The recurring theme for this past week was, “wait… who?” Surprise performances from Marcus Mariota, Adam Vinatieri and Martellus Bennett last week meant waiver wire chaos this week. I had some good suggestions last week (Sammie Coates, Jordan Howard and the Bills D/ST to name a few) and am confident the players below will help your team in the coming week.
Brian Hoyer (Chicago) — I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. Hoyer is ridiculously under-owned. After a 397 yard, 2 TD performance, his ownership numbers should be exponentially higher than his current 16.6% clip. I suggested to pick Hoyer up last week, and the brave few that did were mightily rewarded. Target Mr. Egg Head on waivers.
Marcus Mariota (Tennessee) — After dropping to a dismal 31% ownership in ESPN leagues, Mariota responded with a resounding 30 point performance. I wouldn’t suggest starting him all the time, but with a matchup against the clearly defective Cleveland Browns defense, he is a must-start.
Dwayne Washington (Detroit) — Despite being inactive for this past week’s game, Washington will be a major cog in Detroit’s Jim Bob Cooter-led offense. I suspect he’ll fill in admirably for Ameer Abdullah this week against an average Rams defense.
James Starks (Green Bay) — Streamer alert! If Eddie Lacy isn’t good to go for this week, Starks needs to be picked up and started in all formats.
Robert Woods (Buffalo) — Woods is stepping into a major role in the Buffalo offense with the injury to Sammy Watkins. Though he had a bad week against the Rams, I fully expect Woods to go off this week against the San Francisco 49ers.
Jeremy Kerley (San Francisco) — It’s not often that a team’s number one wide receiver has an 8.2% ownership rating, yet Jeremy Kerley remains. After posting two strong performances against great defenses, (Cowboys and Cardinals) Kerley has formed a great relationship with starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Though the 49ers offense doesn’t inspire much confidence, Kerley is a pretty safe bet to score.
Jesse James (Pittsburgh) — First off, c’mon, this dude’s name is Jesse James, that should be reason enough to own him. As long as Big Ben is tossing the rock around in Steel Town as he has been, Jesse James will continue to produce. Look for James to make it 4 out of 6 games with a touchdown this year.
Connor Barth (Chicago) — The Bears have a favorable matchup against the Jaguars this week and we all know what that means. As long as the Bears keep putting up big numbers on offense, Barth will remain a solid option.
Ryan Succop (Tennessee) — Well hello again, Mr. Succop, long time no see! I wouldn’t trust him in fantasy for an entire season, but the Titans are going up against the Browns this week. The Titans should put up big numbers, and Succop will be a beneficiary.
Defense of the Week
Tennessee — Call it a recurring theme, but c’mon, the Browns are wretched. The Titans are a solid streaming option this week, especially after a solid performance last week.
Good luck this week, and make sure to support the Rock at home Friday against Jeff City!!