The midway point of the fantasy football season has approached, which should have given you a keen assessment of where your team is currently standing. Like each of the past few weeks, several options on the waiver wire could be the missing piece in the puzzle to help your playoff push. Here are a few players to target if available in your league.
5. Mohamed Sanu
ESPN: 49.1% OWNED
The New England Patriots made the big splash move on Tuesday morning with the acquisition of veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu in exchange for a second-round pick.
Sanu has been a reliable fantasy option over the years and has a chance to take up a significant role in the Patriots’ passing game. He has already tallied three double-digit outings this season with the Atlanta Falcons.
The move to New England raises his value as a viable option with potential weekly starter status moving forward. First on tap will be in Week 8 against the Cleveland Browns, who are 13th against opposing wide receivers giving up 28.1 fantasy points per game, including more than 30 points in three out of the last four games.
4. Ty Johnson
ESPN: 1.6% OWNED
The Lions have had their ups and downs in the running game this season with second-year back Kerryon Johnson. Things have taken another south for the Auburn product as he is expected to miss “some time” due to a right knee injury.
It will open the door for Ty Johnson to step in as the primary option out of the backfield. Johnson played well in his limited action against the Vikings last Sunday as he had 29 rushing yards on 10 carries along with 28 receiving yards on four receptions.
He has a favorable matchup in Week 8 facing the Giants, who are currently 28th in fantasy against opposing running backs allowing 25.2 points per contest. New York has also given up north of 30 fantasy points to opposing backs in the last three straight games and more than 20 points five times overall.
3. Steelers D/ST
ESPN: 34.4% OWNED
Over the last few weeks, the Steelers have quietly become one of the more reliable defenses in fantasy football. They have racked up three straight double-digit point outings before their Week 7 bye.
Pittsburgh put up a strong performance against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6 where they recorded a pair of interceptions, a sack, and a fumble recovered for a touchdown. They have built up some forward momentum that could culminate towards another strong outing this week against the winless Miami Dolphins.
2. Kirk Cousins
ESPN: 39.0% OWNED
If Cousins is somehow still available in your fantasy league, there should be no hesitation in snagging the former Pro Bowler as we told you last week. He is playing some of his best football as a Viking as he has been among the most productive quarterbacks in the league over the last three weeks.
Cousins is coming off another stellar performance as he torched the Detroit Lions’ secondary as he completed 24-of-34 passes for 337 yards with four touchdowns for 29.2 fantasy points. He has notched more than 20 fantasy points in each of the last three weeks behind throwing at least 300 yards in each contest and 10 total touchdown passes over that span.
He has another prime matchup on Thursday night against his former team in the Washington Redskins that could see him light it up once again.
1. Chase Edmonds Jr.
ESPN: 31.7% OWNED
Over the last three weeks, Edmonds Jr. has been a significant factor out of the Cardinals backfield as he has tallied double-digit fantasy point outings in each contest.
With David Johnson limited by injury in Week 7 against the New York Giants, the Fordham product put together a huge performance behind 126 rushing yards with three touchdowns along with hauling in two catches for 24 receiving yards totaling 35.0 fantasy points. His breakout outing was one of the top performances of the week and best among all running backs.
There is no clarity yet concerning Johnson’s health, but Edmonds has defined his role within the offense. More importantly, he should certainly be your top target on the waiver wire this week.