- Halfway through the NFL season, it’s time to start finalising your lineups for a playoff push.
- On Sunday, a few players emerged as potential replacements for any fantasy player facing a particularly daunting bye week soon.
- Here are 14 waiver-wire targets for fantasy players looking to fill in any gaps in their rosters.
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Halfway through the NFL season, fantasy players were scrambling on Monday morning to work the waiver wire and fill in any gaps in their rosters.
Below, we’ve collected 14 waiver-wire targets for fantasy players looking to add some depth to their rosters, going position by position to give you the best chance of earning a spot in your fantasy playoffs.
All ownership percentages come from ESPN, and scoring is based on a standard ESPN points-per-reception format.
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers
ESPN fantasy ownership: 33.5%
Week 9 stats: 317 passing yards, four touchdowns – 28.9 fantasy points
One thing to know: The 49ers defence has been the driving force of an undefeated start to the season, but on Thursday night, Garoppolo and the San Francisco offence showed they have the goods to make a run. With three straight home games on the horizon, it could be a good time to buy low on Jimmy G.
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
ESPN fantasy ownership: 64.6%
Week 9 stats: 335 passing yards, two touchdowns – 20.2 fantasy points
One thing to know: Winston has been far from reliable for both fantasy owners and the Buccaneers so far this season. However, with games against the Cardinals, the Saints, and the Falcons over his next three weeks, he can be thrown in if you’re desperate for a big day from your quarterback.
Kenyan Drake, RB, Arizona Cardinals
ESPN fantasy ownership: 78.4%
Week 9 stats: 110 rushing yards, four receptions, 52 receiving yards, one touchdown – 28.2 fantasy points
One thing to know: It didn’t take any time at all for Drake to get comfortable within the Arizona offence. While he’s still owned in many leagues, it’s worth checking to see if he’s available in yours, as some owners dropped him after a frustrating start to the year with the Dolphins.
Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
ESPN fantasy ownership: 71.2%
Week 9 stats: 125 rushing yards, one touchdown – 20.8 fantasy points
One thing to know: The Chiefs’ backfield has been tough to track so far this year, with the lead carrier changing each game. But on Sunday, Williams made a strong case for the top job through the rest of the season, making the most of his 12 carries. If he’s available in your league, he’s worth the roster spot.
Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
ESPN fantasy ownership: 49.4%
Week 9 stats: 10 rushing yards, 13 receptions, 73 receiving yards – 19.3 fantasy points
One thing to know: With James Conner out with an injury, Samuels stepped up to fill the void in the Steelers’ backfield. The running back made his biggest mark in the passing game, taking 13 receptions to make himself a must-add player in PPR leagues.
Jay Ajayi, RB, free agent
ESPN fantasy ownership: 1.1%
Week 9 stats: N/A
One thing to know: Ajayi isn’t currently on a team but has reportedly worked out with the Detroit Lions as a part of the team’s desperate search for a viable running back. Should he sign, he’d immediately be the most talented player in the Lions’ backfield. As Kenyan Drake showed this week in his Cardinals debut, it doesn’t take long for these guys to get up to speed.
Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
ESPN fantasy ownership: 38.6%
Week 9 stats: 67 rushing yards, one touchdown – 16.2 fantasy points
One thing to know: Jones usually splits carries with Peyton Barber, but on Sunday he got to be the workhorse against the Seahawks and finished with 18 carries to Barber’s four. If that trend continues, Jones should have plenty of fantasy value moving forward this season.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
ESPN fantasy ownership: 22.8%
Week 9 stats: Four receptions, 57 receiving yards, one touchdown – 15.7 fantasy points
One thing to know: Lately, Parker has been as consistent as they come for the Dolphins and fantasy owners alike, finding the end zone in four of his past five games. With fellow receiver Preston Williams going down with a season-ending injury, Parker should be left with even more targets in the coming weeks.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, New England Patriots
ESPN fantasy ownership: 63.9%
Week 9 stats: 10 receptions, 81 receiving yards, one touchdown – 24.1 fantasy points
One thing to know: Sanu was a borderline fantasy player in Atlanta, but with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots he could develop into a WR1, should he continue to get the targets he saw on Sunday night.
Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets
ESPN fantasy ownership: 54.7%
Week 9 stats: Eight receptions, 83 receiving yards, one touchdown – 22.3 fantasy points
One thing to know: The Jets offence hasn’t been pretty these past few weeks, but Crowder is still putting up solid fantasy numbers for those looking for depth at the position. With games against the Giants and the Redskins over the next two weeks, it’s a good time to get him in your lineup.
Zach Pascal, WR, Indianapolis Colts
ESPN fantasy ownership: 6.6%
Week 9 stats: Five receptions, 76 receiving yards, one touchdown – 18.6 fantasy points
One thing to know: With T.Y. Hilton out, Pascal is the top wide receiver left standing in Indianapolis. Pascal’s value takes a hit should Jacoby Brissett be out for an extended period, but backup Brian Hoyer played a solid game on Sunday in his absence.
Hunter Renfrow, WR, Oakland Raiders
ESPN fantasy ownership: 2.9%
Week 9 stats: Six receptions, 54 receiving yards, one touchdown – 17.4 fantasy points
One thing to know: After a slow start to his rookie season, Renfrow has now finished with 17 points or more in two straight games for the Raiders. While next week against the Chargers could be a tough spot for him, wait it out and be rewarded with matchups against the Bengals and the Jets in the following weeks.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings
ESPN fantasy ownership: 25.7%
Week 9 stats: Three receptions, 23 receiving yards, one touchdown – 11.3 fantasy points
One thing to know: Rudolph has been far from a superstar this year, but with Adam Theilen out with an injury, he should play a bigger role in the Vikings offence moving forward.
Baltimore Ravens defence
ESPN fantasy ownership: 33.6%
Week 9 stats: One interception, one fumble recovery, one touchdown, two sacks, 20 points against – 12 fantasy points
One thing to know: The Ravens were the third-best defence in fantasy football in Week 9 while playing the Patriots. This Sunday, they get their shot at the lowly Bengals.
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