Fantasy Football Players to Target on the Waiver Wire Following Your Draft

Dan Israeli
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Once your fantasy football draft is over, there's a chance you made a few regrettable late-round picks. Perhaps you got auto-drafted, or accidentally grabbed two kickers. No matter the reason, there is nothing wrong with perusing the waiver wire to see if any buzzy players slipped through the cracks.

Of course, some people prefer to simply monitor the waiver wire after their draft, or keep a watch list of guys as potential pickups following Week 1. The issue there is if said player blows up in Week 1, or benefits from an injury, you'll be competing with all of your league members for their services when making waivers claims. Right now, those players are available for free.

With that said, here are four players you can possibly pick up off the waiver wire ahead of Week 1, all owned in under 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues.

4. Justice Hill, RB, Baltimore Ravens (27% Owned)

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The Ravens are going to be arguably the most run heavy team in football this season. And while a lot of that will come from quarterback Lamar Jackson, the running backs will also be in on the fun. Baltimore added Mark Ingram as its starter in the offseason, but rookie Justice Hill is also a big part of the team's 2019 plans. A three-year starter at Oklahoma State, Hill is being rumored as the Ravens' third-down back, and may be ahead of both Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon (who is rumored to be cut) in the RB pecking order. Hill has tremendous upside if Ingram were to get injured, but may have enough standalone value as a satellite back on a team that will run a ton. Hill had a 5.6 yards per carry mark in college, and the second highest SPARQ score among running backs at the 2019 NFL Combine.

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

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Not much has been said of Tyrell Williams this preseason, who signed 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 (whether it's his feet or helmet), Williams is flying under the radar as a No. 2 WR on a team that will likely have to pass a lot in 2019. Williams saw his role diminished in recent years with the Chargers, following the additions of Hunter Henry and Mike Williams, but did bust out in 2016 with 69 catches for 1,059 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He connected with Derek Carr for a gorgeous 27-yard grab in Week 2 of the preseason, and could have value as a WR3/WR4 in fantasy if the chemistry with his new QB continues in the regular season.

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

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It may be lost on everyone now, but John Brown was in the midst of a career year in Baltimore through the first half of last season. In his first eight games, Brown totaled 31 receptions for 586 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Of course, his production came to a screeching halt once Lamar Jackson was installed at quarterback, as he 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 new start in Buffalo. While there is a chance Brown runs into the same problem, playing with a run-heavy QB in Josh Allen, the Wyoming product also has a cannon for an arm. The volume likely won't be there, but the man known as Smokey Brown will rack up air yardage with targets deep downfield. If Allen and Brown can connect on some bombs, Brown enters the conversation as a boom or bust flex play, and a great option in best ball leagues.

1. Darwin Thompson, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (47% Owned)

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By now, we've all heard the hype regarding Chiefs rookie Darwin Thompson. While he was only a sixth-round draft pick, Kansas City is very high on the Utah State product, who has dazzled in the preseason and generated plenty of buzz in training camp. The hype gained momentum this August when Thompson surpassed veteran Carlos Hyde on the depth chart and was spotted getting first team goal line reps at practice. While Damien Williams is the starter, and will get plenty of passing game work as well, Thompson carries immense upside playing in arguably the league's best offense. His role may not be fully revealed until the Chiefs' Week 1 opener against the Jags, but if it's significant, fantasy owners would be wise to take a flier on his talent ahead of the waiver claim process.


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