Welcome back to another edition of Waiver Wire Finds! Last week Robert Kelly showed everyone that he could be a starting fantasy RB this year, and Prosise got hurt so now it is really Rawls job to lose. Also the Vikings defense and special teams units each had a TD. Furthermore, the Cowboys won again, now 9 in a row, the Raiders have the best record in the AFC, and the Browns still suck (sorry Browns fans). Hopefully I can keep up the trend of writing about people who play well. So, let’s jump right into it!
Colin Kaepernick – SF (owned in 17% of ESPN leagues): Kaepernick finally got a chance to play in Chip Kelly’s offense which was the one thing I was excited about with the 49ers, and he has not been great, but also has not been bad. Though his fantasy numbers are better than his NFL numbers. Kaep has thrown for 5 TDs and ran for another TD. He has averaged 18.6 fantasy points in 5 games this season. If you extrapolate those numbers across the season so far he would rank 7th. This week Kaep and the 49ers play the Dolphins. I would expect about 200 passing yards and a passing TD, additionally, 50 rushing yards, and possibly a TD running.
Dion Lewis – NE (owned in 45% of ESPN leagues): In Dion Lweis’ first game back this year he had a decent game though he had a limited snap count. He ran the ball 5 times for 23 yards and caught 3 passes for 26 yards. The number of touches will only go up as he regains his health and the confidence of the coaching staff. By the time the fantasy playoffs role around Lewis will be a top 20 RB weekly, especially in PPR leagues. This week the Patriots play the Jets who rank in the middle of the NFL in terms of opposing RB’s fantasy football production. That being said picking up Lewis is likely not a move that will benefit you this week, but it should benefit you in the playoffs.
Sammy Watkins – BUF (owned in 33% of ESPN leagues): This might be another add and stash for the playoffs; however, it is looking like Sammy Watkins will play again this fantasy season and the Bills think that it could be as soon as next week. If Watkins plays he will be a top 20 fantasy receiver with top 10 potential. If he is on the waiver wire in your league he is a must add.
Tyler Boyd – CIN (owned in 5.3% of ESPN leagues): Who is Tyler Boyd most of you are asking yourself. He is a rookie receiver for the Bengals, and if you have not heard yet AJ Green suffered a hamstring injury in the first minute of Sunday’s game, and Gio Bernard tore his ACL, and he has already been ruled out for this week’s game against the Ravens. So, next man up, and I believe that next man will be Tyler Boyd. Boyd was a great receiver for Pitt and set school records for receptions, and yards, though he has not had much of an opportunity in the NFL yet. Boyd caught 6 targets for 54 yards and a TD last week after AJ Green went down, and I expect him to be a bigger part of the game plan this week. The Ravens give up the 5th most points to opposing WR’s, and without AJ Green, and Gio Bernard, I expect Boyd to play a big role in the passing game.
Hunter Henry – SD (owned in 26.9% of ESPN leagues): There are not many good TE options on the waiver wire this week. Henry has tailed off a lot since his 3 straight games with a TD, in the past 4 games he has only had 5 catches. Although, with the lack of a better option, I would turn to Hunter Henry this week and hope he can strike again.
Bills D/ST (owned in 44.8% of ESPN leagues): The Bills are currently the 6th ranked scoring defense in fantasy this year. Over the past 3 games they have recorded an astounding 10 sacks. On the season they have only 4 games of giving up 20+ points, and they have one shutout. They have struggled a little getting turnovers, but not at all recording sacks as they only have 3 games this year with less than 3 sacks. This week the Bills play the Jaguars. Over the past 6 weeks the Jaguars have turned the ball over 15 times, and overall the Jaguars offense allows opposing fantasy defenses to score 7.5 per game, that mark ranks 25th fewest in the NFL.
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
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