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 50% rostered).
1. J.D. McKissic (25% rostered, 15% FAAB budget)
It seems pretty clear to me that McKissic should be everyone’s top wavier priority this week after seeing 14 targets against the Giants Sunday. And while that number is certainly his most on the season, it’s by no means a fluke. This year McKissic is averaging almost 4.5 carries and six targets per game, and his involvement in both the passing and rushing game has made him a reliable PPR threat each week. Plus, with Alex Smith taking over the helm at quarterback, I’m fully expecting McKissic to continue to be heavily involved in the passing game moving forward, especially with juicy matchups against the Lions, Bengals, and Cowboys next on the schedule.
2. Curtis Samuel (31% rostered, 12% FAAB budget)
I’m sure at this point you’ve read enough Curtis Samuel propaganda so I won’t bore you with too much more. Just know that Samuel has at least scored a touchdown and recorded seven touches in each of his last three games. He’s emerging as a do-it-all weapon for the Panthers and has firmly taken the WR2 reins from D.J. Moore behind Robby Anderson. With games against the Buccaneers, Lions, and Vikings ahead, he’s a must add and start from here on out.
3. Jalen Reagor (24% rostered, 12% FAAB budget)
Before you go scrambling to see if you somehow missed a big game from Reagor this week, the Eagles were on their bye so Reagor didn’t play. But that shouldn’t stop you from picking the rookie up off waivers. In fact, I had him on last week’s top waiver list and I’m going to put him here again as he returns from injury to an Eagles offense searching for reliable targets in the passing game. Carson Wentz has somehow turned Travis Fulgham into a legit star and now gets a healthy Reagor with game breaking speed and the ability to take the ball to the house wherever he catches it. Reagor has a chance to be a late season stud that could be a league winner in fantasy.
4. Jakobi Meyers (13% rostered, 10% FAAB budget)
I for the life of me don’t know how it took Meyers so long to regularly see the field, but he has broken out in a big way for the Patriots offense, becoming their top pass catcher. In his last two games, Meyers is averaging 12 targets, nine catches, and 113 yards receiving. Anyone who watched Monday night’s surprisingly close game against the Jets can tell you that a) I was not in a good mood coping with the fact that the Patriots might be worse than the 0-8 Jets and b) Jakobi Meyers was the entire Patriots passing game. He seems a lock for double digit targets for the rest of the season given how barren New England’s receiver room currently is.
5. Duke Johnson Jr. (17% rostered, 10 % FAAB budget)
David Johnson left Sunday’s game against the Jaguars with a concussion and his status for Week 10 is still up in the air. If he does miss time, Duke Johnson becomes a legit RB2 with potentially RB1 upside facing a bad Browns defense. Against the Jaguars, Duke Johnson carried the ball 16 times for 41 yards and a touchdown, while catching all four of his targets for 32 yards. While the numbers weren’t great, the usage is highly encouraging for his role in Week 10 if he starts.