The waiver wire offers an opportunity at every position. Lurking in the murky waters of fantasy free agents are the gems that can transform a roster with a lowly record to a fantasy champion. Below is a list of six players (in waiver priority) you may want to jump on before the rest of your league does.
|1||Ronald Jones||RB||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|2||Jordan Howard||RB||Philadelphia Eagles|
|3||Golden Tate||WR||New York Giants|
|4||Marquez Valdes-Scantling||WR||Green Bay Packers|
|5||Rashaad Penny||RB||Seattle Seahawks|
|6||Chris Herndon||TE||New York Jets|
Jones finally had the breakout we have all been waiting for. Peyton Barber was nowhere to be found as Jones bulldozed through the Rams for 70 yards on 19 attempts while tacking on a touchdown from the six-yard line. All RoJo needed was a return to his alma mater’s home stadium to post the best game of his young career. It looks like Tampa Bay finally trusts Jones to shoulder a full workload after he struggled with injuries and learning the team’s playbook in a rookie season to forget. If they keep feeding him carries, Jones could develop into a dependable RB2 by the end of the season. He gets a tough matchup versus a stingy New Orleans front in Week 5, but that shouldn’t discourage you from adding him in all formats with bye weeks looming on the horizon.
Davante Adams suffered a turf toe injury during Thursday night’s shootout with the Eagles. While an MRI revealed the injury not be serious, he could still miss the next few games if Green Bay is diligent about not rushing their star wide receiver back. That opens the door for the other pass catchers on the Packers’ roster to contribute, namely Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who has seen 17 targets from quarterback Aaron Rodgers over the past two weeks. The Packers get the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5, who are averaging 423.5 yards of total offense per game. In order to match that firepower, the Packers will need MVS to step up in a big way.
Penny has missed the Seahawks’ last two games with a hamstring injury, but he’s looked like a capable back in the limited action. Head coach Pete Carroll said Penny will be “ready to go” for Week 4 and he was listed as a full participant in practice on the team’s injury report on Monday. With Chris Carson’s leash shortening as each week goes on, the backfield is wide open for Penny’s taking. It’s possible he locks up the bellcow role for good when he returns to the field against the Rams on Sunday, who have been pulverized by running backs all year.
Herndon isn’t slated to be reinstated for another week, but now is the time to grab him if you’re thin at the tight end position. Quarterback Sam Darnold, who has been out of action with mono, returns around the same time as Herndon, who could immediately become an every-week Top 10 option at his position. He’s worth a pickup if you have the extra room on your bench.