I am pretty sure that every college student or college graduate has felt the extreme fear and stress that comes with registration week. For those of you who do not know what I am talking about, picture it like this; over the past 2 weeks you have met with an academic adviser, and put 15 hours into coming up with the perfect schedule for next semester (I was going to have Monday’s off). Then, you wake up 20 minutes before your registration time (mine was at 7:30 AM, which is also the earliest I have been awake all semester) to see all of your classes that you want still have spots available. Perfect! Right? You then wait, and when your time to submit your class registration all of a sudden the system takes forever to load. Finally, it loads to tell you that there is an error with your registration and there is no reason for you to get this error, but you know you need that class to stay on pace to graduate on time. Well, that’s what happened to me, so I got an omelet and decided to write about fantasy football, and we will see how all that works out.
Without further ado, here comes my week 11 Waiver Wire Finds!
Tyrod Taylor – BUF (owned in 55.1% of ESPN leagues): Taylor has not played nearly as well this season as he did last season; however, he is the 10th ranked fantasy QB. Taylor has one game in which he has not scored a TD in, and he is on a streak of 3 consecutive games with a rushing TD going into his bye. This week he and the Bills are playing the Bengals, who they have had 2 weeks to game plan for. The Bengals have been poor this year at stopping opposing QBs, they have given up an average of 18.7 fantasy points per game. They have only allowed fewer than 17 fantasy points in 2 games this year.
Dion Lewis – NE (owned in 44.4% of ESPN leagues): Dion Lewis has not played a snap yet this year, he has been out all year with a setback from his ACL surgery. The Patriots will ease him back into the offense for sure, but he is valuable enough to the Patriots passing game that he is definitely fantasy relevant in all formats, especially in PPR formats. If you pick him up only expect him to get a few touches in the beginning because the last thing the Patriots want to do is rush him back and have him get hurt again.
Thomas Rawls – SEA (owned in 47.6% of ESPN leagues): Thomas Rawls has yet to play after coming back from his leg injury, but it is looking like he is going to play this week. Rawls showed way too much potential for him to not be owned in more leagues, if for nothing more, at least pick him up for bench depth. The Seahawks backfield is more crowded now than it was last year, with the emergence of Christine Michael, and CJ Prosise; however, I think that Rawls is talented enough that fantasy owners should take a chance on him and hope the Seahawks use him like they should.
Pierre Garcon – WAS (owned in 28.2% of ESPN leagues): Pierre Garcon has been a reception beast, as usual. Garcon has at least 5 receptions in 6 of the Redskin’s first 9 games, and in a PPR. In a standard PPR league Garcon has scored 12 plus points in 4 of the last 5 games. This week the Redskins play the Packers who have given up 115 points to opposing WR over the past three weeks which is about the league average. I would expect Garcon to get between 5 and 8 receptions, and 70 yards. That is good enough for a flex play this week with the byes.
Rishard Matthews – TEN (owned in 35.2% of ESPN leagues): If you read my column last week hopefully you saw me write about Rishard Matthews and you picked him up. If not, here is your second chance, but do it this week because if you don’t he will probably be owned when you try and pick him up. Rishard Matthews scored another TD this past weekend, and has had double digit fantasy points in 6 of the last 7 games. He has had a TD in 5 of the last 6 as well. Until he and or Mariota cool off, Matthews is a must own and a high WR3.
Julius Thomas – JAX (owned in 47.4% of ESPN leagues): Julius Thomas has been a giant let down from the time he left Peyton Manning and the Broncos to get paid. Although, over the past 4 weeks it looks like Blake Bortles has been looking for him in the redzone. Over that four game span Thomas has scored in different games. The biggest reason as to why I like Julius Thomas this week is because he has a real good matchup this week. The Jaguars play the Lions who have allowed an average of 17.1 fantasy points per game to opposing TE’s, and there has been only one week in which the TE playing against the Lions defense has went for less than 12 fantasy points. On average the Lions give up one TD a week to opposing TE’s and I expect that trend to continue this week.
Giants D/ST (owned in 36.6% of ESPN leagues): Over the past 3 weeks the Giants defense has played well in terms of fantasy numbers. The Giants defense has gotten 7 turnovers in the past 3 days, combine with 8 sacks, so the Giants have been scoring fantasy points from the defensive side of the ball. Additionally, they have allowed no more than 23 points since week 4. The Giants are playing the Bears this week who are coming off a rough matchup to say the least. The Bears gave up 4 sacks, 4 turnovers, and allowed the Buccaneers defense to score 25 fantasy points last week. The Giants defense are my stream of the week.
The scoring that I have used is based off of ESPN’s standard PPR scoring. Good luck on the waiver wire this week and in your upcoming match-ups. Remember to follow me on twitter and the Fantasy Life app @FantasySportGM and tweet me your start/sit or trade questions this week
Waiver Wire Finds