It is status quo once again, as another week has gone by with another plentiful list of injuries. Nonetheless, the waiver wire has many players who can help your fantasy team if you have been affected by injuries or are running into bye weeks.
(For each position, players are listed by waiver priority and are <50% owned in Yahoo leagues)
Jacoby Brissett, IND (12%)
Brissett has filled in admirably for Luck while he has been out with an injury. He has even elevated the rest of the offensive players, as the offense looked like a black hole while Scott Tolzein was leading it. Brissett’s ability to run allows time for his receivers to get open and the potential to gain fantasy points on the ground. Luck should be back relatively soon (or so they say), but he’ll still be out this week as the Colts get the porous Titans’ defense. Brissett will be worth a streaming option heading into the week. Add where needed.
Aaron Jones, GB (57%)
This waiver add is an exception to the <50% rule. Jones looked amazing against the Cowboys this past week going over 100 yards on the ground and finding the end zone. Montgomery has multiple broken ribs and should have his workload reduced after Jones’s breakout game. It is yet to be seen if Montgomery can hold up to a running back’s workload over the course of a full season so Jones may even see 8-10 touches a game when he is healthy. Add him if you can and DEFINITELY add him if you are a Montgomery owner.
Elijah McGuire, NYJ (17%)
Fantasy football is all about opportunity and McGuire finally has it. Forte has been out the past two weeks with turf toe and Bilal Powell exited last week’s game with a calf injury that has left him week-to-week. Even if he plays, he’ll be limited with McGuire garnering a chunk of the carries. Last week was a tough matchup against a tough Browns run defense. This week, the Jets welcome an easier matchup in the New England Patriots. McGuire should touch the ball at least 15 times and makes for a solid flex play or RB3 in PPR formats. This may even be his job for the foreseeable future with both backs ahead of him currently injured.
Marlon Mack, IND (9%)
Frank Gore has had a solid career, but it’s time for him to take a back seat to the younger, faster back in Mack. On 10 touches, he was able to collect 92 yards and even found the end zone. After the game, Pagano mentioned, “it would be wise to try to find ways to get him the football and get him more involved”. I think we all agree with you, Chuck. As the season goes on, he should see more and more work as the Colts officially become removed from contention. It may be an RBBC now in favor of Gore, but that should change in Mack’s favor towards the last half of the season. He’s a solid long-term add in most formats.
Roger Lewis, NYG (1%)
What a week for the Giants. Not only did they lose their superstar wide out Odell Beckham Jr. to a broken ankle, but they also lost their other three WRs to injury in the same game. Dwayne Harris is out for the season with a broken foot and Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard are out with “ankle injuries” (both should be out through the team’s Week 8 bye). The G-men are down to skin and bones, as they’ll be signing a few players off their practice squad. That leaves Roger Lewis as the veteran wide receiver on the roster. He did score a TD on Sunday against LA’s top corner Casey Heyward. Eli is going to have to throw the ball to somebody, and that somebody seems like Lewis. The next two weeks are brutal with Denver and Seattle on the docket, but if you are hurting for a starting WR, Lewis could help. He’s more of a short-term add as Shepard and Marshall should be back this season.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ (28%)
The Jets, although against bad teams, have played some decent football to start the season McCown has been competent as the starting QB and seems to have a connection with ASJ. Through three games, Seferian-Jenkins has scored 8 fantasy points or more in each contest. Last week against the Browns, he brought in his first TD. He has looked like a changed player and one who has turned his career around after being suspended for the first two games of the season. The Jets don’t have a clear lead receiver so ASJ should compete for the target lead game in and game out. Add him in 12 team leagues with some solid matchups upcoming.
George Kittle, SF (1%)
Last week was a break out day for Kittle, as he brought in 7 receptions for 83 yards and a TD. He was third on the team with 9 targets and could be seeing more looks in the future as the rookie TE develops. Outside of Pierre Garcon, there is not much talent on the offensive side of the ball for the 49ers. As a team who will be continuously chasing points, they’ll have to throw plenty, which will favor Kittle. Tight end has been thinned out over the past few weeks due to injury so give Kittle a look if you are hurting at the position.
Atlanta, vs. MIA (22%)
Washington, vs. SF (7%)