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. Zack Moss (55% rostered, 20% FAAB budget)
Yes Moss is over my 50% rostered limit but if he’s available in your league, he has to be your top priority this week. The Bills backfield seems like it’ll be an even split between Moss and Devin Singletary, however Moss got the vast majority of red zone work against the Patriots Sunday and it resulted in two touchdowns for him. I’ll spend up for a running back on a high scoring offense who’s likely to get the bulk of red zone work. Moss is a must-add this week.
2. Marvin Jones Jr. (50% rostered, 10% FAAB budget)
Kenny Golladay is considered week-to-week with a hip injury and that means Jones is now the top dog in the Lions’ passing game. There is reason though to be somewhat skeptical about just how good of a fantasy option Jones will be without Golladay as he’s struggled this season without Golladay on the field with him. You should be targeting Jones on waivers as he has a high ceiling being the WR1 in Detroit, but don’t be heartbroken if you miss out as there is risk he busts.
3. Allen Lazard (34% rostered, 15% FAAB budget)
Remember when Allen Lazard was the WR7 in .5PPR through the first three weeks of the season? Your league mates might not, but now you remember. Aaron Rodgers has missed Lazard in the Packers offense as a reliable number two receiver to complement Davante Adams. Lazard is set to come off IR this week and could even be ready to play Thursday night against the 49ers. Get him on your roster and enjoy a pissed off Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball.
4. Jalen Reagor (24% rostered, 12% FAAB budget)
In his first game since Week 3, Reagor saw six targets, catching three of them for 16 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles now enter their bye, giving more time for Reagor to get healthy and mesh with Carson Wentz and this offense. We saw glimpses of his big play potential back in Weeks 1 and 2 and in an offense that desperately needs a home run hitter, Reagor has a good chance of being a fantasy contributor down the stretch. It also helps that the Eagles play the Giants, Browns, and Seahawks after their bye.
5. Gus Edwards (30% rostered, 10% FAAB budget)
No Mark Ingram Sunday opened the door for both J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards to ball out. Dobbins is certainly already rostered in your league but don’t think of Edwards as a consolation prize. Edwards out carried Dobbins 16 to 15 and scored the lone touchdown on the ground. He’s now seen at least 14 carries in the last two games—both of which Ingram was injured for—which is a great sign for his dependability moving forward.