Waiver Wire Week Seven: Volume is King
Fantasy football is about adapting to change and creating the best possible team through trading, waiver wire pickups, and starting the right guys at the right time. I am a massive proponent of using the waiver wire in a way that gives your team the ability to improve without sacrificing your best players in a big trade. Through the year, after every single week I will be telling you, by position, the players I feel deserve to be picked up on your rosters. The way I judge a player to be on “waivers” is based on the percentage in which they are available across every ESPN league. In order to be considered on the waiver wire, the player must have a 50% or less ownership percentage according to ESPN data. I will be striving to find the most unique values that will offer you an advantage over your opponents who may not even know that player exists. So strap in and get ready for your team to get better.
Latavius Murray (8% owned):
I told you guys to pick him up two weeks ago and I guess that was just a week too early as he needed to get acclimated to the Broncos offense. This week he finished with 16 touches for 64 yards. He had 4.4 yards per carry which is very respectable and out-touched Gordon and Boone combined by 11 touches. I know this Broncos offense has been borderline unwatchable but I think that any running back who gets 15+ touches in a game needs to be picked up everywhere.
Caleb Huntley (5% owned):
Huntley, similar to Murray above, is someone that I really love the volume they are getting. Huntley had 16 touches in week six and looked solid with 59 total yards. He is not anything incredible talent-wise, however it is vital that any running back getting as many touches as he is gets picked up. I think the touchdowns will start to come for Huntley and he can bring very reliable flex value. Even with Cordarrelle Patterson coming back, I think Huntley can still have a nice role in this offense.
Kenyan Drake (3% owned):
Out of nowhere, Drake decided to erupt for over 115 yards and catch one pass for eight yards. Drake only had 10 rush attempts but averaged an incredible 11.9 yards per carry which was over five times as high as JK Dobbins who only averaged 2.1 yards per carry on seven attempts. I think Drake can continue to make an impact on a struggling Ravens team as Dobbins has not looked like himself since returning from injury. We all know Drake has produced as a 950+ yard rusher before.
Rondale Moore (47% owned):
Get this guy while you still can. Moore had ten targets this week after an eight target performance the week prior. With Hollywood Brown out for the year, I think Moore can maintain a good role in the slot even with DeAndre Hopkins returning from his suspension this week. Moore is someone who will rely on volume to put up stats but Murray has shown that he loves to throw it short to Moore in the slot. He won’t be on this list next week I can guarantee so get him now.
Tyquan Thornton (1% owned):
In only his second ever career game, Thornton had two total touches on seven total touches. We all knew Thornton was fast when he unofficially broke the 40 yard dash time but officially still ran a 4.28. He can absolutely fly and the Patriots are going to find ways to get the ball in his hands. He had four receptions to go along with three total targets.
Zay Jones (27% owned): Jone has not had any incredible break out games yet, but Lawrence is throwing his way a ton. He only has one game this season with under four targets and has had a few games with over eight targets. I think he is the perfect flex player or bye-week filler because you know he will have a consistent role in this offense. He is due for a big week given his target share and why not pick him up and give him a chance while you can.
Greg Dulcich (0% owned): The Broncos decided to bench Albert O and in stepped the third round rookie tight end Dulcich. He had three receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown in just his debut. The college to pros transition is arguably the toughest for any position and yet Dulcich looked great. The Broncos offense has to look decent at some point and I think Dulcich can be a safety blanket for Russell Wilson who has not been good at all this season.
Daniel Bellinger (3% owned):
Bellinger has had 3+ targets in each of the last four games and he has two total touchdowns this season. Tight end is so shallow that Bellinger actually represents a decent streaming option at tight end given how there are so few options out there. Any tight end who can get consistent targets is worth a roster spot in my opinion.