by Chris Foster
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. Players are ranked in order by their position.
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 in most circumstances (depending on your positional needs). (Percentage owned in parentheses)
- Marcus Mariota (59.3%)
- Jamies Winston (53.6%)
- Dak Prescott (61.7%)
- Kirk Cousins (72.9%)
- Eli Manning (74.5%)
- Carson Wentz (65.2%)
- Tyrod Taylor (59.2%)
- James White (67%)
- Chris Ivory (58.2%)
- Darren Sproles (61.8%)
- Duke Johnson Jr. (63.6%)
- Rashad Jennings (73.9%)
- Golden Tate (74%)
- Michael Thomas (63.4%)
- Tyrell Williams (67.9%)
- Steve Smith Sr. (67.9%)
- Cameron Meredith (64%)
- Micahel Floyd (72.3%)
- Sammie Coates (69.3%)
- Mike Wallace (64.1%)
- Cole Beasley (52.6%)
- Quincy Enunwa (57.5%)
- DeVante Parker (66.8%)
- Tavon Austin (65.2%)
- Zach Miller (73.9%)
- Tyler Eifert (72.6%)
- Gary Barnidge (68.3%)
- Hunter Henry (72.9%)
- Antonio Gates (60.1%)
- Dennis Pitta (65.7%)
- Julius Thomas (64.8%)
Standard League Adds:
QB Trevor Siemian (11.8% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): Siemian has one of the best wide receiver duos in the league in Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. He also has one of the most favorable schedules coming down the stretch. The next 3 weeks he has San Diego, Oakland, and New Orleans. He might be a good streamer if your QB has struggled for the next few weeks.
RB Jacquizz Rodgers (34.5% owned)(FAAB 30-40 %): We said a week ago that even if Martin comes back Rodgers could still be valuable without Charles Sims. Well, Martin didn’t come back this week and sounds like he could be questionable for the foreseeable future. Rodgers made the most of his opportunity for a second time with 26 carries for 154 yards. He is a must own for Martin owners. RB2 when Martin is out, desperation flex play when he returns. **PPR SPECIAL**
RB Knile Davis (34.5% owned)(FAAB 15-25%): Davis was traded to the Packers on Tuesday of last week as they were in desperate need of running back depth. Davis did not get much work last Thursday as he was only in Green Bay for 2 days before their Thursday night tilt. With Eddie Lacy added to the IR, Davis should become the top back for the Packers as soon as this week. It will be interesting to see how the Packers use Ty Montgomery going forward. He cold limit some of Davis’ production.
RB Matt Asiata (26% owned)(FAAB 15-25%): Asiata picked off right where he left off before the bye in week 6. In week 7 he had 12 carries for 55 yards and 6 receptions for 25 yards. There continues to be a misconception that Asiata is not a PPR back, but he continues to prove that the Vikings prefer him in passing situations. Most weeks he is still just a desperation flex play.
RB Chris Thompson (14.2% owned)(FAAB 10-15%): I mentioned last week in our Bartering System article that it was time to trade Matt Jones. If you are a Jones owner, I hope you took that advice. After two fumbles this past weekend Jones was relegated to the bench and his replacement Chris Thompson put together over 100 total yards and a touchdown. He usage should increase in the coming weeks and he could turn into a nice PPR Flex play. **PPR SPECIAL**
RB Dovontae Booker (33.4% owned)(FAAB 10-15%): CJ Anderson had 16 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown on Monday night. He looked really good. Devontae Booker had 17 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown. Both of those guys were useful for fantasy owners on Monday night. The issue here, we are now in a full blown RBBC. It is going to be frustrating from this point forward to know which guy will have the hot hand. Booker is definitely immensely talented, though.
RB Dion Lewis (27.9% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): Lewis was eligible to return this past week. We said that we expect the Patriots to ease him back to the field. With success of James White, it appears that Lewis probably will not see any action until after the Patriots week 9 bye. He could be a league winner down the stretch, though. When he gets his chance Patriots will actually use Lewis between the tackles as a runner and he will take work from mainly White, but Blount as well. **PPR SPECIAL**
RB Ka’Deem Carey (1.7% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): There is a reason that Carey started the year ahead of Howard on the depth chart. He looked a lot better than him on Sunday night. He had 10 carries for 48 yards. It will be tough to pick him up this week though with their looming matchup against the Vikings and then a week off. It is possible that Jeremy Langford will be back soon and this could become nothing more than a RBBC. Flex to Desperate Flex play the rest of the season.
RB Mike Gillislee (6.1 % owned)(FAAB 5-10%): LeSean McCoy ended up playing this week and Mike Gillislee saw little work. He finished with 5 carries for 20 yards. He has very little value if McCoy is on the field, but if he does not return with the hamstring injury, then he could become an RB2. McCoy owners must own Gillislee.
WR/RB Ty Montgomery (20.1% owned)(FAAB 50+%): Ty Montgomery was pretty unbelievable on Thursday night. He finished with 10 receptions for 66 yards. Yet, that wasn’t it, he did major damage as a running back carrying the ball 9 times for 60 yards. ESPN announced today that he can now be played as a running back or wide receiver. Other sites may follow suit. Montgomery is a must own in all formats. He will have WR2/RB2 upside every week. I would spend whatever is needed to get him on my roster.
WR Devontae Adams (17.5% owned)(FAAB 20-30%): Devante Adams has teetered on the desperation flex/flex play line this season. On Thursday night, he absolutely went off. He grabbed 13 receptions for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has not been consistent all year, but being a part of one of the most prolific passing attacks in the NFL he has boom/bust ability. Probably continues to be a flex play with upside.
WR Donte Moncrief (46.1% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): Pre-emptive pick up. Moncrief should be back in the next few weeks. If you have an extra bench spot, he is a great stash to help you down the stretch run in a good passing offense!
WR Jamison Crowder (39.8% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): Crowder has as much upside as anyone on this list. He finally got his targets this past week and was able to cash in 7 receptions for 108 yards. As long as Jordan Reed is out, Crowder will see the targets to be a flex play.
WR Kenny Britt (46.2% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): Two weeks ago I said if nothing else Kenny Britt is consistent. After his explosion game a week ago Britt was only able to haul in 3 receptions for 43 yards. Even though he struggled, it was only his second game under 67 yards receiving he has had this season. He too remains a desperation play.
WR Victor Cruz (33.9% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): Cruz is too inconsistent to rely on but he had led the Giants last week in London with 5 receptions for 55 yards.
WR Anquan Boldin (21.8% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): I said a week ago that I actually really like Anquan Boldin as long as Eric Ebron is out. They continue to use him as a tight end in the RedZone, and now they are using him more between the 20s. Over the last 3 games, Boldin has 18 catches. Two weeks ago he had 8 for 60 yards and a touchdown, and this past week he found the endzone again. He is a legit flex play with Ebron out.
WR Corey Coleman (31.9% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): Pre-emptive pick up. Coleman should be back in the next couple of weeks.If you have an extra bench spot, he is a great stash. We saw what he was capable of the week before he broke his hand.
TE Jack Doyle (14.9% owned)(FAAB 10-20%): Jack Doyle!! Two weeks ago, I called for a Jack Doyle sighting on our weekly podcast. I got my wish. Doyle had 4 grabs for 53 yards and a touchdown that week. This week he topped that by grabbing 9 receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown. As long as Dwayne Allen is out with the ankle injury, I like Doyle as a low TE1.
Deep League Adds
QB Tony Romo (8.2% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): Pre-emptive pick up. A starting QB is always a good thing in a deep league or 2 QB league. I suspect that Dak will remain the starter in Dallas after the bye week, but if he doesn’t Romo should be grabbed. He not only can hold value in a deep league, but also in a standard league.
RB Kenneth Dixon (23.9% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): The Ravens played another tough Jets run defense this past week, and for the fist time Terrence West was bottled up. Like really bottled up. He had 8 carries for 1o yards. The Ravens are on bye this week, and I can’t imagine Dixon not getting more opportunity after this week. It all depends on what he can do with that opportunity. If you need to drop him for someone higher ranked, it’s understandable. If however, you can hold on to him through week 10, we will have a better idea where he stands.
RB Mike Davis (3% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): Mike Davis found the end zone really early in the game Sunday and didn’t do much after. With Carlos Hyde coming back, Davis has no use. If Hyde were to remain out, then Davis could become a flex play.
RB Shaun Draughn (3% owned)(FAAB 1%): As long as Carlos Hyde is out Shaun Draughn will have some PPR value. This past Sunday he was able to snare 5 receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown. He also had one carry for 16 yards. **PPR SPECIAL**
RB Paul Perkins (1.9% owned)(FAAB 1%): The one long Giants drive they were able to put together in London was with Perkins in at running back. I still don’t want anything to do with this backfield. Yet, if I had to choose someone to eventually emerge it would be Perkins. He just looks like the best runner. Jennings was the one that got the touchdown on Sunday, but he did average less than 2 yards a carry on 13 attempts. Yikes.
RB Rob Kelley (1% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): I mentioned last week in our Bartering System article that it was time to trade Matt Jones. If you are a Jones owner, I hope you took that advice. After two fumbles this past weekend Jones was relegated to the bench. Chris Thompson saw most of the work at running back but Kelley did have 4 carries for 15 yards and 1 reception for a touchdown. At times he has looked like the best runner in the Redskins backfield.
RB Peyton Barber (0.1 % owned)(FAAB 1%): As long as Doug Martin is out of the lineup then Barber has value. He had 12 carries for 84 yards and touchdown on Sunday. Most of his yards came on his 44-yard touchdown run. He is the clear #2 behind Jazquizz Rodgers who had 25+ touches.
WR Cordarrelle Patterson (1.1% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): Stefon Diggs still did not look 100% but Cordarrelle Patterson continues to get more and more opportunities in this offense. It is almost like he finally learned the playbook and how to run routes. He finished with 7 receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown. His receiving total and targets have gone up each week. He is worth picking up and monitoring over the next couple of weeks.
WR Russell Shepard (0% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): Who? Russell Shepard was actually a highly recruited guy out of LSU. He fits the Buccaneers role on the outside, like Vincent Jackson played, better than anyone else on their roster. He was able to connect with Jamies Winston for 5 receptions for 77 yards a touchdown. He is a player to keep an eye on going forward. Nothing more than a Baron/Desperation flex at this point.
WR Brandon LaFell (12.8% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): Lafell continues to find the end zone and be one of Andy Dalton’s targets in the RedZone. He has had 4 touchdowns in the last 3 games and has had 7+ fantasy points in all 3 of those weeks. He is still a desperations play.
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