If you didn’t grab one of this week’s popular waiver wire players it’s okay. There are still plenty of players who can help you as you move forward to the second round of the playoffs.
All players listed are under 40 percent owned in Yahoo and ESPN leagues
Kenneth Farrow, Running Back, San Diego Chargers (Yahoo – 26 percent owned, ESPN – 30.3 percent owned)
Starting back Melvin Gordon went down last week with a knee and hip sprain. Kenneth Farrow got the bulk of the work in his absence.
He responded with 16 carries for 55 yards in addition to 6 receptions for 23 yards. Farrow will likely get the nod next week as head coach Mike McCoy said it is “unlikely” that Gordon will return next week against the Raiders.
Farrow is a flex option at worst against the Raiders who possess the seventh worst rush defense in the NFL (120 rushing yards allowed per game).
J.J. Nelson, Wide Receiver, Arizona Cardinals (Yahoo – 14 percent owned, ESPN – 6.1 percent owned)
Fellow Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd has been waived due to a DUI, which will open the door wide open for Nelson to be a big part of the Cards passing attack.
Nelson should build on his performance last week where he caught one of his two targets for an 8-yard score and added a 56-yard rushing touchdown.
John Brown has also been sidelined by an illness. J.J. Nelson is a strong add in any format and could shape out nicely as a flex option.
Dwayne Washington, Running Back, Detroit Lions (Yahoo – 5 percent owned, ESPN – 6.0 percent owned)
Theo Riddick was a surprisingly inactive for last week’s matchup as he was sidelined with a wrist injury. Dwayne Washington was a swing-and-a-miss last time he was suggested, but he might pay off this time for owners in desperate need of a runner.
Washington received a healthy 16 carries which he converted for 64 yards along with one reception for ten yards against Chicago last week. Riddick was sidelined during Wednesday’s practice as he still appears to be hobbled by his wrist ailment. Teammate Zach Zenner is in the concussion protocol. Washington could be in for a big workload if both his teammates remain in street clothes.
For those in deeper leagues
Marquise Lee, Wide Receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars (Yahoo – 13 percent owned, ESPN – 8.0 percent owned)
Lee has quietly taken the reigns as the leading receiver for the Jaguars (728 total receiving yards). Last week he managed to secure 5-of-8 targets for 113 receiving yards on the vaunted Minnesota Vikings defense.
Lee is a safe option to deploy as a WR4.
Mike Gillislee, Running Back, Buffalo Bills (Yahoo – 26 percent owned, ESPN – 30 percent owned)
Gillislee isn’t the starting running back for the Bills, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be of service this upcoming week. He has a decent role and an even better matchup this week.
Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn recently labeled Gillislee as the red zone running back. Game flow prevented him from receiving more than two carries last week against the Steelers, but that shouldn’t be an issue this week.
The Bills will take on the Cleveland Browns, which should mean plenty of opportunities. The Browns have given up the second-most rushing yards per game this season (146.2 yards per game).