Ah, fantasy football is in the air and it's everyone's favorite day during the week leading up to the games, Waiver Wire Tuesday.

As we did last season I'll be breaking down the best players to add off the waiver wire to your fantasy football rosters on a weekly basis. Maybe there's an injury or a player who's just not performing up to expectations, dump them and find yourself a gem off the waiver wire that'll help you dominate.

Also, as a rule of thumb, if you're new to our weekly fantasy football column we don't look at players off the waiver wire who are owned in more than 50% of leagues and we use ESPN.

This week we continue with the bye weeks and we're back with four teams hanging out on a bye week. Now, with the teams on a bye, there is certainly some guys that you'll need to find a replacement for this week. In addition, we've got a couple of players dealing with injuries, and we're going to need to replace them because some of them are going to miss a couple of weeks.

Continue looking to plan for the weeks ahead, we're not out of the woods with bye weeks just yet so try and set yourself up for success rather than scrambling to make moves last minute. Also, news flash, the playoffs are FAST APPROACHING.

BYE WEEK: New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks

Happy hunting.


Sam Darnold, NYJ @ WSH (11.5% Owned)

Alright, we're back on the Sam Darnold bandwagon now that he's officially no longer seeing ghosts after a strong performance against the New York Giants. The slate he's facing remains weak, strong for him, but temper your enthusiasm because his numbers are not as good on the road as they are at home. He'll be home against Oakland next week.

Derek Carr, OAK vs. CIN (37% Owned)

The Oakland Raiders have been a nice little surprise this season despite all the noise Antonio Brown made around that organization in the off-season. Carr seems to be playing more confidently and he's got a really good looking rookie running back doing some things with tons of opportunities as Josh Jacobs has been running hard. This is also a great match-up against Cincinnati at home who are ranked 30th in the league against opposing quarterbacks, Lamar Jackson just tormented them a week ago.


Brian Hill, ATL @ CAR (1% Owned)

Here's a situation where an injury to starting running back Devonta Freeman will give backup Brian Hill a real shot here to carry the load at Carolina this week. This could be a good match-up for the youngster as they rank in the bottom 10 in rush defense and just gave up three touchdowns to Green Bay back Aaron Jones.

J.D McKissic, DET vs. DAL (16% Owned)

Ty Johnson continues to disappoint, he was injured this past week and had to leave the game due to a concussion. McKissic was the most involved back this past week against the Bears he also led the team in receptions with six on seven targets for only 19 yards. In addition, he led the backs in carries with ten so if Johnson is to miss time it seems as though McKissic is the guy to own if you're in desperate need for an RB who should have a stable floor but a limited ceiling. The Dallas Cowboys also rank 23rd against the run.


Deebo Samuel, SF vs. ARI (10% Owned)

It was nice to see Deebo Samuel blow up on Monday night and take advantage of Emmanuel Sanders getting injured or maybe you should say stepped up instead of took advantage. Either way, Samuel had over 100 yards receiving for the first time this season and with the injury to Sanders, we'll see how long he's out, I'd look into him as a flex option this week. If that weren't juicy enough they've got a delicious match-up against the Arizona Cardinals coming up who rank 23rd against opposing wide receivers.

Kenny Stills, HOU @ BAL (34% Owned)

The Houston Texans are coming off their bye week and even with Will Fuller returning to practice I'd still consider Stills if you need to replace a WR or as a flex option this week against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are ranked 19th against opposing wide-outs so as long as Fuller is out again Kenny Stills will still have much value this week and moving forward.


OJ Howard TB vs. NO (45% Owned)

Finally, yes finally OJ Howard had a relevant fantasy week last week against the Arizona Cardinals who struggle mightily against opposing tight ends. The hope here though is that there is a corner to be turned for the Howard-Winston connection and they can keep on keeping on. Now, Howard didn't blow up by any stretch but he did find the end zone for the first time all season and if he can just do that a little more often he'd be a solid or dare I say good fantasy tight end play week in and week out.

Additional dart throw tight ends:

-Vance McDonald PIT @ CLE (45% Owned)

-Ross Dwelley SF vs. ARI (6% Owned)*Only if George Kittle doesn't play*

Best of luck in week eleven.


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