A great week of NFL football is in the books, a week that saw some incredible comebacks and improbable finishes. That kind of excitement will be hard to duplicate in this week’s column, but we have enough players to mention to satiate the fantasy appetite of those owners that are still hungry to find the next great thing. We continue to set aside our top category, but there are several solid pickups, topped by a pass catching back that had a great game on Sunday night. Several other players that have consistently been catching the ball also get some ink this week, as well as some other runners now on our radar. Something for everyone this week!
C.J. Prosise, Seattle
Despite the expected return of Thomas Rawls this upcoming week, we list Prosise as one of this week’s top waiver selections. He was heavily involved against the Patriots on Sunday night, carrying the ball 17 times for 66 yards on the ground while catching seven passes for another 87 yards through the air. He was not successful on the ground from short yardage, but as the pass catching back, he was spectacular. Even with Rawls back soon, and the return to health of Christine Michael, Prosise has carved out an active role in the Seattle backfield.
WR Tyreek Hill, Kansas City
Against the Panthers, Hill had a breakout game, catching ten of the 13 passes thrown in his direction. At the end of the day, he ended up with 89 yards through the air, and even tacked on twelve yards on the ground. This is the type of game that a player can build upon, look for Hill to continue to be an integral part of the Chiefs offense going forward.
TE Vance McDonald, San Francisco
For the second week in a row, McDonald has been involved in the 49ers offense, so he finds a spot as a solid pickup this week. He had four catches for 50 yards this week against the Cardinals, which came on the heels of a 3-catch, 84-yard performance against the Saints where he hit paydirt. Those struggling at the tight end position can look in the direction of McDonald as he is showing some consistency that fantasy owners can count on.
WR Eddie Royal, Chicago
While many have given up trying to figure out the ups and downs of Jay Cutler, what we do know now is that the suspension of Alshon Jeffery will create an opportunity for Royal to be more active for the Bears. We have him rated as a solid pickup, as we have a hard time trusting the Chicago passing game. He’s worth adding to see if Cutler can get his act together after a terrible game in Tampa.