Top Waiver Wire Pick Ups: John Ross, Derek Carr and Malcolm Brown

Out of the top 90 projected wide receivers there are 39 owned in less than 65% of leagues. Good options include Geronimo Allison and Demaryius Thomas, but the best option is John Ross.

There are 25 wide receivers that you will want to make sure are starting with a much better projected rank than season-to-date rank. At #4, JuJu Smith-Schuster is the highest ranking must start. There are 19 wide receivers that have been fantasy starters, that you may need to bench in weeks the rest of the way. Corey Davis, for example, is projected to be just the #62 wide receiver and some owners may have better options.

[NOTE: In the early part of a season we include stats from last year in our 'current season' rankings.]

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[*] = Owned in Under 65% of Leagues, [+/-] = Players With Better/Worse Ranking vs Season-to-Date

TOP 1-3031-6061-90
D. Hopkins (HOU) 207 FP, 13.8 perT. Lockett (SEA) 132 FP, 8.8 per -T. Ginn* (NO) 91 FP, 6.1 per
D. Adams (GB) 189 FP, 12.6 perE. Sanders (DEN) 129 FP, 8.6 per -C. Davis (TEN) 91 FP, 6.1 per -
J. Jones (ATL) 181 FP, 12 perT. Boyd (CIN) 125 FP, 8.3 per -M. Goodwin* (SF) 91 FP, 6.1 per
J. Smith-Schuster (PIT) 181 FP, 12 per +M. Brown (BAL) 125 FP, 8.3 per +G. Allison* (GB) 91 FP, 6 per
M. Thomas (NO) 180 FP, 12 perL. Fitzgerald (ARI) 121 FP, 8 per -A. Miller* (CHI) 88 FP, 5.9 per
K. Allen (LAC) 176 FP, 11.7 per +J. Ross* (CIN) 119 FP, 7.9 perA. Wilson* (MIA) 88 FP, 5.9 per
T. Hilton (IND) 172 FP, 11.5 per +C. Sutton (DEN) 118 FP, 7.9 per +D. Parker* (MIA) 87 FP, 5.8 per
S. Watkins (KC) 171 FP, 11.4 per +M. Gallup (DAL) 116 FP, 7.7 per +N. Agholor* (PHI) 87 FP, 5.8 per
A. Cooper (DAL) 162 FP, 10.8 per +M. Valdes-Scantling (GB) 113 FP, 7.5 per +Z. Jones* (BUF) 85 FP, 5.7 per
R. Woods (LAR) 160 FP, 10.6 perC. Samuel (CAR) 112 FP, 7.5 per +M. Lee* (JAC) 83 FP, 5.5 per
A. Thielen (MIN) 159 FP, 10.6 perJ. Crowder* (NYJ) 112 FP, 7.5 perK. Stills* (HOU) 82 FP, 5.5 per
O. Beckham (CLE) 158 FP, 10.6 per +D. Westbrook (JAC) 112 FP, 7.5 per -G. Tate* (NYG) 80 FP, 6.6 per
M. Evans (TB) 157 FP, 10.5 per -M. Williams (LAC) 112 FP, 7.4 per -P. Richardson* (WAS) 79 FP, 5.3 per
T. Hill (KC) 156 FP, 12 per -W. Fuller (HOU) 111 FP, 7.4 per +D. Thomas* (NYJ) 77 FP, 5.2 per
A. Brown (NE) 150 FP, 10 per -M. Jones (DET) 109 FP, 7.3 per +K. Coutee* (HOU) 75 FP, 5 per
B. Cooks (LAR) 148 FP, 9.8 per -R. Anderson (NYJ) 106 FP, 7.1 per -C. Latimer* (NYG) 75 FP, 5 per
A. Jeffery (PHI) 146 FP, 9.8 per +D. Moore* (SEA) 106 FP, 7.5 perA. Brown* (TEN) 74 FP, 5 per
C. Kupp (LAR) 145 FP, 9.7 per +C. Kirk (ARI) 105 FP, 7 per +R. Cobb* (DAL) 72 FP, 4.8 per
J. Edelman (NE) 144 FP, 9.6 per -J. Landry (CLE) 104 FP, 7 per -P. Dorsett* (NE) 68 FP, 4.6 per
T. Williams (OAK) 143 FP, 9.6 per +M. Sanu* (ATL) 104 FP, 6.9 perW. Snead* (BAL) 68 FP, 4.5 per
A. Green (CIN) 142 FP, 10.2 per +J. Washington (PIT) 101 FP, 6.7 per +T. Gabriel* (CHI) 68 FP, 4.5 per
C. Ridley (ATL) 138 FP, 9.2 per -D. Moncrief (PIT) 100 FP, 6.7 per +D. Samuel* (SF) 68 FP, 4.5 per
C. Godwin (TB) 137 FP, 9.1 per +D. Pettis (SF) 100 FP, 6.7 per +A. Callaway* (CLE) 65 FP, 5.4 per
S. Diggs (MIN) 136 FP, 9.1 per -S. Shepard (NYG) 98 FP, 6.5 per -D. Hamilton* (DEN) 64 FP, 4.2 per
J. Gordon (NE) 136 FP, 9.1 per +T. Smith* (NO) 96 FP, 6.4 perM. Hardman* (KC) 63 FP, 4.2 per
Jo. Brown (BUF) 136 FP, 9 per +T. McLaurin* (WAS) 96 FP, 6.4 perP. Campbell* (IND) 62 FP, 4.1 per
D. Moore (CAR) 135 FP, 9 per +M. Boykin* (BAL) 95 FP, 6.4 perH. Renfrow* (OAK) 62 FP, 4.1 per
A. Robinson (CHI) 135 FP, 9 perD. Metcalf* (SEA) 94 FP, 6.3 perB. Perriman* (TB) 62 FP, 4.1 per
K. Golladay (DET) 134 FP, 9 per -D. Amendola* (DET) 93 FP, 6.2 perR. Higgins* (CLE) 61 FP, 4.1 per
D. Jackson (PHI) 132 FP, 8.8 per -D. Chark* (JAC) 92 FP, 6.1 perA. Humphries* (TEN) 60 FP, 4 per

Top 30 Projected Quarterbacks Rest of Season

If you need help at quarterback there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 30 the rest of the season. Derek Carr, at #17, is the highest ranking quarterback of this waiver wire group. There are only 5 quarterbacks whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. Lamar Jackson, at #3, is the highest ranking quarterback of this 'must start' group. There are 7 quarterbacks that have been fantasy starters, that you may need to bench in weeks the rest of the way. Mitchell Trubisky, for example, is projected to be just the #25 quarterback and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
P. Mahomes (KC) 421 FP, 28.1 perB. Roethlisberger (PIT) 328 FP, 21.9 per -M. Stafford* (DET) 286 FP, 19 per
D. Watson (HOU) 364 FP, 24.3 perC. Newton (CAR) 327 FP, 21.8 perA. Dalton* (CIN) 284 FP, 18.9 per
L. Jackson (BAL) 353 FP, 23.5 per +R. Wilson (SEA) 326 FP, 21.7 per -J. Garoppolo (SF) 284 FP, 18.9 per +
T. Brady (NE) 351 FP, 23.4 perP. Rivers (LAC) 324 FP, 21.6 per -K. Cousins (MIN) 282 FP, 18.8 per -
C. Wentz (PHI) 342 FP, 22.8 per +J. Winston (TB) 318 FP, 21.2 per +M. Trubisky (CHI) 278 FP, 18.5 per -
D. Prescott (DAL) 338 FP, 22.5 perB. Mayfield (CLE) 306 FP, 20.4 perM. Mariota* (TEN) 272 FP, 18.1 per
M. Ryan (ATL) 337 FP, 22.5 per -D. Carr* (OAK) 298 FP, 19.9 perS. Darnold* (NYJ) 260 FP, 17.3 per
J. Goff (LAR) 336 FP, 22.4 perJ. Allen* (BUF) 296 FP, 19.8 perJ. Flacco* (DEN) 243 FP, 16.2 per
A. Rodgers (GB) 335 FP, 22.3 perJ. Brissett* (IND) 294 FP, 19.6 perR. Fitzpatrick* (MIA) 223 FP, 14.9 per
D. Brees (NO) 334 FP, 22.3 per -K. Murray (ARI) 288 FP, 19.2 per +E. Manning* (NYG) 202 FP, 13.4 per

Top 60 Projected Running Backs Rest of Season

There are 21 running backs that you will want to make sure are starting with a much better projected rank than season-to-date rank. Le`Veon Bell, at #5, is the highest ranking running back of this 'must start' group. There are 15 running backs that have been fantasy starters, that you may need to bench in weeks the rest of the way. Adrian Peterson, for example, is projected to be just the #57 running back and some owners may have better options. If you need help at running back there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 60 the rest of the season. At #39, Malcolm Brown is the highest ranking one.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
C. McCaffrey (CAR) 279 FP, 18.6 perD. Montgomery (CHI) 144 FP, 9.6 per +T. Coleman (SF) 100 FP, 7.7 per -
A. Kamara (NO) 242 FP, 16.1 perS. Michel (NE) 143 FP, 9.6 per -C. Hyde* (HOU) 100 FP, 6.7 per
E. Elliott (DAL) 242 FP, 16.1 perP. Lindsay (DEN) 142 FP, 9.5 per -D. Lewis (TEN) 100 FP, 6.6 per -
S. Barkley (NYG) 241 FP, 16.1 perD. Johnson (HOU) 140 FP, 9.4 per +R. Burkhead* (NE) 94 FP, 6.3 per
L. Bell (NYJ) 233 FP, 15.6 per +D. Freeman (ATL) 138 FP, 9.2 per +D. Sproles* (PHI) 93 FP, 6.2 per
D. Cook (MIN) 211 FP, 14 per +D. Guice (WAS) 137 FP, 9.8 per +J. Howard (PHI) 93 FP, 6.2 per -
J. Jacobs (OAK) 200 FP, 13.3 per +D. Williams (KC) 136 FP, 9.1 perP. Barber (TB) 93 FP, 6.2 per -
D. Johnson (ARI) 196 FP, 13.1 perL. Murray (NO) 134 FP, 9 per +F. Gore* (BUF) 91 FP, 6.1 per
C. Carson (SEA) 190 FP, 12.7 per +K. Drake (MIA) 130 FP, 8.7 per -J. Samuels (PIT) 91 FP, 6.1 per
J. Conner (PIT) 190 FP, 12.7 per -J. White (NE) 127 FP, 8.4 per -J. Jackson (LAC) 89 FP, 5.9 per +
D. Henry (TEN) 190 FP, 12.7 perM. Breida (SF) 122 FP, 8.1 per -G. Bernard* (CIN) 88 FP, 5.9 per
M. Mack (IND) 186 FP, 12.4 perD. Singletary (BUF) 122 FP, 8.1 per +J. Hill* (BAL) 86 FP, 5.7 per
A. Ekeler (LAC) 184 FP, 12.3 per +T. Cohen (CHI) 122 FP, 8.1 per -C. Anderson* (DET) 85 FP, 5.7 per
N. Chubb (CLE) 179 FP, 11.9 per +L. McCoy (KC) 121 FP, 8.1 perD. Thompson* (KC) 85 FP, 5.7 per
T. Gurley (LAR) 178 FP, 11.9 per -M. Sanders (PHI) 118 FP, 7.9 per +A. Mattison* (MIN) 85 FP, 5.6 per
K. Johnson (DET) 166 FP, 11.1 per +M. Gordon (LAC) 118 FP, 11.8 per -I. Smith* (ATL) 84 FP, 5.6 per
L. Fournette (JAC) 166 FP, 11.1 per +R. Penny (SEA) 111 FP, 7.4 per +A. Peterson (WAS) 82 FP, 5.5 per -
M. Ingram (BAL) 161 FP, 10.7 per +R. Freeman (DEN) 106 FP, 7.1 per +J. Williams* (GB) 82 FP, 5.5 per
J. Mixon (CIN) 159 FP, 10.6 per -M. Brown* (LAR) 104 FP, 6.9 perC. Thompson* (WAS) 80 FP, 5.3 per
A. Jones (GB) 150 FP, 10 per +R. Jones* (TB) 102 FP, 6.8 perT. Pollard (DAL) 78 FP, 5.2 per +

Top 30 Projected Tight Ends Rest of Season

There are a number of tight ends widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. At #13, Jimmy Graham is the highest ranking one. There are only 6 tight ends whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. Evan Engram, at #2, is the highest ranking tight end of this 'must start' group. There are only 5 tight ends who are projected to be fantasy busts. Vance McDonald, for example, is projected to be just the #17 tight end. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
T. Kelce (KC) 172 FP, 11.5 perH. Henry (LAC) 102 FP, 6.8 per +K. Rudolph* (MIN) 65 FP, 4.3 per
E. Engram (NYG) 130 FP, 8.7 per +E. Ebron (IND) 94 FP, 6.3 per -T. Burton* (CHI) 64 FP, 4.2 per
G. Kittle (SF) 127 FP, 8.5 perJ. Graham* (GB) 88 FP, 5.9 perC. Herndon* (NYJ) 63 FP, 5.2 per
D. Walker (TEN) 125 FP, 8.3 per +D. Njoku (CLE) 88 FP, 5.9 per -J. Doyle* (IND) 62 FP, 4.2 per
Z. Ertz (PHI) 124 FP, 8.3 per -A. Hooper (ATL) 86 FP, 5.7 per -B. Jarwin* (DAL) 61 FP, 4.1 per
O. Howard (TB) 115 FP, 7.6 per +J. Reed* (WAS) 80 FP, 5.4 perD. Goedert* (PHI) 60 FP, 4 per
J. Cook (NO) 114 FP, 7.6 perV. McDonald (PIT) 78 FP, 5.2 per -N. Fant* (DEN) 59 FP, 4 per
T. Hockenson (DET) 112 FP, 7.5 per +G. Olsen* (CAR) 78 FP, 5.2 perI. Thomas* (CAR) 58 FP, 3.8 per
M. Andrews (BAL) 112 FP, 7.5 perV. Davis* (WAS) 72 FP, 4.8 perG. Swaim* (JAC) 54 FP, 3.6 per
D. Waller (OAK) 107 FP, 7.2 per +C. Brate* (TB) 68 FP, 4.5 perC. Uzomah* (CIN) 52 FP, 3.5 per

Top 30 Projected Kickers Rest of Season

There are a number of kickers widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. Mike Badgley, at #11, is the highest ranking kicker of this waiver wire group. There are only 4 kickers whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. At #2, Justin Tucker is the highest ranking must start. There are only 3 kickers who are projected to be fantasy busts. Harrison Butker, for example, is projected to be just the #6 kicker. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
G. Zuerlein (LAR) 138 FP, 9.2 perM. Badgley* (LAC) 106 FP, 7 perA. Rosas* (NYG) 94 FP, 6.3 per
J. Tucker (BAL) 132 FP, 8.8 per +M. Crosby* (GB) 104 FP, 6.9 perA. Vinatieri* (IND) 94 FP, 6.3 per
R. Gould (SF) 128 FP, 8.5 per +S. Ficken* (NYJ) 103 FP, 6.9 perB. McManus* (DEN) 90 FP, 6 per
S. Gostkowski (NE) 124 FP, 8.3 per -M. Bryant* (ATL) 102 FP, 6.8 perZ. Gonzalez* (ARI) 88 FP, 5.9 per
W. Lutz (NO) 120 FP, 8 per -J. Myers* (SEA) 102 FP, 6.8 perD. Bailey* (MIN) 86 FP, 5.7 per
H. Butker (KC) 118 FP, 7.9 per -C. Santos* (TEN) 98 FP, 6.6 perR. Bullock* (CIN) 86 FP, 5.7 per
K. Fairbairn (HOU) 114 FP, 7.6 perA. Seibert* (CLE) 98 FP, 6.5 perE. Pineiro* (CHI) 86 FP, 5.7 per
M. Prater (DET) 111 FP, 7.4 per +D. Hopkins* (WAS) 97 FP, 6.5 perJ. Lambo* (JAC) 85 FP, 5.7 per
B. Maher (DAL) 108 FP, 7.2 perC. Boswell* (PIT) 97 FP, 6.5 perM. Gay* (TB) 85 FP, 5.6 per
J. Elliott (PHI) 108 FP, 7.2 per +D. Carlson* (OAK) 95 FP, 6.3 perS. Hauschka* (BUF) 84 FP, 5.6 per

Top 30 Projected Defenses Rest of Season

Below are the projected rankings for fantasy defenses the rest of the season. Units with an asterisk (*) are owned in less than 65% of leagues. The Seattle Defense is one to consider picking up. The New Orleans Defense is projected to improve on their ranking the rest of the season. The Dallas Defense is one whose projected ranking is worse than their current ranking.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
Ravens 181 FP, 11.3 perTitans* 167 FP, 10.4 perChiefs* 156 FP, 9.7 per
Saints 180 FP, 11.3 per +Texans 162 FP, 10.1 per -Cardinals* 155 FP, 9.7 per
Seahawks* 179 FP, 11.2 perSteelers* 162 FP, 10.1 perEagles* 154 FP, 9.6 per
Vikings 174 FP, 10.9 per +Broncos 161 FP, 10.1 perLions* 153 FP, 9.6 per
Colts* 174 FP, 10.9 perBrowns 161 FP, 10.1 per +Panthers* 152 FP, 9.5 per
Bills 173 FP, 10.8 per +Jaguars 159 FP, 10 perBengals* 146 FP, 9.2 per
Rams 172 FP, 10.8 per -Chargers 159 FP, 10 per -Jets* 146 FP, 9.1 per
Bears 171 FP, 10.7 per -Redskins* 159 FP, 9.9 perGiants* 136 FP, 8.5 per
Packers* 169 FP, 10.5 perCowboys 159 FP, 9.9 per -Falcons* 133 FP, 8.3 per
Patriots 167 FP, 10.5 per -49ers* 157 FP, 9.8 perBuccaneers* 132 FP, 8.3 per