This week continued the injury train with everyone’s favorite tight end, George Kittle, likely missing the rest of the football season. Jimmy Garropolo, Gardner Minshew, Jonathan Taylor, Kenny Golladay, Calvin Ridley, Darrell Henderson, and many more are also on the verge of missing time.
Fantasy football season is in full swing and for a lot of teams, this is make-or-break time for your fantasy squad. Are you on the outside looking in on the playoffs hoping for a late-season push? Are you comfortably at the top of the standings looking ahead to playoff matchups and hoping to secure a Week 1 bye? This is when the adults get separated from the kids. Here are my favorite waiver wire pickups this week to help notch some wins on your belt.
The rookie running back out of Baylor carried the load for the 49ers on Sunday in their loss to Seattle. JaMycal Hasty logged 12 carries for only 29 yards, but he did find his way into the end zone.
With Tevin Coleman unlikely to play in San Francisco’s Thursday night matchup and Kyle Shanahan’s continued hesitancy with Jerrick McKinnon, I expect Hasty to shoulder most of the load. Hasty is in a very favorable matchup against Green Bay, a team that just gave up 163 yards and three scores on the ground to Dalvin Cook. Hasty could be a safe stash for a few weeks since Coleman, Raheem Mostert, and Jeff Wilson are all battling injuries.
Before this season I told you guys about Ravens rookie, J.K. Dobbins. I said that Dobbins could be a league-winner late in the season and that you should target him in the later rounds of your drafts. Well, up until now Dobbins has been extremely disappointing. However, with the absence of Mark Ingram this past week, Dobbins was able to showcase his ability by toting the rock 15 times for over 100 yards.
If Ingram is out again this Sunday, Dobbins should continue to have his expanded role. Dobbins may just have a hold of the Baltimore backfield (even if Gus Edwards had more rushes this last week) regardless if Mark Ingram is healthy. The Ravens have struggled to move the ball on the ground this season, but Dobbins had no issue against the stout Pittsburgh defense.
Rams’ RB Darrell Henderson left the game early on Sunday due to an injury. Rookie Cam Akers was able to get more involved in his absence. The LA backfield remains murky even if Henderson isn’t available. But between Malcolm Brown and Cam Akers, the back I want on my squad is Akers.
The upside for Akers is greater, but he has a floor that could very well be zero. If Henderson is a full-go in the Rams’ first game back after the bye, I would look elsewhere besides Akers moving forward.
Check your league’s waivers to see if any of these guys are still available. If they are, I would do whatever it takes to get them on my roster.
- Travis Fulgham – WR, PHI
- Tee Higgins – WR, CIN
- Zack Moss – RB, BUF
- Chase Edmonds – RB, ARI
- Jalen Reagor – WR, PHI
- Dallas Goedert – TE, PHI
- Mike Williams – WR, LAC
- Corey Davis – WR, TEN
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