I have examined the best waiver claims and players you should snag, starting from the deep bench in both PPR and Regular leagues.
Top 3 QBs (PPR and Regular)
- Jameis Winston (TB) – Coming off a poor performance before his Bye week, Winston finds himself in an interesting situation. A poor Atlanta secondary gives way to big plays, and Tampa Bay has the offensive weapons to run up the score. Desean Jackson and Cameron Brate provide reliable targets that Ryan Fitzpatrick was able to utilize earlier in the season. This will be the biggest “boom or bust” on this list, but great risk can yield great reward.
- Alex Smith (WSH) – Ole Reliable. Alex Smith plays Carolina this week, who currently stands as the number eight pass defense in the NFL. Despite this, Smith has been consistently putting up around fifteen fantasy points per game against staunch pass defenses like Arizona (ranked fourteen) and Green Bay (ranked four).
- Josh Allen (BUF) – Although he has been inconsistent this season, a relatively weak passing defense from Houston could give Allen another breakout game. He has a strong group of receivers and a strong running back to help relieve some offensive pressure. Allen is an interesting start if others on this list are not available, or if you’re really hurting at the quarterback position.
Honorable Mention: Mitchell Trubisky (CHI) – Mitchell Trubisky has really only had one good game this season, but it was amazing. With over four hundred offensive yards and six passing touchdowns, Trubisky is coming off a hot game as he went into his Bye Week. A weak Miami secondary combined with a lack of decent pass rushers could help Trubisky to have another strong game, but his early season games are the reason I hesitate to put him in the top three.
Top 3 RBs (PPR)
- Nyheim Hines (IND) – Coming off a hot two weeks including a two-touchdown game with over seventy yards and nine receptions against the number nine-run defense, Hines shows his strength as a PPR red zone target and fantasy option. Seeing an increase in targets has especially helped his stock. With Marlon Mack out and Robert Turbin coming off a suspension, Hines should be receiving most of the backfield touches in the coming week.
- T.J. Yeldon (JAX) – Yeldon has been putting up strong numbers all year with Fournette out. Heading into a week against Dallas and with Fournette still out, Yeldon will see another strong performance. He is used much in the passing game which only increases his PPR stock. He is a reliable weekly start at your flex or main running back position.
- Alfred Blue (HOU) – Seeing more reps with Lamar Miller out has vastly increased Blue’s fantasy stock. An astounding eight receptions shot Alfred Blue to number three on this list. Receiving this many targets helps his PPR value, but he also eclipsed one hundred yards in first his game of the season where he received serious reps. Blue is a strong start this week with Miller still out and a mediocre Buffalo defense as the only thing stopping him.
Honorable Mention: Tarik Cohen (CHI) – With over one hundred and seventy yards in his last game with seven receptions and a touchdown reception, Cohen has outperformed everything he has done previously this season in one game. I would like to see an increase in his usage in Chicago because of his previous performance because he has the potential to become one of the leagues great receiving backs. A disappointing early season prevents him from obtaining a top three spot this week’s report. I suggest picking him up just in case his usage increases so that he may be stashed for later weeks.
Top 3 RBs (Regular)
- T.J. Yeldon (JAX) – Yeldon sees a strong weekly performance without the need of receptions; however, his role in the receiving game will help his role when Fournette returns. Also, please see above reasoning on why to pick up or trade for Yeldon.
- Wendell Smallwood (PHI) – Smallwood does not rely on receptions for his fantasy points which puts him in a solid position in regular leagues. He has had two good games under his belt this season, with one being against the number thirteen defense, Minnesota. With Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement both battling injury, Smallwood has received most of the backfield reps for the Eagles. He has been able to capitalize on his opportunities and is a strong flex candidate while Clement and Ajayi are out.
- Mike Davis (SEA) – Mike Davis is coming off of a hot two weeks against Arizona and Los Angeles, and he is a strong red zone option for Seattle weekly. The only concern is that he is not the only running back who plays a significant role. Start him with caution and stay posted on news concerning a starting role. Earlier this season, I had both of the Ravens running backs, who often combined for thirty or more points weekly. One may pick up both Davis and Chris Carson to increase the chance of high scoring weekly.
Honorable Mention: Tarik Cohen (CHI) – Please see above reasoning.
Top 3 WRs (PPR)
- Kenny Golladay (DET) – Kenny Golladay has been putting up solid numbers since the season has started. He is heading into a Bye week, which means that he may be an easier trade target (or waiver wire target if he is still available). With a strong QB in Stafford and a blooming deep threat offense, Golladay will continue to produce week after week.
- Keke Coutee (HOU) – Coutee has been a breakout star over the past two weeks for Houston. Seeing a high target rate, Coutee has seen his PPR stock rise in the past two weeks he has been playing. Playing against Buffalo’s exploitable secondary this week only increases his draft stock. Coutee is an absolute must pick-up heading into the later season.
- David Moore (PHI) – Coming off a hot game against the Rams, Moore had seen an increase in his red zone usage this past week with two receiving touchdowns. Only time will tell if he can keep this up, but he is a worthy waiver target during this week if the bench depth is needed.
Honorable Mention: Tre’quan Smith (NO) – Smith is coming off of one of the best games of his life. He did not produce earlier in the season, but this showing should help his usage on the team. He is a risky pick, but a high reward if he continues where he left off against Washington.
Top 3 WRs (Regular)
- David Moore (SEA) – He is another receiver who does not score the majority of his points from receptions. His red zone targets bolster his stock in regular leagues, where he is a worthy pick-up. Please see above reasoning.
- Kenny Golladay (DET) – Yet another receiver who does not rely on receptions, but rather a high volume usage in the deep game. Please see above reasoning.
- Tre’quan Smith (NO) – This is the boom or bust in this section. Please see above reasoning.
Honorable Mention: Josh Gordon (NE) – Gordon is becoming accustomed to his new team and should see an increase in usage because of his fantastic skill set. Err on the side of caution, and only pick him up if you have free space or if you have some very disappointing receivers.