Waiver Wire Gems After Roster Cuts

QB Jacoby Brissett

The most important day in Fantasy Football every season is the NFL Cut Down Days. You might notice that I said “Days” because while every team has to make their cuts by 4pm on Saturday, the final cut day is actually 4pm Sunday after teams have a chance to scour the waiver wires. This weekend is especially important to Dynasty format players but even in redraft you need to make sure your sleepers roles have not changed. Let’s take a look at some waiver wire gems before week one action starts.

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. Don’t clog the last spot on your roster with an average player. Invest in a player in a “Next Man Up” situation before everyone notices him.


Jacoby Brissett (88% Available):

The more I look at Brissett the more I like his chances because of his offense. If Brissett is 20% worse than Luck, he is QB15 level. He rises to QB9 if he is only 10% worse. Back in 2017 he averaged 22 points in his team’s wins which should yield QB8 level this season. While predicting strengths of schedules in fantasy football is hard, the forecast is for the fourth most favorable schedule for Brissett and the Colts.

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Nick Foles (82% Available):

While the Kansas City Chiefs defense will be better in 2019, the best case is hoping they will be middle of the pack. Again, while defenses change from one year to the next, the Jaguars are forecast to have one of the easiest strengths of schedule for their quarterback. It’s worth the gamble grabbing a share of Foles as your backup or even streaming option for week one.

Running Backs

Justin Jackson (69% Available):

Fantasy Football is a weekly game and since it doesn’t look like Flash Gordon is headed back to the Chargers, the next guys up have value. Do you trust Austin Ekeler to be a solid every down running back? Jackson is worth an investment on the waiver wire.

Justice Hill (72% Available):

Everyone with the Ravens is singing the praises of this quick youngster. Mark Ingram is a quality veteran but lacks the quickness of Justice Hill. The more I hear comparisons to Alvin Kamara, the more I want Hill on my roster.

Jalen Richard (85% Available):

Especially in a PPR format, there is no reason that Jalen Richard is being ignored worse than last year. Oakland will probably be trailing in games quite often and Richard will again be their passing down running back. Only six backs had more receptions than him last season. If the rookie fails, the next man up for duty will be Jalen Richard.

Wide Receivers

Tre’Quan Smith (83% Available):

Ted Ginn is the only wide receiver with experience that Tre’Quan Smith has to beat for second fiddle status in New Orleans. He got lost in routes last year, like a typical rookie, but did have one game with 13 targets. He is an explosive player with good height which helps his chances of snagging some red zone opportunities.

DasSean Hamilton (83% Available):

This was a player I stashed on as many Dynasty format teams as possible with the uncertain nature of Emmanuel Sanders’ health. Sanders has come back healthy, which means the battle with the Broncos is now at the second wide receiver position and the only guy Hamilton has to beat is Courtland Sutton. He is worth a waiver wire stash until we see how this offense works the target shares out with the new quarterback in town.

Deon Cain (99% Available):

Another one of my favorite Dynasty format stashes after he missed all of his rookie season with an injury. Despite only being a 6th round pick, this former Clemson wide receiver runs good routes. It looks like he will be back to full speed in week one with two other Colts receivers injured to start the season.

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Tight Ends

Darren Waller (78% Available):

Fantasy Football analysts are starting to warm up to Waller and the Fantasy players will be close behind. All it will take is one solid game for him to be the waiver wire darling after week one. Why wait until the rush? Grab him now!

Jack Doyle (65% Available):

You will hear people criticize Jacoby Brissett, saying how awful he was back in 2017 when he was thrust into a starting position with no preparation. Do you know who was a Top 10 tight end that year? Yes, Doyle. He will split catches with Eric Ebron this season but Doyle has a knack for finding open room in the end zone. He had a touchdown a third of the time in his last 37 games.


Even in a small bench redraft league, it doesn’t make any sense to clog your last position on your bench with a player who won’t get any starts because he is very average. Why not invest in a player with great upside IF or WHEN he gets a chance instead? That very average BYE week filler sort of player will still be available on the waiver wire if you need to plug and play. Sometimes in Fantasy Football it pays to ZAG when they rest of the fantasy players ZIG. Take the Fantasy Contrarian position that Jacoby Brissett will be better than most expect and grab his waiver wire teammates right now before they show how good they can be.


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