Early Waiver Wire Pickups

By: Jake Rajala

Quarterback:

Carson Wentz

Believe me, I know. The Eagles are a hot mess and they’re packing on injuries. However, the team is and will continue to lean on Carson Wentz to throw it around the yard. It’s like the 2019 Seahawks, where they tell Russell Wilson to snap it and figure it out with an atrocious crew. The only difference is that Wentz can’t manage that same situation with efficiency. Nonetheless, Wentz is putting up lots of stats, fantasy stats that is. Wentz dropped 29 points on the Ravens admirable defense. That’s his fourth game of 17+ points. The best part is that Wentz plays the Giants, Cowboys, Giants, Browns, Seahawks, Packers, and Saints defense throughout the next several weeks. Wow. Those are some bad defenses, especially on the back end. Pick up the quarterback that’s doing more damage and has a far better outlook than Minshew Mania and the “loose cannon” Phillip Rivers in waivers.

Nick Foles

It’s time to take the ultimate clutch god at quarterback serious for fantasy purposes. Nick Foles is still learning the timing and rhythm, but he was able to expose the Falcons defense for 3 passing touchdowns in just a mere half when he’s had to. Foles may not be worth a shot as your starting quarterback for playoffs, but he’s worth the consideration to start for bad quarterback teams in the next couple of weeks. Foles takes on the Rams defense next Monday Night: a defense that got sliced up by Jimmy Garoppolo. In Week 7, the Bears get to take on the Saints defense that gave up an historic performance to a rookie quarterback on Monday Night-Justin Herbert. Foles in big games against awful defenses equals high-end success.

Running Back

J.D. McKissic-Washington

J.D. has been on my waiver wire for a few weeks now. Pick the scat back up! Is McKissic a valuable pure runner in this league, of course not. But, he’s a reception machine. McKissic had 7 receptions against Baltimore, 6 receptions against Los Angeles, and finished up with 6 receptions against New York. It even helps more with the quarterback-Kyle Allen that fed McCaffrey to break the reception record for a running back to be captain check-down for McKissic, too.

Jeremy Nicholas-Tennessee

The former No. two running back behind Henry, Darryton Johnson is now on injured reserve. Jeremy Nicholas had a stout performance with an increased role (8.2 points). It may seem like Henry is the man, and he is the best pure running back in the last several years. It’s worth some positive notion that Nicholas had 8.2 points in the same game that Henry made the Texans look like a JV defense. Nicholas was explosive and gushed the Texans defense with multiple 11+ yard gains while adding a couple of receptions out of the backfield. He’s the No. two we deserve, as Mattison can’t satisfy our needs in Minnesota.

Wide Receiver

Keelan Cole-Jacksonville Jaguars

The wideout out of Jacksonville is only owned in 29% of Yahoo leagues. That’s an odd look for the player that has had three 15+ fantasy point games. Keelan Cole is tearing up defenses for Gardner Minshew. Has Minshew not lived up to his Week 1 performance? Yes. Has D.J Chark been the big name wideout in Jacksonville? Yes. Don’t let the noise distract you from the fact that Cole is doing his thing. Outside of Cole being a dynamite factor for the Jaguars, Cole doesn’t have one game below 8 points for PPR leagues in 2020. Yes, that’s wild.

Randall Cobb-Houston Texans

Randall Cobb has been a pleasant surprise for Deshaun Watson in 2020. Cobb had his second straight 10+ point game for the Texans offense. He’s third on the team in targets, a reliable veteran player, a red zone threat, and he’s playing a hot offense competing in a weak division. Outside of those facts, he plays Green Bay, Jacksonville, and Cleveland in the next three matchups. Cobb may not hold a high ceiling, but he’s an amazing safety net for the flex spot.

Tight End

Anthony Firkser-Tennessee

Anthony Firkser had a day in Week 6. Firkser had 25.3 FF points in Week 6. It looks fantastic for the tight end that stepped up well in the absence of Jonnu Smith who exited the game due to an ankle injury. Firkser will be a main target in one of the league’s most lethal offenses for a while if Smith doesn’t come back soon. Keep an eye on Smith’s status as it’s up in the air now. Nonetheless, an increased role is possible for Firkser who had a career day in Week 6. If Smith is sitting out next week, Firkser should start for your team.

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