By: Justin Lynch
Graham went over 100 yards for the second consecutive week, hauling in six catches for 113 yards. Graham finally looks healthy and comfortable in the offense, and Russell Wilson is looking for him. Though Seahawks receiving targets are often volatile in their output, Graham won’t be as inconsistent as Doug Baldwin or Tyler Lockett. Look for Graham’s yardage to regress, but his catches will remain, and we should see an uptick in touchdowns. Graham is quickly ascending back to the league’s elite at his position, and at a tight end position that is so hit-and-miss, Graham’s value is rising.
Crabtree was a target machine last year and it seems little has changed. Derek Carr looked his way 12 times, of which he caught seven for 88 yards and three touchdowns. In PPR leagues, Crabtree hasn’t dropped below 13 points through three weeks, and looks to continue feasting on second and third corners as Amari Cooper gets the bulk of the defense’s attention. Crabtree won’t have many games like today, and Cooper should start to pick up his production, but Carr and Crabtree have real rapport and he should be a lock for 12-15 points in PPR leagues.
If West is still available, using your first waiver priority on West may not be as clear cut as it seems. West is the starter and lead back in Baltimore, but he could lose that role as quickly as he gained it. West also isn’t the most talented back in the world and could be shut down by opponents who want to force Baltimore to throw. However, running back is thin, and finding value on the waivers can be season-changing, especially given West’s currently inflated trade value. If you need a running back, or think you can ship him for a solid return, then go after him.
With Sammy Watkins out, someone needs to get the targets. On Sunday, that was Robert Woods. He caught seven balls for 89 yards on 10 targets against New England. Woods is a fine receiver, though he won’t do much against top corners consistently. Still, he is as good as any to take a chance on in the waivers. The biggest asset a player can have, after talent, is opportunity, and Woods will have plenty of chances to make himself a viable fantasy option.
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Pryor feels like a perfect sell-high candidate. In a bad offense, with shaky QB play, Pryor doesn’t feel like a comfortable option. And with back-to-back solid options, it may be smart to get out before things turn sour. But Josh Gordon isn’t coming back to Cleveland, and the Browns will need to pass late in every game they play. Cody Kessler may not be very good, but he looks for Pryor often. You may be tempted to get out before he drops off, but don’t bail unless it’s a solid offer, because Pryor may be the real deal.
Whittaker has carved out a receiving role that makes him valuable, especially in PPR formats. Whittaker, like Pryor, seems like a sell-high candidate. But I don’t believe Whittaker has much value on the market. People will see his low carry totals and assume Stewart’s return will resign Fozzy to the bench. Hold onto him for his potential as this year’s Danny Woodhead, and if he is still producing in 2-3 weeks, see if you can get a solid return for him.
Fuller’s style makes it hard for me to go all in, but there’s no reason to doubt him thus far. He’s receiving lots of targets, pulling in a good number of catches, and has the potential to score anytime he touches the ball. Now, his role as a return man adds the miniscule potential of him re-creating his magic from this week on each punt return. But he’s still a rookie with spotty hands, who is too reliant on the big play. I can’t go all in and his value is pretty high, but I definitely wouldn’t feel good about trading him.