Bye weeks are finally over, but with a slew of injuries this past weekend and a packed Thanksgiving schedule, it’s time to explore this week’s waiver wire suggestions. Remember that fantasy football playoffs are only two weeks away, which means your league’s trade deadline is most likely this week. Don’t forget to consider trading for some of the players mentioned below to solidify your playoff roster.
Wendell Smallwood, Phi RB
Sproles will probably be suiting up with some injured ribs and Ryan Matthews is made of glass so he’s probably sitting out, leaving Smallwood and Barner as the healthiest running backs on the roster. Smallwood took over as the primary back after Matthews and Sproles left the game, making him look like the one to throw some waiver dollars at. Washington and Tennessee have mutilated the Packers through the air and on the ground in back to back weeks so any opposing starter is an RB2 with upside.
Jamison Crowder, Was WR
We mentioned Pierre Garcon last week, but it’s worthwhile to note that Jamison Crowder, who has been tearing it up recently, is only owned in 60% of ESPN leagues. He’s scored a touchdown in three straight games and Dallas’ leaky secondary will almost certainly let him get into the endzone. Grab him immediately if he’s still available.
Alex Collins, Sea RB
Prosise is out for a while with a shoulder injury, Troymaine Pope suffered a high ankle sprain, and Christine Michael got cut. Thomas Rawls is still the type of running back that invites contact and finishes all his runs strong, so chance for reinjury is high. Collins has been unimpressive and was even usurped by Pope, who you’ve never even heard of, but the backup job has landed in his lap.
Mike Gillislee, Buf RB
It feels like McCoy has a 50/50 chance of playing this week, leaving Gillislee with a 50/50 chance of starting against the Jags. I don’t know about you, but I feel pretty good when any of my players are starting against the Jags (except for Golden Tate).
Andre Ellington, Ari RB
Bet you’re feeling pretty good about drafting David Johnson huh? Bet you’ve been riding him into the ground like his team has huh? It’d be a shame to see an injury destroy your championship aspirations so go ahead and make the room for that handcuff.
Tyler Boyd/Brandon LaFell, Cin WR
A.J. Green is probably out for the season, leaving Boyd and LaFell as the starting receivers. Since Tom Brady couldn’t even make LaFell look good, we’d feel better betting on Boyd’s upside even though he is a rookie.
Jared Cook, GB TE
Cook put up 6/105/1 on 11 targets and I don’t think he was even trying considering he dropped a walk in touchdown that hit him in the hands. Cook is a slightly smaller Gronk and exactly the type of possession receiver Aaron Rodgers has been looking for. There are only a handful of Tight Ends I would be starting over him next week.
Michael Floyd, Ari WR
Floyd showed some life against the Niners, but *spoiler alert* it was because he played against the Niners. Even Fitz looks to be a low WR2 for the rest of the season. David Johnson is the only player we’re trusting on the Cardinals.
DeaAndre Hopkins, Hou WR
I know you’re always supposed to start your studs, but Osweiler’s pockets are so heavy he can’t even step up in the pocket to make a half decent throw. He isn’t exactly helping you win any games and chances are he might have even cost you a game with subpar outings in his last 4. We wouldn’t blame you for benching your first round pick.
Golden Tate, Det WR
Not getting it going against the Jags is probably the fantasy football equivalent of realizing you have erectile dysfunction. Drop this guy.