QB – Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ESPN 6.1% Owned)
Groundhog Day is in February, right? I feel like we were just here. That’s because we were, and its happening again. After Jameis Winston threw his 4th interception against the Bengals, Dirk Koetter placed his win eating interception machine on the bench, and called upon ‘Fitzmagic’ once again, like some late-season episode of Friday Night Lights. It couldn’t happen just like last time, though, could it?
It almost did, as Ryan nearly brought the Buccaneers back, only to fall short on the leg of Cincinnati’s Kicker, Randy Bullock. You are about to witness some more Fitzmagic. Get it while you can. His 6.1% ownership will have an enormous jump, as Dirk Koetter announced Monday, that Fitzpatrick will start Week 9.
RB – Elijah McGuire, New York Jets (ESPN 4.3% Owned)
This name might have eluded you, depending on when your drafts took place. Shortly before the season, the Jets running back who was likened to LaDainian Tomlinson by the Jets’ OC, sustained a foot injury and was shelved on IR with a designation to return.
McGuire’s return couldn’t come soon enough, for a Jets offense devoid of pass catchers at the Wide Receiver position, and down to just Crowell and Cannon in the backfield. McGuire figures to immediately take up Powell’s duties within the offense, as Bilal was recently placed on season-ending IR with a Neck Injury, which required surgery.
With Powell on IR, his 11 carry and 3 catch averages per game are up for grabs. If McGuire can regain his 2017 form and then some, you’re looking at a back who averaged 4.7 yards per touch last season. Elijah is about to become a commodity late in the fantasy season, and just because he has a low ownership percentage, doesn’t mean you should look any further for help at the running back position.
FAAB: 10 – 15%
WR – David Moore, Seattle Seahawks (ESPN 2.7% Owned)
David Moore’s best comparable player is Michael Floyd, currently of the Washington Redskins. He hails from a small college school, by way of East Central Oklahoma. A gifted athlete and built for the NFL at 6’1” and 219 lbs, Moore reminded the NFL why your college background doesn’t always matter. He helped the Seahawks to victory this past Sunday, in a game where he snagged all 4 of his targets for 97 yards. What’s even more surprising is the fact that he did so while connecting for his 3rd and 4th touchdowns of the season in just 4 games of actual usage.
Moore has now caught 11 of his 14 targets for 221 yards and 4 touchdowns. He surpassed now former teammate Brandon Marshall on the depth chart and is now vying for targets from Russell Wilson, with Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett.
With Moore’s snap share skyrocketing to 71.4% this past Sunday, and Seattle reaping the rewards from his playing time, expect to see more David Moore in a Seahawks offense that is beginning to hit its stride at the perfect time. Place this waiver bid now.
RB – Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles backfield has been tumultuous, to say the least, with a serious amount of turnover throughout the first 8 weeks. Jay Ajayi (IR), Darren Sproles (Inactive in Week 8, should be good to go in Week 10), Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, and now most recently – Josh Adams have all spent games being the ‘lead back’. It’s been incredibly difficult to pin the tail in this backfield, and you’re most likely going to find more luck in a different and less convoluted committee situation.
WR – Terrelle Pryor, FA
A gifted athlete who has excelled at multiple positions on the football field, Pryor has had difficulty latching on the last couple seasons. He had his breakout season in 2016 with the Cleveland Browns, but faded out with Washington in 2017, and was recently released from the Jets.
Pryor has dealt with multiple injuries throughout his career and is currently dealing with a groin issue. Rumored to have been offered a contract with the Bills, it remains to be seen if Terrelle chooses to sign somewhere. Even if he does, it will take a week or two for him to become fully acclimated to whatever system he joins.
WR – Dez Bryant, FA
A roster clogger at this point, Dez was rumored to have lost a step and after a few visits early in the season, without a signing – many wondered if it was true. Still, the thought of Dez Bryant signing into a great situation, to step in and be a team’s number 1 wide receiver, has a lot of us holding on with an iron grip.
Even if he were to catch on somewhere, his involvement would surely take a couple games to really become an impact, and most players’ decreasing interest will begin to see shares of Bryant popping up on waivers. You shouldn’t fear the idea of dropping him, as his stock is almost name value only at this point.
By Josh Deisinger – @sconniejosh