It’s been 3 weeks and there has been a lot of injuries. The Tennessee Titans had a bunch of players and personnel test positive for COVID-19 and this is just a weird year, overall. So instead of the chit chat, let’s just get right into the waiver wire adds of the week.
% owned is based on Yahoo Fantasy Football
Shallow and Intermediate Leagues (10-60% owned)
Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins – 47% owned
I know I mentioned his name before, but it’s worth the repetition. He may have not had the most efficient day, but Gaskin finished the day with 22 rush attempts and 5 targets. That’s a heavy workload and one that can’t be ignored, especially with such a thin waiver wire. Go and grab him and don’t look back.
Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings – 32% owned
I am not a huge fan of depending on rookie receivers, but as I mentioned before, the waiver wire is a bit lackluster and Jefferson might be a unique case. Jefferson came into the league as one of the more pro-ready receivers in the class and is part of a Vikings offense that is looking for a second receiving option. The targets are there, the talent is there and—especially after a 9 target, 7 catch, 175 yards, 1 touchdown performance—Jefferson is worth a pickup.
Carlos Hyde, RB, Seattle Seahawks – 19% owned
Chris Carson’s injury was not as bad as initially thought but he could still miss a week or two. A lot of us are hurting for reliable running back options and Hyde is a good short-term fix. He might not take on all of Carson’s pass-game work but he will be the replacement on the ground for one of the best offenses in the NFL. Hyde should be held until we find out more about Carson’s ailment.
Deep Leagues (<10% owned)
Brian Hill, RB, Atlanta Falcons – 3% owned
I have to apologize, the running back streamers are essentially non-existent this week, but if you have a roster that can plan ahead, there may be some guys that are available for future value. Hill has Gurley in front of him, but he has shown a lot of ability, regardless. Gurley might also not hold up for an entire year and Brian Hill would be an absolutely fantastic handcuff. If you have space, scoop up Hill and try to wait out the backfield, if you can.
Andy Isabella, WR, Arizona Cardinals – 2% owned
Isabella finally got opportunity, due to the injury to Christian Kirk, though it was limited at best. Even still, if the Cardinals are smart, they’ll continue to see what Isabella is about. He was 4th in snaps, but finished the day with a rush attempt, 4 targets for 47 yards and 2 touchdowns. It’s obviously a gamble, considering his lack of involvement—volume wise—but Kliff Kingsbury and the Cardinals’ offense could decide to increase his usage, which would make him a steal down the road. If you have a roster spot open, he may be worth a gamble.
Greg Ward, WR, Philadelphia Eagles – 1% owned
We go from a wide receiver who might not see large volume, to one that has the opportunity to see a lot of it. Jalen Reagor is out for a long while, DeSean Jackson’s hamstring may not be significant but it’s an injury that can stick around, Alshon Jeffery is returning soon but he’s an injury-prone player that will have to slowly work his way back to game-form and Dallas Goedert was just lost for an extended period, as well. The Eagles have to throw to somebody, and after an 11-target day, Greg Ward is at the top of that list, at wide receiver.
Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, Pittsburgh Steelers – 1% owned
I have to apologize about Benny Snell, that was some bad advice. I didn’t expect Conner to come back healthy and go bananas right off the bat. We live and we learn, it’s time to move on. Conner is still a candidate to slow down/hit an injury wall with his history but Snell might not actually be the handcuff in Pittsburgh anymore. McFarland is the young, up and coming back for the Steelers, who just had a pretty efficient day in his NFL debut—he finished with 6 rush attempts, 42 yards and 2 targets. McFarland could end up becoming a huge part of the Pittsburgh offense down the road.