Levi Chappell discusses which players you should consider grabbing from your dynasty league’s waiver wire.
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By now, you know whether or not you have made the fantasy playoffs. I am also sure that you have either let your friends know that you made the playoffs, or your friends have let you know that you missed the playoffs with a friendly “you suck” text or a GIF of some kind. No matter what side of the fence you fall on, I want to congratulate you on winning. Ya, ya, ya, I realize that you may have gone 2-12 and you don’t feel like you “won” much, but we have all won because fantasy isn’t only about wins and losses.
If I’m being completely honest, fantasy football and the friends/family that I play it with have gotten me through some tough times. So while fantasy sports is ultimately pointless, it can keep relationships thriving and friendships stronger (hopefully not the other way around). My guess is that if you were not in a fantasy football league with certain people, you would hardly ever text them or talk to them. Fantasy football brings people together and gives us a reason to text each other terrible trades at one in the morning or send the “Butt Fumble” GIF at any given moment.
So like I said before, we are all winners. But enough of the feel-good crap. Let’s get down to some actual football talk.
So you are either in the playoffs or looking forward to your rookie draft. Either way, the waiver wire is still of significant importance. At this point in the season, an effective waiver wire pickup could help propel you to a championship, or it could help build a valuable trade asset in the offseason. It’s time to pay attention to the players listed below.
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.
Here we go:
Josh Johnson (QB – WAS)
Oh, so there was a reason that Mark “Butt Fumble” Sanchez was jobless for a while… because he isn’t good at football. Enter Josh Johnson. Who? The overall top pick in the most recent AAF (Alliance of American Football… didn’t know that existed? Neither did I) quarterback draft. Consider Johnson a complete flyer if you are in dire need of a quarterback. The good news is that he can make plays with his arm and his feet.
Damien Williams (RB – KC)
Hopefully, you took my advice and picked him up last week, but if you did not, he may still be available. After a two-TD effort on Sunday, though, he will be a hot commodity. He received 12 touches in the game, and 12 touches in the Kansas City offense is just enough to make you fantasy relevant. While I wouldn’t want to rely on that type of workload, there are a lot worse options.
Elijah McGuire (RB – NYJ)
McGuire is a guy that seems to be bouncing on and off the waiver wire. A solid 83-yard effort will put him on many possible owners’ radars. Isaiah Crowell looks like he may have re-aggravated his toe injury and that could mean a substantial workload for McGuire. He may be in the RB3 range if Crowell does not play.
John Kelly (RB – LAR)
Malcolm Brown owned the title of MVH, most valuable handcuff. Brown is now on IR, so John Kelly now becomes the most valuable handcuff that you must own for the fantasy playoffs. If the unthinkable happens, and Gurley goes down with an injury, Kelly is immediately vaulted in the RB2 discussion. While he will surely post goose eggs on your roster if Gurley is healthy, he is 100% worth the add.
Kenny Stills (WR – MIA)
My guess is that some owners got tired of seeing pedestrian numbers from Stills week after week and cut bait with him. You can’t blame those owners either. From Week 4-13 he never topped 40 yards receiving. Then on Sunday, he posted eight catches on nine targets for 135 yards and a touchdown. Stills is the Dolphins best option at wide receiver, he just needs to be more consistent.
DaeSean Hamilton/Tim Patrick (WRs – DEN)
With the unfortunate news of Emmanuel Sanders going down for the year, the Broncos needed some receivers to step up and play well. That is what Hamilton and Patrick did. Patrick saw a whopping 10 targets and brought in seven of them for 85 yards, while Hamilton also caught seven passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. I think Hamilton offers more upside, but both are good options off the waiver wire.
Other players to watch out for:
- Vernon Davis (TE – WAS)
- Anthony Firkser (TE – TEN)
- Willie Snead (WR – BAL)
- Stevan Ridley (RB – PIT)
- Chris Ivory (RB – BUF)
- Demarcus Robinson (WR – KC)