Auto Draft Fixes You Can Make to Salvage Your Fantasy Football Season

David Kaestle
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The NFL season has officially begun, and with that comes the end of fantasy draft season. While some people may be very pleased with how their draft turned out, others might be a little regretful about a few picks they made, especially if it happened because you mistakenly were on auto draft.

Fear not, because there are still some moves you can make to correct those dreadful auto draft picks. Here are four players you can grab off the waiver wire before the full slate of games begins on Sunday, all owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! fantasy leagues.

1. Justice Hill, RB, Baltimore Ravens (27% owned)

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The Baltimore Ravens plan to be one of the most run-heavy teams in the NFL this season, especially with Lamar Jackson at quarterback. While they also signed Mark Ingram this offseason, rookie Justice Hill projects to have a decent role in the Ravens' backfield. He also offers great upside as a handcuff to Ingram if there's an injury. With a 5.6 yards per carry mark in college, Hill clearly has the talent to contribute, and with ownership this low he's certainly someone that could pay dividends as the season progresses.

2. Tyrell Williams, WR, Oakland Raiders (38% Owned)

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Tyrell Williams has become a forgotten player this preseason after signing with the Raiders following four years with the Chargers. Heck, he's been practically invisible on HBO's Hard Knocks. While all the attention has been on fellow new Raiders WR Antonio Brown and his day-after-day controversy, Williams is going unnoticed as a No. 2 WR on a Raiders team that will likely be in the position to pass a lot in 2019. Williams' role diminished in recent years with the Chargers, especially following the additions of Hunter Henry and Mike Williams, but he did have a breakout year in 2016 with 69 catches for 1,059 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He has had moments in the preseason with Derek Carr and could have value as a WR3/WR4 in fantasy if the chemistry with his new QB continues in the regular season.

3. John Brown, WR, Buffalo Bills (46% Owned)

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Everyone has most likely forgotten by now, but John Brown was having a career year in Baltimore through the first half of last season. In his first eight games, Brown hauled in 31 receptions for 586 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Of course, that all stopped once Lamar Jackson was installed at quarterback. From that point on, Brown caught just 11 balls for 127 yards and one TD over his final eight games. Still, Brown stayed healthy for a whole season and now gets a fresh start in Buffalo. While there is a chance he runs into similar issues, playing with a run-heavy QB in Josh Allen, the former Wyoming product also has a cannon for an arm. There might not be a ton of volume for Brown, but he could capitalize on long downfield plays. If Allen and Brown can connect on some bombs, Brown enters the conversation as a boom or bust flex play.

4. Carlos Hyde, RB, Houston Texans (39% Owned)

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Hyde was previously buried on the Kansas City Chiefs depth chart, but once Lamar Miller suffered a season-ending ACL injury, the Houston Texans made the move to bring him in. While Houston already traded for Duke Johnson earlier this offseason, Johnson is mostly seen as a receiving back. Texans head coach Bill O'Brien has already said Hyde will be used as a first- and second-down runner, while also making contributions in the passing game. With the Texans also improving their offensive line by trading for star left tackle Laremy Tunsil from the Miami Dolphins, Hyde could find himself rushing behind a much-improved line with a quarterback in Deshaun Watson who could bust a game open at any time. Certainly a much more favorable position to find himself in than where he was a couple of weeks ago.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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