As bye weeks approach, it’s a great time to hunt for difference makers on the waiver wire. A couple Bengals look like promising adds.
Week 3 didn’t offer as many options to add to our teams, but there are some options that can help your team now. With bye weeks coming up, it’s important to look ahead and see where your starters are going to have their bye weeks. Look ahead and add players off the free agent wire with favorable matchups on weeks where you may have starters on bye. Let’s take a look at who you should be adding this week.
Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
(Available in 76 percent of ESPN leagues)
Tyler Boyd is leading the Bengals in routes run and is second on the team with 21 targets (only four behind A.J. Green). Green might miss next week’s game and if he does, Boyd will be a top-15 receiver this week. He is worth the add now because if he keeps this up for the rest of the season, he is going to finish the season as a top-25 option at receiver.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
(Available in 71 percent of ESPN leagues)
Andy Dalton has scored at least 18 fantasy points in every game this season. He now gets to face an Atlanta Falcons defense that has given up an average of 37 fantasy points to quarterbacks over its last two games. Including the game against the Falcons, he gets to face bottom three pass defenses in three of his next four weeks (Pittsburgh Week 6 and Kansas City in Week 7). If you have a quarterback with a bye week or a tough matchup, Dalton is worth the add this week.
Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
(Available in 64 percent of ESPN leagues)
Mike Williams is the new red-zone target for the Los Angeles Chargers. He now gets to face the San Francisco 49ers defense that ranks in the bottom ton for the most fantasy points allowed to wide receivers. Next week he is worth the play at flex and he is third on the team in targets which shows that he is involved in the offense. He’s got big upside and if anything happens to Keenan Allen, he would jump into the top-15 at wide receiver.
Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens
(Available in 60 percent of ESPN leagues)
Javorius Allen has been a top-11 running back this year while averaging fewer than 10 touches per game. He is the Ravens goal-line back and he’s scored four touchdowns this season. It’s tough to have a player averaging less than 10 touches a game in your lineup, but when he does get the ball, he’s finding the end-zone. He is a must add if you need some depth with bye weeks coming up. Allen is one of the few running backs who have weekly value on the free agent wire.