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. You can also make life easier by checking out our Consistency Rankings!
Kendrick Bourne, WR, New England Patriots
With the New England Patriots now on a six-game winning streak, everyone on the offense has seen a major boost in production. Especially Kendrick Bourne, who has had two of his biggest games over the last three weeks. His first came against Cleveland in Week 10. Hee finished with four receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up with five receptions for 61 yards and two touchdowns. With New England only getting more in rhythm as the season approaches the playoffs, Bourne should be in line for more consistently productive games, making him a quality pickup.
Dontrell Hilliard, RB, Tennessee Titans
After a mix of multiple names including Jeremy McNichols, Adrian Peterson, and D’Onta Foreman, the Titans have now found their replacement for Derrick Henry until he returns. In back-to-back weeks, Dontrell Hillard has put up solid games as the RB1. Last week against the Patriots, Hillard finished with 131 rushing yards and a touchdown. He’s also proved strong in the receiving game. Two weeks ago, he finished with seven receptions and 47 yards. Even with a bye week coming up, Hillard will be a popular target this week and not one to miss out on.
Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers
Well, that was quick. After Christian McCaffrey returned from injury earlier in the season, Chuba Hubbard was expected to return to the backup role that he was expected to have all season long. Well, now McCaffrey has been ruled out the remainder of the season with an ankle injury. Hubbard on the season has almost 600 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns. Hubbard will now have the rest of the season to stamp an underrated rookie season with a quarterback who also boosts his abilities out of the backfield.
Matt Breida, RB, Buffalo Bills
Despite being towards the bottom of the depth chart to start the season, Matt Breida has worked his way up and has earned RB1 reps for the Buffalo Bills. He’s already totaled 176 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns in his last three games. With Zack Moss continuing to a healthy scratch, Breida has a season-long opportunity to continue to produce high-quality games as a dual-threat running back for the Buffalo Bills, who have continued to be contenders in the AFC.
Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
With the Philadelphia Eagles choosing to shuffle through the multiple running backs they have on the roster, Boston Scott has still continued to get a decent amount of consistency through the games. Last week was his highest performing week of the season. Against the New York Giants, Scott finished with 64 yards and a touchdown. Also with an easier schedule, Scott could be primed for more big games in the future once he proves he can be a future starting running back for the Birds.