The NFL throws the fantasy owner a curveball this week, bringing back the unpleasant “six teams on bye” week. Depth will be tested; hopefully following the weekly wonders column has been a help this season as we get to the fantasy playoff push. A strange week of NFL games is almost in the books, a week where the Cleveland offense continues to be on the rise, Buffalo went to yet another starting quarterback that led the team to 41 points, and the trilogy of New Orleans, Kansas City and the Los Angeles Rams continue to be top-notch offenses.
As for the wonders this week, a single list that we will call “on the radar.” Our top selection this week is close to being a “solid pickup,” but the coach in Seattle can change his mind for no reason from week to week. Something for everyone this week!
On The Radar
RB Rashaad Penny, Seattle
Coach Pete Carroll continues to confound the fantasy owner, shuffling players in and out as he is constantly looking for the hot hand to carry the ball. This week’s back du jour was Rashaad Penny, as he lit up the Los Angeles Rams for 108 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries. Though Mike Davis and Chris Carson are also in the mix, look for Penny to get a chance this week against Green Bay to be the lead back out of the gate. He is the top waiver add this week.
WR Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams
The Rams have lost Cooper Kupp again, this time for the rest of the season. Reynolds will step into the prolific Rams offense as the third wideout behind Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. He is worth a look for those needing a wide receiver down the stretch.
RB Doug Martin, Oakland
There is not much going well right now for Oakland, as injuries have decimated the receiving corps, leaving Derek Carr looking like a very bad quarterback. The one bright spot right now is Doug Martin, as he ran hard this week against the Los Angeles Chargers on his way to tallying close to 100 yards of total offense. His involvement in the passing game is a plus, making Martin worth a look off this week’s waiver wire.
We are not ready to talk about Matt Barkley as a waiver wonder, but he has come out hot and has brought a spark to the Buffalo offense. Jones caught eight passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, and Foster chipped in with three catches good for 105 yards. Buffalo is off this week, but upcoming Buffalo plays Jacksonville, Miami, the New York Jets again, Detroit, then New England – teams where the defense is not going to be a scary matchup. These guys are worth a speculative add for those in need at the position.
WR Donte Moncrief, Jacksonville
With three solid weeks under his belt, we have seen enough to get Moncrief a mention in this week’s story. He turned three catches this past week against Indianapolis into 98 yards and a touchdown. The two weeks prior to that he has caught seven and four passes, for 76 and 54 yards, respectively, in those games. These stats do not jump off the screen, but the consistency is worth noting, especially on a week that has six teams on bye.
RB Jaylen Samuels, Pittsburgh
The twists and turns of the possible return of Le’Veon Bell continue to swirl, with the latest news being that Bell will not return to Pittsburgh this season. James Conner left last week’s game with a concussion, and though it appears he will be back in time for next week’s game, Jaylen Samuels got a few touches of the ball last week and turned one of those into a touchdown. He would be next in line on a team that loves to run the ball, especially as the weather turns cold.
WR Brandon Marshall, New Orleans
Many fantasy owners out there selected Dez Bryant on draft day, holding out hope that he would come back and sign with a team and play this season. The reward was within sight, as Bryant not only signed, but with high-flying New Orleans. Alas, the dream did not even last a week, as he tore his Achilles in a Friday practice and his season is over before it even began. New Orleans continues to comb the real life waiver wire, bringing in Brandon Marshall. If he can get into game shape and onto the field, New Orleans is a terrific offense to have a hand in. Use the last spot on your roster and grab Marshall.