Wide Receivers to Add
Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals
Rarely does a player become such a no-brainer waiver-wire addition midseason like Jones has and it not be due to injury. Jones has erupted as a fantasy star, consistently beating single coverage opposite A.J. Green for scorching quarterback Andy Dalton. Jones' eight catches for 122 yards and four touchdowns put him on the Calvin Johnson level for a week. You have to assume the production will be more in Green's hands going forward, but Jones has proven himself fantasy starter-worthy in year two.
Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints
We already wrote on Stills in the Biggest Takeaways from Last Week, so we will first point you back there to read about what he means to the Saints' passing game. Coming off his 129 yards and two touchdowns, you have to consider him one of the premium waiver-wire options, particularly amid the foot injury slowing Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston's mysteriously disappearing production.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Indianapolis Colts
The loss of Reggie Wayne (knee) for the season thrusts DHB into the fantasy spotlight. T.Y. Hilton is already owned and should be active in all leagues, but DHB should get enough targets, yards and red-zone chances to be fantasy-worthy at least through the bye weeks. Heck, second-year man LaVon Brazill might even be a solid addition for fantasy owners.
Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints
He returned from a multiple-week wrist issue to reach the end zone for Drew Brees and the Saints. Like Stills above, Moore is going to get more targets amid the injury to Graham and struggles of Colston.
Dexter McCluster, Kansas City Chiefs
It has been made very clear Alex Smith is a short and rhythm passer, so guys like McCluster have to be considered viable in fantasy, at least in PPR formats. McCluster is coming off a seven-catch, 67-yard, one-touchdown performance and the Bills are next up on the schedule. Buffalo has been the worst team in fantasy against wide receivers.
Wide Receivers to Monitor
Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks
Was Tate taunting his defender (read about it in The News Tribune) on his second touchdown Monday night or was he waving goodbye to his fantasy value? With Percy Harvin (hip) nearly ready to return, Tate had one more big fantasy performance against the Rams, catching five passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Sure, he has put Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse in the rear-view mirror in fantasy value, but Harvin's return figures to have fantasy owners waving goodbye to Tate all the same. Only pick up Tate if Harvin's status is shaky for Week 9.
Emmanuel Sanders, Pittsburgh Steelers
He had another solid performance Sunday against the Raiders, reaching the end zone late, but the Pats are next up on the schedule, and they are a top-10 team in fantasy against wide receivers. Sanders will be getting the targets that don't go to Antonio Brown, Heath Miller or Le'Veon Bell, so you cannot love him in the matchup at New England.
Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots
Tom Brady is dealing with a hand issue the Pats won't fess up to publicly, and the returns of Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski figure to push the likes of Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins and Dobson further into the fantasy abyss. Dobson has potential and could get starts still in three-receiver sets, but you cannot count on Brady being productive or Dobson getting consistent looks right now.
Kris Durham, Detroit Lions
He is headed to his bye week, but the loss of Ryan Broyles (Achilles) for the season can make Durham a viable fantasy sleeper down the stretch. Matthew Stafford has a pass-happy offense, and someone needs to get the targets when defenses put so much emphasis on covering Megatron. Durham is a mere speculative add because of the bye and Megatron's monster share of the targets.
Drew Davis, Atlanta Falcons
Someone other than Harry Douglas had to step forward, and Davis was that guy, catching five passes for 77 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals on Sunday. Davis will only prove to be fantasy-viable out of necessity and only as long as Roddy White (ankle/hamstring) remains out.
Wide Receivers to Ignore
Mike Brown, Jacksonville Jaguars
Not only are the Jags heading into a bye, but Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts are very clearly better targets in a weak Jags passing game. Brown reached the end zone in Week 8, but don't count on that happening again at this point. Heck, even rookie slot receiver Ace Sanders might be a better fantasy option going forward. The Jags just don't have enough juice to support any fantasy receivers after Blackmon or Shorts.
David Nelson, New York Jets
He picked up 80 yards in garbage time, but the Jets still figure to favor starters Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill going forward. Also, Santonio Holmes (hamstring) will still come back in a week or two, perhaps. Nelson can be ignored.