It’s never too early to think about your next matchup and the chance to bolster your fantasy football lineups. Here are two options to consider in posting a waiver before the 12th week.
Trailon Burks, WR, Tennessee Titans (20 percent roster)
Treylon Burks’ career in the NFL got off to a pretty bad start. Immediately there was a huge expectation of filling AJ Brownshoes in Tennessee. The offseason and preseason chatter then began, with reports that Burks was a rougher receiver than expected. Then he got injured and missed a month.
Burks returned in Week 10 to a quiet game against the Broncos (three catches, 24 yards). He then had his best game of the season in week 11.
On Thursday, Burks ran a rough run in a Packers side game, catching seven balls (eight targets!) for 111 yards. He led the Titans in receiving and, perhaps most importantly, collected 15.9 yards per catch. We all remember the huge plays Brown put on during his Titan days, so fans of the team are no doubt excited to see Burks bring him profitably piecemeal.
Burks may have cemented his status as the No. 1 target in the passing game for Tennessee, and while it’s not a big passing game, it’s effective. Expect the percentage of players on Burks’ roster to skyrocket.
Juwan Johnson, TE, New Orleans Saints (30 percent membership)
Fantasy football managers are always looking for help in the tight end. It’s hard to find consistent, reliable new blood from a position that’s been a headache for quite some time. Thus, we cannot ignore the recent production by Juwan Johnson.
Johnson has racked up double-digit fantasy points for three consecutive weeks, thanks in no small part to finding the end zone in each of those games. He also gained 40+ yards in all three contests.
The Saints aren’t a very high-flown offense, but Johnson looks like one of the team’s most reliable targets, especially in the red zone. Its floor looks solid enough to possibly even propel it further than just a streamer.