At this time, the waiver wire doesn’t have as many players who could make an immediate impact compared to previous weeks. This could be due to lack of opportunities that arrived, or savvy owners plucking them already. Considering that the fantasy playoffs start in many formats this week, the latter could be true. Still, there are a few players who could be beneficial for owners that are available in a fair amount of leagues.
Johnny Manziel, QB Browns: Let the circus begin. It is unknown if Manziel will actually start this Sunday but obviously a huge fantasy commodity if he does. With his famous running ability and a true number one receiver in Josh Gordon, Manziel has the potential to reward owners early. Having a matchup against the Colts that could turn into a shootout doesn’t hurt either. It would be risky to start him this week, but stash him so another owner can’t use him down the stretch.
Andre Williams, RB Giants: Averaging less than three yards a carry, it would be easy to consider Williams’ rookie year a disappointment. If Rashad Jennings is unable to go, a start against the Titans defense could change that. The matchup would be very favorable and the volume would certainly be in Williams’ favor. At this point of the year, it is rare to find a player on waivers with RB2 value. That’s what Williams would give you if he does start.
Jonathan Stewart, RB Panthers: Once one of the best young backs in football, Stewart is now 27 and has dealt with plenty of nagging injuries over the years. With DeAngelo Williams hurt, Stewart should see the majority of the work against a Saints defense that has struggled against the run. If he builds off his 110 yards on 14 touches from last Sunday, Stewart could be a very good value this week.
Jordan Reed, TE Redskins: Talent isn’t an issue for Reed, but staying healthy this season has proven to be. On the bright side, he has shown a nice rapport in the two games Colt McCoy has started. In those games Reed has caught 16 of 18 targets for 163 yards. While a matchup against the Rams isn’t very favorable, the volume of targets going Reed’s way makes him worth a strong look in PPR leagues this week.