Ranking the Wire: Week 9

Rest of Season Priority Add Targets:

  1. Charcandrick West 
  2. Corey Coleman 
  3. Jamison Crowder
  4. Darren Sproles
  5. Rob Kelley
  6. Sammy Watkins
  7. Tim Hightower
  8. Derrick Henry
  9. Mohamed Sanu
  10. Kendall Wright
  11. Kenny Britt
  12. J.J. Nelson
  13. Antone Smith 
  14. Eric Ebron
  15. Dontrelle Inman 
  16. Cameron Brate
  17. C.J. Fiedorowicz
  18. Jay Cutler
  19. Jeff Janis 
  20. Kenny Stills 

Stash Candidates:

  1. Sammy Watkins
  2. Derrick Henry 
  3. James Starks
  4. C.J. Prosise
  5. Bilal Powell
  6. Paul Perkins
  7. Kenneth Dixon 
  8. DeAngelo Williams 
  9. Kapri Bibbs
  10. Ladarius Green

Bye Week Streams:

QB

  1. Dak Prescott
  2. Colin Kaepernick
  3. Ryan Tennehill 
  4. Josh McCown
  5. Joe Flacco

RB

  1. Charcandrick West 
  2. Antone Smith
  3. C.J. Prosise
  4. Peyton Barber
  5. DeAndre Washington
  6. DuJuan Harris/Mike Davis/Shaun Draughn (pending Carlos Hyde's availability)
  7. Terron Ward (pending Tevin Coleman's availability)

WR

  1. Mohamed Sanu
  2. Kenny Britt
  3. Kendall Wright
  4. Sterling Shepard 
  5. Torrey Smith

TE

  1. Eric Ebron
  2. Cameron Brate 
  3. Dennis Pitta 

DST

  1. Panthers 
  2. Eagles
  3. Ravens
  4. Cowboys

Ranking the Wire: Week 8

Welcome to the two heaviest bye weeks of the season: Week 8 and Week 9. During this span owners will be forced to drop players that they wouldn’t otherwise consider dropping to make room for active players. Monitoring other owners’ dropped players becomes as important as adding waiver wire targets. The age old theorem of “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is the best way to describe it. Listed below are some players that other owners may be forced to drop, but are worth owning if roster space allows. Conversely, the players listed are ones to avoid dropping unless completely handcuffed. 

Week 8 Potentially Dropped Targets: 

  1. Sterling Shepard, WR, NYG
  2. Eli Manning, QB, NYG
  3. Torrey Smith, WR, SF (On the trade block, could wind up with better fit)
  4. Kenny Britt, WR, LA
  5. Mike Wallace, WR, BAL
  6. Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG
  7. Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
  8. Kenneth Dixon, RB, BAL
  9. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
  10. Sammie Coates, WR, PIT 
  11. DeVante Parker, WR, MIA
  12. Kenny Stills, WR, MIA

Waiver Wire Adds: 

  1. Donte Moncrief, WR, IND
  2. Ty Montgomery, WR/RB, GB
  3. Devontae Booker, RB, DEN
  4. Davante Adams, WR, GB
  5. Corey Coleman, WR, CLE 
  6. Matt Asiata, RB, MIN
  7. Dion Lewis, RB, NE
  8. Jeremy Langford, RB, CHI
  9. Cole Beasley, WR, DAL
  10. Jamison Crowder, WR, WAS
  11. Jack Doyle, TE, IND
  12. Dwayne Washington, RB, DET
  13. Chris Thompson, RB, WAS
  14. Brandon LaFell, WR, CIN
  15. Rob Kelley, RB, WAS

Notes: 

Donte Moncrief, WR, IND – Potential to be a Top 20 option rest of season: WR2 in a pass-heavy attack with an elite QB.

Ty Montgomery, WR, GB – We’ve dubbed him “The Great Unknown.” Montgomery could work out of the backfield this week and see 6 to 8 carries to go along with 8 to 10 targets making him a must-start option or Knile Davis could take the majority of backfield snaps and Montgomery winds-up being an afterthought slot receiver. Our best guess is his role won’t change drastically from Week 7, meaning he’ll hold considerable value verse the Falcons in Week 8 especially where he gains RB eligibility.  

Matt Asiata, RB, MIN – Last two games: 26-110-1 compared to Jerick McKinnon’s 31-79-0. It was all speculation that McKinnon’s talent would win out but there has been no indication that he is in fact the superior option for the Vikings. McKinnon is battling an ankle injury and Asiata is already the more trusted pass-blocker and short-yardage/goal line back; that role is likely to expand.

Jeremy Langford, RB, CHI – Returned to practice today and the Bears released Joique Bell; good indication he’ll be in the backfield mix on Monday night. It appeared Jordan Howard was going to run away with the job in his absence but outside of two good performances, he has been unable to do so. Ka’Deem Carey actually worked over Howard in Week 7. There is a chance Langford walks back into a lead role but at least he’ll be in the mix for touches. Given how decimated the RB position is, he’s worth of a high wavier priority. 

Dion Lewis, RB, NE – James White leads all running backs with 0.2 targets per snap. The longer Lewis is sidelined, the more solidified White's role becomes. 

Ranking the Wire: Week 7

Whether your team is in need of a Starter, a Stash or Stream candidate, this is how we rank the wavier wire:

Need a Starter:

  1.  Jay Ajayi 
  2. Cameron Meredith 
  3. Hunter Henry 
  4. Cole Beasley
  5. Kenny Britt
  6. Ty Montgomery
  7. Kendall Wright
  8. Adam Thielen
  9. Jacquizz Rodgers
  10. Jamison Crowder
  11. Torrey Smith
  12. Mohamed Sanu
  13. Cameron Brate 
  14. Zach Zenner
  15. Charles Clay 

Need a Stash: 

  1. Donte Moncrief
  2. Devontae Booker
  3. Bilal Powell
  4. Dion Lewis 
  5. Corey Coleman 
  6. Tyler Eifert
  7. Alfred Morris
  8. Dwayne Washington
  9. Ladarius Green 
  10. Knile Davis
  11. Mike Davis/Shaun Draughn 
  12. Kenneth Farrow

Need a Stream: 

Quarterback

  1. Marcus Mariota
  2. Jameis Winston 
  3. Brian Hoyer
  4. Colin Kaepernick
  5. Trevor Siemian

Defense/Special Teams

  1. Bengals (If dropped because of NE in Week 6)
  2. Ravens 
  3. Titans 
  4. Giants
  5. Raiders

Notes: 

Jay Ajayi, RB, MIA – Our loyal Twitter followers likely already own him. Prior to Week 6 we raved about his film and stats not aligning: “Ajayi's tape looks better than 3.8 ypc. Awful OL play is largely to blame. Could steal touches from Foster” and “Ajayi has ran well. Picks the right run lanes, runs hard through contact, solid pad level.” No one expected 25-204-2 especially with the return of Foster but going forward Ajayi will likely retain the early-down/lead rushing role while Foster will be used largely for 3rd down/change of pace. He is worth a large percentage of FAAB but remember you’re buying future production not paying for past points scored. 

Cameron Meredith, WR, CHI – He has put up 20-243-1 on 27 targets the last two weeks. If you combine Meredith and Kevin White’s targets on the season, they rank No. 2 amongst all wide receivers. Eddie Royal came out of Week 6 more banged up than he went in and Meredith has out targeted Alshon Jeffery, 12 to 6 and 15 to 13, the last two games. 

Adam Thielen, WR, MIN – Stefon Diggs didn’t practice on the Monday after a bye week, that’s not a good sign. Thielen went 7-127-1 on 8 targets when Diggs was out in Week 5. 

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, TB –  Like Diggs, Doug Martin came off a bye week and didn't practice. If Martin can't go, Rodgers soft match up verse the 49ers would make him a RB2 candidate. He has already proven he can handle volume. 

Ty Montgomery, WR, GB – Lead the team in targets and worked out of the backfield in Week 6. With Davante Adams likely out with a concussion and Randall Cobb/Eddie Lacy not 100%, Montgomery is inline for another solid week.

Cameron Brate, TE, TB –  With Vincent Jackson done for the season, Brate may wind up being the only pass-catcher, not named Mike Evans, worth owning. He has out targeted Adam Humphries in their last two contests. 

Zach Zenner/Dwayne Washington/Justin Forsett, RB, DET – We had high hopes for Forsett's usage in Week 6 with both Theo Riddick and Washington sidelined but it was Zenner who dominated snaps 48 to 12. If Riddick is out again this week Zenner may be a sneaky flex/RB3 consideration verse the Redskins. 

Mike Davis/Shaun Draughn, RB, SF – Carlos Hyde's arm is currently in a sling so at the least Hyde owners should be looking to handcuff. Davis worked over Draughn in Week 6 out snapping him 24 to 5 so if Hyde happens to miss time, Davis appears to be the one who will get the first crack.