Now that the NFL season is upon us, it’s a good time to write a deep dive dynasty waiver column, with the dynasty leaguer in mind playing with deep rosters. Clear some of that dead weight off the end of your bench and add some upside.
Phillip Lindsay: While not exactly the cheap variety of pickups for your upcoming waiver run, he’s worth mentioning as I don’t see this as a fluke. He’s been impressing all camp and looks to have carved out a significant role as the number 2 RB in Denver and a pass catching back. Booker looks to be an afterthought here.
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Rod Smith: Depending on the depth of your league, he may be long gone. But if he’s out there I would make a strong push to acquire him. The amount of carries along with the amount of punishment Zeke will be facing from stacked boxes, makes Smith one of the most valuable number two RBs in the league.
Mike Boone: Latavius Murray isn’t a special player despite his status on the depth chart, but to my eyes, Boone is. One of the most impressive runners I watched this preseason, he could make some major noise for Minnesota if Dalvin Cook, who’s had numerous injury issues, has any problems.
Elijah McGuire: While currently on IR with eligibility to return, and word is he will be coming back, he makes an ideal stash especially for those with IR slots.
Chris Warren: Another IR stash player, as he was very impressive this preseason. With Lynch and Martin likely moving on next year, Warren will have a legitimate shot next year in Oakland.
Corey Grant: While most are talking up Yeldon, the backup I’m looking to add is Grant. He’s a very talented back that the Jags signed to a pretty lucrative 3 million dollar contract. He’s also a free agent next year.
Darren Sproles: While definitely not the kind of player that can win weeks for you, sometimes having a guy on your bench you can sub in when needed to get you 8-14 ppr points in a start-2 RB league is very underrated.
Jonathan Williams/Mike Gillislee: I think both make decent adds. Sean Payton’s issues with Mark Ingram don’t exactly assure a large role coming back, as New Orleans showed with Willie Snead last year. Kamara’s amazing but it’s yet to be seen how he will handle this heavy of a workload.
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Roc Thomas: More of a McKinnon type pass-catching back who also impressed for the Vikings this preseason. Boone is definitely my crush on this list of RBs, but don’t sleep on Thomas.
RBs that should be owned but don’t walk to your waiver wire:
- Ito Smith
- John Kelly
- Corey Clement
- Austin Ekeler
- Chase Edmonds
- Jaylen Samuels
Phillip Dorsett: Likely already owned in most competitive leagues, but he’s got great short term value and enough draft capital to see what happens long term. Probably worth a significant portion of your B.B. funds.
Geronimo Allison: Looked heavily involved, and with Cobb coming up multiple times in trade talks, he could be the #2 if anything happens.
Brandon Marshall: To be honest I didn’t think he’d make the team, but he’s sitting there with Baldwin possibly out till week 8 after the bye for Seattle. Lockett and Prosise aren’t exactly the models of health either.
Albert Wilson: Signed to one of the most shocking contracts among many head scratchers, he’s being worked in the outside role now, but could easily handle the slot. Stills is definitely the #1 in Miami but there’s plenty more here to go around.
Justin Watson: The hot young guy tier, led by Mr. Super Hot Metric Guy Justin Watson in Tampa Bay. Depending on team makeup, if you are retooling, he could be a top add.
Chad Williams: Listed as number two on the depth chart in Arizona and drafted in the 3rd Round in 2017, there is incredible opportunity available for Williams, Seals-Jones, and Coutee, even though he’s injured. Williams metrics are also off the chart.
Richie James: His metrics aren’t special and he was inactive the first week for San Fran, but this guy’s a great wide receiver.
Jordan Lasley: One of twitter’s favorite sleepers. Crowded situation in Baltimore, but big time upside.
Mike Wallace: Worth a shot as Alshon is possibly out for a few more weeks.
Austin Carr: Starting slot WR with Meredith inactive? Yes please.
David Moore: Reports up here in the Northwest say they love him. Things are definitely in flux with the Hawks WR core and he should find a spot at the end of your bench.
Jaron Brown: As an end of bench guy, why not?
Willie Snead: Looked heavily involved in the game plan Sunday and fresh out of Sean Payton’s doghouse.
Jeremy Maclin: Still unsigned but rumored to be signing soon, there have been some dedication whispers but there’s a good bit of upside
Ian Thomas: Maybe you’re in a shallower league with some decent tight ends on the wire. If so, I’d make a decent investment to secure his services. He was a top TE target before Olsen’s injury, and now he’s going to cost quite a bit more.
Jared Cook: At some point we’ve all had Jared Cook on our teams to little success. Well I would have laughed at myself a few days ago too but Cook’s targets and usage are too much to ignore. He looked like a focal point of the offense Monday night.
Jordan Akins/Ryan Griffin: Tough to say how it’s going to break here this year, but Akins is an older prospect for a rookie TE, so he may have the experience and maturity to handle the role early.
Tyler Higbee: Gerald Everett is the long term play as the Rams 2nd round pick in 2017, but Higbee’s no slouch himself and Everett’s banged up.
Garrett Celek: If you’re in a deep enough league, Celek would be immensely valuable if my dude Kittle experiences any injury setbacks.
Jacob Hollister: Behind Gronk and Dwayne Allen……. and I’m not worried about Dwayne Allen.
QB’s (if you’re super flexing):
- Blain Gabbert
- Deshone Kizer
- Chad Kelly
- Teddy Bridgewater
- Jacoby Brissett