If you didn’t grab one of this week’s popular waiver wire players it’s okay. There are still plenty of intriguing pickups after the dust settles.
All players listed are under 40 percent owned in Yahoo and ESPN leagues
Colin Kaepernick, Quarterback, San Fransisco 49ers (Yahoo – 40 percent owned, ESPN – 35.4 percent owned)
Kaepernick has quietly become a viable week-t0-week QB1. It appears as though head coach Chip Kelly’s scheme is fitting him well.
Colin has managed to score more than 19 points in his last four games. He scorched the Dolphins to the tune of 296 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. He also managed to run for 113 yards on just 10 attempts.
The Niners will most likely be playing from behind in most games which makes Kaepernick a surprisingly safe starter in fantasy.
Ameer Abdullah, Running Back, Detroit Lions (Yahoo – 10 percent owned, ESPN – 8.1 percent owned)
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find rosterable running backs in the free agent pool after waivers have cleared. Thats why this selection is for those who can afford to gamble.
There is no telling whether Abdullah will be returning to action this year, but this pickup could pay dividends if he sees the field again.
Abdullah recorded 63 rushing yards and 57 receiving yards in his first and only full game this season.
Coach David Caldwell has said that “time is running out” and that “time is ticking.” It appears as though we will know in short order whether Abdullah will suit up again this year.
Taylor Gabriel, Wide Receiver, Atlanta Falcons (Yahoo – 33 percent owned, ESPN – 21.4 percent owned)
Taylor Gabriel is quickly becoming a mainstay in the Falcons high octane offense. He has scored over 12 standard scoring fantasy points in his last four matchups. There is a good chance he could be usurping Mohammad Sanu for the rights to be the second option in Matt Ryan’s offense.
While Gabriel doesn’t have gaudy volume numbers (4.5 targets in the last 4 games), he is cashing in on his chances. The speedy receiver recorded 75 receiving yards and 27 rushing yards but managed to find the end zone twice on just six touches. Gabriel looked like a dynamic receiver on his two screen passes that he took to the house.
Matt Ryan has recently applauded Gabriel for his recent play saying that he is a “sparkplug” that has “done everything we have asked of him”. It isn’t out of the question to expect a rise in usage from Gabriel.
Malcolm Mitchell, Wide Receiver, New England Patriots (Yahoo – 12 percent owned, ESPN – 8.5 percent owned)
Mitchell looks to be on his way towards becoming one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets, which is a very valuable fantasy commodity.
The rookie from Georgia has been on fire the last couple of weeks. Two weeks ago he managed 98 yards and a score. This past week he hauled in 5-of-7 targets for 42 yards and two touchdowns against the Jets.
Mitchell probably shouldn’t be counted on to be a consistent contributor to any contending roster, but he should be stashed just in case he continues to follow up on his two performances.
Another important factor towards his fantasy value could be the availability of tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett. Gronk appears to have a back issue while Bennett is hobbled by an ankle ailment. Mitchell could benefit from Gronkowski and Bennett missing time due to his involvement in the red zone.