Waiver Wire Week 5:
Well, well, well. We meet again. Thought you could make it through the week without me did ya?! The waiver wire never sleeps, it needs constant attention, so let’s do our part…grab a brush, we’re combing the waiver wire.
Justin Herbert- This guy is a dude. He proved last week he can still put up #’s against a tough opponent. 3 games played, 25+ fantasy points in 2 out of 3, and it looks like he just keeps getting better. That deep ball is a thing of beauty. Also, his next 3 games- Jets, Dolphins, Jags.
Honorable mentions: 3 average-to-bad QB’s with Grade A matchups: Teddy B (@ ATL), Daniel Jones (@ Dallas), and Kirk Cousins (@ Seattle).
The options are not plentiful, so we’re going to have to get creative:
In need this week: Gus Edwards is worth a shot, he’s had at least 38 yards rushing in each of the Ravens last 3 games, and appears to be their most effective runner in that 3-back committee.
Really desperate this week: Matt Breida is in a nice “revenge spot” against his former team that sent him packing, as the Phins take on the 49ers.
Stash and grab: This won’t be a play for this week, but as a look ahead, Anthony McFarland of the Steelers is worth speculating on. McFarland split carries with Benny Snell as the back-up to James Connor, but he outplayed him by a mile, and we know Connor can’t stay healthy.
Mecole Hardman- My favorite waiver grab today by far. Hardman has now put in back-to-back weeks with four receptions and touchdown scores. Hardman isn’t on the field a ton for the Chiefs, but he’s targeted on 26% of the routes he runs for KC, which is a ridiculous #.
And how about this…Last season, Hardman had his coming-out-party versus the Las Vegas Raiders (4-61-1).
Greg Olsen- Now look, last week I gave you Big Bob Tonyan here, so the bar is set pretty high for Grade A tight end advice…I don’t expect to meet that high expectation with this pick, but let’s give it a shot. Olsen has 4 or more targets in 3 out of 4 games played and at least 6 in the last 2. I like anyone getting that many looks from Russell Wilson, and believe me, he’s available on a waiver wire near you.
Cowboys- I know, they can’t stop anybody, right? But what if they’re playing a QB who stops himself? Daniel Jones hasn’t recorded a TD in 3 games, maybe this is a get right spot for the Dallas D.