Happy post-Turkey Day to all! What a great weekend it was, with exciting games being spread out over five glorious days. Just when you thought there would only be scraps left on the carcass that is the waiver wire, we have a full listing of players that is sure to satisfy every team’s appetite! We are so excited about these leftovers that we have brought back our highest category as we see two players in particular that will have an immediate fantasy impact. Behind those two, we have several solid pickups that are worth a look in all formats. Though this week’s list is top heavy at the wide receiver position, we dig deep for a couple of runners and tight ends to help out those in need at those positions. Pass the stuffing, heap on an extra helping of turkey, and be generous with the gravy – there is something for everyone this week!
WR Taylor Gabriel, Atlanta
There has been some argument as to Gabriel being the fastest player in the NFL, but what is not up for argument is seeing his fantasy value skyrocket. After scoring on a 76-yard pass and catch against the Eagles two weeks ago, the Falcons made it a point to get him the ball more this past week against the Cardinals. He was electric each time he touched the ball, which twice included Matt Ryan throwing him a screen pass and watching Gabriel weave down the field into the end zone. He ended the day with those two touchdowns, 75 yards through the air on four catches, plus another 27 yards on one carry. Look for the Falcons to continue to feed Gabriel, making him one of the top free agent adds this week and a player that will have an immediate fantasy impact.
WR Malcolm Mitchell, New England
Another player who is also seeing his fantasy value take a steep upward slope is rookie Malcolm Mitchell. We had him in last week’s story, dropping him on the radar after a four-catch performance that included a touchdown and a yardage total just shy of the century mark. This week against the Jets, he was once again very busy, collecting five catches where two of them went for scores. He narrowly missed another, as Tom Brady clearly has him well within his circle of trust. With Rob Gronkowski spending more time out of the lineup than in, that opens things up for Mitchell to continue to be a favorite touchdown target for the Patriots. Like Gabriel in Atlanta, Mitchell is a player that can be picked up off waivers and inserted directly into a fantasy starting lineup.
WR Sammy Watkins, Buffalo
When word came out late last week that Watkins was going to be active against the Jaguars, many were skeptical as to how effective he would be after such a long layoff. He was on the field for nearly half the Bills’ offensive plays, converting that playing time into three catches for 80 yards. He made it through the game without any setbacks, so we see him as being more active in the weeks to come. He is worth adding in all formats and can even be used in a pinch to fill in as a spot starter.
WR Tyreek Hill, Kansas City
The Chiefs have found a go-to receiver with Jeremy Maclin on the sideline, a player that has now submitted three solid weeks of fantasy production. Last week in Denver, Hill hauled in nine passes for 52 yards, with one of those getting him into the end zone. He also scored on a three-yard run, and completed the hat trick by returning a kick 86 yards for another score. With little else for skilled players outside of Travis Kelce, Hill will continue to be active in the Chiefs offense.
RB Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia
We listed Smallwood in this space last week as a solid pickup, and he is having an active night on Monday night football as this piece goes to press. He is a capable fill-in for Ryan Mathews, and the Eagles have him as their running back with Darren Sproles handling the pass-catching downs. He is still owned in just over half the online leagues, making him worth grabbing in all formats.