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:
Gus Edwards: 7% owned
JK Dobbins and Mark Ingram just tested positive for COVID-19. Edwards is the only other back left on the team. PICK HIM UP. Edwards now has weekly RB2 upside in the most run heavy offense in football. Now that it is not a three-man committee, Edwards can display his talent and ability to truly be productive as the lead back. He is the perfect back for a playoff push. I definitely recommend picking him up for this upcoming week although I do expect Dobbins tor resume his workhorse role (that he acquired in the last game) after he returns from the COVID-19 list.
JK Dobbins: 48% owned
I am aware he just tested positive for COVID-19. While he might miss time, I still think his role will be large when he comes back. This right here is a league winning pickup. Dobbins had 17 total touches compared to just five total for Gus Edwards and Ingram combined. Dobbins capitalized on those touches as well as he had 15 rushes for 70 yards and a touchdown to go along with two catches for 15 yards. The Ravens said they wanted to get him more involved and it looks like that is coming to fruition. Dobbins can quite literally win you your league in this run heavy offense. This guy needs to be on your team as soon as possible and if you play with FAAB, I would spend all of it on Dobbins. His upside is truly that high.
Wayne Gallman: 34% owned
With Devonta Freeman out for the foreseeable future, Gallman is the only real running back threat in this offense. His 19 touches last game illustrate his new workhorse role. He even had 15 touches the game before which shows that this is not some fluke game. I think based on touches alone Gallman is a low RB2 with limited upside. At this point in the year, any running back who can get 15+ touches a game needs to be rostered and Gallman appears to be ‘the guy’ for this offense.
James White: 36% owned
White is a solid receiving back for the Patriots. He is a good flex play if you are lacking depth or have an injury. He can get a few receptions per game while getting some rush attempts. He won’t dazzle you but he is a solid, steady option.
Wide Receivers to Target:
Michael Pittman Jr: 26% owned
Pittman was on this list last week when he went off for 7 receptions for 107 yards. This week he had 3 receptions for 66 yards and his first career touchdown. Rivers and Pittman clearly have great chemistry and it appears that Pittman has become the WR1 in Indianapolis. He is a great bench piece with the potential to be a weekly flex play with WR2 upside. I think that Pittman’s ownership will rise significantly after this week, so pick him up while you still have a chance.
Corey Davis: 47% owned
This is probably the last week I can include Davis in this article and being a huge Corey Davis fan, it’s been a fun ride while it lasted. Davis has been a stud this year, aside from one horrendous game. He has 5+ targets in every single game he’s played, except for one, and he has ten targets in two of the last five games. Davis has a very solid floor as well as he has five receptions in each of the last six games. He is a great bench piece and flex play for your potential playoff run.
Jalen Reagor: 22% owned
Head coach Doug Pederson clearly wants to get his first round pick weapon involved every week. Reagor has four plus targets in every single game he has played. Additionally, he appears to have a very reliable production as except for one week, Reagor has 40 yards in every single game. That’s four out of five games. I like Reagor’s upside a lot and he is definitely worth the pickup given his potential upside. Wentz is terrible this year but Reagor has been productive regardless.
Tim Patrick: 14% owned
I don’t know what it will take from Patrick to prove he deserves a spot on your fantasy team. Patrick has 4+ targets in every game this year and is clearly a huge part of this offense when healthy. Patrick has 3 100 yard games in his last six starts and is still owned in hardly any leagues. He needs to be picked up immediately as him and Lock have a great connection together and yes I understand Lock hasn’t been good this year, but that hasn’t seemed to matter at all for Patrick who has been insanely productive for his standards in this role.
Tight Ends to Target:
Robert Tonyan: 33% owned
Tonyan has not been as good as his six reception game for 98 yards and three touchdowns seemed to indicate. However, tight end is such a shallow position and Tonyan is one of a very small list of players who are even worthy of being near a fantasy roster. Tonyan had a touchdown on five receptions for 44 yards this past week. If you need a tight end pick him up, but don’t expect much production out of him on a weekly basis. He definitely is not and will not be a safe option in any given week.