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
Disclaimer: I don’t usually include any players above 40% owned, but if Devontae Booker (Yahoo – 50 percent owned, ESPN – 36.6 percent owned) is still available then pick him up immediately. 9 News Denver is reporting CJ Anderson is seeking a second opinion on his knee. It could require a “significant period of time” to recover. Ian Rappoport is also reporting that Anderson should miss a couple weeks and possibly the rest of the season. Booker becomes an RB1 while Anderson is sidelined.
Chris Thompson, Running Back, Washington Redskins (Yahoo – 39 percent owned, ESPN – 15.7 percent owned)
Matt Jones’ fumbling problems have given Thompson a considerable share of the work out of the backfield this season. Jones’ fumbling woes continued last week as he fumbled near the goal-line.
Thompson received 12 carries and hauled in 7 passes against the lions in total after Jones’ gaffe. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows for Thompson’s stock as the Redskins backfield looks like a three-way committee between Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, and Rob Kelley.
Thompson still looks to be a pretty underrated running back in PPR formats even with the dreaded committee. It wouldn’t be the worst decision to utilize him as an RB2 play in formats that award points per reception. In standard leagues, he could be a useful RB3 or flex.
Paul Perkins, Running Back, New York Giants (Yahoo – 2 percent owned, ESPN – 1.9 percent owned)
The writing could be all over the wall on this one.
I’ll admit this is digging pretty deep. However, it is good to be one step ahead rather than one step behind.
Rashad Jennings has simply been disappointing this year, which could open the door for Perkins. His last two games included a minuscule 40 rushing yards combined. Last week he saw his snaps reduced to 28. Perkins gained a season-high 15 snaps and looked like the only decent option last week against the Rams.
Perkins went on to rush 4 times for 12 yards and reel in a 4-yard reception.
The Giants could be considering a change to jump-start their running game as they come off the bye. Perkins is a good stash if you have space.
Russell Shepard, Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Yahoo – 1 percent owned, ESPN – 0.0 percent owned)
Allow me to preface this endorsement by stating that Shepard is only a consideration for deeper leagues at this point. His week 7 performance has certainly made some people acknowledge the fact that he does have a good opportunity with Vincent Jackson on IR.
Shepard reeled in 5-of-6 targets for 77 yards and a score against the 49ers on Sunday. This comes as somewhat of a surprise after Cecil Shorts was named the number two receiver opposite Mike Evans.
Shepard and the Buccaneers schedule includes matchups against Oakland, Atlanta, and Chicago. I’d recommend scooping up Shepard in deep leagues and keeping an eye on Shepard in more shallow leagues.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, Tight End, Houston Texans (Yahoo – 10 percent owned, ESPN – 10.2 percent owned)
Every year there is a player that you would never imagine starting on your fantasy football roster. C.J. Fiedorowicz is a textbook example of one of those players.
Fiedorowicz has received a whopping 27 targets in his last four games. He is a viable streaming option against the Detroit Lions who are one of the worst defenses against tight ends.