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:
Alexander Mattison 42% owned
Mattison had an absolutely incredible week five performance against the Seattle Seahawks in week five. He accrued 112 rushing yards on 20 attempts to go along with three receptions for 24 yards. That includes Dalvin Cook getting 17 rush attempts in the first half before exiting the game early in the third quarter. If Cook’s injury remains in week five, Mattison is a must-play. Considering the fact that the Vikings are playing the 0-5 Falcons and have their bye week in the ensuing week, it would not be a surprise if Cook either rests or is limited in week six. Either way, Mattison is a must handcuff for Cook owners and if Cook were to get hurt or miss time, Mattison is a sure-fire RB1.
Chase Edmonds 45% owned
With Kenyan Drake looking terrible and averaging just 3.7 YPC, it is no surprise that the Cardinals have decided to get Chase Edmonds more involved in the offense. Edmonds tends to be more of a third-down or passing down specialist, however he did have three carries for 36 yards, one of which went for a long touchdown. Edmonds, in addition, had five catches for 56 yards which gives him a lot of value in PPR scoring. He can be a very solid bench piece and potential flex on your roster.
Damien Harris 41% owned
Harris only played in one game but in that game he was pretty incredible as he had 17 rush attempts for 100 yards on the dot good for 5.88 yards per carry. The downside to Harris is that he won’t get much passing down work as Rex Burkhead and James White will get their fair share on those downs. However, if he can become the starting back on early downs, he could be very valuable down the stretch, especially with Sony Michel on IR.
Cordarrelle Patterson: 4% owned
With Tarik Cohen injured, Patterson has assumed some of that third down pass catching role. Although he hasn’t been amazing quite yet, I think Patterson could have some potential as a bench stash. He could get your team 7-8 points if you need that so it’s not like he has the most upside but he’s still worth the pickup.
Wide Receivers to Target:
Chase Claypool 9% owned
Claypool had one of the best weeks any rookie wide receiver has ever had. He recorded four total touchdowns to go with 7 receptions for 110 yards. Claypool was unguardable and his undeniable size at 6’4 and speed at 4.42 was on full display against the Eagles. Please pick this guy up. He is simply too good to be sitting on waivers. He won’t be consistent as a rookie but he should get better as the season progresses. He has DK Metcalf-like rookie upside this year. His size will allow him to be a massive threat in the red zone.
Travis Fulgham 1% owned
Fulgham was brought up to the active roster just last week and he displayed some potential with two receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown. No one could have expected this week though. Fulgham had 10 receptions for 152 yards and a touchdown. Fulgham looked like a superstar against a very solid defense in the Steelers. I think that Fulgham has weekly flex value as a wide receiver and is 100% worth the pickup if you need depth at the position. I was beyond impressed by the performance Fulgham had in week five.
Tee Higgins: 41% owned
Tee Higgins continues to show his consistency despite the matchup against the Ravens. This makes three straight weeks with 7+ targets and he has 40+ yards in each of those weeks as well. Even against a top five defense in the league, Higgins was able to shine. He should be rostered in all leagues and deserves flex consideration on a week to week basis. Burrow and Higgins clearly have a very strong chemistry as tends to happen between rookies so I would expect Higgins to be solid throughout the year.
Laviska Shenault 31% owned
This is like the week of rookie breakouts and it should come as no surprise given how hyped up this receiver class was going into the draft. Shenault has been really solid as a possession wide receiver the last couple weeks. He has six plus targets in each of the last three games and over 79 yards in the last two. Minshew likes him a lot and with Chark potentially injured, Shenault could take on a much bigger role.
Mecole Hardman 19% owned
Hardman has been the embodiment of inconsistency this year as his lack of opportunity has hurt him quite a bit. With Watkins expected to miss time due to his hamstring injury, Hardman could emerge as a bigger weapon on the offense. Don’t expect a ton because he would be the third option on the offense, but on a Mahomes-led offense even the third option could be very valuable.
Preston Williams 38% owned
This could be an early call but Preston Williams finally lived up to his ADP with a four reception 104 yard performance in which he had a touchdown as well. Williams looked great and this could be a sign of big things to come in the future. Be wary of his lack of production going into this week as he literally was invisible prior to this breakout. Maybe he has finally recovered both physically and mentally from his ACL tear.
Mike Williams 34% owned
Williams had done essentially nothing leading up to this game. He recorded five receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns. However, most of his production came after Keenan Allen went down with an injury. I would say Williams holds a lot more value if Allen were to miss time. Other than that, he’s a dart throw who could put up massive numbers given his big play ability. Last year he led all wide receivers in average depth of reception so in a pinch he could provide week winning numbers potentially.
Tight Ends to Target:
Robert Tonyan 48% owned
Tonyan had three touchdowns last week. Pick. Him. Up. Worst case scenario is he is a solid depth piece on your team. Best case? He’s your starting tight end. Take the risk and pick up this early fantasy stud.\
Eric Ebron 37% owned
Ebron has 5+ targets in each of the last three games. He’s had 43+ yards in all of those games too. Ebron could easily be your starting tight end in fantasy this year even with the position being somewhat deep this year. Give him a chance as we know he can be a massive touchdown machine (13 with the Colts in 2018).