Dynasty Football Advice
Whether you did great in week one or got blown out of the water by a team full of superstars, everyone should be paying attention to the waiver wire. Who is still out there that can help your team rebound? Even if you are throwing in the towel on this season already and building towards a championship in the years to come, there are still some players waiting to be stashed in the depths of your roster waiting for an opportunity.
Wilkins is behind Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines on the depth chart so currently, his outlook for an immediate workload is slim to none. What I like about Wilkins’s situation is he has the potential for production, he just needs the opportunity. Last year when Mack was out with a concussion Wilkins filled in for him and was part of a committee along with Hines. He rushed for 336 yards on just 60 carries and caught all but one reception grabbing 16 receptions for 85 yards. I know this was with Andrew Luck under center, but what I do like is that he was able to average over 5 yards per touch on both carries and receptions. Another positive is that this happened over several weeks versus multiple opponents so it can’t be looked at as just good matchups. We all know concussions are injuries that can resurface with even a slightly jarring hit. Dynasty GMs need to keep an eye on the health of the Colts backfield to see who moves up and down the depth chart.
Sherfield was undrafted out of Vanderbilt last year and has managed to stay with the Cardinals through their transition to Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. At 6′ 1″ and 205 pounds he has the frame to play inside or outside in the new offense. His has decent hands and helps out on special teams in the return game. He also helped out last year in place of Christian Kirk when he went on IR finishing the year with four straight games of at least four targets. He is gaining knowledge and seeing how to do things by being in the WR meetings with Larry Fitzgerald. In deeper leagues, he might already be gone and if he’s not you might not have too long to decide how to make room for him on your roster.
Back in 2014, people were waiting to see how long it would take for Latimer to use his big frame to beat NFL defensive backs down the field. A person might think that process would be even easier with a Pro Bowl quarterback running the show, but not in this case. Peyton Manning’s last few years in Denver were the first few for Latimer and the way Peyton ran the team wasn’t conducive to helping develop a rookie from a weaker Big Ten school like Indiana. I have heard a source close to the team say that it stunted Latimer’s growth. Now he is in New York at the tail end of Eli Manning’s career and I think he has started to recover at the right place and time. The Giants’s wide receiving corps is currently in a state of flux with injuries and suspensions happening to the players ahead of him. Then there is rookie QB David Jones who is going to step out of the shadow of Manning soon. Latimer is still only 26 and has less wear and tear on his body than a typical 26-year old does so he is a prime candidate to pick up to use now and stash for later at the same time.
Hunter Renfrow might not be quite as deep of a dive into the dynasty waiver wire as some of the other players mentioned in this article. He has been thrown into the game plan by Antonio Brown’s departure, but will not have fantasy value this year. However, reports out of Oakland during training camp were that Renfrow was putting a comfortable distance between himself and veteran wide receiver Ryan Grant. Renfrow’s size might not excite people while they read his player bio, but after watching him dominate last year at Clemson I saw a difference-maker. Someone willing to sacrifice his body over the middle and consistently make plays out of the slot to change the game by moving the chains. Tell me that Jon Gruden isn’t going to stay up late at night drawing up weirdly named plays to utilize Renfrow’s talents and reward his determination. Like I mentioned earlier, the plan isn’t to have him produce for you this year, it’s to roster him now and wait. It’s like planting a fruit tree. You plant the sapling with the idea that it bears fruit in 5-6 years. You shouldn’t have to wait that long for Renfrow I hope, but you will have to roster him now because the lack of wide receiver depth in Oakland is going to push him into action earlier than he should be.
With the shakeup happening right now in Oakland after Antonio Brown left everyone in NFL circles and the fantasy football world is trying to figure out how the voided receptions are going to be split up. While most are looking at the wide receivers I think that there is an alternative angle to look at the problem from, the tight end position. While Darren Waller has the immediate opportunity Foster Moreau should not be counted out so quickly. He was drafted by Jon Gruden, who like using tight ends in his offense, in his first year back as the head coach in Oakland. Showing up to the combine at 6’4″ and 250 pounds he put up a 4.66 forty and a 36.5-inch vertical jump which reveals he probably has more to offer than just blocking. How about the number 3 SPARQ score for tight ends in 2019 only getting surpassed by T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant. Unless Moreau was drafted in your league’s rookie draft, I recommend finding a roster spot for him because he looks like a player who could have you reaping the rewards down the road if you are only patient with his development.