Nick Mimi @nmimi
Post Draft Waiver Wire for 10 and 12 Team Leagues
We are days away from the first NFL game of the 2020 season. A majority of drafts have been completed this past weekend or in the coming days. Regardless of your draft date, there is always a revolving door of NFL roster moves. As a fantasy manager, it is key to keep an eye on your league feeds. In a casual home league you may have someone who impulse drops a sleeper who you see pop up on every article you read. Below I list some of my favorite adds if you can afford to make the roster sport. If you have a high waiver claim and cannot freely add someone, make sure the player is equivalent to that of a week 1 gem add. Before I give my list below, if you see players such as ANTONIO GIBSON or someone dropped D’ANDRE SWIFT with the Peterson news, you probably want to jump on that ASAP. With a lot of leagues using IR spots this year to combat COVID, you could take any player ruled out and add one of these players on a flier.
BRYCE LOVE – RB / Washington Football Team
By now you’ve heard the news. Adrian Peterson is gone and Antonio Gibson is the next big fantasy stud. What people don’t really mention all too often is Gibson only had 33 carries his entire college career. So the major question is, what do they do? If I have a shot, I am grabbing Bryce Love who is in his second year in the pros and made the 53 man roster. Love was an electric Heismann level talent at Stanford, following in the footsteps of Cristian McCaffrey. Now, Love takes his similar style to Washington, where CmC's old coach Ron Rivera will know exactly how to use him. I firmly believe he has a higher ceiling than JD McKissic or Peyton Barber. I would suggest adding Love more so in 12 man or more leagues. 10 man leagues would depend on your current bench. If you can stash an IR spot when the season gets closer and grab Love, that would be wise.
JALEN REAGOR – WR / Philadelphia Eagles
Yes I know, he is hurt. He may be out to the end of September. He is a perfect pick up to put into your IR spot. Philly currently has Desean Jackson as their WR1. They will be rolling out J.J. Arcega-Whiteside as their potential WR2. Reagor is going to see a full workload when he comes back, and could eventually see enough of a target share to merit a WR2/WR3 status every week.
PRESTON WILLIAMS – WR / Miami Dolphins
Odds are he is drafted already, thanks to Stack Attack Jeff pumping him up all summer. If you are in a 10 man league, there is a possible chance he may be available. This is a no brainer add. Currently DeVante Parker is the WR1 in Miami, and Williams slides in as the WR2. We saw what Fitzmagic did last year early on. The difference is once he is benched, the QB filling in for him has a super high ceiling in Tua Tagovailoa. Take Preston and don’t look back, there's a Julio Jones level skillset in there.
BRYAN EDWARDS – WR / Las Vegas Raiders
Bryan Edwards is rising up the boards. He is now projected to start alongside Henry Ruggs and Hunter Renfrow. Edwards slipped to the 3rd round of the NFL draft due to injury concerns, but the early talk is he may have a major impact and could have the league winner upside everyone seeks. 12 man leagues I would take a strong look at Edwards. In a 10 man I would only add if you have the space (maybe drop that backup QB).
DEVINE OZIGBO / JAMES ROBINSON / CHRIS THOMPSON / DEVANTA FREEMAN? – RBS JAX
This is a mess of a backfield. With the release of Leonard Fournette, this backfield is wide open. Freeman visited the Jags yesterday seeking a one year deal. If he signs, he is immediately worth an add as he would likely be the starting back. Currently, Thompson is the add in PPR leagues as he will play a role there. For the 2 or 3 down back, it is currently up in the air. Ozibgo in my opinion is the smart add. Ryquell Armstead is currently on the COVID list and may be out weeks. It seems as if Ozigbo and Robinson will split carries week 1, and whoever is the hotter hand may carve out a more defined role. Right now take a flier on one of them and hope they hit.
CHASE EDMONDS – RB / Arizona Cardinals
If you drafted Kenyon Drake, Edmonds NEEDS to be on your roster. If Drake gets hurt, Edmonds becomes an immediate RB1. As of a couple weeks ago Drake was in a walking boot, but Drake stated he was fine. Last year Drake filled in as the RB1 and ran away with it. This year Edmonds could do the same if Drake were to miss time. If you are not a Drake owner and he misses time, you have yourself a golden ticket for your trade block.
DARREL WILLIAMS – RB / Kansas City Chiefs
The main backup to the rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire. As it stands, it seems like they may split carries week 1. Williams was a mentor to CEH at LSU, and makes the team because of his leadership qualities. If CEH were to miss time, Williams becomes a first round fantasy value requiring you to drop almost all of your FAAB, or hope you have the top waiver claim. Grabbing these backups if you have a deep and balanced roster is playing for the long haul, and could pay off greatly.
CHRIS HERNDON / JONNU SMITH / MIKE GESICKI – TIGHT ENDS
The TE pool this year seems to be thin. You have your top tier targets, your middle tier, and then you have the drop off. These names seem to almost be going undrafted depending on the size of your league, or borderline drafted at the end. All 3 expect to fill major roles in their respective offenses. Herndon is on a Jets team that can’t seem to keep anyone healthy. Jonnu Smith looks to build on last year and break out. Mike Gesicki is another Miami Dolphin that could benefit greatly from an early Fitzmagic breakout as he did last year. He's really used as a big giant slot receiver, and Tua loves the slot. I am trying to walk away with one of the 3 for the extra safety blanket with TEs being so thin this season.