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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

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Antone Smith, Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Yahoo – 15 percent owned, ESPN – 16.2 percent owned)

Antone Smith has a great chance at more playing time with Doug Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers both ruled out for Thursday night. Smith out-touched fellow runner Peyton Barber and also out-snapped him when Jacquizz Rodgers went down.

ESPN Buccaneers reporter Jenna Laine is reporting that Smith is “more likely to get looks” as a leader of a possible committee of runners that would include Barber as well as Mike James.

Smith is a sneaky good athlete who sports a 4.33 forty time. He could be a temporary type of addition to fantasy rosters who need a quick fix at running back.

It is worthy to note that Bucs Head Coach Dirk Koetter is familiar with Smith going back to his time in Atlanta.

Tim Hightower, Running Back, New Orleans Saints (Yahoo – 33 percent owned, ESPN – 20.8 percent owned)

Allow me to clear the air and avoid any possible confusion. Tim Hightower will not be taking the lead role from Mark Ingram any time soon. However, Tim Hightower will be taking on the 49ers who have been flat-out pitiful in the run defense department.

185.1 yards per game. That’s precisely how pitiful they’ve been. There is a good chance that the Saints can get ahead in this game and give Ingram a breather in what could be a possible blowout win for the Saints.

ESPN’s Britt McHenry has claimed that the Saints will look for more of a committee approach at running back in their matchup with the Niners. Hightower apparently “earned more carries” according to McHenry.

Sammy Watkins, Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills (Yahoo – 37 percent owned, ESPN – 31.6 percent owned)

Sammy Watkins could be a savvy stash if you are projected to be in the playoffs.

He is already well on his way to a return later in the season. He has shed his walking boot and is eligible to begin practicing week 11 and return to play week 12.

Watkins would resume his role as the number one option in a Buffalo passing game that is clamoring for his return.

Austin Hooper, Tight End, Atlanta Falcons (Yahoo – 7 percent owned, ESPN – 4.0 percent owned)


Austin Hooper is in line for a promotion. He’ll likely be the starter for the Falcons while starter Jacob Tamme nurses a shoulder injury.

Hooper did well last week as he snagged 4-of-4 of his targets for 41 yards. He’ll get more than the 71% of snaps he received last week.

Those in need of a season-long solution at tight end should not depend on Hooper. He looks to be nothing more than a possible bye week filler or spot starter.

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