Welcome back, didn’t get what you wanted on Wednesday, feeling blue? Doctor Waiver has the answers, let’s get you into the playoffs where you belong, shall we?!
Teddy Bridgewater- I try not to get too wrapped up in ‘revenge’ spots. But I really think Bridgewater wanted to be the air-apparent to Brees and they just let him walk. Well now, Teddy has a passing offense that is keeping him consistent, and allowing him to put up big numbers. Bridgewater, who we think of as this dink and dunk QB, is 5th in the league in pass yards. And the Saints are giving up points to QB’s. They rank 4th to last in that department.
These options are better than usual at the RB position
Jamaal Williams- Not just a starter worthy player, but a guy who might just finish top 10. He’s a big body, so they can use him in close yardage situations, decent pass catcher, and he looks more explosive this year. Huge opportunity for a guy who goes up against a defense that just gave up 200+ to Derrick Henry. (You can also go grab AJ Dillon in deeper leagues)
JaMycal Hasty- With Mostert headed to the IR and Coleman still living there, this speedy back out of Baylor might just have an opportunity to be ‘the guy’ against the Pats. After Mostert left the game last week, it was Hasty, not McKinnon who led the team in carries.
Russell Gage- A throwback of sorts on this list and someone you probably discarded about 3 weeks ago. Gage is relevant once again! Truth is, we expected too much of him with Ridley and Jones out of the lineup, this guy feasts on the middle of the field, when those two are taking up all the DB attention. Gage could offer some upside as a WR3 in this matchup — the Lions have allowed the highest percentage of explosive pass plays (28%) to slot receivers this season.
Tre'Quan Smith- With Michael Thomas AND Emmanuel Sanders out, where else are Brees' targets going to go? Smith has proven over the last few weeks that he can be trusted when peppered with targets. He's an immediate flex start for me.
Dart throws: Gabe Davis, James Washington, Andy Isabella
Darren Fells- He’s scored in consecutive weeks now and is going to continue to get an opportunity with Akins likely out of the lineup today for the Texans. Also, matchup could be a plus. Gronk just had his breakout game against this good-but-not-great Packers defense. Watson’s desperate for reliable targets, and I think he’s got one in Fells.
Dallas or Washington- Pick your poison. Your guess is as good as mine. These two teams play one another this week, in what is sure to be bowling shoe ugly. The Cowboys o-line is in shambles, Zeke is fumbling, and Dalton looks like he woke up on the bad side on Andy Dalton. That Washington d-line is fierce and could cause some issues. Conversely, Kyle Allen has only started two games this season, and both of the DSTs he faced finished with at least 15 fantasy points.