After last week’s boring as hell waiver wire we’re back this week with some real options. Not the sexiest of options, mind you, but more (the ol’ quantity over quality). Remember we’re going with $100 FAAB dollars (though most of you probably have much less than that, and I’m working off the loose assumption you have about $50 or so left so adjust accordingly):
DeShaun Watson ($17) – The dude can ball and now he’s shown it in consecutive weeks. He gets a tough KC team at home this week followed by a dream match-up of rookie QBs versus the Browns in week 6. There are only a few QBs I would start over him that week, though how he performs against the Chiefs will be interesting (to see if he does poorly how quickly owners jump ship).
Latavius Murray ($21) – I was a happy Murray owner last year (788 yards rushing, 264 receiving and 12 TDs). Then in the off-season he signed with the Vikings looking to be the lead back. So, still liking him. Then the Vikings drafted Dalvin Cook, gave him the keys to the RB, and Latavius became waiver fodder. But no more! Cook is done and it’s Murray time. He’s still recovering from off-season ankle surgery and he’s no Cook, so temper expectations. As we’re entering bye weeks Murray may play a large role on your team going forward.
Wayne Gallman ($14) – He looked good taking over for the ineffective Paul Perkins and Orleans Darkwa just has a cool name and not much else so I don’t see why the Giants won’t give him every opportunity to win the starting job. He could have the most value rest-of-season.
Alex Collins ($13) – He had a good game on Sunday, but has fumbling issues. Those Buck Allen and Terrance West owners can’t be too happy; at this point I’d say West can go and I’d hold Allen just because Collins hasn’t met a football he can’t fumble. Seems like that doesn’t bother Harbaugh that much though (why didn’t they sign Matt Jones then? Inquiring minds need to know). The Ravens offense hasn’t looked good so I’m not going crazy on Collins.
Alvin Kamara ($12) – In PPR leagues he should be long gone, and most competitive ones, but he’s looking like a star with the ball in his hands in space. If you’ve been reading I’ve had him on my teams since week 1, but in case you’re new to AbFaab, act like you know and add him up (Weird quick tangent: you know how on linkedin it has recommendations on who you should connect with? Well mine came up with a couple of people in my field…and MC Lyte. I’m an accountant, not in the music biz. But still, I wonder what she’s up to? She hasn’t connected with me…yet).
Thomas Rawls ($7), J.D. McKissic ($3), C.J. Prosise ($3), Eddie Lacy ($3) – Since Carson’s injury further muddles up the Seahawks backfield yours truly is avoiding the whole poopshow but Rawls is worth the flier for those who lost Carson, Cook, etc. McKissic did score twice but he’s a converted WR so he will most likely fight Prosise for work and Lacy has been a waste of football space for years now.
Aaron Jones ($5) – It looks like he may start week 5, Rodgers likes him, he looked good in preseason, all positives. If Ty Montgomery isn’t going to play through some busted ribsit’s a good start. If Ty’s a go then Jones’ value drops to a buck as a depth add.
Will Fuller ($5) – I liked Fuller last season and now he came back from injury with a big week makes me like him even more. He’s a great bye week fill-in at worst.
Cameron Brate ($3) – Winston loves his tight end (insert off-color joke here) and so do I.
Cooper Kupp ($2) – Goff likes him, he’s coming off a 13 point week and that’s good enough for me to jump in. I liked him in the preseason and was a bit shocked by his low ownership numbers. He’s had two weeks of 10+ points (and the other two were less than 4, but doesn’t 10+ just make you feel better?)
Tyler Kroft ($2) – He looked great filling in for Tyler Eifert but couldn’t you easily see him producing next to nothing the next few weeks (sorry to be a party pooper)? Tight End hasn’t been a fun position this season for most of us (speaking as a guy who doesn’t own Gronk anywhere); I see Kroft as a slightly better choice than what’s out there.
$2 Defenses: Pittsburgh vs Jacksonville, Philadelphia vs Arizona, LA Rams vs Seattle, Minnesota @ Chicago, Oakland vs Baltimore
There are a lot of guys out there to take chances on for a buck; but at this point in the season (and especially after this week) I’d rather save the dollar and add them once waivers clear. Or spend the extra buck on any of the aforementioned guys, ok? Maybe you saw something on Sunday that makes you want a guy just a wee bit more; then go an extra $2, I give you permission.