2019 Fantasy Football – Waiver-Wire Targets

By Chet Gresham – @ChetGresham
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Published Oct. 22, 2019.

Below are players I’ll be targeting on the waiver wire this week. As usual, I’m using the 50ish% ownership threshold at Yahoo to determine who is allowed on the list.

Players are listed in the order I would assign waiver priority for each position.


Jacoby Brissett, QB, Colts (48 percent)
Brissett’s schedule has some good and some bad coming up, but I trust in his offensive line and Frank Reich’s play calling enough to feel good about playing him, especially through the bye weeks.

Sam Darnold, QB, Jets (33 percent)
The Patriots ate Darnold’s lunch on Monday Night Football, but their defense has been outstanding all season and Darnold’s matchups moving forward look great, with the Ramsey-less Jaguars, the Dolphins, the Giants, the Redskins, the Raiders, the Bengals and the Dolphins again. #ItGetsBetter.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Titans (5 percent)
Tannehill isn’t going to put up big numbers, but can be a capable streamer in good matchups like this week against an awful Tampa Bay pass defense.

Running Backs

Chase Edmonds, RB, Cardinals (48 percent)
Chase Edmonds is the real deal, and if we can have some notice he’ll play a good number of snaps, he’s going to be a must-start. The Cardinals are working out running backs, so they may be worried about David Johnson’s injuries, so Edmonds needs to be rostered.

Ty Johnson, RB, Lions (1 percent)
Johnson was the no-doubt lead back after Kerryon Johnson went down with a knee injury, as he saw 49 snaps to J.D. McKissic’s 19. McKissic played well on those snaps, but we always have to lean toward volume and Johnson has the edge there.

Alexander Mattison, RB, Vikings (25 percent)
This isn’t a strong waiver wire for running backs, so I’m always going to recommend a backup who would be a No. 1 fantasy back if the starter were to go down, and that’s Mattison.

Darrell Henderson, RB, Rams (31 percent)
Henderson is going to go off at some point, and I hope I’m starting him that week, but if Todd Gurley goes down, Henderson will be a must-add.

Mark Walton, RB, Dolphins(20 percent)
Walton is the starter for Miami right now, but unless Kenyan Drake is traded, he’ll remain in a three-back committee. He has looked good, so I’m on board with picking him up, especially if Drake is traded.

Benny Snell, RB, Steelers (5 percent)
We haven’t heard where James Conner is with his injury, but I think he’ll be able to play this week. But Snell is the direct backup against the Dolphins and could have some value as a flex play even if Conner plays, and if Conner doesn’t, Snell makes for a great start.

Wide Receivers

Kenny Stills, WR, Texans (13 percent)
Will Fuller will be out a few weeks with a hamstring injury, which gives Stills a great shot at putting up good numbers in his absence. He’s my favorite add for the week.

Preston Williams (12 percent) and DeVante Parker (13 percent), WRs, Dolphins
As long as Ryan Fitzpatrick is slinging passes, I like both Parker and Williams to have some value in fantasy. The Dolphins will continue to trail due to their bad defense, and these two are gobbling up the majority of the targets and fantasy points. And if Parker gets traded, he could end up on a better team while Williams becomes the focus in Miami.

Corey Davis, WR, Titans (41 percent)
Nobody has ever questioned Davis’ ability, but everybody has questioned his quarterback and usage with the Titans. Now with Ryan Tannehill at the helm, Davis should have a bit more consistency, but he is still on a team that wants to play good defense and run the ball.

Dionte Johnson, WR, Steelers (14 percent)
Teams will continue to do their best to shut down JuJu Smith-Schuster, which will push Mason Rudolph to look toward Johnson, who has the ability to put up numbers even on a run-first team.

Jakobi Meyers, WR, Patriots (6 percent)
With N’Keal Harry and Josh Gordon likely to return, Meyers may not get the work he’ll need to put up good fantasy numbers, but there’s no doubt he is a good receiver and will produce when given a chance.

Olabisi Johnson, WR, Vikings ( percent)
Johnson came in for Adam Thielen last week and caught 4-of-8 targets for 40 yards and a touchdown. It looks like Thielen won’t miss much time with his hamstring injury, but he should miss this Thursday night against a bad Giants pass defense. He makes for a worthwhile streamer.

N’Keal Harry, WR, Patriots (6 percent)
Harry will return to practice and be eligible to play in Week 9. That is still two weeks off, but if you have deep benches, grabbing him early may be a good idea, as he looked strong in preseason and the Patriots could use him.

Alex Erickson, WR, Bengals (2 percent)
Erickson put up big reception and yardage numbers against the Jaguars last week, and the Bengals will likely continue to throw the ball a ton as their defense can’t keep games close, so there is some upside, but inconsistency will be the norm.

Zach Pascal, WR, Colts (1 percent)
Pascal is coming off a huge game against the Texans, but he faces the Broncos next week. He’ll remain an inconsistent fantasy player, although he has upside as the No. 2 receiver on the team.

Jaron Brown, WR, Seattle (1 percent)
Brown didn’t catch two touchdowns again this week, but he did see six targets and caught three of them. That’s significant for Seattle’s passing offense, and I expect more touchdowns to come with Will Dissly done for the year.

Tight Ends

Chris Herndon, TE, Jets (29 percent)
The Jets were humiliated this week, but their schedule is too good, and they have quality players who Herndon should join sooner than later.

Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles (13 percent)
Goedert has seen an uptick in work of late and his ability is worth the inconsistency.

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