By Pat Pitts
Lineups become more difficult to set with the playoffs on the horizon for fantasy managers. As a result, the waiver wire gains importance as the weeks go on and trade deadlines come and go. There is a lot of unclaimed talent waiting for a shot at relevancy. Here are a few players to take a chance on this week.
Mac Jones (Rostered in 14% of ESPN leagues and 28% of Yahoo leagues)
Jones threw three touchdowns against the Browns on Sunday on his way to his second-best fantasy performance of the season. His favorable matchup on Thursday night against a Falcons defense that allowed 43 points last week makes him a must-add this week.
Trevor Siemian (Rostered in 4% of ESPN leagues and 5% of Yahoo leagues)
Siemian finished as the overall QB5 against the Titans on Sunday. He has thrown five touchdowns without an interception in his last three starts. He faces an Eagles defense that has shown they can be beaten in certain aspects of the passing game, especially the TE, making Siemian a viable QB2 streaming option this week and a quality waiver wire add.
Taylor Heinicke (Rostered in 14% of ESPN leagues and 17% of Yahoo leagues)
Heinicke was the overall QB12 of the week as he led the Washington Football Team to an upset win over the defending champions Buccaneers. He threw for over 250 yards for the third straight game. He has many favorable matchups in the upcoming weeks, slotting him as a reliable streaming option before the playoffs and a decent QB2 pickup this week.
Rhamondre Stevenson (Rostered in 29% of ESPN leagues and 33% of Yahoo leagues)
Stevenson played well on Sunday as he filled in for Damien Harris, who was out with a concussion, totaling 100 yards and a score on 20 carries. He proved to be a reliable ball carrier and he deserves a waiver claim, especially with games against the Falcons and Titans in the next few weeks and the uncertainty of Harris’ status for Week 11.
A.J. Dillon (Rostered in 60% of ESPN leagues and 72% of Yahoo leagues)
Aaron Jones is set to miss at least the next two weeks with an MCL injury. Go grab one of the top RB handcuffs in all of fantasy football while you can and cash in on his increase in production against the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Rams.
Jordan Howard (Rostered in 38% of ESPN leagues and 48% of Yahoo leagues)
Howard remains the RB1 in the Eagles offense, rushing for a season-high 83 yards on Sunday. He faces the Giants and Jets in two of his next three games, making him my waiver claim of the week.
Kendrick Bourne (Rostered in 3% of ESPN leagues and 7% of Yahoo leagues)
Bourne shined against the Browns, finishing as WR5 across all fantasy platforms. He has averaged nearly five targets per game over the past month. With the increase in targets, his production will increase, making him a viable WR4 down the stretch and worthy of a waiver claim this week.
DeAndre Carter (Rostered in <1% of ESPN leagues and 1% of Yahoo leagues)
Carter has averaged six targets, three catches, 53.5 yards, and a touchdown in his past two games, transforming into a productive deep threat for Washington. His rest-of-season matchups have him lining up against weak passing defenses, ranking him as a high-end flex/low-end WR3 option for the rest of the season.
Elijah Moore (Rostered in 38% of ESPN leagues and 51% of Yahoo leagues)
Moore passed the ultimate test on Sunday in his matchup against the number one passing defense in the NFL. He caught 50% of his targets, including one for a score. Moore produces against the best and worst of the league, making him a player to rely on for a playoff push.
Austin Hooper (Rostered in 22% of ESPN leagues and 23% of Yahoo leagues)
Baker Mayfield depended on Hooper during Sunday’s game, targeting him five times, including one for their only score of the game. Hooper gets the lowly Lions in Week 11 and a Baltimore defense in Week 12 that has been extremely kind to TEs. Hooper is a viable week to week streaming option pickup as late-season Bye weeks trickle in.
Dan Arnold (Rostered in 28% of ESPN leagues and 26% of Yahoo leagues)
Arnold finished as a Top-7 TE against the Colts, catching four of his seven targets for 67 yards. He might be the only player on the Jaguars roster who is capable of catching a ball and Trevor Lawrence seems to love throwing it in Arnold’s direction. With fantasy playoff matchups against the Texans and Jets, Arnold might be a long-view add for late-season success.
Gerald Everett (Rostered in 3% of ESPN leagues and 20% of Yahoo leagues)
Everett caught all eight of his targets against the Packers on Sunday, on his way to his best fantasy performance of the season. Russell Wilson will need to rely on Everett more coming off of his hand injury, especially in the red zone. His target share makes him a valuable waiver claim for the upcoming slate of games against Arizona, Washington, San Francisco, and Houston.