The Welp Report: Waiver Wire Help for the Bye Weeks


A full twenty teams have byes between weeks six and ten, making this the prime stretch for holes in your roster. Using the RotoViz Buy Low Machine, I screened for players with reasonable waiver wire availability, favorable schedules during this part of the season, and decent usage (at least 5 targets/game). You should also check out Buy Low Machine advice on trades and flex options. These guys are on waivers for a reason, but if you’ve got bye week problems, perhaps amplified by injuries or under performance elsewhere on your roster, these are some good bets to get you through to the other side of the bye week gauntlet. I included ownership percentages from ESPN; the availability of these guys varies on other platforms. As always, use the Buy Low Machine and GLSP Apps to identify your own targets and create your own projections.

Regarding the table:

  • YTD SOS: Strength of the opponents the player has faced so far. 1 is the most difficult; 100 is the easiest.
  • SOS Weeks 6-10: Strength of the opponents the player will face during the target part of the season.
  • Difference: YTD SOS – Target Weeks SOS. In other words, how much easier is their upcoming schedule?
OFF YTD SOS SOS Weeks 6-10 Diff Player ESPN Targets T/G Comment
CHI 32.75 62.5 -29.75 Alshon Jeffery 85% 32 8 Jeffery is 2nd in targets amongst Bears pass catchers, and 26th amongst NFL WRs. He emerges from a tough 4 game stretch as the #30 PPR WR. Things get much easier over the next five weeks, as the Bears sport the biggest change in SOS. The best option on this list is also the least available.
MIN 35.25 60.6 -25.35 Jerome Simpson 4% 32 8 Leads the team in targets. Boom or bust, but readily available and with a great swing in SOS. More experienced (and utilized) than Patterson, more separation than Jennings.
NYG 43.5 57.75 -14.25 Rueben Randle 56% 23 5.75 The Douche suggests Nicks as a trade target. But there’s a 50/50 chance Randle is on your waiver wire. He has only two fewer total targets than Nicks, and out-targeted him in two of the four games so far. Given their troubles in the run game and poor defense, there’s plenty of reason for the NYG to keep Randle involved.
WAS 57.5 67.6 -10.1 Leonard Hankerson 3% 24 6 Third on the team in targets, but those targets have been increasing as Hank is taking targets away from Josh Morgan. Virtually identical stats to Moss, but younger and bigger.

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