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Week 1: Waiver Wire Stashes

Adding value to your team through the Waiver Wire/Free Agent pool is essential to fantasy football success. In a season like no other, there’s undoubtedly valuable players sitting on the wire in most leagues right now. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of those values.

For player selection, I’ll be targeting those with under 30% ownership across Yahoo Fantasy Football leagues.


Gardner Minshew II – 27%

Minshew posted very solid fantasy numbers during his rookie season finishing as the QB18 on a FP/G basis. He also completed 41.5% of his deep balls and averaged 24.6 Y/G on the ground. While we already knew he would be forced to throw a lot this year, the decision to release Fournette should accentuate that trend and put Minshew in position to tack on a few rushing scores of his own. Last season, Minshew thrived against the Colts D in Week 17 finishing as the overall QB4 and should see plenty of pass-attempts in what projects to a lopsided affair. After getting the Titans next week, Minshew will play the Dolphins, Bengals, Texans and Lions from Weeks 3-6.

Running Back

Benny Snell Jr. – 11%

You may not know it, but in games where Snell started last season he saw touch counts of 17, 21, 16, 16 and 18. Reportedly the direct backup to Conner this season, Snell makes too much sense given Conner’s well-documented injury history. Furthermore, news out of Pittsburgh camp has been extremely bullish on Snell claiming he’s a much better player with improved receiving ability. For those who like to play the RB lottery or went the Zero RB route in drafts, Snell is a high-upside stash.

Darrynton Evans – 4%

I had to do a double take when I saw that Evans was owned in only 4% of leagues on Yahoo. A 3rd round pick this year out of Appalachian State, Evans is the next man up behind Henry in the Titans’ backfield. On top of that, Evans is already slated for usage in the passing game and if something were to happen to Henry he’d step into a sizable role on a team that wants to run the ball. 

Wide Receiver

Bryan Edwards – 21%

Edwards’ stock has been on the rise throughout training camp but at 21% ownership he needs to be mentioned again. Unlike many waiver adds, Edwards is already starting in his respective offense and has a  real chance to lead the Raiders in targets this season. If he’s somehow available in your league scoop him up at the ideal cost of free and watch how things unfold.

Laviska Shenault Jr. – 11%

An early second round pick out of Colorado, Shenault saw his draft stock fall due to injuries. Prior to the 2019 NCAA season, he was in the conversation as one of the Top-3 wideouts. Now a Jaguar, Shenault’s set to enjoy heavy snaps from the outset and has the opportunity to seize the #2 role behind Chark. Fournette’s release also makes it more probable that Shenault will see touches out of the backfield. It’s also been reported that the Jaguars will be creative in getting him the ball in space.

Steven Sims – 6%

Dubbed the starting slot receiver in Washington (72.8% of snaps there last season) , Sims is more a play on potential volume than talent. With McLaurin as the clear cut #1, Sims’ only competition for secondary targets will be Dontrelle Inman and Jordan Thomas. In a similar role from Weeks 14-17 last season, Sims saw target counts of 7, 11, 10 and 8. Sims is a great risk free add who has the potential for some blow up games as he opens the season against the Eagles, Cardinals and Browns.

Kendrick Bourne – 5%

With the well-documented injuries to the 49ers receiving corps, it’s somewhat surprising to see Bourne at 5% ownership. Reportedly the most consistent receiver at camp, Bourne is at worst third in the pecking order for targets this Sunday. With a matchup against the Cardinals and his receiving competition banged up, Bourne has a chance to cement himself as a consistent option in the 49ers passing attack going forward. A fun fact, 9 of Bourne’s 72 catches over the past two seasons have been for touchdowns.

Tight End

Jack Doyle – 27%

Doyle is certainly not what fantasy players envision when they think of an exciting tight end. Fortunately, the box score is the only thing that matters and Doyle is set up to produce reliable results. With fellow TE Trey Burton set to miss at least the first two weeks of the season Doyle’s floor is on the rise. Historically, Rivers has targeted his TEs on 22.9% of his passes since becoming a starter and if that number stays similar Doyle is in line for a very serviceable fantasy season.

Tyler Eifert – 15%

The once great red zone threat and perennially injured Eifert played a full 16 games for the first time in his career last season. Following the injury to Josh Oliver, Eifert is the only man up at TE for Jacksonville locking him into heavy snaps and volume for as long as he can stay on the field. For those in deeper formats or with question marks at TE, Eifert is a sneaky add who should be able to consistently produce on a team that’s going to throw a lot. 

If you enjoyed this article you can read my previous one on some of the Risers and Fallers at the RB position here:

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