In this weekly article Michael Stephenson (@DFF_Mste) and Andrew Mendoza (@DFF_LeGrand) focus on identifying players who are owned in less than 50% of redraft leagues, which are going to help your team win this week and every week to come! We will identify the guys you should be able to plug into your starting lineup without hesitation, as well as some bench stashes who could become starters in the coming weeks.
The Waiver Wire is thin this week, but with 6 teams on a bye, many teams will need to someone to plug in for a week.
There will be no recommended FAAB spends in this article as those decisions always depend on your team’s needs.
These guys have a chance to contend for your starting lineup this week
Courtland Sutton, WR, DEN
Ownership: ESPN 10%, Yahoo 12%
Week 9 vs HOU, Week 10 BYE
With the trade of Demaryius Thomas, Sutton is thrust into the WR2 role in a Broncos offense which has passed the ball the 13 most times in the NFL. Prior to the trade, Sutton has averaged over 4 targets per game, Thomas is vacating an average of 7 targets per game, this will undoubtedly lead to a bump in usage for Sutton. Sutton has not exactly been fantasy relevant so far, but he has hit 8+ points in 5 straight weeks, with his first double-digit game this past week. He is this week’s only real must-add player. – MS
Ownership: ESPN 15%, Yahoo 26%
Week 9 @CAR, Week 10 vs WAS
The only thing Ryan Fitzpatrick knows how to do is throw bombs, he managed to throw for 194 yards and 2 TDs in a little over a quarter after replacing Jameis Winston this past week. You know what you’re getting from Fitz, and that’s 30+ passes, 300 yards and multiple touchdowns per game. There are no other quarterbacks with his ceiling to get you through the bye heavy weeks. – MS
Jack Doyle, TE, IND
Ownership: ESPN 32 %, Yahoo % 25
Week 9 vs BYE, Week 10 vs JAX
Continuing our trend of trying to strike it rich in the bleak minefield that is the tight end position, this week we may have finally struck it rich with Colts pass catcher Jack Doyle. After spending nearly the entire first half of the season sidelined with a hip injury, Doyle finally saw action in week 8 against the Raiders, leading the team in receiving yards and tied for the lead in team targets, pulling in 6 of 7 for 70 yards and a TD. While there might be some concern over time shared with Eric Ebron, in his first game back, Doyle dominated the timeshare by playing 73% of snaps compared to Ebron’s 22%. In addition, during his time as one of Andrew Luck’s prefered targets, Ebron saw a 19.56% target share, highest on the team. With Doyle playing the majority of snaps formerly occupied by Ebron, Doyle should expect plenty of attention from Luck and is a must add player worth watching in the coming weeks. – AM
David Moore, WR, SEA
Ownership: ESPN 3%, Yahoo 3%
Week 9 LAC, Week 10 @ LAR
In week 8 matchup that saw the Seahawks jump out early against the Detroit Lions, David Moore once again exceeded expectations and let the team in targets and receiving yards, bringing in 4 of 4 for 97 yards and a TD. While 4 targets don’t elicit an overwhelmingly exciting response, over his last 3 games, Moore has racked up 182 yards and 4 TDs on 9 catches. In addition, on the year Moore has an impressive catch rate of 79%, far higher than any other pass catcher with at least 7 targets on the season. Moore is definitely a player who warrants consideration, although close monitoring is advised before placing him into your starting lineup. Should the trend continue into next week, snag Moore and keep him in line for flex consideration. – AM
Worth a shot
If these guys don’t go into your lineup this week, they have a chance to work their way in very soon.
Ed Dickson, TE, SEA
Ownership: ESPN 1%, Yahoo 1%
Week 9 vs LAC, Week 10 @LAR
The TE position in Seattle has long been good for fantasy football, and Russell Wilson may have eventually found his Jimmy Graham replacement in Ed Dickson. In his first game of the season, Dickson caught both of his targets for 54 yards and a Touchdown, with a barron TE landscape this is one to monitor, and worth a stash considering the early season success of Will Dissly – MS
Ownership: ESPN 3%, Yahoo 6%
Week 9 @ NE, Week 10 vs MIA
Much to the same tune of the aforementioned David Moore, in his last 4 games, Marquez Valdes-Scantling has made good use of his time spent in the starting line up in Green Bay, racking up 216 yards and 2 TDs on 22 targets in the absence of Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison. To the surprise of many fantasy owners, even with the return of Cobb and Allison in week 8, Valdes-Scantling continued to make his presence felt against the ever-tough Rams defense, hauling in 2 catches on 5 targets for 45 yards and a TD. While it remains to be seen if the addition of Cobb and Allison will impact Valdes-Scantling moving forward, to this point he has shown rapport and chemistry with Aaron Rodgers that will help you feel confident in snagging a piece of the Green Bay passing game. – AM