The NFL season rolls on! The waiver wire once again looks a little light this week, but depth will be severely tested both this upcoming week and the next. To go along with a game in London, there are six teams sitting out on a bye. Another six teams will take the following week off, so get on out there right now and bulk up. A heavy dose of wide receivers to talk about this week, on to this week’s wonders.
WR Kenny Stills, Miami
With some new blood behind center, the Miami passing game is ready for a rebirth. Coming off a week where he caught a touchdown against Atlanta, he lit up the New York Jets for 85 yards to go along with two more scores. Stills has taken advantage of DeVante Parker’s absence, and with Matt Moore now throwing the ball, look for Stills to continue to be heavily involved in the Miami offense.
WR Ted Ginn, New Orleans
Most fantasy owners had tossed Ginn aside. In four games he caught only 11 passes. He has turned things around, and over the past two games he has doubled his catch total. This past week against Green Bay he hauled in seven throws good for 141 yards. Check your waiver wire and if Ginn is out there. Grab him to cover these next two weeks where so many teams are out on a bye.
WR Marqise Lee, Jacksonville
Another receiver who has put together a nice two game stretch is Marqise Lee. Prior to this week’s game, he was good for five catches and 83 yards against the Los Angeles Rams. This week he continued to be active and hauled in four passes for 72 yards. On a week where there are not any marquee names on waivers, Lee is a solid pickup this week.
On the Radar
TE Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati
There is a lot to be said for consistent week-to-week performances. Those looking to cover their top tight end on a bye week these next couple of weeks would be wise to look in the direction of Tyler Kroft. Against Pittsburgh this past week he caught four passes for 23 yards, including one for a score. The two prior weeks, he hauled in four passes and six passes respectively, so he has become a favorite target of Andy Dalton. Look for these moderate numbers to continue, with a high upside as a red zone threat.
WR Josh Doctson, Washington
After finding the endzone with his only catch last week, Washington is following up on its promise to get him more involved in the offense. He has been targeted several times against Philadelphia on Monday night, so he is a receiver who we will put on the radar with so many teams on the bye this week and next.
QB Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis
Carson Palmer is the latest quarterback to succumb to injury, so we look in the direction of the Indianapolis signal caller as an on the radar selection. The touchdown throws have been few and far between, but Brissett has thrown for 200, 212 and 314 yards in the last three games. He is a threat to run, averaging 20 yards on the ground during those three games. Andrew Luck is not going to be back any time soon, if at all, making Brissett a viable fantasy backup.
RB T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville
We would have Yeldon higher on this week’s list, but Jacksonville is on bye this upcoming week. That will be enough time for Leonard Fournette to return to the lineup. He looked better than Chris Ivory on Sunday against Indianapolis, so it would not surprise us to see him move up a notch on the depth chart to become the primary backup to the rookie. He’s worth a speculative add and hold.
TE O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay
Normally a tight end catching six passes for 98 yards, where two of them go for touchdowns, that would be enough to get into the weekly story in the top category. This was the first week all season that Tampa Bay looked in Howard’s direction as a pass catcher, as is evidenced by him having caught five passes total over their previous five games. For now, we will drop Howard onto the radar to see if Tampa Bay will continue to call his number.