by Angel Maldonado
If you’re out of FAAB (regret spending it all on Mike Davis yet?) you might have to look deeper for your Waiver Wire needs. Not to worry, here are 5 deep waiver wire targets that can fill out your bench this week:
Who would have thought that we’d be streaming wide receivers against the Seattle Seahawks? That’s the position we currently find ourselves in. With injuries decimating the league, depth has been of the utmost importance. Isaiah Ford can help fill in that depth this week thanks to his fantastic matchup. Ford received 12 targets through the first two weeks and Miami’s passing offense has not looked overmatched thus far this season. Cedrick Wilson just destroyed the Seahawks, so why not Ford?
Still beating the drum on this one. Don’t let the 49ers final score deceive you: their run game struggled. It was Brandon Aiyuk who was the most serviceable “back”… not a good sign for McKinnon and Wilson. Kyle Shannahan has displayed a willingness to trade the hot hand at RB in the past, so don’t be surprised if Hasty gets a bigger shot in the coming weeks. He’s worth a speculative add in deep leagues.
Evans finally made his debut last weekend and, surprise, received almost no work behind Derrick Henry. So why is he on this list? We’ve seen how easily players are going down this year and now, more than ever, it is crucial to handcuff your players. Evans is a must-own for any Henry owner as he stepped right into a role in the offense, even if it was limited. With COVID having made its way into the Titans locker room and the madness that is 2020, roster Evans… just in case.
Reagor is down. Jeffrey has been limited at best. DeSean Jackson is dealing with a hamstring injury. While these players could return soon, there’s no reason not to add Hightower. Hightower is an explosive wideout that can take the top off defenses much the same way Jackson does. He has dynamic potential in an offense that has been lackluster thus far. He ran 54 routes this week against Cincinnati (a game which did go to OT) so he’s becoming more involved in the offense. He’s worth a speculative add in case the Eagles keep being bitten by the injury bug.
Jordan Akins is quietly performing well as the new TE1 for the Houston Texans. While it was thought Darren Fells would be leading the way, it is Akins that is getting 78.2% of snaps. In Week 2 he received 7 targets and although that dropped to 3 this past weekend, Watson has been looking his way. The Texans offense is set to begin improving after a stretch of awful matchups. He’s worth an add as a bye-week fill-in and could produce high-end TE2 numbers some weeks.