Waiver Wire Pickups, Week 6
As we pass the one-third mark of the NFL season, it’s probably getting rather thin in most fantasy football leagues, as far as the guys that are still available on the waiver wire.
However, we’re starting to see a bunch of rookies begin contributing to their team, and thus make the list of guys you should take a serious look at acquiring this week. Oh, and there’s also a rather familiar name at the top of this list as well.
Jameis Winston, Quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers — It seems somewhat ironic to mention Jameis Winston, considering Ryan Fitzpatrick was sitting atop the quarterback stats column just one month ago. But now that Winston has been given back the starting job, he could actually be a sneaky addition to your fantasy team. He entered 2018 coming off career high’s in completion percentage, yards per attempt, and passer rating. Considering Tampa Bay’s running game remains non-existent, and that their defense can’t stop anyone, Winston could be throwing a lot of passes over the remainder of this season.
Nyheim Hines, Running Back, Indianapolis Colts – From the beginning, it just seemed like it was a matter of time before the Indianapolis Colts made a switch at running back. While Marlon Mack is still considered to be the “primary” running back for the Colts, Nyheim Hines is becoming the guy who’s getting more and more volume because of his pass-catching ability and overall athleticism. Hines has had double-digit touches in each of the past three games, highlighted by his 22 total touches for 90 combined yards against New England last Thursday. The Colts continue to view the running back position as being a committee, so Hines will continue to see plenty of work.
Keke Coutee, Wide Receiver, Houston Texans – Houston’s fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Keke Coutee looks like he could be the long-term answer at the slot receiver position for the Texans, which is something that they never really had in recent years. Coutee has had 17 receptions on 22 targets over the last two games, and caught a touchdown pass in Houston’s win over the Dallas Cowboys. With opponents focusing on trying to stop DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, that could open up a lot of space over the middle of the field, especially considering Houston doesn’t have a tight end of note.
Christian Kirk, Wide Receiver, Arizona Cardinals – Selected in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals had a lot of hope that Christian Kirk from Texas A&M would provide them some badly-needed play making talent, considering Arizona’s group of wide receivers was Larry Fitzgerald and nothing else. But because of quarterback Sam Bradford’s raging incompetence, the entire offense of Arizona faltered. Having (finally) made the swtich at quarterback to rookie Josh Rosen, Kirk’s stock will begin to rise. He’s already second on the team in targets, and leads the Cardinals with 234 yards receiving. In two of the past three games, he’s had at least 85 yards receiving, and he recorded his first NFL touchdown last week against San Francisco.