Ty Johnson, RB Detroit Lions
With Kerryon Johnson on IR, the Lions will turn to rookie running back Ty Johnson to handle starting duties this Sunday. It remains to be seen how J.D McKissic and Tra Carson will cut into his workload, but expect Johnson to handle early down work, with McKissic filling in as a pass catching back. After Johnson’s exit this last Sunday, Ty Johnson played 64% of snaps the rest of the way, and has upside especially if that role increases. For the time being, Johnson is the top waiver option this week, as a matchup with the Giants’ inconsistent run defense is on tap for Week 8.
Kenny Stills, WR Houston Texans
Stills has had a quiet start to his 2019 season, filling in behind starters Deandre Hopkins and Will Fuller on the depth chart out wide. Following Fuller’s injury this past Sunday, Stills played 61 of a possible 65 snaps, and is set to assume a starting role alongside Hopkins this Sunday vs. the Raiders. Oakland has allowed 8 touchdowns to date this season on deep routes, and a league-high 59% completion percentage. Look for Stills to absorb a large portion of the 46% of deep targets up for grabs in the Texans offense during Fuller’s absence. Keke Coutee could also be worth an add in deeper leagues, as he saw added value when Fuller went down with injuries last season, and projects to handle his usual role for the Texans offense out of the slot.
Robby Anderson, WR New York Jets
With rumors that the Jets are shopping the flashy wideout and the October 29th trade deadline looming, Anderson makes for a great stash in the event his offensive situation improves. He put up a 5/125/1 line against the Cowboys in Week 6 but otherwise has been inconsistent, along with much of the Jets offense. A fresh start will hopefully give Anderson an increase in value down the stretch this season.
Cameron Brate, TE Tampa Bay Buccaneers
For those in need of a TE this week, Brate makes for a good late week pickup. O.J Howard missed practice Thursday and if he’s out Sunday, Brate has top-15 TE upside against a Titans defense that has struggled to contain TE’s this season, and just allowed a 6 catch, 75 yard performance to Hunter Henry.
Derek Carr, QB Oakland Raiders
Carr has had his share of struggles to start the year, and despite his whopping 74.1% completion percentage, he has only 8 touchdowns to go along with 7 turnovers on the season. With favorable matchups against the Texans, Lions, and Bengals ahead, Carr is a solid bye week replacement option with a number of top QB’s approaching their byes in the coming weeks. He makes for a great late-week add to beat next week’s waiver wire.
Corey Davis, WR Tennessee Titans
Davis is fresh off a season-high six catch performance in Ryan Tannehill’s first start of the season, in which he caught his second touchdown of the season after only one in the first six weeks. The Titans will take aim at a suspect Buccaneers defense that has struggled to contain opposing wideouts on the season. Look for Davis to try to build on his newfound rapport with Tannehill this Sunday.