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
Wendell Smallwood, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles (Yahoo – 39 percent, ESPN – 25.1 percent owned)
Another familiar face. Smallwood is making a second appearance on the list after failing to seize a permanent lead role in the Eagles backfield. This time could very well be different.
Starting running back Ryan Mathews is hampered by an MCL sprain. Teammate Darren Sproles suffered a broken rib in week 11’s loss to Seattle. This leaves the door wide open for Smallwood to take the lion share of the carries in week 12’s matchup with the Green Bay Packers.
Smallwood has had a pretty decent rookie campaign thus far with an average of 4.4 yards per carry. Green Bay has allowed 130 rushing yards per game in the last three games.
Tyler Boyd, Wide Receiver, Cincinnati Bengals (Yahoo – 42 percent owned, ESPN – 23.3 percent owned)
It’s getting late into the season so I think cheating a little bit is warranted. Boyd is owned in over 42 percent of leagues, but he has a golden opportunity to be a viable fantasy option for the short-term.
A.J. Green has been diagnosed with a minor hamstring tear, but head coach Marvin Lewis expects him to return later in the season. Boyd thrived in last week’s game when Green left the field. He led the Bengals receivers in fantasy points as he caught 6-of-8 targets for 54 yards and a score. Next week Boyd and the Bengals will take on the Baltimore Ravens who have been scorched through the air and allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers (25.1 per game).
Marquise Goodwin, Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills. (Yahoo – 6 percent owned, ESPN – 1.5 percent owned)
First-stringer Robert Woods has been listed as doubtful for Sunday’s matchup with the Jaguars with a sprained knee. This leaves Goodwin in a good spot to be Tyrod Taylor’s favorite target.
Woods has averaged 10.67 points in standard leagues and 14.67 PPR points in the three games that Woods has missed this year. Goodwin could be a good spot start for those in deeper formats as a flex.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, Tight End, Houston Texans (Yahoo – 30 percent owned, ESPN – 38.2 percent owned)
It’s time for people to start taking C.J. Fiedorowicz seriously.
Fiedorowicz grabbed 8-of-10 passes for 82 yards in last week’s game against the Raiders. He has surprisingly been featured often in Bill O’Brien’s offense this year. C.J. is averaging 7 targets per game since week 3. This is no coincidence. O’Brien took over play calling duties since week 3 and it looks like his involvement is here to stay.