Following DJ Chark Jr.’s season-ending injury, someone in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ wide receiver corps needed to step up. Through two weeks, that man has been Jamal Agnew. Is Agnew a waiver wire add that can help fantasy football managers wade through the rough waters that are injuries and bye weeks?
Is Jamal Agnew a priority waiver wire add for fantasy managers?
As with most things in life, everything in fantasy football is relative. The threshold for deeming a player a priority waiver wire pickup changes based on how the season is going. If this were Week 2 with no one on bye weeks and very few players injured, Agnew is probably a guy for deep leagues only. In Week 7, with six teams on a bye and numerous players hurt, you may need him.
Jamal Agnew’s usage is encouraging
History certainly is not on Agnew’s side. He is 27 years old and in his sixth NFL season. He entered Week 4 with 16 career receptions. However, over the past two weeks, Agnew has seen 13 targets and caught 11 of them for a total of 119 yards. Will it continue? I’m banking that it will.
The most encouraging part of Agnew’s usage is that it seems to be deliberate. The Jaguars are calling plays specifically to get the ball in his hands.
Fantasy managers can probably add the Jaguars WR off the waiver wire for free
If you need a spot starter for Week 7 and you don’t have a free roster spot, look past Agnew. The Jaguars are on a bye, so Agnew obviously won’t be helping you this week.
If you can afford to stash Agnew, now is the time to do it. When it comes to under-the-radar players, out of sight, out of mind is how it often goes. Fantasy managers will either choose to pass on Agnew because of the bye or forget about him entirely. That should enable savvy managers to grab him for as little as $1-2 of FAAB if you even need to spend anything at all.
Jacksonville’s schedule is favorable
The Jaguars’ first three games out of the bye are at Seattle, vs. Buffalo, and at Indianapolis. They will be underdogs in all three of those contests. Jacksonville’s defense will constantly create negative game script situations for the offense and keep Trevor Lawrence throwing. With the team regularly running three-receiver sets, Agnew will be on the field a reasonable amount. He’s played about 60% of the snaps the past two weeks.
Should fantasy managers add Agnew this week?
Maybe. The most important takeaway for anyone reading this, to quote Mike Shinoda, is to “Remember the Name.” I want Agnew’s name in your head, so even if you can’t add him this week, you know that he’s probably worth a shot in the event you need him in Week 8.
There’s no chance Agnew gets more expensive with the Jaguars not playing in Week 7. I would advise fantasy managers to stash him if they have the room and a potential need for a WR3/flex in Week 8. If not, he’s not such a priority waiver wire add that you absolutely need to grab him now. Use your judgment. Good luck on the Week 7 waiver wire!