The bye weeks continue, though we are now back to a more reasonable four teams taking the week off both this week and next. We have a small list this week, as we condense an eight pack of players into our two middle categories. We’ve got a trio of Solid Pickups, then the rest we put On the Radar. Nothing too exciting, but it’s always worth a look on the waiver wire to see if you can improve your roster or keep players away from your opponents. There’s something for everyone in this week’s wonders!
RB Kapri Bibbs, Denver
The Broncos have traditionally been a team that swaps starting running backs at the drop of a hat. Devontae Booker has been the starter for the past two games, but he has not been impressive in the lead role. Though Bibbs only touched the ball three times this week against the Raiders, one of those was an electrifying 69-yard catch and run for a score. This has gotten the attention of the coaches, and there will surely be more touches in the future for Bibbs as the Broncos determine who is their best runner. We list Bibbs as a solid pickup, with the potential that he can take over the lead role for Denver in a couple of weeks .
WR Rishard Matthews, Tennessee
Matthews has been living just outside our weekly waiver story, getting left on the cutting room floor in each of the last two weeks. His two-touchdown performance this week against the Chargers gets him a listing in our top category. Six catches for 63 yards only adds to his intrigue, and we also like that he found the end zone the week prior. The Titans’ passing game is nothing to get greatly excited about, but Matthews has emerged as the top target so he is worth a look in all formats.
RB Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay
With Jacquizz Rodgers still on the sideline, Barber is emerging as the top carrier in the Tampa Bay backfield. Unfortunately, playing from behind has diminished his value, but this past week against the Falcons he was able to muster 55 yards in total offense, touching the ball 15 times (four of those being catches out of the backfield). We had Barber listed as a Solid Pickup last week, and he gets another listing in the same category this week as he is still available in more than half the online leagues. As long as Rodgers is out, then Barber is the one to own.