While watching the first half of the Steelers-Dolphins game, I nearly jumped with anger. I thought to myself “just my luck” that the only defense that wouldn’t strike a bevy of fantasy points from the worst team in football would be the Steelers — of course. The Steelers, coming off a dominant week six defensive performance in LA, in which their obnoxious Steeler Nation fanbase took over the crowd, looked as if they forgot they were playing Dolphins this week. But I obviously spoke too soon, as they racked up 15 points. I need to give a big shout out to Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s magic for the two interceptions that helped me win my league. Alright, banter aside, there are a lot of good receiver pickups, including a couple replacements for injured players in this week’s waiver wire.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s talk about how the list was generated. To qualify, each player must be owned in less than 50% of PPR leagues (based on ESPN fantasy app ownership). The ownership percentage will be included for each player. The list is organized by position and priority of the add. This means the most important addition will be first and the least important/most speculative addition will be last. Finally, the stats are based on standard PPR leagues. With that in the books, let’s get started!
Gardner Minshew (49.5% owned) – Jaguars
The phenomenon that is Minshew Mania continues after a stellar week eight performance against the Jets in which he threw for three touchdowns, garnering 24.5 fantasy points. He has had at least 21 points in each of the last two weeks, and he faces the Texans in week nine. Houston has given up the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and the most points to opposing wide receivers. The only thing working against Minshew is Nick Foles’s impending return. However, if he continues this type of performance, it will be hard to install Nick Foles instead of riding the hot hand. How else are they going to profit off their Minshew ticket packs that include tickets to three games and, of course, a Minshew mustache?
Benny Snell (8.9% owned) – Steelers
Yes, I know he has a knee injury that took him out late in the second half, but hear me out. Snell left late in the second half when the Steelers were just running the ball to kill the clock. We do not know the extent of this injury, but we do know that James Conner has an AC joint injury (shoulder) that will hinder him for the rest of the year. With that said, until we find out more about Snell’s injury, this is only speculative. But it’s better to be proactive by picking him up (if you have a spot) and waiting to hear the severity rather than waiting on him only to find out it’s not a major injury and lose out on him. Keep in mind that Jaylen Samuels looks to return in week nine. However, he has been plagued by injuries before, and if Snell does not have a major injury, this backfield will be more of a committee.
Tra Carson (0.1% owned) – Lions
Although he did not perform admirably against the Giants, Tra did receive the most touches out of all the Lions running backs. He should be a speculative add for this week until we gain a clearer picture of who will emerge as this team’s workhorse or if they stick with the committee.
Danny Amendola (10% owned) – Lions
After starting the year hot, Amendola has been a ghost. However, over the last two weeks, he has been the most-targeted receiver on the Lions, catching at least eight passes for a minimum of 95 yards. Next week, they face the Raiders, who have given up the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Look for Amendola to continue his target share considering their depleted and non-existent running games with Kerryon Johnson out.
Diontae Johnson (11.6% owned) – Steelers
Johnson had a huge game against the Dolphins, posting five receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown. Expect to see more targets go his way now that Mason Rudolph is back under center. The loss of James Conner could also pave the way to a larger role for Johnson.
Chris Conley (11.6% owned) – Jaguars
With Dede Westbrook going down in week eight, it was the next man up in Jacksonville. Chris Conley was able to fill in for Dede in a spectacular way. Conley went on to produce four receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. This is his second straight double-digit fantasy point performance. The health of Dede is uncertain at the moment, but if he were to miss time, Conley would be generously rewarded considering Westbrook had the second-most targets on the team (just five fewer than D.J. Chark). A week nine matchup against the Texans also bodes well for Conley, as they have given up the most fantasy points against wideouts this year.
Devontae Parker (13.9% owned) – Dolphins
A Dolphins player on the list? Shocking, I know. However, Parker has caught two touchdowns in his last three games and is the second-most targeted receiver on the Dolphins. His big-play ability is what makes him valuable. Next week, the Dolphins face the Leonard Williams-less Jets, who have given up the ninth-most points to opposing receivers. The Dolphins shocked the Steelers in the first half of week eight’s contest, so don’t be surprised if they do the same to the Jets.
Preston Williams (10% owned) – Dolphins
Why not continue this trend? Williams is the most-targeted rookie wideout in the NFL. The only knock on him is his lack of touchdowns. However, as a fantasy player, volume is crucial and Williams is receiving the most targets on the Dolphins.
N’Keal Harry (8.9% owned) – Wide Receiver, Patriots
The rookie out of ASU is able to come off the IR in week nine and has been practicing with the team for the last two weeks. The Patriots’ acquisition of Mohamed Sanu hurts his value a bit, however, it’s critical to understand that Sanu will more likely be playing out of the slot whereas Harry is the big-play outside-the-numbers threat. Harry is their 2019 first-round pick so if you’re in need of a wide receiver, don’t hesitate to stash him for now.
Derrius Guice (29.4% owned) – Running Back, Redskins
After suffering an MCL injury during week one, Guice looks to be on track to take the field week 11. Sure, this may be a little too early to mention Guice, considering we have a couple weeks before his return. However, if you have the room to stash him, I would do it considering he is a starting-caliber running back when healthy. Under Gruden, the Redskins ran the ball on average 16.5 times a game. Without Gruden, the ‘Skins average 25.5 rushing attempts per game. The volume is there, but will Guice’s health be?
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