Every Tuesday, Arthur Arkush shares his top nine waiver wire targets for fantasy football players. This will focus exclusively on players owned in less than 50 percent of all Yahoo! leagues.
A note of caution: just because a player is on this list, it doesn't mean readers should exhaust their claim priority and/or waiver budget. Those decisions should be based on individual roster makeup, injuries and other outside forces.
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Just missed the cut: 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, Titans RB Derrick Henry, Bills RB Mike Gillislee, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill, Colts TE Jack Doyle, Patriots WR Chris Hogan
9. Bears WR Cameron Meredith: This isn't a Hail Mary. That's the avenue Meredith took to the end zone for the first time since he burst onto the scene in Indianapolis. And considering Alshon Jeffery's contract year just burst into flames, Meredith is the big-bodied wideout Jay Cutler will occasionally hit for a big play over the next month. With Jeffery's Bears outlook beyond 2016 bleaker than ever, and Kevin White's resume still super bare, John Fox and Co. have plenty of reasons to try and find out just how high Meredith's ceiling is.
8. Cardinals WR Michael Floyd: Better late than never? After watching J.J. Nelson melt with the pressure on, while Floyd came through in the clutch to temporarily save Arizona's season, why not roll the dice if you have ample space and budget? If Bruce Arians is going down, he's going down guns blazing. Floyd is headed toward unrestricted free agency; he'll have incentive even if the Cardinals get knocked off the postseason perch they're barely on now.
7. Steelers WR Eli Rogers: I stumped for Ladarius Green here a week ago and I still think he could be an asset before it's said and done. But Rogers is a double-digit scorer in two consecutive games and appears to be back in Big Ben's five, while Sammie Coates is out of it because he only has three working fingers. This offense rebounded vs. Dallas and could return to full juggernaut status as it visits four bad defenses — Cleveland, Indy, Buffalo and Cincinnati — over the next five games. That's right, the Bills and Bengals for the fantasy playoffs.
6. Bills WR Robert Woods: Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us. But do what Woods did to Seattle before the bye — 13 targets, 10 catches, 162 yards, all career-highs — and we're willing to be shamed again. Buffalo's offense is No. 9 in the NFL in scoring. Woods is the Alpha No. 1 option in Sammy Watkins' absence. Woods' next five: Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Oakland, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. He'll never be a home run hitter, but all he did was find gaps for stand-up doubles against a tough opponent in Week 9, the kind of expectation you should have for a WR3 getting at least a WR2 target share.
5. Patriots RB James White: So much for the Dion Lewis PUP activation and partying like it's 2015 again. To be clear, Lewis still has league-tilting upside, and Bill Belichick's decision to wait another week speaks to the value a healthy Lewis can bring an offense that, if it was a gift, would come in a blue Tiffany box. But Belichick's decision also helped White fall below 50 percent ownership. Moreover, a human joystick like Lewis, ultra reliant on his quickness, isn't a lock to be his explosive self after a pair of knee surgeries. We know what White is currently for the Patriots: Lewis-light, but there's value there when benefiting from the greatness of Brady.
4. Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon: It was obvious to the six of us watching the Ravens stomp the Browns who's the most dynamic back in Baltimore's stable. Dixon broke out with 80 yards on 11 touches while continuing to close the tough gap between himself and a fading Terrance West. A nice "mini bye" for the rookie still working his way back from a torn MCL sustained in the preseason, preceding a visit to a Dallas 'D' we're still not sold on, has his arrow pointing up. Marshal Yanda's healthy return would only help.
3. Packers RB James Starks: So much for the Ty Montgomery backfield experiment. Starks, in his first action since undergoing knee surgery after Week 5, played 71 percent of the snaps and out-gained Montgomery 44-20 while getting twice as many touches in Nashville. The slashing Starks looked healthy, too, taking a 13-yard screen to the house after a decisive cut in space. Starks averaged more than 11 touches per game down the stretch a season ago with a healthy Eddie Lacy. Green Bay's offense will always thrive when balanced, and Starks' power and passing game prowess makes him, not Montgomery, the one to own as Green Bay tries to steady in time to secure its eighth consecutive postseason appearance.
2. Washington RB Rob Kelley: Since appearing in this exact same spot a week ago, the rookie rung up another 97 rushing yards and, more tellingly, dominated the backfield workload in Matt Jones' continued absence. He gets another tough NFC North defense Sunday, the just-shellacked Pack, which, like Minnesota, is showing increasingly visible warts. Kelley cedes third downs to Chris Thompson, but he's locked in as the heavy lifter for the NFL's No. 6 offense, clicking nicely now, likely making this your last chance to pounce.
1. Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise: The third-rounder usurped Christine Michael on Sunday night in Foxborough, turning a career-high 54 snaps (compared to just 11 for Michael) into 24 touches for 153 scrimmage yards, both also easily personal bests. Prosise was Russell Wilson's leading receiver and now has eclipsed 100 scrimmage yards in two of the past three games. Thus, even with Thomas Rawls, now at just 49 percent ownership and also well worth an add, returning this week, Prosise's increased workload aligning with Seattle's ascending offense is a great sign.