So last year you had a good team. I had a good team. I thought I had a good team. Wentz would be back and I have Kamara and Kelce. Good to go, right? Not so fast. I decided to trade for Trey Burton so I could flex him alongside Kelce, because, as I loudly proclaimed at the draft: “He’s gonna be a stud!” Wrong. Wrong all day long. I promptly started 0-4 and missed the playoffs, all the while trading away Kelce, Julio Jones and Allen Robinson just to try to get anything going. Well, next season begins now. You (and me) need to make moves. Hopefully, you didn’t do what I did and also traded away high picks to try to make something happen. If you did, you are in luck. Here are some players with upside that can help you out and make you look like a genius! I will also provide you with some “stash worthy” players.
- Malcolm Brown, RB, LAR– He may have been owned in many leagues as Todd Gurley’s handcuff and rightfully so. While on the field he has flashed, but when you are behind one of the best backs in the NFL you just do not get a chance to play very often. A Free Agent after this year, the Rams may look to their young stable of backs to provide relief for their star RB. Worst case scenario, he resigns with LA and is a spot starter if Gurley gets hurt. If he signs elsewhere as a starter, he is a solid RB 2 on a weekly basis.
- Rod Smith, RB, DAL– Another young player stuck behind an All-Pro. Hopefully, for Smith, he leaves and has a chance to become another team’s starter. He should be available in most leagues as Zeke rarely leaves the field. If he resigns with Dallas, however, I wouldn’t put too much faith in his ability to get and reasonable fantasy points.
- Robert Foster, WR, BUF– Unlike Kelvin Benjamin, Foster actually runs routes with his QB before (and during, it seems) the game. If you want to get him off waivers, do it fast. After the Bills released Benjamin and Andre Holes, Foster should settle into the #2 receiver role. Watch him at the end of the season and monitor his progress, but he could be a steal now.
- DaeSean Hamilton, WR, DEN– Trading Demaryius Thomas and an injury to Emmanuel Sanders should spell more playing time for Hamilton, much like it will for Robert Foster. Plagued by injuries for much of the year, he is ready now and look for him to shine. A stud in college with good size (6’1”, 206LBS), Hamilton looks to take a big leap forward towards the end of his Rookie campaign.
- Demetrius Harris, TE, KCC- I can’t take credit for this as I heard about him from the Dynasty Nerds 2019 Free Agency podcast, but once I researched him I quickly discovered that he could be the 2018 waiver steal of the year. At 6’7”, he is a massive target and much like Malcolm Brown is talented but stuck behind an All-Pro. Set to be a free agent, he instantly upgrades any receiving corps. Imagine him in Jacksonville, where after softening up a defense with Fournette, they toss it to him in the red zone. Or, possibly in Green Bay or New England, where the starting TE’s are on the back end of their careers. Endless possible fantasy points for this young man.
- Alex Collins, RB, BAL– Plagued by injuries, and fumbles, Alex Collins is a decent RB and has more value in PPR formats then Gus Edwards. Hopefully, he can correct his fumbling, or, find a new home.
- Ito Smith, RB, ATL– He has been pretty bad as of late but maybe a playoff team with injuries dropped him. Tevin Coleman looks to leave in Free Agency, so look for Ito to fill that role next season.
- Robby Anderson, WR, NYJ– Nagged by injuries all year and faced with a new starting Rookie QB, Anderson never got off to a good start. Or a start at all. A vertical threat with speed, look for Anderson to spend an offseason with his starting QB getting into a rhythm and getting healthy.
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