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.
NFL Draft Guide 2019-D’Onta Foreman
Foreman is coming off Achilles tendon surgery from late 2017, yes so its been well over a year. I knew, because of the bad data with these injuries, that Foreman would NOT be very effective in 2018. I told everyone who would listen that. Maybe you’ll listen this time. So how did he do in 2018? He rushed a total of 8 times for 2 yards. Will he be better in 2019? Yes. How much better? That’s really anyone’s guess.
Achilles injuries. Let me rephrase that, Achilles injuries in NFL running backs. Bad combination. The data supports this statement. I really want Foreman to break the mold, and maybe he will. But until that happens, I want nothing to do with a RB coming off of an Achilles tear. Does he have a chance to be a sleeper in 2019? Yes, but it depends on what HOU does to its O-line. The good news is that the unexciting Lamar Miller is still on the team so Foreman doesn’t have much competition. Now he just needs to show that he got his ‘burst’ back. You’ve received a fair warning. At the appropriate risk/reward part of the draft, Foreman could be a steal, just don’t draft him as your RB2 or RB3.
Injury Risk: High. 7/10.
NFL Draft Guide 2019-Will Fuller
Fuller has loads of talent, I don’t think there’s a question about that. The problem is he seems to get injured a bit too often. His games played since entering the league is heading in the wrong direction: 14 (in 2016) to 10 (in 2017) to only 7 games in 2018. Let’s review his injuries. In 2016 he suffered with hamstring injuries and then a knee sprain. In 2017 his season started off the wrong way; he missed the entire preseason and the first 3 games with a broken collarbone, then he missed 3 more games in November/December with broken ribs and finally had minor knee surgery after leaving Week 17 early with a left knee injury. Then last year he suffered a moderate hamstring strain in August, costing him the regular-season opener. Finally, Fuller tore his right ACL in late October. So over the past 3 years Fuller has injured his hamstring at least twice, broke his collarbone and multiple ribs, tweaked his left knee and tore his right ACL. Can you say injury prone? Whether he’s the #2 WR for Watson and the Texans, his risk is simply too high for me. I’m completely fading him in 2019 fantasy unless its at a serious discount. (like round 8 or later).
Injury Risk: High. 7/10.
NFL Draft Guide 2019-Marvin Jones
The Detroit Lions’ Marvin Jones a season-ending knee injury in Week 10 and missed the team’s final 7 games. Finishing the season with 35 catches for 508 yards and 5 TDs. While the details are scarce, it appears that Jones underwent surgery on his right knee for a ‘bone bruise.’ But here’s the thing, bone bruises aren’t surgically treated. So there’s more to this picture than they are letting on. The initial comments by ESPN’s Adam Schefter stated that Jones had a bone bruise and that his ACL and MCL were intact, and Lions’ HC Patricia declined to give any additional information. Until more information comes out, all I can do is speculate. My suspicion is that Jones was dealing with a meniscal tear and possibly a grade 2 or 3 MCL tear. Neither are particularly concerning for him in 2019. If the ACL was torn, we would have known about it. And he would be out much longer than the Lions initially insinuated. To me, Jones is a solid WR3 with WR2 upside. The good news is that for the most part, Jones has been healthy and stayed injury-free for most of his career. However, there are lots of mouths to feed in the Detroit offense, especially if they go run-heavy. I’m not overly concerned about Jones’ knee injury, but of course that could all change if/when we learn exactly when his season-ending knee injury was.
Injury Risk: Moderate. 4/10.