The key to winning your fantasy football league is not how well you draft, but the players you add off waivers. This is extremely important because securing hidden talent could replace those late-round selections, even mid-rounders, that aren’t having the best season. Here at NFS, we provide the best picks for players you should grab off waivers now before it is too late. As always, both opportunity and performance are taken into consideration for these players. You can also make life easier by checking out our Consistency Rankings!
Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay Packers
Injuries and inconsistencies have created a mediocre career for Allen Lazard. But he has started to get it together as of late. He has scored back-to-back touchdowns in the last two weeks. His game against the Washington Football Team last week was his best of the season, totaling five receptions for 60 yards. With Davante Adams on the COVID list, that’ll give Lazard an opportunity to earn number one receiver reps against a favorable match-up against the Arizona Cardinals. He also has season-long upside with his slow, but consistent improvement.
Kalif Raymond, WR, Detriot Lions
Despite constant shuffling between targets for Detroit Lions wide receivers, Kalif Reymond has received a relatively significant amount of targets as the season progresses. Outside of the one bust outing against the Minnesota Vikings, Raymond has received more than six targets since Week 2. He hasn’t totaled less than 9.7 fantasy points since Week 2 as well. Last week proved to be another consistent week as well, as he totaled 115 yards on six receptions against the Los Angeles Rams. Raymond could be a reliable option going forward for both you and Jared Goff.
CJ Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals are a surprise team in the NFL with a lot of offense players including rookie, Jamarr Chase, looking like a top receiver in the league. Tight end CJ Uzomah has been a big-play target for Joe Burrow. He already has five touchdown receptions, including four in two games. His only flaw is that he is touchdown-dependent as he only receives around three receptions a game. However, with the increased firepower and consistency from the entire Bengals offense, Uzomah will only continue to benefit from this environment.
Mo Alie-Cox, TE, Indianapolis Colts
Since Week 3, Mo Alie-Cox has been an underrated tight end in the league. That’s mainly due to Carson Wentz slow integration into the offense, which is now a lot more effective. Alie-Cox had four touchdowns in his last four games. Last week against the San Francisco 49ers, Alie-Cox totaled 25 yards and a touchdown on three receptions. He, like Uzomah, is a bit too touchdown-dependent. But Wentz has continued to improve within the Colts system and with that, his weapons have improved as well.
Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Selected in the first round, Rashod Bateman had a lot of promise with the Baltimore Ravens, who are still without a proven number one wide receiver. He suffered an injury that would last the first five weeks of his rookie season. Since coming back, Bateman has shown a lot of promise and upside for the rest of his rookie year. Last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, Bateman totaled three receptions for 80 yards. He still has a lot more to do in order to prove himself as a legitimate wide receiver going forward, but he is not an awful last option pick up on the waivers.