Levi Chappell discusses which players you should consider grabbing from your dynasty league’s waiver wire.
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I was watching the Rams versus Chiefs game which may have been the most entertaining football game I have ever watched. The Chiefs stripped Jared Goff and scored a defensive TD to go up 44-40, and I was about ready to jump out of my seat. Then one of the worst things that can possibly happen to a sports fan happens...my DVR cut off recording it (the game was already over). Luckily I have a subscription to NFL Game Pass, so I was able to watch the rest of the game. But for a second there...I thought I was going to miss the ending of the “game of the year.”
Needless to say, I was still very disappointed in my DVR for not being smart enough to recognize that the game was still going on. C’mon DVR, get your head in the game. But then again, I wasn’t smart enough to play Tre’Quan Smith over Marquez Valdes-Scantling this week. I also wasn’t too smart when I started Ryan Fitzpatrick this week. So I will try and cut my DVR some slack; he does an alright job.
Maybe you are like me and have made some boneheaded moves, trades, or acquisitions this year. Fear not...there is hope. The waiver wire is always the best and cheapest way to add talent to your team and cultivate a team built around certain aspects. So it doesn’t matter if you are 9-2 or 3-8, the waiver wire can benefit and does benefit everyone. So without further ado, here are some players worth monitoring.
Some of the names that I will be listing below and in future articles will already be owned in your league. If you are in a 10-team league, many of these players may be available, but if you are in a 12- or 14-team league, fewer may be available. For the most part, I will be listing players that are owned in less than 40% of 12-team leagues.
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Gus Edwards (RB – BAL)
Alex Collins started the game and scored an early touchdown, but it was Edwards who finished the game scoring points and getting carries. He is a big back at 6’1″ and almost 240 pounds, but he showed good vision when given the ball. The rookie out of Rutgers looked really good, and the Ravens have never seemed fully committed to Collins, which means that Edwards could start to see a larger workload moving forward.
DeAndre Washington (RB – OAK)
Doug Martin, Jalen Richard, and Washington all received nearly an identical workload. With how bad the Raiders’ season has been going, there is a chance that they may want to feature the younger players to see what they have moving forward. With that said, Washington may benefit most in the backfield. Washington is worth a late flier in deep leagues.
Seth Roberts (WR – OAK)
If the Raiders weren’t already thin enough at wide receiver with Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant nursing injuries, Brandon LaFell went down with what many believe is a torn Achilles. All of these injuries make Roberts the WR1 in Oakland by default. The prospects of the Oakland Raiders are nothing to get too excited about, but Roberts should see ample targets and make him worthy of a roster add.
Dontrelle Inman (WR – IND)
I mentioned Inman quite a few weeks back, and his stock seems to be climbing right now. He has been firmly entrenched into the WR2 spot for the Colts, and last week he turned in a respectable four catches for 34 yards and a touchdown on six targets. Luck and the Colts love to throw the ball, and Inman is benefitting from it, averaging about six targets per game over the last three weeks.
Bruce Ellington (WR – DET)
It looks like we have found who will fill the slot position in Detroit after Golden Tate has left. Ellington finished second on the team in targets with nine. He turned those nine targets into six catches and 52 yards on Sunday. While he is not someone I would want to start, if Marvin Jones has to miss time again this upcoming week, Ellington may be in the WR4 range.
Jeff Heuerman (TE – DEN)
Heuerman followed up his big Week 10 performance with a quiet week. Regardless, the Broncos seem legitimately interested in making him their TE1 for next season, which is encouraging for his dynasty outlook. Keenum likes to get his tight ends involved, and I expect the usage for Heuerman to go up as we near the end of the regular season.
Cameron Brate (TE – TB)
There are two reasons that Brate should be owned in leagues. The first being that O.J. Howard suffered an ankle injury and we are not sure what the extent of it is. If Howard has to miss any time, Brate becomes a TE1 option moving forward. The second reason to own him is the possibility of Jameis Winston taking over again as the starting quarterback. Brate is his favorite red zone target, and when Winston is behind center, Brate becomes a viable fantasy starter.
Other players to watch out for:
Marcell Ateman (WR – OAK)
Theo Riddick (RB – DET)
Colt McCoy (QB – WAS)
Adam Humphries (WR – TB)
Antonio Gates (TE – LAC)
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