As if injuries and COVID-19 weren’t enough, week 8 reminded us that we will need to account for the weather as well in the coming weeks when making our lineup decisions. We got to see a thrilling finish in Denver, sideways hail in Cleveland, and an NFC East suckfest on Sunday night football. After some injuries to the likes of George Kittle and Kenny Golladay and four more teams on BYE, you may be scrambling to fill your roster this week. But fear not, WhisperNation! I have your back! This is my Weekly Waiver Wire Whisper column in which I will give you my take on some stash/start worthy players that are rostered in 50% or less of Yahoo leagues. That is the cutoff, so please don’t slide all in my mentions on Twitter about how I could possibly leave off some of the popular names out there. But that shouldn’t keep you from checking your league to see if they are available. Here is a list of names you might see on other lists but are rostered in more than 50% of Yahoo leagues: Justin Herbert (85%), Travis Fulgharm (82%), Joe Burrow (77%), Brandon Aiyuk (81%), Phillip Lindsay (65%), Robert Tonyan (65%), J.K. Dobbins (68%), and Zack Moss (55%). As always you can find us on Twitter or Instagram and DM your waiver wire questions to us there as well. If you are curious about my preference or priority between a player in the particular positional groups, I will rank them from top to bottom priority in this article. If you are curious about my priority or preference between positions, you will need to make that decision based on your roster construction. Typically in most formats running backs are the top priority but maybe you have a deep RB corps and need WR or TE help. Make good decisions, folks.
Note: Teams on BYE include: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia
Damien Harris, New England Patriots, Rostered in 47% of Yahoo leagues
The common theme for this week’s group of running backs is that we have been down this road before with them. Harris is no exception to that rule as he is a former coverboy of this very article. Harris to me is the only guy on this list I feel confident in starting not only next week but for weeks going forward. The Patriots have plenty of injuries and a lack of talent at wide receiver and given that they are desperate to right the ship this season, I see them leaning heavily on the run game going forward. This is good news for Harris as he has seen 10 or more carries in 3 of his 4 games played this year.
Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens, Rostered in 30% of Yahoo leagues
In Mark Ingram’s absence, it was Gus Edwards who led the team in carries against the Steelers with 16 to J.K. Dobbins’ 15. The “Gus Bus” now has 30 carries over his last two games and with Ingram nursing an injury that NFL network’s Ian Rappaport has stated is more of a high ankle sprain than a low ankle sprain, Gus could be in line for even more work. Dobbins is my preferred add but he is not rostered at a low enough percentage to speak on in this article. This means Gus should be added and with Ingram out can be trusted in most cases given the current RB landscape.
Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams, Rostered in 31% of Yahoo leagues
Cam Akers has been dealing with his own injuries this season that allowed Darrell Henderson to take a front seat in the RBBC car of this Rams backfield. The Rams are on BYE this week but Henderson left last week’s game against the Dolphins with a thigh injury and Akers then saw his highest snap percentage since week 1. Given his skillset and draft pedigree, Akers could easily take this job over in Henderson’s absence and not look back. He is worth the add on upside alone.
Wayne Gallman, New York Giants, Rostered in 24% of Yahoo leagues
With Devonta Freeman out, Wayne Gallman got the start against a really tough Tampa Bay front and managed to not only look good in spurts but he also found paydirt. He finished his day with 62 all purpose yards and a score. Gallman isn’t a sexy pick and his upcoming schedule is less than desirable but given the thirst at the position he could be a nice roster piece that could get you through some desperate times.
Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts, Rostered in 29% of Yahoo leagues
Jonathan Taylor’s usage has been mind-boggling and infuriating. I still hold out hope that Taylor will be the guy that the fantasy football industry wants him to be but after the BYE it was clear the Colts have plans to get more looks for Nyheim Hines and given his effectiveness and acrobatics, why not? Hines saw 10 total touches and scored two receiving touchdowns against the Lions and while I am not impressed with his rushing usage this year he has clearly been a focal point of the passing game and will likely continue to be.
Jordan Wilkins, Indianapolis Colts, Rostered in 2% of Yahoo leagues
It was Jordan Wilkins who got fed like the lead back in for Indy in week 8 with 20 attempts against the Lions. I think that Wilkins is a mirage most weeks but he should be added especially by Taylor GM’s.
Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams, Rostered in 31% of Yahoo leagues
Malcolm Brown is like vanilla ice cream. He is good but not great. He needs to be added for depth if the Henderson injury lingers and in case Akers is feeling the affects of his rib injury even after the bye.
Troymaine Pope, Los Angeles Chargers, Rostered in less than 1% of Yahoo leagues
Pope is a deep league add. The practice squad and preseason star flashed some real nice moves and patience running against the Broncos on Sunday. His 15 touches equated to 95 all purpose yards and if Kelley and Jackson struggle more or get significantly hurt, Pope could be THE guy before we know it.
Dexter Williams/Tyler Ervin, Green Bay Packers, Rostered in less than 1% of Yahoo leagues
These two are just sneaky adds, given the COVID situation swirling around the Thursday night game. Be prepared to pivot if needed and both Williams and Ervin could be in line for significant work Thursday if all three of Dillion, Jones, and Williams are out.
Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions, Rostered in 49% of Yahoo leagues
It is a risk to put Jones up here given that he might be dealt by the Lions at the deadline but I think with Kenny Golladay already being ruled out for next week, Jones becomes a priority add this week. With Golladay sidelined, Jones saw 7 targets against the Colts and caught only three of them but two were for touchdowns. In the games that Golladay misses Jones could be in line for 7-10 targets per contest and needs to be swooped up off your waivers.
Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans, Rostered in 48% of Yahoo leagues
Don’t look now but Corey Davis is a WR3 in fantasy football. Doing his best DeVante Parker impression, the 4th year WR has been piling up some targets over his last two weeks, 20 to be exact. Davis is fresh off his best game of the year against the Bengals with 8 catches, 128 yards and a touchdown. The Titans have a couple dates with some tough secondaries in the next couple weeks but this could mean that A.J. Brown draws the harder coverage and leaves some looks to Davis who has been building and maintaining chemistry with Tannehill so far this season.
Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs, Rostered in 30% of Yahoo leagues
We have been saying all year that Mecole Hardman is one of the best stashes in all of fantasy football for 2020. It is games like he had Sunday that remind us of his upside. Hardman caught 7 of his 9 targets against the Jets for 96 yards and a touchdown. If you are a contender and are looking to stack for the fantasy playoffs look no further than Hardman. His playoff schedule includes matchups against Miami, New Orleans, and Atlanta.
Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers, Rostered in 20% of Yahoo leagues
I had to put Curtis Samuel on this list because you may have forgotten that last Thursday night he scored through the air and on the ground. This was also in a very uncharacteristically down game for both D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson. I just don’t buy Samuel being a trustworthy asset in fantasy each and every week.
Jordan Reed, San Francisco 49ers, Rostered in 3% of Yahoo leagues
George Kittle is out 6-8 weeks and Jordan Reed is coming back from IR if not extremely close. Reed is not Kittle but he is a very talented TE in an offense that loves targeting the position. Scoop him up, especially if you just lost Kittle.
Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts, Rostered in 22% of Yahoo leagues
The Colts are for sure making Trey Burton a thing, especially in the red zone, where on Sunday he scored his second rushing touchdown against the Lions. Since returning from injury Burton does not have a game with less than 4 targets and seems to be getting more and more involved every week. In a very desperate landscape, Burton is a fine add.
Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers, Rostered in 45% of Yahoo leagues
All the talk about the Steelers on offense has been their wide receiving corps and rightfully so, but don’t sleep on Eric Ebron. Ebron now has averaged 6 targets per game in his last 5 and has only dipped below 40 yards in 2 games this season.
Drew Lock, Denver Broncos, Rostered in 10% of Yahoo leagues
You likely have a better option this and most weeks but it should be mentioned that Drew Lock plays the Falcons, the Raiders, and the Saints in three of his next four games. Streaming Lock may not be as crazy as it sounds.