While this week is not quite as bye-pocalypse as last week, there still are good teams on byes which could mean people are searching for some players to contribute. Keep in mind that planning ahead a little bit can help you grab that waiver steal of the season.
Nick Foles, Jacksonville
Foles has weapons at his disposal. The Jaguars have a decent running game and some receivers capable of making plays, such as D.J. Chark and Dede Westbrook. Full disclosure: I am not the biggest Foles fan, but there is reason to believe he will do well. Jacksonville’s line has allowed 21 sacks so far this season, so they are going to need to play better with Foles not being as mobile as Gardner Minshew. They tailored the entire offense to him in the offseason, so it’s time to see what he can do. However, keep in mind that the Colts have been pretty good on the defensive side of the ball this year.
Upcoming Opponents: Colts, Titans, Colts
Brian Hill, Atlanta
Devonta Freeman’s injury is still a bit of a mystery. He has not practiced all week, so there is a good chance that he will not play. If he does not play, then Hill is the next man up. Any time you can get a starting running back on waivers, it is worth it. Hill had 61 yards rushing and one reception (which went for a touchdown) while filling in for Freeman. Without that touchdown, Hill would not have put up many fantasy points. However, he should get the opportunity this week to prove he can be fantasy relevant, and opportunity is all you can really ask for this late in the fantasy football season.
Upcoming Opponents: Panthers, Buccaneers, Saints
Darius Slayton, New York Giants
Slayton went off last week to the tune of ten receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns. That performance was good for 34 PPR points. Albeit this performance was against the Jets, but the 14 targets seem to provide some upside going forward. If Saquon Barkley figures out how to be Saquon Barkley again, then Slayton’s opportunities may decrease. However, with five touchdowns on the season, Slayton seems like a trusted target for Daniel Jones even if he is boom-or-bust. The Giants are most likely going to be trailing in games a lot for the rest of the season, so they will probably pass a healthy amount.
Upcoming Opponents: Bye, Bears, Packers
Jacob Hollister, Seattle
Hollister burst onto the scene last week with eight receptions on ten targets and a touchdown. Make no mistake about it: his receptions were legitimate, as Hollister showed soft hands and sharp route-running ability. He could slide into Will Dissly’s vacant spot of Russell Wilson’s trusted red-zone threat. Josh Gordon might steal some red-zone targets from Hollister as he starts getting his feet under him, but Wilson and Hollister already demonstrated rapport with this performance in addition well to the previous game’s two-touchdown performance. Hollister is definitely someone to keep an eye on. He’s worth stashing in a very thin tight end class this year.
Upcoming Opponents: Bye, Eagles, Vikings
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