The FDx Wire grasps the traditional waiver-wire report. However, we have added our FDx Score to illustrate how our proprietary algorithms feel about the player. The higher the number, the better that player will perform. Also, includes a projected point total for the week. Keep in mind, FDx Scores are updated throughout the week as information is learned. Visit The Fantasy Doctors Analytics HERE for our Top Week 8 Projections. You will not see any adds to a player over 70% ownership in two leagues.
Jacoby Brissett, QB IND (37.43 FDx Score/10.79 Projected Points)
14.5% ownership in ESPN leagues
49% ownership in CBS leagues
13% ownership in Yahoo leagues
It’s almost a certainty that Andrew Luck will be out for the season. He has been rumored to be at least out until week 12 or 13, and if the Colts continue to lose, there is no reason to bring him into a losing situation. On that note, Brissett has done a stable job taking over the reigns. His offensive line was a sieve and let him down last week, but he has gotten at least one touchdown a game since week three. He can make plays happen with his legs as well, which is a bonus for those in PPR leagues.
Latavius Murray, RB MIN (59.72 FDx Score/6.23 Projected Points)
64.9% ownership in ESPN leagues
65% ownership in CBS leagues
41% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Everybody thought that Jerrick McKinnon was the man, then Murray showed otherwise. Against the Ravens last week, he rushed for 118-yards and a score on 18 carries. His score came on a 29-yard run up the middle. Murray also added another run of 35-yards. He has a free lane now that Dalvin Cook will be out for the season, and he is much more capable of carrying the load than McKinnon. Unfortunately, his receiving skills will most likely keep him from expanding his point totals.
Jalen Richard, RB OAK (42.63 FDx Score/3.16 Projected Points)
5.0% ownership in ESPN leagues
19% ownership in CBS leagues
46% ownership in Yahoo leagues
I went with Jalen Richard over DeAndre Washington due to the PPR factor, grab Washington in standard leagues. Richard had 31-yards on nine carries and turned four receptions into 45-yards in the victory over the Chiefs. Marshawn Lynch still lingers, but he is suspended for next week and hasn’t been used much over the last several weeks. He makes an exciting streaming option for flex positioning and could add value over the next couple of weeks. Keep in mind the Raiders have a week 10 bye-week.
Dion Lewis, RB NE (59.94 FDx Score/6.28 Projected Points)
20.4% ownership in ESPN leagues
52% ownership in CBS leagues
29% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Lewis on 13 carries went for 76-yards while catching one pass for six. He was in on 26 of the 74 snaps, which was the more significant share than James White, Mike Gillislee, and Rex Burkhead. Lewis now has won the share lead in two straight weeks. The bad news is that this is the Patriots. Who knows what is happening out there, other than Tom Brady is the quarterback, Rob Gronkowski is the tight end and the “Hoodie” is Bill Belichick.
Mohamed Sanu, WR ATL (51.93 FDx Score/3.5 Projected Points)
50.6% ownership in ESPN leagues
63% ownership in CBS leagues
38% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Mohamed Sanu isn’t the sexiest of names, but he is getting the targets in the Atlanta Falcons offense. They have struggled lately, but their talent will overcome their stagnant display over the last few weeks. He has brought in at least four receptions in four of his five games played. Sanu was targeted ten times against New England and clean on six for 65-yards.
Ted Ginn, WR NOS (84.48 FDx Score/11.23 Projected Points)
44.0% ownership in ESPN leagues
68% ownership in CBS leagues
52% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Ted Ginn had a season-high seven targets against the Green Bay Packers. He brought in all seven for 141-yards which is another season high. In the last two-games, Ginn has caught 11 passes for 207-yards and one touchdown. He may not reach the seven-catch total again, but he is a solid play in long-distance leagues and seems to have Drew Brees attention.
Kenny Stills, WR MIA (52.16 FDx Score/3.54 Projected Points)
15.4% ownership in ESPN leagues
28% ownership in CBS leagues
22% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Kenny Stills is quietly having a good season. You won’t see him catch many passes, but what he does with them is what matters. Last week, Stills was good for six catches on nine targets for 85-yards and two touchdowns. Stills showed his skills on Miami’s first drive as he brought in a 36-yard pass from Jay Cutler. It also seems that Matt Moore and Stills have a good thing going. With Cutler going down with an injury that could mean a boost in production for the speedster. In the three starts from Moore, Stills has caught a touchdown. It is unknown how long Cutler will be out, but more than likely will be out for Thursday’s game.
Tyler Kroft, TE CIN (92.61 FDx Score/11.33 Projected Points)
10.7% ownership in ESPN leagues
31% ownership in CBS leagues
16% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Tyler Kroft seems very adept at keeping the tight end position alive for the Cincinnati Bengals. Since Tyler Eifert went down with a season back injury, Kroft has been very active in the passing game. In the last three contests, he has caught 14 balls on 16 targets for 129-yards and three touchdowns. His low yards per catch average tells me that he doesn’t get the ball downfield like Eifert can, but he is a good possession guy who gets into the end zone. If you are looking for a tight end, I will grab with no qualms.
2018 NFL Injury Guide: Kareem Hunt
Name: Kareem Hunt
Team: Kansas City Chiefs
2017 Stats: 16 games, 272 rushes for 1,327 yards, 8 TD. 53 rec for 455 yards, 3 TD
2018 Projections: 16 games, 249 rushes for 1,112 yards, 8 TD. 53 rec for 425 yards, 2 TD
Projected 2018 Fantasy Value: RB7
Injury: Hunt sustained a hamstring injury during OTAs in June, which led to him taking time off OTAs and minicamp. While he did miss time, it appeared to be more for precautionary reasons and doesn’t appear to be more than a mild strain of the hamstring. Strains are graded on a 1-3 scale, with a grade 1 being a mild overstretching of the muscle fibers, grade 2 being a partial tear, and grade 3 being a full thickness tear. Based on Hunt’s progression, he’s likely to have suffered a very low grade 2 strain. Barring a setback, he should be 100% ready to go for the 2018 season.
2018 Health Outlook: Hunt enters the year as the primary ball carrier and should be 100% heading into the season. While hamstring strains do have a tendency to linger or reoccur, he appears to have had more than enough time to rest, rehab, and recover to head into the new season fully healthy.
Risk of Re-Injury: 10%
Recommendations: Draft Hunt with maximum confidence as your RB1 as he heads into his second year as the clear lead back. With backup Spencer Ware attempting to come back from a multi-ligament knee injury, Hunt should be in line for more touches this season. Hunt heads into the 2018 season with minimal injury worries.
2018 NFL Injury Guide: Keenan Allen
Name: Keenan Allen
Team: Los Angeles Chargers
2015 Stats: 8 games, 67 rec for 725 yards, 4 TD
2016 Stats: 1 game, 6 rec for 63 yards, 0 TD
2017 Stats: 16 games, 102 rec for 1,393 yards, 6 TD
2018 Projections: 16 games, 96 rec for 1,250 yards, 7 TD
Projected 2018 Fantasy Value: WR6
Injury: Allen returned last season from an ACL tear that cut his 2016 season short as he missed the last 16 weeks of the season. He returned last year and dealt with minor injuries to his shoulder (Week 7 during practice) and his low back (during Week 15 game), both of which were minor enough to not cause any missed time. Allen has had a history of small, nagging injuries that have slowed him down from time to time, but he appears to have shown no ill effects from his ACL reconstruction 2 years ago. Oftentimes, players do extremely well two years after an ACL tear, requiring that extra year to really achieve true comfort level with their reconstructed knee.
2018 Health Outlook: Allen enters the 2018 season fully healthy and ready to go. With Hunter Henry expected to miss all of 2018 after tearing his ACL, Allen will serve as the center of the passing game for quarterback Philip Rivers. Last season, Allen proved he could be the go to guy in a high powered offense. Expect more of the same from him this season.
Risk of Re-Injury: 10% for his knee, 0% for the shoulder and back
Recommendations: Draft Allen with full confidence. He’s currently going as fantasy teams’ WR1 and is coming off the best season of his career as the focal point of an explosive offense. With Allen being 2 years removed from ACL reconstruction, this shapes up to be another exciting season for the Chargers stud wideout.
2018 NFL Injury Guide: Terrelle Pryor
2018 NFL Injury Guide: Terrelle Pryor, Sr.
Team: New York Jets
2016 Stats: 139 targets, 77 receptions, 1007 yards, 4 TD’s
2017 Stats: 37 targets, 20 receptions, 240 yards, 1 TD
2018 Projections: 35 receptions, 432 yards, 2 TD’s
Projected 2018 Fantasy Value: WR82
Injury: During Week 2 of the 2017 season, Terrelle Pryor sustained an ankle injury during a game against the Los Angeles Rams. Though he managed to play through Week 9, he was eventually forced to shut down his season early and underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery on November 20, 2017 to repair torn ligaments in his ankle.
After signing with the New York Jets in the offseason, Pryor sustained another ankle injury during training camp in May. This time it was an ankle fracture that required surgical fixation and likely required him to stay off the injured leg for about 2 months. As of this week, Pryor stated that he is finally pain-free and is practicing at full-speed. He will not play in this week’s preseason game against his former team, the Cleveland Browns, and it remains to be seen if he will return to game action this preseason.
2018 Health Outlook: Although promising that Pryor is pain-free and back at practice, his conditioning and chemistry with his new teammates likely suffered as a result of his rehabilitation from ankle surgery in May, which likely required an extended period of no weightbearing. This is a similar injury to what Odell Beckham suffered last year, and the results are generally excellent when surgery is done to restore the normal anatomy. The procedure that he had in November of 2017 is the same surgery that Cam Newton underwent in 2014. Nevertheless, two injuries requiring surgery on the same ankle in a 6-month span make for a difficult recovery, especially this close to the start of the season. It remains to be seen whether he will have any residual instability in his ankle during game action.
Risk of Re-Injury: Moderate