We are now 6 weeks in to the season and the picture of the NFL landscape is starting to clarify.
Still, the National Football League is ever-evolving and there is always opportunity for improvement – and applies to fantasy football as well.
Before we get in to the waiver wire column for this week, I want to mention that I will be trying to avoid repeating the same guys that I have already mentioned last week. There are a few players (Alexander Mattison, Jamison Crowder, Chris Herndon, etc.) that I would recommend obtaining that won’t be in this article – so check out last week’s article here.
Anyways, let’s look at who you can grab from the waiver wire this week.
% owned is based on Yahoo Fantasy Football
Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills – 52% owned
Josh Allen has been a productive fantasy quarterback this season and he’s faced a schedule that hasn’t been as easy as the one he’s about to see. He starts off with the Miami Dolphins after last week’s bye. He then faces Philadelphia’s quarterback-friendly pass defense, Washington, Cleveland and Miami again. That’s a cake schedule and Allen is a dual threat quarterback who has shown his fantasy relevance.
Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans – 43% owned
I know – this is a tough pill to swallow. Davis has not done much since entering the NFL as the fifth overall pick in 2017. However, he’s been trying to catch balls from the abhorrently inept Marcus Mariota – now, it seems, the Titans are moving on to Ryan Tannehill as their signal caller. Obviously, he’s not a world-beater by any means but he might still be an improvement over Mariota and Davis is a talented player that simply needs a quarterback that can get him the ball – is Tannehill the answer? I don’t want to miss out on that production if he is.
Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams – 28% owned
Last week I briefly mentioned Malcolm Brown as a top tier handcuff addition. Then, Gurley was ruled out for last Sunday’s game and all arrows were pointing towards a big week for Brown owners. However, the 49ers defense they faced is legitimately scary and they completely suffocated Jared Goff and the Rams offense – resulting in a disappointing week for Brown. However, Henderson displayed burst and efficiency (6 carries for 39 rush yards), that’ll make it hard to keep him off the field in the long run.
Mark Walton, RB, Miami Dolphins – 5% owned
I would rather stay away from the Dolphins offense entirely but some of us are desperate at the running back position. The Dolphins mentioned wanting to get Walton more involved on offense and they did just that last week. I expect his role will only expand after a 75-yard performance (6 rushes for 32 yards and 6 targets for 5 catches and 43 receiving yards). He’s most definitely a worth an add and stash at this point.
Duke Williams, WR, Buffalo Bills – 1% owned
The receiver position is a desolate wasteland on the waiver wire this week for a lot of leagues. The question is, how desperate are you for a receiver with the bye’s and injuries stacking up? Williams is a risky play but the Bills just traded away Zay Jones and Williams had 4 targets for 4 catches, 29 yards and a touchdown before the bye. Could the Bills have been entrenching Williams further into the offense during the bye week? Potentially – and he might be a decent pick up for that reason, and that’s not even mentioning the fact that the Bills are facing a rather pass-friendly schedule in the coming month or so.