Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets (Week 7)

Week 6 has now passed, which means we are near the halfway point for the regular season in many fantasy football leagues. By now it is clear whose teams are championship favorites and whose are pretenders. Whether you find yourself at the top of the standings or near the bottom, it is still important to hunt the waiver wire. Kudos to anyone that took my advice and picked up Adrian Peterson and had the confidence to start him because he looked electric last week. If for some reason he is still available in your league, add him now. Here are 6 fantasy football players to target this week.

1. Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants

Orleans Darkwa is not a household name, but he is killing it for the Giants. He has put up over 14 points the past two weeks in PPR leagues and is still unowned in nearly all leagues. He led the team in touches last week and ran for 117 yards on the stout Broncos defense. A defense that allowed 95 yards combined between LeSean McCoy, Melvin Gordon, Ezekiel Elliott, and Marshawn Lynch. Did Darkwa have a fluke of a game versus that stellar run defense? Probably. But he is worth the add this week. (Percent Owned: 0.7 NFL, 4.5 ESPN)

2. Alfred Morris, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Due to the never ending legal battle that follows Ezekiel Elliott, Alfred Morris could become the starter in Dallas. However, he could also see little to no playing time. The same goes for fellow back Darren McFadden. Elliot could escape serving no suspension and continue to serve as a bell-cow for the Cowboys. However, in the event that he is suspended, Morris and McFadden both become possible starters. (Percent Owned: 14.0 NFL, 43.9 ESPN)

3. Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Nelson Agholor was featured on this page several weeks ago and here he finds himself still a top target. He is having a breakout year and is available in many leagues for how well he is playing. If the Eagles and Carson Wentz continue on their hot streak, look for Agholor’s fantasy value to stay high. He is going into a matchup with a Josh Norman-less Redskins secondary, so look for big numbers. (Percent Owned: 23.5 NFL, 36.3 ESPN)

4. Ted Ginn, WR, New Orleans Saints

Ted Ginn is benefitting from the pass heavy offense led by Drew Brees. His fantasy value is touchdown dependent, but he has two touchdowns in his last three games. Given that he is a speedster, the possibility of a long touchdown each week makes him an enticing fantasy start. He is a good WR3 or flex candidate, but do not sit any solid starters in favor of him. (Percent Owned: 16.4 NFL, 40.6 ESPN)

5. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

DeMarco Murray is still the starter in Tennessee, but Derrick Henry out touched him last week. Henry scored 21 fantasy points in PPR leagues and had a career long 72 yard touchdown run. Henry won’t put up these numbers on a weekly basis. He is a good add though if your team is very weak at running back. (Percent Owned: 78.8 NFL, 57.0 ESPN)

6. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

The rookie receiver is beginning to push Martavis Bryant out the the number two target in Pittsburgh. He has not down so yet, but he was second in catches and yards last week. Combined with the swirling rumors that Bryant wants a trade, there could be a lot of value in adding JuJu Smith-Schuster to your team. He is not a consistent fantasy starter, but is worth stashing on your roster. (Percent Owned: 2.0 NFL, 6.3 ESPN)

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Fantasy Football Waiver Targets (Week 2)

Fantasy football waiver wire pickups are the difference between winning a championship, and failing to make the playoffs. It is important to be vigilant each week, especially when major injuries or suspensions can rid someone of a top pick. This week is especially important because of how many top fantasy stars failed to produce. It is too early to drop a top pick because of a disappointing performance, but adding a potential stud is a good insurance policy just in case. Below are eight players that everyone should be targeting.

1. Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears

Tarik Cohen provided the Bears with a big spark in his NFL debut. He seriously cut into Jordan Howard‘s touches after being used on 43% of plays, compared to Howard’s 56%. He carried the ball five times for 66 yards, an astonishing 13.2 YPC. Cohen also caught eight passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. In PPR leagues, Cohen is even more valuable after leading the team in targets with 12. He is not owned in many leagues, but will be after this week. (Percent owned: 1.5 NFL, 2.3 ESPN)

2. Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith has long been described as a game manager, not the guy to throw for 300 yards and four touchdowns. However, that is exactly what Smith did in the season opener. He made the reigning Super Bowl championship defense look foolish, and while doing so, locked up his status as a great waiver wire pickup. He is still not in the upper echelon of fantasy quarterbacks to start regardless of weekly matchups, but as of week two he is the top scoring fantasy quarterback. (Percent owned: 16.6 NFL, 9.7 ESPN)

3. Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Nelson Agholor looked bound to be labeled a bust after a disappointing two seasons to start his career, but he looked like a different receiver week one. He led the team in targets, and finished with 86 yards and a touchdown. If he and second year quarterback Carson Wentz can build chemistry together it could be a very successful season for the young receiver. (Percent owned: 1.8 NFL, 1.6 ESPN)

4. Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens

After Danny Woodhead went out with a hamstring injury, Javorius Allen
led the running backs in snaps. With Woodhead expected to be out at least a month, Allen’s stock skyrockets. The Ravens love to target backs on passing routes, so his value is even higher is PPR leagues. He still is splitting carries with Terrance West, but Allen is a quality waiver wire addition. (Percent owned: 1.6 NFL, 0.4 ESPN)

5. Kerwynn Williams, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Kerwynn Williams‘usage is in for a major uptick after star running back David Johnson
suffered a wrist injury that could sideline him for several months. He came in immediately for the injured Johnson and scored a touchdown. Williams was declared the number one back moving forward by head coach Bruce Arians. Williams has a very high ceiling as the number one back in Arizona. (Percent owned: 0.3 NFL, 0.7 ESPN)

6. Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

Jesse James was the top scoring tight end in week one. This is no doubt because he caught two red zone touchdowns and will not be the norm. However, if James can become Big Ben’s favorite red zone target there will be many more touchdowns in James’ future. The team’s recent addition of Vance McDonald was thought to hurt James’ targets, but he beat McDonald 8 to one in that respect. (Percent owned: 3.9 NFL, 2.5 ESPN)

7. Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams

Cooper Kupp is a good option in PPR leagues with 12 or more people in them. He had a solid week one, but his production depends on the Rams’ offense, which was lackluster last season. That being said, he led the team in targets last week and secured a touchdown pass from Jared Goff. (Percent owned: 4.7 NFL, 16.6 ESPN)

8. Mike Tolbert, RB, Buffalo Bills

The backup running back in Buffalo has consistently poached touchdowns from LeSean McCoy over the past three years, and Mike Tolbert has already began down that road. He scored a one yard touchdown in week one and ran the ball 12 times for 42 yards. His bruising downhill running style should do his fantasy value well as he looks to score many short yardage touchdowns this season. (Percent owned: 0.1 NFL, 0.5 ESPN)

 

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Fantasy Football QB Rankings: Part 2

This is the second part of my QB rankings. I posted the first part yesterday and you can right it right here.

16. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (Bye Week: 6)

One of the most under appreciated fantasy football quarterbacks. Taylor can run the bell very well and is an accurate deep passer. Sammy Watkins is in a contract year and the Bills drafted Zay Jones to give Taylor a legitimate number two receiver.

17. Eli Manning, New York Giants (Bye Week: 8)

Eli may have more weapons than almost anyone else in the league not named Big Ben and Tom Brady. The Giants added Brandon Marshall this season, making Beckham-Marshall one of the top duos in the league. They also drafted TE Evan Engram to give Eli a receiving threat at TE. The biggest problems for Eli are the Giants’ offensive line and Eli’s troubles with interceptions. These two hold him back from being a top 10 fantasy quarterback.

18. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (Bye Week: 6)

People forget that Dalton has finished top 12 in three of his last five seasons. This year Dalton has the most weapons he has had in a while. They added Joe Mixon and John Ross in the draft to go along with a full season from Tyler Eifert. If the offensive line can keep him up, Dalton can finish top 12 once again. That’s a big IF.

19. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (Bye Week: 10)

Wentz is my breakout candidate for this season. However, I cannot rank him higher just because I think he is going to breakout. Wentz was too inconsistent in the second half of last season. The Eagles added some nice pieces in Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffrey this off-season. If Wentz can stay consistent and does not hit a sophomore wall, he can be very good this year.

20. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (Bye Week: 8)

Everyone, including myself, thought the 2015 season for Palmer was a revival for his career. However, we were wrong. In 2016 we saw the quarterback that Palmer has always been. He will give you some really good games to go along with some truly ugly ones. He may see a bit of an increase in production from last year, but not that much.

21. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (Bye Week: 8)

I really had high expectations for Bortles last year and I refuse to make that mistake once again. I had him as a top-10 quarterback last season and he truly disappointed. He was nursing an injured shoulder for some of the season. I just do not think he gets back to top-10 status. He may finish top-15 if he can limit the turnovers.

22. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (Bye Week: 10)

The Baltimore Ravens loved to throw the ball last year and they gave Flacco more weapons this off-season. They added Jeremy Maclin and Danny Woodhead. Woodhead is a very nice receiver out of the backfield. Maclin will be a nice complement to Mike Wallace. The only problem I have with Flacco is his health.

23. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (Bye Week: 11)

Tannehill is just not a fantasy quarterback. He is more of a game manager and he does not fit well in fantasy football games. He will give a breakout game here and there because of his underrated legs. He is a nice back up, but is not someone you want starting on your team.

24. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (Bye Week: 10)

Smith is basically in the same exact boat as Tannehill. Both are good quarterbacks, but neither is really a fantasy football option. Smith is a game manager as well and will rarely take shots down the down. He won’t turn the ball over much, but he won’t put up big numbers either.

25. DeShaun Watson, Houston Texans (Bye Week: 7)

Watson may not be the starter at the beginning of the season, but I do not expect that to last long. In my opinion, Watson is the best all-around rookie quarterback taken in this draft. He also has something many quarterbacks in the league do not: An elite receiver. DeAndre Hopkins always puts up numbers no matter who is throwing the ball to him and I expect Watson to be better than anyone that the Texans put out there last year.

26. Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings (Bye Week: 9)

Sam Bradford is an extremely accurate passer and this is the first time in his career he will have the same offensive coordinator in consecutive seasons. The Vikings offense should improve as a whole from last season, but I just do not see Bradford finishing as a top-20 fantasy quarterback.

27. Brian Hoyer, San Francisco 49ers (Bye Week: 11)

Hoyer actually played pretty well when he got the opportunity last season. However, the 49ers offense is horrid and he is not promised the starting job. If he was a full time starter on a team with some weapons I would place him in my top-20.

28. Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos (Bye Week: 5)

He does not have much ability and Paxton Lynch is creeping up behind him. He may not be the starter for the full season. Even if he was I would not have him higher than this.

29. Josh McCown, New York Jets (Bye Week: 11)

Speaking of horrid offenses, the New York Jets are downright TERRIBLE. They lost both Erick Decker and Brandon Marshall this year so there is not even a WR that can bail out a bad quarterback. I was shocked the Jets even signed McCown and I expect one of their younger quarterbacks to eventually take over the offense.

30. Mike Glennon, Chicago Bears (Bye Week: 9)

The Chicago Bears love to run the ball so that already limits Glennon’s upside. Add in the fact that they drafted Trubisky this year and Glennon would be lucky to finish top-25. The Bears actually do have some decent weapons on offense, but I would be shocked to see Glennon starting past week 8.

SLEEPERS:

1. DeShaun Watson
2. Blake Bortles
3. Carson Wentz
4. Eli Manning

 

 

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