The best part of Thanksgiving are the side dishes. Whether you have turkey, ham, tofurkey, and whether you smoke, sous vide or roast your meats, the side dishes are where the talents of the cooks and contributors really shine. They support and uplift whatever protein you decide to eat. In fantasy football, the wide receivers are like the side dishes to the quarterback. Yeah… that all hangs together. Here are three guys sitting on your waiver wire right now that can help this week. To be included for consideration, a footballer must be available in at least 50% of Yahoo! leagues. For you deep divers, we offer one guy out there in over 90% of Yahoo! leagues. Bon appétit! (Which is French for, “shut up and eat this.”)
Corey Davis at Indianapolis (48% owned)
We are going to make this Corey Davis thing happen if it kills us. The #5 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft has seventeen targets in his last two games, so the opportunity for production is there with Marcus Mariota. He’s a rookie who missed the majority of the season so far, so I feel good about that being him working back into shape. This week they get the Colts, who allow the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. The Colts have allowed ten wide receivers either a touchdown or seventy yards against them in their last six games, so even if Rishard Matthews gets his, there is plenty of leftovers for Corey Davis.
Dede Westbrook at Arizona (27% owned)
There are a few 2017 shortcuts for figuring out who to play. Running backs against the 49ers. Tight ends against the Browns and Giants. Wide Receivers lining up away from Patrick Peterson in Arizona. While Keelan Cole out-snapped Westbrook last week, it was also literally Westbrook’s first NFL game. The preseason and 2016 college football wonder made his debut with a modest three catch, 35-yard effort. Marqise Lee is hurt, and Allen Hurns is going to get Patrick Petersoned. Dede should have a good effort this week.
Deonte Thompson at Kansas City (5% owned)
This week is bleak for streamable wide receivers, especially given that the Thursday slate is completely off the table. This one is full narrative street, folks. Tyrod Taylor is back, doesn’t have any sort of rapport with Kelvin Benjamin, Jordan Matthews or Zay Jones, and he needs to make a stern, but fair point: don’t bench me for Nathan Peterman again. Thompson has 8+ targets in two of his last three games, and down here in the dreck, that’s all you can ask for. The matchup is great, too. Despite signing some middle aged guy from the grocery store Darrelle Revis this week, the Kansas City defense is no longer one to fear. Literally, nobody is worse against wide receivers than the Chiefs this year, and that’s after they got a Roger Lewis-Tavarres King reprieve last week.