Each week we will take a look at players who are more than likely on your waiver-wire that can be added to your team and help you this week. One of the biggest complaints with waiver wire add articles is that many of these guys are not available in your league. Using ESPN’s ownership statistics, everyone mentioned in this article has 50% or lower ownership status. This article will be divided into two parts, standard and deep leagues. The players in the deeper league wire are typically guys that you can stash that have upside. If you use a Free Agent Auction Bidding (FAAB) system, in parenthesis will be the percentage of your budget we would use on each player. In those type leagues, know the bidding history of your opponents and adjust accordingly.
Since Down to the Wire only highlights players who are owned by less than half of owners in ESPN leagues, I first want to give you a list of guys who are only owned in 50-75% of leagues that would be premium adds over any other player (depending on your positional needs).
- Tevin Coleman (64.6% owned)
- Devonte Parker (70% owned)
- Charles Sims (65.4% owned)
- Christine Michael (58.9% owned)
- Martellus Bennett (67% owned)
- Steve Smith Sr. (58.9% owned)
- Mike Wallace (63.4% owned)
- Corey Coleman (62.1% owned)
- Michael Thomas (61.5% owned)
- Tajae Sharp (59.2% owned)
- Isaiah Crowell (72.3% owned)
- Justin Forsett (70.5% owned)
- Mohammed Sanu (64.6% owned)
- Dwayne Allen (60% owned)
- Jimmy Graham (70.7% owned)
Standard League Adds:
QB Matt Ryan (48% owned)(3-5% FAAB)- Matt Ryan had a great week against the Raiders this past week throwing for nearly 400 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan is normally very hot and cold throughout the season with his production. He could be a great streaming option this week has he gets the battered Saints secondary.
RB Fozzy Whittaker (0.8% owned)(10-15% FAAB)- Keep an eye on Jonathan Stewart’s injury status as the week progresses. Ron Rivera said in a press conference on Monday that it is likely that Stewart will miss a week or two. Whittaker will obviously benefit from his absence. When Stewart went out on Sunday Whittaker managed to grab 100 yards on 16 carries and three receptions for 31 yards. Cameron Artis-Payne and Mike Tolbert could cut in to his workload without Stewart, but if Sunday was any indication, we like Whittaker.
RB Dwayne Washington (0.3% owned)(20-30% FAAB)- It looks like Ameer Abdullah is likely to miss a few weeks with a foot injury. Theo Riddick will obviously be the biggest beneficiary of Abdullah’s absence, but Washington could become the first and second down back. Washington had four carries for 31 yards after Abdullah went out on Sunday. He doesn’t figure to contribute much in the passing game, but could be a key addition to the Lions rushing attack.
RB Jay Ajayi (46.1 % owned)(15-25% FAAB)- Ajayi was in Adam Gase’s doghouse a week ago. So, naturally he has to work his way back into his coaches good graces. Nothing can do that quicker than being thrust into the game because the starter in front of you goes down with an injury. To no one’s surprise Arian Foster has another soft tissue (groin) injury. His status for this coming week is uncertain, but if he misses anytime, Ajayi will be the go to running back. Rookie Kenyan Drake may still some third down and passing game work, but don’t be shy to go get Arian Foster’s replacement.
RB Jerrick McKinnon (24.1% owned)(40-50% FAAB)-Adrian Peterson has a torn meniscus. The good news for Viking fans is that it could have been much worse. Peterson hasn’t even been ruled out for this week, but could miss a couple of weeks. Last season McKinnon showed that he is more than capable of carrying the load in Minnesota. Matt Asiata may still some goal-line carries from him, but McKinnon is the back to own in Minnesota. If word comes out this week that Peterson is going to miss significant time, then this is that acquisition that comes around once a year that you blow most of your FAAB on. **PPR SPECIAL**
RB Matt Asiata (0.2% owned)(25-35% FAAB)- Make no mistake about it, McKinnon is the guy to own after the Adrian Peterson injury, but Asiata will likely still get the goal-line work. In past seasons, Asiata has made a living at the stripe, and it’s possible he can rack in two or three touchdowns in a single week.
RB Shane Vereen (35.6% owned)(5-10% FAAB)- Shane Vereen is slowly gaining on the production level of Rashad Jennings. In Week 1 Vereen had just six carries to Jennings 18. This past week Vereen had 14 carries compared to Jennings 13 and was much more productive. The Giants backfield has been a crowded one for the last few seasons, but Vereen may be the back to come out of the dust. **PPR SPECIAL**
WR Quincy Enunwa (5.5% owned)(15-25% FAAB)- Through two weeks, Enunwa has four more receptions than Brandon Marshall and five more than Eric Decker. It seems that Ryan Fitzpatrick’s confidence continues to grow in Enunwa and he is targeting him often. If you play in a dynasty format, he could be a replacement to the aging Marshall and Decker.
WR Josh Doctson (7.2% owned)(10-20% FAAB)- Josh Doctson only has two receptions in two weeks. Yet, this past week, Doctson was targeted a number of times in the redzone. He is just a few weeks removed from the achilles injury that he dealt with all preseason that led to basically no practice during training camp. It is only a matter of time until he and Kirk Cousins begin to connect. Deeper leagues may be willing to spend more of their FAAB.
WR Eli Rogers (29.3 % owned) (5-10% FAAB)– Rogers was a disappointment in Week 2 only grabbing one reception. I think it is accurate to expect Rogers production to land somewhere between his Week 1 and Week 2 performances. If someone left him on the wire this week, you can get him for a discounted price.
WR Tyrell Williams (43.4% owned) (15-25% FAAB)- Williams wasn’t dominant in Week 2 in the place of Keenan Allen, but the Chargers offense was hot and it paid off late for him as he was able to haul in a touchdown. He also finished with three catches for 61 yards. With Danny Woodhead being ruled out for the rest of the season, it is likely that Williams role will only continue to increase. If he is still around on your wire, you will probably have to pay a little more for him this week.
WR Nelson Agholor (9% owned)(5-10% FAAB)- Agholor continues to look more involved in his sophomore campaign with the Philadelphia Eagles. Carson Wentz looks to spread the ball around and keeps Agholor active on the outside. If Wentz continues to develop, so could Agholor.
WR Tyler Boyd (23.8 % owned) (10-15% FAAB)- Boyd had six catches for 78 yards this past weekend and continues to see his role expand in the Bengals offense. It will only be a matter of time before he has a big game that drives his FAAB price way up.
WR Phillip Dorsett (40.4% owned)(5-10% FAAB)- With Donte Moncrief missing 4-6 weeks with a fractured shoulder blade, Phillip Dorsett will have a larger role in a good Colts offense. If he is available in your league, he should be snatched immediately. He is a WR3/Flex with upside.
WR Anquan Boldin (16% owned)(5-10% FAAB)- Boldin performs like a tight end in the Lions offense under Jim Bob Cooter. Boldin was targeted in the redzone on multiple occasions on Sunday against the Titans. He will continue to be used in that capacity and his role could grow as well if Eric Ebron were to have any setbacks this season.
TE Kyle Rudolph (32.2% owned)(3-5% FAAB)- Sam Bradford found a new toy in Stefon Diggs on Sunday night, but Kyle Rudolph quietly had a good game as well. He finished with three catches for 31 yards and a touchdown. If Diggs continues to perform at this level, look for defenses to begin to cheat his way and open up the middle of the field for Rudolph.
TE Clive Walford (31.7% owned)(3-5% FAAB)- Walford had six catches for 51 yards and a touchdown in the shootout against the Falcons. Walford can be very reliable at tight end if Derek Carr is spreading the football around.
TE Jesse James (20.1% owned)(3-5% FAAB)- Jesse James had three grabs for 29 yards and found the endzone. Any tight end in the Steeler offense is going to be valuable, but unfortunately their production may be inconsistent.
TE Dennis Pitta (10.5% owned)(3-5% FAAB)- Dennis Pitta silently had a very nice day on Sunday. Unlike the other tight ends mentioned above, Pitta wasn’t reliant on the touchdown. He had 9 catches on 12 targets for 104 yards. He leads the Ravens in targets this season, and without a go to receiver for Joe Flacco, Pitta provides him with a major security blanket.
Deep League Adds
QB Carson Wentz (19.5% owned) (3-5% FAAB)- Watching Monday night made me feel more like Carson Wentz is going to eventually be the GUY in Philadelphia. He should be picked up immediately in dynasty or QB premium leagues if not already owned.
QB Trevor Siemian (5.5% owned) (1-3% FAAB)- Siemian looks more like a game manager right now, but with the weapons around him, he could become valuable in dynasty and QB premium formats.
QB Cody Kessler (0.1% owned)(1% FAAB)- Shot in the dark here. He will likely start for the next several weeks. He likely will fall in line with the past of Cleveland Browns quarterbacks, but you never know.
RB Kenyan Drake (1.5% owned)(1-3% FAAB)- With Arian Foster’s looming soft tissue injuries and Jay Ajayi uncertainty with the coaching staff, they could pave a way for Drake to find playing time. If Foster misses time, Drake will most likely see third down work and be the main back if the Dolphins are trailing late in games. **PPR SPECIAL**
RB Cameron Artis-Payne (1.9% owned)(1-3% FAAB)- He was a healthy scratch from the 53 man roster this past weekend, but with it likely that Jonathan Stewart will miss a couple weeks look for Artis-Payne to make his way back in the rotation. Fozzy Whitaker will get the first shot, but if he stumbles the Panthers could turn to Artis-Payne.
RB Kenneth Dixon (12.1% owned)(5-10% FAAB)- This is a preemptive pickup. Dixon will likely be available in Week 4 or 5. If you have room on your bench, go ahead and stash him. I like him to eventually take over the Baltimore backfield.
RB Dexter McCluster (0.1% owned)(1% FAAB)- McCluster signed with the Chargers to try and take on the Danny Woodhead role. Although he will see some playing time and could eventually fulfill some of what Danny Woodhead did for the Chargers. He will have to gain a rapport with Rivers quickly to have an impact. I wouldn’t expect much early on. **PPR SPECIAL**
WR Sammie Coates (12.6% owned)(3-5% FAAB)- Big Ben is not shy about taking some shots deep to Coates. He has potential for Mike Wallace stat lines, but could eventually work Eli Rogers out of the equation and become the solid number two in Pittsburgh.
WR Kenny Britt (8.4% owned)(1-3% FAAB)- Case Keenum has to throw the ball to someone. So far this season he has been throwing it to Britt. He had six catches for 94 yards against a good Seattle defense this past Sunday.
TE Jack Doyle (13.2% owned)(1-3% FAAB)- It was apparent after Week 1 that Jack Doyle is obviously a redzone target for Andrew Luck. This past week though he managed to gain even more targets and finished with four receptions.
TE Jordan Cameron (11.2% owned)(1-3% FAAB)- Cameron had five catches for 49 yards and a touchdown this past week. When the Dolphins get behind and are forced to throw, Cameron can become highly involved.
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