Cam Newton, quarterback, Panthers. On 40%> of rosters
Supercam is back with the Panthers, and he already looks like he belongs there. Carolina has a loaded offense with star players like McCaffrey, Moore, and Anderson, so there is plenty of firepower there, and the offensive line has been somewhat solid over the past couple of weeks. Newton also deserves some consideration because of his running ability and touchdown potential on the ground. With easy matchups against the Dolphins and Falcons coming up, with a bye week in between, Newton is definitely worth chasing.
Ty Johnson, running back, Jets. On 5%> of rosters
The Jets offense is terrible, but Ty Johnson should be on your waiver list in case Michael Carter misses the game against the Texans on Sunday. Johnson is an excellent pass catcher out of the backfield and has seen an increase in targets after the Jets’ bye week. Johnson is worth a shot only in PPR leagues, as his floor there is much higher.
Brandon Aiyuk, wide receiver, 49ers. On 50%> of rosters
Finally healthy this season, Aiyuk had a breakout game against the Jaguars, racking up 85 yards and a score on 7 catches. With the easiest WR schedule coming up, Aiyuk could be in line for some big numbers late in the season and he could be big in the playoffs. Definitely worth a claim in case your starting receivers have some tough matchups in Weeks 17/18.
Pat Freiermuth, tight end, Steelers. On 30%> of rosters
Tight end production has been awful this season, as not only have Kittle and Kelce been really bad, but tight ends as a whole have not been able to find any sort of consistency in fantasy football. Freiermuth is no different, as he has 5 games below 5 fantasy points, but he is worth considering because of his 9 red zone targets over the past 3 weeks.
Darnell Mooney, wide receiver, Bears. On 40%> of rosters
Despite a terrible coach/quarterback situation in Chicago, Darnell Mooney has managed to put up big numbers over the past couple of weeks, scoring in both and even getting a rushing touchdown. While the Bears next 3 games are not looking easy, two matchups against the Vikings’ secondary over the last 4 weeks are tempting.
Colts’ D/ST, On 80%> of rosters.
With a tough matchup against the Buccaneers coming up, some managers may panic and drop the Colts’ defense. Now while I personally would not start this defense against the Bucs, matchups against the Texans and facing the Jaguars on the final week of the season are big reasons to either pick up or trade for this unit.