The 2017 NFL season is 15 weeks old and while many might think it’s premature to start picking up people from their fantasy football waiver wire, they are wrong. Every year a no name blows up in Week 1 and ends up being a top-20 fantasy football player over the remainder of the season. So, instead of letting your competition beat you to the punch, use your fantasy football waiver wire to find the next big thing.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
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Bryant had four catches for 59 yards and a touchdown against the New England Patriots on Sunday, and he has now been targeted at least six times with at least four catches in four straight games.
Antonio Brown left Sunday’s game with a left calf injury so severe he was brought to a hospital. He has been diagnosed with a torn calf muscle and he is unlikely to play in Week 16. If it even matters to his fantasy owners now, after an injury-shortened two-catch, 24-yard game. But Bryant is now well-positioned to take advantage of a favorable matchup.
The Houston Texans entered Week 15 as a bottom-10 defense against wide receivers. Then they allowed three combined touchdowns to Jaguars’ wide receivers Keelan Cole and Jaydon Mickens on Sunday.
If you’re a Brown owner that survived Week 15, Bryant is practically a must-add for another playoff week. Otherwise, with Brown likely out, Bryant is worth adding in 12 and 14-team leagues as a WR2/WR3 for Week 16.