It has reached the point of the season where fantasy football waiver wire options have become slimmer and slimmer by the week. The playoffs are just around the corner, which has made the opportunity to pick up a game-changing talent much more difficult at this point. However, there are a few options out there that could give you some edge if you’re experiencing a stacked bye week or injury-riddled. Here are some potential additions you should take a shot at landing.
5. Jaguars D/ST
ESPN: 55.9% OWNED
At this point in the season, it has come down to streamlining defenses through week-by-week matchups. The Jaguars fall directly into that category, with them having a potentially favorable matchup in Week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts.
All that hinges on the health of Jacoby Brissett as he’s still nursing a foot injury that he suffered nearly two weeks ago in Week 9 action. His backup Brian Hoyer has struggled to find any consistency and is coming off a porous showing where he threw three interceptions against the Miami Dolphins. If they are available, put a claim on them as it could be a strong spot-start option.
4. Brian Hill
ESPN: 1.1% OWNED
The Falcons have become a team that has fallen way below their level of expectations in the 2019 season. They have also been plagued by injuries in the backfield with Devonta Freeman’s season abruptly ending due to another injury. It has opened up a prime opportunity for Hill to step in.
He took full advantage of the starting spot by putting up a respectable outing with 61 rushing yards on 20 carries along with one catch for 10 receiving yards and a touchdown. Hill will have plenty of work moving forward that should see him garner the chance to be a fantasy factor out of the Falcons’ backfield. There isn’t a tone of expectation, but he’s worth taking a flyer on.
3. Darius Slayton
ESPN: 12.8% OWNED
With each passing week, it has become more glaringly obvious that Slayton is a legitimate option in fantasy football. He has carved out a significant role in the Giants offense as he has continued to put up some strong performances this season.
Slayton is coming off his best outing of the year, making 10 catches on 14 targets for 121 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. He isn’t going to rack up these big numbers, but it’s clear that he has earned a significant spot in New York’s passing game moving forward.
2. Derek Carr
ESPN: 36.6% OWNED
One of the most pleasant developments this season has been the increasingly encouraging play from the Oakland Raiders. Their push into the playoff picture has also seen quarterback Derek Carr become a more solid fantasy option as he has notched double-digit fantasy point outputs in his last four straight games.
Carr isn’t going to put up stellar outings, especially with the Raiders leaning on their running game, but he’s certainly a strong spot-start option. He has a favorable matchup in Week 11 going up against one of the worst defenses in the league as the Cincinnati Bengals rank 30th against opposing quarterbacks averaging 23.1 fantasy points.
1. DeVante Parker
ESPN: 44.6% OWNED
There is no reason for Parker to be available in any fantasy football league at this point as he was one of the top waiver-wire pickups last week. He has cemented himself as the top receiving option in Miami while continuing to put up dependable numbers, breaking double-digit scoring in the last six straight weeks.
Although he didn’t get into the end zone in Week 10 action, he has scored in four out of the last six games. Parker has had a strong connection with Ryan Fitzpatrick that will continue to see the duo be the primary focal point of the offense for the rest of the season.