It’s time for the stretch run, and like much of the season injuries are playing a huge role in teams’ effectiveness on the field. Seattle has yet to find a running back they can stick with, the Bills have a revolving door at receiver and have yet to field an entire offense, and Green Bay has cycled through an entire roster worth of playmakers. To stay ahead, you’ve got to scour the waiver wire and see who can help bring success in the final weeks.
Perhaps one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the league, Rivers quietly leads the Chargers through season after disappointing season. If Eli Manning goes to San Diego where he’s drafted, I think Rivers is a name we talk about in relation to rings won instead of ‘he’s still playing?’. After scoring 35 against the Dallas Cowboys, Rivers and the Chargers have a favorable schedule moving forward and a strong relationship between Rivers and wide out Keenan Allen.
With Robert Woods dealing with an injury, Kupp showed flashes of his potential from earlier in the season. The Rams have a series of winnable games coming and will need Kupp to keep taking targets if they’re going to close out strong.
As Green Bay’s latest running back to break free, Jamaal WIlliams has shown a lot in his first few carries. The Packers are desperate for wins until Aaron Rodgers comes back, and Williams offers an opportunity where the passing game has fallen short.
Buffalo has problems on offense, that’s obvious, but Taylor’s favorite target hasn’t changed. With Zay Jones and Kelvin Benjamin swapping spots on the injury report, there’s not a lot of consistency for a quarterback fighting to keep his job. Dropped by many after a multi-week injury, Clay is back and likely looks like a giant safety blanket on the field for the rest of the season.
Despite being surprisingly consistent and scoring as many 20 points in a game, Kai Forbath is available in plenty of leagues. This is because not many fantasy managers give thought to kickers mid-season. They’re all the same, right? Wrong. When a kicker can put up more points than your tight end any given week, he’s worth the start.
Los Angeles Chargers
As noted above, the Chargers have a favorable schedule, including playing spoiler in Josh Gordon’s first game back in Cleveland. The Chargers have two turnovers in four games this season, and five two weeks ago. They’re up to the challenge.
Who are you looking to on the wire this week?