It is never too late to make a move on the Wire. Sure, in the ideal situation you have a complete roster of players you are perfectly willing to start for the next 2 to 3 Weeks. But likely, even if you’re now in the final four of your league’s championship, you have a player or two at the end of your roster that isn’t exactly ideal. It may be too late to add Spencer Ware or Jaylen Samuels, but just their pop-up performances this past week in expanded roles has shown how impactful a WW add can become, even this late in the season. It’s likely do-or-die out there, so make sure that your Waiver Priority is obviously adjusted to fit your specific roster needs.
Waiver Wire Week 15
Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins — The biggest knock on Chris Thompson the last two years has not been talent or performance when healthy, but rather concerns about size and durability. Even if you include his injury shortened games, over the past two seasons Thompson has 96 Carries for 433 Yards, 2 TDs and 73 Receptions for 752 Yards and 5 TDs in only a 17 Game sample size. That puts Thompson at 13.74 PPR Points Per Game. There are still two elements threatening to drag Chris Thompson down: the “age-less” Adrian Peterson and Mark Sanchez. But there’s a rare combination of “done it before” and “could do it again” that deserves to be rostered in far more leagues. If I’m RB short and CT is active, he is an interesting dice roll to me even in the playoffs and even considering his slow return to the field. But only if I need to make that dice roll
Josh Reynolds, WR, Los Angeles Rams — No, the last two weeks have not lived up to the expectations set up for Reynolds in the aftermath of the Cooper Kupp injury. However, the warm-weather Rams have had to travel into Detroit and Chicago the last two weeks, and whether it be coincidence or those cold venues, Jared Goff has struggled mightily. Jared Goff has posted a Passer Rating of 101.2 this Season with at least an 88.2 Passer Rating in 10 of 13 Games. Against the Lions and Bears, Goff combined for 1 TD and 5 INTs while posting two of his three lowest passer rating totals (68.6 v Detroit; 19.1 v. Chicago). Jared Goff, Josh Reynolds, and the Rams will conclude their season with two games in LA (Phi, SF) and with a game in Arizona. I expect McVay and Goff to take last week’s Bears result personally and I think we see the Rams get back to their high scoring ways after a two-week cold-weather hiatus.
Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers — As best as I can remember, Carolina Quarterback Cam Newton hasn’t really been the most Fantasy Relevant Quarterback in terms of generating Passing Volume for the WR position. The two best WR finishes I can recall off the top of my head were Kelvin Benjamin’s crazy TD rookie year and the Ted Ginn season where his other WR options were the likes of Philly Brown. This stance has kept me primarily out of the conversation of the Carolina Panthers Wide Receivers, but Samuel’s current 4-Game stretch is a bit too much to ignore in this article. Samuel has four straight double-digit games with at least 4 Receptions in three of the four games. I’m very encouraged but I’m also not in a rush to buy in. My concerns persist about the overall volume for Panthers’ WRs, and with 2018 NFL 1st Round Draft Pick DJ Moore also getting a large chunk of that volume, I’m concerned about how sustainable Samuel’s consistency is. But he’s worth a look and worth a desperation start if you need one at the WR position, even if I’d expect him to break his streak of 10+ Point performances this week.
Frank Gore, RB, Miami Dolphins — Frank Gore isn’t great, but he’s just been really solid especially if you start looking around Week 4. Gore didn’t receive double-digit carries in the first three weeks, but has received double-digit carries in 9 of 10 games since. In those 10 games, Gore has 127 Carries, 610 Yards, 11 Receptions, 105 Yards, and 1 TD. Even with the severe lack of TDs, the 715 Yards and 1144 Yard pace make Gore a high-floor starter. He won’t win you the week, but with players who can win you the Week, he may not lose it.
Dante Pettis, WR, San Francisco 49ers — Dante Pettis has been on a bit of a warpath these path three weeks since the 49ers returned from the Bye. In those three weeks, Pettis has 12 Receptions, 255 Yards, and 4 TDs. In order to feel safe and secure playing Pettis moving forward, I’d have wanted to see the total Reception and Target volume be a little greater, as I am concerned that keeping Pettis from a big play could result in a low-floor week. But ultimately, Pettis is a player who was drafted by an organization who traded-up for and sought him out. He has found success after the Bye on a struggling team where Coaches often try to implement younger players later in the season.
Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets — And finally, the volume comes. While McGuire wasn’t the most efficient RB with his carries this past weekend, McGuire finally made the most of his touches for his fantasy owners and compiled 17+ Points and a rushing TD. The recent history of my articles will show that I’ve been a McGuire believer these past two weeks and have been hoping for this bit of transition to potentially take place. There’s always a chance McGuire becomes relegated to a more peripheral role, but as of right now you can run to the Wire and get a potential three-down back. If you did it the last two weeks, you could’ve done it for next to nothing too.
Daesean Hamilton, WR, Denver Broncos — I followed a bit of Hamilton’s late collegiate and pre-draft career as an intriguing mid-round WR option. Hamilton was a later round pick because he lacks some of the elite athletic measurables that dominate the early rounds, but Hamilton was also known as an advanced College Route runner. Now in a system with no DT and no Sanders, and with Sutton seeming like more of a “Chunk-play” target, Hamilton has thrived in his first opportunity as the guy getting open underneath. With 7 Receptions and no possible return for DT or Sanders, Hamilton has an intriguing and potentially high floor in PPR leagues moving forward.
Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens — I’ve said before that I don’t know if Dixon has a place in this league due to the frustrating circumstances that have plagued his first few years. But I’ve been pretty wrong about the Ravens backfield all year. I still don’t trust Dixon to stay healthy or on the field. He’s been very, very bad at that through his first few years in the NFL, but a Lamar Jackson/Running-QB system will typically bring up stats like yards per carry and help create running lanes. Dixon doesn’t get the touches or the snaps of Edwards, but he does possess an intriguing, different skillset that is now healthy for the Baltimore Ravens.