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Tons of NFL waiver updates this week, so let’s jump right in.
Ty Montgomery, GB WR/RB
Montgomery may deserve the top priority on your waivers now that he has earned the rare RB/WR designation on fantasy platforms. Montgomery has brought in 10 receptions in back to back games and is returning the value that a Green Bay receiver and/or running back shoul. It’s hard to believe the running back situation won’t straighten itself out over the next few games, but with the Colts and Titans coming up Montgomery is definitely a great starting option for teams struggling with bye weeks and injuries.
Alex Smith, KC QB
Alex Smith has a soft schedule with the Colts and Jags coming up. Spencer Ware looks almost as good as Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith can throw dink and dunk passes all day long. Feel comfortable starting him if your QB is struggling or on a bye week.
Chris Thompson, Was RB
Matt Jones seemed to be playing well enough with a 100 yard rushing effort in 2 out of the last 3 games before fumbling the ball away at the goal line. Jones struggled with holding onto the ball last year and has been skating on thin ice all year with the coaching staff. Chris Thompson’s role has been steadily increasing each week and he took over the starting gig while Jones was benched for fumbling. The upside is limited here with Jones figuring to retain a majority of the carries, but Thompson has 21 carries and 10 receptions over the last two games could still prove to be effective as he slides into a Danny Woodhead/Shane Vereen type role for Washington.
Matt Asiata, Min RB
Did your league forget about the Vikings running backs already? McKinnon has been ineffective and went down with an ankle injury last game. Even if McKinnon does suit up, Matt Asiata has 26 carries and 9 receptions over the last two games. Chicago has used up all its good juju for the next decade to get the Cubs to the World series so feel free to start Asiata against the two defensive starters the Bears have left.
Brandon LaFell, Cin WR
LaFell has become hard to ignore with 4 touchdowns over the last 3 games. The WR2 for the Bengals has proven to be fantasy relevant because of the attention AJ Green demands when he is on the field. With Josh Norman in concussion protocol, LaFell makes for a decent spot start against Washington in deeper leagues.
J.J. Nelson, Ari WR
John Brown has sickle cell, Jaron Brown tore his ACL, and Michael Floyd has been struggling all season. Any receiver who eventually takes advantage of the massive opportunity of working along side Fitzgerald and David Johnson is going to have fantasy value so Nelson is worth a stash in deeper leagues.
Jerick McKinnon, Min RB
The Vikings always seemed to be a bit complacent with trying to put their running backs in the best position to succeed. They became way too used to just handing it off to Adrian Peterson and hoping good things would happen. McKinnon is an athletic freak with draft pedigree but has yet to produce on a consistent basis. Asiata continues to look good enough with volume production and goal line touches.
Theo Riddick/Dwayne Washington/Justin Forsett/Zach Zenner, Det RB
The Lions backfield is too crowded with Riddick and Washington looking to return as early as this week. With the exception of Riddick, these guys are collectively worth a lottery ticket even in deeper leagues.
Alshon Jeffrey, Chi WR
We want to give Jeffrey the benefit of the doubt, but it’s getting harder and harder to even think about starting him. Cutler has magically been cleared to practice the day Brian Hoyer gets placed on IR so things aren’t looking all bad. Cutler was known to force feed Jeffrey and the Bears figure to rack up some yards in garbage time, but Jeffrey can be benched for a high upside play at any time.
Allen Robinson, Jax WR
Allen Robinson is in the same boat as Jeffrey. The Jags couldn’t get back on track playing against arguably their easiest matchups of the season in the Bears and Raiders. It’s hard to bet on Robinson any given week and we won’t judge you for benching him until the Jags fire someone on the coaching staff.