2017 Fantasy Football Waiver Report: December 8
Steve Pimental looks at the player's who make for solid waiver claims heading into Week 14 of the NFL season.
Last week (and on Tuesday) we had a surprisingly long list of waiver pickups. Today, the opposite is true. That doesn’t mean you should ignore the waiver wire this weekend or for the remainder of the fantasy playoffs. I am still alive in two of my leagues, including the Fantasy Alarm staff league, and in both leagues I was able to find useful players who are significantly owned but have been ignored by my league. In shallow leagues, it may be prudent to go see if Chris Hogan, Doug Martin or Martavis Bryant are available. Even if you can’t use them yourself, you may be able to keep them away from a playoff opponent.
The players below are listed roughly in the order I would seek to add them. Each player is listed along with his ownership percentage in Yahoo! leagues.
Will Fuller V, WR, HOU (44%) – At the very least, you may want to pick up Fuller so that your opponent cannot use him against you in the fantasy playoffs. Fuller has seven touchdowns on 17 receptions this season, but in his only full game with Tom Savage at quarterback, Fuller caught two of eight targets for 32 yards an zero touchdowns. This should be a good matchup for Houston’s offense, but even if Fuller plays well, it will be difficult to trust him at Jacksonville or home against Pittsburgh the next two weeks.
Andre Ellington, RB, HOU (9%) – Ellington saw snaps at wide receiver last week in his Houston debut, and he could conceivably be the Texans’ No. 3 wide receiver with Bruce Ellington on IR and Braxton Miller yet to practice this week. Ellington could be a sneaky play in deep PPR leagues.
Chester Rogers, WR, IND (0%) – Donte Moncrief still hasn’t practiced this week, and Chester Rogers would likely be the top receiver across from T.Y. Hilton if Moncrief is out. Rogers has at least four targets in three consecutive games, so he may have a pretty high floor in addition to a decent ceiling with Moncrief out.
Eli Rogers, WR, PIT (1%) – With JuJu Smith-Schuster suspended for Week 14, there should be additional snaps and targets for Martavis Bryant and Eli Rogers. Rogers will mostly run out of the slot, which limits his ceiling, but he did catch 48 passes in 13 games last season, so he has some deep PPR appeal.
ArDarius Stewart, WR, NYJ (0%) – Robby Anderson left Thursday’s practice early after aggravating his hamstring, and Stewart would be my pick to get additional targets if Anderson is out. Stewart is a long shot, but the rookie third round pick has the physical tools to possibly take advantage of a bigger workload.