There are quite a few guys to look at adding this week. I am going to do this a little differently. I am still discussing players owned in 60% of leagues or less; however, I will put them into three categories: “Stream Weaver” are streaming options for this week, “In for the Long Haul” are adds for rest of season, and “Hail Mary” are guys that you’re hoping will pop.
- Sam Bradford (Phi). Bradford had a solid week against a bad Washington passing defense. He draws another terrible pass defense week in New Orleans. He’s the top streaming QB this week
- Jay Cutler (Chi). Cutler played pretty well against Oakland. I understand that even Peter could play well against Oakland. Cutler has another good matchup against Kansas City this week, but the game is in Arrowhead, which could be a problem. I expect junk-time scoring against a weak pass defense. Good fantasy times.
- Ronnie Hillman (Den). Hillman and C.J. Anderson have had a lot of problems running the ball in Denver. Peyton Manning has been heavily criticized for this year, and defensive fronts have played the run and short passing game. Running lanes just are not there. Hillman found ways to salvage fantasy value last week going 70+ for a score. I don’t foresee any aspect of the offense struggling against Oakland this week. With four teams on a bye this week, you could be looking for an RB to start, and Hillman will get touches.
- Duke Johnson (Cle). Johnson had a coming out party against San Diego-more so in the passing game, but he had a few carries as well. He doesn’t have the best matchup against Baltimore this week, but with slim pickings on the waiver wire, he’s a must add.
- Leonard Hankerson (Atl). Hankerson is the Falcons #2 WR now. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Roddy White is a shell of his former self. Ryan has shown trust in Hankerson, and they play the Washington pass defense this week.
- Rueben Randle (NYG). Randle could have a big game. He continues to get red zone targets, even with OBJ on the team. The Giants are going against the San Francisco defensive backfield, and Randle should be in for plenty of good looks this week.
- Eddie Royal (Chi). If Jay Cutler has a MCM, it’s Eddie Royal. Outside of the week-one debacle, Royal gets targeted a lot when Cutler is behind center. The Bears play KC this week, and since Royal will be out of the slot most of the time, he’ll have a backup safety guarding him. Advantage Royal.
- Owen Daniels (Den). Daniels has been getting more targets. It doesn’t really matter, though. He is playing the Raiders. All TE’s who play against the Raiders are a must-play.
- Eric Ebron (Det). Ebron plays another team that struggles against TEs, but Detroit gets Arizona at home. Ebron is a little banged up, so watch that throughout the week.
- In for the long haul.
In for the Long Haul
- Derek Carr (Oak). Carr should have been picked up for his matchup against Chicago last week. Carr is a legit bye-week fill in. Unfortunately he has Denver this week, so I hope this wasn’t the week you needed him. He should be added and could be a starter in deep leagues.
- Sam Bradford (Phi). Bradford has a great matchup and should be a viable QB2 until that offense gets going. He has the highest ceiling of any waiver-wire QB. He’s a great add, if you like upside.
- Duke Johnson (Cle). The time has come. Duke is the RB you want in Cleveland. Crowell has been ineffective, and Robert Turbine isn’t healthy. Duke will be the Browns version of Le’Veon Bell. Don’t get me wrong, he’s not Bell, but he will be a dual-threat runner and could be a three down back. That’s immeasurably valuable in today’s NFL.
- Antonio Andrews (Ten). As of today, Andrews is the lead back in Tennessee. That could change, but he will be the goal line back at the very least. Andrews is a favorite in Tenn. They are going to give him the opportunity to win this job. Starting backs in the league are valuable. Tenn doesn’t have the worst OL in the league either, he could benefit from that.
- Allen Hurns (Jax). Hurns has had at least 60 yards in each of the four games this season. Not sexy, but consistent. Teams are going to try to take away Allen Robinson, and that leaves Hurns, who has the ability to get open, with single coverage. Jax will be chasing points frequently, and junk time counts.
- Leonard Hankerson (Atl). Like I said above, Hankerson is the #2 in Atl. That means anytime Atlanta plays a team that will focus on Julio (which all defenses should), Hankerson will get a lot of quality targets
- Eddie Royal (Chi). Royal should be owned as long as Jay Cutler is throwing the ball in Chicago. Royal gets an extra bump while Alshon Jeffery is out. Royal is nothing special but should get a good amount of targets.
- Ted Ginn (Car). They have to throw to someone. I wish I could say more about Ginn, but that’s about the extent of it.
- Eric Ebron (Det). Ebron was getting targeted again Monday night before going down with a knee injury. Keep an eye on that before investing too heavily. Ebron still has a case of the drops, but he is one of the more athletic TEs in the league. He’s a TE1 for the rest of the season.
- Kyle Rudolph (Min). Teddy Bridgewater has now been labeled a “game manager.” What that means is a lot of dump offs. Rudolph is a good player when healthy. Ride him while his health is still good.
- Tavon Austin (WR, StL). Austin is a home run threat. He could be Harvin 2.0.
- Christine Michael (RB, Dal). That offensive line, and Joseph looks good in fantasy, not in real life.
- Jay Cutler (QB, Chi). He has physical tools and weapons. If he stops turning the ball over, the sky is the limit.
- David Johnson (RB, Ari). He’ll eventually win Arians’ trust, I hope.
- Thomas Rawls (RB, Sea). Marshawn isn’t exactly a spring chicken, and Rawls looks like Beast Mode part 2.
- Charles Sims (RB, TB). Sims is getting more snaps and has a burst. Martin isn’t exactly killing it.
- Reggie Bush (RB, SF). Bush is the passing downs back. SF will be losing a lot of games this year.
- Nelson Agholor (WR, Phi). Bradford is starting to look downfield, and Agholor is set to breakout.
- DeVante Parker (WR, Mia). Maybe the new coach will realize you don’t pick a guy in the first round to set picks.
- Ty Montgomery (WR, GB). He has Aaron Rodgers as a QB.
- Crockett Gillmore (TE, Bal). Flacco likes TEs. Gillmore likes running people over.
- Richard Rodgers (TE, GB). See Montgomery, Ty.
These guys are coming off injury or suspension and should be on your radar:
- Antonio Gates (TE, SD). Add him. If Green looks that good in the offense, imagine how good Gates will look.
- Martavis Bryant (WR, Pit). He should have been added in all leagues, but look at your wire to be sure.
- Julius Thomas (TE, Jax). He could be the back soon, keep an eye out if you need TE help.
I'm sorry for the barrage of names. I hope this helps all of you in deep leagues also.