Steve Miller | November 19th, 2019
From Marlon Mack‘s handcuff to a studly young wide receiver in San Francisco to a fresh pair of legs in D.C., the waiver wire actually has a few viable candidates this month. It’s the scraps and shiny new toys addition so let’s dive right in.
Derrius Guice, RB, Redskins (48%)
Guice was on my buy list two weeks ago – and still, his ownership sits under 50%. Do I really not have that big of an impact? Just kidding, but seriously, if he’s out there in your league, Guice is key add. In his first game back, he only handled the rock eight times, rushing seven times for 24 yards and catching one of his two targets, which turned into a 45-yard touchdown. While Adrian Peterson still handled the majority of the touches, Guice is the superior fantasy back, (at this stage of their careers, of course, AD is an all-timer). Look for Guice to slowly increase his workload over the next few weeks.
Jonathan Williams, RB, Colts (5%)
Mack was dominating on Sunday (109 yards and a score) before leaving the game with a fractured hand. However, Mack was dominating thanks to a bad opponent (Jacksonville) and Williams took advantage of his opportunity in Mack’s absence, rushing 13 times for 116 yards and adding one catch for 31 yards, good for 15.7 PPR points. Not shabby for limited action. That offensive line will continue to make the starting Colts’ running back worth a start in fantasy. While Mack is out indefinitely, Williams (or Jordan Wilkins) could be the late-season piece you need. I am not advocating you drop all your FAAB, but if you are in need of a running back, perhaps to replace Mack, he is worth a priority waiver claim.
Deebo Samuel, WR, 49ers (54%)
Samuel has been a budding star in the past two weeks with George Kittle on the mend, snagging eight balls each week (on 21 total targets) and topping the century mark in both outings. Oh, and he made this insane catch over Patrick Peterson. He’s more a keeper/dynasty prospect, but he can have value down the stretch if he continues to see looks (28 targets in the past three games). If you haven’t seen this stat, and especially if you’re in dynasty, here’s why Samuel is on my buy list. The only active wide receivers with back-to-back games of six catches and over 110 yards in their rookie season… Julio Jones, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr., and Samuel.
Bo Scarbrough, RB, Cowboys (2%)
The second-Year Alabama back made the most of his surprise start this week against Dallas. He was promoted from the practice squad and toted the rock 14 times for 55 yards and a score. Scarbrough looked like a strong downhill runner when he was able to get a few steps in and he did it against a stout Dallas front. Next week’s matchup with Washington is a tasty option. Get him on the cheap or as a later option in waiver claim leagues. He’s especially valid in standard scoring as he doesn’t appear to have a role in the receiving game.
Noah Fant, TE, Broncos (28%)
The rookie tight end provides a sliver of upside at a barren position. In the two games since Emmanuel Sanders left Denver, Fant has been relied on a bit more. He may only have 12 catches for 201 yards, but he has 23 targets and has been utilized in the running game, though for negative yards this week. This usage is promising when looking at the bleak options at tight end on the waiver wire each week.
DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins (59%)
Parker has been a very solid WR2 the past five games, never posting less than 55 yards, six targets, and four catches. He’s also had double-digit targets in three of his the last five games, and he appears to finally be putting together a streak of games worthy of his years of hype.
Jamison Crowder, WR, Jets (74%)
While he’s owned in lots of places, he’s only recently been trending upwards. After a pair of three point performances, he may have been dropped but that was a mistake. In his most recent three games, Crowder has over 70 yards in each game and has scored three touchdowns. He faces Oakland, Miami, and Cincinnati in his next three games, a game stretch of matchups for Crowder.
Overall, all things considered, it’s a pretty nice looking waiver wire this week. Good luck out there!
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