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Kenneth Gainwell, Le’Veon Bell enter starting lineups for Week 18

Kenneth Gainwell

Kenneth Gainwell

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the final edition of Waiver Wired for the 2021 season. With so many playoff scenarios and player injuries to monitor, allow this week to serve as a reminder to never decide fantasy championships in the regular season finale. Having said that, we’ll do our best sifting through tea leaves and identifying players (ideally those with motivation) worth rostering for any pivotal Week 18 matchup.


1. Trey Lance, 49ers — Averaged 12 carries and 16.7 fantasy points in two starts for Jimmy Garoppolo this year.

2. Tyler Huntley, Ravens — Eight carries per game in four spot-starts in place of Lamar Jackson this year.

3. Gardner Minshew, Eagles — Elite completion rate (80%) from his lone start for Jalen Hurts should carry over against Dallas’ second-string defense.


1. Kenneth Gainwell, Eagles — No Miles Sanders (hand), Boston Scott (COVID), or Jordan Howard (COVID) on Saturday night.

2. Samaje Perine, Bengals — Bengals will likely opt to play it safe with their starters assuming the Chiefs trounce the Broncos for the AFC’s No. 1 seed (and only bye week) 24 hours prior.

3. Le’Veon Bell, Buccaneers — Ronald Jones’ (ankle) and Ke’Shawn Vaughn’s (ribs) absences leave a full workload for Bell to handle as Tampa’s de facto beneficiary.

4. Jaret Patterson, Washington — 17-of-27 backfield touches in place of Antonio Gibson (COVID) in Week 17.

5. Dare Ogunbowale, Jaguars — 11 touches and the receiving work from negative game script over Ryquell Armstead (7 touches) Sunday.

6. Tevin Coleman, Jets — Coleman’s backfield-high 15 touches from Week 16 suggest he’ll take on Michael Carter’s (concussion) role in the regular-season finale.

7. John Kelly, Browns — Would fill in if Nick Chubb (ribs) were held out since D’Ernest Johnson was moved to the COVID list Wednesday.

8. Zack Moss, Bills — One of Buffalo’s backups that should see significant run in a meaningless game (assuming coach Sean McDermott chooses to relieve starters) since Moss has handled just nine carries to Devin Singletary’s 35 over the last two weeks.

9. Duke Johnson, Dolphins — Reports Duke could see more usage as Miami’s lead runner since he was effective (7.0 yards per carry) on his seven rushes Sunday.


1. Gabriel Davis, Bills — 88% of Buffalo’s snaps in his last two starts for Emmanuel Sanders.

2. Braxton Berrios, Jets — 27% and 36% target shares in his last two games in place of Jamison Crowder.

3. Zay Jones, Raiders — 7.8 targets per game as a full-time player since Week 13.

4. Cyril Grayson, Buccaneers — The next man up for Chris Godwin (torn ACL) and Antonio Brown (retirement), as proven by Grayson’s 11 targets the past two weeks.

5. Marquez Callaway, Saints — Has totaled 19 targets in his last two starts for Taysom Hill.

6. K.J. Osborn, Vikings — 90% of Minnesota’s snaps in four starts for Adam Thielen (ankle).

7. Antoine Wesley, Cardinals — Team-high six end zone targets without DeAndre Hopkins the past three games.

8. Ray-Ray McCloudAt least eight targets in three of his last four games as the preferred option over Chase Claypool.

9. Cedrick Wilson, Cowboys — Dallas’ backups are expected to bite off all that they can chew in a meaningless contest Saturday night.

10. Donovan Peoples-Jones, Browns — 6.5 targets per game in his last four starts.


1. Tyler Conklin, Vikings — 25% target share from Sean Mannion Sunday night.

2. Pat Freiermuth, Steelers — Returned to Pittsburgh’s lineup with 41 routes on 50 of Ben Roethlisberger‘s dropbacks.

3. Gerald Everett, Seahawks — 5.4 targets per game out of Seattle’s bye.

4. Austin Hooper, Browns — At leasy five targets in three consecutive games.

5. John Bates, Washington — 99% of Washington’s snaps in his lone start for Ricky Seals-Jones.


1. Washington Football Team — Mike Glennon.

2. Chicago Bears — Sean Mannion.

3. Detroit Lions — Jordan Love.