Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets: Justin Jackson, Curtis Samuel, More Players to Buy For Playoffs


USA Today Sports. Pictured: Justin Jackson, Curtis Samuel

Dec 05, 2018, 09:50 PM EST
  • Dealing with injuries? Need to bolster your roster to make a deep playoff run? Ryan Collinsworth has the top fantasy football waiver wire targets to help you.
  • He breaks down the top streaming quarterbacks and tight ends, top running back handcuffs to stock your bench with and wide receivers with the best upside.
  • Chargers RB Josh Jackson is a borderline flex option as long as Melvin Gordon (knee) is out while Panthers WR Curtis Samuel stands out as an excellent buy-and-hold candidate.

Most fantasy football playoffs start this week. If you missed the playoffs this season and happen to be in a keeper or dynasty league, check out Ryan McDowell‘s dynasty content to help you build for 2019.

As for the rest of you battling for a league championship, this piece is for you. The time for hoarding potential is over. Now it’s all about winning. I highlight the best streaming options, handcuffs and upside plays at every position to help you take home your office’s plastic gold trophy.

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.

Top Streaming Quarterbacks

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills ($5)

Five bucks for a quarterback? Are you crazy?

It’s the playoffs, people. If you’ve got substantial a FAAB budget remaining, spend it. There’s no advantage in hoarding it.

Over the past two weeks, Allen has averaged 117 rushing yards per game, which puts him in company with Lamar Jackson as the top quarterbacks with rushing upside. What differentiates Allen from Jackson, however, is his added passing acumen. Don’t get me wrong: Jackson is still a fantastic option during the fantasy playoffs. But Allen is on fire right now.

Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Josh Allen

Since returning from injury in Week 12, he ranks as the No. 1 fantasy quarterback with 27.5 PPR points per game. He also ranks as the No. 2 overall player in fantasy, trailing only Christian McCaffrey’s 28.9 PPR points per game.

His Week 14 matchup against the Jets isn’t particularly inviting, but Allen remains a must-start fantasy quarterback until further notice.

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns ($2)