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It's Week 18, which means if your Fantasy league is still going on, you like to take risks. With the NFL playoffs starting next week, we could have several teams resting their stars, and that's not something most managers like to deal with in a potential Fantasy championship.

We don't know exactly which players might sit in Week 18, but the Ravens (No. 1 seed in the AFC), 49ers (No. 1 seed in the NFC), Chiefs (No. 3 seed in the AFC) and Browns (No. 5 seed in the AFC) are locked into their playoff spots. There's little incentive for those teams to play their main guys, and we already know Christian McCaffrey (calf) has been ruled out.

We also don't expect the Rams to play their main guys given Sean McVay's history of resting players in the preseason. The Rams have clinched a playoff spot, but there's likely little difference in being the No. 6 or 7 seed in the Wild Card round.

Along with that, you could have several players who are banged up being shut down to avoid further injury. This is a tricky week, but we'll have you covered with a wide range of options of players to add.

If this is your championship week, we hope you can bring home the trophy. Good luck and thank you for reading this column all season long. We hope it's been helpful in making your lineup a success.

Editor's note: For this waiver wire column, we are only looking at players rostered in less than 65 percent of CBS Sports leagues.

Week 18 Waivers
WAIVER WIRE
Quarterbacks

Injuries: Josh Allen (neck), Tua Tagovailoa (shoulder), Trevor Lawrence (shoulder), Baker Mayfield (ribs), Will Levis (foot), Kenny Pickett (ankle) and Taylor Heinicke (ankle)

Potentially resting for the playoffs: Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Joe Flacco, Brock Purdy and Matthew Stafford

Add in this order:

Week 18 Waiver Priority List
NO New Orleans • #4
Age: 33 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ATL NO -3 O/U 42.5
OPP VS QB
31st
QB RNK
11th
ROSTERED
65%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
3614
RUYDS
34
TD
21
INT
8
FPTS/G
16
Carr has scored at least 19.6 Fantasy points in three games in a row, and the Saints are still alive for the NFC South title or a Wild Card spot. Carr only scored 10.9 Fantasy points at Atlanta in Week 12 with no touchdowns and an interception, but he passed for 304 yards. Two of the past four quarterbacks against the Falcons have scored at least 24.1 Fantasy points.
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #2
Age: 34 • Experience: 14 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PHI PHI -5 O/U 41
OPP VS QB
21st
QB RNK
13th
ROSTERED
5%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1044
RUYDS
159
TD
4
INT
2
FPTS/G
7.7
Taylor just scored 20.8 Fantasy points against the Rams in Week 17, and he had 11.4 Fantasy points in the second half against the Eagles in Week 16 when he replaced Tommy DeVito. He should give you production with his legs -- he's run for at least 21 yards in each of his past five significant appearances -- and Philadelphia is No. 1 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks.
TEN Tennessee • #2
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BAL PIT -3.5 O/U 36.5
OPP VS QB
6th
QB RNK
23rd
ROSTERED
4%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
567
RUYDS
9
TD
2
INT
0
FPTS/G
11.8
Rudolph will start his third game in a row for the Steelers, and the Ravens should bench most of their starters in Week 18 with the No. 1 seed in the AFC locked up. Rudolph has passed for 564 yards in his past two games, and he's doing a great job connecting with George Pickens. The only drawback for Rudolph this week could be Pittsburgh leaning on Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren like what happened in Week 17 at Seattle when Rudolph was 18-of-24 passing for 274 yards and no touchdowns. Still, in any Superflex or two-quarterback final, Rudolph is a great sleeper.
LV Las Vegas • #10
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU HOU -1 O/U 47.5
OPP VS QB
14th
QB RNK
15th
ROSTERED
59%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
3164
RUYDS
91
TD
18
INT
9
FPTS/G
13.6
Minshew scored 13.1 Fantasy points in relief of Anthony Richardson in Week 2 at Houston, and he should have the chance for a quality outing this week against the Texans in a huge game for both teams. Now, Minshew only has one game with more than 16.1 Fantasy points in his past four outings, but the Texans have allowed the past two non-Tennessee quarterbacks that they've faced (Zach Wilson in Week 14 and Joe Flacco in Week 16) to each score at least 23.2 Fantasy points. Minshew is a good option in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues.


WAIVER WIRE
Running Backs

Add in this order:

Week 18 Waiver Priority List
NO New Orleans • #21
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ATL NO -3 O/U 42.5
OPP VS RB
20th
RB RNK
33rd
ROSTERED
18%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
280
REC
15
REYDS
54
TD
0
FPTS/G
4
Alvin Kamara (ankle) could be out this week, and if that happens then the Saints would lean on Williams in a big game against Atlanta. Kamara left Week 17 at Tampa Bay, and Williams had 19 carries for 58 yards and four catches for 13 yards on four targets for 11.1 PPR points. You can expect similar production if Williams is the featured option against the Falcons, who have allowed four running backs to score at least 12.3 PPR points in their past four games.
CLE Cleveland • #20
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CIN CIN -6 O/U 39
OPP VS RB
24th
RB RNK
44th
ROSTERED
4%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
226
REC
5
REYDS
47
TD
1
FPTS/G
2.3
The Browns will likely rest Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt for the playoffs since they are locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC, which means we could see Strong in a featured role in a great matchup against the Bengals. Cincinnati has allowed three running backs in a row to score at least 13.8 PPR points, and Strong is worth using as a flex option in all leagues if Ford and Hunt are out as expected.
SF San Francisco • #24
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAR SF -3.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS RB
3rd
RB RNK
29th
ROSTERED
9%
Christian McCaffrey (calf) has already been ruled out for Week 18 against the Rams, and I'd be surprised if the 49ers played Elijah Mitchell much after he missed three of the past four games with a knee injury. If we find out that Mitchell (37 percent rostered) is playing this week then make him the priority, but I expect San Francisco to be safe and lean on Mason here. This isn't an easy matchup against the Rams, but they also might be resting players in preparation for the postseason. Mason has four games this season with at least four carries, and he scored a touchdown in three of them.
LAR L.A. Rams • #20
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SF SF -3.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS RB
32nd
RB RNK
35th
ROSTERED
3%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
77
REC
5
REYDS
22
TD
0
FPTS/G
1.9
If the Rams opt to rest Kyren Williams in Week 18 then look for Rivers and Royce Freeman (19 percent rostered) to get the majority of touches against the 49ers. I'd lean toward Rivers as the lead option, and the Rams have had a running back score at least 11.5 PPR points in all but three games this season, including seven outings in a row. The 49ers also are expected to rest players on defense, and they have allowed a running back to score at least 11.6 PPR points in three games in a row.
PIT Pittsburgh • #29
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAC LAC -3 O/U 36
OPP VS RB
21st
RB RNK
NR
ROSTERED
YTD Stats
RUYDS
1
REC
0
REYDS
0
TD
0
FPTS/G
0
With the Chiefs locked into the No. 3 seed in the AFC, they should rest Isiah Pacheco for the playoffs. The question becomes if they'll rest Clyde Edwards-Helaire also, but if he plays then make him the priority where available since he's 70 percent rostered. Perine could be the lead running back for the Chiefs against the Chargers, and he would have flex appeal since Los Angeles has allowed two running backs in the past four games to score at least 17.5 PPR points.
BAL Baltimore • #33
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PIT PIT -3.5 O/U 36.5
OPP VS RB
3rd
RB RNK
32nd
ROSTERED
2%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
63
REC
3
REYDS
46
TD
1
FPTS/G
6.6
The Ravens are likely going to rest Gus Edwards and Justice Hill for the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the AFC. That should allow Gordon to be the lead running back against the Steelers. He'll be playing with backups, so keep that in mind, but Pittsburgh has allowed four running backs in the past five games to score at least 12.3 PPR points. And Gordon just scored a touchdown for Baltimore against Miami in Week 17.
WAIVER WIRE
Wide Receivers
Week 18 Waiver Priority List
LAR L.A. Rams • #15
Age: 29 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SF SF -3 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
24th
WR RNK
24th
ROSTERED
29%
YTD Stats
REC
26
TAR
39
REYDS
371
TD
4
FPTS/G
5.8
The Rams should rest Cooper Kupp and Puka Nacua to get ready for the playoffs, but I expect Robinson to still get playing time. And maybe Tutu Atwell (29 percent rostered) could also get in the mix as well, and remember he scored at least 15.2 PPR points in each of his first three games this season while Kupp was out. Robinson has scored at least 13.2 PPR points in five games in a row, and he can be used as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver even while likely catching passes from Carson Wentz with Matthew Stafford expected to sit as well.
ARI Arizona • #4
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SEA SEA -3 O/U 47.5
OPP VS WR
1st
WR RNK
38th
ROSTERED
8%
YTD Stats
REC
22
TAR
37
REYDS
266
TD
2
FPTS/G
4.1
I liked Dortch as a sleeper in Week 17 at Philadelphia, and he delivered seven catches for 82 yards on seven targets for 15.2 PPR points. That's now 11 games over the past two seasons with at least four targets, and he has scored at least 11.7 PPR points in nine of those outings. He should once again see a decent amount of targets against the Seahawks in Week 18, and Dortch is worth starting as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues.
GB Green Bay • #80
Age: 25 • Experience: 1 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CHI GB -3 O/U 44
OPP VS WR
15th
WR RNK
39th
ROSTERED
YTD Stats
REC
11
TAR
17
REYDS
156
TD
1
FPTS/G
8.3
We'll see who's healthy at receiver for the Packers this week, but Christian Watson (hamstring), Jayden Reed (chest) and Dontayvion Wicks (chest) are all dealing with injuries heading into Week 18 against Chicago. Melton has stepped up in each of the past two games with 10 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown on 15 targets, and he could be a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues if Watson, Reed and Wicks all remain out against the Bears.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #86
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PHI PHI -5 O/U 41
OPP VS WR
20th
WR RNK
35th
ROSTERED
6%
YTD Stats
REC
45
TAR
72
REYDS
708
TD
3
FPTS/G
8.4
There are two Giants receivers to add this week in Slayton and Wan'Dale Robinson (20 percent rostered), and both could be useful No. 3 Fantasy receivers in Week 18 against the Eagles. Slayton has done well with Tyrod Taylor in the past two games with seven catches for 196 yards and two touchdowns on nine targets over that span, and Slayton had a 69-yard touchdown from Taylor in Week 16 at Philadelphia. Robinson's two best games this season have come with Taylor in Week 8 at Buffalo (14.2 PPR points) and Week 17 against the Rams (19.9 PPR points). The Eagles enter Week 18 as the No. 1 team in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers.
NO New Orleans • #22
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ATL NO -3 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
4th
WR RNK
33rd
ROSTERED
58%
YTD Stats
REC
43
TAR
71
REYDS
654
TD
4
FPTS/G
9.6
Shaheed was a letdown in Week 17 at Tampa Bay with just two catches for 14 yards on three targets, but I expect him to perform better at home against Atlanta in Week 18. He averages 12.5 PPR points indoors this season in nine games, and the Saints could struggle to run the ball this week with Alvin Kamara (ankle) hurt. I'll go back to Shaheed as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues.
LAC L.A. Chargers • #82
Age: 31 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC LAC -3 O/U 36
OPP VS WR
28th
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
YTD Stats
REC
14
TAR
24
REYDS
203
TD
1
FPTS/G
5.8
If the Chargers are again without Keenan Allen (heel) and Josh Palmer (concussion) then look at Erickson as a flier in deeper leagues. In Week 17 at Denver with Allen and Palmer out, Erickson had seven catches for 98 yards on eight targets. He appears to have a good connection with Easton Stick, and Erickson could be a useful option in Week 18 against the Chiefs if Allen and Palmer are out again.
SF San Francisco • #10
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAR SF -3 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
16th
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
YTD Stats
REC
5
TAR
8
REYDS
63
TD
2
FPTS/G
1.5
With the 49ers expected to rest Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk in Week 18 against the Rams with the No. 1 seed in the NFC locked up, Bell could be the top receiver for San Francisco. Sam Darnold will likely start for the 49ers, so keep that in mind, but Darnold and Bell hooked up for a touchdown in garbage time in Week 16 against Baltimore. Bell is a desperation flier in deeper leagues against the Rams, who are No. 9 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers.
BAL Baltimore • #15
Age: 31 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PIT PIT -3.5 O/U 36.5
OPP VS WR
16th
WR RNK
46th
ROSTERED
4%
YTD Stats
REC
30
TAR
40
REYDS
342
TD
4
FPTS/G
5.5
With the Ravens expected to rest Zay Flowers and Odell Beckham in Week 18 against the Steelers with the No. 1 seed in the AFC locked up, look for Agholor to be the top option in the passing game. Tyler Huntley will likely start for Baltimore with Lamar Jackson also resting, but Agholor can still be a desperation No. 3 Fantasy receiver in deeper leagues. He does have two touchdowns in his past six games.
KC Kansas City • #84
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAC LAC -3 O/U 36
OPP VS WR
7th
WR RNK
47th
ROSTERED
7%
YTD Stats
REC
27
TAR
52
REYDS
460
TD
3
FPTS/G
5.9
The Chiefs might only rest Rashee Rice of their main receivers to make sure everyone else knows how to catch, but we could see Watson, Mecole Hardman and Richie James in prominent roles in Week 18 at the Chargers. Patrick Mahomes isn't expected to play much, if at all, so they could be catching passes from Blaine Gabbert. But it's a favorable matchup since the Chargers are No. 3 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers this year, and I like Watson the best of the aforementioned trio. In deeper leagues, Watson could be a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in Week 18.
WAIVER WIRE
Tight Ends

Add in this order: 

Week 18 Waiver Priority List
NO New Orleans • #83
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ATL NO -3 O/U 42.5
OPP VS TE
30th
TE RNK
7th
ROSTERED
30%
YTD Stats
REC
34
TAR
56
REYDS
328
TD
4
FPTS/G
7.6
Johnson might be the best player of all the waiver wire options to get this week given his recent production heading into Week 18 against Atlanta. He's scored a touchdown in three games in a row, and he just had eight catches for 90 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets at Tampa Bay in Week 17. He had four catches for 45 yards on seven targets in Week 12 at Atlanta, and I like him as a top-10 Fantasy tight end in all leagues this week. The Falcons are also No. 7 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends.
GB Green Bay • #85
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CHI GB -3 O/U 44
OPP VS TE
14th
TE RNK
12th
ROSTERED
33%
YTD Stats
REC
28
TAR
37
REYDS
324
TD
2
FPTS/G
4.5
Kraft has scored at least 10 PPR points in four games in a row, and he could be a viable weapon for Jordan Love once again in Week 18 against Chicago with Christian Watson (hamstring), Jayden Reed (chest) and Dontayvion Wicks (chest) all dealing with injuries. Keep an eye on their health, as well as if Luke Musgrave (abdomen) could return, but Kraft has six targets in each of his past three games and at least four catches in four outings in a row. The Bears are also No. 6 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends.
CHI Chicago • #14
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC LAC -3 O/U 36
OPP VS TE
29th
TE RNK
9th
ROSTERED
58%
YTD Stats
REC
50
TAR
69
REYDS
407
TD
3
FPTS/G
7.8
Everett had a down game in Week 17 at Denver with four catches for 31 yards on nine targets, and he scored just 7.7 PPR points. While the production was bad, Everett had at least eight targets for the fourth game in a row, and that should continue again in Week 18 against the Chiefs if Keenan Allen (heel) and Josh Palmer (concussion) remain out. He caught three passes for 26 yards and a touchdown on four targets in Week 7 at Kansas City, and Everett can still be a useful No. 1 Fantasy tight end in all leagues in the rematch, especially if Allen and Palmer remain out.
MIN Minnesota • #86
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET DET -3 O/U 45.5
OPP VS TE
5th
TE RNK
20th
ROSTERED
YTD Stats
REC
12
TAR
17
REYDS
114
TD
1
FPTS/G
1.8
In the first game without T.J. Hockenson (knee) in Week 17 against Green Bay, Mundt had four catches for 39 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. He should remain the lead tight end for the Vikings in Week 18 at Detroit, and he can be used as a low-end starter in all leagues. We'll see who starts at quarterback for Minnesota, but Mundt should still be a viable target in this matchup with the Lions.
WAIVER WIRE
DST
  • Lions (47 percent rostered) vs. MIN
  • Patriots (34 percent rostered) vs. NYJ
  • Buccaneers (54 percent rostered) at CAR
  • Raiders (32 percent rostered) vs. DEN
  • Jaguars (64 percent rostered) at TEN
WAIVER WIRE
KICKERS