Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets: Lamar Jackson, Josh Reynolds, More Players to Buy Before Playoffs

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  • Dealing with injuries? Need to make a push for your league's playoffs? Ryan Collinsworth has the top fantasy football waiver wire targets to help you.
  • He breaks down the top options at every position based on upside, floor and remaining schedules.
  • See why you should buy Lamar Jackson, Josh Reynolds and more heading into the final stretch.

Many fantasy football teams are making their final playoff push over the next two weeks, so we’ll be taking a longer-term approach to recommendations.

If you’re scouring the waiver wire this late in the season, it’s likely for one of three reasons:

  1. Your fantasy team lacks the scoring upside to contend with your league’s top teams in the playoffs, so you need to find a big-play threat to start at your flex spot in hopes that he breaks off a big game at the perfect time.
  2. You’re dealing with injuries or suspensions and need conservative, high-floor replacements. You’re probably in this camp if you drafted Leonard Fournette, Marlon Mack, Alex Collins, Marquise Goodwin, A.J. Green or Marvin Jones.
  3. You don’t have a stone-cold lock player at your flex position. You stockpiled too many inconsistent flex options, none of whom have great matchups this week. You’re looking for a streaming waiver wire option with plus-EV matchups during the playoffs.

In order to help the greatest number of readers, I’ve targeted players that satisfy each of the three situations detailed above. For each skill position, I’ll recommend one player with the best upside, one with the best floor projection and one with the best remaining schedule.

I highlight players who are owned in fewer than 50% of ESPN fantasy leagues and recommend an auction price (in parentheses) for each player for leagues using a Free Agent Acquisition Budget system. All recommendations are made based on a $100 FAAB budget.


Best Upside: Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens ($3)

This recommendation is obviously contingent on the status of Joe Flacco (hip). But as long as Flacco remains out, it’s wise to ride Jackson’s legs as far as they can take you.

In two games as a starter, Jackson has averaged 95 rushing yards and 19.55 PPR fantasy points. Perhaps most importantly, Baltimore has gone 2-0 with Jackson at the helm, which means the coaching staff could continue to roll with Jackson, opting not to rush Flacco back onto the field.

The Ravens face the Falcons, Chiefs and Buccaneers over the next three weeks, all of whom rank 27th or worse in Football Outsiders’ rush defense DVOA and fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks this season.

Best Floor: Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns ($2)

Mayfield logged the best statistical performance of his young career against the Bengals this past Sunday, going 19-of-26 passing for 258 yards and four touchdowns.

Mayfield and the Browns have been red-hot offensively since firing Hue Jackson and Todd Haley in Week 8.

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