Tue Oct 20 10:27am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Patrick is emerging for Broncos
The season sure is flying by. It seemed like it might never happen, but now we are in Week 7, which is the halfway point in many fantasy leagues. Hopefully, you are in good standing in all your leagues. But if not, the waiver wire might be a good spot to help turn your fortunes around. There aren’a lot of top options out here but you never know. One of the guys on this list could end up being a huge factor down the stretch. It has happened in past years.
Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins. Tagovailoa was named the starter for the Dolphins going forward. The team has a bye this week, making his first start in Week 8 against the Rams. Tagovailoa must be ready for the job because Ryan Fitzpatrick was playing pretty well in a staring role. Either way, Tagovailoa will have some fantasy value because he is a bit of a dual threat and gets a chance to air it out in an offense that likes to throw the ball. He is worth a speculative add for fantasy teams.
Philip Rivers, Colts. Rivers might not be playing the best for the Colts, but he produced big last week. He had his best fantasy game of the season last week, scoring nearly 30 fantasy points. He can still get it done in the right matchup, including one his next game against the Lions in Week 8.
Boston Scott, Eagles. Scott has done about nothing all season but could be setup for more work going forward with Miles Sanders hurt. Scott might the starter for the Eagles, a role he showed some potential in late last year. Scott is no sure thing by any means but any starter at this stage of the game has value to fantasy teams. He could get it done with more touches.
J.D. McKissic, Washington. McKissic reached double-digit fantasy points for the third straight game last week. He also tied a season high in rush attempts, running eight times for 41 yards. McKissic has been a big part of the passing game in recent weeks, catching at least six passes three straight games. He has value as a flex play and is available in 56 percent of leagues.
Travis Fulgham, Eagles. Fulgham got nabbed in most leagues last week but not all. He is still available in 32 percent of leagues. He now has touchdowns three straight games, having at least 13 fantasy points all three games. Fulgham has double-digit targets two consecutive games, getting tons of looks. This seems to be a trend rather than a fluke. Fulgham should be owned in all formats.
Keelan Cole, Jaguars. Cole enjoyed his best game of the season last week, catching six passes for 143 yards. He has at least four receptions all but one game this year. He has been a consistent factor in an offense that likes to throw a lot. Cole has value as a No. 3 fantasy receiver. He is available in 45 percent of leagues.
Marcus Johnson, Colts. Johnson is gaining value in the Colts offense. He had the best game of his season in Week 6, hitting the 100-yard mark. He had five receptions for 108 yards. Johnson has 50-plus yards two straight. He has some fantasy value as long as Michael Pittman is out of the lineup.
Tim Patrick, Broncos. Patrick ha his second straight 100-yard game. He had four receptions for 101 yards on eight targets. He has at least 14 fantasy points three straight games. He is producing consistent numbers in a starting role for the Broncos. Patrick has a knack for making the big play. He is available in 42 percent of leagues.
Breshad Perriman, Jets. Perriman returned from his ankle injury last week and led the Jets in receiving yards. He had four receptions for 62 yards on eight targets. Perriman has a shot to lead the Jets in receiving going forward. He was dropped in many formats after his injury, making him available in 90 percent of leagues.
Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs. Robinson had his best showing of the season last week, getting a chance for a bigger role in the offense with Sammy Watkins out. Robinson had five receptions for 69 yards in a rainy game Monday afternoon. He should continue to get more weekly chances while Watkins is out, giving him some value as a spot play for fantasy teams.
Anthony Firkser, Titans. Firkser had a game that came out of nowhere last week, catching eight passes for 113 yards. He has been getting a few more looks the last couple games, though, having 14 targets his last two. He is going to be a boom or bust play but this game showed his potential for the big game. He might be worth adding in deeper formats if you need the tight end help.
Rob Gronkowski, Bucs. It took some time but Gronkowski is making a bigger impact in the Bucs offense. He had his best game last week, catching five passes for 78 yards and his first touchdown of the season. Gronkowski has at least three receptions three of four games. He is available in 30 percent of leagues.
Dallas Goedert, Eagles. Goedert has not played since Week 3 but is due back soon from his ankle injury. And when he returns, he will return to the starting lineup with Zach Ertz out the next several weeks. Goedert has huge upside when on the field and starting. Remember, he had a 100-yard showing in Week 1, scoring 24 fantasy points. He was dropped in many formats because of the injury, so he is available in 48 percent of leagues.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Five Waiver Wire Adds: Week 12
Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee (elbow) banged up his elbow during the Week 11 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which is why he did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 25. Head coach Sean McVay said the tight end is considered 'day-to-day'.
Fantasy Spin: Higbee entered the season with high expectations from a fantasy perspective, but he has really only one impressive game while mostly being equaled or outplayed by Gerald Everett. At this point Higbee is only worth retaining in the deepest of fantasy leagues heading into Week 12 and beyond.
The Atlanta Falcons Defense should stay benched this week when the Las Vegas Raiders come to town. Las Vegas has a capable QB in Derek Carr, along with solid weapons such as Josh Jacobs, Darren Waller, and Nelson Agholor. Meanwhile, Atlanta has allowed at least 20 points in nine of 10 games. The unit has also dealt with injuries throughout the season and that has hindered its overall strength. There are better options to start this week.
Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo is a terrific start this week against Las Vegas. Last week, the kicker hit three field goals, including two from over 50 yards. Overall, Koo has gone 24-for-25 in field goals this season and 18-for-21 in extra points. The Raiders rank in the middle against fantasy kickers, so he is a great starting option.
Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst is a low-end TE1 this week if active. The TE is currently dealing with an ankle injury and it remains to be seen if he plays. Hurst got nothing last week on two targets but has generally been decent this season. He has gotten at least 50 yards and six targets in six of 10 games this season, so he does bring the potential for some solid numbers. The Raiders are middle-tier against fantasy tight ends, so Hurst is certainly worth starting if he plays. Managers can only hope last week's performance was an outlier.
Los Angeles Rams DL Aaron Donald (non-injury), LB Micah Kiser (knee) and TE Tyler Higbee (elbow) didn't practice Wednesday, Nov. 25. OL Brian Allen (knee) was limited.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage is in the flex conversation this week. Due to Julio Jones going down with an injury last week, Gage had seven receptions for 58 yards on 12 targets. This week, Jones is still dealing with a hamstring injury and may be a game-time decision. If Jones doesn't play, Gage is the biggest player to benefit and would be a flex piece to start this week. Nevertheless, there is a bit of risk considering the WR has only posted over 50 yards in four games and doesn't necessarily get all the attention even when Jones is out. Still, he's the best guy to trust for fantasy over Olamide Zaccheaus and Christian Blake. The Raiders are middle-tier against fantasy wideouts.
San Francisco 49ers CB K'Waun Williams (ankle) and LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday, Nov. 25. DL Arik Armstead (non-injury) was limited and OL Hroniss Grasu (non-injury) practiced in full.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is currently dealing with a hamstring injury and could be a game-time decision this week against the Raiders. Thus, if he plays, he will be a lower-end WR1 and certainly a riskier option to start considering his injury. Last week, Jones only managed two receptions for 39 yards on two targets. When healthy this season, the WR has seen his usual volume and put up fantastic numbers, including three 100-yard games. Nevertheless, proceed with caution this week on Jones and monitor his status closely. If he cannot play, Russell Gage would see an uptick in value.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is a low-end WR1 this week against the Raiders. It's worth noting he is dealing with a foot injury right now, but there is no sign that his status for Sunday is in jeopardy. Ridley posted five receptions for 90 yards on nine targets last week and has gotten at least 90 yards in five of nine games. He has also seen at least seven targets in seven of nine games. With Julio Jones ailing, Ridley could see more looks on Sunday if Jones doesn't play. Regardless, he remains a solid play due to his weekly volume and consistency.
Buffalo Bills C Jordan Devey, C Jonotthan Harrison, WR Jake Kumerow and LB Darron Lee were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 12 Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Kenjon Barner, PK Greg Joseph, DT Jeremiah Ledbetter and G John Molchon were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 12 Wednesday, Nov. 25.
San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Fantasy Spin: Coleman and Jerick McKinnon will be splitting backfield work until Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson are able to return to the lineup. Both make for a risky FLEX option with McKinnon slightly safer due to more work in the passing game.
Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley II is a low-end RB1 this week versus the Raiders. The RB is coming off a season-low eight carries for 26 yards but has nevertheless remained decent on this offense. Gurley still has had double-digit carries in nine of 10 games and has rushed for over 50 yards in seven of 10 games. That volume and the fact that the Raiders allow the fourth-most points to fantasy backs makes Gurley a solid play. He is dealing with a knee injury, so his status is worth monitoring.
New Orleans Saints DT Sheldon Rankins (knee) was designated for return from the Reseve/Injured list Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is a low-end QB1 against the Raiders this weekend. Ryan has been a bit streaky this season and posted 232 yards and two picks last week. Overall, he has thrown for over 300 yards in only three of 10 games this season and only has four games with multiple passing touchdowns. The Raiders allow the ninth-most points to fantasy QBs, so this is a good week to start Ryan if you have him.
Green Bay Packers DE Montravius Adams (toe) and LB James Burgess (hamstring) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Houston Texans WR Randall Cobb (toe) and DT P.J. Hall (knee, shoulder) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Jacksonville Jaguars DT Abry Jones (ankle) and LB Shaquille Quarterman (knee) were designated to return from the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Updating a previous story, Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hamstring) was designated to return from the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Cincinnati Bengals DT Andrew Brown was signed off the practice squad to the active roster of the Houston Texans Wednesday, Nov. 25. Texans RB Scottie Phillips was also signed off the Houston practice squad to the active roster.