Well folks, if you're reading this, you made the playoffs and you're desperate. Or, you're trying to block your opponent, one of my favorite fantasy playoff moves. The waiver wire is as thin as ever, but there are still a few guys out there worth picking up. I'll go through my favorite desperation adds, players owned in less than 33% of Yahoo leagues after the first round of waivers run on Tuesday night.
Brian Hoyer VS New England Patriots
Hoyer threw early and often after the Texans fell behind Buffalo last week. With the Patriots heading to Reliant Stadium this weekend, I expect the Texans will have to lean on Hoyer and the passing game again this week. Even when teams focus on taking DeAndre Hopkins away, Hoyer can make hay with Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington. I expect another good week out of Hoyer in a Sunday night matchup that I think goes over the over/under of 45 easily.
Matt Hasselbeck VS Jacksonville Jaguars
Hasselbeck makes this list, partially, because I feel obliged to make 2 recommendations, and because the Colts face the Jags this weekend. Jacksonville has taken some pretty big steps forward as a franchise this year, but they are still a very bad team. I think the Colts bounce back this week, and Hasselbeck hands in a decent performance.
Tim Hightower VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In a week where there really isn't much to get excited about on the wire, Hightower appears to have inherited the Saints starting running back gig. If everyone in your league rushed out to pick up CJ Spiller, you may have a chance to snag Hightower before rest of your league catches up.
Isaiah Crowell VS San Francisco 49ers
A higher power is hell-bent on seeing Johnny Manziel play quarterback for the Browns this year. Mike Pettine has done everything he can, even starting Austin Davis over Manziel, to try and prevent this from happening. But, come Sunday, when the horrible-on-the-road Niners head to Cleveland, Johnny will be under center. I think the Browns will manage to make this a close one, and look to pound San Francisco on the ground. If you're short on options, take a chance on Old Crow.
Dorial Green-Beckham VS New York Jets
DGB is coming off of a big game, posting over 100 yards and a TD last week in the Titans and Jaguars shootout. I doubt the Titans will hang 42 on the Jets, but as the season wears on, Tennessee is really kicking the tires on their 2nd round receiver. With Mariota playing well, Green-Beckham is showing some flashes of the great talent that landed him in the 2nd round despite some significant off-the-field problems. The Titans are playing for next year, so I think DGB will get a lot of run again this week. From what we've seen so far, I feel pretty comfortable starting Green-Beckham in the playoffs if I'm stuck at wide receiver.
Tyler Lockett VS Baltimore Ravens
Lockett is putting together a very nice second half of the season. Seattle has begun moving the ball, looking dangerous on offense after getting off to a slow start. Russell Wilson is dealing, and the Ravens are limping toward the finish line on two broken legs. The real worry with a play like Lockett is that Seattle will put this one away early. But, if you're still with me, you're desperate.
Will Tye VS Miami Dolphins
Some of us were lucky enough to draft Rob Gronkowski and then back him up with Tyler Eifert. That left us in a bad spot last week, and we might have to make another tough call with Eifert's Sunday status still up in the air. Tye has done a decent job stepping in at tight end for the Giants for the past couple of games. Eli has never met a tight end he doesn't like, and Tye is seeing significant snaps. If you've been left in the cold with tight end injuries, Tye is a nice play this week.
Chicago Bears VS Washington
It's not a great week for streaming DSTs, but Chicago hosts Washington this week. The Bears have surprised me this year after being early contenders for the coveted number 1 overall draft pick. Washington has been surprising as well, getting relatively good play out of Kirk Cousins. Even though he's played well at times, it always feels like Cousins is always on the cusp of delivering the big 4 interception 2 fumble game. With Washington actually contending for a playoff spot, it's about time for the epic Washington breakdown we're so accustomed to. I'll take a chance on Chicago this week as a streaming option.