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 knowledgable 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.
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Running Backs to Target:
Damien Harris: 49% owned
Harris has 11+ touches in each of the last eight games so his role in this offense is all but secured. I think he is probably the best running back available in most leagues at this point in the year and he could provide flex value if you really need it for your championship game. He is easily the best pickup for a running back at this stage of the season.
Gus Edwards: 24% owned
We all thought Dobbins would have the backfield to himself by now but Edwards has had a spectacular year with nearly 700 yards and averaging a solid 5.0 yards per carry. He had 15 carries for 85 yards this past week and has a good matchup against Cincinnati in Week 17. Most importantly, the Ravens have to win in week 17 to qualify for the playoffs so Edwards will be playing the entire game. He is not at risk of being benched due to a good record.
La’Mical Perine: 7% owned
Perine had ten touches this past week and while he only had 44 total yards, Frank Gore was active for most of the game and taking away touches. However, with Gore out for the year Perine is the clear starting back and could get upwards of 20 touches if given Gore’s workload. The Jets are not going to bench anyone given how they want to see how talented the players truly are. I could definitely see Perine having a big time role this weekend.
Wide Receivers to Target:
Laviska Shenault: 12% owned
Shenault has been quietly very good the past five to six weeks. He has 3+ targets in every game while having 31+ receiving yards in each game as well. Shenault is a solid flex value and you can rely on him to not be benched given how Jacksonville isn’t in a position where benching or resting a player means anything. Shenault is good for about 8-11 points per week with the touchdown upside for more.
Nelson Agholor: 34% owned
If that 85 yard touchdown from Carr didn’t make you realize that Agholor is a good wide receiver then nothing will. Agholor is a massive big play threat and has the upside to be a really good option for your fantasy squad. He most likely is a flex value but he has the ability to put up WR2 numbers if he can break off a good play for the Raiders. He shouldn’t be benched either because the Raiders are already out of the playoff hunt.
Michael Gallup: 44% owned
Gallup had 121 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles this past weekend and it’s clear he is a big part of this offense if Dalton is the starting QB. Gallup should have a solid matchup this week given how the Giants’ top corner should be guarding Amari Cooper. I think Gallup can be a good red zone threat and give you the touchdown upside you might be needing to push you over the edge in your championship game.
Tight Ends to Target:
Irv Smith Jr.: 6% owned
Like most tight ends outside of Kelce and Waller this year, Smith Jr. is pretty hit or miss. However, he has 4+ targets in each of the last three games and is coming off a huge 50+ yard performance with two touchdowns. I think Smith Jr. is a solid tight end option but he is going to be pretty touchdown dependent so make sure to not have very high expectations for him this weekend.