Tue Oct 8 8:16am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Minshew can help fantasy teams
The waiver wire isn’t the most exciting place in to be this week. There aren’t a ton of top options out there right now. We didn’t have a ton unknowns star last week. And there weren’t many players that got hurt, opening the door for paying time. So if you need some options this week, it might be kind of hard to find that top replacement. But even with that said, there are some players out there that might be serviceable.
Gardner Minshew, Jaguars. Minshew just keeps getting it done for fantasy teams. He has double-digit scores three straight games and four of five this season. He had his first 300-yard game of the season last week, throwing for 374 yards against a good Panthers defense. He gains confidence every week and is a real help to fantasy teams because of his consistent production. Minshew remains available in 52 percent of leagues.
Teddy Bridgewater, Saints. Bridgewater finally had that huge game, throwing for 314 yards and four touchdowns against the Bucs last week. He just seems to be gaining confidence every week and this offense is really starting to click. He isn’t an every-week starter but can help as a streamer until Drew Brees returns. Bridgewater is available in 81 percent of leagues.
Reggie Bonnafon, Panthers. Christian McCaffrey was a little banged up last week, giving Bonnafon some carries for once. He took advantage, rushing five times for 80 yards and a touchdown. He showed he could help this offense if given the chance. McCaffrey’s workload might be scaled back a little going forward, so don't be surprised if Bonnafon starts getting more consistent work.
Chase Edmonds, Cardinals. Edmonds had his best game of the season last week, rushing eight times for 68 yards and a touchdown. He also had three receptions for 18 yards, giving him 86 total yards. He ran for 37 yards the previous week, so he is getting a little more consistent work. It might not be a stretch to see Edmonds getting around double-digit touches per game going forward, especially if he keeps producing like this.
Jon Hilliman, Giants. Wayne Gallman suffered a concussion during the Week 5 game, giving Hilliman most of the work at running back for the Giants. He was not great in that role, rushing nine times for 20 yards. But if Gallman is out and Saquon Barkley isn’t healthy enough to return this week, Hilliman could be in line to start for the Giants. And any starting back has fantasy value, so Hilliman could be worth grabbing for fantasy teams.
Byron Pringle, Chiefs. Pringle had a breakout game last week, getting a chance to play a lot because of an injury to Sammy Watkins. Pringle had six receptions for 103 yard and a touchdown on nine targets. He could continue to have an expanded role in the offense if Watkins has to miss any time. He is worth grabbing in this high-powered offense.
Mohamed Sanu, Falcons. Sanu scored his first touchdown of the season last week, catching five passes for 42 yards and a touchdown. Sanu has emerged in recent weeks, having 20 receptions his last three games. He is getting consistent work in this pass-heavy offense. Sanu remains available in 49 percent of leagues.
Auden Tate, Bengals. Tate scored his first touchdown of the season last week. He has an expanded role in the offense because of the injuries to John Ross and A.J. Green. As long as those guys are out, Tate has some fantasy value. He has at least three receptions three straight games and 50 or more yards two of those games.
Gerald Everett, Rams. Everett is starting to emerge as the top tight end in the Rams offense. He had a career game in Week 5, catching seven passes for 136 yards on 11 targets. He has double-digit fantasy points each of his last two games. If you need tight end help, Everett is worth grabbing in a pass-heavy offense.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
August 5th: ADP Value
The Green Bay Packers have claimed wide receiver Travis Fulgham off waivers from the Detroit Lions. A sixth-round pick out of Old Dominion last season, Fulgham appeared in three games for Detroit, playing 42 offensive snaps against Green Bay in December but not recording a target. With Devin Funchess opting out and a top-heavy receiving corps, it makes sense for Green Bay to add someone at the position, but Fulgham's a longshot to make any kind of impact on this team in 2020.
At one point, it looked like Washington quarterback Alex Smith would never step onto a football field again after a devastating leg injury in 2018, but head coach Ron Rivera says that if Smith is healthy, he'll have a chance to compete for the starting job. That's bad news for second-year passer Dwayne Haskins, who struggled as a rookie. Haskins not winning the starting job this year would signal bad news for his future in Washington and could suggest that the team will be looking for a new quarterback in 2021, as Smith's not the long term answer at this point in his career. This is a quarterback room to avoid in re-draft leagues this season.
The New England Patriots have signed former Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller to a one-year deal. Miller missed all of 2019 after tearing his ACL and MCL in preseason, but the veteran back has shown some explosiveness in the past and adds important insurance to this backfield, especially with Sony Michel (foot) not a lock to be healthy Week 1. Miller's been good before, but he's likely just keeping the seat warm for Michel and even if Michel does miss time, Miller's likely to be part of a committee approach in New England. There's not a ton of reason to be excited about this signing for fantasy purposes, but Miller could be worth a late-round dart throw in deeper formats.
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (foot) isn't a lock to be recovered by Week 1, putting a major question mark beside the back who most expected to lead this New England backfield in rushing attempts. The team signed veteran Lamar Miller as insurance on Monday, further complicating things and suggesting that Michel's injury issues will bleed over to the regular season. You almost have to be more wary of drafting Michel than you already were with this news, and you already should have been fairly low on him. He's not undraftable, but he's become a huge risk without a lot of upside.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara spoke to the media earlier Monday and offered more details about his injury-plagued 2019 season. Kamara said he "tore his knee' in Week 5 against Jacksonville last year and that he had to deal with it the rest of the season. The 25-year-old didn't require surgery, though he spent the entire offseason rehabbing the knee and said he feels healthy now. Kamara finished as the RB16 in PPR formats despite dealing with the knee and ankle injuries. Coming into 2020 a bit leaner after adopting a plant-based diet, Kamara is poised to have the best season of his career in a contract year. He should be a top-five pick in both formats and could be taken as early as the third pick in PPR leagues.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green reportedly has been impressing teammates in practices this week as he works back from injuries that robbed him of his entire 2019 season. Tight end C.J. Uzomah told reporters, "We're just running routes and haven't gone full speed against the defense. Drew (Sample) only saw him last year for, what, that first practice? He said, 'I forgot how explosive he is.' I told him, 'You haven't seen the half of it yet.'" Green has serious bounce-back potential as the No. 1 WR in a Bengals offense that should be one of the most-improved in the league. He can be treated as an upside WR3 in fantasy drafts.
Free-agent CB Tramaine Brock and DT Carl Davis were signed to undisclosed contracts by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Aug. 9.
Free-agent RB Derrius Guice (Football Team) passed through waivers unclaimed Sunday, Aug. 9.
Free-agent RB Kenjon Barner (Falcons) is expected to sign with the Baltimore Ravens in the near future, according to a source.
Free-agent DT Caraun Reid (Cardinals) signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Aug. 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Free-agent S Marqui Christian (Jets) recently met with the Chicago Bears.
Free-agent TE Jordan Reed (Football Team) officially signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Aug. 9. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Fantasy Spin: Reed has dealt with injuries during his career but has posted solid numbers when healthy. He will be the No. 2 tight end for the 49ers behind George Kittle but should have a decent role in the passing game. Reed probably should be considered a No. 2 fantasy tight end in most leagues.
Free-agent CB Tramaine Brock (Titans) is meeting with the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Aug. 9, and likely will sign with the team if the meeting goes well, according to a source.
Philadelphia Eagles LB Jatavis Brown was placed on the Reserve/Retired list Sunday, Aug. 9.
Free-agent DT Mike Daniels (Lions) is meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Aug. 9, and is expected to sign with the team, according to a source.
Los Angeles Rams DT A'Shawn Robinson (undisclosed) is expected to play at some point during the 2020 season, but the team will take things slow with him since he was diagnosed with a medical issue during the medical on-boarding process.
Buffalo Bills WR Duke Williams was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 9. The team also released CB Akeem King.
Washington Football Team TE Logan Thomas was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 9.
Free-agent S J.J. Wilcox (Falcons) officially re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.