November 10, 2020

LOS WAIVERS, WEEK 10: JAKOBI MEYERS GOT ME…

Growing up in LA in the 1970s, television was a big part of my life. Watching shows like Happy Days, Three’s Company and Welcome Back Kotter showed me a lot about American life. Even learned several American terms to grow my vocabulary.

Drew Lock has engineered high-scoring games for the Broncos the past 2 weeks, and has a great matchup at the Raiders awaiting this week.

I also got to catch up on shows from the ’50s and ’60s during daytime reruns. And during those shows were commercials that were cut-rate by companies that couldn’t afford spots during prime time. 

One commercial that I remember getting a lot of air time was for the law firm Jacoby and Meyers. They’re a personal-injury firm that played on people’s thirst for money. At the end of the spot would be a former client saying, “Jacoby & Meyers got me, $2.1 million.”

Every time I hear Jakobi Meyers catch a pass, I flash back to those low-budget spots from back in the day. They probably have updated spots today, though I don’t make a point of watching too much TV during the day or late at night when those spots might be on.

But I have watched Jakobi, and he’s a legit target hog for Cam Newton and the Patriots. He solidified his status as one of the players you need to grab on the waiver wire with his catching 12 of 14 passes for 169 yards on Monday Night Football against the Jets. Not sure he’ll fetch $2.1M, but you could spend a bit of FAAB on him. Here’s the Week 10 edition of Los Waivers (Get the podcast episode here):

QUARTERBACK

QB STREAMER OF THE WEEK
Drew Lock @ Raiders
20%
Yes, another shootout in the AFC West. These are becoming commonplace, as only the Chiefs have been able to defend the pass even nominally. Lock has been much better in his last two games, going 25 of 48 for 313 yards and 1 TD against Atlanta. There are still some throws that leave you wondering, but then there are some throws that leave Bronco fans dreamy. The Raiders are #27 in FPPG to the QB.

Tua Tagovailoa vs. Chargers
24%
Mr. Tagovailoa, Dolphin Nation turns its lonely eyes to you. Ooh, Ooh, Ooh! Tua looked so much better in his second game than in his debut. He was accurate and had plenty of juice on his throws. The Chargers are #29 against QBs in FPPG, allowing 21.5. This has the makings of a fun game featuring the QBs who went #5 and #6 in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Derek Carr vs. Broncos
42%
Is there a home-road split developing for Carr? While he had 29.98 fantasy points at the Chiefs in a Week 5 shootout, he’s yet to reach 20 points in any other road game. And in his three home games, he’s averaged 25.12 fantasy points. The Broncos just got lit up by Matt Ryan, so count on Home Derek to pitch it around.

Jake Luton @ Packers
3%
Coach Doug Marrone said that Luton will likely get another start this week, as Gardner Minshew recovers from fractures in his thumb. Of course, it’s easy to give the rookie Luton another start after he completed 26 of 38 passes for 304 yards, 1 TD and another rushing TD. The Packers at Lambeau field are a tough matchup for the passing game, so Luton is someone to pick up in 2-QB or Super Flex leagues for better matchups.

RUNNING BACK

Gus Edwards @ NE
37%
The line of 11-23-1 is not inspiring, but Edwards is still getting about as many carries as rookie J.K. Dobbins (12 carries last week). With bye weeks and injuries taking a toll on fantasy lineups this week, you could do worse than Edwards going against a Patriot defense that is 23rd against RBs, averaging 20.0 FPPG allowed.

Wayne Gallman vs. PHI
25%
Gallman had 77 total yards and a TD against Washington, and there’s no word if Devonta Freeman is going to be back this week. The Eagles are #10 against RBs, so this won’t be a cakewalk. 

Duke Johnson @ CLE
16%
Revenge game! Johnson played 4 seasons with the Browns, but he’s more of a play for one week because David Johnson is in the concussion protocol. Duke had 73 total yards & 1 TD last week in relief, so we’ve seen that he can carry the load. The Browns are #14 allowing 18.1 FPPG to RBs.

Kalen Ballage @ MIA
1%
Revenge game 2.0!. That cracks me up almost as much as the thought of actually picking up Ballage after seeing him flop with the Dolphins last year and be cut by multiple teams this year. Still, keep in mind Ballage went for 84 total yards and a TD while playing on 39.2% of snaps for the Chargers. The Dolphins are improved on defense, but remain #20 against RBs at 19.5 FPPG.

Cam Akers vs. SEA
30%
Speculative pick. Darrell Henderson left with a thigh injury the game before the bye week, so Akers could get some carries this week. He had some good runs against the Dolphins, and rookie RBs have come out of bye weeks and performed well. This could be your way into a high-scoring game between the Seahawks and Rams.

WIDE RECEIVER

Jakobi Meyers vs. BAL
14%
Meyers has 30 targets the past 3 weeks, the 5th most during that time frame. Cam Newton has not targeted any other Patriot WR anywhere nearly as much since Julian Edelman went down. The Ravens are good against the pass, but Meyers could be a good play other weeks the rest of the way.

Curtis Samuel vs. TB
30%
After going 9-9-105-1 with an additional three carries for 13 yards, Samuel is very much in the mix with D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson for targets in what is becoming a very good Panther offense. Samuel has only had 5 of 43 targets hit the ground. The Bucs are formidable against the pass, the New Orleans game notwithstanding, but Samuel could still be a play because of his involvement with the running game.

Henry Ruggs vs. DEN
42%
The donut against the Chargers was ugly. Not going to downplay that. He’s going to be better because Carr is throwing deep more often this season. Denver gave up plenty of production through the air the past two weeks, so don’t be surprised to see Ruggs get a home run ball in there. 

Rashard Higgins vs. HOU
24%
You’ve forgotten about that ugly game against the Raiders where Higgins caught a single ball in the rain, sleet and wind. Keep in mind that Higgins turned 6 catches into 110 yards the previous week in Cincinnati. The Texans are 26th in FPPG allowed to the WR.

Jalen Reagor @ NYG
24%
People may have overlooked Reagor with the Eagles on a bye last week. Travis Fulgham has been the top target, but Reagor will see plenty of passes in his direction with Carson Wentz chucking it over 40 times in 5 games thus far. The Giants gave up 325 yards to Alex Smith last week, so Wentz should be flinging it again.

Darnell Mooney vs. MIN
14%
The speedster saw 11 targets last week, catching 5 of them for 43 yards. He seems to beat a defender deep multiple times a week, and the Viking pass defense is #31 against fantasy WRs. Add to it that the Vikings are a dome team going into weather in the Windy City on Monday Night Football. It’ll likely be chilly.

TIGHT ENDS

Jimmy Graham vs. MIN
49%

We’re all realistic about the TE position outside of Travis Kelce (and possibly Darren Waller). If you get production like 6 catches for 55 yards and 1 TD you’ll be thrilled. That was Graham last week. And Kelce’s on a bye this week, with the Viking D giving up plenty via the air.

Jordan Reed @ NO
23%
OK, 3 yards on a single reception in his return from injury last week is far from inspiring. But this is the Saints, who are #26 against the TE position. There’s no word on if both Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel will be healthy and playing this week. The 49ers will be throwing it to play catchup if last Sunday was any indication.

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