Roster Management After the Draft- Waiver Wire Gems

Roster Management After the Draft- Waiver Wire Gems

Now that you have finished your draft, you have only started at managing your team unless you did a Best Ball format draft. Too many Fantasy Football owners make one of two mistakes. One, they micro manage their team every week. Sometimes they release some promising players with a fast start or totally ignore their roster until they have a crisis. Each week on I will help you with some key waiver wire gems that you want to add to your team. Winning championships is all about roster management after the draft.

Finding Those Gems

Each league is different, but the smaller your roster size, the more you have to be aware of the gems available on the waiver wire. A player has to be available in 60% of Yahoo leagues in order to be eligible. Yahoo is only being used as a consistent reference, and at least one player each week will be a deep sleeper available in 80% of Yahoo leagues.


Josh Allen (65% eligible) His running ability raises his floor any given week making him an excellent choice. His Best 10 score in his rookie season was 6th best last season, and his Consistency Rating was a solid 60%.

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Nick Foles (81% Eligible) The fact this guy went undrafted in so many leagues is a mystery to me. I understand the logic that the Jaguars are a team that will rely on their defense and running game. But a few years ago Blake Bortles was the ninth best Fantasy QB and Foles is much better.

Jacoby Brissett (88% Eligible) The stunning news that Andrew Luck was retiring has thrust Brissett into the starter’s role. Many are pointing to his lackluster performance in 2017 the last time Luck was missing in action. But Brissett is a much better prepared quarterback this time around.

Running Backs

Devin Singletary (60% Eligible) This guy just makes the cut on eligibility, and I am shocked he went undrafted in so many redraft leagues. Didn’t we learn anything last season from Nick Chubb and Philip Lindsay? This is the running back to own in Buffalo.

Justin Jackson (72% Eligible) Fantasy Football is a weekly game, and until Melvin Gordon signs a contract, there will be value in the other running backs with the Chargers. While Austin Ekeler is getting all of the attention, late last year Jackson showed he can be a three down back in this league.

Justice Hill (76% Eligible) He will start the season as a role player. There is a possibility he might have the talent to be the Ravens version of Alvin Kamara. When this comes to fruition is why he is available in so many leagues. One thing to count on is this is the running back to own in Baltimore.

Wide Receivers

Tyrell Williams (62% Eligible) Take a look at how well the wide receiver on the opposite side of the field from Antonio Brown has done over the years. You will understand why I like Tyrell. He was also the 18th best wide receiver in PPR Fantasy Football in 2016.

Mohammed Sanu (65% Eligible) How does a wide receiver who has been targeted 90 or more times the last two years go undrafted in so many leagues? There is still a well defined role for Sanu in a pass happy offense, and he has scored 10 or more points in 58% of his starts in PPR format.

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Tre’Quan Smith (81% Eligible) Smith has the talent to be a quality wide receiver in the NFL and a consistent producer in fantasy football. Will it be early or late this season is the big question. That makes him eligible in so many leagues. Grab him now and hold for the first three weeks.

Tight Ends

Darren Waller (82% Eligible) Here is a talented player who has been his own worst enemy so far in his young career. Did you like the numbers you saw from Jared Cook in this offense? Waller could be an even better player, although AB on the Raiders will drop his targets from what Cook saw last year.

Chris Herndon (82% Eligible) If you were a victim of the Andrew Luck retirement or the Lamar Miller injury and have a weakness at tight end, you might want to grab Herndon. He is suspended for the first four weeks, so its a tough call whether you have the roster spot to hold him all this time.


Roster management is the art that separates the great fantasy football player from the good ones. Even in a small roster league like the redraft leagues on Yahoo and ESPN, I like to reserve one spot for a big upside guy. You can always have a fall back position of an average running back or wide receiver on waivers if your sleeper pick fails. Each week, I will help you stay on top of the players whose value will be rising in the weeks ahead. And you will grab them before your fellow players spot them. Good luck this season!


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