The pickings are slim at this point as fantasy owners try to manage their mid-season rosters ahead of another monster bye week. Who to look for on the waiver wire as you try to come up with some patchwork magic….
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones had a fantastic week with 4 touchdowns. Fantasy owners should not be delusional here: Jones is unlikely to score 4 TDs in a game the rest of this season – and perhaps the rest of his career. The point here is that Jones has become legitimate target for Andy Dalton going forward. His 2 targets per game have climbed to 5, 6, and 8 respectively over the past three weeks. More targets opens the door to more receptions, yards, and scores. And that means more fantasy points for fantasy owners. He’ll be tough to grab in competitive leagues, but he’s worth the effort if you need a solid WR3 with upside.
Andre Ellington is on a bye this week. But the rookie has stolen the lead RB spot in Arizona (15-154-1 in Week 8). Given the state of his offense, he’s probably no more than a low-end RB2. But if you need a running back in deeper leagues, he’s a good choice. Don’t wait until next week to pick him up for his next game. You’ll find yourself in a bigger fight for him with other owners.
Beware of chasing after Zac Stacy ahead of Andre Ellington. Stacy injured his ankle during the final drive against the Seahawks on Monday night. It is unclear yet whether this is a high-ankle sprain (not good). So give the edge to Ellington as you make your waiver wire pickups.
QB Andy Dalton is on fire these days (5 TDs last week). And he does not appear to be a fluke. His matchup at Miami on Thursday isn’t the best. But he can be a solid QB2 with upside that brings in the points when you need them the most later this season. He also serves as a good Brady replacement until Brady’s offense gets back to normal.
Houston TE Garrett Graham is worth picking up after Case Keenum was named the Texans starting QB. Keenum is going to need an outlet, especially as Arian Foster and Ben Tate continue to struggle with injuries. Graham should be that outlet so long as Owen Daniels is sidelined. Garrett is a TE2 worth tucking away in your lineup where you can use him as needed.
Finally, consider picking up the Oakland Raiders DEF/ST for Week 9. They play host to a Philadelphia team that is coming apart at the seams. To be clear, you don’t want to start this defense in place of a top 10 defense. And you certainly shouldn’t waste a waiver spot on them. But if you have a hole to fill for your DEF/ST this week, the Raiders could provide the solution you need.