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Waiver Wire Stashes (Fantasy Football)

Sep 7, 2020

As the No. 2 RB in Kansas City, Darrel Williams should be rostered everywhere

Football is back! While no games have been played yet, you should still care about your league’s free-agent pool. There are certainly plenty of hidden gems lying around just waiting to be had, especially in standard-sized leagues. In fact, there’s potentially even more value sitting on waivers right now because we have a much softer grasp on what each team’s depth chart looks like than in years past. The following players our featured experts seek to stash are all either Week 1 breakout candidates or guys who can make a splash down the road.

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Q. Who is one player with less than 25% rostership in Yahoo leagues that fantasy managers should stash right now and why?

Darrel Williams (RB – KC): 23% Rostered
“With the Chiefs’ current roster construction, Williams should be rostered pretty much everywhere and certainly in more than 23% of leagues. With DeAndre Washington gone, Williams is the primary backup to Clyde Edwards-Helaire and could have a role in Week 1. Williams hasn’t been all that impressive in his brief career but he’s reportedly had a good camp and, frankly, it really doesn’t matter because Andy Reid’s system can produce RB1 numbers with almost anyone. Should Edwards-Helaire be injured, Williams would be THE guy to claim on the waiver wire, so stash him before the season begins.”
– Dan Harris (FantasyPros)

Darrel Williams is a fairly obvious choice here. He’s not just the backup to Clyde Edwards-Helaire, which would make him worth having on your bench in any event, but he might have a sizable role, at least in the early going. Williams represents an intriguingly affordable way to grab a piece of the Chiefs’ offense and it’s hardly out of the question that he and CEH remain in some kind of a committee all season.”
– Des Bieler (The Washington Post)

Parris Campbell (WR – IND): 20% Rostered
“Campbell was in the concussion protocol up until this past week because of a car accident late last month. Although this is technically an NFI (non-football injury) case, the protocol still had jurisdiction. Campbell is back at practice and by all accounts (yes, with added positive coachspeak) looks ready for the next step in his second year. He’ll primarily play the slot, which is exactly where Keenan Allen found success with Philip Rivers. That qualifies Campbell for breakout candidacy and you just cannot pass that up with T.Y. Hilton pushing 31; he’s battling time and soft tissue injuries.”
– Richard Savill (Fantasy Six Pack)

“I’m going with Parris Campbell here. Philip Rivers has always loved his targets over the middle of the field and Campbell is set to take over the slot role for the Colts. He was a second-round pick for the Colts last year, but it was clear they couldn’t run the same offense with Jacoby Brissett that they can with Rivers. Campbell is someone who’s bigger, stronger, and faster than T.Y. Hilton, who’s now over 30 years old. You’ll find out in Week 1 if he’s getting the snaps he deserves, and I’m betting he will.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Hunter Renfrow (WR – LV): 19% Rostered
“I’ve been taking Renfrow at the back end of almost every draft I’ve been in. His aDOT of 7.2 yards doesn’t scream ‘big-play potential,’ but his 2.09 yards per route run was a top-12 mark last year. Derek Carr is not known to stretch the field, so I can imagine Renfrow being peppered with targets all season. He had 67 targets last year and I imagine that number goes up significantly this year, making him a potential WR3 with WR2 upside in PPR formats.”
– Jamie Calandro (Fantasy Team Advice)

Dan Arnold (TE – ARI): 1% Rostered
“Arnold is the super sleeper no one is talking about. The Cardinals love him and Kyler Murray developed an instant rapport with him late last season. After the Cards picked up Arnold off waivers, he scored a touchdown in two of three games played and he caught seven passes for 76 yards in the finale. The Cardinals love his potential near the goal line in scoring situations and he will also figure in on third downs. Do not be surprised when Arnold finishes as a top-10 fantasy tight end. You can get him with your final pick in most drafts because he is completely unheralded.”
– Scott Engel (RotoBaller)

Bryan Edwards (WR – LV): 17% Rostered
“Edwards absolutely deserves to be added to the back end of your bench. He’s almost certainly going to be starting in this receiving corps in Las Vegas right out of the gate and he has the talent to be an instant contributor for your fantasy football roster. While there are other weapons here that could take away some targets, I fully expect Edwards to be the guy that Derek Carr locks onto in the red zone. Edwards has insane upside and you’re going to know pretty quickly what you have in him right away.”
– Kyle Yates (FantasyPros)

O.J. Howard (TE – TB): 21% Rostered
“Does anybody really think Rob Gronkowski is going to stay healthy all season? Should Gronk go down, Howard instantly jumps into TE1 territory. He’s had a very strong camp, gelling well with Tom Brady. It’s also been reported that Howard will outsnap Gronk even when both are active, so his fantasy value is much higher than his ADP suggests it is.”
– Justin Sablich (5th Down Fantasy)

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