Fight Fire with Fliers is a weekly fantasy football series that discusses emergency free agent adds or stash candidates for deep rostered or 14-plus team leagues. The post publishes on Saturdays following typical weekly waiver runs, allowing forward thinking managers a last minute opportunity to roster players ahead of their breakouts.
Rashaad Penny decimated Houston last week and may be the final challenger to Dawson Knox as the 2021 Fight Fire with Fliers MVF. Justin Jackson also emerged as the companion back to Austin Ekeler, whose workload is being carefully managed to address injury concerns. In WR news, Gabriel Davis is in the process of a second coming with Emmanuel Sanders breaking down. Davis recorded eight targets and a touchdown against Tampa Bay and is set for more routes ahead against Carolina.
After last week’s additions, the pool of candidates is thinning considerably. This week brings another uninspiring, yet sneaky RB add and a dynasty WR stash that may see some surprising activity for the stretch.
The Fliers Catalogue
Week 15 Additions
Ke’Shawn Vaughn RB Tampa Bay (Zero percent, Yahoo!)
Vaughn is now strangely in the mix as Giovani Bernard reverted to IR. Leonard Fournette has been a force this season but is starting to accrue the wear and tear of a lengthy season. While Vaughn wouldn’t leapfrog Ronald Jones in the hierarchy, who undoubtedly has the ire of Bruce Arians, Vaughn was drafted by the current regime and likely still has some tailwind of inertia despite the obvious sunk cost. It would be curious to see if Vaughn could garner any work on passing downs, as he was considered a decent blocking back among the 2020 rookie class.
D’Wayne Eskridge WR Seattle (Zero percent, Yahoo!)
Eskridge is still a raw talent, having missed much of training camp and the season with multiple injuries. However, his profile fills a void in the Seattle passing attack that has over-the-top receivers in D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. An agile, smaller frame, Eskridge could be a weapon that is overlooked in short, open space ala Rondale Moore. With the possibility of Lockett remaining on the COVID list against the Rams, Eskridge may expand his profile into a more traditional receiving role and added targets. He’s not worthwhile to roster on your redraft playoff team, however, there is appeal for his market to elevate in dynasty and the opportunity to add him is now.
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