WEEK 17: CHAMPIONSHIP WAIVER WIRE ADDS
Every Tuesday, I will be bringing to light the best potential waiver wire additions across fantasy football. Let’s begin with some basic principles for each article and some of the qualifiers that will be used each week. First off, the minimum rostered percentage threshold that I will be using is 50%, so any player that is rostered in ESPN leagues above that percentage will not be written about (until near the end of the season when it gets harder to wade through the constantly thinning waiver wire.) Second, not all waiver wire additions are created equal and all are dependent on the roster you have. Each week I will be writing about players and the potential they bring to your fantasy roster, but I obviously don’t know who is on your team or what you may need in terms of roster construction. If I say a quarterback is the top waiver wire addition for the week, and you have Patrick Mahomes, that doesn’t mean you need to add that player to your team while dropping a potentially valuable player in order to do so. Third, I will frequently be using the abbreviation FAB, which refers to Free Agent Budget. This refers to the potential amount you might spend to acquire someone off the waiver wire if your league has that as a part of their system.
First of all, congratulations to all of you fantasy managers that have made it this far into the season. Unless you play in some whacky league that has two-week playoffs or you play until Week 18, you have made it to the fantasy football championship. You have endured all the injuries and Covid-19 related issues in order to put together a team worthy of a shot at a title. Good luck to all those competing this weekend, and may you crush your opponent for bragging rights and a title.
Justin Jackson- Running Back, LAC
ESPN Roster Percentage- 42.7%
If you haven’t picked up Justin Jackson at this point, you may have missed your window for production. Austin Ekeler is expected to be back this week but Jackson is still a must add on the off chance Ekeler misses another game. Barring an outstanding Monday night performance by another running back, Jackson will finish as the RB #1 on the week and could have a similar performance if Ekeler misses time.
It is a short article this week because as I have discussed in the past, players that are being added this late in the season are typically backups or injury replacements. This is the one week I am not picking up anyone unless they will not be available for their game. There’s no need to take a flyer on someone if you aren’t planning on starting them or if you are picking them up to prevent your opponent from doing so. This is the week to not get too cute with your moves and to just trust your studs. Likewise, make sure to be checking your lineups up to the minute to avoid any last second injury news. Good luck to everyone and stay dreamin’!