If you’re reading this, then you are either in the finals in your league, or you’re a huge fan of my work. Either way, well done, and you’re awesome. So anyway, let’s get down to business. Here are some streamers which might be on the waiver wire for your fantasy football championship.
Waiver Wire Finds to Win Your Fantasy Football Championship
Dwayne Haskins, WAS – 2% Owned
If you’re scouring the waiver wire for this week, then you must be in dire straights when it comes to QB. Perhaps you’re in a Superflex or 2QB league, though, and Haskins is still out there. The odds are good that he is since he’s been pretty bad lately, but with the emergence of rookie wide receivers Terry McLaurin and Kelvin Harmon, he’s starting to become a viable option in the QB2 range. Add to that the fact that he’s facing the newly horrible secondary of the New York Giants, and he’s got some potential. I’m not saying you should put your entire season on his back, but he’s more likely to score points than injured QBs who are sitting out, right?
Eli Manning, NYG – 9% Owned
On the other side of the ball from Haskins is Eli Manning. Manning started the last two weeks for the ailing Daniel Jones and didn’t disappoint too badly, putting up around 20 fantasy points each week. Manning faces a similarly poor defense in the Redskins and could be another QB2 option if Jones misses again. As of this post, Jones is about 50/50, so grab Manning early if you’re desperate. If he ends up being benched again, you can drop him for someone else as we approach kick off this weekend.
Mike Boone, MIN – 0% Owned
Insert handcuff to Dalvin Cook here – But seriously, Boone exploded in Week 15 after Cook went out in the second quarter and with Alexander Mattison nursing an ankle injury. It’s too soon to know if Cook will play or not, but at the very least, Boone deserves a speculative add since he could be the RB1 for the run-heavy Minnesota Vikings offense.
This is the perfect case of a waiver wire find that can massively change your fantasy football championship odds, and if you don’t grab him, someone else in your league will. Even if you don’t need him, play defense and submit a claim just in case your opponent is hurting at RB this week.
Kerryon Johnson, DET – 35% Owned
Technically, this one is over the usual 33% threshold, but he’s close enough. Kerryon Johnson is able to come off of IR this week, and all indications from the Detroit Lions are that they plan to activate him. In Week 15, the Lions leaned on Wes Hills, who scored twice on 10 carries with Bo Scarbrough being inactive. They definitely need some help, and Johnson could probably use some practice to get back up to speed for next season. If he’s on your waiver wire, you need to grab him. He could slot right into your RB2, depending on your current options.
Breshad Perriman, TB – 7% Owned
NFL Journeyman Breshad Perriman was a popular add last week for most waiver articles with the season-ending injury to Mike Evans, but this week is entirely different. This week, Chris Godwin injured his hamstring and is likely out for at least Week 15, launching Perriman into WR1 territory on the pass-happy Tampa Bay offense. If he wasn’t added last week, he should definitely be added this week. That’s even if you’re deep enough at the position not to start him. As the week goes on, he might start to look more appealing, you never know.
Greg Ward Jr, PHI – 1% Owned
The Philadelphia Eagles are desperate at wide receiver, with Alshon Jeffrey being done for the year and rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside still trying to get up to speed. The Eagles are still in the playoff hunt, so they’re going to be playing to win this week, making former practice squad player Greg Ward, Jr. a definite waiver wire addition this week. Ward was able to find the end zone in Week 15, and it appears that his rapport with QB Carson Wentz is on the rise, so go grab him immediately and thank me later.
Mike Gesicki, MIA – 27% Owned
Mike Gesicki has been slowly rising in terms of ownership throughout the season. With the injury to other Miami Dolphins pass-catchers and his own connection with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, that’s to be expected. If you’re streaming tight ends this season or are limping into your championship matchup, you can definitely do worse than Gesicki. Gesicki only saw 4 targets this week, but next week the Dolphins face the lowly Bengals, meaning they should be able to move the ball at will. Therefore, Gesicki is a valid option if you’re looking for a flyer on someone this week.
Tyler Eifert, CIN – 11% Owned
On the other side of the ball in that same game, we have Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert, who could also see an increase of targets against a relatively bad defense in the Dolphins. Andy Dalton struggled against the stout New England Patriots, but he still found Eifert on a few occasions, and as bad as that offense is, they’ll still have to throw the ball eventually, right? Sure, Eifert isn’t a great option, but at only 11% ownership, he’s likely available on the waiver wire for your fantasy football championship if that’s something you need this week.
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Andrew Hall is a writer for PFN covering Fantasy Football. You can follow him @AndrewHallFF on Twitter.