This year I will be writing a weekly Dynasty Waiver Wire Article which will be released on a Tuesday.
With the preseason over and cuts finalised it’s time to walk through some potential waiver adds before the season begins on Thursday. With no regular-season games played yet the majority of this list will focus on Running Backs that could gain relevancy with an injury. Particularly as some have changed home very recently.
Shallower Leagues – Waiver Wire (20-25 man rosters)
Ty’Son Williams – Baltimore Ravens – RB
When JK Dobbins went down injured Gus Edwards immediately entered league winning territory. However, Ty’Son Williams is also very intriguing. The Ravens traditionally use a committee and Ty’Son apparently has the hold on the #2 job. He holds some flex appeal already and should Gus pick up an injury
Wayne Gallman – Atlanta Falcons – RB
It’s amazing how quickly a player can lose and gain value. One day Gallman was released by the 49ers and was just as quickly dropped by a lot of dynasty owners. However, 48 hours later Gallman signs with Atlanta and walks in as the RB2 behind Mike Davis in what could prove to be a very fruitful role. Gallman flashed with the giants and if Davis should falter he could be a steal.
Malcolm Brown – Miami Dolphins – RB
Myles Gaskin is the presumed starter in Miami. However, nothing the dolphins have done at Running Back over the past 12 months has been straightforward. I always preach that NFL teams tell us what they think by the moves they make. Whilst the dolphins did not address Running Back in the draft like many expected. They did sign Malcolm Brown to a non-minimum contract on Day 1 of Free agency. To me, that hints at him having a role and is absolutely worth a speculative add off the waiver wire.
Keelan Cole – New York Jets – WR
The Jets Wide receiver corp is a fascinating one in Dynasty circles. Zach Wilson has looked impressive and with Mike LaFleur bringing the Shanahan offence to town the jets will likely have some fantasy relevant pass catchers. Everyone knows my Elijah Moore love. Corey Davis is still an absolute bargain. Even Jamison Crowder could flash some of the PPR value from the past two years. This leaves Keelan Cole as the forgotten man. He is an interesting player. The Jets paid him above market rate to be the 4th receiver. He holds positional versatility and can line up as the X, Z, or in the slot. Should there be an injury Cole could carve out a useful role.
Kylin Hill – Green Bay Packers – RB
Kylin Hill is an intriguing prospect. I liked him in the pre-draft process due to his receiving profile. However, when he fell in the draft to the end of the 7th round it really killed any interest outside of a potential 4th or 5th round flyer. That was before the preseason. He has flashed several times, particularly in the first quarter against the Jets where he averaged 5 yards after contact. The path to relevancy isn’t great with Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon ahead of him. However, he profiles as a different player to those two. He may not be available on the waiver wire but in some very shallow leagues or leagues with impatient owners, he could be available and there’s not many better options on your dynasty waiver wire.
Deeper Leagues – Waiver Wire (25+ man rosters)
Juwan Johnson – New Orleans Saints – TE
Marquez Callaway seems like the hottest name in the preseason. However, someone else has to catch the ball in New Orleans right? Adam Trautman is battling a foot injury and could miss a few weeks. Enter Juwan Johnson. Johnson ticks a lot of the Tight End breakout boxes. Elite athlete and target potential. Tie this in with Jameis winning the QB job and the ability to push the ball downfield. Johnson could be the out of nowhere Tight End that everyone is scrambling to add in week one.
Mekhi Sargent – Tennessee Titans – RB
Darrynton Evans was a hot name in the offseason as the player most likely to walk into a volume role should Derrick Henry show he’s human and suffers an injury. Well, Evans is now on IR so out for at least 3 weeks. In steps Mekhi Sargent. Now as a prospect he isn’t great. He was the 17th ranked UDFA in my rookie model. However, he flashed in the preseason leading the league in rushing attempts and 2nd in rushing yards with 187. Add to that receiving usage in every game. Yes, he needs an early Henry injury to be relevant but in super deep leagues he’s worth an add off the waiver wire.
Duke Johnson – Jacksonville Jaguars – RB
When Etienne went down people flew out to anoint Robinson the lead back and Carlos Hyde as the backup to roster. One thing I’m intrigued by is the passing game usage. Etienne was expected to be moved all over the field and lineup as a receiver. Yes, Laviska Shenault could pick up some of that usage, but what if they have ideas of using a satellite back to do that. This is where Duke Johnson steps in. He is a passing game specialist and even has a top 12 Running Back season back in on his resume back in 2017. Duke isn’t yet on the active roster but I believe that’s just a matter of time. It is speculative but with the Jags likely playing from behind all season. Duke could become Trevor Lawrence’s best friend.
Trinity Benson – Detroit Lions – WR
Benson was a name I was monitoring after putting up a hugely impressive performance in week 1 of the preseason vs Minnesota. This went to a whole new level when Benson was traded to the worst receiving room in the league over in Detroit. If Benson can continue to produce on those flashes it’s easy to see him carving out a target share with only Tyrell Williams, St-Brown, and Quintez Cephus to battle.
Ihmir Smith-Marsette – Minnesota Vikings – WR
The Irv Smith Injury and subsequent trade for Chris Herndon gave a glimmer of hope to the Herndon believers. However, the talk out of Minnesota was that the injury will move them from a heavy two Tight End offence into more traditional 11 personnel sets. This would need them to find a third Wide Receiver. Smith-Marsette has some potential to carve out that role. I’m not particularly high on him as a day 3 rookie receiver. However, he could flash enough to sell him on for a profit.