This week’s waiver wire looks pretty thin. There aren’t many glaring matchups that should be exploited, and not too many you should be overly worried about for your stars. Outside of a few Buffalo players, you probably aren’t going to be missing many guys on byes this week, either. That said, the show must go on, and there are a few hidden gems to take a look at.
Jakobi Meyers- Patriots WR (45.6%)
Since week seven, Meyers has not dropped below six targets in a game. Even against some of the best defenses in the NFL (Buffalo, Baltimore), he has delivered point outputs of 7.8 and 10.86. He also had a massive breakout against the Jets in week 9, reeling in 12 catches for 169 yards.
With Houston on the slate for New England this Sunday, Meyers should get plenty of targets once again. If he can manage to find the endzone for the first time this season, that would just be icing on the cake.
Kyle Rudolph- Vikings TE (5.9%)
Irv Smith has been limited in practice again to this point in the week, and he could be limited for the Vikings matchup with Dallas. As a result, Rudolph would emerge as a good fantasy option. He had a season-high 63 yards last week, but Adam Thielen caught both touchdowns from Kirk Cousins. Rudolph hasn’t recorded a touchdown since week three, but there is no better time to change that than against the Cowboys’ defense.
Jameis Winston- Saints QB (21.6%)
Winston is set to start for the Saints this week after Drew Brees left last week’s game with broken ribs and a collapsed lung. While both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are great, Winston has never had targets as reliable as Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara in his career. Combine that with the fact that New Orleans plays Atlanta this week, and there could be huge potential for Winston to be a QB1.
That said, the downside is that even in his short time last week, Winston had two or three passes that could have easily been intercepted. These erratic throws will always be the worry when starting Winston, but because Atlanta’s defense has not forced many turnovers this season, Winston is worth the risk if you’re looking to replace Josh Allen.
Michael Pittman Jr.- Colts WR (19.8%)
Pittman is in a similar situation as Jakobi Meyers. He has emerged as a top target for Philip Rivers over the past couple weeks, earning seven and eight targets in the Colts’ last two games. The rookie also broke 100 yards receiving for the first time in his career against Tennessee last week.
Indianapolis is set to play Green Bay this week, and it should bring another favorable matchup for Pittman against the Packers’ secondary. If you happen to be scouring the player list for a replacement for Stefon Diggs or Allen Robinson, Pittman is a player to keep your eye on.