I’ll admit, last week’s waiver wire was a bit of a flop. Preston Williams ended up going to the injured reserve and Allen Lazard did not make his return after being on Injured Reserve for over two months. Nonetheless, it is a new week and we got some new players who had great performances on Sunday and are looking to form into more permanent roles as the second half of the season progresses, so let’s get into it. As always, both opportunity and performance are taken into consideration for these players, and all players listed are rostered below 40% on ESPN.
Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots
Jakobi Meyers has had an incredible last two weeks since the injuries have hit New England’s wide receiver group. It started with an explosive game against the New York Jets where he totaled 12 receptions for 169 yards. The following week, against the Baltimore Ravens on SNF, he totaled five receptions for 59 yards and even threw a touchdown to Rex Burkhead. While we will likely not see Meyers throw another touchdown for the rest of the season, we will certainly see similar WR production. Meyers is looking like a true number one receiver for this team with Julian Edleman and N’Keal Harry hurt. Next week, the Patriots will play against the Houston Texans, a defense that has continued to have their problems.
Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Indianapolis Colts
The second-round pick rookie led the team in receptions last week against the Tennessee Titans, who have a very talented secondary. He totaled seven receptions for 101 yards for his best game this season by far. Pittman has the potential to become a future number one option for the Colts, and at the very least a number two option. With T.Y. Hilton’s production continuing to decrease over the past couple of seasons, someone is bound to step up. Hilton surprisingly has no touchdowns on the year so far. He also is having a career-low in terms of average yards per catch with 11.2. The Colts will host the Green Bay Packers at home next, a match-up that hasn’t been favorable for receivers. However, Pittman is certainly worth a stash as we’ve seen his role expand over the past two games.
Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Since the Colts had their bye week during Week 7, Nyheim Hines has done a fine job. Excluding the bust game against the Ravens, Hines has over 20 PPR fantasy points. He is also now emerging as the lead running back for the Colts as rookie Jonathan Taylor’s role continues to shrink. It is also worth adding that Hines runs behind one of the best offensive lines in the entire league, huge support for Hines’s recent production. The all-around style that Hines plays has also been productive, two of Hines’ three touchdowns after the bye week have been receiving touchdowns. Hines is starting to show more and more that he is the true number one back for this very talented team. He is absolutely worth a stash on your fantasy roster, despite the non-favorable match-up next week against the Packers.
Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants
Wayne Gallman torched the Philadelphia Eagles defense last week, totaling 60 yards and two touchdowns. And now with Devonta Freeman heading to injured reserve, Gallman is the man for the Giant’s backfield. He had 18 attempts last week and that is about the expected amount you’ll see especially after an upset win against the Eagles. We’ll likely see a very similar game plan where Gallman gets a lot of touches. The offensive line play of the Giants is definitely concerning, but if they continue to play as strong as they did against Philadelphia, that will only help Gallman’s performance in the future. Next week the Giants are on their bye week, but they are slated for two favorable Gallman match-ups against the Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks.
Willie Snead IV, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Willie Snead IV had a night on Sunday against the Patriots, totaling five receptions for 64 yards and two touchdowns. His partner, Marquise Brown, has been having an up-and-down year, so someone has to emerge for Baltimore and since the bye week, that has been Snead. Snead also had a nice game against Pittsburgh where he had five catches for 106 yards. With favorable match-ups for the rest of the season, expect Snead to receive more targets, and more chances to have boom-type games like he did this past week.