The Waiver system is one of the most important parts of fantasy. How you use the waivers can make or break your team. The following players are based on the available players owned in less than 50% in a 10 man .5 PPR format.
If Kirk Cousins or Baker Mayfield are still on your waivers, I would add them before the other QB’s listed below.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans- 15.4% Owned
This is not the Tannehill we have known for the past couple of seasons. He is accurate, and he is a killer in fantasy football. A total steal at the QB position, Tannehill continues to put up QB1 numbers each and every week. I do not see that stopping this week against Indianapolis. The Colts defense has been better this year but is still giving up decent fantasy points to the QB position. If you don’t trust your current QB, Tannehill is a great addition this week. He might not get you 30+ points like this week, but his floor of 16 + is extremely appealing. Tannehill is a high end QB2 with QB1 upside.
Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets- 18.9% Owned
Darnold has had a roller coaster of a year, but I believe he is on his way up from here on out. Sam had a juicy matchup last week against a poor Oakland defense, and he definitely capitalized on it. This week he has another great matchup against a Cincinnati defense that has been thrashed week in and week out. If you need a QB who is practically free and has a solid upside, then Darnold is your man. He is a mid-tier QB2 with plenty of upside.
Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears- 18.5% Owned
Bleh, nobody really wants to play Trubisky. This week he faces the same Detroit defense that he put up 18.5 fantasy points just two weeks ago. I would say this is for those who are extremely desperate. There have to better plays in your league, but if there isn’t then you could do worse than Trubisky this week. He is a low-end QB2 that has upside if everything plays outright.
Jonathan Williams, RB, Indianapolis Colts- 29.4% Owned
For those of you who played Williams last week like I did, congratulations. He was the starting running back for the Colts, and I do not see that changing. This week he faces a Titans defense that can be beaten at the running back position. Williams is my top waiver add this week. Williams is an automatic RB3/ flex with plenty of upside this week.
Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks- 28.7 % Owned
Penny has been a disappointment for most of this year, especially in fantasy football. He did not look like that same player in his past game with a decent Philadelphia Eagles run defense. Pete Carroll has come out and said that Penny and Carson will be splitting the workload. I don’t know if I necessarily believe Carroll, but I do believe that Penny has plenty of upside. He is a low-end flex this week against a strong Vikings defense.
Benny Snell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers- 3.6% Owned
Benny Snell is the third man on the totem pole but looked to be the best running back against the Bengals this past week. He had a heavy workload of 21 carries and also produced decent yardage with those carries. Now Snell’s value depends on if Conner is coming back this week or not. If he doesn’t come back, I could see Snell once again having value in fantasy. He won’t be a league winner, but if you are looking for a solid 8-10 points, he should be able to muster up enough yardage to do so. Snell is a low-end flex this week against Cleveland.
At this point, it will always be a cuffing season. If the backup to the main running back(s) is available, I would add them. As long as you have the roster room, and your spot is not needed for any other position.
AJ Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans- 15.5% Owned
Brown has been all over the place lately. But since having Tannehill as his QB, his upside has increased significantly. Brown has boom-bust upside each and every week. This week he will be going against a decent Colts defense. For those who are looking for upside versus a steady floor, Brown should be your guy. With Tannehill behind center, Brown should continue to be a low end WR3 with upside.
James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers- 21.6% Owned
Washington finally looked like the kind of WR that we had hoped he would be. If Juju is limited or out Washington will continue to have success. This week he faces a beatable Browns defense. I believe this game will be much closer than the game we saw two weeks ago. Washington is a low-end flex with upside.
Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills- 23.1% Owned
Can you say revenge game?! It is not going to be an easy game as Dallas has been solid against receivers. But if I was a betting man, I would roll the dice on Beasley this Thanksgiving. He has been the picture of consistency and should continue that this week. If you need a solid floor with decent upside, pick up Beasley for this week. He is a low-end flex with upside.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings- 38.8% Owned
Rudolph is soon to be in his Christmas form, but for right now he is a solid play at the tight end position. In a world where tight ends are a dime a dozen, Rudolph has looked like a quarter lately. Let’s hope his bye week didn’t throw anything off. Rudolph should continue to be a TE1 this week against Seattle.
David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns- 19.8% Owned
Njoku is back, but honestly who knows what kind of upside he will bring. He wasn’t a top tier tight end before he was injured but possibly could come back stronger than he was before. Njoku is a mid-tier TE2 this week and should be on benches until we see what kind of performance he has.
Good luck this week, hopefully, you all will be getting into the playoffs in your leagues. Tune in next week as I will cater my article to players that I would only play in week 14. Have a great Thanksgiving!!!
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