The big wide receiver news of the week came when it was revealed that Antonio Brown has been living with his new quarterback, Tom Brady, in Tampa Bay. The 32 year old is currently facing an eight game suspension that expires after the Buccaneers’ Monday Night Football matchup against the Giants, and is reportedly ready to play next week. Since he is already rostered in the majority of leagues (79%), I figured it was not worth the fantasy analysis but was worth mentioning.
The fantasy week for receivers went by largely as expected. Davante Adams had another monster week, Tyreek Hill scored two touchdowns in four catches, and not a single Cowboy receiver surpassed 60 receiving yards. But that’s all not to say questions remained unanswered about smaller name receivers.
If your team was part of the Odell Beckham Jr. tragedy, your players have been underperforming, or the bye weeks are coming at inconvenient times, these players are worth taking a look for in the waiver wire:
Philadelphia Eagles | 14% rostered
Jalen Reagor got his first NFL touchdown on Sunday after being out with a thumb injury since week 2. As a Giants fan, I am instinctively against an Eagle performing well, but by scoring against the Cowboys he redeemed himself. Fair questions arose around Reagor’s fantasy value when he tallied just one reception for 55 yards week 1, and four receptions for 41 yards week 2. Reagor answered this week with a respectable performance.
Between his three games, Reagor has consistently earned at least four targets, and scored no less than 6.5 fantasy points in PPR. He is certainly not a league winner, but a fair flex option in most leagues. If your team’s struggling by the inconsistent nature of receivers, have a look for this rookie.
Tennessee Titans | 37% rostered
Hurry up and place a waiver wire order for Corey Davis before Tuesday. If you’re first or second in the waiver order, this move could save your season. Davis is coming off a huge game of 8 receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown, but his performance only crystallized a trend in his games; he is having a great season. Despite missing two weeks due to coronavirus, he leads the Titans in receiving yards, receptions, and targets.
Even though Davis is now averaging 16.78 fantasy points per game (PPR), he has been largely consistent. His worst performance still netted 11.9 fantasy points week 3 at Minnesota. Maybe most importantly, Davis is seeing absurd amounts of targets. Davis has now gone back-to-back games with 10 passes from Ryan Tannehill. There is no reason he should be on the bench, let alone waiver wire, of most leagues. I rank him as a strong flex with WR2 upside.
Carolina Panthers | 37% rostered
Curtis Samuel had an unconventional yet rewarding game on Thursday against the Falcons. I guess when your quarterback wears a glove on each hand, the team’s mantra is unconventional. On a first and 10 on the Atlanta 12 yard line, Samuel took a handoff and punched through a hole for an impressive rushing touchdown. Even though Samuel is averaging close to three rushing attempts per game this season, it is improbable he will find the endzone again on the ground with how well Mike Davis has stepped up for injured Christian McCaffery.
Samuel is still, however, a worthy waiver wire pick up. In addition to his rushing score, he found the endzone on another unorthodox play when Davis tossed the football back to Teddy Bridgewater for a flea flicker. While it’s unlikely Samuel will score in either of these fashions again this season, it is clear that offensive coordinator Joe Brady wants to keep the young receiver involved however he can. Think about making room on your bench for when you need a solid player to jump in at flex.
Chicago Bears | 4% rostered
Darnell Mooney had been having a somewhat uneventful rookie season until Sunday’s matchup against the Saints. He brought in a crucial fourth quarter touchdown catch that kept the Bears in a close game. While Allen Robsinon will own the most volume on the Bears’ offense, Mooney has been quietly racking up 2+ receptions each game and plenty of targets to be fantasy relevant.
Mooney is definitely not a week-to-week fantasy starter, but he can fill holes when needed throughout your regular season. With Nick Foles revitalizing what was a struggling offense, look for Mooney’s momentum to continue on to next week with a road game against Tennessee. I give him a low-tier flex ranking with some upside.
Las Vegas Raiders | 15% rostered
In what was an otherwise boring affair, Hunter Renfrow had a nice catch in the fourth quarter for the game’s only touchdown. Renfrow now has two touchdown catches on the season, alongside 25 receptions. The second year receiver is not putting up videogame numbers, but he is producing enough points to be viable at the flex when needed.
The Las Vegas Raiders head to Los Angeles next to take on the Chargers next weekend, giving Renfrow a chance to score major points. Entering Week 8, the Chargers rank 22nd against the pass in yardage and touchdowns allowed. If there were a time to give Renfrow a start in fantasy, it is this Sunday. Consider him a reach flex.
Detroit Lions | 4% rostered
Danny Amendola has been a quiet yet reliable wide receiver for most of his career. Entering his twelfth season, he was not a headline maker by any measure. There was hope for fantasy potential this year, however, after an week 1 performance only to quickly fall to disappointing numbers. Now the veteran has put together slightly better performances in back-to-back games, forcing himself back in the waiver wire pick up conversations.
While Amendola is not putting up huge statlines so far, he is receiving plenty of targets. In 5 out 7 games this year, he has gotten at least 4 targets from Matthew Stafford. With a quarterback good enough to make any 2 minute drill a touchdown, Amendola is a fair reach in the waiver wire. If your team is struggling in a deep league, look to Danny Amendola for resolve. I place Amendola in the low-tier flex ranking with fair upside.
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