Week 7 saw some injuries and a whole lot of underperformances. Whether you’re 7-0, 0-7 or anywhere in between DFF is here to help you. We’ll provide you with options for your Dynasty or Redraft leagues to get you through the various injuries and bye weeks. Don’t shy away from targeting these players in trades if they’re already owned in your league(s). And because man or woman can not survive on waiver wire content alone don’t forget to check out all of our other content to help you dominate your leagues. We have podcasts (I’m partial to the DynastyTradesHQ podcast), start/sits, IDP and even DFS content for your check out every week.
Just a note before we dive in. I’ll typically attack the Dynasty waiver wire adds while Mitch will skew towards redraft waiver wires.
Cody Kessler, Jacksonville Jaguars: Doug Marrone indicated that the benching of Blake Bortles on Sunday had as much to do with attempting to give the Jags a spark as Bortles two lost fumbles. Marrone can say whatever he likes, but this is two seasons in a row that Bortles has been benched. Kessler isn’t a great quarterback but if he can manage the game without turning the ball over he’ll get your Superflex team points as well as lead the Jags to some victories. If Kessler is named the starter this week he’ll have a nice matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles terrible secondary, who play even worse on the road, in London on Sunday.
Trenton Cannon, New York Jets: Kudos to my cohost of the DynastyTradesHQ podcast @DFF_Madman for bringing Cannon to my attention way back in August. Cannon was forced into an expanded role this week with Bilal Powell forced to leave Sunday’s game after injuring his neck. Neck injuries aren’t to be trifled with so I expect the Jets to be cautious with Powell. On Sunday Cannon excelled as the change of pace back to the tune of 69 yards on 4 receptions on 5 targets. Cannon also added 4 rushing yards on 2 attempts. Though a prolific running back during his time at D2 Virginia State, he’s undersized for the NFL but will fill in nicely as the receiving back if Powell is forced to miss time. As an added bonus Powell is an unrestricted free agent after this season so Cannon could play himself into a role for 2019.
If you’re looking for a bigger bodied option who also provides receiving chops then may I present to you, Elijah McGuire. The 5’10” McGuire averaged 220 rushing attempts over his final two seasons at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette while adding 2.5 receptions per game. McGuire started practicing last week and is eligible to return in Week 9. McGuire flashed a bit last year for the Jets with several fantasy relevant weeks. He finished as the RB8 in Week 4, the Rb30 in Week 10, and the Rb14 in Week 15.
Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers: Mostert wasn’t the starter this week but still touched the ball 13 times for 71 yards on Sunday. Matt Breida had to leave the game on multiple occasions due to his perpetually injured ankle and Mostert took advantage. At some point Breida is going to need to take a week off in order to recover and Mostert will be there to fill in.
TBD, New England: Keep an eye on the medical reports on Sony Michel. If Michel misses any time the Patriots are left with James White and Kenjon Barner at the running back position. Barner has never had more than 28 rushing attempts in a season so if Michel is out, I expect the Patriots to sign someone to the roster.
Mitch’s Thoughts: Also, with the trade deadline looming, the Patriots could dip into any one of the numerous running back options that are out there. It’s highly unlikely they’d be in on Le’Veon Bell. But players like Ty Montgomery, Spencer Ware, or C.J. Anderson could find their way to the Patriots for the right deal.
Chris Ivory/Marcus Murphy, Buffalo Bills: LeSean McCoy left Sunday’s game against the Colts early in the first quarter. McCoy sustained a probable concussion and also appeared to injure his leg. Filling in Ivory had 81 rushing yards on 16 carries and added another 25 yards on 3 receptions. Ivory is a plug and play whenever McCoy misses time. Murphy had 5 receptions on Sunday, so that’s good. Murphy had 17 yards receiving, so that’s bad. But McCoy has been injured seemingly all season and has been trade fodder for weeks so Murphy might be a backup running back in the NFL shortly. Add him if you have the roster space.
Chris Herndon, New York Jets: Sunday saw Herndon score a touchdown for his second week in a row. Herndon had 4 receptions for 42 yards and was second on the Jets with 7 targets Sunday. It should be noted that the Jets were mauled in the 4th quarter, giving up 17 points, and had to throw a ton since they were in catch up mode. Entering Sunday, the Jets averaged 28.9 pass attempts per game but were forced to put it up 42 times this week. Herndon’s 7 targets on Sunday also nearly matched his total targets for the season (8), entering Sunday, so this might be a bit of fools gold.
With those disclaimers out of the way…The Jets are missing Quincy Enunwa for a few more weeks and need someone to absorb some of his targets. Jermaine Kearse seemed to be the perfect candidate for the Enunwa fill in but threw out a donut on Sunday on two targets. You don’t need me to tell you the horror that is the tight end position, so anyone with a pulse that is seeing targets is a viable option. Herndon has three more weeks until the Jets bye to continue to build a rapport with Sam Darnold and continue to be a viable streaming option.
NFL Trade Deadline Targets:
Amari Cooper has been linked heavily to the Dallas Cowboys in trade talks all week and maybe just maybe can escape the coach by numbers duo of Jon Gruden and Greg Olson in Oakland. The timing could not be any better if this comes to fruition. After an awful start to the season, Dak Prescott looks like a new man these last two weeks. It’s common knowledge that Prescott and Dez Bryant weren’t exactly buddies but at least Prescott targeted Bryant on a weekly basis.
If Cooper could see 7.83 targets per game, I’d be over the moon. But it’s not just the 5.3 targets per game that Cooper averages that’s of concern. It’s also the lack of consistent targets. As noted by the devilishly handsome @DFF_Shane, a majority of Cooper’s targets have come in just two games. The frustration with Cooper in fantasy is palpable and now might be the time to buy low.
Excluding last Sunday when he was literally knocked out of the game early, Amari Cooper has 31 targets in 5 other games this year.
70.96% (22) of those targets came in weeks 2 and 4. That's two games. Nearly 71% of his targets have come in 2 freaking games. #FreeAmari
— ShaneSays (@DFF_Shane) October 21, 2018
DeVante Parker again was a healthy inactive this week. That led to his agent to opine:
“Parker is not only healthy but wants to help this team win, and the only real question that should be asked is how does coach Gase justify his own incompetence.”
This is a marriage quickly headed for divorce. Parker has been linked to the Eagles among other teams. If Parker ends up in Philadelphia for the first time in his professional career he’ll be tethered to an elite quarterback and competent NFL coach. For all of his well-documented struggles, Parker is still a physical freak who just two seasons ago had 744 receiving yards and looked to be on the ascent. There’s no harm in seeing if a rookie 3rd round pick can snag Parker.
I seriously don’t know how many times I’ve said the name Jalen Richard over the past 3 seasons. Especially in the same sentence as the words “sleeper” and “underrated”. If by some small miracle, John Gruden realizes the incredible talent he has in Richard, then he’ll be able to produce fantasy points in almost all game situations. Richard is like a water bug in the open field, dancing around defenders and churning up yards. He has already shown some incredible prowess in a pass-catching role this year. But with no Marshawn Lynch in front of him and only a mediocre Doug Martin to compete with, Richard might be the best waiver add of the year at RB.
If Cole Beasley is still available in your league (27% owned on Yahoo), now might be the time to get him. He has now seen 19 targets over the past two games and has managed 157 yards and 2 TDs in that span. If the Cowboys can’t pull the trigger on a deal to bring in a WR, Beasley will remain a large part of this offense.
Tajae Sharpe had a fantastic game on Sunday, hauling in 7 catches for 101 yards. He is still the WR2 in Tennessee, but in name only, as Corey Davis just keeps on sputtering. The Titans are heading into a bye week, but Sharpe might be worth a hold through the bye.
This is a deeper dive, but with the trade deadline looming Courtland Sutton could suddenly find himself as the #2 or even #1 receiver in Denver. The Broncos are rumored to be shopping both Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. If they can get a deal done for either or both receivers, Sutton would find himself as a strong target-hog.
Danny Amendola may find some fantasy relevance in week 8 with Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills banged up and Devante Parker embroiled in a dispute with the coaching staff. He’s definitely worth a low waiver claim as a short-term FLEX option.
Benjamin Watson has vaccumed in all of his past 10 targets, and has been a reliable option for Brees. He’ll likely be an up-and-down player ROS, but he’s worth a roster spot if you’re TE-needy.