The Waiver Wire Roundup
Week 14 of the NFL season is just about wrapped up, and if you're a Fantasy Football player that means you're scanning the waiver wire for players to help take your team to the next level. Fortunately, I've already done that for you. Each week I will be listing players owned in less than 50% of Fantasy Football leagues that can help turn your team into a Championship contender.
Gardner Minshew (10% owned)
From a Minshew truther, it feels real good to put this man on the list after how he's been handled in Jacksonville. After Doug Marrone's ridiculous statement suggesting Mike Glennon was the better option to win, Minshew kindly led the team on a touchdown drive the moment Glennon got benched. He finished with slightly more than 13 points in less than 2 quarters of play, and has average roughly 20 FPPG as a starter this season. In a game against the Ravens where Jacksonville will have to throw a ton, Minshew is a great flier.
Jeff Wilson Jr (19% owned)
With Raheem Mostert questionable to suit up, don't be surprised to see Jeff Wilson be the man to handle a majority of the carries for the 49ers this Sunday. When given a full time opportunity, Wilson has not disappointed much; with two 20+ point games in four of these opportunities. This past week he was in a similar situation and scored on 11 carries despite facing a stout Washington defense. This week he will get the chance to face the horrid Cowboys D, so expect him to have a minimum an RB2 performance.
Gus Edwards (33% owned)
The Gus Bus should be owned in more leagues even if it's just as a placeholder, as he's easily been the 2nd best runner in the backfield for the Ravens. And as the season has gone on, he's getting more opportunities as well. Yesterday he scored twice against the Browns, and with a game against the poorous Jacksonville defense, it wouldn't surprise me to see him find the EZ yet again.
Lynn Bowden Jr (2% owned)
Bowden is listed as both an RB and WR in fantasy formats, so he can provide flexibility if you're hurting at either position. This past Sunday he saw himself running the most routes, and receiving the most targets on the Dolphins offense - and ended up with over 15 PPR points. This week the Dolphins face a Patriots defense that has had to see the field a lot more with how badly their offense has been playing. With plenty of pass-catchers down in Miami, expect Bowden to see his opportunity soar yet again.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling (20% owned)
MVS has been on my players to watch for a couple of weeks now, as I expected this breakout to come sooner than later and it finally has. MVS scored a TD on six catches for 85 yards, as Aaron Rodgers continues his MVP-caliber season. The Packers face a Carolina secondary that hasn't been terrible this season, but with the focus on Davante Adams, don't be shocked for MVS to get his share as well.
James Washington (5% owned)
It seems like defenses have finally figured out how to stop Chase Claypool. With Diontae Johnson having hands of stone and the Steelers' run-game stalling out more times than not, it's been James Washington to step up the past couple of weeks for the team. He's now scored in consecutive games, and faces a Bengals team that has been horrible since they've lost Joe Burrow. Expect the Steelers offense to take the field often, which means plenty of opportunity for Washington to continue his hot-streak.
Nelson Agholor (36% owned)
I don't know how many times Agholor has to be on this list until he finally reaches over 50% owned in leagues. He's the 90th ranked player in all of FF this year in PPR formats. He's had two 20-point games in his last four, and three 10+ games in his last four. He's actively being schemed for by the Raiders' offense, and should be added in all formats. This isn't the same guy who was playing in Philly last year.
Cole Kmet (6% owned)
Kmet has been a surprising revelation on the Chicago offense, and has seen his playing time increase each game as the season goes on. He's out-snapped, targeted, and running more routes than Jimmy Graham in nearly every game in the past 5 weeks. He's become a safety valve for QB Mitchell Trubisky who's won back his starting gig, and he's not going away anytime soon. Kmet will most definitely be on Fantasy radar's next season, but if you're able to snag him now you can expect consistent TE2 performances from the rookie.
* Players to keep an eye on going forward: Keelan Cole, Gabriel Davis, Trayveon Williams, Irv Smith, KJ Hamler, DeAndre Washington, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Kendrick Bourne.
Each week I'll be here to give you the who's who for waiver wire pickups to help lead your Fantasy team to the ultimate goal: To bring home a championship. Hopefully some of the names on this list find their way onto your team, and may the odds forever be in your favor.