December 3, 2019 by squish
Written by Gerry Leung
Playoffs are underway, so every waiver wire decision is important. If you picked up any of the players mentioned last week you should have had a successful week as all of them were able to find the endzone. This week there are a couple notable injuries with Dalvin Cook, Ballage, Hilton and a few more. I’ll highlight some players this week who could be interesting if the following were to miss out.
Nick Foles, Jonathan Williams, Josh Gordon, T.J. Hockenson
Foles looked horrible in the first half and ultimately ended up being benched for Minshew. Foles finished with 3 turnovers, 2 fumbles and 3 sacks with 7 completions for 93 yards against the Bucs. A team that we target all year long and Nick couldn’t deliver. It’s unclear how the Jags are going to handle the QB situation but it’s safe to drop Nick in all formats.
The Jonathan Williams train has come to an end as he was outperformed last week by Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. Marlon Mack is also reported to return this week so it takes Williams completely out of play. Though Williams was serviceable in his spot starts, the Colts backfield should get their main guy back and Williams can be safely dropped.
You would think that Seattle would throw Gordon into a bigger role in their offense but that hasn’t been the case. Since joining the Seahawks, he has caught 4 catches for 47 yards. Lockett and Metcalf seem to be clearly running ahead of Gordon. He clearly hasn’t seen enough snaps on the field to be a viable fantasy option going forward.
After a great performance in week 1, Hockenson hasn’t shown much afterwards. In the Lions offense there are too many mouths to feed in Golliday, Jones and Amendola. He’s only passed 50 yards in just one other game this season. Playing through ankle pain for several weeks, the Lions have decided to shut him down for the Season. A potential stash in dynasty but can be safely dropped in most formats.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Alexander Mattison/Darwin Thompson, Zach Pascal, Kaden Smith
Fitzmagic had himself a day last week. Throwing for 365 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Eagles secondary. He has himself another cake matchup this week as he gets to face on the Jets who have recently allowed Fitz to 288 yards and 3 touchdowns in week 9. I love Fitz this week as a DFS play and pairing him with Devante Parker who is seeing massive targets.
Alexander Mattison/Darwin Thompson
Mattison filled in for Cook after he left week 13’s game early. Mattison finished with 4 attempts for 22 yards and 4 catches for 51 yards. Cook suffered a shoulder injury before half and ended up leaving the game in the third after fumbling. He also dealt with a chest injury in week 11. Cook is a little banged up but if he misses, Mattison is a must have.
If Cook does suit up Darwin Thompson becomes another waiver wire option. Both Williams have injury tags on them and Thompson saw 11 carries for 44 yards and a touchdown last week. He could have a major role alongside McCoy if both Williams remain out for week 14.
If the Colts were smart they would shut down T.Y. Hilton this season. Hilton, Funches, Campbell and Rogers were out last week against the Titans. Pascal was fed the ball finishing with 7 catches on 10 targets for 109 yards. Playing on 100% of their snaps he was heavily involved in their offense. He gets to take on the Bucs this week with a thin receiving staff. Pascal is a must add this week if any of the receivers above miss this game.
We are scraping the bottom of the dumpster here as Tight End gets real thin towards this time of year. Kaden Smith with Engram, Tate and Ellison out, finished with 6 of 8 targets for 70 yards. The G men take on the Eagles who’s secondary has been exploited all year. If any of the names mentioned above were to miss, Smith becomes a viable option.
As a reminder, the drop list are the players who are no longer must haves on rosters. The cop list consists of players who are worth a roster spot. Check back next week for the latest edition of cop or drop. Good luck this week and feel free to hit me up on twitter with any questions @GK_Leung.