Throwing you a bit of a curveball today. Schedule and game day weather coming tomorrow.
With the mess of injuries this week, this waiver wire period may be a season-changer for you — especially if Thomas Rawls is still available.
Let’s get to it.
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Just a reminder: If players like Tony Romo, Jeremy Hill or DeSean Jackson are available, I shouldn’t have to tell you to drop some big free agent bucks on them. We’re going to focus on players available in at least 40% of Yahoo leagues.
Kirk Cousins, WAS — Cousins came back to Earth this week, but he’s proven he can beat up on poor pass defenses. This week, he gets the Giants. So not only does he get a bad pass defense, he also gets into a potential shootout. He’s available in 76% of Yahoo leagues.
Jay Cutler, CHI — Put up a stinker against the Broncos last week, but threw for 603 yards and five touchdowns to only one interception in the previous two games. He’s available in 55% of Yahoo leagues.
Marcus Mariota, TEN — I’m shocked he’s still available in 56% of Yahoo leagues. He wasn’t exactly stellar Thursday night, but he has 13 TDs to only six INTs this season and gets to face the Raiders this week.
Tyrod Taylor, BUF — Taylor threw for 233 yards and nearly beat the Patriots last week. He has 11 TDs to four interceptions and has run for 244 yards and two touchdowns. No way he should be available in more than half of Yahoo leagues.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ — He hasn’t been great the last two weeks, but Fitzpatrick gets a favorable matchup against the Dolphins this week and has two top-tier receivers to throw to in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. I was surprised to see he was available in 75% of Yahoo leagues.
Brock Osweiler, DEN — Two hundred and fifty yards and two touchdowns is a nice start for Osweiler. He has one of the most talented wide receivers in the game to throw to and could turn Cody Latimer into a viable fantasy option as well.
Jameis Winston, TB — One does not throw five TD passes in a game and remain 25% owned in Yahoo leagues. He’s at least worth a stash.
Johnny Manziel, CLE — Before last week’s bye, Manziel threw for 372 yards, one TD and one pick. He’s not going to throw for 372 every week, but he’s worth a stash in case he has turned the developmental corner. He’s available in 95% of Yahoo leagues. Manziel’s doof rating is off the charts. He’s now the No. 3 QB. Don’t pick him up.
Matt Hasselbeck, IND — Hasselbeck’s not going to win you a fantasy championship, but he could help a good fantasy team win a championship. He’s throw five TDs and only two picks in limited work this season.
Alex Smith, KC — He’s available in 70% of Yahoo leagues. There sure are better options out there, but depending on how deep your league is and how much you were relying on Joe Flacco, Smith might be your only option. He does have Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce to throw to, so there could be occasional bright spots.
Blaine Gabbert, SF — Threw for 264 yards and a touchdown last week. We have so many bad Gabbert reference points it’s difficult to get excited about one game, but the ongoing theme of this list is you may not have a choice but to roster Gabbert.
Matt Schaub, BAL — Should be available in just about every league out there. Based on his recent performance, he probably should stay there. But like I said above, starting quarterbacks can get pretty thin depending on how deep your lineups and rosters are.
Brian Hoyer, HOU — Available in 89% of Yahoo leagues, but a desperation play. If he wasn’t throwing to DeAndre Hopkins, Hoyer wouldn’t have much fantasy value.
Thomas Rawls, SEA — Our top running back pickup of the week. He looked like the new Beast Mode again on Sunday and he’s available in 64% of Yahoo leagues.
Javorious Allen, BAL — Running backs let many of us down last week, including Justin Forsett. His broken arm is going to keep him out for a while, leaving Allen as our RB 1B pickup of the week. He’s available in 86% of Yahoo leagues. He’s been on our radar for quite a few weeks. I’ve been holding him in one of my keeper leagues for a few weeks too.
Alfred Blue, HOU — Blue doesn’t have a ton of upside, but he does get a ton of volume, which means he has value as a running back. He’s available in 58% of Yahoo leagues.
Matt Jones, WAS — Despite some flashes of brilliance, Jones is still available in 43% of Yahoo leagues. He could be in for a big week against the Giants.
Charles Sims, TB — Sims is averaging 4.3 yards per carry and has 25 catches. Doug Martin has had some big games this year, which makes Sims one of our top handcuffs with some week-to-week value.
Spencer Ware, KC — Charcandrick West’s hamstring opened a door for Spencer Ware and he rushed through it for 96 yards and two touchdowns. He’s available in 90% of Yahoo leagues and won’t be after this week.
Shaun Draughn, SF — Available in 83% of Yahoo leagues, the current only option in San Francisco is getting volume and his eight-catch game this weekend was encouraging. I wouldn’t break the bank on him, though. He still has Blaine Gabbert throwing to him.
Like last week, we have a bunch of handcuff-level running backs to consider:
David Johnson, ARI
Tim Hightower, NO
Jamize Olawale, OAK
Darren Sproles, PHI
Denard Robinson, JAC
Theo Riddick, DET
Jordan Todman, PIT
Antonio Andrews, TEN
Kendall Wright, TEN — Marcus Mariota’s top receiver is Delanie Walker, but Wright is his top wide receiver. But Wright’s been injured. He may return this week against Oakland, who Mariota may be able to shred.
J.J. Nelson, ARI — Beneficiary of Micheal Floyd’s absence, Nelson had 142 yards on four catches and a score. He caught two deep balls. He also had a 3-70 a couple games ago. If Floyd’s out again or if John Brown misses time, Nelson is the play.
Kamar Aiken, BAL — Five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown last week. He’s going to get a lot of 5-50, 6-60, 7-70 type games, but as the top receiver in the offense he’ll get the volume to be a viable PPR option with a bit of upside.
Anquan Boldin, SF — Two of his last three games combined: 10 catches, 193 yards. He only has two touchdowns on the year, but if Gabbert can be anything resembling serviceable it should Boldin into a decent PPR option the rest of the way. He’s available in a little less than half of Yahoo leagues.
Jamison Crowder, WAS — Don’t let that one catch for five yards against the Panthers fool you. With DeSean Jackson opening the field deep, Crowder and Jordan Reed could be in for a monster game underneath against the Giants this week.
Ted Ginn Jr., CAR — Your waiver wire has probably been picked pretty clean, but Ginn has some decent what-the-heck upside and is available in 62% of Yahoo leagues.
Marvin Jones, CIN — Has 13 catches and 182 yards in the last three weeks. He can make big plays and it could be a sneaky good week to play Bengals again.
Dontrelle Inman, SD — Inman went 3-for-51, which isn’t terrible impressive, but he’s San Diego’s No. 2 WR as long as Malcom Floyd is out, which means he has a lot of potential.
Dwayne Harris, NYG — Had six catches for 82 yards and a touchdown in his last game and had a two touchdown game two weeks before that. He’s the forgotten man in the Giants receiving corps and he could have another big day this week against the Redskins.
Tyler Lockett, SEA — He’s not going to catch two touchdowns each week, but his game-breaking talent is not in question. He’s worth a stash and an occasional play, including in a potential shootout with Pittsburgh this week.
Terrence Williams, DAL — Went 4-79-1 last week in the monsoon with Tony Romo back. Could be a foreshadowing of big things to come opposite Dez Bryant.
Devin Funchess, CAR — Went 4-64-1 last week and is becoming a viable option in the Panthers passing game. He’s a raw physical talent who could emerge as a huge game-changer these final few weeks.
Marquess Wilson, CHI — Had 102 yards on four catches despite a poor day from Jay Cutler. Wilson has had flashes of brilliance, especially when Alshon Jeffery has missed games.
Cody Latimer, DEN — Latimer got into the end zone which saved a 2-for-22 day. However, through a game and a half, Osweiler has targeted him quite a bit. It’s worth a stash to see if Latimer’s confidence builds.
Cecil Shorts, HOU — Houston’s No. 2 wide receiver should benefit from coverages doing whatever they can against All-Universe WR DeAndre Hopkins.
Leonard Hankerson, ATL — A touchdown saved a rather boring 4-36 day for Hankerson. He doesn’t have a ton of value, but like Shorts, defenses will game plan against his team’s No. 1 wide receiver, leaving the potential for an occasional huge game. His biggest impact is sucking the fantasy value from Jacob Tamme.
Kenny Stills, MIA — Had two catches for 52 yards and his second touchdown of the year. He’s not a must-own, but there are probably worse options on rosters in your league.
Vernon Davis, DEN — Hello, new environment. Davis went 6-for-68 with Brock Osweiler under center. It’ll be interesting to see if it continues.
Owen Daniels, DEN — Both Denver TEs atop the list? It’s what we know. Daniels went 4-69. That’s a lot of TE looks by Brock Osweiler. If you can’t get Davis, couldn’t hurt to get Daniels and see how this shakes out.
Kyle Rudolph, MIN — Finally, Rudolph comes through with a big game: 6-106-1. As a Notre Dame fan, I’m a big proponent of Rudolph. I hope this is a stepping stone to a much bigger offensive role.
Julius Thomas, JAC — Limit expectations, but he did get in for his second touchdown this week. He’s still a massive matchup problem, I’m just not sure he’ll ever be the player he was with Good Peyton Manning throwing to him in Denver.
Crockett Gillmore, BAL — Went 5-101, but that’s not a surprise to us. We know what a matchup monster he is, but he’s still available in 78% of Yahoos.
Brent Celek, PHI — Seven-for-79 after a 4-134 last week. Seems like he’ll be an important part of the Eagles offense as long as Mark Sanchez is in at QB.
Cameron Brate, TB — Had three catches for 47 yards and a touchdown. Guess the Buccaneers aren’t in much of a hurry to get Austin Seferian-Jenkins back after all. (Maybe this will encourage ASJ’s recover. WAIT I GOT TRICKED INTO PUTTING ASJ INTO THE WAIVER WIRE POST AGAIN. NOOOOO.)
Vance McDonald, SF — Had four catches for 65 yards and a touch. This one feels like a one-and-done deal, but if Gabbert is coming around, maybe McDonald becomes a part of it. If you have a deep bench or a serious need at TE and the wire’s picked clean, take a shot.
Kicker and defenses
Stream kickers and defenses, but don’t waste waiver priority on them.