Well week 9 was certainly interesting wasn’t it! From last minute drop outs in the shape of Zach Ertz and Leonard Fournette, to haymakers being landed in three different games as a result of tempers flaring. It also took it’s toll on fantasy teams across the board too with A.J Green and Carlos Hyde both ejected from games as a result of the fracas on their respective fields of play. Nonetheless, after tonight’s NFC North fixture at Lambeau Field, week 9 will be in the books and we can look ahead to the ‘fantasy stretch’ starting in week 10. Take a look at some waiver wire targets that may be worth considering for adding into your line-ups, especially if you have any high flying Eagles, Chiefs, Ravens or Raiders players, as they are all on a bye this week.
Eli Manning, New York Giants. 48.7% Owned
Yeah i know, hardly a sexy fantasy name, but let’s look what Eli has had to deal with so far this year. Firstly, he’s without his main superstar receiver Odell Beckham who went down for the season with an ankle injury in week 5. Secondly, he has faced five top fantasy scoring defenses so far this season through 8 games. But recently he has built up a strong rapport with go-to rookie tight end Evan Engram and has new WR1 Stirling Sheperd fully returned from an injury that he picked up in that week 5 armageddon game. Tie that in with a very good week 10 match-up against San Francisco who are 2nd worst against QB’s in fantasy scoring and also the fact that the 49ers have only conceded less than 20 points in a game twice this year, the veteran signal caller could be in for a decent fantasy game this week. The G-Men also have some Quarterback favourable games against Houston and Tennessee down the stretch.
Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins. 8.3% Owned
I am on a roll today with washed up veteran Quarterbacks! But seriously, Cutler actually looked good Sunday evening against Oakland slating 311 yards and bagging three TD’s. Two of the next three games look good on paper too after week 10’s tilt in Carolina when Miami play Tampa Bay and New England, who both rank in the bottom five against opposing QB’s. Smoking Jay could well be worth a stream in those weeks especially if you were the owner of Rodgers or Watson and are finding yourself in a pinch week to week.
Danny Woodhead, Baltimore Ravens. 24.4% Owned
We have seen Woodhead this year in a Ravens jersey, albeit for only a quarter, but we did get a small sample size of what his role may be in this fluctuating offense. Baltmore are on a bye this week but i think fantasy owners should be targeting the former Charger now rather than before the hype train leaves the station this time next week. The pass catching backs have been consistent fantasy producers in the past for the Ravens with the likes of Ray Rice, Justin Forsett and most recently Buck Allen. Although Allen is still playing in Baltimore, i would expect his role to significantly decrease with the more talented Woodhead back in action. In the small amount of time he played in week 1, we saw three receptions for 33 yards proving that he could well be regularly targeted by Joe Flacco
D’Onta Foreman, Houston Texans. 10.3% Owned
The short term future looks bleak after that week 9 perfomance by the Texans. After losing rookie sensation Deshaun Watson for the season in practice last week, Tom Savage seems to lack the vigour needed to spur that offence on. But that could be a good thing for explosive rookie D’Onta Foreman. I was very impressed with Foreman coming out of college as he basically a human bulldozer! With Houston likely to see more bad QB play, Bill O’Brian might look to utilize the running game which will likely see a bigger roll for Foreman going forward. He’s not had a bad season to date either to be fair boasting a solid 4.0 yards per carry. Despite not getting in the endzone yet, Foreman is worth picking up and stashing in case his number does indeed get called on a more regular basis.
Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers. 5.8% owned
Corey Clement, Philadephia Eagles. 0.8% owned
Damien Williams, Miami Dolphins. 23.7% owned
Robert Woods. Los Angeles Rams. 26.1% Owned
Robert Woods has been flying under radars all season, especially in deeper leagues. The only thing keeping him from being a startable asset was the lack of touchdowns. That changed with the favourable match-up he faced in the Meadowlands where he managed to connect for two touchdowns from four receptions and 70 yards. Going forward, the Rams will face juicy, wide receiver favoured games against Houston in week 10 and a potential shoot out scenario versus New Orleans in week 12. With Sammy Watkins not favoured so far in the Ram’s surprisingly fiery offense, Woods has been able to capitalise and make the ‘X’ routes his own, becoming a favourite target of young gunslinger Jared Goff.
Dede Westbrook. Jacksonville Jaguars. 4.4% Owned
Westbroook had a scintillating pre-season racking up 288 yards from 13 receptions and two touchdowns. He also and earned the second-most yards on deep targets that travelled at least 20 yards through the air. With Allen Robinson out for the season, Westbrook is back from an injury that has kept him out of the season so far and will fall into an offense that he could be productive for. The danger is the impressive rise of fellow receiver Marqise Lee, but this could also positive if Lee can draw the defensive coverage. In any case, he is worth a stash in case he can replicate that impressive pre-season form.
Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars. 34.7% owned
Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins. 34.5% owned
Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers. 9.3% owned
Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills. 20.9% Owned
I was stunned when i saw the ownership figures for a top 10 tight end before his injury. Yes, i get it, Jordan Matthews is back and the Bills have a shiny new weapon in Kelvin Benjamin. But when Clay returns (likely week 11), he will go straight back into being the starting tight end in that offense and will continue being productive. He’s a trusted weapon for Tyrod Taylor and gets plenty of work in the redzone. Before going down with a knee injury, Clay had scored over 15 PPR points in three out of five games and is well worth adding onto your rosters with favourable match-ups against New England, Indianapolis and Miami before the fantasy season is over
George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers. 9.9% Owned
I mentioned this in last weeks article and i won’t stop! This week Kittle faces the Giants. Yes, that’s the New York Giants who have given up a touchdown to a tight end every game so far this season including one last week from none other than Tyler Higbee. Zach Ertz, Jared Cook and Travis Kelce are all on a bye this week. Grab Kittle and feel good starting him this week!
Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams. 2.6% owned
Julius Thomas. Miami Dolphins. 10% owned
Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals. 42.7% owned
Chicago Bears. 7.7% Owned
The Bears defense have been very productive recently in fantasy football. 64 points in their last three games to be precise. Green Bay is next up with a new, unproven offense led by Brett Hundley
Los Angeles Chargers. 6.4% Owned
Another team who has been productive in their last few match-ups with four interceptions and three fumble recoveries are the Chargers putting up 62 total fantasy points throughout those games.
by Rob Grimwood @FFBritBaller
All ownership % taken from ESPN Fantasy