These 7 waiver wire targets can be found in a lot of leagues and can help you as soon as this week.
The Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints are on a bye this week so plan accordingly. The Jaguars Leonard Fournette has already been ruled out as well.
So, who should you add?
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Wendell Smallwood | RB | Philadelphia Eagles
Yahoo – 8%
ESPN – 8%
The backfield in Philadelphia continues to take blows. On Monday, the Eagles placed Jay Ajayi on season ending IR with a torn ACL. Darren Sproles (hamstring) was inactive and Corey Clement did not play (quad).
With the barrage of injuries, the door is wide open for Smallwood to step into some major volume. He has been solid this year in limited work averaging 6 YPC. He has also caught 3 passes each of the past 3 weeks.
Ronald Jones | RB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Yahoo – 26%
ESPN – 18%
Some may have forgotten about Ronald Jones with the Buccaneers on a bye and to be honest, I don’t blame them. I thought his own coach had done the same. Jones was finally active against the Bears and Jones actually saw work. As a matter of fact, Jones saw the most carries (10) and touches (11) of any Tampa Bay RB.
This week the Bucs are on the road to face the floundering Falcons. I’m looking forward to this team righting the ship following their bye and getting the offense re-ignited with Jameis under center.
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You may not want to start Jones this week but he is worth an add and stash if you have the room.
LeGarrette Blount | RB | Detroit Lions
Yahoo – 12%
ESPN – 13%
While in terms of YPC LeGarrette Blount has been very bad, HC Matt Patricia continues to trot him onto the field. He saw the same number of carrier (12) as his vastly superior teammate Kerryon Johnson and got the goal line work. This worked helped his 22 yards rushing not kill you because he found the end zone twice.
Johnson left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. Johnson said he could have gone back in the game but with the Lions up Matt Patricia kept the rookie on the bench.
Theo Riddick is also an options especially in PPR leagues. He would see an increased workload with Johnson out.
That said, the Lions are on a bye this week and the severity of the injury will not be known full until sometime next week. The add could all be for not but both RBs are worth a stash and you may be able to get them at a reduced FAAB bid this week.
Even if Johnson is healthy, Blount is seeing work and getting the carries at the goal line. He could be usable if you’re in a pickle.
Josh Reynold | WR | Los Angeles Rams
Yahoo – 0%
ESPN – 0%
The Los Angeles Rams lost both Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp to concussions on Sunday. Cooks was forced to leave on a gnarly collision. This was his second concussion in 9th months. Kupp didn’t enter the game in the second half.
It seems likely that one or both WRs could be out this week and potentially longer. That means there is a golden opportunity for someone to step up for the Rams. I’m expecting Josh Reynolds to be that guy.
Reynolds saw three targets on Sunday, catching 2 for 39 yards. The second year WR has promise and has flashed skills in the past. He has good size at 6’3” and can make plays down the field.
With the Broncos, 49ers and Packers coming up in their next 3 games, the opportunity for Reynolds to emerge is definitely there.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling | WR | Green Bay Packers
Yahoo – 9%
ESPN – 3%
One of the biggest benefactors of the Packers being without Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison was Marquez Valdes-Scantling. This dynasty twitter favorite caught 7 of his 10 targets for 68 yards and a TD.
The Packers are the Monday night game this week so you will have to monitor practice reports to see if Cobb or Allison will give it a go. They will have plenty of opportunity to produce against a poor 49ers secondary.
Pierre Garcon | WR | San Francisco 49ers
Yahoo – 44%
ESPN – 45%
Despite having an underwhelming fantasy day on Sunday catching 5 balls for 47 yards., it looks as though things might be headed in the right direction for Pierre Garcon. He saw a team high 12 targets against the Cardinals. It was the second week in a row that he led the position in targets.
Hitching your wagon to C.J. Beathard isn’t a carefree experience but the “Volume is King” mantra could come to fruition here. San Francisco heads to Green Bay this week and they are massive underdogs. That means lots of passing and presumably lots of targets for Garcon.
He is worth an add if you need WR help, especially in PPR.
Keke Coutee | WR | Houston Texans
Yahoo – 34%
ESPN – 20%
It was another successful performance on Sunday night for the Texans Keke Coutee. He caught 6 of his 7 targets for 51 yards and a score. This was on the heels of a 11 catch performance for 109 yards.
The Texans are an offense that needs to score points and with Nuk Hopkins and Will Fuller doing their thing on the outside, the underneath is wide open for Coutee. There should be enough volume to go around for all three guys to be productive.
Also, with the injury history of Fuller, Coutee could see even more volume in the games he misses.
Jameis Winston | QB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Yahoo – 20%
ESPN – 13%
Are you looking for someone that could potentially be your QB for the rest of the season? Jameis Winston could be your guy. Even if it’s not long term the Falcons, Browns and Bengals are the next three teams on the Buccaneers schedule. They all feature secondaries that can be thrown on and offenses that will force their opponent to keep pace. Add Winston this week!