Fantasy football is a cruel, unforgiving game. Every Sunday at noon, you get your hopes up as you set what you believe to be the perfect lineup and laugh at your opponent’s team, knowing you will surely beat them. Then 1 o’clock comes around, and your All-Pro wide receiver has one catch for seven yards, while their 3rd-string running back scores his second touchdown of the day.
Each and every week we ride a roller-coaster of emotions, desperately looking for ways that we can win and make the playoffs, only to leave everything up to the players on the field. We go into every week knowing that there’s a chance for fantasy greatness.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is why we play. Because every week is a new start and a new opportunity for that All-Pro wide receiver to finally find his way to the endzone, propelling you and all your bragging rights to the top of the league leaderboards.
Fantasy championships are won during the season by adapting your team to what happens in the NFL as well as how your league-mates are playing. While fantasy football is largely a game of chance, there is quite a bit of strategy to it. Therefore, at the end of every Waiver Wire article, I will include a philosophical tidbit that might give you the edge to win that championship.
Jamaal Williams – Green Bay Packers – 25.7% Owned (NFL.com Leagues)
The obvious upside to Jamaal Williams is that fellow running back Aaron Jones is out 3-6 weeks with a knee injury. In addition, Ty Montgomery re-aggravated his rib injury and could see less time on the field or even be out Sunday. As far as his performance on Sunday goes, Williams rushed 20 times for 67 yards, averaging just over 3.3 yards per carry. While Williams wasn’t very efficient, 20 carries is a phenomenal number for running backs. Quarterback Brett Hundley’s steady improvement also bodes well for Williams, as it will alleviate pressure on the running game. Williams needs to be owned in all leagues simply because of the volume he will receive.
Schedule Rest Of Season: vs BAL, @ PIT, vs TB, @ CLE, @ CAR, vs MIN
Samaje Perine – Washington Redskins – 53.2% Owned
With Rob Kelley dealing with injury, Perine should stand to see more work in the backfield. His only noteworthy games came in Weeks 2 and 3, in which Perine carried the ball 40 times for 116 yards. Since then, Perine has lived in the shadow of fellow running backs Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson. That should all change now that Samaje Perine and Chris Thompson are sharing the backfield. Although Thompson got more looks than Perine (16 to 10) last Sunday, Thompson is more of a receiving back, therefore Perine is worth owning in all formats.
Schedule ROS: @ NO, vs NYG, @ DAL, @ LAC, vs ARI, vs DEN
Elijah McGuire – New York Jets – 2.3% Owned
I think it’s safe to say we all thought the Jets-Buccaneers game last Sunday was going to be a fantasy football feast, but nobody stood out (apart from previous SST Waiver Wire showcase, Robby Anderson). That being said, McGuire has had six games this season with double-digit touches. In those five games, McGuire has 52 carries for 187 yards and one touchdown to go with 13 receptions for 93 yards. McGuire has flashed plenty of talent to yield decent volume, even with the eventual return of Matt Forte after their bye.
Schedule ROS: Bye, vs CAR, vs KC, @ DEN, @ NO, vs LAC
Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – 33.4% Owned
It is time to acknowledge that Robert Woods is a legitimate weapon for fantasy owners. Woods has five games this season where he has been targeted seven times or more. The Rams wide receiver also has received 50+ yards in all but two of his games. In his last two games, Woods has caught 12 passes off 15 targets for 241 yards and four touchdowns. He has an ugly schedule coming up, but fantasy owners have to chase these points moving forward.
Schedule ROS: @ MIN, vs NO, @ ARI, vs PHI, @ SEA, @ TEN
Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers – 1.3% Owned
49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin has also been consistent at times this season. In last Sunday’s game against a horrid Giants defense, Goodwin caught just one pass for an 83-yard touchdown. While his two targets may make fantasy owners cringe, last Sunday was just a testament to the upside Goodwin has. Marquise Goodwin has also proven that he is a reliable target for rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard. Although he goes into his bye this coming week, he will be a decent FLEX option moving forward, especially in PPR formats.
Schedule ROS: Bye, vs SEA, @ CHI, @ HOU, vs TEN, vs JAX
Dontrelle Inman – Chicago Bears – 0.2% Owned
Dontrelle Inman only has one legitimate game under his belt this season. He began the 2017 season with the Los Angeles Chargers, then was traded on October 25 to the Chicago Bears for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2018 draft. In last Sunday’s game against the Packers, Inman hauled in six catches off eight targets for 88 yards. While, in standard formats, he didn’t have a big day, the fact that he already seems to be a favorite for quarterback Mitch Trubisky is comforting. Inman has a great schedule moving forward and has WR2 upside.
Schedule ROS: vs DET, @ PHI, vs SF, @ CIN, @ DET, vs CLE
Jermaine Gresham – Arizona Cardinals – 0.6% Owned
Jermaine Gresham has been a go-to in the redzone for the Arizona Cardinals. He has scored a touchdown in each of his last two games. In his last two games, Gresham has seven catches off ten targets for 87 yards and two touchdowns. The numbers aren’t pretty, but touchdowns can be hard to come by for tight ends. Jermaine Gresham can prove helpful to fantasy owners, especially with the right matchup.
Schedule ROS: @ HOU, vs JAX, vs LAR, vs TEN, @ WAS, vs NYG
Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – 3.5% Owned
There are two teams in the National Football League that give up touchdowns constantly to tight ends: the New York Giants and the Cleveland Browns. Luckily for Lewis, the Jaguars travel to Cleveland this Sunday. Lewis’ only real triumph this season was that backwards game in London against the Ravens, in which he caught four passes for 62 yards and three touchdowns. Lewis is by no means a long-term option, but some of his matchups (Cleveland, Indianapolis, San Francisco) could lead to some much-needed touchdowns.
Schedule ROS: @ CLE, @ ARI, vs IND, vs SEA, vs HOU, @ SF
Charles Clay – Buffalo Bills – 18.3% Owned
That’s right, folks, Charles Clay is back on the waiver wire! Before suffering a knee injury, Clay was a top-10 tight end in fantasy. Obviously, he is on most waiver wires because he had surgery to repair that knee, and was inactive for a good portion of the season. He only had 13 receiving yards against the Saints on Sunday, but the Bills couldn’t get anything going offensively. He has a proven chemistry with quarterback Tyrod Taylor, and the acquisition of wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin will not hinder Clay’s fantasy production. He needs to be owned in all leagues, and could be a top-10 tight end rest of season.
Schedule ROS: @ LAC, @ KC, vs NE, vs IND, vs MIA, @ NE
One fantasy owner’s trash is another fantasy owner’s treasure.
Basically, watch the waiver wire after waivers go through to see who your league-mates have dropped. This is important because perhaps someone in your league just had to have Jamaal Williams, and in their frenzy to get the newest starting running back, dropped that tight end you’ve been needing. Perhaps they thought the dropped player wasn’t worth anything, but you might know better.
Some players I’ve “recycled” from league-mates in past seasons: WR T.Y. Hilton, TE Greg Olsen, RB Adrian Peterson, QB Matt Ryan, QB Dak Prescott