Table Talk Week Three: Waiver Adds
With the transition back to work this week the review article is a little shorter than it normally is. Just focusing on waiver adds. Player usage and reviews will be all wrapped up in the preview column up later this week.
The above 50% crew:
Joshua Kelley, RB LAC- Continues to find himself filling more and more of the MG3 role from last season. Ekeler is trending up in the right direction and Herbert has kept the offense moving forward. Herbert has been better for his fantasy weapons than Tyrod was.
Jerick McKinnon, RB SF- McKinnon showed nicely last week with the top two options in the backfield out. He got most of the early touches while the game was close before Wilson came in to lead the JV Niner’s the rest of the way over the Giants.
Darrel Henderson, RB LAR- Possibly the highest ceiling of any player on the list, but also the most competition. The Rams drafted Henderson to take over for Gurley last season and he didn’t have the best rookie year. He looks to have finally adjusted to the NFL level and was able to show that pedigree that got him drafted in the feature role this past Sunday against the Bills. With Akers beat up and ineffective, Henderson has a real chance to win this job the rest of the season.
Mike Davis, RB Car- Came in and took over 90% of the CMC role in week three. He is not McCaffrey, but this offense is built around pass catching RB’s and Davis excels in that role. If he’s still available on your wire he is a high end RB2 until CMC returns from IR.
Miles Gaskin, RB Mia- My top waiver add for the week. Gaskin is getting everything but the goal line work and putting up points in a mediocre Miami offense. He is on the field all the time and Howard has been relegated to work within the five only while Breida is a complete non-factor. A lot of people need RB help and they should go get Gaskin to fill the hole.
Justin Jefferson, WR Min- Finally playing ahead of Bisi Johnson, Jefferson showed why he was the top wideout on some boards for the draft. There were fears Jefferson could only function as a slot receiver and he is putting those fears to rest. This Vikings team badly needed another playmaker at receiver in addition to Adam Thielen and now they have it.
Allen Lazard, WR GB- Showed up nicely with Davante Adams sitting. If Adams hamstring issue persists, then Lazard is likely in store for another WR1/2 performance. After Adams comes back I think Lazard will be too spotty to start and he and MVS will alternate weeks with usable fantasy production.
Logan Thomas, TE Was- Continues to garner targets and receptions at an elite level, he just needs better QB play to really turn this into a game breaking performance. The usage is everything we could ask for and if you are needy at TE he is still the top target.
Brandon Aiyuk, WR SF- Finally healthy and showing why the Niner’s drafted him in the first round. The Niner’s need Aiyuk to be a dynamic playmaker moving forward. Without Samuel and Kittle in the lineup they turned to him and he delivered a 8/5/70/0 receiving line with another three carries for 31 yards and a TD on the ground. Shanahan is scheming him into a position to showcase his talent and it will only get better moving forward. There were very few rookies in a better position to succeed at the beginning of the year and now that he is healthy we will see him show his talent alongside the best playcaller in the game.
Adrian Peterson, RB Det- I really don’t want to recommend AP, but the Lions seem to want him to be the focal point of their running game and things are bleak at RB. If you are desperate few players are getting as many touches as Peterson.
Anthony Miller, WR Chi- The change to Nick Foles provided a huge boost to the offense and should provide increased consistency. Miller was ditched by most of his owners under Trubisky and now will have a chance to show the promise of why he was being drafted around the 10th round. Go get him if he was dropped in your league.
Eric Ebron, TE Pit- Starting to mesh into the offense. He is the fourth option in the passing game, but there is room to grow and he is still a huge red zone threat. I think this Steeler offense is going to keep improving and TE’s keep getting injured.
Chase Edmonds, RB Ari- Sharing some work with Drake in the running game, but vacuuming up all of the receiving work. He continues to look like a RB1 when he gets the work and if anything were to happen to Drake he would be a top ten RB.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR/RB Chi- I was really tempted to put him higher on the list on speculation, but the players above him have a defined role already. Patterson has the skill to take over all of Cohen’s work and steal some of Montgomery’s rushing work. With Foles leading the offense I am expecting things to look better in Chicago and Patterson to be unleashed more than he has been to this point.
Andy Isabella, WR Ari- Isabella is the Mecole Hardman of Arizona. When he is on the field he makes plays and looks great, but there must be something going on where we don’t see him on the field as much. With Kirk out last week, Isabella had a chance to shine and he looked fantastic. He should garner more snaps in future games and continue to let his speed play. His worth a flier in deeper leagues for a team looking to add a difference maker to the roster.
KJ Hamler, WR Den- Is going to have to battle inconsistent QB play, but he is developing into the third option in the passing game. There is a reason he is this low, but he has the potential to be a difference maker.