Week 1 of the 2022 season was a weird one, but thankfully, most starters stayed healthy. A couple of notable names that are injured are Raheem Mostert, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Michael Gallup. Week 1 is a pretty boring waiver week in dynasty (except if Mitchell is on your waiver wire), but here are three players rostered in over 15% of MFL leagues and three players rostered in 10% or less of MFL leagues. For the new readers of my weekly waiver wire articles, I like to use MFL rostered percentages because it is a mainly dynasty platform.
Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers
Rostered in 22% of MFL leagues (100% FAAB)
Elijah Mitchell will be the hottest waiver add in redraft and dynasty leagues alike, even though the odds are Mitchell is already on a team in dynasty. Mitchell was the RB10 in half PPR leagues and had 19 of the 49ers 22 carries and 79.2% of the RB opportunity share. Mitchell was also on the field for 64% of the snaps. I would EASILY spend 100% of my FAAB in dynasty. You do not get the opportunity to add an RB like Mitchell on the waiver wire. To be honest, I would trade for 5 or so FAAB, so I knew I was getting him. Also, Mostert is out for eight weeks with his knee injury. The harder question to answer is what is his trade value. I would strongly debate moving a 2022 2nd for Mitchell because a young RB receiving over 15 carries a game is worth that.
If anyone is nervous about burning 100% of FAAB week 1, you can always trade for more FAAB by moving a 2022 4th round pick. FAAB is always worth burning early in dynasty!!
KJ Osborn, Minnesota Vikings
Rostered in 2% of MFL leagues (18% of FAAB)
KJ Osborn is my favorite deep dynasty add because Michell is already rostered in every dynasty league I am in. Osborn was tied for 2nd in targets on the Vikings (tied for 15th out of all WRs in NFL) and was on the field for 82% of the Vikings snaps. Osborn was the WR37 on the week and has a higher ceiling with TD potential. I see Osborn as a potential weekly flex player that can help fill in for injuries and bye weeks. I would strongly debate trading a 2022 3rd pick for Osborn if he is rostered already, but it also depends on team needs.
Taylor Heinicke, Washington Football Team
Rostered in 17% of MFL leagues (5% in 1QB and 15% in SF of FAAB)
Heinicke is the new quarterback for the Washington Football Team, with Fitzpatrick being on IR. Fitzpatrick will at least miss the next three weeks. Heinicke is only an add for extremely QB needy 1QB teams and every Superflex team. On 76% of the WFT’s snaps, Heinicke had 10.58 points, which would have been WR40 or RB20 on the week. Heinicke is a decent Superflex starter (especially over back-end RBs and WRs) and will be facing the Giants in Week 2, who gave up 20 points in Week 1. I would not make any moves to trade for Heinicke unless I could get him for a 2023 3rd (in SF) and REALLY, REALLY NEEDED A QB. I hope you don’t in SF leagues.
Cedrick Wilson, Dallas Cowboys
Rostered in 4% of MFL leagues (6% of FAAB)
Cedrick Wilson is the new WR3 for the explosive Cowboys offense, with Gallup missing time with a high ankle sprain. Wilson played 40% of the snaps in week 1 with 3.9 half PPR fantasy points. Wilson can become a flex-worthy player, but I would not start him in Week 2 or later unless I absolutely had to. He is a stash, and see what happens player. I would not trade for Wilson.
Jamycal Hasty, San Francisco 49ers
Rostered in 10% of MFL leagues (8% of FAAB)
Hasty is an interesting add-in dynasty because of coach speak. Shanahan stated that “after doing training camp and stuff that we felt were the three we were going to go with (includes Hasty).” I know Sermon will be active for next week, but I like the stash of Hasty on an explosive 49ers offense. Hasty was on the field for 16 snaps and had 1 goalline carry for a TD and 1 reception. Both are not great usage stats, but I would spend 8% of my FAAB on Hasty as an end-of-the-bench stash. I would not trade for Hasty.
Juwan Johnson, New Orleans Saints
Rostered in 16% of MFL Leagues (3% of FAAB)
Juwan Johnson is the one player I am not excited to add to my dynasty teams. He did receive 3 targets for 3 receptions, but it was only on 12 snaps. Trautman was still on the field for 51 snaps and had 6 targets. Johnson has decent workout metrics with his 40-yard dash in the 92nd percentile of TEs, but I do not see him as start-worthy unless an injury occurs. I would only spend 3% of my FAAB, and I would not trade for him.
QUICK LIST OF PLAYERS TO ADD IF FA
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos- rostered in 31% of MFL leagues, 25% of FAAB
Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys- rostered in 33% of MFL leagues, 15% of FAAB
Tyler Conklin, Minnesota Vikings- rostered in 16% of MFL leagues, 15% of FAAB
Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts- rostered in 28% of MFL leagues, 12% of FAAB
Quez Watkins, Philadelphia Eagles- rostered in 27% of MFL leagues, 8% of FAAB
Gus Edwards (if you need an IR spot)
What do you think about these dynasty waiver wire adds? Reach out on Twitter and tell me some additional players you are adding in your dynasty leagues. Have you joined the Nerd Herd? Just $4.99/month gets you access to rankings, the film room, exclusive podcasts, and more.
Get the Edge – Join the #NERDHERD
- #Nerdherd Members Only - American Apparel T-Shirt 28.99$ – 32.99$
- Dynasty Nerds Logo Sticker 3.99$ – 4.49$
- #Nerdherd Pennant/Front and Badge/Back - American Apparel T-Shirt 32.00$ – 36.50$
- #Nerdherd Members Only | Unisex Fleece Hoodie 39.99$ – 41.99$
- Dynasty Nerds Pom-Pom Beanie 22.50$