Welcome to this week’s fantasy football waiver wire!
We’re approaching double digit weeks which means we’re moving ever closer to the fantasy playoffs and your waiver wire is likely picked pretty thin. That just means it’s time to believe every positive thing we saw Sunday and buy stock in every offense that should us something. Yes, even the Dolphins. Get ready to be buying a lot of Dolphins this week. Fantasy football is a reactionary sport and when Miami’s offense suddenly decides sucking is no longer the cool thing to do, you BUY BUY BUY!
Here are 10 players you should be targeting and working hard to get onto your fantasy team this week (percent owned in Yahoo).
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (6% owned)
FITZMAGIC SZN IS BACK! He threw three touchdowns and 288 yards against the Jets leading the Dolphins to their first win of the season. Fitzpatrick is the perfect fantasy quarterback because he’s fun to root for and has no problems just chucking deep balls and hoping for the best. If you’re streaming quarterbacks, it wouldn’t be crazy to add Fitzpatrick. Plus, who doesn’t want to root for that beard?
RB Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (39% owned)
We’ve been waiting all season for someone in Tampa’s backfield to come out as the clear favorite, and while it may not be 100% his from now on, Jones certainly made a strong case to see the bulk of the work. He by far and away led the backfield in touches with 20 total touches for 82 total yards and a touchdown. Peyton Barber was next with four carries. If Jones is now the unquestioned back in Tampa, he’s got plenty of fantasy value moving forward.
RB J.D. McKissic, Detroit Lions (12% owned)
Detroit’s backfield has been a wild guessing game since Kerryon Johnson was lost for the season with Ty Johnson, Tra Carson and McKissic all getting involved. While Johnson still led the backfield in carries—and by led I mean had nine—McKissic was targeted four times and caught three balls for 40 yards and a touchdown. He also added 32 yards on the ground on four carries. Who knows what this backfield will ultimately look like rest of season, but McKissic certainly has a role as the team’s primary pass catcher. A good role to have on a team that likes throwing the ball.
RB Trey Edmunds, Pittsburgh Steelers (1% owned)
With the Steelers’ entire backfield banged up in some manner or other, it was the duo of Jaylen Samuels and Trey Edmunds that led Pittsburgh ground game. Actually, it was really just Edmunds who ran the ball as he led the team in carries with 12, rushing for 73 yards. Samuels is likely unavailable in your league so might as well add the next best thing. It also helps that the Steelers face the Rams, Browns and Bengals the next three weeks, all of whom are top 15 in rush yards allowed.
WR Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts (20% owned)
It is past time to add Pascal onto your fantasy team. He’s now at least a touchdown and seen six targets in two of his last three games. With T.Y. Hilton still out/not 100%, Pascal as become the Colts new go-to wide receiver with stellar results. Yes we’re holding our breath for good news about Jacoby Brissett, but even if he does miss time, Brian Hoyer looked more than capable Sunday throwing for three touchdowns off the bench. All that to say, even if Brissett misses time, Pascal still retains a lot of his fantasy value. He’s a must add this week in my mind.
WR N’Keal Harry, New England Patriots (18% owned)
Excuse me while I include this homer pick in this week’s article. I have been waiting for the debut of N’Keal Harry for so long and can not describe how happy I am that we might finally be seeing him suit up after the Patriots’ Week 10 bye. (I’m going to be honest, I didn’t know the Patriots had a Week 10 bye and I’m a little bit sadder now knowing that it’ll be TWO weeks before I see Harry take the field.) Who knows what his role will be in this offense, but the Patriots passing game needs all the help it can get and Harry certainly flashed plenty in the preseason to have us thinking he might do some fun things this year.
WR Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins (14% owned)
MORE DOLPHINS, THAT’S WHAT YOUR FANTASY TEAM NEEDS! Williams has been on this list a few times I feel like and for good reason. While the Dolphins have been terrible, Williams as been their leading receiver in targets, averaging 7.3 per game. He’s coming off his best game of the season, catching two touchdowns to go along with 72 yards on five catches. With the Eagles, Jets again, Giants, and Bengals still on the schedule, Williams has a great chance to continue blossoming into a solid fantasy receiver. UPDATE: Williams is out for the season with a knee injury. DeVante Parker is not a bad replacement though for the rookie)
WR Andy Isabella, Arizona Cardinals (1% owned)
It was one play but we finally saw something out of the rookie speedster as he scored on a huge 88 yard touchdown Thursday night against the 49ers. It was the only target he saw all game but given what he was able to turn it into, I wouldn’t be surprised to see his role in Arizona start to grow.
TE Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (4% owned)
Gesicki was a huge part of Miami’s offensive explosion Sunday as he caught all six of his targets for 95 yards. More surprising, he now has over 40 yards receiving in three out of his last four games. Gesicki has all the physical talent in the world and if he’s finally starting to put it together, he can quickly become a startable tight end in fantasy down the road.
TE Jacob Hollister, Seattle Seahawks (0% owned)
It seems like Seattle has found their Will Dissly replacement. Hollister had four catches for 37 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Buccaneers. He’s now seen six targets in two out of his last three games. We know what tight ends can do in the Seahawks offense and it’s never a bad idea to have their top guy on your fantasy team.