It’s that time of the year where the waiver wire is incredibly bare, and the injuries are piling up. Well, I dug through the scraps and here’s what I came up with for this week’s top 5 pickups:
5. Nate Washington, WR – Houston Texans (5% Owned – Yahoo, 5.9% Owned – ESPN):
Nate went bonkers in garbage time this past week, and while you can’t expect that to happen often, he does seem to be a viable option in the passing game for Brian Hoyer. The Texans look awful, and to make matters worse they just lost Arian Foster for the season. Expect even more garbage time galore for these guys, which should hopefully benefit Nate Washington. Plus he has a potential revenge game against his old team here in week 8.
4. Michael Floyd, WR – Arizona Cardinals (47% Owned – Yahoo, 56.4% Owned – ESPN):
I can’t believe I’m recommending a dude that has burnt me soo hard in the past. Can you trust Michael Floyd? Nah. But there’s plenty of balls flying around in Arizona, which means there’s room for Floyd to still get catches with John Brown and Larry Fitz still the main options in their passing game. If you need a receiver, Floyd is a decent option.
3. Tyler Lockett, WR – Seattle Seahawks (15% Owned – Yahoo, 9.6% Owned – ESPN):
Seattle doesn’t really throw the ball that much, I know. However, the talent of Tyler Lockett is still appealing enough to give him a roster spot. He’s coming off a great game in week 7, and has built a pretty solid connection with Russell Wilson. He also happens to pose a dangerous threat in the return game, which potentially equates to even more fantasy points.
2. Derek Carr, QB – Oakland Raiders (35% Owned – Yahoo, 33.3% Owned – ESPN):
Hard to believe with how bad some QBs have been playing that Derek Carr is still readily available in most fantasy football leagues. He has a great receiving core, and the ground game has been solid, so he should continue to put up solid numbers throughout the rest of the season.
1a. Chris Polk, RB – Houston Texans (4% Owned – Yahoo, 1.2% Owned – ESPN):
Bleh. Arian Foster goes down with an injury and these next two guys are his backups? Most people are going to run out and grab Blue, but I like Polk for the long haul. The 4th year man that came to Houston from Philly has shown some flashes of talent, and while he might not be the immediate fantasy player you need, he’s worth a stash spot.
1b. Alfred Blue, RB – Houston Texans (18% Owned – Yahoo, 19.2% Owned – ESPN):
Alfred Blue should be the guy to get the majority of the workload out of the gate with Foster going down for the year. If you’re desperate, then sure, you should pick him up. To start the season, Blue was forced into a committee of mediocre RBs on a team that throws the hell out of the ball before finally get a shot to take on the majority of carries, and then just like that Foster was back. It’s hard to tell what the Texans will do now, but my gut still Polk over Blue for the long term play. Blue over Polk for the immediate future.