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    Waiver Wire Bigfoot Hunting Week 6: Is Sammie Coates for Real?

    By the time I finish writing this article, Sammie Coates will have found a way to drop a few more passes. It’s just what he does, but we all have our own flaws.

    As for Coates, it looks like the Steelers are going to look past his deficiencies, for now, considering he posted 19 targets, 12 catches, and two touchdowns in his last two games. In the past two weeks, he’s really been the Martavis Bryant replacement fantasy owners have been hoping for.

    Right now, I’d be willing to bet that Coates is, at worst, a top-35 fantasy receiver the rest of the way. The Steelers throw the ball a lot, so don’t get caught up on the touches that Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown get, there’s room for Coates in this offense.

    If he’s still on the waiver wire, he’d be my number one pickup.

    Dwayne Washington

    Yep, still not done touting Washington. If this week was any indication, the Lions still don’t have a running game. Theo Riddick was actually pretty good, 49 rushes on 11 carries, but we know he’s not someone the Lions intend to use as their featured back. Also, Zach Zenner’s nine yards on seven carries certainly didn’t inspire any confidence.

    So, here we are, once again, riding the Dwayne Washington train. Reports say that he’ll be back next week, and I think he’ll once again be the Lions number one option running the ball.

    I would assume that plenty of people, myself included, dropped Washington in their league the past week, but now would be the time to scoop him back up. Also, the Lions are reportedly interested in Justin Forsett, but Washington is still worth grabbing just in case the breakout happens.

    Devontae Booker

    Booker is the type of handcuff that could win you your league, and right now, it looks like he’s cutting more and more into C.J. Anderson’s workload.

    Since his week one breakout, Anderson has looked pretty flaccid. He hasn’t managed over 3.7 yards per carry and hasn’t topped 50 rushing yards since week two. He’s beginning to revert back to his 2015 form, which isn’t good.

    As Anderson’s value begins to crumble, Booker’s outlook grows and he’s certainly worth the bench spot if you have the room.

    Bilal Powell

    After the first two weeks of the season, I was feeling pretty dumb for not drafting Matt Forte anywhere. Now, I feel pretty good about. Save his horrible week three against the Seahawks, Forte has really been that bad, but it isn’t looking like the Jets are going to let him touch the ball 25 to 30 times per game.

    With Forte’s workload lightening up a bit, Powell has reaffirmed himself as the Jets premiere pass-catching running back. In the past three weeks, he’s caught exactly six passes in every game and has racked up 24 targets. With Eric Decker out, and Ryan Fitzpatrick looking horrendous, Powell is going to keep catching passes for the Jets.

    Cameron Meredith

    It’s hard to recommend Meredith when I feel like the Bears are going to spend the week convincing Brian Hoyer to throw the ball to Alshon Jeffery. Somehow, Jeffery hasn’t been targeted more than seven times in a single game this season and that has to change.

    So, while Meredith’s nine catches for 130 yards and a touchdown was nice, I don’t think this will hold up. However, he’s worth grabbing simply for the fact that Jeffery is always an injury concern, and he’d be a great option if anything were to happen.

    Kenny Britt

    Britt has actually had almost the same exact season as Alshon Jeffery, but it’s okay because he’s just Kenny Britt. While the Rams offense has been anything but a well-oiled machine, Britt has been a steady performer with at least four catches in every game.

    With Case Keenum under center, he probably won’t have huge performances, but he has a clearly defined role in the Rams offense. With a week six matchup against Detroit, Britt has an opportunity to catch a few more passes in what could be a pretty high scoring affair.

    Bobby Rainey

    Rainey is a PPR only option but has looked a lot like Bilal Powell in the past two weeks. He’s caught 13 passes and piled up over 65 total yards over his past two games. One would assume Rashad Jennings will be returning in week six, but Rainey has looked good enough to retain the pass-catching running back role vacated by Shane Vereen.

    If things keep going the way their going for the Giants, just watch for Paul Perkins in case they think he can provide more of a spark to the offense.

    James Starks

    Starks is a really boring, extremely low-ceiling option if Eddie Lacy misses time with an ankle injury. Starks has been really bad this year on limited touches, but he could see around 15 touches if he has the backfield all to himself. The issue with Green Bay running backs is that they don’t score touchdowns, so he’s going to have to pile up the yards if he is going to be remotely useful.

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    Waiver Wire Bigfoot Hunting Week 5: Boring Ol’ Robert Woods

    Waiver Wire Bigfoot Hunting is aimed at giving owners advice on waiver targets that not everyone has their eye on. At this point, we all know we need to have Jordan Howard and others, so why not take a deeper look at your league’s waiver wire?

    When a starting running back or receiver is going to be out for an extended period of time, fantasy owners usually rush to the waiver wire to add the backup. That didn’t really happen with Robert Woods.

    Sure, his name sounds more like a medical hospital or pharmaceutical company, but he’s actually a pretty decent receiver that needs to be on people’s radar following his solid week four performance. Notice I said ‘solid,’ because that what Robert Woods is, just solid.

    Against the Patriots, Woods didn’t do anything spectacular except catch seven of his 10 targets for 89 yards.

    That’s what you can expect from him, save a few games here and there, Woods hasn’t had many big games, but he’s been in an extremely run-heavy offense and had to deal with EJ Manuel for two years.

    In the Bills win over the Patriots, Tyrod Taylor threw the ball 39 times even with the team leading for the entire game. This could be a sign of things to come with Anthony Lynn, and Taylor could be throwing the ball a lot more which would create plenty of opportunities for Robert Woods.

    For someone that was widely available in a lot of leagues before week four, Robert Woods should be a top add.

    Here’s who else to snag from your waiver wire:

    Bilal Powell – A few weeks ago we recommended keeping Powell, and it’s paid off over the past few weeks with Powell touching the ball 20 times and grabbing six catches. Currently, there is some ominous news out there about Matt Forte riding a cart headed to the x-ray following the game against the Seahawks. If anything is wrong with Forte, Powell would instantly become the top running back add for the week. Right now, he’s just a solid play in PPR leagues.

    Hunter Henry – Henry has posted two solid performances in a row, capped off by his four catch, 61-yard, one touchdown performance this week against the Saints. It’s clear that Philip Rivers trusts Henry, and he even had an additional look in the end zone but wasn’t able to get a second foot inbounds. As long as Antonio Gates is out, Henry is a top-five tight end.

    Dontrelle Inman – The Chargers offense is very pass-happy, and there may not be enough room in town for all these guys, but Inman is at least worth a look. Against the Saints, he led the team in targets, receptions, and even caught a touchdown. Over the next three weeks, the Chargers get the Raiders and the Falcons which could both be very high scoring games.

    Devontae Booker – Booker is a nice shot-in-the-dark waiver wire add in case C.J. Anderson goes down. Even though Anderson does have a hold on the starting job, over the past two weeks he’s failed to hit three yards per carry which could lead to Booker getting more and more looks.

    Zach Zenner – A year ago, Zenner was basically in Dwayne Washington‘s position, then Washington came along and sent Zenner down the depth chart. Now, Washington is nursing some kind of pretty bad looking ankle injury, so it looks like Zenner is the next man up. The secret is out, Theo Riddick just isn’t good running the ball out of the backfield, so Zenner may get eight to 10 carries and goal line looks.

    James White – White has been garbage the first four weeks of the season, but that could have something to do with the absence of Tom Brady. White did catch five passes against the Bills, and with Tom Brady making his return in week five, White is a pretty good speculative add.

    Jeremy Kerley – Kerley is a lot like Robert Woods, and he’s pretty much the only show in town for the 49ers. The going may get a little bit tougher against the Cardinals on Thursday, but he did just catch 88 yards and a touchdown.

    Brice Butler – No one really knows what is going on with Dez Bryant, but if he misses any more time then Butler is the add over Terrance Williams. This week, Butler caught five of nine targets for 41 yards and a touchdown. He probably won’t post huge games considering the Cowboys offense revolves around Ezekiel Elliott, but you could do a lot worse.

    Kenny Britt – So, uh, how are the Rams 3-1? I would not add Britt unless I was desperate, but he has been somewhat consistent in his first four games. In every game, he’s had at least 4 catches and has averaged 14.2 yards per catch. Again, the purpose of ‘Waiver Wire Bigfoot Hunting’ is to identify targets that are deep down on the waiver priority list, Britt is that.

    Seth Roberts – I wrote about Seth Roberts a time or two earlier in the season and he’s quietly caught three touchdowns. As we know, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper gobble up most of the targets, but if the matchup is right, Roberts could be a decent play.

    Josh Ferguson – Ferguson is the pass-catching running back for the Colts, and he turned in seven catches on 10 targets. Sure, he only tallied 33 yards, but your ears need to perk up when a running back gets 10 targets.

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    FanDuel Fortune Finder Week 4: We’re All Starting Jordan Howard

    The best thing about Jordan Howard is that he isn’t Jeremy Langford. If you’ve been loitering around fantasy football news on Twitter, then you would know that Mike Clay of ESPN has always hated Jeremy Langford. Myself, like many others, probably wished they listened, but now we get Jordan Howard.

    Over at FanDuel, Howard is listed at a beautiful $5,600 and is probably going to be in a lot of lineups.

    Howard gets the opportunity to be injected into one of the NFL’s worst offenses through three weeks and is probably going to get touches galore with basically every other Chicago running back hurt.

    The Lions run defense has been worse than most this year, allowing 114 yards per game, so even with Chicago’s offense being a wasteland, Howard probably won’t have a hard time getting going.


    Matthew Stafford – $8,300

    Long story short, I love Matthew Stafford. Save his week two performance when he was robbed of two touchdowns, Stafford has had a great start to the season.

    On Sunday, Stafford takes on a Bears defense that has half of their starters injured, so it’s safe to say he’ll have a good game. The Bears do only allow 214 yards per game on the ground but have given up 83 points in just three weeks. Just about every Lion is a good bet in week four.

    Cody Kessler – $6,300

    Following his NFL debut, maybe we should have trusted Hue Jackson. Even though he didn’t score a touchdown, he kept the game close, completed 63 percent of his passes, and didn’t turn the ball over.

    Kessler gets a Redskins defense that is allowing 301 yards per game through the air and basically can’t stop anyone. Though Kessler doesn’t have the best weapons, Terrelle Pryor was a revelation in week three, Duke Johnson seems to be getting worked into the offense more, and Gary Barnidge is a reliable outlet.

    The Browns may play it safe with Kessler, but if they want to win he’s going to have to air it out.

    Running Backs

    Carlos Hyde – $6,800

    The fantasy gods and Chip Kelly graced us with, not one, but two garbage time touchdowns last week for Carlos Hyde.

    It’s evident that Blaine Gabbert won’t help the 49ers much, and despite the fact that they’ll fall behind in a lot of games, Kelly isn’t going away from the ground game.

    Dallas has only allowed 91 yards per game on the ground, but Hyde is the focal point of a very bad offense.

    Cameron Artis-Payne – $5,700

    Surprisingly, Artis-Payne turned in a really solid effort against one of the NFL’s best defenses.

    This week, CAP gets a defense that is allowing 120 yards per game against the run. No matter who’s in the backfield against the Falcons, they’re going to have a useful game.

    The only concern for CAP is what’s going to happen when the Panthers get to the red zone. Is Cam Newton going to pound it in or will Mike Tolbert vulture a touchdown?

    Duke Johnson Jr. – $5,400

    Fantasy wise, Johnson did nothing the first two weeks of the season but turned in a 15 touch, 81-yard week three. While Isaiah Crowell isn’t going anywhere, it looks like Hue Jackson is going to give more looks to Johnson.

    Working more in his favor, having a pass-catching running back in the fold will help Cody Kessler a lot. I don’t think you can count on Johnson for touchdowns, but if Johnson is going to get the ball 12 to 15 times per game he should be able to turn them into plenty of yards.

    Dwayne Washington – $4,500

    It seemed like everyone, myself included, expected Washington to be the ‘second coming,’ but that didn’t exactly happen. Still, his 10 carry, 38-yard performance was much better than what Theo Riddick did on the ground.

    All reports coming out of Detroit have been about how impressed the staff was with Washington and how they want to get him more touches.

    This week, the Lions will likely destroy the Bears which will lead to plenty of red zone opportunities and late game carries. Washington is cheap, and needs to be locked into lineups.

    Wide Receivers

    Marvin Jones – $7,600

    The NFL’s leading receiver against one of the most banged up defense in the NFL? Yes, that is all.

    Robert Woods – $5,400

    While Robert Woods is the most under-appreciated blocking receiver in the NFL, he doesn’t normally get a sufficient amount of targets to be useable in fantasy. However, with Sammy Watkins on the mend in week three, he turned in a decent 6 catch, 51-yard performance.

    It looks like Watkins is going to be out once again, which means Woods is a cheap option in daily fantasy. However, I would be a little concerned if Jacoby Brissett is starting for the Patriots because it could be low scoring game which means the Bills won’t be throwing the ball much

    Tight Ends

    Dennis Pitta – $5,400

    In general, except for a few standouts, tight ends have been pretty bad this year. In the past two weeks, Dennis Pitta has 15 catches on 20 targets, but has yet to find the end zone.

    For the most part, over the past two weeks both Jacob Tamme and Jace Amaro had solid afternoons against a supposedly improved Raiders defense. If Jace Amaro can have a good game, that’s enough for me.

    Zach Miller – $5,000

    While you got nothing from Alshon Jeffery last week, Zach Miller came along and caught eight passes for two touchdowns.

    If you read about why I like Matthew Stafford, Marvin Jones, and Dwayne Washington then you would know why I like Zach Miller.

    This game is going to be a high-scoring blowout if favor of Detroit, which means Brian Hoyer will be throwing the ball a lot.

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    Waiver Wire Bigfoot Hunting Week 4: Adam Humphries

    The purpose of this waiver wire column is to point out some lesser known free agent pick ups. We’re searching for Bigfoot! The thing is Bigfoot doesn’t really exist, or does he, but if someone were to find him it would be a huge discovery. Just like grabbing some random schmuck off the waiver wire, only for him to turn into the next big thing.

    Here are a few potential ‘next big things:’

    Adam Humphries

    Over the past few weeks, I’ve been recommending Washington’s diminutive slot receiver, Jamison Crowder, because he’s been gobbling up targets and scoring touchdowns. Adam Humphries is basically a slightly bigger Jamison Crowder, but possibly in a much better situation.

    I have no idea if Humphries is for real, but he just turned in a 12 target, nine catch, 100 yard game in week three. He also snagged six of eight targets in week 2.

    The main thing working in Humphries favor is that he really doesn’t have any competition for targets as the Buccaneers potential number two receiver. There’s Austin Sefarian-Jenkins who got himself kicked off the team, Vincent Jackson is washed-up, a decent Cameron Brate, and that’s about it. There’s no else.

    The Buccaneers throw the ball a lot, and if this Humphries thing is for real, sign me up.

    Kenneth Dixon

    A lot of smart fantasy owners have been stashing Dixon on their I.R. spot, and Dixon is getting pretty close to being ready for playing time. He was supposedly going to be ready for week 4, but right now, nothing is confirmed.

    Even if he is out week 4, if he’s still available you should probably grab him. If one thing is obvious, Justin Forsett and Terrance West aren’t cutting it, and Dixon could take over the job within his first few game back.

    Orleans Darkwa

    When opportunity struck against Washington, Darkwa performed to the tune of 53 yards and a touchdown. Darkwa is someone that has been a decent performer whenever he gets touches, so if Rashad Jennings is out, Darkwa is a low-end RB2.

    Keep in mind, the sledding will be tough for Darkwa going forward considering he faces Minnesota, Green Bay, Baltimore, and LA in his next four games.

    DeAndre Washington

    It seems like Latavius Murray has been falling out of favor with the Raiders offense since last year, and the breakdown of touches proves that. Murray was supposed to be the Raiders workhorse running back, but he’s only run the ball 18 times in his past two games and hasn’t touched the ball more than 15 times this year.

    With that being said, it would appear that Washington is the speculative add over Jalen Richard. And if there’s one thing that this season has proved, grabbing backup runnings backs as a handcuff or taking a shot in the dark is not a bad idea.

    Washington does have two runs over 25 yards in two games, which does make his 6.5 yards per carry look worse, but he’s someone to keep in mind.

    Dwayne Washington

    We already know about Washington, but his value needs to be reinforced just in case he was dropped in your league.

    In his first game with Ameer Abdullah out, the world was expected of Washington and the return was, a modest, 35 yards on 11 touches. Not what everyone was hoping for, but fear not!

    First, it’s clear that Theo Riddick isn’t someone that should be running the ball more than 10 times per game. In week three, he only had nine yards on 10 carries. He just isn’t more than the best pass-catching running back in the NFL, and that’s okay.

    Also, keep in mind that the Lions were playing from behind since the first quarter against the Packers. They mounted a decent comeback, but basically had to abandon the running game. Not Washington’s fault.

    As I’ve said since April, I’m a huge Washington fan and even though his performance was worse than expected, his outlook hasn’t changed. Washington is going to be good sooner rather than later.

    Marqise Lee

    If things had gone as planned for Lee, he’d be the number two receiver in Jacksonville, not Allen Hurns. Injuries and ineffectiveness have derailed Lee for the first two years of his career, but it actually looks like he could be a valuable fantasy asset.

    In three games, 12 catches on 18 targets but, unfortunately, no touchdowns. Still, the Jaguars are still as bad as ever and they are going to have to throw the ball to win games. Even though Lee is technically behind Robinson and Hurns, Lee is worth monitoring if he continues his current pace.

    If I’m in a deep league and need a receiver, I’d go Crowder first, then Humphries, then Lee.

    Jaron Brown

    Some, including Kent Sommers, have been calling for Jaron Brown to get more playing time in Arizona. Michael Floyd is dealing with a concussion and just hasn’t done much with his 24 targets this year.

    Brown has 14 fewer targets than Floyd but has 11 more yards on just six catches. Brown has just been better.

    It’s hard to say if Brown can be anything, but none of the receivers in Arizona, Larry Fitzgerald not included, have not looked good at all. Brown isn’t owned in a single Yahoo league, so just keep an eye on him.

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    FanDuel Fortune Finder Week 3: The Return of Brian Hoyer?

    There are just some players, Brian Hoyer and Josh McCown being two of them, that just somehow wind up starting for their respective teams.

    As we know, Josh McCown saw his opportunity come and go with a shoulder injury, but now we get the fortune of watching Brian Hoyer start for the Bears.

    As it stands, Brian Hoyer is available for a very cost-effect $6,000 in FanDuel. As cheap as he is, Hoyer isn’t exactly a great real-life quarterback, but there have been plenty of times, including last year, where he was a fantasy bargain.

    In 11 games with the Texans, Hoyer finished with 2,606 yards, 19 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions. He barely completed 60 percent of his passes, but in 11 games, those are pretty darn good numbers.

    I like Hoyer a lot this week against the Cowboys, and would certainly pair him with Alshon Jeffery. If there’s one thing Hoyer does well, it’s force the ball down the gullet of his top targets. Think DeAndre Hopkins last year, and even with Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron in two starts for the Browns in 2013.

    Jay Cutler is trying to play this week, if so, forget Hoyer.

    Dak Prescott – $7,100

    To date, Prescott has been like a lite version of what Tyrod Taylor was in 2015. While he hasn’t made the big plays Taylor was making last year, he also hasn’t been turning the ball or exactly setting the world on fire through the air.

    I think against Chicago, the game will be surprisingly high scoring, so that’s why I like both Prescott and Hoyer.

    Also, as we know the Chicago Bears are pretty horrible at cornerback and also lost Danny Trevethan and Lamar Houston last week. This could be a big game from Prescott.

    Jay Ajayi – $5,700

    I’m actually avoiding Tannehill against the Browns because, like many, I do think the game will be a blowout which will force the Dolphins to run more.

    It’s believed that the Dolphins will deploy a RBBC with Arian Foster out, but I truly believe Ajayi is going to handle most of the running back responsibilities. As long as he doesn’t fumble, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ajayi sniff 18 to 20 touches in a breakout game following a pretty rough two weeks.

    Melvin Gordon – $7,100

    I’m all in on Melvin Gordon, even at the somewhat hefty $7,100 tag.

    Since the preseason, Gordon has actually looked like the running back he was at Wisconsin, and he is set for all the touches he can handle with Danny Woodhead, Keenan Allen, and possibly Antonio Gates out.

    The Colts just aren’t good, expect Gordon to have a career game.

    Dwayne Washington – $4,500

    I love Dwayne Washington, I’ve been saying it since before the NFL draft, and it seems like he’s primed to take over lead ball carrying duties with Ameer Abdullah gone for the year. Note, I said ‘ball carrying duties’ because, as we know, Theo Riddick should dominate a majority of the snaps out of the backfield as a receiver.

    Washington does have a somewhat tough matchup against a solid Packers defense, but I expect the Lions passing game to come out swinging after getting somewhat robbed last week. That should take the pressure of Washington, and will likely lead to at least a few goal line attempts.

    I can’t say I know how many touches Washington will get, but he’s a surprising home run threat for some his size, and he will probably get all of the goal-line touches.

    Jamison Crowder – $5,000

    I love me some Jamison Crowder this week against the Giants.

    In two games so far, Crowder leads the Redskins in targets, catches, and is the only receiver or tight end to catch a touchdown. It’s clear he’s a favorite of Kirk Cousins.

    While Cousins has been really bad this year, his accuracy has been way off, but, fortunately, Crowder doesn’t run routes that are much more than 10 yards down the field, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

    Also, it’s worth noting that DeSean Jackson had a knee issue flare up, and if he’s out, bump Crowder up even further.

    Michael Floyd – $6,900

    Have you guys seen the Bills defense this year? They’ve been horrible, and that goes for Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby.

    To date, Floyd has done much, he only has five catches for 69 yards and a touchdown, but I think he’s the best play against the Bills.

    Darby and Gilmore have been getting out-muscled this year, and Floyd has the size and speed to take advantage of whatever issues Bills’ defensive backs are having.

    Jimmy Graham – $5,200

    I don’t think there’s been a more disappointing player the past two years than Jimmy Graham. Seattle just hasn’t worked out for him, but with his snap count increasing from week one, I think Graham has touchdown potential.

    With most tight ends, Jacob Tamme and Dennis Pitta aside, being absolutely horrible, the most you can really hope for is a few catches and a touchdown. I think Graham does that.

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