As you may have heard before, fantasy football is a war of attrition. Playing in NFL games is akin to being in a car accident. With a train. Made of bombs. Most owners walk away from the draft feeling pretty confident in their team, but then injuries strike. Corey Coleman, gone for the next 6-8 weeks. Allen Robinson, season over after 1 week. Sam Bradford (Booooo) wasn’t able to lace them up in Week 2 due to a bone bruise. Rob Kelley could be lost for several weeks. The point being if you don’t hit the waiver wire every week and hit it hard you will not win. Most teams are going to have injuries to key contributors during the season.
After some feedback on Reddit, I’ll go ahead and add a few deep stashes to this article.
Ed Dickson, TE, Carolina Panthers ( 1%)
Tight ends are worth their weight in gold. Greg Olsen is out for at least 6-8 weeks with a broken foot. Cam Newton has shown a propensity to throw to his TE, and Ed Dickson is now the starter.
Corey Clement, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (1%)
I don’t know if the Eagles don’t like Wendell Smallwood as a player. I do know that LeGarrette Blount is persona non grata though. Blount had 1 reception last week, which outnumbered his total rushing attempts of 0. Doug Pederson may be allergic to calling run plays, but if he doesn’t want to get franchise QB, Carson Wentz, murdered he’s going to have to start running the ball more.
Clement is a thumper and has to have better vision than Smallwood because if it’s worse, he’d be legally blind. Clement finished his college career with over 3,000 rushing yards on a 5.4 ypc. Clement may get a shot sooner than later.
Brandon Colemen, WR, New Orleans (1.8%)
If you play in dynasty leagues you know the name Brandon Colemen. He was supposed to be the next big thing a few times so far in his career. Instead of ever being the next big thing we might have to settle for a decent flex play. Through 2 weeks he’s posted 9 receptions, 95 yards, and 1 touchdown. If you play in leagues with up to 11 starters(with no Kickers or Defense) you know how hard it is to find any production for those last few starting spots.
And just one note. You should review all the players your league mates drop. If your league doesn’t have an IR spot it’s likely at some point a player that’s scheduled to be out for multiple weeks will be dropped once we approach bye weeks.
Corey Coleman is out for 6-8 weeks, keep an eye on his owner to see if he’s willing to sell low now so you can plug Coleman into your lineup towards the end of the season.
Below are the more widely known roster stashes, but still check your waiver wires to see if any are available.
Note: All ownership rates are based on ESPN leagues.
Chris Carson – Unowned in over 75% of ESPN leagues Carson is a must add. Eddie Lacy was inactive last week, Thomas Rawls may not be healthy, but he is certainly ineffective. The rookie Carson has taken over the starting running back role and put up over 90 rushing yards last week.
Tarik Cohen –
With an ownership share of 49.6%, somehow Cohen is available in 1/2 of ESPN leagues. This makes no sense. In 1/2 point PPR leagues, Cohen scored 21 points and 8 points over the last two weeks. Considering that Jordan Howard’s status is still up in the air for this week, Cohen may see as much work as he can handle Sunday. Even when Howard is available Cohen will still have the pass-catching role in the Bears backfield. Pass catching backs in PPR (even .5 ppr) leagues are gold. Stop reading this now, pick him up and then read the rest of this article later.
Javorius Allen – Buck Allen has benefited from suspension(Kenneth Dixon) and injury(Danny Woodhead) and established a lead role in the Baltimore backfield. With Terrance West now dealing with an injury and not assured of playing this weekend Allen is looking at an RB1 weekend for you. Allen is adept as a pass catcher, 5 receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown last week against Cleveland. He can also run between the tackles, 137 yards on 35 carries through the first 2 weeks. He can do it all and may have to on Sunday.
The diminutive Nelson is a pure burner. If John Brown can’t play again this week, he’s listed as doubtful; this explosive WR can be a week winner for you. Last week, with John Brown unable to play, Nelson put up 120 yards and a touchdown on 5 receptions. Even with Brown in the lineup week, 1 Nelson was still able to contribute 43 yards and a touchdown on 5 receptions. Available in over 65% of ESPN leagues, I implore you to pick him up.
Marqise Lee – With Allen Robinson lost for the season Lee has stepped into the WR1 role for the Jags. Blake Bortles is terrible at football, but he’s locked onto Lee for targets. Lee put 76 yards on 7 receptions last week and most importantly he was targeted 12 times. Target most players 12 times, and they will produce, and Lee is no exception.
Allen Hurns –
Another Jags receiver? You bet if you can’t get Lee than pick up Hurns. Hurns had a terrible 2016 but seems to have bounced back in 2017. Last week Hurns dropped 7 for 82 yards with a touchdown. More of a deep threat than Marquise Lee, Hurns is a great play for anyone who plays in leagues with distance bonuses.
The Tight end position is teeming with excellent players. Eric Ebron had a great Monday night against the Giants(Booooo). Jack Doyle is the target leader in Indy. Coby Fleener has scored a touchdown for 2 weeks in a row and is a viable starting option while Willie Snead remains suspended.
This is not a homer pick, I swear. After back to back 4 sack weeks, the Eagles defense gets to face a Giants team that has allowed 4 sacks in consecutive weeks. It’s like kismet! If you watched any of the Giants game, you know that Eli looks completely washed. I’m counting on at least 1 interception and 3 sacks this weekend out of our Eagles #FlyEaglesFly.
Thank you for reading. If you can think of some great waiver wire adds let me know in the comments. If you ever want to reach me and talk some football, fantasy football, whatever you can find me @DFF_Shane.