If the fantasy football community learned anything from its NFL Week 15 experiences, it is that desperate times call for desperate measures. The COVID-19 pandemic has ripped through the league — and not only has it forced NFL games to be postponed, but it has also pushed a number of top fantasy options to the sidelines. Unfortunately, the fantasy world doesn’t have a pause button and it is up to us to find replacements on the waiver wire. Not an easy task, to say the least, but it’s time to gird your loins and dig deep. There are wide receivers out there who can help.
Let’s start in Green Bay where Aaron Rodgers just tied Brett Favre on Sunday for the most touchdown passes in Packers history with 442. His next touchdown will, obviously give him the franchise record, but Rodgers is also behind Favre on the all-time list by just 66 touchdowns passes. He isn’t going to catch him this season, but the next three games come against some soft pass defenses and Rodgers should be able to pad his numbers. That puts both Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard as strong options to help him reach his goals and if either is available in your league, you should add one of them.
With no DeAndre Hopkins in Arizona, Antoine Wesley and Rondale Moore are both expected to see an increase in targets. The Cardinals put themselves in a bind with their loss to the Lions in Week 15 and they will need to push hard over the final three games of the season if they are going to improve their seeding. Wesley played 85 percent of the snaps on Sunday and saw eight targets. Moore’s role wasn’t quite as strong, but he has tremendous upside and the Cardinals’ Air-Raid offense will continue to weave him into the game plan.
If things continue to look bleak for your team, be on the lookout for other receivers gaining in target share such as Laquon Treadwell in Jacksonville, Jalen Guyton of the Chargers and even Braxton Berrios of the Jets. You also have Tyler Johnson in Tampa Bay now that Chris Godwin is out for the season. Your waiver options are not going to be pretty, but we’ve seen people win fantasy championships with ugly-looking rosters before. The right claims could put you in good company. The wrong ones will have you looking for a paper bag to wear over your head.
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