This week is looking quite bleak on the waiver wire. If you missed out on what limited talent was available Wednesday, I am not sure if there is too much for you to grab and stream this weekend. My biggest piece of advice is to see who other people dropped. There could be a hidden gem and a much more talented player than I have listed. However, these are my top post-Wednesday waiver wire pickups of the week!
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@ Atlanta Falcons
Teddy is being blessed with one of the ultimate matchups for an offense, the Atlanta Falcons. Not only do the Falcons have one of the worst secondaries in the league, but they also have tons of injuries to said secondary. Atlanta has given up the most passing yards and passing touchdowns, with a somewhat healthy secondary. If you thought that the starters were bad, then just wait until you see the practice squad players taking their place.
Meanwhile, Teddy Bridgewater has been pretty fantastic for the Panthers. He has done a great job of running Matt Rhule’s offense and has developed a great connection with his trio of talented WRs. Bridgewater is one of the best plays on the week, and he is most likely sitting on your waivers as we speak. He will not only pass all over the Falcons but has rushing potential. Go get Teddy.
@ Seattle Seahawks
Kirk Cousins has the second-best matchup for a QB next to the Falcons, in the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle’s defense is second in passing yards allowed; however, they have given up far fewer passing touchdowns at only 6. Regardless, with the way that Russell Wilson and that offense are playing, they are going to force Kirk Cousins to pass the ball a ton this game. With breakout rookie Justin Jefferson and star WR Adam Thielen leading the way, I have Kirk finishing as a QB1 this week. He is another player that should be sitting on your waivers right now in single QB leagues.
@ New England Patriots
Tim Patrick has emerged as the Courtland Sutton replacement in Denver. If Drew Lock is back, that could mean a WR2/3 performance out of Patrick, even against the Patriots. New England will be without their best CB, in Stephon Gillmore. This gives Patrick an opportunity to really break out against a good defense, without having to go up against a lockdown corner. While I do not love the play this week, it is by far the most promising on the waivers right now. Plus Patrick has the upside of being a multi-week play and not just a streamer.
Hunter Renfrow is probably a bit more rostered but has a real possibility of being on the waivers. Whenever a team goes against the Chiefs, they are going to have to put up points, and this Raiders/Chiefs matchup is no different. With Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards still banged up, Carr is going to have to rely even more on Hunter Renfrow, his shifty slot wide receiver. You could do a lot worse than Renfrow on the week and I have him at the back of the WR3 range. He does have TD upside and seemingly has a knack for finding the endzone. Renfrow will get targets this game and is unlikely to lose you the week; however, he has a limited ceiling.
Vs Denver Broncos
Damien Harris is not only a great streamer but a great multi-week option for fantasy players dealing with injuries. With Sony Michel heading to the IR, Harris becomes the lead rushing RB for the Patriots. While this matchup could be better, Harris will still be heavily leaned on with Cam Newton most likely still out. It is also important to note that in camp, Harris got rave reviews for his pass-catching ability. While we did not see that last week, I expect it to be a big part of his game going forward. An RB3 that could easily sneak into solid RB2 territory, go snatch him up if he is available.
Vs Minnesota Vikings
An extremely deep league play here, Travis Homer is only viable if Carlos Hyde is still out. However, with the injury, Travis Homer has stepped into the role as backup RB very well. He is a talented runner and pass catcher who knows the system. I believe that he can patch up your last RB spot in super deep leagues without a problem. The Vikings have been terrible in every facet of defense, so the matchup does not scare me one bit. The hope is that his touches and snap count goes up this week with Hyde still out.
@ Atlanta Falcons
The perfect example of the ideal streaming option: low percent rostered, perfect matchup, and rising opportunity. We already talked about how Teddy Bridgewater is one of the best QB plays on the week. Now shifting the focus to his #1 TE, we may have another waiver wire gem to stream. The Falcons do not defend anything well in the air including TEs, ranked 32nd against the position. Ian Thomas saw much more work last week against the Cardinals with 5 targets and a score. I project that to be around the workload that we can expect for Thomas going forward. In a plus matchup, I am willing to start him in deeper leagues.
Vs Jacksonville Jaguars
This is another play that will count on opportunity based on another injury. If Jordan Akins is indeed out for Houston’s game against Jacksonville, then I am 100% streaming Darren Fells. Currently, Fells and Akins are basically splitting TE duties. However, due to Akins’ injury midway through the game Sunday, Fells was able to get an 80% snap count percentage. Jacksonville has given up the 8th most points to the TE and Watson will look for Fells a ton in this game. I expect a 5-6 target range with huge TD upside. Another great TE streaming candidate.
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