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 rostered in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. Dare Ogunbowale, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
After several injuries to the running back position, Ogunbowale has received his chance in the Jacksonville backfield. He has had two straight double-digit scoring performances. In week 17, he had 36 rushing yards, 32 receiving yards and one touchdown.
In a week 18 matchup against the Colts, Ogunbowale should get most of the work. While the Colts have a good defense and need to win to make the playoffs, the workload for Ogunbowale can make him worth the add with fantasy rosters dealing with COVID and injuries. He is rostered in just 26.1 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Scott is another player who has received an opportunity with injuries to the backfield. He also has two-straight double-digit scoring games. Against Washington in week 17, he rushed for 47 yards, had 39 receiving yards and one total touchdown.
The Eagles have clinched a playoff spot, but will still be playing for a better seed in week 18. Scott will have a huge role in the Philadelphia backfield against the Cowboys. With his ability to run and catch, he could have a big day. He is currently available in over 75 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Jaret Patterson, RB, Washington Football Team
Antonio Gibson was out in week 17 because of COVID. Patterson was able to fill in with 57 rushing yards, 41 receiving yards and one touchdown. He has seen some work this season with various injuries and COVID hitting the Washington backfield.
With Washington being out of the playoff race, there is no reason to put Gibson out on the field with the injuries he has had this season. Patterson should get most of the work out of the backfield and could be played in fantasy if managers are desperate. He is rostered in just 23.9 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. Mike Davis, RB, Atlanta Falcons
After starting the season as the main running back for the Falcons, Davis now splits time with Cordarrelle Patterson. His workload has been diminished, but he still had 42 rushing yards, 15 receiving yards and a touchdown in week 17 against the Bills.
While he will likely still split most of the work with Patterson in week 18, there is hope that Davis will find the endzone. He is the bigger running back and could get goal line work against the Saints. He is worth picking up, but is a risky play in week 18. Davis is available in just over 50 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. K.J. Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings
With Sean Mannion at quarterback, Osborn was able to find the end zone against the Packers in week 17. He finished the game with three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown against a good Packers’ defense. With Adam Thielen‘s injury, Osborn has stepped up.
Thielen is out for the season with an injury, so Osborn will see more work in week 18. Kirk Cousins may also be returning to the lineup after being out with COVID on Sunday. Osborn will have a chance to produce either way. He is rostered in just 37.1 percent of ESPN leagues.
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