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| $3-5 (in 1QB), 40%+ in Superflex
Despite Jameis’ viral-worthy locker-room dance after their win over the Bucs in Week 8, the knee is in fact blown. Winston is out for the year (torn ACL) which leaves a semi-desirable starting QB job open in fantasy. It doesn’t mean a ton in 1QB leagues, but Taysom Hill was widely un-owned in Superflex and 2QB leagues making him this week’s most-coveted pickup.
Taysom Hill remains in concussion protocol, but signs point towards him clearing it and suiting up in Week 9 against the Falcons.
Last year, Taysom started 4 games for the Saints. In those four starts he was was the QB3, QB11, QB6 and QB12. A fantasy QB1 in all four games. You’re basically getting Jalen Hurts off the waiver wire in Week 9. You rarely if ever see an opportunity like this come to light in Superflex leagues.
A wild stat I saw today on Twitter: 11 of Hill’s 22 career TDs have come against the Falcons, who Hill get’s in Week 9. After Atlanta, the Saints get Tennesee and Philly, before Buffalo and Dallas but end on a pretty slate of NYJ, TB, MIA, CAR.
It’s no secret that Carson Wentz is a shell of himself, but just like a hermit crab, he found himself a new shell, one almost as pretty as the one he nestled into byke in 2017. Bet you didn’t expect me to start this week’s waiver wire article with some crustacean analogies. Or whatever the fuck I just did. Anyways, the guy’s not great in real life, but the points keep flowing in, which is all that matters. He’s on pace (16 games bc I don’t give in to anyone, especially that rat fuck Rodger Goodell) for just shy of 4,000 yards and 28 tugs. He’s not doing much of anything on the ground, averaging only 13.5 yards with his legs weekly, but he always has that potential to go full-Wentz and scramble for 27 yards, probably blowing out both knees on the play. But alas, he has now thrown for multiple tuddies in five straight outings, and with how the Colts are looking, I expect that to continue. He’s a back end QB1 from here on out, with the only issue being a lack of a real ceiling due to mediocre legs and a rushing attack that keeps Carson from dropping back 40 times a game, unless necessary (like this past week).
Funny how when Matt Nagy disappeared, Justin Fields decided to show up. Who knew that a wildly athletic QB with a shitload of arm talent could be any good when allowed to play off script? Everyone but Matt Nagy, that’s who. Now, I’m not gonna lose my mind because it was the first time he did anything all season, but it was definitely worth noting that he flashed elite QB1 upside that we hoped he would given his skillset. These performances will be few and far between, especially in his rookie year, but he’s worth adding for two reasons. One – he builds on this performance and gets comfortable, and two – a leaguemate picks him up and streams him against you and Fields inevitably goes for a 50 burger. Regardless, he’s someone that’s intriguing enough to continue ripping my heart out week after week.
Tygawd looked really good to start the year, and it seems like he’s on track to return some time soon. He’s got the legs necessary to provide a solid fantasy floor, and even though his weapons are largely mediocre, he and Davis Mills have seemed to make them work on occasion thanks to an unbelievable amount of garbage time. The Texans upcoming schedule is absolute dog shit, in a good way. They get the Dolphins, Titans, Jets, Colts, Seahawks, and Jags all in a row, which is wildly enticing. If you wear a double XL jock strap, then he’s your QB1 for the rest of the year. If you leave your significant other unpleased, though, then he’s a solid streaming option for you.
Parker is now on pace to catch 80 balls and top the 1k mark this year, a feat he’s only completed one other season. He’s made some pretty great catches so far, and the opportunity to continue that trend seems likely with how often Tua is looking his way. He’s been nothing but a WR3 this season when active, so there’s no reason to believe he’s a useless asset. It’s not a sexy pickup, and certainly won’t make you feel secure throwing him into your lineup, but one thing is for sure: he doesn’t belong on waivers. Don’t go out and break the bank on Parker, but also don’t be a penny pincher. Goldilock this one.
10 years from now, we’ll look back at Jamison Crowder’s game logs and think “hey, that guy was pretty good”. He’s consistently been, well, consistent, and seems to still have the juice despite dealing with what seems like a zillion injuries a week. There were rumors of trading him away this offseason and even early in the year because of the drafting and hopeful emergence of rookie receiver Elijah Moore, so maybe, just maybe, this was a display game for the vet so he can get moved in the coming week for something of value. Even if he doesn’t leave town, I still think there’s WR4 potential in this offense given the target volume he seems to earn week after week when healthy.
If five weeks ago, you had told me I’d be writing about Jamal Agnew in the next month or so, I’d tell you to shut your whore mouth. Well, you can keep that gaping hole open, because here I am, writing about Agnew. Since Chark went down, he’s averaged 8.3 targets per game, and although the output hasn’t followed, he can provide low end FLEX viability while dealing with byes and injuries. It’s not sexy, and it won’t make you feel any better about yourself, but it’s worth looking at.
RIP Derrick Henry.
Leaving the door open for newly inked, Adrian Peterson, and you better believe a handful of 14-50-2 days are ahead for AP. Peterson scored 7 touchdowns on the Lions last year, don’t forget that. This will undoubtedly be a committee going forward between AP and McNichols, with the latter serving as the pass-catching back. McNichols has nearly 4x as many targets (27) in 2021 as he does carries (7), so I don’t see a world where McNichols all of the sudden becomes the trusted carrier of pigskins in Nashville.
McNichols will be usable in PPR leagues as without Henry (and possibly Julio Jones still), the Titans will have to invest in a much more pass-heavy gameplan. McNichols is currently on a 16-game pace of nearly 62 targets (thanks mostly in part to the 12-target game against the Jets), but still, those would be top-10 RB target numbers in 2020.
There’s nothing more Eagles than waiting for Miles Sanders to die for them to start running the ball. Actually, there is one thing more Eagles than that: using Boston Scott infinitely more than Kenneth Gainwell. I don’t know what’s going on. Me breaking down Scott’s usage and his value going forward is almost as useless as Jalen Hurts dropping back to pass, so I’m not going to lie to you. I had Gainwell on this list last week, and did so with absolutely zero confidence that he’d be viable, and this is much of the same. Honestly, I’d just let someone else deal with the headache that is the backfield in the city of brotherly love. Or, pick up Jordan Howard so at least you can expect disappointment.
Any one of these bums may be acquired by the Titans in the wake of Henry’s injury. It’s a mixed bag and a total shot in the dark as to who they’ll snag, so don’t spend anything more than $0 on these frauds. If you get lucky, the ROI will be gorgeous. If you strike out, then, well, you’re probably used to that every Friday night anyways.
It’s uncertain how long James Robinson will be out, if any time at all, so that, combined with being on a shithole roster, makes me unexcited. Oh, also, he stinks. The volume will be there, but with the lack of scoring opportunities and inefficiencies, there’s not much upside.
It’s been a while since Antonio Gibson has looked remotely good. I think him having a few blow up games as a rookie blinded us from the fact that he was never a full time running back prior to 2020, and a lot of the issues people claimed he’d have making the transition are becoming apparent in year two. That, along with his shin injury, has paved the way for McKissic and Patterson to carve out roles in Washington. The latter matched Gibson’s touches this week (11), but out carried the former Tiger 11 to 8. I don’t know what this split will look like going forward, but if AG continues to look like trash, then we should maybe come to expect this usage. There’s not much standalone value here unless #24 goes down with an injury, and with him dealing with a nagging shin recently, it’s not a terrible bet to stash the Buffalo product.
That’s two straight weeks of startability for Patty, finding the end zone for the first time since week three. He’s got great hands and athleticism to boot, and over the past few weeks, he seems to have gained Big Ben’s trust. His usage is that of a back end TE1, and with that being the case, should not be sitting on waivers.
Arnold is up to 23 targets over his last three games, finding himself a consistent role in his new home. The output is ugly, but the volume is there, and that’s about all you can realistically ask for from a tight end, especially one on the wire. He’s likely a TE2, which is ugly, but beggars can’t be choosers, and if you’re reading this, then, well, you can’t be doing all too hot.