In a 2020 season riddled with injuries, it is even more vital that we, as fantasy owners, ensure that in the case of an injury we have good depth. Picking up the right guys on the waiver wire can make you win your league. In 2017, picking up Alvin Kamara may have seemed crazy to some and yet he finished as the RB3. The waiver wire is where leagues are won and I am here to give suggestions on intriguing fantasy options. For every player on this list, the ownership is below 50% on ESPN. Depending on how active or knowledgeable your league is, these players may or may not be available however I tried to put some guys that will definitely be on the waiver wire in your league. Now let’s dive into this week’s pick ups.
Running Backs to Target:
JD McKissic: 23% owned
McKissic is a good, solid flex play every week and should be on your bench at the very least. He has eight targets in each of the last two games and has 37+ receiving yards in each of the last three. McKissic seems to have carved out a bigger role as the season has progressed and considering how shallow running back is this year, he is definitely worth the pick up.
Boston Scott: 11% owned
With Miles Sanders out for the next three to four weeks, Boston Scott becomes an immediate weekly flex play. Finding a potential workhorse player on the waiver wire almost NEVER happens, so try and strike gold here with this pickup. You don’t want to miss out similar to how Mike Davis exploded on the Panthers earlier this year.
Giovani Bernard: 3% owned
Bernard has not done a ton this year but he offers very low-end flex value if absolutely necessary and could be a very valuable handcuff if Mixon were to suffer an injury. Especially given how Mixon was slightly banged up this past week, Bernard should be rostered in the chance that Mixon gets more hurt.
Wide Receivers to Target:
Travis Fulgham: 46% owned
Travis Fulgham NEEDS to be rostered in every format. He has been absolutely unbelievable. For anyone who thought that his ten reception for 152 yards and a touchdown performance was a fluke, Fulgham followed up that game with a very respectable performance against one of the best defenses in the Baltimore Ravens. With Ertz and Sanders hurt, Fulgham needs to be on your team if possible.
Tee Higgins: 44% owned
Higgins has established himself as a key piece of this Bengals offense. He has six or more targets in each of the last five games. In fact, he’s never had a game in his career with less than six. Burrow and him have an amazing connection as demonstrated by his breakout game of six receptions for 125 yards. Get him while you still can. This will be your last chance to get him most likely.
Tim Patrick: 6% owned
It is safe to say, at this point, that Patrick has achieved the Courtland Sutton role in this offense. Similar to Sutton, he is a huge 6’4 wide receiver who quarterback Drew Lock seems to love. Even without Lock two weeks ago, Patrick had 113 receiving yards and followed that up with 101 in his first game with Lock back. Patrick has instant flex value.
Marcus Johnson: <1 % owned
Johnson was great in his third NFL game this year. He had five receptions on eight targets for 108 yards. Rivers and him had a great connection this weekend and Johnson can be a solid depth piece for your fantasy team this year.
Keelan Cole: 14% owned
Cole has 5+ targets in every game he has played this season. Cole just had six receptions for 143 yards this past week. He deserves to be rostered in every format and looks to be a great bench piece. He can potentially put up WR2 numbers if Chark were to miss additional time as well.
Christian Kirk: 41% owned
Despite a lack of production earlier in the season, Kirk’s 5+ targets in each game prove that Kingsbury wants him involved in the offense on a weekly basis. Kirk followed up a very respectable seven receptions for 78 yard game with a great game in which he had two receptions for 86 yards and two touchdowns. Kirk could be very good if his involvement in the offense continues to get better as the season progresses. I think he can be a very good pickup this week.
Tight Ends to Target:
Darren Fells: 3% owned
Fells isn’t anything amazing but he can be a touchdown-dependent tight end who can potentially put up 100 yards in a game as he did this past weekend. He can fill that tight end spot if you are very shallow at the position.
Anthony Firkser: <1 % owned
Firkser is very valuable if Jonnu Smith is unable to play this week. Firkser capitalized on opportunity this week to the tune of 113 yards and a touchdown. Tannehill loves the tight end position so if Jonnu Smith were to be out this week, Firkser is definitely a guy worth plugging into your lineup.