If you had told me that by this point in the season I would be licking my wounds from a 3 week losing streak I would have laughed in your face. A 3 game losing streak for me is about as improbable as the Arizona Cardinals having the best record in the NFL. Now I have to just wait for pigs to fly. One thing that I am happy about as I sit down to write this week’s waiver blog is that I see some of you have started taking the advice that I have been dishing out.
Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia Eagles– Sanchez was borderline impressive in his season debut which started midway through the second quarter. 202 passing yards and 2 TD’s in less than 3 quarters while leading his team to victory, I think a little credit is due here. Foles is pretty much out the rest of the fantasy season and these are the moments where fantasy studs are made. Sanchez is not a great QB, but he has as strong running attack and more weapons than he has ever had. Chip Kelly is an innovator of offense and he will get the most out of Sanchez. Maybe you should too.
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins- Let’s face it, there are few players in the NFL with the ability to be as dynamic as RG3. He has a run game and he has people to throw the ball to. If he can just stay on the field you are going to rack up points. That fact that he can and will run with the football raises his injury risk but it always raises his fantasy scoring ceiling. 251 yards with a touchdown isn’t a bad comeback start. Going into a bye week that will give him a little more time to rest, Griffin is going to get his chance.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins- So not every name is going to be a new one. Tannehill is ranked 11th overall and not because of one good game. Week in and week out he has proven to be one the seasons most constant QB options. He isn’t a great QB, but he is getting the job done. After laying the smack down on the Chargers for 288 yards and 3 TD’s he is headed to Detroit. I am thinking plenty more where that came from.
I will let you know up front that I am not really excited about the RB options this week. Most of the value has already been scooped up so I shifting the focus a bit this week on the rest of the season. If your season is in doubt, a couple of these guys are a long shot to help you out.
Ryan Matthews, San Diego Chargers– I will give you a second to recover from your double take. That’s right ladies and gentleman Matthews is not only making his return but is available in over 50% of all leagues. I don’t need to get into stats as there were high hopes of the often injured RB after finally having some healthy games last season. Chargers are reeling from a huge loss this week. You are going to have to wait a week as he is going into the bye. However, I expect the training wheels to come off early as Mathews gets right into the mix. He is a bargain starter the rest of the way.
Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers– We already know what Rainey can do when he dominates the carries like he did on Sunday. 87 yards on 18 carries, not too shabby and going forward I would expect more of the same. This team isn’t very good even though they possess some impressive offensive weapons. As long as he is getting the start Rainey is a solid #2 starter or a very good flex option.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings- Who knows what is going to happen here? I will be surprised if Peterson plays again this season, however it sounds like the Vikings don’t think he will be suspended. If that is the case and he suits up, this could mean the championship for you. If you have space, it is in your best interest to stash this former #1 fantasy pick.
Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns– Suspension is almost over (week 12) and unlike Peterson there are plans to get this guy onto the field. He is 58% owned which means he isn’t available is as many leagues as most of the guys on this post but he is worth picking up and stashing. Hoyer has been a reliable QB with limited options, I expect him to be even better with a talent like Gordon running routes.
Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers– How many weeks does this guy have to blow up before he is gone. Big Ben has been epic as of late and Bryant’s value has been boosted because of that. He has an astonishing 5 TD’s over the last 3 games and I don’t see any reason for that to stop. At this point I don’t think there is a bigger WR option than Bryant. 22% owned means he can be yours.
Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings- Bridgewater is getting better every week and it is no coincidence that we have seen Jennings begin to improve as well. His 23 targets over the last 3 weeks tells me that he is getting plenty of looks. It is his bye week so he won’t get you points right away but going forward especially in PPR, he is worth a hard look.
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Clearly the #2 option for Bucs, Evans has proven that Keenan Allen isn’t the only rookie WR to have fantasy value. He leads his team in yards and touchdowns, and is tied with #1 receiver Vincent Jackson for catches but only has about half as many targets. This guy will not be available much longer and is proving to be a must start. Playing the Falcons this week only helps his case.
Mychal Rivera, Oakland Raiders– Not sure how I let this guy slip and not have him on this list last week. Same song second verse; targets, targets, targets! 14 catches on 16 targets over the last 2 weeks. You all know how I feel about consistency. Looks like he is earning the trust of his rookie QB which could pay big dividends the rest of the way. If this trend continues he should be starting in all leagues.
Chase Ford, Minnesota Vikings– Until this blog I had never even heard of this guy. With that being said he has posted back to back weeks with 5 catches for over 60 yards. Bridgewater is on the rise and he is taking his teammates with him. Similar to Rivera, if Ford continues to get looks he is going to be a must start. If you are in need of some long term help Ford deserves some consideration. Yes, another player going into his bye week but we are looking toward the future this week remember?