Digging Deep! (9/21)


I am bringing back an oldie, but goodie with some modification. That’s right baby, the Digging Deep! article is coming back with vengeance! This is a living article, meaning the information will be constantly updated throughout the season to help you football heads out! The purpose of Digging Deep! is to alert owners to players who are currently buried in the depth chart, but may be called to play in the 2017 season when certain situations happen. I bring the dynasty spin into the redraft season by helping you file names away.

I will sort the tiers according to the following categories:


Waiver wire (WW) – Players you probably won’t own in a standard size 15-16 man roster, but should be picked up immediately if they outperform your current bench guys

Who TF are you? (WTF) – Most of these names are unfamiliar to those who never played dynasty leagues, but they carry value based on opportunities. I’m not talking about Joe Mixon or Kenny Golladay. By now, even your casual redraft guys will know to pick them up or monitor these names. I’m talking about deep guys.

Going for 4th & 35 (Go4) – These recommendations are only given to those who are truly desperate or have 50 roster spots to fill. If you like to play in 32 team leagues or 16-team/30+ man leagues, these players are for you. Often, they are well known college guys, but were not viewed highly (ie. drafted in 6th, 7th or UDFA) by NFL standards, and manage to stay on the 53-man roster.

This year, I will constantly update each team’s watch list players, so you don’t have to constantly check. Just use your search function (ctrl + F), type in the team name and you can see which players are your targets on Waiver wires when injury or certain situations happen.

Bold + Italic = new update
Italic = moved a tier

Dolphins Kenyan Drake

Bill Ingram – The Palm Beach Post

Miami Dolphins

WW – Damien Williams, Kenyan Drake, Matt Moore
WTF – Leonte Carroo, Jakeem Grant
Go4 – N/A

New England Patriots

WW – Jimmy Garappolo, Dion Lewis, Chris Hogan
WTF – Dwayne Allen, Danny Amendola, Phillip Dorsett
Go4 – Jacob Hollister

New York Jets (I can just put the whole starting lineup here, but i’ll be kind)

WW – Cherone Peake, Austin Sefarian Jenkins, ArDarius Stewart, Jermaine Kearse
WTF – Chad Hanson, Jordan Legget, Elijah McGuire
Go4 – Da’Morea Stringfellow

Buffalo Bills

WW – Rod Streator, Mike Tolbert, Nate Peterman
WTF – Joe Banyard, Logan Thomas
Go4 – Kaelin Clay

Baltimore Ravens

WW - Ben Watson
WTF – Nick Boyle, Maxx Williams (if he ever gets healthy), Alex Collins
Go4 – Chris Moore

Cincinnati Bengals

WW – Brandon LaFell, Giovanni Bernard, AJ McCarron, Tyler Boyd
WTF – Cody Core, Josh Malone, Tyler Kroft, Jeremy Hill
Go4 – Cethan Carter

Cleveland Browns

WW – Seth DeValve, Ricardo Louis, Rishard Higgins
WTF – Matthew Dayes, Cody Kessler, Kasen Williams, Kevin Hogan
Go4 –  Jordan Payton

Pittsburgh Steelers

WW – Eli Rogers, James Conner, Vance McDonald, Juju-Smith Schuster
WTF – Justin Hunter, Joshua Dobbs
Go4 – Terrell Watson

Texans Jaelen Strong


Houston Texans

WW – Braxton Miller, Ryan Griffin, Tyler Ervin
WTF – Bruce Ellington, Stephen Anderson
Go4 – N/A

Indianapolis Colts

WW – Chester Rogers, Marlon MackJacoby Brissett
WTF – Erik Swoope, Robert Turbin
Go4 – N/A

Jacksonville Jaguars

WW – Dede Westbrook, Allen Hurns, Chad Henne, Chris Ivory
WTF – Corey Grant, TJ Yeldon
Go4 – Keelan Cole

Tennessee Titans

WW – Jonnu Smith, Taywan Taylor
WTF –  David Fluellen
Go4 – N/A

Denver Broncos

WW – DeAngelo Henderson, AJ Derby
WTF – Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler, Jordan Taylor
Go4 – Jeff Heuerman, Isaiah McKenzie, Chad Kelley

Kansas City Chiefs

WW –  Demarcus Robinson, Albert Wilson, Charcandrick West, Patrick Mahomes, Chris Conley
WTF – Jehu Chesson,
Go4 – Gherig Dieter and Marcus Kemp (has chemistry with Mahomes)

Los Angeles Chargers

WW – Dontrell Inman, Brandon Oliver
WTF – Austin Ekler, Cardale Jones
Go4 – N/A

Oakland Raiders

WW – Seth Roberts, Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington
WTF – Cordarrelle Patterson, Connor Cook, Clive Walford
Go4 –  Isaac Whitney

Cowboys Rico Gathers

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys

WW – Ryan Switzer, Alfred Morris, Terrence Williams, Rico Gathers (currently on IR)
WTF – Brice Butler,  Noah Brown, Darren McFadden
Go4 – Cooper Rush

New York Giants

WW – Shane Vereen, Orleans Darkwa, Roger Lewis
WTF – Geno Smith, Travis Rudolph,  Jerrell Adams
Go4 – Davis Webb

Philadelphia Eagles

WW – Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, Donnel Pumphrey (IR)
WTF –  Mack Hollins, Corey Clement
Go4 – Trey Burton

Washington Redskins

WW – Vernon Davis, Chris Thompson
WTF – Ryan Grant, Niles Paul
Go4 - Jeremy Sprinkle

Chicago Bears

WW –  Kendall Wright, Josh Bellamy, Deonte Thompson
WTF – Markus Wheaton, Benny Cunningham, Adam Shaheen
Go4 –  Tanner Gentry

Detroit Lions

WW –  Zach Zenner, Dwayne Washington
WTF – TJ Jones, Michael Roberts
Go4 – N/A

Green Bay Packers

WW – Jamaal Williams, Richard Rodgers, Brett Hundley, Geronimo Allison
WTF – Lance KendricksJeff Janis, Trevor Davis, Aaron Jones
Go4 – Devante Mays

Minnesota Vikings

WW -  Teddy Bridgewater (IR), LaQuon Treadwell
WTF – David Morgan, Michael Floyd, Stacy Coley, Rodney Adams, Latavius Murray
Go4 – Blake Bell

Falcons Justin Hardy

AP Photo – Mark J. Terrill)

Atlanta Falcons

WW – Justin Hardy, Taylor Gabriel
WTF – Eric Saubert, Brian Hill, Andre Roberts
Go4 – Terron Ward

Carolina Panthers

WW – Curtis Samuel, Cameron Artis-Payne, Derek Anderson
WTF – Russell Shephard, Keyarris Garrett, Damiere Byrd
Go4 – Brad Kaaya

New Orleans Saints

WW –  Ted Ginn Jr.
WTF – Tommylee Lewis, Bandon Coleman, Josh Hill
Go4 – N/A

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

WW – Cameron Brate, Chris Godwin, Charles Sims
WTF – Peyton Barber, Adam Humprhies
Go4 – N/A

Arizona Cardinals

WW – JJ Nelson, Jaron Brown, Chris Johnson
WTF – Drew Stanton, Andre Ellington,  Blaine Gabbert, TJ Logan, Kerwynn Williams
Go4 –  Chad Williams, Elijah Penny

San Francisco 49ers

WW – Trent Taylor, George Kittle,  Matt Breida,  Kyle Juszczyk, Marquise Goodwin
WTF – Aldrick Robinson,  Garrett Celek
Go4 – Logan Paulsen, CJ Beathard

Seattle Seahawks

WW – Paul Richardson, Thomas Rawls
WTF – Eddie Lacy, Nick Vannett, Amara Darboh, Tanner McEvoy
Go4 – Luke Willson

Los Angeles Rams

WW –  Malcom Brown, Tavon AustinJosh Reynolds
WTF – Robert Woods, Tyler Higbee
Go4 – Justin Davis, Derek Carrier, Brandon Allen

If I missed any or if you’re curious about some of these unknown players ask any of us FakePigskin.com writers. Reach out to me @ffdynasty101 or ffdynasty101@gmail.com


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