Is it me or did it feel like some normality resumed this week? Minus the obscene amount of replacements balling out it began to feel like studs were back to being studs. As always there are some important names off the back of Sunday to take a look at. It’s a more challenging week on waivers this week outside a couple of big-name injuries so we may need to dig a little deeper. Let’s dive into this week’s additions and don’t forget I’ll include a Don’t waste your FAAB option (ownership percentages are from Sleeper):
D’Ernest Johnson – RB – Cleveland Browns – (41% Rostership)
Another week, another key injury. It’s brutal just as we expected Kareem Hunt to get the lone run in the Browns backfield; he comes off the field and is now facing a spell on IR. Nick Chubb could be back this week which would make this selection moot. However, given the state of RB currently, he is well worth the add. Demetric Felton is certainly worth consideration but his ownership is too high for this article. D’Ernest Johnson isn’t going to win any leagues but if Chubb can’t go this week and with the week 7 Byenado here he could easily slip in as a flex play to keep you afloat.
Chris Evans – RB – Cincinnati Bengals – (67% Rostership)
This is a carryover from last week. Chris Evans is legit. Watching the game I wouldn’t be shocked if he carves out a larger role in the passing game in Cincinnati. Realistically he is never going to be much more than a potential flex play given his frame and skill set as a passing-down back. However, He looks fantastic in that element of the game. The likes of James White, Tarik Cohen and JD McKissic have shown that you can be fantasy relevant only playing on passing downs if you’re commanding a 10-15% target share as Evans did on Sunday. Evans is likely already rostered in most dynasty leagues but he should be at 100%
Rashaad Penny – RB – Seattle Seahawks – (62% Rostership)
Albert Einstein once said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” so maybe I’m just insane. However, yes I’m fully back in on the Rashaad Penny Hype Train. Penny should be returning from IR this week following a calf strain. He could potentially return and be the only healthy back in Seattle. Chris Carson is out with a neck issue which could be very serious and season-ending. Alex Collins who looked good this week is now battling hip and glute issues. Leaving Penny as the lone healthy back. It’s true I have never stopped believing in Penny and have been burned many times but if he can stay healthy and get this backfield to himself he could very well end up being a league winner.
Case Keenum – QB – Cleveland Browns – (7% Rostership)
Baker Mayfield clearly has a serious issue with his shoulder. Anytime it’s dislocating multiple times in the same game it’s not ideal. He seems resolute to try and play through it but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him sit for a while and allow it to heal. In steps Case Keenum. Now I’m not getting excited about Keenum but as I always say any starting QB should be rostered in Superflex leagues and Keenum could well become exactly that.
OJ Howard – TE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – (54% Rostership)
Finally, OJ Howard broke out! I spent the entire offseason telling people that Howard was worth an end of the bench stash. I believe in his talent and I believe in the offence. The issue was always Gronk playing ahead of him and rebounding from a brutal Achilles injury. If Thursday night is anything to go by he looks back to his old self. He will still likely have to battle Gronk when he returns but worst case scenario Howard flashes this year and is a Free Agent at the end of the season and can find a new home. I am already rostering Howard in far too many places but if he was dropped early in the season I’d go and grab him now to see what could come of it.
Jamal Agnew – WR – Jacksonville Jaguars – (9% Rostership)
This one is a bit of a deeper dive. I don’t really traditionally like rostering this type of player. The speedy gadget player who can flash one week and then disappear for four weeks. However, the Jaguars don’t exactly have a load in the receiving department and are in need of some juice on offence. Agnew had a 14.6% target share on Sunday and the Jaguars were manufacturing him ways to touch the ball. If that continues to happen and this offence starts to take a step forward as Trevor Lawrence starts to find his feet in the NFL. Agnew could find himself a useful little bench piece.
Don’t waste your FAAB
In a new addition to this week’s Dynasty Waiver Wire I thought I’d try to help you by highlighting some players I think are traps. These are guys I’m suggesting to you: Don’t waste your FAAB.
Dante Pettis – WR – New York Giants – (3% Rostership)
I’ll keep this short and sweet. Yes, Pettis flashed and commanded a 22.9% target share on Sunday. Yes, there are plenty of injuries in that Giants receiving core. However, Don’t waste your FAAB. Pettis is likely to fade away as other players start to come back from injury and you’re never going to feel comfortable starting him any given week so just save yourself the FAAB and roster spot now.