Weekend Waiver Wire

By: Jake Rajala

Quarterback:

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Fitzmagic has eclipsed 20 fantasy points in his last three matchups. Now the Dolphins journeyman quarterback is entering a matchup with a San Francisco defense that allowed Carson Wentz to drop 21 points. Yes, Carson Wentz dropped 21 points on them. The 49ers defense is missing Richard Sherman and Nick Bosa. Frankly, these cats were missing Deforest Buckner before Bosa went down. Meanwhile, Ryan Fitzpatrick will be looking to climb his team out of their 1-3 hole, while keeping his job from the young stud-Tua Tagovailoa. We saw the Dolphins drop 28 points on the Bills in a must-win game, expect the Dolphins led by Fitzpatrick and Devante Parker to drop around 35 points this week. 

Justin Herbert

I mean, duh. When Anthony Lynn announced Justin Herbert as the starter for the end of the season, he might have just announced the 2020 offensive rookie of the year. Herbert dropped 22+ points in two out of his three last matchups. Now he’s combatting the Saints struggling defense in Week 5, who give up the 7th most FF points to quarterbacks in the league. After New Orleans, Herbert gets the Jets, Dolphins, and Jaguars. It’s hard to beat that schedule. Herbert is a must add and he will only get better down the stretch. There’s unique trade potential if he breaks out, as well.

Running Back:

Rex Burkhead

We all saw how Damien Harris shined for the Patriots without Sony Michel against the Chiefs. Even with Harris running strong, Let’s not forget that Rex Burkhead still had a season-high carries against Kansas City. A detrimental factor to Burkhead’s production in Week 5 came with his receiving production. It didn’t help that Brian Hoyer looked like he rolled out of bed, while Stidham’s performance showed why Cam Newton is starting. When Newton joins, we should see more plays for Burkhead in multiple ways. Even with Burkhead putting up only 6 points last week, he capped 34 in Week 4, and 8 in Week 3. Expect Burkhead to have a promising year as the Patriots are poised to be in lots of shootouts. Damien Harris isn’t about to be a 1,000 yard running back, or Stevan Ridley 2.0.

J.D. McKissick

Washington’s running back has recorded 8+ points in his last two games. J.D. McKissic compiled “seven” receptions last week. I love how J.D. is growing into this offense. His receiving production shouldn’t stop thereafter a new quarterback is in the fold. The Washington Team’s new quarterback-Kyle Allen was the man behind McCaffrey having the most receptions from a running back in league history. Although I don’t see J.D. catching 116 passes, he will still be getting lots of targets. He still hasn’t found the endzone, so his stats should really cook up when those moments combine.

Wide Receiver:

Nelson Agholor

Jon Gruden loves veteran wide receivers. He’s got to be happy that Nelson Agholor has been a pleasant surprise in Henry Ruggs on-field production miss from the season. Agholor had 14.4 fantasy points against Buffalo last week. His role should only grow as the team can’t wait for Ruggs to get on the bus. The Raiders offense has a date with the Chiefs this weekend, which is proved to be a shootout. If Carr leans on Agholor this weekend, it will seem likely that the connection is reliable. Get the wideout now.

Here’s a “trust ball” from Carr to Agholor on 4th down.

Randall Cobb

Cobb hasn’t been a pillar of consistency, but he’s flashed great outings with the star dusted quarterback-Deshaun Watson. In Week 2, Cobb put up 10.9 points, then 19.5 points in Week 3. He only put up 5.6 points in Week 4, but it’s deeper than that. He was still second on the team in targets. His role is very noticeable on this lethal offense, so keep your hope alive for the slot receiving stud. 

Tight End:

Tyler Higbee

If the Rams tight end is available, snag the breakout stud now. Higbee’s worst game is 5 points, while he’s flexed a performance with 28.4 fantasy points. He’s only found the endzone during one of the games (his best game), so that’s very comfortable for the tight end to keep dominating foes. He’s a consistent weapon to get the ball in Sean McVay’s offense. He’s done very well and it seems clear for him to keep growing.

Greg Olson

When the veteran tight end isn’t dropping passes for pick 6s the other way, he’s shown a career reboot. It all helps for Greg Olson when his quarterback is the lead player for MVP. Olson has fit in well with “three games for over 8 points”. Expect Olson to keep a prominent role as he’s going to be showcased in lots of pivotal divisional games. As for Week 5, he’s going against an awful Vikings defense. This week is a good game to expect a stout game from the ultimate competitor. 

Great throw and catch in this high scoring affair

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