Bye weeks are starting up this week so these waiver columns should be more helpful than ever! Don’t forget to check out Don Locke’s Cheat Sheet if you’re in a fantasy basketball draft.
Latavius Murray, MIN RB
Murray was slated to take over lead back roles for the Vikings when he signed back in March before the Vikings drafted Dalvin Cook. Cook has a full ACL tear and was placed on IR. Murray wasn’t half bad when he was running for the Raiders but has been dealing with his surgically repaired ankle for months now. You can fully expect Murray to take lead back roles in Minnesota while he’s healthy.
Andre Ellington, ARI RB
If you don’t remember, Ellington was supposed to be what David Johnson ended up turning into. Ellington just couldn’t stay healthy enough to prove he could handle the workload. I wanted to see the Cardinals commit to scheming to get him some more work in open space and that’s exactly what they did. He caught 9 of 14 targets for 86 yards and almost brought in a TD. Chris Johnson and Kerwynn Williams have been ineffective so the Cardinals have no choice but to rely on Ellington as long as he’s healthy. Look for Ellington to be chipping off some long gains against a struggling Eagles secondary.
Will Fuller, HOU WR
Deshaun Watson continues to develop as a quarterback and the Houston WRs are benefiting the most. Will Fuller returned from a broken collarbone and quickly reminded everybody why he was drafted in the first round last year. He caught two TDs and looked as explosive as ever. The Texans have a matchup with a tough Chiefs defense this week, but will probably run up the score against the Browns the following week. Pick Fuller up and stash him for those upcoming bye weeks.
Cameron Brate, TB TE
There is still a large amount of hype surrounding 1st round rookie pick OJ Howard. Historically, rookie Tight Ends do not produce for their teams. That’s not to say he won’t, but I love the incumbent starter Brate as my streaming TE for the week. Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson demand so much attention, it’s easy for Winston to check it down to his TE, especially in the red zone.
Rob Kelley, WAS RB
After entering Monday’s game against the Chiefs with a rib injury, Kelley quickly injured his ankle and sat for the rest of the contest. The Redskins are on a bye this week, but Kelley has been largely ineffective all season. He has failed to score and it’s starting to look more and more like a Season From Hell for his owners. Don’t hesitate to drop him if there’s a hot commodity on your waiver wire.
Everybody On The Raiders
Carr is hurt and was struggling the past two games anyways. The Raiders receivers would have been down here even if Carr didn’t get hurt. The Raiders play the struggling Ravens, but expect it to be a low scoring affair. Feel free to leave Cooper and Crabtree on your bench this week if you have someone slightly more exciting.