With the trade deadline past (or soon-to-be passing in some leagues), all we have left to depend on is the pool of players remaining on the waiver wire. With just a few weeks left before the fantasy playoffs kickoff, it’s important to keep our rosters as strong as possible. To help you out, here are some low-rostered players who could make nice adds to your team in this week’s waiver wire suggestions.
Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (2% owned)
Normally, quarterbacks mentioned atop the waiver wire pick list are coming off great performances, but that is not the case here. Winston completed 6/10 passes for just 63 yards and nothing about his play warrants optimism. The former no. 1 overall pick was off target at times, and he demonstrated why he is now just a backup. While all of that doesn’t fill you with optimism, this next part will. The Saints go against he Atlanta Falcons this week, who give up the most fantasy points against opposing quarterbacks. If Brees isn’t able to go, Winston could make an appealing plug and play.
Daniel Jones, New York Giants (30% owned)
The Giants quarterback hasn’t been anyone you’d want to start as his QB finishes have been middling at best. However, he is coming off his first top 10 finish on Sunday against the Eagles, and has now finished inside the top 15 in three of the last four weeks. His floor is pretty respectable due to his built in rushing yards, and he’s now put together two consecutive games without an interception. He’s on a bye this week, but he’s staring at a few really nice matchups in upcoming weeks, including a very fantasy-friendly Seahawks defense.
Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts (41% owned)
Hines owners have had an off-and-on relationship that could rival Ross and Rachel. One week, he’ll tear it up. The next week, he’ll be invisible. After a dismal two-carry, 18-yard performance in Week 9, there’s a good chance fantasy owners were on a break. That meant his 26 fantasy points (finishing as the fourth-best RB for the week) went by the wayside. If you dare give him another chance, he does face a Packers team this week that allows the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins (6% owned)
If you scooped up Ahmed at the last second and started him against the Chargers, congrats. You landed yourself a nice 15.5 outing from him. Due to injuries, the Dolphins have relied on a slew of different backs to help out, and right now that falls on Ahmed. His 21 carries on Sunday is volume that’s hard to find. And when you factor in that this Dolphins team is now a top 10 offense in points, the scoring opportunities just add to his appeal.
Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts (10% owned)
The rookie receiver offered a lot of promise this year, but a trip to injured reserve set him back. But Pittman gradually has been working his way into this offense since coming off IR, and he is coming of his best game with a seven-catch, 101-yard performance Thursday night. If the newfound love from Philip Rivers in terms of target share can be sustained, Pittman can be a viable receiving option down the stretch.
Willie Snead, Baltimore Ravens (1% owned)
The veteran receiver is coming off a two-touchdown performance on Sunday night, and that was good enough to finish as the no. 3 scoring WR for the week. This is likely just a flash-in-the-pan performance, but the fact that he’s had a double-digit finish in two of the past three weeks shouldn’t go unnoticed. Couple that with the fact that Marquise Brown hasn’t reached eight points in any of his past four games makes things a little murky with the Ravens passing game. If Snead continues to see this target share, especially those that end with a celebration, he could push his way into fantasy relevance.
Logan Thomas, Washington (35% owned)
Over the last four games, Thomas has served as a decent tight end play as he has three top 10 finishes in that span. His ability to always get at least four targets in every game has provided owners with a good floor as he’ll always get his owners something. Thomas doesn’t offer up any upside, but his looks combined with a matchup against the Bengals who surrender the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends points to him being someone worthy plugging into your lineup this weekend.
Jordan Reed, San Francisco 49ers (19% owned)
If you took a flyer on Reed after hearing the news of George Kittle, you weren’t very pleased to see his one-catch, three-yard performance against the Packers in Week 9. He was a stash and wait type of player, and the early results weren’t promising. But on Sunday, he bounced back nicely with a five-catch, 62-yard game. Reed’s on a bye this week, but if he slowly starts earning some target shares, he has potential to offer fantasy owners something in upcoming weeks.
Los Angeles Chargers (42% owned)
The Chargers defense hasn’t been that great this year as they’ve allowed at least 29 points in six straight games. They do generate pressure; however, it hasn’t always translated to sacks. This week, they’ll draw the New York Jets who allow the most fantasy points to opposing defenses. The opportunity is there for the Chargers to be a solid fantasy producer on Sunday.