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The best way to improve your team during the season is through the waiver wire. Trading is one way, but you can’t beat adding a player just for the mere cost of dropping your last player on the bench. While it may be easy to determine if a player is worth adding or dropping, it is an entirely different challenge to decide how much FAAB (Free-Agent Acquisition Budget) is worth spending on a particular player. I have looked at the 10 best players worth picking up, and how much I would be willing to spend on the player too.
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Wayne Gallman, New York Giants (FAAB: $30)
The Giants backup running back will be forced into the starting role for the foreseeable future. Superstar Saquon Barkley has a high ankle sprain, and will be out for the next 4-8 weeks. Of course, Gallman won’t be capable of filling those big shoes, but he should be a productive back who will receive great opportunity. It is quite rare to find players on the waiver wire, that could potentially become your RB2. Gallman is one of the most talented backups, as he was a workhorse for the Clemson Tigers just 2 years ago. I fully expect him to perform well in this fill-in role. If your team is in need of a running back, I would not be afraid to spend $30-35 on him.
Daniel Jones, New York Giants (FAAB: $8)
Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones dazzled in his first performance under center. He accounted for 336 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, and no interceptions against the Buccaneers. Additionally, he gets a very favorable matchup against the Washington Redskins. The Giants’ NFC rival ranks just 20th against the pass and 31st in points allowed per game. Jones should continue his stellar play for the G-Men. The quarterback position is littered with players who can produce on a weekly basis, so that must be considered when determining his FAAB value. I’d be comfortable with putting somewhere between $5-10, he’s an exciting prospect, but there are just so many quarterback options that could end up producing just the same.
Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks (FAAB: $15)
Seahawk tight end Will Dissly is looking like a TE1 in fantasy as of right now. Maybe that claim is too sudden, but he will be a TE1 caliber player this week against the Cardinals. In the last 2 games, Dissly has reeled in 3 touchdowns. He now gets to face the worst defense against tight ends. In all 3 of the Cardinals’ games, they have allowed a tight end to either have over a 100 yards or catch touchdown. All signs point to Dissly to have a big game in week 4. Quality tight ends are definitely more of a rarity, I wouldn’t hesitate to put somewhere around $15 on Will Dissly.
Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots (FAAB: $18)
Burkhead has seemed to be the favored running back in New England’s backfield. Sony Michel was pegged to be the fantasy option of choice in New England, but that does not look like the case anymore. Burkhead seems to have a firm hold on goal-line carries, which gives him immense potential to score more points. On a given week, he could be a RB2 caliber player. I’d want to spend somewhere around $15 for Burkhead, he could be in your lineup this weekend.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (FAAB: $0)
Matthew Stafford has a prime matchup against the Kansas City defense. Due the aerial attack that is Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City’s defense is constantly getting torched due to how aggressive offenses have to play. The Chief’s defense has yet to hold a team under 28 points, and has not held a quarterback under 20 fantasy points yet this season. Stafford has the ability and the weapons to decimate the Chiefs in week 4. Again, quarterbacks will never be valued as high as skill positions in FAAB, I would be reluctant to spend anymore than 1 or 2 dollars on Stafford
Phillip Dorsett II, New England Patriots (FAAB: $10)
Phillip Dorsett II got a nice boost in fantasy value after the release of Antonio Brown. Dorsett II was able to go for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns in the season opener before the signing of Brown. The 5th-year receiver scored another touchdown last week without Brown in the lineup as well. These are good signs that tell me Dorsett II is a serious flex play on your fantasy team. He is a flex-caliber player right now, and could have weeks where he is a WR2. Dorsett is worth somewhere between $5-10 in FAAB.
Adam Humphries, Tennessee Titans (FAAB: $1)
Tennessee‘s slot receiver finally got some opportunity this past weekend. After just 3 receptions for 4 yards through 2 games, Humphries had 6 receptions for 93 yards against the Jaguars. I’d assume that Humphries’ lack of touches was out of odd chance, and that he will be much more integrated in the offense moving forward. Humphries did ink a 36 million dollar deal in the offseason. Humphries should definitely be considered on the waiver wire, but I wouldn’t necessarily put any FAAB on trying to acquire him.
Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers (FAAB: $0)
Pittsburgh’s Diontae Johnson benefited from the benching of receiver Donte Moncrief. Johnson totaled 52 yards and a touchdown in week 3. He also gets a favorable matchup against the Bengals, who are just 27th in points allowed per game. Johnson is by no means a must-add type of player right now, but his value may rise if him and quarterback Mason Rudolph have chemistry.
Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts (FAAB: $0)
I rarely think of kickers when I think of valuable pickups, but I do think Vinatieri is one of them. After a bizarrely bad start for the veteran, he found his footing in week 3. Vinatieri was able to score on all of his field goal attempts going 5 for 5 against the Falcons. HIs own % dropped significantly after his poor play through 2 games, and is right around 22% as of right now. The veteran kicker should have more opportunities against a Raiders defense that ranks 25th overall in the league. I’d pickup Vinatieri, he should continue to get back to kicking like his old self.
Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins (FAAB: $0)
It is almost impossible to support adding a Miami Dolphin player. However, Preston Williams has been one of the few bright spots on the team. Through 3 games, Williams has had 155 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers are not jaw dropping to say the least, but he has shown consistency nonetheless. Williams has scored over 10 fantasy points in full point PPR formats in all of the contests so far this season. Those numbers should suggest he should be on a fantasy roster in deeper leagues. The Dolphins and their players cannot be trusted in fantasy, but if I had to trust one, it is Preston Williams.