Finally a Believer- Waiver Wire Gems

This has been a tough year for Fantasy Football players when it comes to their quarterback position. In redraft formats I am usually a one quarterback type. Unfortunately with the rash of injuries this season I might have to re-think that strategy next year.

If you have lost a quarterback to injury or are unhappy with the guy you got stuck with, its not too late to finally be a believer in a few underachievers. Beyond QB, there is talent at the other skill positions. Who should you target?

QB on the Block

Kyle Allen – 90% Available

While he is of no help this week due to his bye week Allen is worth a look this week. I also do not believe that Cam Newton will be back to playing as quick as some analysts believe which should give Allen a longer shelf life. He may not be sexy but provides potential in the short term.

Mitchell Trubisky – 75% Available

Yes I am still a Tru-believer! During their Bye week Trubisky was at the training facility getting back in shape. He was also going over tape to get better at reading what defenses are doing to him this season. Mitch could even be back this weekend and I expect closer to the player we saw early last year.

Sam Darnold – 84% Available

Sam Darnold is another guy who won’t light up the scoreboard for you but he is able to get the ball deep. Le’Veon Bell will force defenses to play the run, giving Darnold a chance to shine.

RB on the Block

Darrell Henderson Jr – 72% Available

The Rams offense finally unwrapped their highly regarded rookie and he did not disappoint. Gurley will of course keep this job for as long as he stays healthy but Henderson is the running back to own going forward with the Rams.

Chase Edmonds – 66% Available

The Cardinals high powered offense is grinding David Johnson down and Edmonds is the next man up. Even if DJ stays on the field I expect Edmonds to get more work as the season goes along so they can keep DJ as healthy as possible.

Jamaal Williams – 82% Available

Williams is back from the concussion protocol and got lots of volume on Monday. Since Aaron Jones has never been able to play a complete season in his young career it might be a good time to pick up Williams. He might even be a good spot start with Jones healthy if you are really thin at the position.

WR on the Block

Auden Tate – 77% Available

Tate has already been targeted 6 or more times in all but the first game of the season. He also had double-digit targets twice. With Ross gone for the season and Green slow to come back Tate is an excellent value. With the Bengals constantly playing from behind, he should be owned in all formats. 

DeVante Parker – 85% Available

Before the draft the Miami Dolphins were on my “Do Not Draft” list because as expected they have been a train wreck. But their defense is awful too which means the team will be playing from behind which means the wide receivers will have value. Parker hasn’t been targeted that much but has 50 yards and/or a touchdown in 4 of 5 games.

Cole Beasley – 85% Available

The poor man’s answer to Julian Edelman, although he is not as pretty according to another Fantasy Football analyst on FakePigSkin! Beasley has been targeted 9 or more times in 3 of 5 games this season. His Bye week is also in the rear view mirror making him a valuable Bye week plug and play.

TE on the Block

Darren Fells – 96% Available

You can’t teach height and Fells is a large target but very athletic for a man his size. Unlike many touchdown dependent tight ends, Fells has been targeted 6 or more times in half of the last 4 weeks. He has scored a touchdown and/or exceeded 50 yards receiving 3 of his last 4 games.

Dawson Knox – 92% Available

Rookie tight ends can be a bit erratic with their performances. That said, I expect Knox to continue to get more involved in the passing game coming out of they bye. He has been targeted 3 or more times in his last four games. Knox also has an impressive 15.6 yards per reception.

Conclusion

The Bye weeks are a tough time for many players because injuries often screw up their great draft planning. It is amazing that this late in the season there are plenty of excellent options to plug and play at wide receiver. There are also still a few good rising stars at the other positions.

It always pays to scour the waiver wire during the Bye weeks. Often times players often have to make some tough cuts to make sure they have a viable starter. Don’t be afraid to pick up a guy on a Bye week before he demands higher bidding in the waiver wire market.

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