We set aside our top category this week, nothing Smokin’ Hot to examine, but there is something for everyone in this week’s edition. We put two players in the spotlight, players that have emerged as solid fantasy contributors that can be used right away. As always, we dig down and find some players worth a fringe look off the radar, and an old friend gets a mention in our deepest category. These are the weeks where a player picked up can turn into gold in a few week’s time. It is always worth comparing the waiver wire offerings with what you have at the bottom of your roster. On to this week’s wonders!
RB Chris Thompson, Washington
The three-headed monster of the Redskins is starting to give way, with Thompson starting to pull away from the rest of the pack. Starter Matt Jones continues to have trouble holding onto the ball, giving the Redskins coaches more reason to play Thompson more and more. Against the Lions, he was good for 113 yards in total offense with seven of his touches coming by way of the pass. Look for the shift to continue with Thompson getting another 15 touches or so this week and in the future.
WR Russell Shepard, Tampa Bay
The loss of Vincent Jackson has created an opportunity in Tampa Bay that Shepard has taken a quick hold of. Against San Francisco, Shepard caught five passes for 71 yards, including one catch for a touchdown. Shepard is a little heard of name right now, but we see big production from him in the immediate and long term future. He is worth a look in all formats, and can be used as a starter while he is hot.
On the Radar
TE Jack Doyle, Indianapolis
We would have Doyle listed as a solid pickup, but his status as the starter in Dwayne Allen’s absence may be coming to a close. He hit the end zone for his second week in a row, this time catching nine passes for 78 yards against the Titans. Those having an immediate need at tight end can look to Doyle while hoping Allen will be out for another week or two.
WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota
Another player that has found the end zone for a second consecutive week is the Vikings young wideout Patterson. He has 16 catches in the last three games, include seven this past week against the Eagles. The yardage numbers are also up, 67 this week, up from 38 and 39 the previous two weeks. Sam Bradford has been spreading the ball around, and despite his struggles this past week, he has been looking in the direction of Patterson often.
RB Shaun Draughn, San Francisco
This is a bit of a reach here, but running backs that catch the ball frequently are worth a look for those in need. There are many vying for the ball in San Francisco in the absence of Carlos Hyde. Against the Bucs this week, Draughn caught five passes for 37 yards, including a score, he’s worth keeping an eye on if Hyde misses more time.