Saturday - Aug 17, 2019

Home / Waivers / WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 17

WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 17

Short serving of wonders this week, hope everyone gets to spend some quality time with your family and friends this weekend and upcoming week! We will be back next week with the annual “All Wonders Team”, and we’ll also take a look back and see what drat strategies works and what did not this past year. Something not to be missed! On to this week’s wonders..

Smokin’ Hot

RB C.J. Anderson, Rams

Very rare is the opportunity this late in the season to grab a player that is going to be one of the top fantasy scorers of the week, so we bring back our highest category for the last story of the season. Woe to have been the Todd Gurley owner who tried to do the right thing by grabbing his backup Malcolm Brown in case something happened, only to see him get injured in practice and the Rams not bother to replace him. Signed as “insurance” on Tuesday, as the days went by it became clear that Anderson was going to be in line to start against the dreadful Cardinal defense. The Rams did the right thing and rested their prize starter in a game they would not need him to win. Anderson ran wild, tallying 167 yards on the ground while also finding the endzone. The Rams would be wise to also hold Gurley out against San Francisco this week, giving Anderson the opportunity to start in what will be another favorable matchup for the Rams running back.

Solid Pickups

QB Nick Foles, Philadelphia

The Eagles have to stick with Foles, right? All he’s done for them is win them a Superbowl (while winning the game MVP no less) and now he’s got them back into a position where they have a chance to sneak back into the playoffs. Many will argue that Foles should be the starter next year and Philadelphia should move on from the oft injured Carson Wentz. That is a discussion for another day, but for today, when a guy throws for 471 yards and four touchdowns against the Texans, he deserves to have another go in the season finale against the Redskins.

QB Sam Darnold, Jets

The rookie has improved by leaps and bounds down the stretch, and he has made the Jets passing game a viable option to fantasy owners. In a wild game against the Packers, Darnold had the Jets in a position to win the game as he threw for 341 yards in the loss. More importantly, he is minimizing mistakes, not throwing an interception while tossing three passes for touchdowns. The Jets passing game will be in New England to close out the season, where he will have a chance to once against showcase his wares against a soft Patriots defense.

On the Radar

WR Ted Ginn Jr., New Orleans

Back from injury, Ginn was back as a starter for the Saints and had a strong day against the Steelers. Brees looked his way early and often, as he finished the day with five catches good for 74 yards. Though the Saints do not have anything to play for this week, look for Ginn to see some action and he continues to get back into game shape.

WR Chester Rogers, Indianapolis

The Colts are on the rise, and playing from behind this past week and also without tight end Eric Ebron, everyone in the Indianapolis passing game had a strong day. We highlight Rogers here, as he put in a second good week catching the ball. Backing up a five catch performance that saw him net 36 yards against the Texans, Rogers hauled in seven passes good for 54 yards this week against the Giants. He also scored a touchdown in the game. The Colts will need the passing game again this week if they are to punch their ticket into the playoffs, look for Rogers to be involved again.

Deep and/or Dynasty Only

WR Rashard Higgins, Cleveland

After missing most of the season with a knee injury, his return to fantasy relevance has been extremely slow since coming back in week nine. He showed some life this past week against Cincinnati, catching six passes good for 60 yards and a touchdown. Those in dynasty leagues with some room can add him to the back of their roster to see if he can carry this production over into next season.

About Doug Coutts

Doug has been with Fantasysharks.com since the very beginning. He is a Senior Fantasy Football Staff Writer and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Way back when, there was the Dynasty Den, Just Thinking Out Loud, and the Weekly Wrap-up. Along the way were television appearances on the local cable affiliate, and various other contributions. His weekly "Waiver Wire Wonders" column appears on Tuesdays.