Dominating the waiver wire could catapult you into championship territory regardless of how much you struggled during the draft or while making trades. Read on for eight rest-of-season waiver wire targets, as well as a few players who you can comfortably cut loose.
Let’s check out eight players that warrant consideration ahead of the upcoming waiver wire cycle. All players listed here are rostered in less than 35 percent of ESPN leagues and could have legitimate impacts down the stretch.
Rostered in 15.8 percent of leagues
Despite turning over the football three times, Fields had a solid fantasy showing on Sunday night, racking up 224 passing yards, two touchdowns, and an additional 74 rushing yards. With favorable matchups against the Vikings, Seahawks, and Giants over the remainder of the season, Fields falls into mid-to-high QB2 territory.
Rostered in 34.2 percent of leagues
Coleman has racked up 147 scrimmage yards through two games since the Jets lost Michael Carter. Although Coleman missed this past Sunday’s game, he should return to the lead-back role in Week 15 after fill-in starter Ty Johnson rushed for just 17 yards. His upside is capped due to the state of the offense, but the veteran back still remains in the high-end RB3 territory.
Rostered in 8.6 percent of leagues
The patience has paid off. Penny, who has dealt with a plethora of injuries in his career, was finally able to stay on the field and registered 137 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Injuries will always be a concern for the remainder of the first-round pick’s career, but for the time being, he falls into the high-end RB3 range.
Rostered in 8.4 percent of leagues
The Eagles’ busy backfield features Howard, Miles Sanders, Kenneth Gainwell Jr., and Boston Scott. Although Philadelphia has a lot of mouths to feed, this is one of the strongest backfields in the NFL and should be up for the task. Even if Howard doesn’t start a game for the rest of the season, he can be an intriguing streaming option in leagues with 10 teams or more.
Rostered in 27.9 percent of leagues
Green hauled in seven of 10 targets for 102 yards on Sunday night. He has 31 targets over his last five games, and that includes a one-target clunker in Week 13. The veteran wideout has streaming value over the remainder of the season, but it’s worth noting that he probably won’t win you a championship.
Rostered in 10.9 percent of leagues
St. Brown has caught 18 of 24 targets for 159 yards and a touchdown over his last two games. The Lions have to pass the football a lot, and their options are limited with D’Andre Swift (shoulder) and T.J. Hockenson (hand) off the field. In fact, even when those two players return, St. Brown should remain in the WR3 range.
Rostered in 26.3 percent of leagues
Bourne is the WR28 this season, and that includes the Week 13 contest in which the Patriots threw the ball three times. Even though his stats fluctuate from week to week, he remains a solid lineup option, especially in deeper leagues. He, too, represents a WR3 over the remainder of the year.
Rostered in 13.8 percent of leagues
Everett’s production has been up and down as of late. Although he only has 22 receiving yards over his last two games, he also has two touchdowns and 17 targets since Week 12. The tight end position is unpredictable, and it’s possible that your lineup is in a bind heading into the playoffs. Everett is a steady fill-in option, especially now that the Seahawks’ offense seems to have hit its stride.
Let’s check out three players that you can comfortably cut loose from your roster. All players listed here are rostered in more than 50 percent of ESPN leagues and aren’t expected to have legitimate impacts down the stretch.
Rostered in 74.4 percent of leagues
Sutton has 16 targets over his last five games. He hasn’t caught more than two passes in a game since Week 7. At the same time, his last touchdown came in Week 6. Between Teddy Bridgewater‘s struggling arm and the emergence of a very strong Denver backfield, there hasn’t been a need to force the ball into the wideouts’ hands. Sutton can be cut loose ahead of the playoff run.
Rostered in 68.6 percent of leagues
Brown (ankle, suspension) can return in Week 16, meaning he’s a lineup option for two weeks of fantasy playoffs (or possibly three). But here’s the caveat: the veteran wideout hasn’t played in a game since Week 6. It’s definitely going to take time for him to get re-acclimated if that even happens. The Buccaneers have played fine without Brown in their lineup and shouldn’t be in a rush to give him a massive workload. It’s far safer and easier to drop Brown to waivers in redraft formats.
Rostered in 58.6 percent of leagues
Sanders hasn’t topped 5.8 fantasy points since Week 10. Fantasy managers cannot trust him enough to start him, and if you can’t feel comfortable about inserting him into your lineups, why even roster him at all? Add a significant knee injury to the mix and Sanders is a glaring must-drop.
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