Having a good fantasy draft sets a team up really well, but most of the time to win a fantasy football league, acquisitions need to be made during the season. Each week there are several players worth exploring on the waiver wire. Here are fantasy football players to add week 18. (Note: These are best used for standard scoring leagues. All players are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. Zack Moss, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Since Jonathan Taylor went down with an injury, Moss has received a good amount of work. He had 24, then 12 and 16 carries over the last three weeks. On his 16 carries in week 17, most of which when they were coming from behind to the Giants, Moss rushed for 74 yards.
Not only is Moss getting work, he also has a favorable matchup in week 18. The Colts will play the Texans, who are not great against opposing running backs. Moss should have a great day in week 18 for the Colts. He is rostered in just 44.4 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Jahan Dotson, WR, Washington Commanders
Although Dotson didn’t have the greatest game in week 17, he has played well as of late. In week 17, Dotson caught three passes for 37 yards. He still got seven targets in the game. Before week 17, he had three straight games of double-digit scoring.
Dotson will be playing the Cowboys in week 18, who have struggled defensively and had injuries in the secondary. Even though Washington is out of playoff contention, Dotson has found his stride at the end of his rookie season. He is rostered in 43.1 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Richie James, WR, New York Giants
The Giants have had plenty of injuries and disappointments at the wide receiver position. With those issues, Richie James has stepped up. Over the last seven weeks, he has four double-digit scoring games. In week 17 against the Colts, James had seven catches for 76 yards and one touchdown.
While the Giants have already clinched their playoff spot as the sixth seed, they may not bench their starters. If they do, James may still play, even after producing down the stretch, as he is not invaluable to the team. James is rostered in 3.6 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. Trey McBride, TE, Arizona Cardinals
Early in the season, McBride was buried on the depth chart behind Zach Ertz. He still didn’t produce much once Ertz was injured for the remainder of the season. That all changed in week 17 after David Blough entered the lineup at quarterback. McBride registered seven catches for 78 yards on 10 targets for one touchdown.
With Blough set to start in week 18, McBride can have another good game. It seems they work well together and the Cardinals may need to throw a lot to keep up with the 49ers. McBride is rostered in 3.3 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Jaylen Warren, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Najee Harris is still handling most of the workload out of the Steelers backfield, but Warren has been productive as well. In week 17, he had 12 rushes for 76 yards. He also caught three passes for 22 yards against the Ravens.
In week 18, the Steelers play the Browns with a chance to reach the playoffs. Their best bet is to run the ball a lot with both Harris and Warren, as their offensive line play has improved throughout the season. Warren is rostered in just 8.4 percent of ESPN leagues.
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