September 26, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States; Minnesota Vikings tight end Tyler Conklin (83) carries the ball during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Depending on the size and time periods of the championship, most fantasy leagues have about a quarter of their season. If your team has struggled with injuries and quiet performances to start the year, you’re probably looking for someone to drive in some touchdowns. This week brings in a bunch of intriguing players to watch on the waiver wire. These are just a few to consider this weekend.
Raiders D / ST (42.8%)
The last time I included the Las Vegas defense in this series, it didn’t work out. However, you have to do it at some point, right? The Raiders have yet to put on a big fantasy production this year despite having decent success on that side of the ball to start the year. However, this week you can finally show the fruits of your labor. Las Vegas is up against a very disappointing Bears offense that will not feature star RB David Montgomery. Chicago has yet to score 25 points in a game this season, and Justin Fields has started just two games in which he was demolished by the Browns and relied heavily on his RBs against the Lions.
The Raiders’ passing defense has been a strength for much of the season, and it should continue to be against the Bears. I mean, the passing race led by Maxx Crosby should feast on one of the worst offensive lines in the league in terms of pass protection. Running defense will be the x-factor for the Raiders, but it should be a lot easier to face Damien Williams rather than Montgomery.
TE Tyler Conklin (20.7%)
After their opening series, the Vikings as a whole struggled to do something against a strong Browns defense. As a result, Tyler Conklin totaled just 18 yards on the day as a receiver. However, after a week in which the third-year tight end had eight goals and a touchdown reception against Seattle, Conklin’s target volume remained high against Cleveland.
This week brings a much more favorable showdown against the Detroit Lions who just two weeks ago gave up a triple-digit performance in yardage to Mark Andrews. If Conklin continues to hit an above-average number of goals, he should be in line for a very solid day against a soft secondary.
WR Deonte Harris (2.5%)
After a slow first three weeks, Deonte Harris emerged as the Saints’ No. 1 catcher last week in their overtime loss to New York. He had just seven goals in the first three games, but won eight against the Giants. Of course, there’s a chance this is an outlier, as New Orleans has the fewest pass attempts in the league and has dedicated itself to being a first-run team.
However, with rookie sensation Tony Jones Jr. being sidelined for at least three weeks, they may be forced to go to the pass more often. If that’s the case, Deonte Harris has a great chance for another breakout game against a Washington defense that has allowed the sixth-most passing yards and the fourth-most passing touchdowns. Even if his targets fall for a touch, his speed and elusiveness make him a constant major threat to the game.