Each week, TSN.ca takes a look at the top available players in fantasy football ahead of the weekly waiver deadline.
Colt McCoy, Washington Redskins (at Vikings)
Last Week: 25/30, 299 yards, 1 INT
McCoy should only be considered in Two-QB leagues and even then is a risky addition with Robert Griffin III potentially returning in Week 9, but the former third round pick had one of the most productive games of his career Monday night against the Cowboys. That could push RG3’s return date back two weeks when the Redskins return from their bye.
Zach Mettenberger, Tennessee Titans (bye week)
Last Week: 27/41, 299 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Mettenberger’s middling QB2 numbers were inflated by garbage time stats, but it doesn’t matter when or how you get your points in fantasy football, and the Titans’ rookie QB figures to have plenty of garbage time to pad his stats moving forward. Mettenberger is still just an option in Two-QB leagues only.
Lorenzo Taliaferro, Baltimore Ravens (at Steelers)
Last Week: 7 carries, 27 yards, 2 TDs; 2 receptions (3 targets), 42 yards
Ravens’ backup running back Taliaferro has two things going for him in fantasy. He’s clearly the team’s choice in short yardage situations – and scored two touchdowns last week as a result of that – and is an option for Joe Flacco in the passing game. It’s kind of a weird combination, but one that could be worth a flyer for a desperate fantasy team.
It’s slim pickings at RB on the waiver wire this late into the season and with no major injuries over the weekend, but if Jeremy Hill is available in your league he may be worth a look. Giovani Bernard didn’t finish the game this week for the Bengals and while his injury doesn’t appear serious, if he misses any games Hill should be in line for an opportunity to put up points.
Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Ravens)
Last Week: 5 receptions (7 targets), 83 yards, 2 TDs
The Steelers probably should have played Bryant much earlier in the year. Finally playing the last two weeks, Bryant, a rookie, has averaged 15 points a week. Now, Ben Roethlisberger isn’t going to throw six touchdowns every week which means Bryant isn’t going to catch two touchdowns every week, but the fourth-rounder is averaging six targets a game and should be at least a flex candidate moving forward.
Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots (vs. Broncos)
Last Week: 11 receptions (11 targets), 124 yards, 1 TD
A look at LaFell’s stat line over the past six weeks suggests he’s a better Week 11 play (after the Patriots’ bye) than Week 9, but maybe grab him now just in case. LaFell has put up huge games every other week, in between very mediocre performances. Jokes aside, LaFell is getting more and more play in a Patriots’ offence that has been strong since the ‘sky is falling’ warnings of a couple weeks ago.
John Brown, Arizona Cardinals (at Cowboys)
Last Week: 5 receptions (10 targets), 119 yards, 1 TD
Brown had his first big game in four weeks and second of the season. The rookie is talented but still very inconsistent, so he’s a boom or bust pick moving forward that’s still probably more bust than boom. Brown’s 10 targets were a season high however, so there’s hope his down weeks aren’t quite as down moving forward.
Another rookie receiver to keep an eye on is the Colts’ Donte Moncrief. It shouldn’t be long before Moncrief passes Hakeem Nicks on the depth chart and if that move coincides with Reggie Wayne’s injury, Moncrief could be in line for a big week.
Tim Wright, New England Patriots (vs. Broncos)
Last Week: 7 receptions (7 targets), 61 yards, 1 TD
Wright isn’t the second tight end the Patriots once had, but every once in a while he shows signs that he could be. Last week was one of those times, as Wright secured his third touchdown of the game and second double digit point week. Wright is the best “backup” tight end in the league and better than a lot of starters. He’s still just a bye week fill-in however.