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
Dion Lewis, Running Back, New England Patriots (Yahoo – 21 percent owned, ESPN – 19.3 percent owned)
It’s good to be one step ahead of your opponents. That’s why you should really consider adding Dion Lewis in all of your leagues while you can.
Lewis will be able to return to action in week 7 after undergoing two procedures on his knee this offseason. He has an outside chance to make a difference in lineups everywhere, and especially in PPR formats.
He averaged 10.42 PPR points from week 1 to 8 last year. Tom Brady looks like he’s back to being a dominant force and that could very well mean that Lewis could return to his 2015 form.
Kamar Aiken, Wide Receiver, Baltimore Ravens (Yahoo – 17 percent owned, ESPN – 6.7 percent owned)
Aiken’s teammate Steve Smith Sr. could be out with an ankle injury that he suffered this Sunday. ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley is reporting that he does not expect Smith Sr. to play this upcoming week against the Giants.
This opens the door for Aiken. Last year he averaged 6 receptions and 76 receiving yards when given an opportunity without Smith. He is well worth an add and also a flex start if he picks up where he left off without Smith Sr. on the field.
Ladarius Green, Tight End, Pittsburgh Steelers (Yahoo – 7 percent owned, ESPN – 3.2 percent owned)
This is a move that can pay dividends if you can manage to hold him on your bench. The tight end position has been a nightmare so far in 2016. Hunter Henry is right now ranked as the TE8 in terms of total standard league fantasy points. It’s been a quagmire.
Green has an outstanding opportunity to claim a significant role in the Steelers offense. Markus Wheaton has been slowly faded out of the offense. While Jesse James has done admirably in Green’s absence, he doesn’t bring the plus-athleticism that Green brings to the field. James has scored three touchdowns but has only averaged 25.6 receiving yards a game.
Ladarius has said himself that there is a “good possibility” that he can suit up week 7. He would join an explosive offense that has seen Ben Roethlisberger average 340 yards passing yards and 4.5 touchdowns since Le’Veon Bell’s return.
Tennessee D/ST (Yahoo – 39 percent owned, ESPN – 24.6 percent owned)
Tennessee’s defense is slated to face the lowly Cleveland Browns in week 6 with Cody Kessler at the helm at quarterback. That enough should entice you to fire them up this week. However, they have been good recently as well.
They managed six sacks against a Miami Dolphins team that is lacking a formidable offensive line.