RotoViz provides advice on players to target and fade on your fantasy football waiver wire.
We’re doing this article a little bit differently today. I asked some RotoViz writers to weigh in on who their top priority waiver adds were this week. The responses were insightful:
Go pick up Todd Gurley if he’s on the wire. — Hasan Rahim
I know — not in your league. But keep an eye on him I guess. In the meantime, here are some players who very well may be available in your league and who the RotoViz staff thinks may be worth adding to your roster.
Backup Running Backs
James White is available in almost 10 percent of ESPN leagues. Chris Ivory — he hurt his leg, but is less injured than LeSean McCoy. I’m upset I accidentally dropped Raheem Mostert — he is probably worth an add. — Jeff Matson
White should be rostered in every league, as he becomes an every-week starter as long as Sony Michel is dealing with an injury. He saw a season-high 11 rushing attempts yesterday, and also led the Patriots in targets. As Hasan and I discussed on the Fantasy Football Report, there’s a possibility that without Michel, the Patriots will opt to trade out some rushing attempts for short passes, which would benefit White even more than the increase in rushing work. Kenjon Barner also carried the ball 10 times following Michel’s injury. He’s rostered in only 0.1 percent of ESPN leagues. For the time being, things should probably stay that way. But if you’re really desperate, sure, why not?
Ivory has actually been doing an excellent McCoy impression so far in 2018:
Unfortunately he plays for the Buffalo Bills. Ivory did manage over 100 yards from scrimmage as the lead back, scoring 13.6 PPR points. He is serviceable as long as McCoy is out, and is worth an add if you play in one of the 89 percent of leagues in which he is on waivers.
Mostert led the 49ers backfield in scoring after Matt Breida aggravated his ankle injury on his first carry of the game.1 Alfred Morris actually held the lead in carries, but Mostert was far more productive with his, out-gaining Morris 59-25. Mostert also caught all four of his targets for 19 yards, while Morris failed to secure his single target. Mostert is available in 96 percent of leagues. If you’re in need of RB help or a bye-week fill-in, do your part to make that percentage a little lower.
It’s recently been reported that Marshawn Lynch is dealing with a groin injury that will sideline him for at least the next month, and that it’s likely he’s placed on injured reserve. Jalen Richard and Doug Martin are both currently owned in only approximately 17 percent of ESPN leagues. Richard would be my preference here, since he’s seen the bulk of the receiving work among all Oakland RBs thus far, and that shouldn’t change going forward. If you play in a deeper league, DeAndre Washington (0.1 percent) makes for a cheap flier. — Hasan Rahim
Richard is getting about as valuable a receiving workload as other top pass-catching backs:
Where he lags is in his rushing workload — he hasn’t carried the ball more than two times since Week 1. But as of this (Monday) afternoon, he has opportunities for increased work coming from two directions, as Amari Cooper was recently traded to Dallas. As one of Derek Carr’s trusted pass catchers, Richard may be in line for an increase in both targets and carries.
Indy’s Secret Bellcow
You probably don’t need me to tell you to go pick up the RB who just put up 2 TDs and 159 yards from scrimmage, but I’m going to do it anyway. Marlon Mack looks completely healthy, and he dominated touches in the Indy backfield. While he won’t always have such a favorable game script, the Colts are second in the league in offensive plays run, and show no signs of slowing down. Available in 46 percent of ESPN leagues, Mack can provide immediate help to owners who have been hit by injuries at RB. — John Lapinski
Partially as a result of Mack’s rushing efficiency, and partially as a result of a matchup with the Bills, the Colts uncharacteristically attempted only 23 passes on Sunday. Even so, Mack out-targeted Nyheim Hines 3-2, and held a big lead in rushing attempts.
For the time being, this appears to be Mack’s backfield. Hines himself is rostered in only 45 percent of leagues and had caught at least five passes in three straight games before Mack’s return. In different game scripts he is still likely to be a factor in this offense.
The Discount Patrick Mahomes
Mitchell Trubisky. Before drafts this year, I stupidly avoided Patrick Mahomes because I viewed him as a guy who would get you a ton of points one week and then disappoint the next. In other words … Mitchell Trubisky. The Bears QB, rostered in only about half of ESPN leagues, is no Mahomes, but he can do a pretty good imitation, such as in Week 4 when he threw for six TDs, and yesterday, when he threw for 333 yards, two TDs, then added 81 yards and a running score to boot. Sure, his floor isn’t that great — against the lowly Cardinals a month ago he threw for just 220 yards and no scores — but he’s an option for struggling squads that need to find points somewhere. They don’t call him Risky Trubisky for nothin’!2 — Monty Phan
Trubisky entered the season as many analysts’ favorite “2018’s Jared Goff” candidate — a player who would explode in his second year, following a coaching change. His first three games disabused us of that notion. His next three games also disabused us of that notion, but in a different way — Goff has a ways to go before he can hope to become 2018 Mitchell Trubisky.
Indeed, Trubisky’s play over the last four weeks is making even Mahomes jealous:
With 11 passing touchdowns and one rushing score over the last three games, Trubisky has moved clearly out of the weekly streamer category and into the every-week starter category. Chicago has already had their bye week, so you can likely play Trubisky every week without worrying about carrying a second QB.