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    League Winners Still Left on Your Waiver Wire

    Almost every year it seems like some random running back or receiver comes out of nowhere leading fantasy teams to a championship. A few years ago it was Arian Foster, and this year it’ll probably someone that’s just as obscure.

    Fortunately, the guy that could win you your league just still might be on your waiver wire. Here are a few names to keep in mind when thinking of how you’re going to win your way to a championship.

    Kenneth Dixon

    The good thing about Kenneth Dixon is that he doesn’t need an injury to help his fantasy value. Sure, Terrence West getting hurt would probably be for the best, but if last Thursday was any indication, Dixon has a defined role in Baltimore’s offense.

    In the Ravens’ 28-7 win over the Browns, Dixon ran the ball six times for 38 yards, and caught five of seven targets for 42 yards. With West struggling and being a less effective pass-catcher, Dixon got his most work on the season and looked better than West.

    As I said, an injury to West would catapult’s Dixon fantasy value, but even if West hangs around for 10 touches a game, Dixon is the running back to own in PPR leagues. The Ravens don’t have the best group of receivers, and Dixon has clear ownership as the Ravens pass-catching running back.

    Derrick Henry

    I wasn’t going to mention Henry at all, but I did notice his ownership dipped below 50-percent in Yahoo leagues.

    It’s clear that the Titans are going to force-feed DeMarco Murray, but if anything were to happen to Murray then Dixon immediately becomes a top 10 running back.

    Henry hasn’t touched the ball much this year, but he was a monster against Jacksonville while pulling in 20 touches. If Henry stays healthy he won’t be worth much, but I’d hate to have to cross my fingers in hopes of getting him with a winning bid or anything less than the number one waiver priority.

    Tyreek Hill

    Hill is one of the most explosive players in the NFL and Andy Reid has made a point to get the ball in his hands on offense. In week 10, against Carolina, Hill caught 10 of 13 targets for 89 yards. You’d obviously like more yards, especially with 10 catches, but I assume most of his targets came from within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage.

    As for Hill’s outlook, whenever Jeremy Maclin is out then he should be a decent player, but the Chiefs’ do have some fantasy-friendly matchups coming up. Between weeks 11 and 16, the Chiefs play the Buccaneers, Raiders, Titans, and Falcons. 

    While the Chiefs don’t have the most prolific passing offense, Hill has a few nice matchups coming up and has the ability to turn a dead play into a 70-yard touchdown.

    Adam Humphries

    With Vincent Jackson out for the year, Humphries has been hit or miss the past few weeks but has seen a recent spike in targets. In his past two games, Humphries has 15 targets, 10 catches, 92 yards, and one touchdown. Not amazing, but not horrible either.

    The reason he could lead you to a championship has everything to do with his upcoming schedule. In weeks 14 through 16, Humphries gets New Orleans TWICE!, Dallas, and San Diego.

    Those are three amazing matchups, and Humphries should be a high-end WR3 at worst heading into the fantasy playoffs in a few weeks.

    Robert Woods

    Woods is one of the best blocking receivers in the NFL but doesn’t quite get the recognition he deserves as a receiver. He’s not the biggest or the fastest, but he’s a decent possession receiver that can make a few tough catches.

    Woods posted a big week nine against the Seahawks with 162 yards and 10 catches. During the next few weeks, Woods gets Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Miami. Not too shabby at all, especially considering Woods is basically the only receiver the Bills have.

    Eli Rogers

    Rogers got a lot of attention before the season started, and following a decent week one performance, but fell off quite a bit before a week 9 resurrection.

    In his past two games, Rogers has accumulated 15 targets, nine catches, 145 yards and one touchdown.

    He has full ownership of the Steelers slot-receiver job and could see quite a few more targets going forward with Markus Wheaton and Darius Heyward-Bey out for the season.

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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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