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 season-long waiver wire targets, as well as a couple of 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 25.3 percent of leagues
Tagovailoa returned from injured reserve for Sunday’s game in London. Although the Miami Dolphins lost, Tagoaviloa had a solid day, going 33-for-47 with 329 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. This showing was made even more impressive by the fact he was without pass-catchers Albert Wilson, DeVante Parker, Preston Williams, and Adam Shaheen due to injury. He’s an intriguing mid-range QB2 option who should be a hot commodity on waiver wires this week.
Rostered in 12.2 percent of leagues
Stevenson was the MVP of the preseason but spent the first few weeks of the regular season in the dog house. Forced into action due to J.J. Taylor and James White‘s injuries, the rookie logged eight total touches for 62 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in the loss to Dallas on Sunday. His workload was inflated due to Damien Harris‘ rib injury and fumbling concerns, but there’s no reason to believe that he can’t continue to carve out a role going forward. He’s worth benching in deeper leagues, especially in a season that has shown just how devastating running back injuries can be.
Rostered in 0.9 percent of leagues
Dallas saw an increase in usage with Chris Carson placed on injured reserve. While he still settled into a backup role behind Alex Collins, Dallas logged four rushes, five catches, and 50 scrimmage yards on Sunday night. Most important were his handful of receptions. Since Collins lacks pass-catching upside, Dallas will likely see significant usage on passing downs going forward. He’s worth rostering in deeper PPR leagues.
Rostered in 21.8 percent of leagues
Ingram’s production has slowed down ever since he posted 26 carries, 85 yards, and one touchdown in Week 1. However, he has begun to trend upwards once again, logging 36 touches for 122 scrimmage yards over the last two games. Furthermore, all signs point to Tyrod Taylor returning from injured reserve soon; Ingram’s 26-touch effort was the lone game that the veteran quarterback played in its entirety. Adding Ingram in a low-risk, high-reward move could be beneficial going forward.
Rostered in 23.1 percent of leagues
Hilton returned from injured reserve on Sunday, catching four passes for 80 yards before exiting with a new quadriceps issue. It’s fair to speculate on the veteran wideout’s status in the short term, but unless a negative report emerges within the next 24 hours, Hilton should be on the top of everyone’s waiver wire targets list. In addition to the fact that Hilton saw four targets, the Colts also lost the oft-injured Parris Campbell to a foot issue. His absence coupled with fewer blowout wins going forward could put Hilton in a position to thrive. Scoop him up before it’s too late.
Rostered in 0.4 percent of leagues
While not a sexy name, Agnew has emerged as a steady contributor in the two weeks that D.J. Chark has missed. The former Lions gadget player has now totaled 13 targets, 11 catches, and 119 yards during this span. It’s very possible that the Jaguars switch things up and utilize someone else in his role next week, but until then, Agnew carries fantasy relevance and could even be started in deeper leagues or on rosters plagued by injuries at wide receiver.
Rostered in 24.2 percent of leagues
Crowder has looked impressive through two games since returning from injured reserve, catching 11 of 15 targets for 85 yards and a touchdown. The yardage isn’t great, but the volume is clearly there, especially in an offense that will need to pass the football in order to stay in games. Crowder is one of the top waiver-wire options this week and could be a mainstay in this article until he reaches the 35 percent threshold. Scoop him up now; he might just have matchup-based FLEX relevance very soon.
Rostered in 19.1 percent of leagues
Yours truly reminded you last week that Seals-Jones will have top-12 tight end relevance until Logan Thomas returns. You still have a chance to get your shares of the veteran, who is rostered in less than one-fifth of leagues. He has now caught nine of 15 targets for 99 yards and one touchdown over the last two weeks. Feel comfortable prioritizing Seals-Jones as the top name on your list of waiver wire additions.
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 72.6 percent of leagues
Anderson had one catch for zero yards through most of the fourth quarter, though he salvaged his day by snagging two passes for 11 yards and a score during Carolina’s final two offensive drives. Despite the fact that he has been targeted 29 times over the last three games, he has just 10 catches during this span. Between the woes of Sam Darnold and the emergence of DJ Moore and Terrace Marshall Jr., Anderson can be dropped in most leagues.
Rostered in 63.9 percent of leagues
Tannehill has struggled this season, falling far shy of the expectations that were set for him prior to this season. The lingering injuries to Julio Jones and A.J. Brown don’t help, but it has still been a disappointment. Depending on what your waiver wire looks like, you can probably drop Tannehill in single-QB leagues with 10 or fewer teams. Kirk Cousins and Derek Carr, who are available in more than half of leagues, represent great options to replace the Tennessee signal-caller.
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