The key to winning your fantasy football league is not how well you draft, but the players you add off waivers. This is extremely important because securing hidden talent could replace those late-round selections, even mid-rounders, that aren’t having the best season. Here at NFS, we provide the best picks for players you should grab off waivers now before it is too late. As always, both opportunity and performance are taken into consideration for these players. All players listed are rostered below 40 percent on ESPN. Learn to think like a NERD!
Kadarius Toney, WR, New York Giants
Kadarius Toney was mentioned on last week’s waiver wire as a young player with a ton of upside but still needed to show more development to become a quality pick-up on the waiver wire. This week’s game against the Cowboys was a huge statement performance for Toney. He finished with 10 receptions and 189 yards on 13 targets. He absolutely torched Trevon Diggs throughout the entire game outside of one dropped pass. With Daniel Jones hurt, that may dampen Toney’s production going forward. But he is still an absolute must-add off the waiver wire with plenty of big games in his future with the Giants.
Devontae Booker, RB, New York Giants
With Saquon Barkley going down with a severe ankle sprain, it is Devontae Booker as the next man up on the depth chart. A seasoned veteran, Booker has shown plenty of production with the Raiders and the Broncos in previous seasons. He still finished with a solid game against the Cowboys this week too. Booker ended the game with 58 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns. It is still unclear how much time Barkley will miss. But based on his injury history, Booker will still get at least a few RB1 games for the Giants this season.
Marquez Callaway, WR, New Orleans Saints
After a two-touchdown preseason game that put him on the map as the potential number one receiver, Marquez Callaway was nothing but disappointing for the first two weeks. It wasn’t until Week 3 where Sean Payton started to let Callaway loose and he’s been growing into his role more since. Callaway finished with four receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns against WFT. He also received eight targets to mark a season-high, making his season outlook more encouraging. If Callaway was dropped in your league, it may be time to pick him up as the New Orleans Saints’ offense continues to improve as a whole with Jameis Winston.
Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots
Hunter Henry was a big-time signing for the New England Patriots, who were attempting to craft their offense for rookie quarterback Mac Jones. Despite only a 2-3 record, a lot of encouraging signs have come from Henry’s performance as of late. He improved every week in terms of fantasy points scored. It is also Henry’s second week in a row scoring a touchdown, also finishing with six catches for 85 yards against the Texans. It is a slow-moving process with a new quarterback at the helm; however, if Henry can stay healthy for the coming weeks, he’ll be a quality starting tight end with great passing catching ability. A perfect fantasy pickup right now.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions
It is extremely tough seeing the Detroit Lions continue to drop close games as they now fall to 0-5 on the young season. But there have been encouraging signs from many of their young players as they continue to demonstrate development. One being fifth-round pick, Amon-Ra St. Brown, who finished last week’s game against the Vikings with seven receptions totaling 65 yards. St. Brown totaled 70 yards last week against the Bears as well. The Lions’ offense has struggled to put points on the board, but seeing St. Brown receive high volume targets is encouraging. The significant injury to Quintez Cephus should also give St. Brown more opportunities as well.