31 Aug The Waiver Wire Roundup – Preseason
We have made it folks! Congrats on making it this far into the NFL Preseason because the same cannot be said for teams in real life and fantasy football. Every Monday I’ll be here to give you names in the Waiver Wire Roundup to help you win your league.
Enough talking, let’s get started!
Owned in 0% of Leagues
Why not start the Waiver Wire Roundup with a bang? Logan Thomas is not owned practically anywhere, but may be the biggest sleeper to start the season. He has been seen running with the first team in Washington a couple times now, leap-frogging Jeremy Sprinkle, and seems to have already grown a rapport with QB Dwayne Haskins. His size, speed, and athleticism give him the potential to be a dynamic red zone thread, and with Chris Thompson and Paul Richardson gone, expect Haskins to rely on Thomas to be a safety valve for him in 2020.
Owned in 6% of Yahoo! leagues, 3% ESPN
Last year, Leonard Fournette led all running backs in ‘garbage time targets’ with 23. What you don’t know is that before Gruden was fired from Washington, Chris Thompson had 17 of these same targets from weeks 1-5. With the Jags already looking to trade Fournette, do not be surprised to see his 3rd down and passing duties limited.
Jacksonville is projected to be playing from behind more times than not, which a heavy dose of Thompson this year. I’m all in on Thompson this year.
33% Yahoo!, 63% ESPN
I feel like if Preston Williams did not get hurt in 2019 he would not listed in this article, but he did and it seems like everyone suddenly forgot about him. Starting seven games last year, Williams managed to secure 60 targets for 428 yards and 3 TDs in his rookie campaign; and if he finished the season it’s safe to assume he would have doubled those numbers respectively.
Williams got cleared for practice weeks ago, and seems like he’s picking up where he left off last year. Reports from camp suggest Williams has been dominating newly acquired CB Byron Jones, where he’s constantly being fed the ball. Do not expect the hype to die with Williams anytime soon.
Williams should not be on this list again in 2020. get it together Yahoo! Fantasy Football players.
49% Yahoo!, 33% ESPN
Chris Herndon was on a lot of people’s radars last year. Similarily to Williams his season came to an end early, but unlike Williams, Herndon was only unable to log more than a few snaps before going down for the season.
The Jets have one of the worst pass-catching groups in the league, and with injuries to Breshad Perriman and rookie Denzel Mims less than two weeks away from Week 1, it paves the way for a heavy dosage of Herndon. Sam Darnold showed great rapport with Herndon in their rookie year together and you can expect that continue to resume in 2020.
With a team expected to be down more than not, Herndon could be one of the better waiver claims this upcoming season.
4% Yahoo!, 1% ESPN
Already named a sleeper by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Kendrick Bourne is another player I think should be owned in more leagues. Despite not being a starter, Bourne has proven to be a red zone machine the past two years. With the 49ers losing Emmanuel Sanders in free agency, and a litany of injuries to the receiving corps, it paves the way for Bourne to take on an expanded role to start the season.
Join me next week for another edition of The Waiver Wire Roundup. We’ll look at more players to add as rosters settle prior to Week 1.