Here’s a weekly reminder that byes are at hand! The teams you’re losing players from are: the Ravens, Broncos, Texans and Vikings. You’re not losing a whole lot of firepower, but there are still significant names not playing this week.
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Due to our scheduled releases, this will be completed before the Monday night games as well as before I’ve had time to digest every game in depth. So with that being said, stay tuned to my tweets @THEffVigilante throughout the week for more gems later on in the week.
ESPN Own %: 9.4
Yahoo Own%: 14
He managed 9 fantasy points which is at least flex worthy and was third in targets on the day for the Jets. His usage was promising and it seemingly put Cannon’s usage to bed. He went for 7-30 on the ground and 3-37 through the air giving him the most yardage from scrimmage on the team. They play Buffalo who has been one of the all over doormats of the league this season so he should be able to manage the same kind of production. From what I can see he will absolutely be able to replicate what Powell did with the talent to do more.
ESPN Own %: 17.3
Yahoo Own%: 8
This is one of those guys that I believe will out it together. He’s dealing with drops and breaking 50+ yards yes, but he’s open for more opportunity (sometimes that’s all that matters) with Paul Richardson on IR. So, even if he’s only catching 53% of targets, the more targets the more chances he has to catch a little over 50% of them. If you need a flex against a terrible team defensively in the Tampa Bay Bucs, he’s one of your guys.
ESPN Own %: 0.1
Yahoo Own%: 0
If Doctson is one guy you want against a bad defense, “Mo” Harris is the other guy you want. He was terrific for team free agency in both standard and PPR with him catching 10 of 12 targets for 124 yards. I’m not expecting that kind of game again, but with Richardson out for the season, his opportunity share has to go somewhere. This is a boom bust in normal sized leagues and a decent flex in deeper leagues.
ESPN Own %: 2.9
Yahoo Own%: 4
The last beneficiary of all the injuries in Washington is this guy. With the TE position being the barren wasteland it is, he’s worth a pickup if you’re absolutely just hurting for a fill in. He’s always been dependable as a backup to the oft-injured Jordan Reed.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling (MVS)
ESPN Own %: 20.7
Yahoo Own%: 39
A receiver I really liked coming out due to his combine, MVS has really worked his way into relevancy on the Packers. They drafted 2 other WRs in the draft and he has stepped out ahead of both of them. With Geronimo teetering on season ending surgery or multi-week absences, MVS gets a big boost and has proved reliable. With Aaron Rodgers as the QB, there’s no doubt that his ceiling will remain higher than most. I imagine the own % will be out of reach after waivers run this week.
ESPN Own %: 17
Yahoo Own%: 28
Another re-occurring waiver darling of mine, Smith is definitely the #2 behind Thomas and has looked good. The only issue is with the lack of targets and even with those, he’s managed to make something out of it. The road only gets easier and maybe he’ll see more targets against softer secondaries in the coming weeks. Outside of Dallas and Carolina, the rest of the season he matches up against bottom the bottom 6 defenses as of now in CIN, PHI, ATL, TB and PIT.
ESPN Own %: 26
Yahoo Own%: 34
Even though he has very erratic QB play, Dede is the receiver to own in JAX and with him being on bye, he’s a candidate of being dropped and forgotten. He’s been outplaying Keelan and has played himself into more snaps alongside Moncrief. Go get him.`
ESPN Own %: 49
Yahoo Own%: 48
I can’t believe this name is on my article and yet here we are. I get it, the recent regime was under using someone they just paid a decent chunk of change to be their pass catching back supreme. For the moment, it seems as though the new OC (which happens to be the ex-RB coach) is doing the right thing for Duke and Chubb. They have plenty of time to prove it with a favorable end of season schedule vs teams like ATL, CIN x2 and DEN.
ESPN Own %: 33
Yahoo Own%: 23
I would definitely kick the tires on this old chap with A.J. Green set to miss time, Gio stands to see enough passing work to remain flex worthy in a pinch. Yes, I know that Mixon also has great pass catching chops, but I still believe Gio gets enough work to be a small band-aid for your rosters.
ESPN Own %: 49
Yahoo Own%: 43
The dink and dunk champion is on the waiver wire and faces TB and their banged up defense. I’d really implore anyone to play your players against KC, ATL and TB, they’ll more than likely have a serviceable week.
As always, I beg of you, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for add/drop transactions. Someone always drops valuable players during the waivers. Bye weeks are actively wrecking some teams that have multiple players on the same bye, valuable players will become available in the coming weeks. You set yourself up in the draft, you win through waivers! Go get your #waiverxmas on and come home with a #Top2TypeVictory!