Top Waiver Wire Pickups Include Darius Slayton, Rashaad Penny, and Daniel Jones

There are 41 wide receivers who are projected to be in the top 90 (short term) and who could be available on the waiver wire as they are owned in less than 65% of leagues. This list includes Cole Beasley and Tre'Quan Smith, but the highest ranked waiver wire wide receiver is Darius Slayton.

There are 20 wide receivers that have been fantasy starters, that you may need to bench in weeks the rest of the way. Tyler Boyd, for example, is projected to be just the #54 wide receiver. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners. There are 17 wide receivers whose projected rank is much better than their season-to-date rank. At #3, Tyreek Hill is the highest ranking must start.

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

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M. Thomas (NO) 68 FP, 13.5 perG. Tate (NYG) 43 FP, 8.6 per +N. Agholor* (PHI) 29 FP, 5.8 per
M. Evans (TB) 64 FP, 12.9 perA. Jeffery (PHI) 43 FP, 8.6 per +C. Beasley* (BUF) 28 FP, 5.7 per
T. Hill (KC) 62 FP, 12.5 per +Jo. Brown (BUF) 43 FP, 8.5 per -T. Gabriel* (CHI) 28 FP, 5.6 per
C. Godwin (TB) 61 FP, 12.1 per -M. Brown (BAL) 43 FP, 8.5 per -M. Sanu (NE) 28 FP, 5.5 per
J. Jones (ATL) 56 FP, 11.3 per +C. Samuel (CAR) 42 FP, 8.4 per -T. Smith* (NO) 27 FP, 5.5 per
J. Landry (CLE) 55 FP, 11 per +W. Fuller (HOU) 41 FP, 8.2 perD. Thomas* (NYJ) 27 FP, 5.5 per
D. Chark (JAC) 55 FP, 10.9 per -T. Williams (OAK) 40 FP, 8.1 perC. Davis* (TEN) 27 FP, 5.4 per
D. Hopkins (HOU) 55 FP, 10.9 perA. Brown* (TEN) 40 FP, 8.1 perT. Ginn* (NO) 27 FP, 5.4 per
D. Adams (GB) 54 FP, 10.8 per +S. Watkins (KC) 39 FP, 7.8 per +D. Funchess* (IND) 26 FP, 5.3 per
K. Golladay (DET) 54 FP, 10.8 per -M. Williams (LAC) 39 FP, 7.8 per +D. Johnson* (PIT) 25 FP, 5 per
A. Cooper (DAL) 53 FP, 10.7 per -L. Fitzgerald (ARI) 38 FP, 7.6 perZ. Pascal* (IND) 25 FP, 5 per
S. Diggs (MIN) 53 FP, 10.6 perT. McLaurin (WAS) 37 FP, 7.4 per -K. Cole* (JAC) 24 FP, 4.9 per
C. Sutton (DEN) 52 FP, 10.5 per +J. Crowder (NYJ) 37 FP, 7.3 per -J. Gordon (SEA) 24 FP, 4.8 per +
K. Allen (LAC) 52 FP, 10.4 per +A. Green (CIN) 36 FP, 7.3 per +A. Tate* (CIN) 24 FP, 4.7 per
A. Thielen (MIN) 52 FP, 10.4 per +J. Smith-Schuster (PIT) 35 FP, 6.9 perN. Harry* (NE) 23 FP, 4.6 per
T. Hilton (IND) 51 FP, 10.2 per +B. Cooks (LAR) 34 FP, 6.9 per +M. Valdes-Scantling* (GB) 23 FP, 4.6 per
J. Edelman (NE) 51 FP, 10.1 perD. Samuel (SF) 33 FP, 6.7 per -D. Robinson* (KC) 22 FP, 4.4 per
T. Lockett (SEA) 50 FP, 9.9 per -D. Westbrook* (JAC) 33 FP, 6.7 perA. Erickson* (CIN) 22 FP, 4.3 per
O. Beckham (CLE) 50 FP, 9.9 per +M. Hardman* (KC) 33 FP, 6.6 perA. Hurns* (MIA) 21 FP, 4.3 per
C. Kupp (LAR) 50 FP, 9.9 per -R. Cobb* (DAL) 32 FP, 6.5 perA. Humphries* (TEN) 21 FP, 4.1 per
D. Moore (CAR) 48 FP, 9.7 per -P. Dorsett* (NE) 32 FP, 6.3 perW. Snead* (BAL) 20 FP, 3.9 per
M. Jones (DET) 48 FP, 9.6 per -E. Sanders (SF) 31 FP, 6.2 per -P. Richardson* (WAS) 20 FP, 3.9 per
M. Gallup (DAL) 48 FP, 9.5 perR. Anderson* (NYJ) 31 FP, 6.2 perP. Campbell* (IND) 19 FP, 3.8 per
C. Kirk (ARI) 47 FP, 9.5 per +T. Boyd (CIN) 31 FP, 6.1 per -O. Johnson* (MIN) 19 FP, 3.8 per
D. Parker (MIA) 46 FP, 9.2 per -J. Ross* (CIN) 31 FP, 6.1 perA. Miller* (CHI) 19 FP, 3.8 per
D. Metcalf (SEA) 45 FP, 9 per -D. Amendola* (DET) 30 FP, 6.1 perA. Wilson* (MIA) 18 FP, 3.7 per
D. Slayton* (NYG) 45 FP, 9 perS. Shepard* (NYG) 30 FP, 6.1 perJ. Meyers* (NE) 18 FP, 3.7 per
A. Robinson (CHI) 44 FP, 8.9 per -K. Stills* (HOU) 30 FP, 6 perB. Perriman* (TB) 18 FP, 3.5 per
C. Ridley (ATL) 44 FP, 8.9 per -J. Washington* (PIT) 29 FP, 5.9 perJ. Holton* (PIT) 18 FP, 3.5 per
R. Woods (LAR) 43 FP, 8.6 perC. Conley* (JAC) 29 FP, 5.8 perJ. Kumerow* (GB) 17 FP, 3.3 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. Daniel Jones, at #16, is the highest ranking quarterback of this waiver wire group. There are 7 quarterbacks that you will want to make sure are starting with a much better projected rank than season-to-date rank. Patrick Mahomes, at #2, 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. Derek Carr, for example, is projected to be just the #25 quarterback and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
L. Jackson (BAL) 137 FP, 27.5 perJ. Brissett (IND) 104 FP, 20.7 per +J. Goff (LAR) 87 FP, 17.5 per
P. Mahomes (KC) 124 FP, 24.7 per +A. Rodgers (GB) 102 FP, 20.5 perK. Allen* (CAR) 86 FP, 17.3 per
R. Wilson (SEA) 117 FP, 23.5 perK. Cousins (MIN) 102 FP, 20.3 per -J. Garoppolo (SF) 85 FP, 17 per -
D. Brees (NO) 113 FP, 22.6 per +B. Mayfield (CLE) 101 FP, 20.1 per +M. Stafford* (DET) 84 FP, 21.1 per
M. Ryan (ATL) 112 FP, 22.3 per +K. Murray (ARI) 100 FP, 20 per -D. Carr (OAK) 84 FP, 16.7 per -
J. Winston (TB) 111 FP, 22.2 perD. Jones* (NYG) 98 FP, 19.6 perA. Dalton* (CIN) 83 FP, 16.6 per
D. Prescott (DAL) 110 FP, 22 per -P. Rivers (LAC) 98 FP, 19.5 perS. Darnold* (NYJ) 81 FP, 16.2 per
T. Brady (NE) 109 FP, 21.8 per +N. Foles* (JAC) 92 FP, 18.4 perR. Fitzpatrick* (MIA) 79 FP, 15.9 per
C. Wentz (PHI) 108 FP, 21.7 per +J. Allen (BUF) 90 FP, 18 per -M. Trubisky* (CHI) 79 FP, 15.8 per
D. Watson (HOU) 105 FP, 21 per -R. Tannehill* (TEN) 90 FP, 17.9 perB. Allen* (DEN) 70 FP, 14.1 per

Top 60 Projected Running Backs Rest of Season

There are 18 running backs who are expected to trend down in fantasy production. Duke Johnson, for example, is projected to be just the #40 running back. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners. There are 17 running backs that you will want to make sure are starting with a much better projected rank than season-to-date rank. At #3, Leonard Fournette is the highest ranking must start. 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. Rashaad Penny, at #42, is the highest ranking running back of this waiver wire group.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
C. McCaffrey (CAR) 104 FP, 20.9 perL. Murray (NO) 49 FP, 9.8 perT. Cohen (CHI) 31 FP, 6.2 per +
D. Cook (MIN) 89 FP, 17.8 perD. Montgomery (CHI) 48 FP, 9.6 per +R. Penny* (SEA) 31 FP, 6.2 per
L. Fournette (JAC) 73 FP, 14.6 per +S. Michel (NE) 47 FP, 9.4 per -A. Peterson (WAS) 31 FP, 6.1 per
M. Gordon (LAC) 72 FP, 14.5 per +D. Freeman (ATL) 47 FP, 9.4 per +L. McCoy* (KC) 30 FP, 6 per
E. Elliott (DAL) 72 FP, 14.4 perD. Williams (KC) 47 FP, 9.3 per +B. Hill (ATL) 30 FP, 6 per +
D. Henry (TEN) 69 FP, 13.8 per -J. Howard (PHI) 46 FP, 9.3 per -K. Ballage* (MIA) 29 FP, 5.8 per
A. Kamara (NO) 69 FP, 13.8 per +J. Conner (PIT) 45 FP, 9 per -J. Samuels (PIT) 28 FP, 5.7 per +
J. Jacobs (OAK) 69 FP, 13.7 perM. Sanders (PHI) 45 FP, 9 perR. Burkhead* (NE) 28 FP, 5.7 per
N. Chubb (CLE) 67 FP, 13.5 per -R. Jones (TB) 44 FP, 8.9 per -P. Barber* (TB) 28 FP, 5.6 per
S. Barkley (NYG) 67 FP, 13.4 per +B. Scarbrough (DET) 44 FP, 8.8 per +F. Gore* (BUF) 27 FP, 5.4 per
M. Ingram (BAL) 66 FP, 13.1 per -T. Coleman (SF) 43 FP, 8.6 per -C. Edmonds* (ARI) 26 FP, 5.1 per
T. Gurley (LAR) 65 FP, 13.1 per +C. Hyde (HOU) 42 FP, 8.3 per -G. Edwards* (BAL) 25 FP, 5.1 per
A. Jones (GB) 64 FP, 12.8 per -J. White (NE) 41 FP, 8.2 per +J. Wilkins* (IND) 24 FP, 4.9 per
C. Carson (SEA) 62 FP, 12.4 per -D. Guice (WAS) 40 FP, 8 per +N. Hines* (IND) 24 FP, 4.8 per
L. Bell (NYJ) 60 FP, 12.1 perK. Hunt (CLE) 38 FP, 7.5 per +T. Pollard* (DAL) 21 FP, 4.3 per
K. Drake (ARI) 57 FP, 11.3 per +J. Williams (GB) 37 FP, 7.4 per -C. Thompson* (WAS) 21 FP, 4.3 per
A. Ekeler (LAC) 56 FP, 11.2 per -M. Mack (IND) 36 FP, 9 per -G. Bernard* (CIN) 21 FP, 4.2 per
P. Lindsay (DEN) 55 FP, 11 per -R. Freeman (DEN) 34 FP, 6.9 per -M. Brown* (LAR) 20 FP, 4 per
D. Singletary (BUF) 51 FP, 10.2 per +M. Breida (SF) 34 FP, 6.7 per -A. Mattison* (MIN) 18 FP, 3.6 per
J. Mixon (CIN) 50 FP, 10 perD. Johnson (HOU) 33 FP, 6.5 per -B. Powell* (NYJ) 18 FP, 3.6 per

Top 30 Projected Tight Ends Rest of Season

If you need help at tight end 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. At #11, Delanie Walker is the highest ranking one. There are only 2 tight ends whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. At #2, Hunter Henry is the highest ranking must start. There are only 2 tight ends who are projected to be fantasy busts. Mark Andrews, for example, is projected to be just the #7 tight end. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
T. Kelce (KC) 50 FP, 10 perD. Walker* (TEN) 31 FP, 6.2 perC. Brate* (TB) 23 FP, 4.6 per
H. Henry (LAC) 50 FP, 10 per +N. Fant* (DEN) 31 FP, 6.1 perJ. Graham* (GB) 22 FP, 4.5 per
Z. Ertz (PHI) 47 FP, 9.5 perD. Goedert (PHI) 29 FP, 5.8 per +J. Witten* (DAL) 22 FP, 4.4 per
D. Waller (OAK) 40 FP, 7.9 perJ. Doyle* (IND) 27 FP, 5.4 perK. Rudolph* (MIN) 21 FP, 4.2 per
G. Kittle (SF) 39 FP, 7.8 perD. Njoku* (CLE) 25 FP, 5.1 perT. Hockenson* (DET) 20 FP, 4.1 per
A. Hooper (ATL) 39 FP, 7.7 per -G. Everett* (LAR) 25 FP, 5 perJ. Hollister* (SEA) 20 FP, 4.1 per
M. Andrews (BAL) 37 FP, 7.4 per -R. Griffin* (NYJ) 24 FP, 4.8 perI. Smith Jr.* (MIN) 19 FP, 3.8 per
E. Engram (NYG) 36 FP, 7.2 perM. Gesicki* (MIA) 24 FP, 4.8 perV. McDonald* (PIT) 18 FP, 3.5 per
J. Cook (NO) 36 FP, 7.2 perO. Howard* (TB) 24 FP, 4.8 perD. Knox* (BUF) 16 FP, 3.3 per
G. Olsen (CAR) 32 FP, 6.3 perD. Fells* (HOU) 24 FP, 4.7 perF. Moreau* (OAK) 16 FP, 3.1 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. At #6, Robbie Gould is the highest ranking one. There are only 3 kickers whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. At #1, Will Lutz is the highest ranking must start. There are only 4 kickers who are projected to be fantasy busts. Austin Seibert, for example, is projected to be just the #17 kicker. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
W. Lutz (NO) 42 FP, 8.5 per +B. Maher (DAL) 36 FP, 7.2 per -B. McManus* (DEN) 32 FP, 6.3 per
J. Tucker (BAL) 40 FP, 8.1 perM. Badgley* (LAC) 36 FP, 7.1 perA. Rosas* (NYG) 31 FP, 6.2 per
M. Prater (DET) 40 FP, 7.9 perG. Zuerlein (LAR) 36 FP, 7.1 per -M. Crosby* (GB) 30 FP, 5.9 per
N. Folk (NE) 40 FP, 7.9 per +J. Myers* (SEA) 35 FP, 7 perS. Ficken* (NYJ) 29 FP, 5.7 per
M. Gay (TB) 38 FP, 7.6 perA. Vinatieri* (IND) 35 FP, 7 perD. Carlson* (OAK) 28 FP, 5.7 per
R. Gould* (SF) 38 FP, 7.6 perY. Koo (ATL) 35 FP, 6.9 per +C. Boswell* (PIT) 28 FP, 5.7 per
H. Butker (KC) 38 FP, 7.6 per -A. Seibert (CLE) 34 FP, 6.9 per -R. Succop* (TEN) 28 FP, 5.7 per
J. Slye (CAR) 38 FP, 7.5 perZ. Gonzalez* (ARI) 33 FP, 6.7 perD. Hopkins* (WAS) 28 FP, 5.6 per
J. Elliott* (PHI) 37 FP, 7.4 perK. Fairbairn* (HOU) 33 FP, 6.5 perS. Hauschka* (BUF) 27 FP, 5.4 per
J. Lambo* (JAC) 37 FP, 7.3 perD. Bailey* (MIN) 32 FP, 6.4 perE. Pineiro* (CHI) 26 FP, 5.2 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 Philadelphia Defense is one to consider picking up. The New Orleans Defense is projected to improve on their ranking the rest of the season. The Chicago Defense is one whose projected ranking is worse than their current ranking.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
Patriots 70 FP, 14.1 perSeahawks* 54 FP, 10.7 perGiants* 50 FP, 9.9 per
Steelers 63 FP, 12.7 perVikings 53 FP, 10.6 perRedskins* 49 FP, 9.9 per
Eagles* 62 FP, 12.5 perLions* 52 FP, 10.5 perBears 49 FP, 9.7 per -
49ers 61 FP, 12.2 perJets* 52 FP, 10.4 perTitans* 48 FP, 9.6 per
Ravens 61 FP, 12.1 perBills 52 FP, 10.4 per -Broncos* 48 FP, 9.6 per
Saints 58 FP, 11.6 per +Jaguars 52 FP, 10.3 perChargers* 48 FP, 9.5 per
Packers* 55 FP, 11 perChiefs* 51 FP, 10.3 perBuccaneers* 47 FP, 9.5 per
Cowboys* 55 FP, 11 perColts* 51 FP, 10.2 perCardinals* 46 FP, 9.2 per
Rams 55 FP, 10.9 per -Browns 51 FP, 10.1 perBengals* 46 FP, 9.2 per
Texans* 54 FP, 10.9 perPanthers* 50 FP, 10 perRaiders* 44 FP, 8.8 per