Week 18 Waiver Wire: Best pickups and targets for fantasy football include Boston Scott, Rex Burkhead, and Braxton Berrios

After an exciting Week 17, who are the top fantasy football waiver wire pickups and targets ahead of Week 18 of the 2021 season?

The fantasy championship is over, but there’s one more week in the NFL season. If you’re still playing fantasy football for whatever reason, then you still need Week 18 waiver wire advice. Let’s take a look at the top waiver wire targets and pickups for the final week of the NFL season.

Week 18 Waiver Wire Targets | Quarterbacks

Which players can help your roster in advance of Week 18? It’s a bad week for streamers, but Taysom Hill and Trey Lance are the best options if they’re out there. All roster percentages are from FleaFlicker.

Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (47% rostered)

Taysom Hill remains on the streaming radar for another week. The Saints get the Falcons next week, and Hill just always finds a way to produce QB1 numbers. Depending on Aaron Rodgers Sunday night, Hill will finish Sunday as either the last QB1 or highest QB2. He threw for 222 yards and 1 touchdown with 45 rushing yards. Hill is a high-floor QB1.

Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers (48% rostered)

Trey Lance played reasonably well against the Texans in Week 17. He only attempted 23 passes, but he completed 16 of them for a very efficient 249 yards and 2 touchdowns with just 1 interception. Lance added 31 yards on the ground on 8 carries.

We’ve seen enough from Lance in his two starts and one relief appearance to know he’s a QB1 every time he starts. Grab Lance if you need a QB this week.

Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups | Running Backs

Week 18 has a few running backs on the fantasy football waiver wire worth grabbing due to injuries to starters. There are several RBs worth taking a shot on, such as Rex Burkhead, Dare Ogunbowale, Boston Scott, and Tevin Coleman.

Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles (37% rostered)

Jordan Howard did handle 11 carries this week, but it was Boston Scott who punched in 2 short touchdowns. He carried the ball 14 times for 47 yards, plus the 2 scores. More importantly, he caught all 4 of his targets for 39 yards. Scott is the lead back for the Eagles. With Miles Sanders likely out another week, Scott is a high-priority pickup.

Tevin Coleman, New York Jets (40% rostered)

Michael Carter suffered a concussion in the Jets’ close loss to the Bucs. Although Ty Johnson and Austin Walter may appear to be the beneficiaries, Tevin Coleman was out with COVID-19. He should be back this week and resume lead-back duties. While everyone scrambles to grab Walter or Johnson, pick up Coleman in case Carter can’t get cleared.

Dare Ogunbowale, Jacksonville Jaguars (19% rostered)

With just two games left in the season, the Jaguars aren’t doing anything funny at running back. Dare Ogunbowale is the man currently with the job, and he’ll have it for one more week. He saw 9 carries and 2 targets last week, catching 1 of them for a 28-yard touchdown. If you need empty volume at running back, Ogunbowale is your man.

Rex Burkhead, Houston Texans (36% rostered)

It’s neither pretty nor ideal, but Rex Burkhead is a workhorse back for the Texans. He saw 16 carries and 6 targets in Week 17, totaling 79 yards. Burkhead has now seen at least 15 opportunities in three consecutive games.

The Texans close out the year against the Titans, and they’ll certainly be interested in playing spoiler. Burkhead will be a feature back once again next week that has a high RB3 floor with RB2 upside if he scores.

Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups | Wide Receivers

Here are the wide receivers to target on the Week 18 fantasy football waiver wire. No one is a mandatory pickup, but Rashod Bateman, Braxton Berrios, Cyril Grayson, Zay Jones, Antoine Wesley, and Laquon Treadwell are very solid adds.

Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens (49% rostered)

We don’t know if it will be Lamar Jackson or Tyler Huntley at quarterback for the Ravens next week. What we do know is Rashod Bateman has usurped Marquise Brown as Baltimore’s WR1. Bateman was targeted 10 times against the Rams. He caught 7 of them for 58 yards. The Ravens will have something to play for next week, so Bateman is on the WR3 radar.

Braxton Berrios, New York Jets (16% rostered)

It’s time to put some respect on Braxton Berrios’ name. He’s the Jets’ WR1 with Elijah Moore and Jamison Crowder out. Berrios caught 8 of 12 targets for 65 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for another score.

Cyril Grayson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0% rostered)

It’s not Tyler Johnson or Breshad Perriman, but Cyril Grayson who is the clear next man up for the Bucs. Chris Godwin is done for the season, but Tampa Bay needs a WR2 now that Antonio Brown straight up quit. Grayson caught 6 of 8 targets for 81 yards and a touchdown. He’s clearly someone we need to take seriously.

Zay Jones, Las Vegas Raiders (10% rostered)

Zay Jones has been coming on strong for a couple of weeks now. He appears to have developed a rapport with Derek Carr, and Carr trusts him. Jones caught 8 of 10 targets for 120 yards against the Colts. He is a floor-based WR3/4 in the same vein as the next guy on this list.

Laquon Treadwell, Jacksonville Jaguars (14% rostered)

If you need a desperation WR4, you can do worse than Laquon Treadwell. He continues to lead the Jaguars in receiving just about every week. This time, he caught all 6 of his targets for 87 yards. He’s worth a shot if you need a floor play.

Antoine Wesley, Arizona Cardinals (2% rostered)

Antoine Wesley only saw 5 targets in the Cardinals’ win over the Cowboys, but he’s worth considering anyway. He appears to be Kyler Murray’s preferred target near the end zone. Wesley caught 2 touchdowns this week after catching 1 last week. You can certainly do worse than taking a shot on a Cardinals wide receiver.

Jason Katz is a Fantasy Analyst at Pro Football Network. You can follow him on Twitter: @jasonkatz13 and find more of his work here.