckham Jr. and pulled down both targets for 43 yards, coming up just short of a touchdown on his 30 yard reception. Coleman has been bouncing around the league since his release from Cleveland. He’s still young (24) and should he eventually stick on a roster, he’s got upside potential for a patient fantasy coach. Keep expectations very low, however. He’s a last roster spot addition at best.
Benny Fowler, WR NYG
Like Coleman, Fowler saw snaps due to Beckham’s injury. He caught his only target for six yards and a touchdown. In all likelihood, OBJ will return next week sending Fowler back to anonymity. Should OBJ be out another week, you can add Fowler in an extreme emergency but Coleman projects ahead of him and there must be better options available on your waiver wire.
Other Deep Roster Notables:
Jordan Leggett, WR NYJ – One reception, 13 yards on two targets
Justin Hardy, WR ATL – Three receptions, 30 yards, one touchdown on four targets
Breshad Perriman, WR CLE – Two receptions, 81 yards on two targets
Brice Butler, WR MIA – One reception, 23 yards, one touchdown on one target
Jalen Tolliver, WR ARI – Rookie receiver with good size (6’3/210) producing two receptions for 22 yards on two targets
See you next week!