It’s often easy to find yourself overwhelmed each week as you look at the waiver wire, wondering which player—or players, mind you—you should be adding to your fantasy football roster and spending your precious FAAB money on. All I hope with this article is that I can help you step away from the crippling panic you may find yourself in, and offer some clarity as to who deserves your FAAB money and attention this week on waivers.
Here are my top five waiver prioritize, in order, along with what percentage of your FAAB I think you should be directing towards them (percent rostered in Yahoo leagues, under 75% rostered).
1. Mike Williams (40% rostered, 25% FAAB budget)
There are a plethora of reasons why you should be rushing to add Mike Williams this week off waivers. Firstly, Keenan Allen left Monday Night with a back injury that might keep him out multiple games. Secondly, it seems Justin Herbert very much enjoys heaving the ball downfield and letting his receivers make plays and there are few playmakers down the field better than 6-foot-4 Mike Williams. Williams caught five balls on eight targets against the Saints for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
2. Justin Jackson (44% rostered, 20% FAAB budget)
We got our first look at the Chargers backfield without Austin Ekeler and it was Justin Jackson, not rookie Joshua Kelley, who saw the majority of work and production. Jackson carried the ball 15 times for 71 yards and had six catches for 23 yards, meanwhile Kelley carried the ball 11 times for only 29 yards and had a lone nine yard catch. With the Jets, Dolphins, Jaguars, and Raiders all up next on the schedule, Jackson is a must add right now.
3. Alexander Mattison (41% rostered, 15% FAAB budget)
I had a really hard time figuring out where to put Mattison on this list. As terrible as it is to say, if Dalvin Cook’s injury was more serious, Mattison would be easily the number one waiver priority this week and worth like 40% of your FAAB budget. But it seems like Cook’s groin injury might just keep him out a week. Mattison has shown value even with Cook healthy and on the field, but his upside is obviously capped when the Vikings’ star running back is healthy. He should be treated as just a one-week start.
4. Chase Claypool (17% rostered, 15% FAAB budget)
Claypool had a MONSTER game against the Eagles, catching seven of his 11 targets for 110 yards and THREE touchdowns, plus he also ran for six yards and another touchdown. Obviously we can’t expect FOUR touchdowns every week from the rookie, but it’s pretty clear he’s the main beneficiary if Diontae Johnson continues to miss anymore time.
5. Christian Kirk (34% rostered, 8% FAAB budget)
After missing Week 3 against the Lions, Kirk has now posted double-digit PPR fantasy outings in back-to-back weeks. Kirk, DeAndre Hopkins, and Larry Fitzgerald all led the team with seven targets showing that Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury might be moving away from the “force the ball to Hopkins” offense and more of the “lets spread the ball around and utilize all our weapons” offense. That’s great news for Kirk’s fantasy value moving forward, especially with the Cowboys and Seahawks’ secondaries next on the schedule.