“Wait, is this MB? Is he doing the waiver wire this week? This is stupid. I don’t like change.” I’m sorry! I had no choice. I’m filling in for Boof while he has family engagements this week. If there is one thing that we love more than giving you the best fantasy football advice, it is our families. Well, it depends on the day sometimes. Just kidding, maybe. Anyways, I’m not going to go into the gruesome detail that Boof goes into every week. He really does a great job. Hey man, I write 5 articles a week and do the editing for the site, give me a break. But, I will let you know who I am eyeing on the waiver wire this week. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Cleveland Browns are on a bye this week.
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This is the obvious first priority on the waiver wire this week. As expected, tight end is a top heavy position with little production on the bottom third of TE1s. Henry came back and produced 8 catches for 100 yards and 2 late touchdowns against the Steelers on Sunday night. Henry is a trusted target of Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen is struggling to produce.
Darius Slayton saw 8 targets against the Patriots who are stingy against opposing wide receivers and also fantasy points overall. Slayton and the Giants now face the Arizona Cardinals who happen to give up a lot of fantasy points in the passing game. Sterling Shepard will practice this week, but the word is that he is a long shot to play on Sunday. Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley will likely be back, but I think that Slayton could be a nice complement and have himself a day as well.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a bye this week, but Jaylen Samuels is expected to miss at least a couple of more games. James Conner clearly remains the lead back in Pittsburgh, but dump offs and ground and pound seems to be the route that the Steelers want to go this year while Ben Roethlisberger is out. Benny Snell did carry the ball 17 times against the not-so-great Chargers defense and looked pretty good doing it. With Miami on deck after the bye, Snell could be in line for an emergency flex play with some upside.
Fells has become a thing over the past two weeks. In week 5, Fells caught two passes for 20 yards and a couple of touchdowns and in week 6, he caught 6 of his 7 targets for 69 yards. I can’t leave someone off of the waiver wire article if they nail the 69-yard mark. Fells is tied for the team lead with 3 touchdowns and that trend could be a factor going forward as he gains more trust from MVP candidate Deshaun Watson.
Jamaal Williams came back after his scary head injury a couple of weeks ago to slightly outpace Aaron Jones in touches on Monday night. Williams also did a lot more damage than Jones with his work while gaining over 130 all-purpose yards. Aaron Jones has one of the worst drops on an easy touchdown catch that I have ever seen and after that happened, we saw a lot more Williams. At worst for Williams, this is a split backfield with Aaron Jones getting the goal line work.
Mono-man is back and threw for over 300 yards and a couple touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys. This week, the Jets have an unforgiving matchup against the Patriots, and that’s followed by the Jaguars. But in the 3 following weeks, the Jets face the Dolphins, Giants, and Redskins. Those are all 3 great matchups for a bye week fill-in or a set it and forget it quarterback streamer.
Crowder is still available in some shallow leagues and he is a must-own. Darnold loves to target Crowder. In the 2 games that they’ve played together this year, Crowder averages 98.5 yards per game. For his upcoming schedule, peep Sam Darnold above.
I guess we are sticking with a New York theme this week. Daniel Jones was dropped in a lot of leagues over the weekend. I guess people weren’t checking the schedule, eh. As I mentioned with Slayton, Giants have the Cardinals this week. Jones can run the ball as well. It should be a big week for the pride of Duke and he is this week’s top streamer.
Tate has become a regular mention in our waiver wire articles and he will continue to be until his ownership is up. Tate is coming off of a game where he saw 12 targets and this week Tyler Boyd will have a tough matchup at corner. I don’t expect there to be a lot of scoring against the Jaguars, but double-digit targets is a possibility.