Compared to past years, this has been a very interesting one for the waiver wire. Multiple stars have missed significant time to either injuries or suspensions. Because of this, fantasy teams are in a huge hole losing the production of a top draft pick. While the waiver wire pickup won’t match what your top picks production, if done right they should be able to have nice contributions if picked correctly.
Odell Beckham Jr, WR Giants: Beckham Jr. is a player I mentioned last week, but this time he is here under different circumstances. With Victor Cruz out for the year, Beckham will be stepping into the starting role. Players with his ability to create after the catch and win jump balls are usually huge fantasy commodities. If you need a receiver, Beckham is certainly worth picking up and could be a very good WR2 within the next few weeks.
Andre Holmes, WR Raiders: To many, Holmes came out of nowhere this past Sunday with his 130 yard and two touchdown day. However, he flashed those same skills for the Raiders towards the end of last season. From a talent standpoint, Holmes is the best receiver on the Raiders roster. While he is still raw, his skill set compliments Derek Carr’s ability to stretch the field. At this point, Holmes is worth a flier but could end up being much more by the end of the year.
Isaiah Crowell, RB Browns: Just a few weeks ago, there was a debate between who would run behind Ben Tate since he came back from injury. Considering Terrance West was a healthy scratch on Sunday, Crowell looks like the winner. The Browns have been running a ton this season so even as a backup, Crowell has gotten touches (and has made the most of them). With Tate’s injury history, be sure to pickup Crowell if he was dropped in any leagues. The ability is there to be a top 15 back in a starting role.
Brandon Bolden, RB Patriots: With Stevan Ridley done for the year, Bolden takes over the role as the Patriots “power back”. The only problem with this pick, is you don’t know week to week how the committee approach will work with the Patriots. One week could be pass oriented and rely more on Shane Vereen, while another could rely on Bolden or someone like rookie James White. If you really need a running back, Bolden could have a few decent games the rest of the year. Just be willing to put up with the games where he receives limited work along the way.