Another week of NFL fantasy football has come and gone, and with it comes yet another important decision for you to make – which players are worthy of being picked up from your league’s waiver wire. Lucky for you, we have the guide for you to make sure you win the time between games, capitalizing on your league mates’ uncertainty.
The waiver wire can be a mixed bag each and every NFL week, those elements do not change. Plus, those players are obviously out on the waiver wire for a reason, yet there certainly are under-the-radar elements that always shine through, providing you with underrated moves that can help you get a much-needed victory when you need it the most.
These ten following NFL players are all worthy of minimally getting a look on your fantasy teams for this upcoming week – all statistics and outlooks are based on a full-point, point-per-reception league format.
Las Vegas Raiders
21.9 percent rostered
Even with his NFL Week 8 goose-egg against the Browns, most of which can be tied to the unfriendly weather conditions, Nelson Agholor and Derek Carr have some sort of relationship going for them that seems to be working very well.
Having caught a TD in four of his last five NFL games, Agholor obviously is getting a ton of looks that go for scores, but are not necessarily looks of when the team is in the red zone. Plus, low reception totals for Agholor (all but two weeks have been three or fewer receptions) caps his ceiling, but his nose for the end zone certainly makes him an interesting boom/bust option if you are lacking in WR talent.
9. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR
Green Bay Packers
12.6 percent rostered
Marquez Valdes-Scantling is one of the streakiest wide receivers in the entire league, and playing in the explosive Green Bay offense has apparently not done enough to jumpstart his impacts in the NFL.
However, a two-TD game against the 49ers this past week could be the exact thing that he needed to break out and become a formidable NFL WR2 next to Davante Adams.
Going up against the Jaguars, Colts, and Bears in the next three weeks will most likely produce very up-and-down results, but with NFL defenses needing to allocate more resources to Adams in the passing games, opportunities should open up more for MVS moving forward, especially against the JAX secondary.
8. Michael Pittman Jr., WR
5.1 percent rostered
The Indianapolis Colts’ passing attack has been suffering all year, and the decline of T.Y. Hilton is example number one of that happening. But USC rookie Michael Pittman Jr., who is back from an early-season injury, has become a semi-trusted weapon of Phillip Rivers, something that can elevate him from just another guy on the NFL fantasy football waiver wire.
Pittman was second on the team in routes run and tied for the most targets in NFL Week 9, so Rivers obviously trusts the rookie, something that bodes well for him moving forward. He really cannot be trusted as anything more than a high WR4 / low WR3 at this point, but if he is on your wire, using a pickup slot on him could be a huge boost a few weeks from now.
7. Jalen Reagor, WR
21.0 percent rostered
Travis Fulgham has been the talk of the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense so far this NFL season, but the return of TCU rookie Jalen Reagor could help take some pressure off Fulgham and give Carson Wentz another weapon to target.
Before the Week 9 bye, Reagor caught three passes for 16 yards and a score against the Cowboys, a small showing but one that shows his involvement in the offense should be growing as the weeks progress.
Another interesting addition that Reagor can bring to your lineup (PHI faces NYG, CLE, and SEA the next three weeks) is that the team is wanting to get him more involved in special teams, according to special teams coordinator Dave Fipp. So, if your league also has NFL return yardage point metrics set up, Reagor could bring some additional flexibility to the table, outside of a flex-value target.
6. Drew Lock, QB
18.4 percent rostered
Having regrouped from injury, Drew Lock was firing on all cylinders in Sunday’s defeat to the Atlanta Falcons, throwing for 313 yards and two scores, and rushing for a TD as well. 29.22 NFL fantasy points is a great start put up by Lock, and hopefully, this is the start of a solid stretch of games for the Broncos’ QB.
Raiders, Dolphins, Saints, Chiefs, and Panthers are next up for Lock, which presents very different levels of defensive units for him to deal with. However, his experience throwing to Noah Fant, Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, and others seems to have picked up, which can only help him moving forward – in a pinch, Lock can be a fill-in NFL QB start or could fill in for an injury concern moving forward.
5. Gus Edwards, RB
18.8 percent rostered
While a bit on the ineffective side, Gus Edwards was able to salvage his day with a rushing score, marking the third consecutive game he has cashed in a carry for a TD. The health of starter Mark Ingram II, who missed Sunday’s game with an ankle injury, directly impacts the kind of role that Edwards has moving forward.
What is interesting is that a run-heavy offense like Baltimore does not furnish a solid fantasy-relevant option, so Edwards can be considered as a bit of a risk, but one that either would provide Ingram owners with a sense of security or one that could be a boom-or-bust flex play in dire times. Either way, Edwards is worthy of at least a stash on your bench with Ingram not being efficient even when healthy.
4. Tim Patrick, WR
23.1 percent rostered
As the 43rd-ranked WR in ESPN PPR fantasy after NFL Week 9, Tim Patrick has become one of Lock’s favorite targets this year, alongside Fant and Jeudy, a rookie. And while Patrick falls under the radar more than the other two, he certainly has shown up this year.
Having only one game of 100+ yards is not great in the NFL, but he has put up double-digit fantasy points in four weeks this year, and that is with having missed a game. Patrick slots in as the 2B / 3A target in the Denver offense, something that seems to fit Patrick’s skillset quite well. The Raiders and Dolphins are up next for the Broncos, great chances for Patrick to produce.
3. Kalen Ballage, RB
Los Angeles Chargers
0.3 percent rostered
Penciled-in starter Justin Jackson was lost after the second play in the Chargers’ NFL Week 9 win against the Chargers, helping thrust Kalen Ballage into the spotlight for the Chargers in an expanded role.
In what essentially was a start, Ballage handled 15 carries for 69 yards and a score, while hauling in two passes from Justin Herbert for 15 yards, earning 16.4 fantasy points.
With Austin Ekeler still out, plus uncertainty surrounding both Jackson and Troymaine Pope, Ballage joins UCLA rookie Joshua Kelley as the healthy options moving forward. Dolphins, Jets, and Bills are up next for Ballage and the Chargers on the NFL slate.
2. Jakobi Meyers, WR
New England Patriots
10.3 percent rostered
Cam Newton has pretty much no one to throw to that you can name off the top of your head, but there is one player looking to become a household name – WR Jakobi Meyers.
With Julian Edelman on injury reserve, Meyers seems to have taken over WR1 duties, and his 12/169 line against the Jets on MNF in Week 9 certainly was him putting his best foot forward in those efforts.
Even with the Ravens up next on the docket, Meyers certainly has the highest floor of healthy Patriot pass-catchers, and he seems to be on the same page with Newton, something that can boost him into the WR2/3 range moving forward.
1. Tua Tagovailoa, QB
28.0 percent rostered
We all knew that this day would come, that Tua Tagovailoa would take the field as the starting quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. But what not everyone could have predicted was the type of success he has had so far, even in a limited quantity of games.
Across starts against the Rams at home and in Arizona, Tagovailoa has thrown for 351 yards, three touchdowns, ran the ball nine times for 35 yards, and only committed one turnover, which was a lost fumble against Los Angeles. That kind of start for the former Crimson Tide star is exactly what the Dolphins were looking forward to, and he looks to be everything that they need in a franchise QB.
Looking forward, Tagovailoa faces the Chargers, Broncos, and Jets in his next three contests, all very inviting matchups that could give him a real solid chance at showing his full mastery of the playbook and his entire skillset. With RB Myles Gaskin out and the rushing game a muddied mess, Tagovailoa could also take on some extra rushing attempts, raising his ceiling moving forward.