With no major injuries in Week 9, it’s a pretty thin waiver wire pool this week. But if the bye week in Week 10 is cruel to you or you’re riddled with injuries, check out these speculative adds.
10. Taylor Gabriel — WR, Atlanta Falcons
Gabriel’s role has been picking up with the Falcons over the past two weeks. Although he’s clearly the No. 3 WR behind Julio and Sanu, his Week 8 performance (3-68-1) looks like it might not have been a fluke after all. He followed it up by securing all five of his targets in Week 9 for 52 yards, while handling two carries for 24 yards and a TD. In Matt Ryan’s offense there could be value, even as the third option.
9. Marqise Lee — WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jags’ offense has not been remotely close to living up to the hype. One thing we have learned is that Lee seems just as valuable as any of the other letdowns at WR on the team. After some impressive games, Lee led the Jaguars with 84 yards (plus an 11-yard rush) against a solid KC defense on the road on Sunday.
8. Paul Perkins — RB, New York Giants
The starting job still belongs to Rashad Jennings, but he hasn’t been doing anything to keep Perkins from working his way into a RBBC. Aside from 75 yards in the season opener, Jennings hasn’t topped 27 yards in a game this season and has only reached the end zone once. Perkins hasn’t unveiled anything too special, but he’s been solid on the ground and is much more of a receiving threat than Jennings. I’m looking for him to be more involved the rest of the way.
7. Austin Hooper — TE, Atlanta Falcons
Hooper has been solid while sharing the field with a beat-up Jacob Tamme. Over the past two weeks, Hooper has caught eight passes for 87 yards and a touchdown, while receiving much more attention than Tamme from Ryan. If Tamme were to miss more time, Hooper’s value would only go up.
6. Rishard Matthews — WR, Tennessee Titans
The Titans’ receivers have been impossible to figure out this season, but for the moment, Matthews is the flavor of the week. After reaching the end zone in three of his last four games, Matthews caught six passes for 63 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Chargers in Week 9. That gives him a solid five scores in his last five to go along with 21 catches for 240 yards. Not a bad option as some bench depth.
5. Zach Ertz — TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Ertz finally had a solid game for the first time since returning to the field in Week 5. Although Carson Wentz hasn’t been as successful as he was earlier in the season, he still managed to connect with Ertz all eight times he threw to him for 97 yards. It’s a good sign for his value going forward, especially if he can start to find the end zone.
4. Chris Ivory — RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Ivory finally took a commanding lead over T.J. Yeldon when it came to handling the rushing attempts in Week 9. Yeldon had the better fantasy day due to a receiving touchdown, but Ivory out-carried Yeldon 18-7, gaining 107 yards on the ground. Ivory’s fantasy day took a huge hit due to his goal line fumble on a play he could’ve scored, but going forward it looks like he’ll be getting the majority of the carries.
3. Dion Lewis — RB, New England Patriots
The Patriots are coming off a Week 9 bye, but Dion Lewis is expected to be active for the first time this season when New England hosts Seattle in Week 10. With James White doing a so-so job as the Pats’ passing down RB, Lewis (who was fantastic last season prior to tearing his ACL) figures to step in and potentially immediately inherit his old role — although New England will likely be careful not to overwork the oft-injured Lewis.
2. DuJuan Harris — RB, San Francisco 49ers
With Carlos Hyde out again, Harris leaped Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn on the depth chart and received the Week 9 start at RB. He proved worthy, gaining 59 yards on 10 carries, but made a larger impact through the air — five receptions for 83 yards and a TD. If Hyde remains sidelined, Harris looks like a strong play. At the worst he’s a nice handcuff to Hyde for the remainder of the season.
1. Tim Hightower — RB, New Orleans Saints
It was hard to figure out how the Saints’ backfield would look after Mark Ingram was benched in favor of Hightower in Week 8. Now we have clarity. If you didn’t get Hightower last week and he’s still available, he’s worth the add. Hightower out-snapped Ingram in what looks like a full-blown RBBC. Ingram had a monster day with 15 carries for 158 yards and a TD, but Hightower actually handled 23 carries himself, gaining 87 yards and a TD (plus a 15-yard reception). He seems trustworthy after back-to-back strong games.
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