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Jesse A Morse, MD is a fellowship-trained sports medicine doctor practicing in Miami, Florida. He specializes in Regenerative medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound, fractures and, non-surgical orthopedics. Dr. Morse treats professional athletes regularly and understands their mindset and how to get them back on the field. Born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, Dr. Morse grew up watching the Larry Bird led Boston Celtics, the Wade Boggs and Pedro Martinez led Boston Red Sox, and then the Tom Brady led Patriots win multiple championships. Dr. Morse has served on the medical staff of multiple professional teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Miami Marlins. In his spare time, Dr. Morse loves exercising, sports cars, and playing fantasy sports/DFS.

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Week 4 NFL Waiver Wire

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Fantasy football teams are starting to take shape. Hitting the waiver wire is a critical task in filling the holes or adding significant depth, especially as we near bye-weeks and an increasing list of injuries.

Jared Goff-QB-LAR (ESPN-37.5%) (Yahoo-63%)

Goff is a name to consider, especially if you have hit the well with the likes of Carson Wentz or Daniel Jones. Neither hasbeen spectacular, and Goff is sitting as the 10th best fantasy quarterback in the land. Wentz is 13th, and Jones is 26th. Goff has been a top-12 quarterback in Week 2 and 3. Finishing fifth last week. He would be a lot higher if it wasn’t for the slow start in Week 1.

Others to Consider: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA), Justin Herbert(LAC)

Myles Gaskin-RB-MIA (ESPN-45.9%) (Yahoo-47%)

Gaskin was listed in “My Others to Consider” last week and is full-frontal this week. He may be not around, but in many leagues, he could be. He is the starting running back for Miami as he has replaced Jordan Howard after two weeks. He will be used in a bell-cow role, but keep in mind that Howard will take goal-line carries away, and Matt Breida will steal some volume. Also, this may be the last week you can get him.

Carlos Hyde-RB-SEA (ESPN-9.9%) (Yahoo-19%)

Chris Carson is suffering from a knee sprain, and Hyde is the next man up. Hyde had over 1,000 yards last season in Houston,so he is a capable running back. Hyde won’t be as consistent as Carson, but you can count on him for solid fantasy points until Carson returns. He is a must for all Carson owners.

Anthony McFarland-RB-PIT (ESPN-1.9%) (Yahoo-1%)

James Conner has never been a picture of good health. Therefore, it stands to reason to bring in his hand-cuff. The question looms is it, Benny Snell or McFarland? After watching him in action for the first time, my money is on McFarland as the better option. He rushed for 42 yards on six attempts while Snell brought in 11 yards on his seven carries.

Others to Consider: Jeff Wilson (SF), Rex Burkhead (NE), Darrynton Evans (TEN)

Corey Davis-WR-TEN (ESPN-47.2%) (Yahoo-49%)

Davis is another player I had offered up as someone to grab last week. He has been excellent in place of AJ Brown, posting double-digit points in his first three games. He is currently a WR2 in PPR leagues. Davis will continue to get volume and is explosive with the ball in his hand. Also, Ryan Tannehillcontinues to prove why he was suffering in Miami. Keep in mind that this may be the last week you can get him.

Allen Lazard-WR-GB (ESPN-36.3%) (Yahoo-49%)

Lazard was on my “Others to Consider” list last week, and the Packers will need a wide receiver as long as Devante Adams is hurting. Lazard is someone that can at least be a body with a quarterback who is tearing up the league right now. Lazard brought in 150 yards and a score last week, and Aaron Rodgerstrusts him. Keep in mind Adams may be back this week, but Lazard is someone nice to have in case of emergency and is the ninth wide receiver in PPR leagues.

Justin Jefferson-WR-MIN (ESPN-33.8%) (Yahoo-31%)

The rookie exploded on the scene with seven receptions for 175 yards and a touchdown. He has been touted as many to be the wide receiver capable of establishing solid fantasy points in Year 1. Jefferson is undoubtedly the number two pass-catcher next to Adam Thielen. He will be relied on as the year progresses. Grab him now and play him when necessary.

Greg Ward-WR-PHI (ESPN-0.3%) (Yahoo-1%)

Many didn’t take Ward seriously entering the season. He was behind DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, and Alshon Jefferywhen he returns. The offense doesn’t even like wide receivers much as both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert get much of the action at tight end. However, Ward led the team in receiving last week with 8-72-1. He is the second-leading receiver on the Eagles with 14 receptions for 108 yards on 19 targets.

Others to Consider: Tee Higgins (CIN), Braxton Berrios(NYJ), Brandon Aiyuk (SF), Gabriel Davis (BUF).

Mo Alie-Cox-TE-IND (ESPN-8.5%) (Yahoo-10%)

It’s not every week I will nominate Alie-Cox as someone to pick-up, but now I will make it two-weeks in-a-row. Last week he made my “Others to Consider” list after a dominating performance without Jack Doyle. Last week against the New York Jets, he was dominating with Doyle. He had three receptions for 50 yards and a score after a 5-111 against Minnesota. The Colts use 12-personnel, so he should continue to see the field.

Others to Consider: Eric Ebron (PIT), Jimmy Graham (CHI), Dalton Schultz (DAL), Drew Sample (CIN).

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NFL Week 3 Waiver Wire

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Week 2 had a huge amount of injuries and with that said players become available to add for your fantasy teams. Here are the more important players that should be considered to make your team stronger.

Justin Herbert-QB-LAC (ESPN 1.7%) (Yahoo-3%)

Herbert didn’t even know he was going to start and to throw for 311 yards and two touchdowns is impressive for the first-round rookie. Head coach Anthony Lynn has already mentioned Tyrod Taylor is still the starting quarterback. Herbert is primed to take over, and it shouldn’t be long before he does.

Next up: Carolina Panthers

Mike Davis-RB-CAR (ESPN-8%) (Yahoo-7%)

It’s quite surprising that Mike Davis has been in the league for six seasons and has done nearly nothing. He has only five touchdowns and 890 yards on 248 carries, a paltry 3.6 yards per carry average while playing for four teams (SF, SEA, CHI, CAR) in that span. The good news is that he won the back-up job behind Christian McCaffrey in an RPO offense that likes to feature the running back. Davis caught eight balls last week. He had only one carry for one yard.

Next up: Los Angeles Chargers

Darrell Henderson-RB-LAR (ESPN 45.7) (Yahoo 30%)

Henderson was an afterthought entering Week 2; however, after the injuries to Cam Akers (ribs) and Malcolm Brown (finger), he was thrust into action and was phenomenal. On 14 touches, Henderson put up 121 total yards and a touchdown. He was a third-round selection in 2019, so he has the talent; the question is volume and opportunity?

Next up: Buffalo Bills

Joshua Kelley-RB-LAC (ESPN 26.4%) (Yahoo 39%)

This isn’t just Austin Ekeler’s backfield. Kelley has demonstrated he has something to say after a terrific Week 1. He followed that up in Week 2 with 25 touches and 113 total yards. He caught two passes for 49 yards and is doing a lot of damage with stacked boxes (31.4% per Next Gen Stats). The Chargers also like him in goal-line situations. Ekeler won’t go away, but Kelley is here to stay.

Next up: Carolina Panthers

Others to consider: Myles Gaskin (MIA), Dion Lewis/Wayne Gallman (NYG), Jerick McKinnon (SF), Devonta Freeman (FA).

Corey Davis-WR-TEN (ESPN 27.2%) (Yahoo-42%)

Perhaps Corey Davis just needed to go undrafted in many leagues to finally show up on the NFL stage. After several years of giving fantasy owners next to nothing, he has shown up in the first two weeks of the 2020 season. Davis has put together back-to-back double-digit fantasy performances. With A.J. Brown out, he should continue to benefit from Ryan Tannehill lighting up the scoreboard.

Next up: Minnesota Vikings

Russell Gage-WR-ATL (ESPN 20%) (Yahoo-23%)

Can an offense actually support three wide receivers? At this point, it appears as if Matt Ryan is capable. Gage is the clear number three of the group with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley as 1A and 1B. Gage, as the third receiver, was excellent in Week 2 with six receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown, and it builds on his Week 1 nine catches for 114 yards. It is all building on top of his eight targets per game from Weeks 12-17 in 2019. Gage is legit.

Next up: Chicago Bears

Mecole Hardman-WR-KC (ESPN 43%) (Yahoo-36%)

The Chiefs are a high-octane offense. We, as fantasy owners, want as many pieces as we can get. Now with the injury to Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman has an opportunity to be that piece. Hardman is in his second season and tallied two receptions for 30-yards against the Chargers.

Next up: Baltimore Ravens

Others to consider: Marquez Valdes Scantling/Allen Lazard (GB), Keelan Cole/Chris Conley (Jax), Golden Tate (NYG), Robby Anderson (CAR).

Jonnu Smith-TE-TEN (ESPN-40.3%) (Yahoo-68%)

Smith has been buried by Delanie Walker over the past few seasons, but now it’s his time to shine. In Week 1, Smith caught four passes for 36 yards and a score. In Week 2, he matched his receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns. In total, Smith has8 catches for 120 yards and three TDs and is shining brightly.

Next up: Minnesota Vikings

Others to consider Mike Gesicki (MIA), Jordan Reed (SF), Dalton Schultz (DAL), Mo Allie-Cox (IND), Drew Sample (CIN).

 

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Week 1 NFL Waiver Wire

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Gardner Minshew-QB-JAC (ESPN 14.9%) (Yahoo 26%)

After completing 19 of 20 passes and throwing for three touchdowns, Minshew could be an exciting player to have on your radar as someone who could sneak into the top-12 by season end. Minshew will also add yards with his legs. He gained 19 on five carries. There should continue to be a ton of volume for Minshew as the Jaguars defense is lacking and the reliable weapons at wide receiver (DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault).

Next up: @TEN

Nyheim Hines-RB-IND (ESPN 34.4%) (Yahoo 18%)

When the Colts drafted Jonathan Taylor, it appeared along with Marlon Mack that Nyheim Hines would be regulated to a third-down role. After Week 1, Hines is more the bell-cow than a regulated running back. Hines finished with 28 yards on seven carries and caught eight balls for 45 yards and a score. Taylor (9-22) did have more carries and should continue to handle the rock. However, Hines led the team in receptions and was second in targets behind Parris Campbell and TY Hilton. Now, with Marlon Mack out for the season with a torn Achilles, Hines will continue to have a huge role behind a great offensive line.

Next up: MIN

James Robinson-RB-JAX (ESPN 29.1%) (Yahoo 56%)

Robinson was brought in as an Undrafted Free Agent, and with an injury to Devine Ozigbo and Ryquell Armstead testing positive for Covid-19, he was thrust into action. One of the reasons he was not drafted was a horrid 4.64 40-time, but he didn’t play that way. Robinson gained 62-yards rushing on 16 attempts and caught a pass that Robinson took for another 28. He is the bell-cow until further notice, and the duo of Armstead and Ozigbo is not much of a threat.

Next up: @TEN

Joshua Kelley-RB-LAC (ESPN 11.3%) (Yahoo 13%)

Kelley was drafted in the fourth round and was impressive in backing up Austin Ekeler. Kelley’s 12 carries netted him 60 yards and a touchdown, and he was heavily used inside the ten-yard line. He was not targeted but had a long for 26 yards. Many speculated that Justin Jackson would be the number two back. Kelley must have stolen that spot over a Zoom meeting (lol).

Next up: KC

Parris Campbell-WR-IND (ESPN 29.8%) (Yahoo 22%)

Campbell tied the team lead in targets (9), tied in receptions (6), and led the team in yards (71). Philip Rivers consistently looked for him on slant patterns, and they make an excellent tandem. Hilton and Campbell look as though they can be a dangerous set of weapons as rookie Michael Pittman learns the ropes. Campbell is in his second season after missing most of last year with injuries. He suffered from a broken hand, a fractured foot, and a sports hernia. With a 94th percentile SPARQ score on his athleticism, he should continue to be a threat downfield.

Next up: MIN

Anthony Miller-WR-CHI (ESPN 38.2) (Yahoo 56%)

Miller caught four of his six targets for 76 yards and a touchdown. His score came from 27-yards out to give the Bears the lead in the last two minutes of the game. Miller saw some action in the slot and looks primed to elevate his game in year three. It is still Allen Robinson as the number one wideout. Nevertheless, if Mitchell Trubisky can demonstrate why he was chosen early in the first round, the sky could be the limit for Miller.

Next up: NYG

Dallas Goedert-TE-PHI (ESPN 27.2%) (Yahoo 56%)

The tight end is a significant weapon for the Eagles, as we have seen with Zach Ertz over his career. However, Philadelphia and Ertz have been in contract negotiations, and things don’t look promising. Perhaps, they have soured on him and want to see what Goedert can them? In Week 1, Goedert caught eight passes on nine targets for 101 yards and a score.

Next up: LAR

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