Odds are you’re not fielding a lineup from week to week that is straight out of draft day, for whatever reason. Maybe you have guys on bye (Prescott, Green), or you’ve got guys hurt (Parker, Shepard), or they’re just not playing up to your hopes for them (Moncrief, Decker). Most likely you’re dealing with a bunch of “alright” guys who you wouldn’t start if you didn’t have to, which is never a good choice to have to make. Good thing for you there’s probably a few of the same issues sitting there staring your opponent in the face as well. Let’s hope.
Regardless, you’re worried about playing the waiver wire, though, because this might be the week Eric Decker goes off, this might be the week Josh McCown gets 40 fantasy points, and you would be kicking yourself six ways to Sunday if that happened the week you dropped him for someone else. But what are the odds?
I picked up Nelson Agholor on Tuesday, dropping the aforementioned Decker in the process, and Agholor picked up 55 yards and a touchdown on Thursday night, easily outpacing whatever I’ve gotten from Decker to this point. See, it’s not all about the big names. It’s about who is hot right now, who has the best matchup, and who is reliably consistent. Agholor is amazingly more consistent than Decker, and Moncrief for that matter.
When you play the waiver wire don’t be afraid to drop dead weight like Moncrief or Decker, especially if you have a losing record to this point. You need to shake it up because the team you’ve assembled so far isn’t getting you enough points. And if you’re leading your league odds are some of the guys who helped you get to this point are off on a bye and you need additional help to maintain your position.
Here’s my wishlist of who’s worth the wire add this week:
JOSH MCCOWN (vs. NE) – It’s the Patriots defense, and it’s a divisional rivalry.
JACOBY BRISSETT (@ TEN) – Tennessee has had defensive issues, and JaCo has weapons.
CASE KEENUM (vs. GB) – I’m definitely not a Keenum fan, but he has looked pretty good in a couple of games this season in place of Sam Bradford. Odds are he throws plenty in this one to try and keep up with Aaron Rodgers, who you know will get his.
SAMAJE PERINE (vs. SF) – They should trust Thompson here, but that’s Perine’s gain.
JERICK MCKINNON (vs. GB) – He’s the more explosive back, and he catches the ball.
ALEX COLLINS (vs. CHI) – My guess is he gets more involved in an offense that still isn’t clicking on all levels. Odds are he scores this week with the number of red zone touches he should get.
MARQISE LEE (vs. LAR) – With Hurns TD dependent, Lee is Mr. Consistent.
MARQUISE GOODWIN (@ WSH) – Defense will key in on Garcon. Goodwin shines.
RASHARD HIGGINS (@ HOU) – I’m a believer in Kevin Hogan (I know, I can’t even believe I just said that, but there it is). He’s the better QB right now in Cleveland, and I’m glad he gets the start here. Don’t be afraid of the Houston defense. They’re hurting.
ZACH MILLER (@ BAL) – Trubisky needs a security blanket, and Miller will be it.
RYAN GRIFFIN (vs. CLE) – Shocker. The Browns are bad against TE’s.
JESSE JAMES (@ KC) – Most of the Steelers offense looked abysmal last week, but that will happen with the sheer number of turnovers. Big Ben will protect the ball much better this week, and James will get his opportunities in the red zone.
TAYLOR GABRIEL (vs. MIA) – With Sanu out, Gabriel will step up.
TARIK COHEN (@ BAL) – Pass catching backs do well against that defense.
BENNIE FOWLER (vs. NYG) – Defensive attention will be on the “big boys,” Thomas and Sanders. All Fowler has done is score a couple of TD’s already this season. He will get another one in this matchup.
FALCONS D/ST (vs. MIA) – Sure, the Dolphins won last week, but yeah.
SAINTS D/ST (vs. DET) – Don’t look now, but the Saints defense is coming around.
REDSKINS D/ST (vs. SF) – San Francisco had the one big game this year (against the Rams), and the Redskins will go after Hoyer all game. Can you say turnovers?
GIORGIO TAVECCHIO (OAK)
ROBBIE GOULD (SF)
CONNOR BARTH (CHI)