Hopefully, you made it through Bye-maggedon unscathed. The dust has settled. The asteroid missed the earth. Your ship lands on the runway. You turn to the other 4-6 managers in your league that also squeezed out a ‘W’ and say “Hey guys, remember, we’re heroes now. So that incident with me starting Ty’Son Williams and AJ Green… Let’s keep that under wraps, alright!?”
You might get that reference if you’ve seen the movie Armageddon. If you haven’t, you still get it. But the good news is, (to continue along with this analogy) we have survived. The world (our players) are healing. The heroes (our stars) are returning from their byes. But all of that said, the waiver wire is still equally as important. Let’s get into it…
A reminder on how this works… For this feature, I will be focusing exclusively on players rostered in less than 50% of both ESPN and Yahoo leagues.
If your league has a standard waiver system, then simply follow the order of my picks to determine your waiver priority. If your league has a FAAB system, I will assign each waiver pick a % of your FAAB budget I would be comfortable committing. You may see some repeat names from previous weeks, that would be because these individuals still are not rostered in 50% of fantasy leagues and these are my TOP 5 waiver adds. That won’t change just because I want to give you some fresh names.
- Kenneth Gainwell RB (40% of FAAB) – (Insert comment about starting a RB vs Detroit here). The RB injury carousel landed on Miles Sanders this week. As if that wasn’t unfortunate enough, it came in a game in which the Eagles (finally!) featured Sanders early and often. HC Nick Sirianni finally appears committed to establishing the run in an effort to make things easier on his struggling QB. Kenneth Gainwell has shown well in the opportunities he’s had so far this season. He’s a high upside RB2 this week. Boston Scott figures to be involved but make no mistake. Gainwell’s the back to start as long as Sanders is out.
- Rashaad Penny RB (20% of FAAB) – If you didn’t take advantage by stashing Penny last week, make good on your mistake and grab him this go ‘round though I think it’ll cost you a little more this time. Penny actually out-snapped ineffective starter Alex Collins in the first half on Monday night. However, the brutal matchup against the Saints proved to be too tough a test for either Seahawks back to really get it going. This is looking like a hot hand approach till Chris Carson is back and, whenever I see a backfield like that, I want the more talented option. That option is Rashaad Penny.
- Deshaun Watson QB (20% of FAAB) – Certainly unprecedented territory here in the fantasy community with Deshaun Watson. Reports are he is expected to be traded before the trade deadline on November 2nd and is expected to play immediately upon arrival wherever he ends up. There’s only a handful of quarterbacks I’d start over Deshaun Watson, but this is a risky proposition no doubt. There is no guaranteeing the league will let him play or that a deal will get done. If you’ve got the need, the money, and the extra roster spot. Take a stab and see what happens!
- Michael Gallup WR (15% of FAAB) – Gallup is expected to return from IR this week. He received 7 targets prior to exiting Week 1’s contest early and was looking like a featured part of the Cowboys offense. Dalton Schultz appeared to have been the primary beneficiary of Gallup’s injury but those days are number (sell high on Dalton!). Gallup should immediately slide in as the 3rd option in a high volume passing attack.
- Rashod Bateman (5% of FAAB) – 6 targets in two consecutive games in an offense starving for weapons. We finally are seeing why the Ravens were so excited about their young WR. He’s not necessarily 3rd in line for targets behind Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews, meaning he has potential WR2 upside. He’s a stash for me at this point but as high-upside of a stash as you will find at a skill position at this point in the season. If you have the space, take a wait and see approach on this potential lottery ticket.
-Cory, Fox Fantasy Football Insider