The NFL continues to deliver in the drama department, that certainly was the case in Week 17. We had teams like the New York Giants clinch a playoff berth in dominant fashion while the New York Jets completely came out flat. Tom Brady connected in explosive fashion to lead Tampa Bay to victory and the Philadelphia Eagles were unable to coast into the postseason thanks to a home upset at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. The hope is that your fantasy squads fared better and the momentum continues to a Week 18 championship. With that in mind, let us take a look at some NFL Waiver Wire additions that can you help you finish out the season on a winning note.
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups Week 18
As this is the last week of the regular season, FAAB bidding obviously takes on a different angle. You cannot take your funds with you after this week, so bidding to the max is the strategy here, with the only variable being how many roster spots you need to fill as that would be the only reason not to throw out a 100% bid.
NFL Waiver Wire Quarterbacks
Jarrett Stidham, Las Vegas Raiders
Whatever the circumstances surrounding how Stidham ended up as the starting quarterback for the Raiders do not matter at this point. We are only focused on what we see on the field as opposed to whether or not Derek Carr should have been benched (he shouldn’t have been) as Stidham certainly had a successful debut. The Raiders did lose in overtime but not before Stidham threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns while showing chemistry with Davante Adams. There is no reason not to expect the Raiders to continue airing it out with Stidham to close out the season against the Chiefs as he certainly has the weapons with Darren Waller also catching a touchdown on Sunday.
Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers
While the Panthers ultimately came up on the losing side of things against Tampa Bay, Darnold certainly gave things his best shot; well at least from a fantasy perspective. Since taking on the starting role, Darnold has not been the same quarterback he was with the Jets. This past Sunday, that came in the form of 341 passing yards and three touchdowns, and even though the Panthers are eliminated from the postseason, Carolina will look to finish out the season on a high note.
NFL Waiver Wire Running Backs
JaMycal Hasty, San Francisco 49ers
Jacksonville made quick work of Houston and Hasty ultimately played a solid role behind Travis Etienne. I am not sure we can count on 10 carries for 33 yards and a touchdown again as game flow certainly played a factor. What should carry over, and puts him on the FLEX radar, especially if the Week 18 game against Tennessee goes in a similar direction, is Hasty’s six receptions for 33 yards on six targets as Jacksonville looks to lock down the division.
Jaylen Warren, Pittsburgh Steelers
A lot has been made this season of how disappointing Najee Harris has been this season, and with that being said, we have been waiting on Warren to take on a larger role. With the Steelers on the outside of the playoff race but still alive after beating Baltimore on Sunday, Pittsburgh is looking to put their best foot forward while also securing a winning record and positive momentum towards next season. Warren carried the ball 12 times for 76 yards while also catching three passes for 22 yards against Baltimore and Pittsburgh will likely want to keep that going.
Chase Edmonds, Denver Broncos
While the Broncos still came up on the losing end against the Chiefs, they certainly looked a lot better offensively after Denver parted ways with Nathanial Hackett. Edmonds filled in a solid complementary role as he carried the ball seven times for 34 yards while also catching all three of his targets for another 39 yards. I would look for the Broncos to continue utilizing Edmonds in a third-down role which provides some FLEX and PPR value.
NFL Waiver Wire Wide Receivers
Richie James, New York Giants
While the Giants are not playing for anything other than positive momentum heading into the postseason, James still figures to continue playing a large role in what is becoming a solid passing offense. James caught all seven of his targets for 76 yards and a touchdown as he continues to have strong chemistry with Daniel Jones.
K.J. Osborn, Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota’s passing offense certainly can do its share of damage, and while they were trailing all afternoon, Osborn did catch all seven of his targets for 59 yards and a touchdown. He is locked in as the third receiver for the Vikings and the talent and production does follow when the targets are there.
Robert Woods, Tennessee Titans
Things are obviously less than ideal at the quarterback position for the Titans, but Woods made things work on Thursday with Joshua Dobbs under center. Talent or pedigree is not an issue with the receiver who caught five of his nine targets for 39 yards against Dallas. Most importantly, Woods had his first touchdown reception since Week 4 and I would expect Tennessee to look at Woods early and often against Jacksonville on Saturday.
Rashid Shaheed, New Orleans Saints
Shaheed has proven to be a big play threat as Sunday was his fourth week out of five with a reception of at least 20 yards. The opportunity is there in New Orleans’ passing game, and even as Chris Olave did make his return against Philadelphia, but Shaheed still had his best game of the season catching all six of his targets for 79 yards.
NFL Waiver Wire Tight Ends
Trey McBride, Arizona Cardinals
And this is why the Cardinals spent a high pick on McBride. Even with David Blough under center for Arizona, the rookie very clearly had the best game of his career as he proved to be a dependable target and safety net. McBride caught his first career touchdown while securing seven of 10 targets for 78 yards for a touchdown. As they clearly look to the future, McBride figures to be busy once again to close out the season.
Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers
All of a sudden, Green Bay’s offense is a force to be reckoned with and it all begins with Aaron Rodgers. That means Tonyan should appear on our radar as he had one of his better games this season with three receptions for 52 yards and his second touchdown of the season. To close out the season against Detroit, Tonyan figures to be busy once again.
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