With the playoffs quickly approaching, there are a couple rare intriguing waiver wire adds this week — both players who can help now and down the stretch. If your team needs a boost or just some depth for the next few weeks, these guys could be great additions:
Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
Rostered - Yahoo: 8 percent | ESPN: 6.7 percent
Rarely will I mention a quarterback as a must add. Quarterbacks are the fantasy version of real-life running backs where the level of replacement is so high, there’s not really a need to make an effort to get to the top tier. But this late in the season, the possibility of Lamar Jackson as a starting quarterback could be a league-changer. Joe Flacco’s health is up in the air, which could open the door for Jackson. We don’t know how he’ll be as a starter, but the upside with his rushing ability alone would make him a more than viable fantasy quarterback. Jackson is a worthwhile add and stash if you’re a team trending towards the playoffs and have the roster space to add a second quarterback — again, usually not something I would recommend. Jackson could easily be a QB1 as soon as he steps on the field.
Josh Reynolds, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Rostered - Yahoo: 4 percent | ESPN: 1.1 percent
With Cooper Kupp out for the season, Josh Reynolds will slot in as the Rams’ third receiver. He’s already filled that role for two starts and in one of them put up 19 PPR fantasy points. Los Angeles runs almost exclusively out of three wide receiver sets, so Reynolds will be on the field a lot. He has the ability to play the Kupp role and can also get downfield more often. If not for the immediate impact, Reynolds could have even more opportunity in the fantasy playoffs should the Rams start to rest players with the division basically locked up early.
Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans
Rostered - Yahoo: 20 percent | ESPN: 13.6 percent
Coutee has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury and Houston had a bye in Week 10, so there’s a good chance he became a free agent at some point due to someone needing more roster space — he’s only rostered in 20 percent of Yahoo leagues. When Coutee was on the field, the Texans found a way to get him touches. Now he might only be the third option with Demaryius Thomas now in the fold, but that was also the case with Will Fuller on the field. Thomas can now take some of the shorter routes and Coutee can shift to some of the higher upside deep targets that Fuller had before his injury. Coutee looks like he’s ready to return to the lineup in Week 11.
Josh Adams, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Rostered - Yahoo: 14 percent | ESPN: 5.9 percent
There hasn’t really been a breakout moment for Josh Adams, but when he’s been on the field, he’s looked like the Eagles’ best option at running back. Over his past two games, he’s carried the ball 16 times for 108 yards. The problem with that production is that it’s over two games, which doesn’t help much for fantasy purposes, but that might not be the case for much longer. On Monday, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said Adams will get more carries going forward. There might never be a clear workhorse in the Philadelphia backfield, but even getting a majority of the carries could make Adams a useful player for the remainder of the season.