While there may have been problems in Houston, there are none here as the Waiver Wire Wonders continue to roll! Bill O’Brien finally fell on his own sword, removing the savagely bad Brock Osweiler in favor of Tom Savage, a move that sparked his team onto victory and brings back fantasy relevance to the Houston receivers. At the opposite end of decision making is Andy Reid, who called a timeout to ice Tennessee’s kicker before he attempted a 53-yard field goal at the end of the game. Ryan Succop missed the kick, but the timeout gave him another chance, where he connected to give the Titans a victory over the Chiefs. Tough business it is coaching in the NFL!
We have an abbreviated list this week, with the format once again being a single list from top to bottom. There is something at every position, including quarterback! Hopefully many of you are still fighting for your league championship, may all your lineup decisions be good ones. On to the wonders!
RB Bilal Powell, New York Jets
We listed Powell as one of the top pickups last week, and he did not disappoint. He ran over the Dolphins for 84 yards and caught eleven (11!) passes for another 78 yards. Even if Matt Forte returns, which is very much in doubt, Powell will be involved in the offense next week as the Jets travel to New England.
WR Tyler Lockett, Seattle
The Seahawks are souring on Jermaine Kearse, giving Lockett every opportunity to scoot past him on the depth chart. Last week against the Rams, Lockett caught seven passes for 130 yards, including one that went for a touchdown. That gives him 16 catches in the last three games, with over 230 yards in those three contests. He has been consistent, and now he is finding the end zone, Lockett is locked and loaded and ready to roll against any opponent down the stretch.
QB Matt Barkley, Chicago
With nothing to lose, the Bears have opened things up, with Barkley putting up 300 yards passing in two of the last four games. He has decent weapons in Cameron Meredith, Deonte Thompson, and the return of Alshon Jeffery, plus the active Jordan Howard out of the backfield. The Bears have a pass-friendly matchup this week, as they host Washington. Look for Barkley to have another game that will put him close to 300 yards passing once again.
RB Derrick Henry, Tennessee
The Titans have been working Henry onto the field, not exactly rotating him with DeMarco Murray, but enough that Henry has been touching the ball about ten times per game over the last three weeks. This week against the Chiefs, he found the end zone twice, registering 58 yards on nine carries. With a reeling Jaguars team on tap next week, both Murray and Henry are in line to post excellent fantasy stats.
TE Charles Clay, Buffalo
This past week against the Browns, Clay’s stats got a significant spike over his regular numbers. He lit up the Browns for 72 yards on seven catches, including one that got him into the end zone. That makes it two weeks in a row where he’s hit paydirt. And although we do not expect him to reach these numbers, he is a constant red zone threat.