Happy Tuesday and welcome back to my weekly Waiver HUB! It’s time to hit the waiver wire and do what you can to improve your team moving forward. Mike Hubbard here, you can follow me on Twitter (@FantasyHubbard) for all things fantasy football throughout the season. Feel free to tweet me or message me with any comments or questions you might have regarding fantasy football.
Week 16 has ended following the MNF game between the Chargers and the Colts. Chargers handled business rather easily winning 20-3. Nick Foles looked to provide a spark to the Indianapolis offense but all he ended up doing was providing a spark for the Chargers defense. Ekeler did his thing scoring 2 times and Keenan Allen caught 11 of his 14 targets for 104 yards. Chargers have clinched a playoff spot and now are just fighting for seeding. Chargers get the Rams next while the Colts take on the Giants.
Week 17 will begin on Thursday with a matchup between the 11-4 Cowboys and the 7-8 Titans. Cowboys are already in the playoffs, but the Titans playoffs will be determined in week 18 when they face the Jags. Therefore, it would not be surprising if the Titans didn’t play up to their potential knowing it won’t help or hurt their chances to win or lose this Thursday. That being said we could also possibly see Derrick Henry sit out the game to rest up and heal any nagging injuries. This game has the makings of a blowout in favor of Dallas. The over/under is 40.5 and the Cowboys are favored by 10 points. My predictions is a Cowboys win by a score of 34-13.
Your fantasy playoffs are most likely in the championship game this week, so the waiver wire is more important than ever. Hopefully you are fighting for that championship win but if you aren’t you can fight in consolation games or use the information to play DFS. Another week gone, another opportunity to make your team stronger and inch your way to that league trophy and an offseason of bragging rights.
Below are my top waiver wire priorities this week. Go get those hopefully available players to help your chances at a championship run. Good luck this week and remember to check back every week to stay informed on who you could target off waivers.
TOP PRIORITY OF THE WEEK
Jahan Dotson – Washington Commanders
Dotson started his rookie campaign with a bang catching 4 TDs in his first 4 games. He then was injured and missed 5 consecutive games. He came back looking sluggish with irrelevant stats up until week 13. Dotson is back on track catching a TD pass in each of his last 3 games. Jahan is averaging 8 targets, 5 receptions, 78 receiving yards, and 1 TD since returning to form in week 13. Washington takes on the Browns this week who have allowed 5 100+ receiving yard games to WRs this season and 14 total receiving TDs. Dotson is tied with the Packers Christian Watson for most rookie WR TDs this season with 7. Dotson did that with less games played, targets, receptions, and receiving yards. I think Dotson will continue to get targets knowing that the Commanders are still in the playoff race.
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Bears Get Division Win Over Vikings 12-10 in an Abysmal Game
(Nov 28 -- Sports Illustrated)
Joshua Dobbs: O'Connell considering QB change
Minnesota head coach Kevin O'Connell said the team will evaluate Dobbs' four-game performance at quarterback before naming a starter for Week 14 after a bye week, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
(Nov 28 -- Rotowire)
Schrock's Bears Report Card: Grading Justin Fields, offense, defense in win vs. Vikings
The Bears' defense aced their primetime test while Justin Fields and the offense took until winning time to earn a passing grade.
(Nov 28 -- Yahoo Sports)
Roschon Johnson sees huge uptick in usage
Though Week 12's showdown between the Bears and Vikings didn't provide much entertainment, it did shed some light on Chicago's backfield situation. Rookie RB Roschon Johnson ended Monday night with a season-high 75 scrimmage yards on 15 touches. He played on 74.6% of the team's snaps, including all 13 third-down situations. Before this contest, Johnson had never played on over 50% of the Bears' offensive snaps and had just two games with more than 10 touches. His teammate and typical starter Khalil Herbert took a back seat and only played on 15 snaps in the game, seeing 6 carries and 2 catches for a combined 38 yards. Is this a symptom of Herbert having not fully recovered from the ankle injury that kept him out for several games, or is this a changing of the guard? Who knows; that's merely speculative. Still, the results are still somewhat staggering. The Bears are set to go on bye this coming week, though fantasy managers in deeper leagues should entertain adding Johnson off the waiver wire if there's a bench spot to spare.
(Nov 28 -- Draft Sharks)
Questionable non-call of intentional grounding fueled Bears' final drive
It's one thing for officiating to be less-than-perfect.
(Nov 28 -- ProFootballTalk.com)
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