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)
- Jamies Winston (70.6%)
- Kirk Cousins (71.3%)
- Blake Bortles (72.4%)
- Tyrod Taylor (61.4%)
- Andy Dalton (70.0%)
- Thomas Rawls (72.5%)- Bid whatever it takes to get him
- James Starks (54.6%)
- Tim Hightower (53.8%)
- James White (59.4%)
- Chris Ivory (55%)
- Duke Johnson Jr. (67.4%)
- Ty Montgomery (58.8%)
- Christine Michael (65.2%)
- TJ Yeldon (66.8%)
- Steve Smith Sr. (72.5%)
- Rishard Matthews (69.2%)
- Tyrell Williams (72.1%)
- Cole Beasley (58.9%)
- Sterling Shepard (71.1%)
- Jamison Crowder (62.4%)
- DeSean Jackson (62.9%)
- Micahel Floyd (50.1%)
- John Brown (54.7%)
- Will Fuller V (52.1%)
- Travis Benjamin (54.9%)
- Kenny Britt (59.6%)
- Corey Coleman (51.8%)
- Mohammed Sanu (50.3%)
- Allen Hurns (69.8%)
- Tavon Austin (51.9%)
- Zach Miller (71.4%)
- Eric Ebron (70.2%)
- Zach Ertz (55.7%)
- Gary Barnidge (55.7%)
- C0by Fleener (72.1%)
*** WEEK 11 WAIVER WIRE ADDS***– If you are preparing to make a playoff run, it is imperative that you start grabbing your handcuffs to your top backs. We will have a fill list of handcuffs to own in the playoffs next week!
Standard League Adds:
QB C0lin Kaepernick (17% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): Believe it or not but over the last 3 weeks Colin Kaepernick has actually been the #5 ranked fantasy football QB in the league. With weak opponents coming up in 3 of the next 4 weeks he may be worth rostering.
RB Adrian Peterson (28.8% owned)(FAAB 25-35%): Look it’s possible that he could be back in a Vikings uniform sometime around Week 13-14. That could make him available for a playoff run. The truth is, though, that the Vikings line is so horrible, I am not sure what kind of impact even Peterson can have behind them. I think upon his return he will be a flex play.
RB Dion Lewis (45.1% owned)(FAAB 20-30%): New England had Lewis on the field for their first 3 offensive plays on Sunday. Lewis finished the day with 8 touches for 49 yards. Not a bad debut in his return. The problem is that his role is going to be split with James White and he is going to likely be unreliable. He is definitely worth continuing to monitor because he looked very good and agile! **PPR SPECIAL**
RB Wendall Smallwood (2.3% owned)(FAAB 15-25%): Smallwood continues to look good in the Eagles backfield. With the Eagles banged up at running back, he could emerge from the backfield late in the season to be a guy that can help you win down the stretch!
RB Kenneth Dix0n (23.3% owned)(FAAB 15-25%): Dixon’s volume didn’t increase as much as most thought it would after his impressive performance against the Browns last Thursday night. The truth is, though, they didn’t actually run the ball very much, but he was extremely productive with his 6 carries averaging over 6 yards per carry. Teammate Terrence West had 8 carries for 42 yards and the Ravens lone rushing TD. We still like Dixon more than West going forward.
RB Mike Gillislee (26.2% owned)(FAAB 10-20%): Gillislee is a top back if he is available. He is in the top rushing offense in the National Football League and if LeSean McCoy is out, he is an immediate starter in fantasy leagues. He isn’t a long-term answer, but he will certainly help you as long as McCoy is unavailable.
RB Jerrick McKinnon (49.3% owned)(FAAB 5-15%): Many had hopes that Jerrick McKinnon would be productive in the absence of Adrian Peterson. That hasn’t really materialized. He has become a desperate flex play each week at best. He does have some favorable matchups down the stretch, though.
RB Matt Asiata (43.3% owned)(FAAB 5-15%): If you put your chips on the side of Matt Asiata over Jerrick McKinnon when Adrian Peterson went down, well you were right. Unfortunately, it hasn’t taken much to be right. Asiata has been more consistent but is extremely touchdown reliant. He has scored in both of the last weeks but remains a desperate flex.
WR Sammy Watkins (33% owned)(FAAB 25-35%): Watkins is possibly coming back in the next couple of weeks. He isn’t in a great pass offense, but we saw a year ago that when he is at full health Tyrod Taylor could help make him a top 10 wide receiver. He is available in a lot of leagues and provides major upside upon his return.
WR Devante Parker (47.9% owned)(FAAB 15-25%): We have been waiting for Parker to explode all season, it has somewhat happened over the last 2 weekends. He has nearly doubled his average targets in those 2 games and has 182 yards and a touchdown. If Parker can keep the consistency, he could become flex worthy.
WR Brandon LaFell (11% owned)(FAAB 10-20%): Someone has to fill all those targets by AJ Green. LaFell is the most likely to do so. LaFell has proved to be capable of having some big games this season, but his consistency is what has hurt him. With Green out for at least this weekend and possibly more, I think the opportunity will be there! It will be up to him and rookie Tyler Boyd to pick up the slack.
WR Tyler Boyd (5.1% owned)(FAAB 5-15%): Boyd’s situation is similar to LaFell. He hasn’t been as productive as LaFell, but he has had some flashes. With the opportunity there, Boyd could work himself into flex play.
WR Pierre Garcon (29.9% owned)(FAAB 5-15%): Garcon has been a model of consistency lately. He has over 56 yards receiving in every game since week 3 with the exception of 2. He also had his biggest game of the year this past week with over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. He is still just a desperate flex at this point.
WR Cameron Meredith (41% owned)(FAAB 5-15%): Meredith is relevant again after the Alshon Jeffery suspension. Cutler looked his way 4 times on Sunday, which is far fewer than what he was seeing with Brian Hoyer under center. Desperate flex play.
WR Tajae Sharpe (14.8% owned)(FAAB 5-15%): He has had 68 yards and a touchdown in his last two games and his target share is steady on an offense that continues to be consistent. Many thought Sharpe would bloom early in the season, and it has taken awhile, but he is working his way to flex territory with another consistent outing.
WR Quincy Enunwa (45.2% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): Enunwa is the #2 receiver in the New York Jets pass offense. I am not sure how much that is actually saying, but he has been useful in the past. He was dropped in several leagues during his bye, and he does have some favorable matchups down the stretch. Desperate flex as well.
WR Tyreek Hill (29% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): Tyreek Hill was a hot commodity coming off the waiver wire two weeks ago. Once again he proved to be inconsistent having just 4 receptions for 53 yards in a favorable matchup. Hill is a boom/bust flex going forward.
WR Eli Rogers (26% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): He had another 4 catch game this week, but did not find the end zone, so, if you started him you were likely disappointed. He remains a desperate play at the flex.
TE Jared Cook (2.7% owned)(FAAB 20-30%): Cook had been injured since about week 3 and had not seen any playing time since suffering the injuries. Well, he re-entered with a bang this week. He converted 11 targets into 6 receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown. I love players in a high powered offense, so he is worth grabbing and plugging in against good matchups.
TE CJ Fiedorowicz (34.9% owned)(FAAB 10-20%): Fiedorowicz continues to be a solid option at tight end and provides solid TE1 production.
TE Cameron Brate (44.9% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): Make America Brate Again. The touchdown streak ended against a good Chiefs defense this week. Unfortunately for Brate, he gets another stingy defense this week. Someone in your league will drop him after this week. His schedule will then lighten up the remainder of the season, keep an eye on him.
Deep League Adds
RB Ameer Abdullah (7.4% owned)(FAAB 5-15%): Much like Adrian Peterson, Abdullah could be back in the next few weeks. He likely would step back into the lead back role with Theo Riddick spelling him during pass catching downs. He is worth a stash as a flex play.
WR Adam Thielen (4.6% owned)(FAAB 10-20%): Thielen had a great matchup this week and cashed in. He had 5 receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown. That is his second touchdown in as many weeks. Thielen also gets a very good schedule to finish the season. He could sneak into flex play.
WR Malcolm Mitchell (0.7% owned)(FAAB 5-15%): I said that Brady would like Mitchell, I just said it 6 weeks ago. Brady has finally found Mitchell. They connected 4 times for 98 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. This could be a slow developing connection, but I could see it continuing.
WR Cordarrelle Patterson (5.4% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): Patterson continues to impress. He has been consistent with 3-6 receptions every game in the last 4 weeks with 30-60 yards receiving. He was able to house a kickoff this week to bolster his numbers.
WR Percy Harvin (4.2% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): Look, Percy Harvin hasn’t done anything yet. Don’t go spend crazy money on him, but he is still Percy Harvin. Keep an eye on him and sit him on your bench.
TE Ladarius Green (14.3% owned)(FAAB 10-20%): Green didn’t have a great game this past week against the Browns in horrible conditions, but not many Steelers receivers did. He has a great matchup this weekend and is worth keeping an eye on.
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