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“The Cole Miner’s” Week #8 Waiver Wire Report

Week #8 Waiver Wire Adds

Last Calls (50+%)

Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns — In most leagues, the news of Carlos Hyde being traded created a sprint to the Waiver Wire for potentially available Browns RBs Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson. Chubb is clearly the lead back in this situation, but Johnson will have value especially as a Bye Week replacement, and is still available in a number of leagues. Better value in PPR. Key Statistic: Duke Johnson has 206 Receptions since entering the league in 2015.

Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts — The question: Can Marlon Mack stay healthy? We’ve seen him be a good enough RB and we’ve seen the Colts prefer him when he is at near that 100% healthy standard, but he has seemed to get hurt fairly frequently in these first two years. As long as Mack is healthy, he maintains Weekly RB2 value. I don’t trust the health  situation so if I owned Mack I might be looking to sell high for the right value. Key Statistic: 31 Carries for 215 Yards on the Ground for Marlon Mack his last two games.

(35-50%)

Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Godwin has now totaled 5 Receptions in both of Winston’s starts and has 5 Receptions or a Touchdown in five of his six games this season. Godwin has been a WR3 starter most weeks, and is still under 50% owned. He’s a worthwhile add where available.

Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts — This builds off of the Marlon Mack argument. Hines is still a back who is used a decent amount, and for that reason alone deserves to be on more rosters than his sub-50% ownership% suggests, at least with PPR settings. If Mack does continue to deal with injury issues, we’ve seen the Colts prefer Hines over most of the other backfield options not named Marlon Mack. And this situation has been highly fluid all year.

Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers — Consistent readers will find this blurb repetitive as very little has changed from last week. Rodgers likes to throw to the WR position. Allison will be a fantasy starter the moment he suits up, and is worth adding in leagues where he’s being released to the wire by frustrated owners. Key Statistic: Updating a stat from a couple weeks ago, WRs on the Packers NOT named Davante Adams this year have scored 137.8 Points via the air in 1/2 PPR leagues. That’s roughly 23 Fantasy Points per game, enough to make the WR2 and WR3 of the Packers consistent and viable.

(15-35%)

Frank Gore, RB, Miami Dolphins — Didn’t perform quite as well this week, but (HoF?) Running Back Frank Gore extended his streak of consecutive games with 10 Carries (4). In Fantasy Football,  beggars can’t be choosers at RB. If you drafted several studs at the position, Gore’s numbers probably don’t impress you. But if you’ve been struggling to find stability at RB2 or Flex in a deeper league, Gore should have fairly consistent value. Key Statistic: If it weren’t for having just 1 TD in his past four games, Gore’s pace of 192 Carries for 936 Yards with an additional 16 Receptions for 152 Yards over that four game stretch would seem a bit more substantial.

Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals — Christian Kirk remains a piece of the Cardinals offense that seems to receive a fairly frequent volume of targets. He should continue to produce at about a WR3 level especially in a PPR league. Bonus for leagues that include Kick Return yardage. Key Statistic: Again building off a previous Week’s Key Statistic, if we ignore Kirk’s poor NFL Debut performance of just 1 Reception for 4 Yards, Kirk’s 28/364/1 production over the past 6 Weeks hasn’t been too bad. That’s roughly 75 Receptions, 971 Yards, and 2-3 TDs in terms of a seasonal pace.

Chester Rogers, WR, Indianapolis Colts — Rogers has grown increasingly quiet as the Colts have gotten healthier at the WR position, but Andrew Luck still seems to have developed a rapport with Rogers. He continues to peak my interest, particularly in a PPR league.

(15% or Lower)

Tre’Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints — Tre’Quan Smith actually shares many similarities in frame and traits to teammate Michael Thomas, such as blocking ability in college. Consider how they match-up physically:

Michael Thomas

Tre’Quan Smith

Height

6’ 3”

6’ 2”

Weight

212 lbs

203 lbs

Arms

32 1/8”

33 1/8”

Hands

10 1/2”

9 1/2”

40-Time

4.57

4.49

3-Cone

6.80

6.97

20-Yd Shuttle

4.13

4.5

60-Yd Shuttle

11.70

11.88

Smith hasn’t developed consistency yet under QB Drew Brees, but he seems to be growing into the second favorite WR, and finished tied for 2nd in Team Targets this past weekend. If Smith gets consistent targets from Brees, he could be a solid WR play late in the season.

Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos — Amari Cooper’s trade Rumors this past weekend just became trade fact when the Dallas Cowboys gave up a 1st Round pick for the Oakland WR. Similar rumors have come up about Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas. Denver seems to prefer Emmanuel Sanders in their offense, and seems to want Sutton playing more. If DT’s trade rumors turn into trade fact, Sutton’s value and ownership% will sky-rocket. I’d take the pre-emptive strike if I had the opportunity and go out and get Courtland Sutton if he is  available. Key Statistic: While DT and Emmanuel Sanders are clearly the top 2 WRs for the Broncos, Courtland Sutton has played about as much as DT in multiple games this season. In Weeks 3 and 7, Sutton played just 1 fewer snap than DT, and in Week 5 Sutton out-snapped DT. Sutton is the future in Denver moreso than DT, and that future is likely to come sooner rather than later.

Tyrell Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers — Some Waiver Wire suggestions seem almost obligatory. Tyrell Williams is owned in under 9% of ESPN leagues and has posted two consecutive 100-Yard games.  I don’t know who to buy in this Charger’s passing attack right now. Ultimately the results may be more boom/bust than anything.  But, after these past two weeks, Williams deserves to be owned in a higher percentage of leagues.

Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers — It’s hard to know exactly how the 49ers backfield time will shake out and, with the shaky performance of CJ Beathard, it may be hard to predict how much value the Running Back position for the 49ers as a whole will receive on a week-to-week basis. But  the Shanahan system has consistently created fantasy points for the RB Position, and Beathard passed to the RBs an awful lot in his first stint in 2017. Mostert is worth a speculative add.

Martavis Bryant, WR, Oakland Raiders / Oakland Raiders WRs — The Raiders are in a bit of a weird place right now, fantasy speaking. When a name the size of Amari Cooper changes teams, you would expect to have a huge chasm to fill. But Amari’s production has been very shaky, and it is hard to make much of what is going to replace him. Martavis Bryant, I believe, could still be suspended any moment. At best, he’s a boom/bust player.  But is it an investment to be optimistic about? Not really. Seth Roberts has never had much consistency. Brandon LaFell has had some good years. But, he’s not someone I’m investing in right now. Martavis Bryant is  worth a bit of an investment, but I’m not going overboard for anyone in this WR situation. Jordy Nelson is the beneficiary of Cooper’s departure.

Damion Ratley, WR, Cleveland Browns — A speculative deep add, Ratley is a young WR and late round pick for the Cleveland Browns who has found himself in a situation with a continually expanding role due to the question marks outside of Jarvis Landry in Cleveland.

Bachelors in English and History from Indiana University. Borderline-Obsessed Fantasy Baseball Writer who also dabbles in Football, Basketball and Combat Sports.

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