Take'em or Leave'em
Waivers this time of year can be very bare and rather unexciting. There are a few decent options out there, but for the most part, they are options with a solid floor and low ceiling. The best advice at this time is to keep up with the news cycle. Players are missing games for unprecedented things this year, so be the first to know in your league and go pick that guy up before someone else does. With that being said, there are a few guys to target.
At this point of the season, spend your FAAB on guys you like. If you don’t spend it, you will just lose it.
Devontae Booker – Running Back, Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders are a team that loves to run the ball and with the injury to Jacobs, Booker is the one who should receive most of the carries. With a matchup coming up against the Jets, a defense that has been giving up a ton of touchdowns, Booker could be in for a big day.
Verdict: Take’em – He is a worthy starter this week and a guy you can keep on your roster the rest of the year as a high-end Handcuff.
Frank Gore – Running Back, New York Jets
The ageless wonder! As gross as it seems to start Frank Gore, he is getting a ton of opportunity. In week 12, he had 21 touches and had a top 24 RB finish. Gore is the definition of having a safe floor with almost no upside.
Verdict: Leave’em – If you are absolutely desperate, go for it, but only expect 5-10 points because the Jets offense just doesn't get into the endzone often.
High Upside RB Handcuffs
I mentioned this last week, but go out there and grab high-end handcuffs. These are guys that could win you your league if there is a major injury. Even if you don't need them maybe you can keep a guy away from your opponents if their starter gets hurt. Target guys like Jamaal Williams, Alexander Mattison, Adrian Peterson, or Latavius Murray.
Keke Coutee – Wide Receiver, Houston Texans
Coutee gets the bump here because of the suspension to teammate Will Fuller. That, coupled with Kenny Stills getting released and Randall Cobb on the IR, Deshaun Watson has to throw to someone. Coutee is a younger player that has shown somethings in the past and is more than capable of filling in.
Verdict: Take’em – he might not be startable, but there is also a chance he steps in and becomes a weekly flex option.
Other Pickup Options:
TY Hilton – Hilton had his best game of the year in Week 12 and has been fairly steady the last few weeks. I wouldn’t expect too much volume to him, but could easily give you 3 or 4 catches and if he gets into the endzone becomes a decent start.
Denzel Mims – The rookie receiver missed the first 6 weeks of the season with an injury, but since he has returned, he has seen 7 or more targets in every game but 1. I’d rather have Mims than Hilton mentioned above.