Deep Waiver Wire Targets (sleepers) for the Second Half of the 2017 Fantasy Football Season
It’s hard to believe we’re already nearing the final stretch of fantasy football season. This NFL season has sure had its share of injuries leaving fantasy football owners scrambling to the waiver wire to add the next sleeper turned stud replacement. But what if you’re screwed in the waiver wire order for that week?
We have a list of deep waiver wire sleepers for you to target. Add most of these guys now before leaving it up to waivers in the upcoming weeks ahead.
- Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts – Frank Gore finally showed his age this season. The aging future Hall-of-Famer is no longer worthy of being a bell-cow running back. Mack, on the other hand, has shown big-play ability and is a versatile running back that can inject some life into this stagnant Colts offense.
- Jalen Richard & DeAndre Washington Oakland Raiders – Like Mack, Richard offers the Raiders big-play ability. Marshawn Lynch is who we thought he was, a washed-up running back with more miles on him than an ’85 station wagon. DeAndre Washington is listed ahead of Richard on the Raiders depth chart but for my money, I’m going with Richard to take the reigns.
- Matt Forte, New York Jets – Forte has been around for 10 years now but he remains the best running back option in that Jets backfield. Bilal Powell is as overrated as they come and Elijah McGuire is not taking control of that job. The Jets, shockingly, are a pretty good team this season. If they can squeak out a couple more games, you will see Forte as the primary option at running back.
- Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens – The speedster is averaging over 5 yards per carry this season. If he can manage his fumbling issues, he should feast in the second half of the season.
- Kenyon Drake, Miami Dolphins – Drake is a guy that should be on your radar. He’s not worth an add in fantasy leagues right now but with the continuing struggles of Jay Ajaji, it would be surprising if Dolphins Head Coach, Adam Gase didn’t shake things up in that offense.
- Malcolm Mitchell, New England Patriots – As a rookie in 2016, Mitchell was very impressive in the second-half of last season. When he returns, he should bump up to the number three wide receiver in New England. Mitchell has great size and he’s an excellent route runner. Keep your eye on his return date and add him in Week 10.
- Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles – Agholor had a lot of promise when he entered the league. It appears as if Agholor is now beginning to put it together with second-year Quarterback, Carson Wentz. This could become a dynamic duo for the foreseeable future.
- Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins – Already supplanting Terrelle Pryor as the starting outside wide receiver, Doctson provides the biggest upside among the group of Redskins wide receivers. Doctson is my number one available wide receiver for the second half of 2017.
- Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans – add him now! The 5th overall draft pick in this year’s draft has dealt with hamstring injuries but is on the mend and due to return soon. In Week 1, Davis posted 6 receptions for 69 yards. He offers a lot of promise and, if healthy, could return 2014-Odell-Beckham-like production down the stretch (okay, not quite that much)
- Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks – Lockett has quietly received a large target share in Seattle. He has yet to turn those targets into fantasy production but I do believe he is on his way and it starts in Week 8.
- Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals – still a reliable weapon for Andy Daulton.
- Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills – Clay started off hot in 2017 until he was derailed by injury. There’s still no one to throw the ball to in Buffalo and guess what? Clay is due to return within the next couple of weeks.
- AJ Derby, Denver Broncos – Derby is going to be a good fantasy-producing tight end in the NFL. He’s shown flashes but I think we’ll see it more consistently down the stretch.
- George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers – Kittle was hot for a hot minute, then cooled off faster than meteor in Alaska. I like Kittle to produce for those streaming the position down the stretch.
- Jermaine Gresham, Arizona Cardinals – Gresham is a guy to keep an eye on. Drew Stanton is slated to be Carson Palmer’s replacement in Arizona but I’m interested to see how the quarterback position shakes out. Inexperienced QB’s love the tight end.
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