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.
Running Backs to Target:
JK Dobbins: 50% owned
Dobbins is the number one back in Baltimore and you can’t tell me any different. He has the talent, draft capital, as well as volume if you think his role stays the same as the last game. He could literally win you your league at this point. Please do yourself a favor and pick Dobbins up. I love his rest of season outlook and there aren’t many league winning guy left at the moment.
Latavius Murray: 45% owned
Murray was electric this past game with over 120 yards rushing and two touchdowns. With Taysom Hill still at the helm in a very run heavy offense, I think Murray could even be a low-end RB2 if given similar opportunities in the upcoming games. Murray is worth a bench sport very easily and is a great play in the case of an injury to your squad.
Joshua Kelley: 29% owned
Running back is a very shallow position and I think Ekeler being back actually gives Kelley more value. The Chargers offense is much better with Ekeler there giving Kelley more touchdown opportunities as evidenced by Kelley’s touchdown this past week. There aren’t gonna be many guys who can even give you touchdowns on the waiver wire at this point so snag Kelley while you still can.
Cam Akers: 28% owned
This is my hot take for the rest of the season: Akers becomes the RB1 in LA. I believe he has the most talent and finally got some opportunity to show it. Pick this player up and watch yourself win your league. He’s got the talent he just needs McVay to give him some touches. His 61 yard touchdown run was electric and McVay is not a stupid coach in the slightest.
Wide Receivers to Target:
Nelson Agholor: 32% owned
Agholor has redeemed himself for the first few years of his career in Philly. He looks great and has 4+ targets in four out of the last six games. Yes, he may not be that consistent as evidenced by his one catch for eight yard performance, however Agholor has week-to-week upside and can be a guy who is very valuable come fantasy playoff time.
Keke Coutee: 0% owned
Coutee could end up having a massive role in this offensive given Randall Cobb’s injury as well as Will Fuller’s suspension. I fully expect Watson to be forced to target him simply due to a lack of weapons. In this high-flying offense, Coutee could produce very well. He is 100% worth a bench stash and similar to to Agholor could provide incredibly valuable flex value down the stretch.
TY Hilton: 45% owned
I know he has been massively disappointing this year, but his upcoming matchups are too good to pass up. The Colts play the Texans twice and Las Vegas. This could be a bold take but TY can definitely take advantage of these matchups and be somewhat serviceable in the flex spot at the very least. TY just had a bit of a breakout game with four receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. I still think he has some juice left so he’s definitely worth a spot on your bench.
Tight Ends to Target:
Robert Tonyan: 61% owned
Tonyan has double digit performances in each of the last two games which includes touchdowns in both. While he is very touchdown dependent, I still think Tonyan can turn in a solid output regardless of touchdowns given how he has 5+ targets in three of the last five games. Tight end is very shallow so I would expect Tonyan to be the best option available.