Another exciting week is in the books, one that is sure to have the NFL office going over plenty of video as they look to hand out fines and/or suspensions. Whether it was the full moon or the change back of the clocks, to paraphrase Luke Combs, some NFL players woke up on “Sunday morning … fighting mad.” Some big name players like A.J. Green, Mike Evans and Jameis Winston may be getting an unscheduled week off, so check later in the week their status. Winston could use a week off to rest his shoulder, so those counting on him should definitely seek other options right away.
On the heels of the trade deadline, several players now have different situations, some good and some indifferent. On the field, Captain Obvious is reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles are really good, the New York Giants are really bad, and all fantasy owners are happy the six team bye weeks are now behind us. As always, we comb the waiver wire for those players that can be of help.
Let’s kick this week off with a recap of some of the major moves that went down after last week’s story deadline. We touched upon Jimmy Garoppolo‘s move to San Francisco, as we made him our top waiver selection of the week. San Francisco is reporting that they will take their time getting him familiar with the offense, even going so far to say that he may not make his debut until after the Week 11 bye. We stand by the recommendation for pickup, given that so many quarterbacks are going down around the league. As some free agency windows close, it is imperative that fantasy owners have three options at quarterback. Garoppolo will see the field at some point this season.
Philadelphia acquired Miami’s top runner in Jay Ajayi, which is going to directly cut into LeGarrette Blount’s production in Philadelphia. He will still be the goal line choice, but Ajayi will continue to increase his touches as he gets more familiar with the offense. The impact in Miami is that Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake will split things up. Drake will see more action as the runner, which for Miami is not going to translate into much on the stat sheet. Both of these players will do their damage in the air, as each of them caught six passes out of the backfield this past week. Edge to Drake, but only slightly as both will be active in the offense.
Carolina sent Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo, where he will immediately become the top receiver. This will take the pressure off Zay Jones, who will see less of the field. Jordan Matthews and Deonte Thompson will also see a downturn in playing time. Back in Carolina, Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey will see a bump upwards in their throws.
On to this week’s wonders!
QB Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis
Our search for quarterbacks begins in Indianapolis, where the news that Andrew Luck will miss the rest of the season means it will be Brissett behind center for Indianapolis the rest of the way. He has been solid since coming over from New England, and this week against Houston he was good for 308 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. His touchdown-to-turnover ratio is 2-to-1, and he is averaging almost 20 rushing yards per game this season. Fantasy owners looking for a quality third quarterback will find everything they are looking for in Brissett, which is to say a player that will be their NFL team’s quarterback and a player that will put up above-average stats.
QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore
After taking that ugly hit a couple of weeks ago, Flacco was quickly cleared and back on the field this week in Tennessee. He wasted no time getting the passing game going, and he ended the day throwing for 261 yards to go along with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Continuing our search for quality QB3 players, Flacco fits that mold and is available in most leagues.
RBs Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake, Miami
As discussed above, these are the players who will split the load previously held by Jay Ajayi. Miami will struggle to get much on the ground, so that neutralizes the edge that Drake has as the primary runner. Both these players will be active in the passing game, a value to those points per reception leagues.
WR Marqise Lee, Jacksonville
Despite the questionable tag, Lee played this week and for the third straight game, he played very well. Against Cincinnati, he was good for eight catches and 75 yards, one of those being good for a touchdown. This follows up games of 72 and 83 yards, making lee a solid pickup this week.
RB Thomas Rawls, Seattle
The running back situation for Seattle is a revolving door, with players barely able to hold onto the “lead” role for an entire game. Seattle was reported to ride Eddie Lacy last week, but he left the game with an injured groin and did not return. C.J. Prosise is supposed to be back, but in the meantime Thomas Rawls is there to shoulder the load. He was active in both the running and passing game this week, and as one of the few healthy backs he will have a role for Seattle in the short term. He is worth a speculative add as we wait on reports for Lacy’s injury status and Prosise’s return.
TE Charles Clay, Buffalo
Often times when a player is injured then out for a significant amount of time, fantasy owners cannot afford to hold that player on the roster. Reports out of Buffalo are that Clay may be a week or two away, but his return is coming very soon. Along with newcomer Kelvin Benjamin, Tyrod Taylor will now have some weapons at his disposal and we see Clay as returning to being one of the top producing players at his position. Grab him now while he is available.