Happy Victory Tuesday!! I hope everybody is ready for the Fantasy Playoffs for a majority of leagues. I'm in a hard fought battle for my playoff life, and my matchup comes down to Justin Tucker. To be honest, I'm nervous. Now, let me find you those waiver wire gems to help you continue your journey towards being a Fantasy Football Champion!
Quarterback: Sam Darnold (1.6% Rostered)
I know, I talk about being a Champion and then mention Sam Darnold, but hear me out. Darnold played against a Raiders defense that just came off of its worst performance of the year and had something to prove against the Jets, and the Jets nearly won the game. Darnold had 2 touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown, but he also lost 2 fumbles and threw an interception. Frank Gore went down with a concussion, and that may be a blessing in disguise for Darnold. That opens the door for more athletic running backs out of the backfield, and going up against a Seahawks defense that is still ranked 32nd in the NFL in passing defense, I can see Darnold having the best game of his season.
Running Back: Lynn Bowden Jr (0.3% Rostered)
So this guy is an interesting fantasy player. He is considered a RB/WR, kind of like Cordarrelle Patterson. With the top 3 options in the Miami backfield being out, Bowden stepped up against the Bengals and showed his versatility. He caught a pass out wide, and he lined up next to Tua in the shotgun. His speed and quickness out of the backfield will create and interesting matchup against Kansas City in a big game for Miami. I can see some more of those Tua quick passes and trying to get Bowden Jr out into space to show off his athleticism.
Wide Receiver: Jalen Reagor (17.8% Rostered)
With the emergence of Jalen Hurts behind center, this Eagles offense looked like a totally different squad. Reagor only had one catch, but it was a 34 yard beauty, and I can see Hurts throwing to Reagor more in their upcoming game against the Saints. Not only can Reagor be a stud on offense, but he also returned a punt for a touchdown. More opportunities to touch the ball will turn into fantasy points for you.
Tight End: Cole Kmet (0.5% Rostered)
We may be seeing a changing of the guard in Chicago with the emergence of Kmet and the phasing out of Jimmy Graham. He ended the game with 5 catches, 37 yards, and a touchdown. Going up against a Houston defense that has given up a lot of points to Tight Ends this year, I can see a coming out party from Cole Kmet.
Defense/Special Teams: Dallas Cowboys (9.7% Rostered)
The Cowboys defense will be on short rest after their game on Tuesday night, but the only saving grace here is they are going up against Brandon Allen and the Bengals. I'm not saying the Bengals are bad, but they are not the same team without Burrow. Dallas has a good pass rush, and going up against a subpar offensive line, they can force Allen into making bad throws.
Kicker: Brandon McManus (31.9% Rostered)
The Broncos kicker missed a Field Goal this past week, but that is a rare occurrence, with his only other missed kick being back in week 2. He has been nothing short of automatic all year, and I think this matchup against the Panthers can create some scoring opportunities for McManus. The Panthers defense is solid, but I think the Broncos offense is starting to gel down the stretch and will score more than they have all year.
Homer Pick of the Week: Dawson Knox (0.7% Rostered) I like seeing the Bills incorporate Dawson Knox back into this offense. His athleticism is something that has been missing from this position this season. He had 4 catches and a touchdown on Monday Night Football, and the Bills will need more of that on Sunday Night Football against a very solid Pittsburgh Steelers defense.