In the midst of bye weeks and rampant injuries, the waiver wire has been relatively picked over. This week is no different, so we’re diving deep to find addable talent for your fantasy roster.
Teddy Bridgewater (QB - MIN)
There is no guarantee that Bridgewater immediately gets his starting job back after the Vikings’ bye week, when they are expected to finally have him active once again. Sam Bradford has played well in Bridgewater's stead, and Minnesota may air on the side of caution as they work Bridgewater back. But once he regains the starting job, Bridgewater should be a huge fantasy asset just as he was before his injury. If you have room on your bench, he is worth stashing as you prepare for a postseason push.
Juju Smith-Schuster (WR - PIT)
The rookie receiver from USC has been a touchdown dependent fantasy option so far this season playing behind star wideout Antonio Brown and WR2 Martavis Bryant. But Bryant is allegedly unhappy with his role in Pittsburgh and with the trade deadline looming (Halloween), Smith-Schuster would be the guy to step into the WR2 role if Bryant were to move on from the Steelers. He’s worth an add as trade rumors swirl in the Steel City.
Josh Doctson (WR - WAS)
The Redskins’ wideout has dealt with injuries since entering the league, but he seems to be finding his role in the offense. Last week, Doctson saw a significant increase to his snap count and could finally emerge as the huge piece of the passing game that he was drafted to be. He's definitely worth an add as he gets going.
Dion Lewis (RB - NE)
It's hard to trust a running back on the Patriots’ roster because of how often they swap out their ball carriers. But Dion Lewis has had buzz around him for a while now, and he is finally reaching expectations. Over the past two weeks, Lewis has seen a major uptick in his workload, racking up 128 yards and a score through two match-ups. The RB availability on the waiver wire is dismal, so nab Lewis if you have the space and hope that he continues to earn more carries moving forward.
O. J. Howard (TE - TB)
Howard exploded last week for 98 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't his first impressive game of the year - Howard racked up 63 yards and a score in Week Four as well. The Bucs’ tight end still has to prove that he will be a reliable fantasy option week in and week out, but he's worth an add if you need help at the tight end position.
What are your thoughts, fantasy owners? Who are you targeting on the waiver wire this week? Let us know in the comments section below, and discuss any other fantasy football topics you wish.