Injury-Based Waiver Wire Analysis: Sims, Green, Garcon, Henry and Mitchell
Charles Sims RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Charles Sims is set to return this week for the Bucs. Sims should be ready to come in and contribute right away, as we have him listed with an above average Health Performance Factor. His return comes at an interesting time. Doug Martin missed the last few drives against San Diego with what has been downplayed as a slight tweak to his back. Martin (elevated IRC, above average HPF) isn't expected to miss any time, but if something changes, Sims becomes a very hot commodity. Even if Martin is fine to play, he has been less than stellar since he returned from injury and Sims could take some carries to go along with his role as the pass-catching back. Sims could definitely scrap together flex-worthy value, especially in PPR, which makes him a worthwhile add going into the Fantasy playoffs.
Derrick Henry RB, Tennessee Titans
[caption id="attachment_114863" align="alignright" width="375"] Derrick Henry is a high end handcuff who would be an RB1 if DeMarco Murray ever misses time. Photo Credit: Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire[/caption]
This is a pure handcuff move heading into the Fantasy playoffs, but it's one that could pay off big time. All DeMarco Murray owners should have Henry on their roster at this time of year. Murray has battled turf toe, which has landed him the elevated injury risk tag on Inside Injuries. Turf toe does have a propensity to flare up, and Murray's injury past is far from squeaky clean. If you are a Murray owner with a shot at the title, or have a roster spot open for a last-minute stash that could pay off big for one of the last few weeks, Henry is worth adding now instead of scrambling in the event of a Murray injury.
Malcolm Mitchell WR, New England Patriots
Malcolm Mitchell continued to show growth in the Patriots offense, catching eight passes for 82 yards on Sunday against the Rams. It is evident that Mitchell is becoming a favorite target of Tom Brady in the absence of Rob Gronkowski. Brady has already shown trust in Mitchell on third downs and in the red zone, which is huge. The Patriots’ offense will need to evolve without Gronk, and the development of a young, athletic receiver who can play on the outside would be exactly what Brady and company need to do so. The Patriots have relied on tight ends and inside receivers for years now, but Mitchell can give them the outside presence they have been missing. Mitchell is a must-add in all formats and should be considered a flex-worthy asset at the very least at this point.
Pierre Garcon WR, Washington Redskins
With dynamic tight end Jordan Reed out last week, wideout Pierre Garcon saw an increase in targets for the Redskins. Garcon has gone over 75 yards three out of the last four weeks, which puts him in legitimate WR3/flex consideration. If Reed is out yet again this week, Garcon's value gets an even bigger bump. Reed is currently dealing with a grade three sprain of the AC joint in his shoulder, which has him as a high injury risk with a below average Health Performance Factor. Couple that with Reed's injury history, and it's hard to see him playing against the Eagles. Garcon, despite his lack of touchdown potential, becomes a low risk flex option this week due to his reception and yardage floor being rather high. That makes him a very worthy pickup in most formats.
Ladarius Green TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ladarius Green is finally healthy (low IRC, peak HPF) and it is showing for the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense. Green asserted himself as the third option in the offense on Sunday behind Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell. He finally showed how scary he can be in this Steelers’ offense, like everyone envisioned when he signed there this offseason. With the Bills' reeling defense up next on the schedule, look for Green as a high upside Fantasy option this week. Owners dealing with mediocre options or a Jordan Reed injury should look to Green as a great option. He is a solid pickup in all formats.
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