It’s the final week of the regular season for most fantasy football leagues, and those who picked up Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp last week were surely happy they did.
The Rams rookie receiver caught eight passes for 116 yards in the team’s win over the New Orleans Saints and his teammate kicks off this week’s top five waiver wire additions.
5. Los Angeles Rams WR Josh Reynolds
With Rams wide receiver Robert Woods sidelined “a couple weeks,” Reynolds, Kupp, and Sammy Watkins have all become must-add fantasy players. Reynolds scored his first career touchdown against the Saints in Week 12 and should remain a solid starting option as long as Woods is sidelined. The Rams 6-foot-3, 193-pound rookie receiver is less than one percent owned in fantasy leagues.
4. Dallas Cowboys RB Rod Smith
Cowboys running back Alfred Morris remains the top fantasy option during Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension, but Smith is also clearly in the mix in Dallas’ backfield. The Cowboys 6-foot-3, 235-pound running back scored his first career touchdown in Week 12 and received a career-high 11 touches in the blowout loss. Smith is 21 percent owned in fantasy leagues.
3. Oakland Raiders WR Cordarrelle Patterson
Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree has been suspended one game and wide receiver Amari Cooper is in the concussion protocol following Sunday’s win over Denver. The news makes Patterson a must-add for fantasy owners looking for a wide receiver in Week 13. The Raiders 6-foot-2, 220-pound receiver recorded a season-high 72 receiving yards against the Broncos and should be in line for plenty of targets this Sunday. Both Patterson and Seth Roberts are worth claiming off the waiver wire this week, but Patterson has more upside potential against the New York Giants. The Raiders wide receiver is less than four percent owned in fantasy leagues.
2. Los Angeles Chargers D/ST
It’s rare to put a defense in the top five waiver wire additions, but with fantasy playoffs around the corner, Los Angeles’ defense and special teams deserved a place on this list. The Chargers have recorded six sacks, nine interceptions, and have scored three defensive touchdowns since their bye in Week 9. Los Angeles’ defense remains less than 43 percent owned in fantasy leagues and faces the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, and Oakland Raiders down the stretch.
1. New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead
Patriots running back Dion Lewis was a must-add back in Week 10, and now Burkhead joins Lewis as a must-own fantasy asset. New England’s 5-foot-10, 210-pound running back has received 48 touches and has scored three touchdowns in the team’s last four games. Burkhead carried the ball a season-high 13 times for 50 yards against the Dolphins in Week 12 and draws some favorable matchups in the coming weeks. The Patriots play the Bills twice and travel to Miami in Week 14. Burkhead is less than 53 percent owned in fantasy leagues and has the potential to be a difference maker for fantasy owners in the playoffs.