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Fanball FAAB – Week 8 Waiver Wire Advice

by and • October 22, 2019

Words by Rob Willette, Scott Fish, and Paul Charchian. Spending recommendations by Paul Charchian.


Mason Rudolph – Steelers -7% rostered

Mason Rudolph cleared the concussion protocol and is a viable starter against Miami this week. To my eyes, Rudolph has looked competent. He’s completing 67% of his passes, and he’s scored multiple touchdowns in every full game. Miami has allowed multiple passing touchdowns to every opposing quarterback. The rest of the schedule is pretty favorable, with only one particularly difficult matchup, Buffalo in Week 15. In 2QB and superflex leagues, Rudolph deserves to be rostered.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 3%

Ryan Finley – Bengals – 0% rostered

Andy Dalton’s fourth quarter performance on Sunday was akin to Michael J. Fox’s efforts before he became the Teen Wolf.  It was the type of miserable sequence of events which may motivate the Bengals to “misplace” Dalton’s passport in advance of their trip to London, as Dalton has become the poster boy for what is perhaps the saddest season for a franchise accustomed to pain.  Dalton’s future with the franchise is in doubt and at 0-7 there’s no reason to roll him out in a quest to capture a meaningless victory. The Bengals nabbed Ryan Finley at the top of the fourth round in the 2019 draft, and he looked very promising in the preseason. While his ceiling may be that of a Dalton-type quarterback, it is at least the type of cathartic move which can generate new energy and usher in a new era. The big point in Finley’s favor is volume: nobody passes at a higher rate than Cincinnati, a stat which does not figure to change too much given the Bengals’ personnel issues all over the field.  Dalton’s been usable in two-quarterbacks leagues simply due to volume, and there’s reason to believe Finley can offer the same type of value.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

Cam Newton – Panthers – 45% rostered

Yes, Kyle Allen has played well. But unless Allen plays lights out, effectively creating a mandate to maintain the starting job, Cam Newton is likely to return. The Panthers organization has so much invested in him, we expect Newton to get another crack at starting when he’s 100% healthy. Newton isn’t likely to play this week, but his timetable for return is approaching.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%


Ty Johnson – Lions – 2% rostered

Per Adam Schefter, the Lions are placing Kerryon Johnson on IR, opening the door for the rookie Ty Johnson to assume his place at the top of the depth chart.  Johnson filled-in for his namesake on Sunday against the Vikings, totaling 14 rather inefficient touches. The touches, however, are more important than the yardage at this point, as the Vikings are stamping out running games.  Johnson appears to be the preferred guy over former Seahawk running back J.D. McKissic, who will likely retain his third-down role. Johnson was a big play machine at Maryland, leading the NCAA in yards per carry in 2016 (9.1) and routinely utilizing his long speed to erase pursuit angles.  The Lions have been an effective offense early and have an affinity for running the football under Matt Patricia. Despite the 6th-round label, Johnson has the perfect confluence of opportunity and talent to make an impact.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 35%

Mark Walton – Dolphins – 21% rostered

With double-digit touches in consecutive weeks, it is hard to ignore Walton on the wire much longer, despite having the stigma of “Miami” next to his name.  Last Sunday, Walton ran tough against one of the league’s best defenses, putting up 66 yards on 14 carries in a game in which the Dolphins were surprisingly competitive.  His slow ascension in the backfield has coincided with the retreat of Kenyan Drake, a back on the trading block in Miami’s ongoing sell off. Sure, touchdowns are going to be few and far between, but any runner carving out a role on his offense is worth an add.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 8%


Corey Davis – Titans – 41% rostered

Perhaps Marcus Mariota really was what ailed the Tennessee offense.  While Ryan Tannehill is not going to make anyone forget about the days of Air McNair, he quickly realized where his best chance for success would lie: peppering the Titans’ top two receivers with targets.  Davis got 7 targets and piled up 80 yards and a score in a difficult on-paper matchup with the Chargers, rewarding owners who have kept the faith, waiting for the former 5th-overall pick to breakout. I doubt you’ll find a more talented player on the waiver at this time of year, and there’s no reason to not show the enthusiasm of Howard Dean at a campaign rally as you chase down Davis. Bonus: he’ll face Tampa this week. 

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 10%

Kenny Stills – Texans – 13% rostered

What Will Fuller giveth, Will Fuller taketh away.  Two weeks after setting the fantasy world ablaze with one of the best fantasy performances in recent memory, Fuller has hit the shelf with a hamstring pull, a crippling injury for a receiver. His absence provides opportunity for acquisition Kenny Stills, however, as Stills seamlessly wiggled his way into the lineup as the deep threat, posting 4 receptions for 105 yards against a defense which is generally good at limited big plays in the passing game.  We want players attached to elite quarterbacks, and Stills figures to operate as the No. 2 receiver for Deshaun Watson in the interim.  

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 8%

Keke Coutee- Texans – 14% rostered

Kenny Stills is not the only Texan to benefit from Fuller’s absence.  A forgotten man in three-wide sets this season, Keke Coutee is back on the fantasy map, likely to work in the short passing game much as he did for a stretch in 2018.  A more robust set of weapons this year limits Coutee’s ceiling, but as essentially an extension of the running game, Coutee can rack up receptions and provide value in a pinch during the dog days of the fantasy season. Note that he’s constantly injured, and he missed a few snaps last week.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

Miles Boykin – Ravens – 1% rostered

First, it was Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews joining the breakout party with Lamar Jackson.  Now? It could be Miles Boykin, who has yet to put together a signature breakout performance but has taken advantage of Marquise Brown’s absence, totalling 83 yards over the past two games and using his 4.42 speed to beat the Seahawks secondary for a 50-yard grab last week. With Boykin, you’re buying opportunity and growth potential for the emerging rookie. 

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 5%

DeVante Parker – Dolphins- 14% rostered

One of fantasy football’s great saboteurs, DeVante Parker is back to torment the minds of fantasy owners after scoring in three straight games, no small feat given the Dolphins seasonal allergies to the painted area past the goal-line. Despite his annual disappointments, there is a reason he went early in the first round after pairing with Teddy Bridgewater at Louisville.  But at this point we’re just banking on him getting peppered with targets on a bad team, especially good news now that Ryan Fitzpatrick and his swagger are back under center. Fitzpatrick leads the NFL in deep passes, and it only takes one strike to Parker for fantasy relevance.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 3%

Mohamed Sanu – Patriots – 49% rostered

Any time a player gets traded to the Patriots, his owners go berserk with optimism.  Consider us to be a bucket of ice cold water. There’s a real chance that Sanu is less valuable as a Patriot than a Falcon. First, Sanu is a slot receiver, running 77% of his routes from the slot. New England already has a slot receiver and he’s pretty good: Julian Edelman. Second, Sanu will need to learn a new offense, new schemes, new terminology, and new routes. It’ll take some time for him to get up to speed. Third, the Patriots have a plethora of scoring options. 11 different offensive players have scored touchdowns this year. Fourth, the Falcons were constantly playing from behind and throwing copiously–41 times per game, most in the NFL. The Patriots defense is so overwhelmingly good, they’re never behind, and they never need to throw. Let someone else get excited for Sanu.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

Zach Pascal – Colts – 1% rostered

Owners who added Zach Pascal after a quasi-breakout in Week 4 against the Raiders likely kicked him to the curb following a Week 5 dud against the Chiefs, deeming Pascal 2019’s iteration of Frisman Jackson.  Yet here was Pascal rolling the Texans off the Colts’ bye to the tune of a 6/106/2 line. It was a welcome sight for the Colts as they attempt to find a complementary option to TY Hilton. The problem with Pascal is that he’s in part of a three-man rotation with Chester Rodgers and Dean Cain for the scraps left behind by Hilton. He only played 47% of the team’s snaps. 

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%


Irv Smith – Vikings- 1% rostered

Never known for his footspeed, Kyle Rudolph is moving with the grace of a cement truck these days. The Vikings are thirsty for a third receiving  weapon behind their two alpha receivers and they’ve found a spark with rookie tight end Irv Smith. Of course, rookie tight ends are notoriously hard to trust (see also, TJ Hockenson) but Irv is fresh off a 6 target game with Adam Thielen out.  Thielen will miss Thursday’s game, so if you’d start Smith this week, he’s worth a buck.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%