All posts by Steven Winant

Waiver Wire: Week 7

We are already heading into Week 7, as over a third of the fantasy season has already passed us by.  If you were the unfortunate owners of Aaron Rodgers, Jameis Winston or Golden Tate, you have to deal with yet another injured player to replace. There are slim pickings on the waiver wire this week, but lets see what it has to offer up.

 

(For each position, players are listed by waiver priority and are <50% owned in Yahoo leagues)

Quarterbacks:

Andy Dalton, CIN (@PIT) 46%

 

It is a rough week for streaming QBs, unless you want to play Blake Bortles. Dalton is still unowned in over 50% of Yahoo leagues. Dalton has not been great this season, but he has put together a solid string of starts over the previous three weeks (7 TDs to only 2 INTs). The Bengals are coming off their bye, and should be well rested and prepared. Divisional games are always tricky, but you could do a lot worse this week if you have your starting QB on a bye.

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Waiver Wire: Week 6

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)

Quarterbacks:

 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.

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Waiver Wire: Week 5

Unfortunately, another week of great football has led to another week full of injuries. The waiver wire is full of available players again, but which ones will be worth an add?

(For each position, players are listed by waiver priority and are <50% owned in Yahoo leagues)

 

Quarterback:

 

Deshaun Watson (34%)

 

Watson burst onto the scene in pretty bad fashion, but that changed pretty quickly. Over the past two games, Watson has accounted for 7 total TDs. As a dual threat, Watson’s floor is much higher than other QBs. Through Week 4, he has averaged 37 yards rushing and he didn’t even play a full game in Week 1. The Texans are home for the next two games, and Watson has a full compliment of weapons with Will Fuller V returning from injury. He is already a top 10 QB, and there’s no reason he can’t finish top 12 on the season. ADD! ADD! ADD!

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Week 4 Waiver Wire

Finally, what everyone was waiting for came to fruition during Week 3 of the NFL season. There was plenty of scoring over the course of the day and a limited amount of injuries. It was a solid week for fantasy and those owners who had big days. Still, we are on to the waiver wire, as no championship has been won without any in season additions.

 (For each position, players are listed by waiver priority and are <50% owned in Yahoo leagues)

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Waiver Wire for Week 3

Another week in the books and another handful of injuries to major fantasy players. Although there was no devastating injuries, many players were banged up and some will be missing multiple weeks. Here’s looking ahead to week 3 and finding who is owned in <50% of Yahoo leagues.

 (For each position, players are listed by waiver priority)

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Week One Waiver Wire Additions

With a wild, unpredictable and injury-filled Week 1 already in the books, there are plenty of players on the waiver wire who will be hot commodities come Wednesday morning. Injuries to David Johnson, Allen Robinson, and LeSean McCoy caught fantasy players’ eyes and other rookies came to play on opening weekend. Working the wire is what helps win championships so let’s get to work!

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Preseason Week 3: A Week to Forget

Another week of preseason has unfortunately brought another round of injuries. As many fantasy owners and NFL fans can agree, the preseason is for the birds. Although a variety of injuries happen across every four weeks of the preseason, this past week brought some serious carnage. Three high profile players in Julian Edelman, Spencer Ware and Cameron Meredith all succumbed to the injury imp. Seeing as there is only 10 days left until opening night, many leagues planned to draft or have already drafted up to this point in the summer. It is very plausible that you could have been an owner of these three fantasy mainstays. How can each one of these players be replaced? Is there a player on the same team worth acquiring? These questions will be answered as I try to dissect this past weekend’s injuries and how fantasy owners can overcome them.

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Five Fantasy Rules To Live By for 2017

With only sixteen days left until opening night, most fantasy owners have done their due diligence in researching for the upcoming season. At this point, they know who they like and dislike. They know who they won’t draft and players they’ll reach for. They think they know who will break out and who will bust. Although draft day is the greatest day of the fantasy football season, let’s not forgot the rest of the year. As the season progresses, some team owners forget why they are playing fantasy football. They even forgot that it still requires plenty of thought and action to make a fantasy team a successful one. So, here are 5 rules to live by during your 2017 fantasy football season.

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Catch Rate or Targets: What’s on Your Mind When Drafting a WR?

From a fantasy perspective, there are two things that should come to mind when selecting a player: volume and potential for opportunity. Mediocre NFL players can have great fantasy seasons with opportunity and high volume. Particularly looking at WRs, a high number of targets allows a player greater opportunity to perform. The question remains, when does catch rate override volume? If a player receives 150 targets, but only catches 80 of them, is that volume beneficial? I am going to dive in and look at catch rate vs.target totals to determine which one is more indicative of future success.

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Rookie Tight Ends: Is History on Their Fantasy Side?

In 2016, it was difficult to find many consistent tight ends for fantasy purposes. It was the first time a tight end failed to reach double digit scores since 2006, where Antonio Gates had a league high 9 TDs. In 2016, Cameron Brate and Hunter Henry tied for the league high with 8. Some of this was due to injury, as players like Rob Gronkowski (8), Jordan Reed (4), Antonio Gates (2) and Tyler Eifert (8) missed multiple games. Now, in 2017, there has been an influx of young, tight end talent as three (O.J. Howard, Evan Engram and David Njoku) were selected in the first round. Unfortunately, as history has shown us, rookie tight ends do not return much fantasy value in their first season. Except for dynasty drafts, rookie tight ends should essentially be left off your draft board, as many have underperformed in previous seasons. Even with his 8 scores, Hunter Henry still finished as the 11th best tight end according to FFtoday, which was the best finish since Travis Kelce finished 8th in his 2014 rookie season. Below, I’ll go through some current top tight ends to see how they fared in their rookie seasons.

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