If you want to have long-term success in fantasy football, you need to work the wire. Here’s a look at the top waiver wire adds of the week …
Khalil Tate, Arizona —
% Owned: 2%
Khalil Tate has patiently awaited his opportunity to take the field for the Wildcats, and boy did he deliver. Tate battled Brandon Dawkins for the starting job at Arizona over the offseason but couldn’t ever top him. With Dawkins down, Tate managed to run for 327 yards and four touchdowns while adding 142 yards and a touchdown through the air … which are okay numbers, I guess. Rich Rod is giving Tate the nod against a horrendous UCLA defense, and Tate could yet again have a monster day.
Jon Wassink, Western Michigan —
% Owned: 2%
Jon Wassink became a bigger name after his seven overtime duel against the Buffalo Bulls this past weekend. However, Wassink has accounted for at least three touchdowns in his past four games, which means his consistency alone should make him a must-add. Three of Wassink’s next five matchups are incredibly favorable, and with big names dropping by the week, he could prove to be a big addition in the backstretch of the season.
Kyle Kempt, Iowa State —
% Owned: 0%
You know how I said to snag Jacob Park a couple of weeks ago? Well, an undisclosed illness has unfortunately overtaken him, leaving walk-on Kyle Kempt to hang 29 fantasy points on Oklahoma. Given Kempt’s lack of experience, there’s some risk here, but his ceiling is high.
Travis Homer, Miami —
% Owned: 3%
Unfortunately, Mark Walton has suffered a season-ending surgery after averaging 7.6 yards-per-carry. Travis Homer is the next man up for the Hurricanes as they seek to make it to the ACC Championship game for the first time. Homer is going to be one of the most added players this week, so make sure you take advantage of the early priority.
Jon’Vea Johnson, Toledo —
% Owned: 41%
With Cody Thompson’s leg injury, Jon’Vea Johnson is the next man up for Toledo. He may not have had the biggest game against Eastern Michigan when Thompson left, but the upside for Johnson is huge. If you’re shallow at receiver and need to take a chance for a playoff run, Johnson is your guy.
Tyler Conklin, Central Michigan —
% Owned: 41%
I was a bit skeptical about Tyler Conklin at the beginning of the season with Cooper Rush graduating, but Shane Morris has shown promise in the Chippewa offense. Conklin has been M.I.A. all season long, but he made a huge season debut with 136 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He also accounted for 10 receptions, which bodes well in PPR formats. With Caleb Wilson going down, his owners are scrounging for to replace him. Conklin could be that guy.