There are plenty of hot commodities on the waiver wire as we pass the halfway point of the 2017 NFL season, and it’s time to make some moves. If you’ve been holding out for a top waiver priority spot in your league, or hoarding your FAAB budget, it’s time to cut loose. There is an abundance of assets available that we either know have a role cut out of for them in their respective offenses already, or are in a situation where it is clear as day that the production is coming and we want to strike early. Either way, this could be the last chance to make a season altering change to your roster, so don’t hold back. Let’s look at the players that should be targets in arguably the most important waiver add week of the year.
Josh McCown – New York Jets – If you don’t have a quarterback at this point, you’re probably streaming week to week (which isn’t the greatest strategy at this position). McCown isn’t a sexy name, but his production has been good enough. He has thrown multiple touchdowns in four straight games, and is at home against the Bills Thursday night who have struggled against the pass as of late. With six teams on bye in week 9, you could do a lot worse than McCown.
Other options: Tyrod Taylor, Andy Dalton, Jacoby Brissett, Teddy Bridgewater
Darren McFadden/Alfred Morris – Dallas Cowboys
No one actually knows who is going to get the lion-share of carries in Dallas following the Ezekiel Elliott suspension, but if you have a chance to get a piece (or both pieces) of the Cowboys running game for six weeks, you take it. The offensive line has really come together nicely over the past few weeks, as Elliott has been arguably the best fantasy player during that period of time. Elliott is great, but the scheme is also very friendly to the running back. If this equates to 10-15 touches per game from one of McFadden or Morris, it will be a big boost to a fantasy team in the playoff hunt.
Other options: Marlon Mack, Alex Collins, Kenyan Drake/Damien WIlliams, Danny Woodhead, Rex Burkhead
JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers
Martavis Bryant was rightfully benched in week 8, and JuJu Smith-Schuster stepped in and stepped up. He played 76% of the snaps and posted 7 receptions for 193 yard and a long touchdown. JuJu is the wide receiver to own in Pittsburgh now outside of Antonio Brown, as Bryant looks like a lost cause. This could really get this offense going, as it has been stagnant early on having to rely solely on Brown and Le’veon Bell as the only viable playmakers.
Other options: Robbie Anderson, Corey Davis, Paul Richardson, DeDe Westbrook, Mike WIlliams
Vernon Davis – Washington Redskins
Davis has been the best tight end in Washington this season, and it really hasn’t been close. Jordan Reed did break out in week 7, but injured his hamstring in Week 8, and he had some major hamstring issues earlier in his career. Davis would be in store for a big role if he Reed can’t play in week 9. Whether Reed is on the field or not, Davis holds some value no matter the situation.
Other options: Greg Olsen, Tyler Kroft