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.