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Waiver Wire: Britt's Day

by Raymond Summerlin
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to the 7th edition of Waiver Wired for the 2016 season. Unfortunately, a prime matchup for Ben Roethlisberger was ruined both by terrible play and ultimately a knee injury which will keep the quarterback out at least one game, but there is hope Ben will be back following the Week 8 bye. Landry Jones will start while Ben is sidelined, but he is not the answer for scrambling owners. Jones threw for 209 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the one start he finished last season, and nothing he has put on tape suggests he is going to effectively move the offense. That is bad news for Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, but both managed to rise above Jones in that game last season. The real effects will be felt down the depth chart, with Sammie Coates, Eli Rogers, and Jesse James nearly unusable while Jones is under center. Luckily for Roethlisberger owners, there are some streaming options on the wire this week.

As always, the drop list consists of players who are no longer must-owns, recommended adds are available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, the watch list consists of players who are worthy of a roster spot if possible, and deep cuts are players owned in five percent or less of Yahoo leagues.

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The Drop List
QB: Carson Wentz
RB: 
Cameron Artis-Payne, Adrian Peterson
WR: 
Phillip Dorsett, Eric Decker
TE: 
Jason Witten

Eli Manning – really Odell Beckham – made the drop list 0-for-2 on quarterbacks the last two weeks, but the show must continue. Wentz is a hold if possible with a solid schedule after this week, but he is not going to be a starting option against the Vikings. That means he is not a must-own in shallow leagues – there is little reason to own more than one quarterback in a 10-team league. Artis-Payne returned to the inactive list with Jonathan Stewart back, and Peterson is still being held in a large number of leagues. Even if Peterson returns this season, it will be too late to help fantasy owners. Dorsett is both injured and has not been very good, and Decker is going to miss the rest of the year. Witten has been the definition of low-upside, and he is not a must-hold through the bye week.

Quarterbacks
1. Alex Smith
2. Brian Hoyer
3. Joe Flacco

Running Backs
1. Jay Ajayi
2. Devontae Booker
3. Jacquizz Rodgers
4. Mike Davis
5. Dion Lewis
6. Chris Ivory
7. DeAndre Washington
8. Justin Forsett
9. Dwayne Washington
10. Zach Zenner

Wide Receivers
Cameron Meredith is owned in 52 percent of Yahoo leagues. Top overall add if available.
1. Kenny Britt
2. Kendall Wright
3. Ty Montgomery
4. Corey Coleman
5. Pierre Garcon
6. Cole Beasley
7. Robert Woods
8. Kamar Aiken

Tight Ends
1. Hunter Henry
2. Cameron Brate
3. Jack Doyle
4. C.J. Fiedorowicz
5. Charles Clay

Defense/Special Teams
1. Baltimore Ravens
2. Cincinnati Bengals
3. Green Bay Packers
Looking Ahead: Tennessee Titans

Kickers
1. Cairo Santos
2. Dustin Hopkins
3. Mike Nugent
Looking Ahead: Cairo Santos

QUARTERBACKS
1. Alex Smith, Chiefs – Owned in 28 percent of Yahoo leagues
Smith did not do much against the Raiders, but he did not have to in a game Kansas City dominated. That said, he should have had a touchdown, but his “pass” to Dontari Poe was ruled a lateral. Either way, he has an even better matchup this week against the Saints, who should score enough points to force Smith into throwing situations. He is a viable streamer in all formats.
Recommendation: Streaming option in 10-team leagues

2. Brian Hoyer, Bears – Owned in 20 percent of Yahoo leagues
Hoyer disappointed by not finding the end zone against the Jaguars, but he topped 300 yards for the fourth game in a row. Now he gets to face a banged-up Packers secondary on a short week. Green Bay gave up three touchdowns to Dak Prescott on Sunday, and they are likely to be without Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins, and Sam Shields on Thursday night. Hoyer should have another good game.
Recommendations: Streaming option in 10-team leagues

3. Joe Flacco, Ravens – Owned in 29 percent of Yahoo leagues
Flacco has been a profound disappointment in good matchups all season, but matchups do not get much better than the Jets, who had given up at least 300 yards and three touchdowns two games in a row before Carson Palmer strolled to 213 yards and a score in a game which was never in doubt. Flacco’s terrible record this season keeps him out of the must-stream category, but he is worth a shot in deeper leagues.
Recommendation: Streaming option in 12-team leagues

Watch List: 
Colin Kaepernick will likely get some buzz this week, but the Bucs have been better against the pass as of late and primarily play zone, which limits his upside as a runner…Case Keenum was actually good against the Lions, but the Giants in London is a different story. Still, he now has two top-10 weeks this season…The offense should look better with Gary Kubiak back on the sidelines, but the Texans’ defense is tough. Trevor Siemian is only a two-QB league option this week…Sam Bradford has been playing well, but he has a tough matchup in Philadelphia…Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched late on Monday night, and Geno Smith proceeded to throw an interception. Fitzpatrick will start against the Ravens, but this is a situation to avoid…Friends do not let friends start Landry Jones or Brock Osweiler in Denver.

RUNNING BACKS
1. Jay Ajayi, Dolphins – Owned in 30 percent of Yahoo leagues
Ajayi is sure to face-plant following his 204-yard, two touchdown explosion, but there is not much on the wire as running backs go this week, so it is worth taking the chance. Ajayi played 37 more snaps than Arian Foster, who was active for the first time since Week 2 because of a hamstring injury. That gap will likely shrink as Foster gets healthier, but the Dolphins have not had enough success this season to throw away something that worked, even if it just worked for one game. Ajayi should be the lead back again against the Bills.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

2. Devontae Booker, Broncos – Owned in 27 percent of Yahoo leagues
Thursday night took some of the wind out of Booker’s sails. He played just 15 snaps to 57 for C.J. Anderson and was out-touched 14-to-7. Still, he had nine more yards on five fewer carries than Anderson, and he provided a spark with a couple nice runs in the second half. The shine has worn off a bit, but Booker is still a high-upside stash.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

3. Jacquizz Rodgers, Bucs – Owned in 22 percent of Yahoo leagues
Rodgers would be lower on this list if Doug Martin was certain to play -- Martin missed practice on Monday – but he would be the No. 1 add if Martin was certain to sit. It is still likely Martin gets in some work Wednesday and suits up against the 49ers, but if not, Rodgers would be in for another massive workload against perhaps the worst run defense in the league. Even if Martin plays, Rodgers should get some work. He is worth owning in most formats.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

4. Mike Davis, 49ers - Owned in 0 percent of Yahoo leagues
Davis seems to have taken over the backup job from Shaun Draughn, who he out-snapped 24-to-5 and out-touched 6-to-1 on Sunday. Normally that would not matter much, but Carlos Hyde was seen with his arm in a sling Tuesday after suffering a shoulder injury against the Bills. Hyde returned to the game, suggesting he should be fine, but the sling is very concerning. Davis is worth adding for every Hyde owner and by anyone in deeper formats.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues 

5. Dion Lewis, Patriots – Owned in 25 percent of Yahoo leagues
There is still a real possibility Lewis is held out deep into the season, but the vibes around his return have been positive enough over the last couple weeks to make him an add in most leagues. It would still not be surprising if he sat out through the Week 9 bye.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

6. Chris Ivory, Jaguars – Owned in 43 percent of Yahoo leagues
Ivory did not play as many snaps as “lead back” T.J. Yeldon, but he out-touched him 13-to-7 and, as expected, saw the goal-line work. Neither Yeldon nor Ivory is an exciting option in a timeshare, but Ivory is much more likely to find the end zone. He will be an RB3 in a great matchup against the Raiders this week.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

7. DeAndre Washington, Raiders – Owned in 45 percent of Yahoo leagues
The offense was a disaster against the Chiefs, but there were reasons for optimism for Washington. He played clearly ahead of Jalen Richard, out-snapping him 32-to-14 and out-touching him 10-to-6. Likely to be stuck in a committee no matter what happens, Washington’s upside is capped, but he should be a useful player through the bye weeks in deeper leagues.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

8. Justin Forsett, Lions – Owned in 33 percent of Yahoo leagues
9. Dwayne Washington, Lions – Owned in 11 percent of Yahoo leagues
10. Zach Zenner, Lions – Owned in 1 percent of Yahoo leagues
This is about as convoluted as a backfield can get. Zenner started and saw the majority of the work over Forsett against the Rams, but Forsett just joined the team last Tuesday. His role should grow as he becomes more comfortable. Washington should also see snaps once he gets healthy, which will likely be this week, and Theo Riddick is going to be the “lead” back when he returns from his ankle injury. Perhaps one of these guys can establish himself as the clear No. 2 behind Riddick, but this has the look of a fantasy-useless committee. Forsett is the best dart throw considering he was just added to the backfield, but a dart throw is all any of them are.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 16-team leagues

Watch List: Knile Davis was acquired by the Packers on Tuesday, and it looks like Eddie Lacy might not play Thursday night. Still, there is zero reason to trust Davis, who is not very good, on a short week with a new team. Ty Montgomery will likely see a lot of snaps in the backfield this week...Bilal Powell is a better weapon than Matt Forte right now, but the Jets might not know that, and the offense is not good enough to call him a must-own as a backup…Kenneth Dixon has played a total of 14 snaps in two games. He is a bench stash if possible, but this is Terrance West’s job…The offense struggled, but Jalen Richard took a big backseat to DeAndre Washington against the Chiefs. His upside is at best as the 1B in a backfield committee…Bobby Rainey kept his role with Rashad Jennings back, but it was not pretty. He is more of a deep-league PPR option…Wendell Smallwood played just one fewer snap than Ryan Mathews, but this situation is one to avoid is possible…Matt Asiata had a good game before the bye, but he was well behind Jerick McKinnon when the game was in doubt…Alfred Morris becomes more of an afterthought each week…Chris Thompson seems to be good for around 50 yards every week…C.J. Spiller will likely lose his job to C.J. Prosise in the near future. Neither is that exciting.

Deep Cuts: Coach Jay Gruden said Rob Kelley earned some extra carries, and he did not disappoint with 59 yards on five totes. He is still well behind Matt Jones, who also had some success Sunday…Mike Gillislee is the clear No. 2 in Buffalo, and LeSean McCoy’s knee scare gave a glimpse of how valuable that role can be…Andre Ellington appears to be the David Johnson handcuff…Paul Perkins looked like the No. 3 back against the Ravens…Jordan Howard had been used as a workhorse, but Ka’Deem Carey stole 25 snaps and nine carries against the Jaguars.

WIDE RECEIVERS
1. Kenny Britt, Rams – Owned in 10 percent of Yahoo leagues
A fixture on deep cuts all season, Britt is deserving of a promotion after putting 136 yards and two scores on the Lions Sunday. This is not really that surprising a performance, however. Britt has at least 75 yards in four of his last five games and is averaging 16.4 yards per catch this season. There is some regression concern considering he is catching 75 percent of his targets after managing just 57 percent and 50 percent his first two years with the Rams, but he is being targeted much closer to the line of scrimmage on average this year. Britt is unlikely to have many monster games like he did on Sunday, but he has an extended stretch of top-36 production. That is worth adding everywhere.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues

2. Kendall Wright, Titans – Owned in 3 percent of Yahoo leagues
Wright needs to be added in most leagues after going off for 133 yards and a touchdown against the Browns, but it is important to temper expectations. First of all, it was against the Browns. Secondly, he played just 22 snaps, which is fewer than Tajae Sharpe, Andre Johnson, and Rishard Matthews. Finally, this passing offense has yet to show anything against a good defense. Luckily, they will not be facing a good defense when the Colts come to town this week, and Wright is sure to get more snaps after breaking out Sunday. He will still be nothing more than a volatile WR3 proposition in deeper leagues.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

3. Ty Montgomery, Packers – Owned in 1 percent of Yahoo leagues
While Randall Cobb got all the ink, Montgomery benefitted the most from the lack of running back depth on Sunday. He only saw three carries, but he lined up in the backfield often in the second half and finished the day with a team-leading 10 catches on 12 targets. Eight of those targets came while he was playing as a running back. The Packers traded for Knile Davis with James Starks expected to miss a month, but Montgomery should continue to have a big role in the backfield on a short week, especially with Davante Adams likely to miss with a concussion. He is a must-add in PPR leagues and worth a look in deeper standard leagues.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

4. Corey Coleman, Browns – Owned in 39 percent of Yahoo leagues
The story on Coleman has not changed. He is not going to play this week, but he is a high-upside stash where possible.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

5. Pierre Garcon, Redskins – Owned in 14 percent of Yahoo leagues
With Jordan Reed out with a concussion, Garcon saw a season-high 11 targets against the Eagles, catching six passes for a season-high 77 yards. It was not an explosive day – Garcon does not have those any more – but he now has 11 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown the last two weeks. If Reed sits out again this week, Garcon would have streaming appeal in a great matchup against the Lions. Unfortunately, he will have little value if Reed returns, and it looks like a possibility. Still, Garcon could pay off as a one-week rental in deeper leagues.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

6. Cole Beasley, Cowboys – Owned in 45 percent of Yahoo leagues
While Dez Bryant’s expected return in Week 8 will kill Brice Butler’s and Terrance Williams’ value, Beasley should retain his role. Beasley had 25 targets the first three weeks with Dez in the lineup and was the WR42 in standard and WR29 in PPR. He also had three red-zone targets in those games, and he has three touchdowns the last two weeks. His waiver appeal is hurt because the Cowboys are on bye this week, but he is a decent stash in deeper leagues.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

7. Robert Woods, Bills – Owned in 22 percent of Yahoo leagues
Woods is extremely ho-hum, but he has at least six targets in each of the last four games and has topped 11 PPR points in three of those contests. That kind of production will be valuable in deeper leagues as we enter the big bye weeks.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

8. Kamar Aiken, Ravens – Owned in 17 percent of Yahoo leagues
Aiken played 65 snaps and saw six targets with Steve Smith sidelined against the Giants. He actually saw two fewer targets than Breshad Perriman, who is a fine speculative add in deep leagues, but Aiken is more likely to return consistent value while Smith is out. He will fade back into oblivion when Smith returns.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

Watch List: With the quarterback situation in flux, it is impossible to call Quincy Enunwa a must-own. He saw just five targets Monday night, four fewer than Charone Peake and one less than Robby AndersonBrian Quick seems to be good for 50 yards every week, but it is tough to invest too much in this passing game…Jamison Crowder found the end zone while playing his most snaps of the season with Jordan Reed sidelined by a concussion. It sounds like Reed could play this week, but if not, Crowder would have some PPR appeal…Chris Hogan made another big play, but he saw just one target. That could be the story a lot this season…Victor Cruz only had 31 yards against the Ravens after being held without a catch the week before…Anquan Boldin is good for four catches most week and has a decent shot at a touchdown. That is useful in deep PPR leagues…Davante Adams is likely to sit this week with a concussion…Brice Butler and Terrance Williams will become almost useless when Dez Bryant gets back after the bye…Rishard Matthews has made some big plays recently, but he is not getting enough targets to really trust in standard leagues…Torrey Smith had a good day, but Colin Kaepernick almost missed him on his big play and did miss him on what should have been another long gain. Smith and Jeremy Kerley are going to be difficult to trust with Kap running the show…Devin Funchess played his most snaps since Week 2, saw his most targets of the season, and found the end zone against the Saints. He still has yet to catch more than two passes in a game, however…Brandon LaFell found the end zone again on a great route, but there is not enough in this passing offense to support two fantasy receivers right now, and Tyler Boyd is a weekly threat to his work.

Deep Cuts: With Vincent Jackson dealing with an injury, Adam Humphries is worth a look in deeper leagues...It feels cliché to type the name Jeff Janis, but he did play 31 snaps and had two catches after Davante Adams exited with a concussion…Dorial Green-Beckham played his largest snap percentage of the season, but he managed to catch just 1-of-4 targets. Still, he is worth a speculative add in deeper leagues…Adam Thielen and Cordarrelle Patterson will be worth a look if Stefon Diggs is not able to make it back this week…Justin Hunter played almost 60 percent of the snaps and found the end zone from 30 yards out…Eli Rogers is not worth using with Ben Roethlisberger out…Marqise Lee continues to be a big part of the passing offense and an asset in deep PPR leagues…Breshad Perriman actually had more targets than Kamar Aiken on fewer snaps, but he hauled in just 3-of-8 for 48 yards. Still, the talent is there if he keeps getting targets…Chester Rogers turned four targets into 63 yards Sunday night, and he should see plenty of snaps with Phillip Dorsett hobbled by a hamstring injury

TIGHT ENDS
1. Hunter Henry, Chargers – Owned in 34 percent of Yahoo leagues
I will admit I fully expected Henry’s role to shrink with Antonio Gates back in the lineup, but that just has not happened, likely because Gates is self-admittedly not 100 percent. Henry has played more snaps than Gates the last two weeks and has 12 targets over that span. He is also averaging 16.3 yards per catch while hauling in 73.1 percent of his targets this season, and he has scored a touchdown in three straight including two inside the 10. Those are the numbers TE1s are made of, and he has a great matchup this week against the Falcons. Henry needs to be owned in all leagues.
Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues

2. Cameron Brate, Bucs – Owned in 18 percent of Yahoo leagues
Brate only saw three targets before the bye, but he should get seven targets more often than not and has a great matchup against the 49ers this week. Brate does not bring much yardage upside to the table, but he should see plenty of red-zone targets. That makes him worth a look most weeks.
Recommendation: Streaming option in 12-team leagues

3. Jack Doyle, Colts – Owned in 11 percent of Yahoo leagues
Dwayne Allen is week-to-week with an ankle sprain, leaving Doyle as the No. 1 tight end in Indy. He lost three targets to Erik Swoope on Sunday night, but Doyle should see plenty of targets and scoring opportunities as the No. 1 tight end. He will need a touchdown to really pay off, but he is a solid streaming option.
Recommendation: Streaming option in 14-team leagues

4. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Texans – Owned in 1 percent of Yahoo leagues
Fiedorowicz paid off in a big way for those brave enough to stream him last week, and we are going back to the well for another drink. The Broncos have given up some solid games to tight ends this season including to Hunter Henry last week, and Fiedorowicz has at least five targets in his last three games and two touchdowns over that span. He is a solid low-end streamer.
Recommendation: Streaming option in 14-team leagues

5. Charles Clay, Bills – Owned in 24 percent of Yahoo leagues
Like last week, there is not much exciting about Clay, but he is likely to see six-plus targets against one of the worst defenses in the league. That makes him streamable in a barren tight end landscape.
Recommendation: Streaming option in 14-team leagues

Watch List: It sounds like Jordan Reed has a shot to return this week. If he cannot, Vernon Davis will be a great streaming option against the Lions…Jesse James has to score touchdowns to be valuable, and those could be few and far between with Landry Jones starting…Jacob Tamme does not have more than four targets since Week 2…Richard Rodgers is going to pop up with a touchdown or two at some point, but he is going to do nothing most weeks…Virgil Green has not proven to be worth a start yet, and the Texans usually shut down tight ends…Lance Kendricks found the end zone, but he is hit and mostly miss…The impulse to stash Ladarius Green is understandable, but he has literally never practiced with the Steelers, making it highly unlikely he plays this week even if he returns to practice. That means his best-case scenario is a return Week 9, and there would be little reason to trust him in Baltimore. There are simply better ways to spend a roster spot than on a tight end who is unlikely to return value in the next month.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

1. Baltimore Ravens – Owned in 32% of Yahoo leagues
The Ravens have yet to score a defensive touchdown, but they are among the leaders in DST points because they are forcing interceptions and limiting scoring. There is not a better quarterback for that combination than Ryan Fitzpatrick. Even on the road, they are a great option.

2. Cincinnati Bengals – Owned in 50% of Yahoo leagues
The Bengals have not been consistently great, but they showed against the Dolphins they can take advantage of a good matchup, limiting Miami to seven points while recording five sacks and two turnovers. They also played very well for a half in New England. The Browns at home are another good matchup, and they should once again take advantage.

3. Green Bay Packers – Owned in 42% of Yahoo leagues
The Giants also deserve an honorable mention on the road against the Rams, but the Packers at home are a better play. The Bears have been better with Brian Hoyer under center, but they still give up sacks and turnovers while struggling to hit 20 points. Green Bay is a good bet at home on a short week.

Looking Ahead:
The Titans are likely to be dropped going against the Colts this week, which makes them a prime streaming candidate next Thursday night against the Jaguars, who have turned the ball over nine times and given up 14 sacks in just five games this season.

KICKERS
1. Cairo Santos, Chiefs – Owned in 37% of Yahoo leagues
He is kicking at home against the Saints. Nothing else to say, really.

2. Dustin Hopkins, Redskins – Owned in 30% of Yahoo leagues
Hopkins has cooled off a bit since his hot start, but the Lions give up a lot of kicks and it is always good to be indoors.

3. Mike Nugent, Bengals – Owned in 26% of Yahoo leagues

It is always good to be a kicker on a team which struggles in the red zone, especially if that team is playing the Browns.

Looking Ahead: Santos again? Why not? Kicking inside against a Colts team which gives up a ton of field goals is a good recipe for success. 

Raymond Summerlin
Raymond Summerlin is a football writer for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter at @RMSummerlin.