With only two teams on bye, baring injury most fantasy owners should have the majority of their roster this week. Still, it is important to search the waiver wire for players that could benefit you long term. Could there be a defense out there who has favorable matchups three of the next five weeks? What about a running back that you could stash so nobody else can have them? Those are some of the things that fantasy players have to think with free agency. While it may just appear to be a way to add/drop players, there is strategy involved just like your league’s draft.
Eli Manning, QB Giants: Manning gets a lot of criticism, but aside from a rough week one has had a solid start to 2014. He is clearly getting more accustomed to the new offense as his last three games would show. In that time, Manning has thrown for over 800 yards to go along with nine total touchdowns and just three turnovers. This week he gets a very nice matchup against a vulnerable Falcons pass defense at home. If you’re a fantasy player that “streams” quarterbacks, Manning is a very nice option and is available in a lot of leagues.
Jerick McKinnon, RB Vikings: Considering that Matt Asiata had 100 total yards and three touchdowns last week, it seems odd to mention his backup here. Regardless, McKinnon also saw his share of work last week and made the most of it. On 18 carries he ran for 135 yards and with ridiculous athleticism, offers things that Asiata can’t do. While McKinnon may not become the starter in the next week or so, he’s worth picking up. His ability will be hard to keep on the bench and could be a huge factor when the fantasy playoffs role around.
Bishop Sankey, RB Titans: Despite being the first running back chosen in the 2014 draft, the Titans haven’t really used Sankey up to this point. Through four games, he has only 27 touches but has made the most of them. On the ground, he is averaging over five yards a carry and even scored his first career touchdown last week. The Titans already said Sankey is going to see the ball more in coming weeks and right away gets a favorable matchup against the Browns. He may not be worth starting right away but with an increasing role, it’s time to pick up Sankey if available.