The nice folks at FantasyPros.com asked yours truly and a handful of other fantasy football writers to rank 25 potential waiver wire options based on the rest of the season. They provided the names -- all running backs, wide receivers and tight ends. My rankings are below along with additional thoughts on Stefon Diggs, bye week QB options and more.
1. Christine Michael (RB - DAL) -- We're talking about a running back with two carries on the season playing in a backfield with a player who scored three touchdowns in one game this campaign plus Darren McFadden. Yet all signs point to the Cowboys giving the ex-Seahawk a legitimate shot at becoming the team's primary ball handler. I made this call early on Monday and before reports that Michael was handling most of the first team reps during Monday's practice. Bidding 35 percent or more of your FAAB isn't a bad thought, especially if RB woes are ruining your team, but we should all acknowledge this somewhat a leap of faith.
2. Marvin Jones (WR - CIN) -- Monster performance in Week 6. Issue has been weekly consistency. Issue this week? Cincinnati is on a bye.
3. Stefon Diggs (WR - MIN) -- We were asked to identify one player on the waiver list that intrigued us most. I picked Diggs:
“There are receivers and there are playmakers, but not all receivers are playmakers. Stefon Diggs, he is indeed a playmaker. Anybody who watched him at the University of Maryland knows this truth and also understands that injuries rather than talent knocked him from becoming a Day 2 NFL Draft pick into the third round. Minnesota’s roster includes several intriguing options at receiver, but only Mike Wallace is producing. Until now that is. Diggs has weekly WR3 upside and ranks second in my ROS rankings among these options only because Cincinnati’s Marvin Jones has a longer track record/plays with a better quarterback.”
4. Brandon LaFell (WR - NE) -- It's quite possible this ranking is about three slots to low, especially if LaFell and Brady show the same chemistry they developed when the receiver joined the team last year. LaFell (foot) is eligible to return from the PUP list. All indications are pointing to that occurring. We'll see later in the week if he's ready to practice, let alone play.
5. James Starks (RB - GB) -- Packers head coach Mike McCarthy didn't announce Starks as the starting going forward Monday. Green Bay's bye week gives Eddie Lacy a chance to rest. Therefore, only Lacy owners MUST add Starks if possible, but all should considering doing the same.
6. Theo Riddick (RB - DET) -- Entered the season third on the depth chart, but only Lions running back putting up stats as runner and receiver.
7. Charles Sims (RB - KC) -- Doug Martin is the clear No. 1, but Sims offers potential Flex appeal now. If he lands starter job, Bucs RBs have fifth easiest schedule going forward.
8. Eddie Royal (WR - CHI) -- Jay Cutler receivers put up stats and the slot target remains best bet as second option opposite Alshon Jeffery.
9. Cecil Shorts (WR - HOU) -- At some point teams are going to start triple-teaming DeAndre Hopkins, right?
10. Jamison Crowder (WR - WAS) -- Not going away even when DeSean Jackson returns, whenever that is.
11. Ted Ginn (WR - CAR) -- Coming off a nothing week, but has been Cam Newton's top receiver.
12. Ben Watson (TE - NO) -- That was some monster performance last Thursday. Maybe not a weekly play. Then again, Saints passing game hierarchy isn't exactly set.
13. Kamar Aiken (WR - BAL) -- Clearly the Ravens will be in plenty of shootouts going forward.
14. Dorial Green-Beckham (WR - TEN) -- Pure lottery ticket with jackpot potential due to impressive size and speed.
15. Malcom Floyd (WR - SD) -- Value shoots up if Keenan Allen's hp injury worsens.
16. Javorius Allen (RB - BAL) -- WIll Justin Forsett make it through all 16 games?
17. Michael Floyd (WR - ARI) -- Big upside due to red zone size and Carson Palmer's hot hand, but behind Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown.
18. Crockett Gillmore (TE - BAL) -- Combo with Maxx Williams gives Baltimore options at tight end, though they also cancel each other out in fantasy.
19. Ahmad Bradshaw (RB - IND) -- Reminder: Frank Gore is 32. Not that Bradshaw is a kid, but he's the one in waiting.
20. Danny Amendola (WR - NE) -- Good stats Sunday night, but hard counting on him week-to-week especially with LaFell returning.
21. Albert Wilson (WR - KC) -- Only worth mentioning in case Jeremy Maclin misses time.
22. Robert Woods (WR - BUF) -- Higher value for Week 7 considering no Sammy Watkins or Percy Harvin.
23. Kenny Stills (WR - MIA) -- Bummer there are so many receiver mouths to feed in Miami.
24. Derek Carrier (TE - WAS) -- Hey, it's not like we know when Jordan Reed returns or how long he remains available if he does.
25. Robert Turbin (RB - CLE) -- Potentially interesting if Duke Johnson needs time off.
Click here for the article and the combined rankings among all the rankers.
Week 7 only picks
1. Ryan Tannehill
2. Blake Bortles
3. Ryan Fitzpatrick
Others: Landry Jones, Brian Hoyer
1. Theo Reddick
2. Christine Michael
3. Darren McFadden
4. Knile Davis
5. Charles Sims
6. Chris Thompson/Matt Jones
1. Stefon Diggs
2. Malcom Floyd
3. Rishard Matthews
4. Jamison Crowder
5. Kamar Aiken
1. Ben Watson
2. Crockett Gillmore
3. Zach Ertz