Top Waiver Wire Pickups Include Diontae Johnson and Even Baker Mayfield

In our latest rest of season projection there are 21 wide receivers whose projected rank is much better than their season to date rank. A couple wide receivers who are projected to improve their ranking are JuJu Smith-Schuster (#22) and A.J. Green (#33). But of all the wide receivers with improved projected ranking, Michael Thomas is the highest ranking one.

There are 20 wide receivers who are expected to trend down in fantasy production. Josh Gordon, for example, is projected to be just the #81 wide receiver and some owners may have better options. There are a number of wide receivers widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. Diontae Johnson, at #43, is the highest ranking wide receiver of this waiver wire group.

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

TOP 1-3031-6061-90
M. Thomas (NO) 115 FP, 14.3 per +T. Williams (OAK) 61 FP, 8.7 per -S. Shepard* (NYG) 42 FP, 7.1 per
M. Evans (TB) 111 FP, 13.9 perD. Metcalf (SEA) 60 FP, 8.6 per -M. Sanu (NE) 42 FP, 6 per -
J. Jones (ATL) 101 FP, 12.6 per +A. Green (CIN) 60 FP, 8.6 per +A. Erickson* (CIN) 41 FP, 5.1 per
C. Kupp (LAR) 94 FP, 11.8 perT. Hilton (IND) 59 FP, 9.8 per -R. Cobb* (DAL) 40 FP, 5 per
A. Cooper (DAL) 94 FP, 11.7 perA. Thielen (MIN) 59 FP, 9.8 per -C. Conley* (JAC) 39 FP, 5.6 per
T. Hill (KC) 89 FP, 12.7 per +S. Watkins (KC) 59 FP, 8.4 per -D. Samuel* (SF) 38 FP, 4.7 per
C. Godwin (TB) 87 FP, 10.9 per -M. Brown (BAL) 58 FP, 7.3 per +M. Hall* (DET) 38 FP, 4.7 per
K. Golladay (DET) 80 FP, 10 perK. Allen (LAC) 58 FP, 9.6 per -M. Valdes-Scantling* (GB) 36 FP, 5.2 per
O. Beckham (CLE) 77 FP, 9.6 per +W. Fuller (HOU) 54 FP, 7.7 per -N. Agholor* (PHI) 36 FP, 5.1 per
A. Robinson (CHI) 76 FP, 9.5 per +T. Boyd (CIN) 52 FP, 6.6 perJ. Reynolds* (LAR) 36 FP, 4.5 per
J. Edelman (NE) 76 FP, 10.8 perB. Cooks (LAR) 52 FP, 7.4 per +K. Cole* (JAC) 35 FP, 5 per
E. Sanders (SF) 75 FP, 9.4 per +R. Anderson (NYJ) 51 FP, 6.4 per +D. Pettis* (SF) 34 FP, 4.3 per
S. Diggs (MIN) 74 FP, 10.6 perD. Johnson* (PIT) 51 FP, 6.4 perJ. Washington* (PIT) 34 FP, 4.3 per
T. Lockett (SEA) 74 FP, 10.6 per -G. Tate (NYG) 50 FP, 7.2 per +D. Slayton* (NYG) 34 FP, 4.8 per
D. Moore (CAR) 74 FP, 9.2 per +Z. Pascal (IND) 49 FP, 6.2 perC. Rogers* (IND) 33 FP, 4.1 per
D. Adams (GB) 73 FP, 10.4 per +T. Smith* (NO) 49 FP, 6.1 perA. Callaway* (CLE) 33 FP, 4.1 per
R. Woods (LAR) 72 FP, 9 per +T. Gabriel* (CHI) 49 FP, 6.1 perC. Davis* (TEN) 33 FP, 5.5 per
D. Hopkins (HOU) 71 FP, 10.2 per -J. Crowder (NYJ) 48 FP, 6 per +H. Renfrow* (OAK) 32 FP, 4.6 per
C. Samuel (CAR) 71 FP, 8.9 per +A. Brown* (TEN) 47 FP, 6.8 perD. Robinson* (KC) 32 FP, 4.5 per
D. Chark (JAC) 71 FP, 10.1 per -C. Kirk (ARI) 47 FP, 6.7 per +D. Thomas* (NYJ) 32 FP, 4 per
C. Sutton (DEN) 71 FP, 10.1 per -D. Westbrook* (JAC) 47 FP, 6.7 perJ. Gordon (SEA) 31 FP, 4.5 per -
J. Smith-Schuster (PIT) 70 FP, 8.8 per +M. Hardman* (KC) 46 FP, 6.6 perA. Miller* (CHI) 31 FP, 3.9 per
J. Landry (CLE) 70 FP, 8.8 per +D. Amendola* (DET) 46 FP, 5.8 perW. Snead* (BAL) 31 FP, 3.8 per
T. McLaurin (WAS) 70 FP, 9.9 per -T. Ginn* (NO) 46 FP, 5.7 perP. Richardson* (WAS) 30 FP, 4.4 per
M. Jones (DET) 68 FP, 8.4 per -A. Tate* (CIN) 45 FP, 5.7 perA. Wilson* (MIA) 30 FP, 3.8 per
M. Gallup (DAL) 68 FP, 8.4 per +P. Dorsett* (NE) 45 FP, 6.4 perA. Humphries* (TEN) 29 FP, 4.2 per
Jo. Brown (BUF) 67 FP, 8.4 per -K. Stills* (HOU) 45 FP, 6.4 perJ. Ross* (CIN) 28 FP, 7.1 per
D. Parker (MIA) 64 FP, 8 perL. Fitzgerald (ARI) 44 FP, 6.3 per -O. Johnson* (MIN) 28 FP, 4 per
C. Ridley (ATL) 64 FP, 8 per -C. Beasley* (BUF) 44 FP, 5.4 perA. Hurns* (MIA) 28 FP, 3.5 per
A. Jeffery (PHI) 62 FP, 8.9 per +M. Williams (LAC) 43 FP, 7.2 per -J. Wright* (CAR) 27 FP, 3.4 per

Top 30 Projected Quarterbacks Rest of Season

There are 11 quarterbacks that have been fantasy starters, that you may need to bench in weeks the rest of the way. Philip Rivers, for example, is projected to be just the #29 quarterback and some owners may have better options. There are only 6 quarterbacks whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. Drew Brees, at #2, is the highest ranking quarterback of this 'must start' group. 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. Baker Mayfield, at #12, is the highest ranking quarterback of this waiver wire group.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
L. Jackson (BAL) 211 FP, 26.4 perA. Rodgers (GB) 152 FP, 21.7 per -D. Carr (OAK) 134 FP, 19.2 per -
D. Brees (NO) 190 FP, 23.7 per +B. Mayfield* (CLE) 152 FP, 19 perM. Rudolph* (PIT) 134 FP, 16.8 per
M. Ryan (ATL) 183 FP, 22.8 per +C. Wentz (PHI) 151 FP, 21.6 per -K. Murray (ARI) 131 FP, 18.7 per -
J. Winston (TB) 176 FP, 22 per +J. Allen (BUF) 148 FP, 18.5 perR. Finley* (CIN) 130 FP, 16.2 per
P. Mahomes (KC) 173 FP, 24.7 per +J. Garoppolo (SF) 148 FP, 18.5 per +D. Jones (NYG) 129 FP, 18.4 per -
D. Prescott (DAL) 170 FP, 21.2 perM. Stafford (DET) 147 FP, 21 per -N. Foles* (JAC) 127 FP, 18.2 per
R. Wilson (SEA) 169 FP, 24.1 per -K. Allen* (CAR) 145 FP, 18.1 perR. Tannehill* (TEN) 112 FP, 16.1 per
J. Goff (LAR) 168 FP, 21 per +K. Cousins (MIN) 139 FP, 19.8 per -R. Fitzpatrick* (MIA) 112 FP, 14 per
T. Brady (NE) 159 FP, 22.7 perM. Trubisky* (CHI) 137 FP, 17.2 perP. Rivers (LAC) 111 FP, 18.5 per -
D. Watson (HOU) 158 FP, 22.6 per -J. Brissett (IND) 137 FP, 19.6 per -B. Allen* (DEN) 95 FP, 13.5 per

Top 60 Projected Running Backs Rest of Season

There are 17 running backs whose projected rank is much better than their season-to-date rank. Alvin Kamara, at #3, is the highest ranking running back of this 'must start' group. There are 17 running backs who are expected to trend down in fantasy production. Adrian Peterson, for example, is projected to be just the #52 running back and some owners may have better options. There are a number of running backs widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. Derrius Guice, at #41, is the highest ranking running back of this waiver wire group.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
C. McCaffrey (CAR) 166 FP, 20.7 perJ. Conner (PIT) 79 FP, 11.3 per -D. Guice* (WAS) 49 FP, 7 per
D. Cook (MIN) 122 FP, 17.5 perP. Lindsay (DEN) 79 FP, 11.2 per -K. Drake (ARI) 48 FP, 6.9 per
A. Kamara (NO) 116 FP, 14.6 per +J. Mixon (CIN) 78 FP, 9.7 per +D. Henderson* (LAR) 48 FP, 6 per
E. Elliott (DAL) 116 FP, 14.5 per +S. Michel (NE) 73 FP, 10.5 per -D. Johnson (HOU) 48 FP, 6.8 per -
N. Chubb (CLE) 104 FP, 12.9 perD. Johnson (ARI) 73 FP, 10.4 per -K. Ballage* (MIA) 47 FP, 5.9 per
S. Barkley (NYG) 103 FP, 14.8 per +D. Singletary (BUF) 72 FP, 9 per +P. Barber* (TB) 46 FP, 5.7 per
L. Fournette (JAC) 103 FP, 14.7 perM. Breida (SF) 71 FP, 8.8 perL. McCoy (KC) 44 FP, 6.4 per -
J. Jacobs (OAK) 102 FP, 14.5 per -J. Howard (PHI) 71 FP, 10.1 per -J. McKissic* (DET) 44 FP, 5.5 per
M. Ingram (BAL) 98 FP, 12.3 perD. Williams (KC) 69 FP, 9.8 per +R. Burkhead* (NE) 43 FP, 6.1 per
T. Coleman (SF) 93 FP, 11.6 per +R. Jones (TB) 66 FP, 8.2 perC. Thompson* (WAS) 41 FP, 5.9 per
M. Mack (IND) 92 FP, 11.5 per +K. Hunt (CLE) 61 FP, 7.7 perT. Johnson* (DET) 41 FP, 5.1 per
C. Carson (SEA) 91 FP, 13 perF. Gore (BUF) 60 FP, 7.6 per +A. Peterson (WAS) 41 FP, 5.8 per -
L. Bell (NYJ) 91 FP, 11.4 per +C. Hyde (HOU) 59 FP, 8.4 per -M. Walton* (MIA) 39 FP, 9.7 per
D. Montgomery (CHI) 90 FP, 11.3 per +A. Ekeler (LAC) 58 FP, 9.6 per -R. Penny* (SEA) 39 FP, 5.5 per
A. Jones (GB) 90 FP, 12.8 per -J. Samuels (PIT) 56 FP, 7 per +G. Edwards* (BAL) 36 FP, 4.6 per
T. Gurley (LAR) 86 FP, 10.7 per +M. Sanders (PHI) 55 FP, 7.9 per -C. Edmonds* (ARI) 35 FP, 5.9 per
D. Henry (TEN) 85 FP, 12.2 per -R. Freeman (DEN) 54 FP, 7.7 per -G. Bernard* (CIN) 35 FP, 4.4 per
L. Murray (NO) 83 FP, 10.4 per +J. Williams (GB) 52 FP, 7.4 per -R. Mostert* (SF) 32 FP, 4 per
M. Gordon (LAC) 80 FP, 13.3 per +J. White (NE) 50 FP, 7.1 per -M. Brown* (LAR) 31 FP, 3.9 per
D. Freeman (ATL) 80 FP, 10 per +T. Cohen (CHI) 50 FP, 6.2 per +T. Pollard* (DAL) 30 FP, 3.7 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. Darren Fells, at #12, is the highest ranking tight end of this waiver wire group. There are only 4 tight ends whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. At #6, Hunter Henry is the highest ranking must start. There are only 4 tight ends who are projected to be fantasy busts. Jimmy Graham, for example, is projected to be just the #26 tight end and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
A. Hooper (ATL) 68 FP, 8.6 perE. Engram (NYG) 42 FP, 7 per -J. Doyle (IND) 38 FP, 4.7 per
T. Kelce (KC) 66 FP, 9.5 perD. Fells* (HOU) 41 FP, 5.9 perD. Goedert* (PHI) 37 FP, 5.3 per
G. Kittle (SF) 60 FP, 8.6 perM. Gesicki* (MIA) 40 FP, 5 perC. Brate* (TB) 37 FP, 4.6 per
D. Waller (OAK) 59 FP, 8.5 perO. Howard* (TB) 40 FP, 4.9 perD. Walker* (TEN) 36 FP, 6 per
Z. Ertz (PHI) 59 FP, 8.5 perC. Herndon* (NYJ) 39 FP, 4.8 perR. Seals-Jones* (CLE) 34 FP, 4.8 per
H. Henry (LAC) 58 FP, 9.6 per +G. Everett (LAR) 38 FP, 4.8 perJ. Graham (GB) 32 FP, 4.6 per -
M. Andrews (BAL) 55 FP, 6.8 perV. McDonald* (PIT) 38 FP, 4.8 perD. Njoku* (CLE) 31 FP, 5.1 per
G. Olsen (CAR) 51 FP, 6.4 per +J. Witten (DAL) 38 FP, 4.8 per -R. Griffin* (NYJ) 26 FP, 3.3 per
J. Cook (NO) 51 FP, 6.4 per +T. Hockenson (DET) 38 FP, 4.8 per -F. Moreau* (OAK) 26 FP, 3.7 per
E. Ebron (IND) 44 FP, 5.5 per +N. Fant* (DEN) 38 FP, 5.5 perJ. Smith* (TEN) 26 FP, 3.7 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. Austin Seibert, at #7, 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 #1, Justin Tucker is the highest ranking must start. There are only 4 kickers who are projected to be fantasy busts. Mason Crosby, for example, is projected to be just the #24 kicker and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
J. Tucker (BAL) 72 FP, 9 per +B. Maher (DAL) 55 FP, 6.9 per -Z. Gonzalez (ARI) 46 FP, 6.6 per -
W. Lutz (NO) 71 FP, 8.9 per +H. Butker (KC) 54 FP, 7.7 per -S. Hauschka* (BUF) 46 FP, 5.7 per
G. Zuerlein (LAR) 68 FP, 8.5 perA. Vinatieri (IND) 54 FP, 6.7 per +D. Carlson* (OAK) 44 FP, 6.3 per
J. Slye (CAR) 62 FP, 7.8 per +J. Elliott* (PHI) 53 FP, 7.6 perM. Crosby (GB) 43 FP, 6.2 per -
M. Prater (DET) 60 FP, 7.5 perJ. Lambo* (JAC) 51 FP, 7.3 perA. Rosas* (NYG) 42 FP, 6 per
M. Gay (TB) 59 FP, 7.4 perK. Fairbairn* (HOU) 51 FP, 7.2 perR. Bullock* (CIN) 42 FP, 5.2 per
A. Seibert* (CLE) 56 FP, 7 perE. Pineiro* (CHI) 50 FP, 6.2 perB. McManus* (DEN) 41 FP, 5.9 per
R. Gould* (SF) 56 FP, 8 perY. Koo* (ATL) 48 FP, 6 perM. Badgley* (LAC) 40 FP, 6.6 per
C. Boswell (PIT) 56 FP, 6.9 perJ. Myers* (SEA) 47 FP, 6.8 perD. Hopkins* (WAS) 38 FP, 5.5 per
N. Folk* (NE) 55 FP, 7.9 perD. Bailey* (MIN) 46 FP, 6.6 perS. Ficken* (NYJ) 38 FP, 4.7 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 Jacksonville Defense is one to consider picking up. The Buffalo Defense is projected to improve on their ranking the rest of the season. The NY Giants Defense is one whose projected ranking is worse than their current ranking.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
Patriots 212 FP, 13.2 perBrowns* 170 FP, 10.6 perChiefs 161 FP, 10.1 per -
Steelers 194 FP, 12.1 perTexans* 169 FP, 10.6 perLions* 160 FP, 10 per
Bills 189 FP, 11.8 per +Panthers 169 FP, 10.5 per -Redskins* 157 FP, 9.8 per
Saints 187 FP, 11.7 per +Rams 168 FP, 10.5 per -Broncos* 152 FP, 9.5 per
49ers 183 FP, 11.4 per -Ravens 168 FP, 10.5 per -Giants 149 FP, 9.3 per -
Jaguars* 180 FP, 11.2 perSeahawks* 167 FP, 10.4 perCardinals* 149 FP, 9.3 per
Vikings 174 FP, 10.9 perColts 165 FP, 10.3 per +Jets* 148 FP, 9.2 per
Packers* 174 FP, 10.9 perEagles* 165 FP, 10.3 perBengals* 143 FP, 9 per
Bears 172 FP, 10.7 perTitans* 164 FP, 10.3 perBuccaneers* 140 FP, 8.8 per
Cowboys 170 FP, 10.6 per +Chargers* 162 FP, 10.1 perRaiders* 134 FP, 8.4 per