Another week down, another waiver column inbound. 4 teams are on a bye this week (Lions, Seahawks, Buccaneers, & Football Team) & the injuries keep piling up. This is going to be one of the more unpredictable weeks on the waiver wire, but here’s how I see it shaping up.
A reminder on how this works… For this feature, I will be focusing exclusively on players rostered in less than 50% of both ESPN and Yahoo leagues.
If your league has a standard waiver system, then simply follow the order of my picks to determine your waiver priority. If your league has a FAAB system, I will assign each waiver pick a % of your FAAB budget that I would be comfortable committing. You may see some repeat names from previous weeks, that would be because these individuals still are not rostered in 50% of fantasy leagues and these are my TOP 5 waiver adds. That won’t change just because I want to give you some fresh names.
- Jeremy McNichols RB (25% of FAAB) – This is a tough one to predict, but following Derrick Henry’s injury, I expect McNichols to be more heavily involved in this offense moving forward. He’s the preferred pickup for me over Adrian Peterson, but beware of games in which the Titans are heavily favored. I’d expect them to ride AP All Day (see what I did there) in run heavy game script situations. The next couple weeks (Rams & Saints) seem more like McNichols-type of game scripts, providing immediate RB2/Flex returns on your investment.
- Adrian Peterson RB (25% of FAAB) – Dealers choice here. What’s your risk tolerance and what’s your need? As of this writing, AP is the only player the Titans have added to their backfield. It seems unlikely that remains the case. Understand the risk is Peterson getting 5-10 touches a game in run-obvious situations. The upside is he is the primary 1st and 2nd down ball carrier and becomes extremely useful for you in Weeks 11-17 (all very winnable matchups). I’m willing to bet the money… Are you?
- Van Jefferson WR (20% of FAAB) – The Rams are looking to ship DeSean Jackson out of town and it’s all because of this guy. Fire Van up with confidence as a WR3 the rest of the way and a potential elite hold in Dynasty/Keeper formats. Remember a time when Cooper Kupp was the #3 option in this offense behind Brandin Cooks & Robert Woods? I’m not saying Van Jefferson is any one of those guys, but the ceiling is there and with a better QB than those 2017-2019 years, this offense can certainly feed 3 WRs.
- Taysom Hill QB (20% of FAAB) – As of this writing, Sean Payton has not formally announced the new starting QB following Jameis Winston’s injury but one would assume that guy will be Taysom Hill when healthy. Last year Taysom Hill finished in the top 10 in FPPG every week he started. He’s good for 10+ rush attempts per game and will demand the majority of the work inside of the 5 yard line, giving him a reliable floor and tantalizing upside. New Orleans bye week is behind them and their next 3 matchups are juicy (ATL, TEN, PHI).
- Boston Scott (15% of FAAB) – Not a monster list of names this week, but a deep one. Boston Scott was the primary ball carrier until Jordan Howard started stealing some work later in the game against the Lions. Now, the matchup against the Lions was as good as a RB can have but Scott’s ability to pass catch gives him more relevance than Howard. He profiles as the primary beneficiary for as long as Miles Sanders is out.
-Cory, Fox Fantasy Football Insider