The fantasy football season is fleeting. With the playoffs a mere six weeks away, some owners may be looking ahead to their team’s Week 14 matchups. Others are doing everything they can to qualify for the big dance. No matter where your team stands, the waiver wire will remain your best friend throughout the rest of the season—especially once trade deadlines come and go. Those is deeper leagues know the waivers are slim, so I focus on deep league waiver wire adds to help you replace injuries, byes, and busts.
In this week’s edition of #GoingDeep, we’ll take a look at 4 widely available players who you should consider scooping off your league’s waiver wire as we enter the home stretch of the fantasy season. You know the drill. Grab your shovels, ladies and gentlemen. Because it’s time to dig deep!
Trenton Cannon—New York Jets
In the very first edition of #GoingDeep, I noted that Jets RB Trent Cannon would make for a nice speculative add in the event of an injury to either Isaiah Crowell or Bilal Powell. Flash forward to Week 7, and Cannon’s opportunity may have finally arrived. During Sunday’s loss to the Vikings, Crowell completely underwhelmed with 11 carries for just 29 yards, and he’s also reportedly dealing with a foot injury. Meanwhile, Bilal Powell suffered a neck injury of his own towards the end of the game, and there’s been no updates on his status. Enter Cannon.
Cannon actually finished the afternoon as the Jets’ leading receiver, hauling in 4 passes for 69 yards. While you certainly shouldn’t break the bank for his services, he’s worth a look. If either Crowell or Powell end up missing time, Cannon could become an interesting FLEX play in the weeks ahead.
Kenjon Barner—New England Patriots
Barner is another RB whose opportunity comes at the cost of someone else’s misfortune. Despite escaping a serious knee injury, NE Patriots RB Sony Michel figures to at least miss Week 8’s Monday Night Football matchup against the Buffalo Bills. That leaves Barner and James White as the only two healthy backs on New England’s roster.
While White has been enjoying a career year, he’s simply not built to carry the backfield load on his own. That could open the door for Barner to play significant snaps as long as Michel remains on the sidelines. With the Patriots on BYE in Week 11, it’s easy to see a scenario where Michel is held out until Week 12 to ensure that he’s healthy for yet another Patriots playoff run. If that ends up being the case, Barner could be a difference maker over the next month.
Torrey Smith—Carolina Panthers
Smith got off to a cold start this season with just 7 receptions across Carolina’s first 4 games. But lately, he’s been a focal point of the offense, and one of QB Cam Newton’s favorite targets. Over the last two games, Smith has converted 11 targets into 9 receptions, 104 yards and a TD. In Week 7, he saved the game for Carolina when he hauled in a 4th down conversion from Newton during a drive that ended with a go-ahead Greg Olsen TD.
This week, Smith will play the second of back-to-back “revenge” games when the Panthers host the Ravens. I don’t like to read too far into revenge game narratives, but Smith makes for an interesting option nonetheless. With Cam Newton once again playing MVP-caliber football, the rest of Carolina’s offense should benefit. Consider Smith in 14+ team leagues, and let’s see if he can can continue to build on the momentum of these past two games.
Ed Dickson—Seattle Seahawks
TE Ed Dickson was signed to fill much of the void created by Jimmy Graham’s departure to Green Bay. Instead, he landed on the Non-Football Injury (NFI) list with a quad injury. But now, he’s back. In Dickson, QB Russell Wilson adds a weapon to his offensive repertoire that could pay immediate dividends against the Lions this Sunday. And looking ahead, the Seahawks figure to be in their fair share of shootouts throughout the remainder of the season. The “Legion of Boom” is no more. And Seattle seemed to be finding its offensive identity before the BYE. If you’re hurting at TE (which, let’s be real, most of us are), Dickson is well worth an add in 12+ team leagues.
That’ll do it for this week’s edition of #GoingDeep. Whether you loved or hated this article, I’m always down to talk fantasy football on Twitter @phclapp. Thanks for reading!