I have a few players to watch during your drafts and waiver runs. These players are going in the very late rounds, or not at all. Don’t be one of those guys who drafts a player at the top of the draft list to get your pick over with, or even worse, one of those guys who get auto picked. These players can contribute and help your fantasy teams.
Dee Ford, LB, Kansas City Chiefs
Forget about last season. It was an injury-plagued season that prevented him from playing like he is capable. Look back at 2016, and you’ll find the player who I expect this season. The Chiefs have parted with Tamba Hali which also leaves a larger role for Ford. For teams in need of a big play scorer or to add depth this is a quality add. A double-digit sack season should be expected. I have plucked him off waivers in some leagues I took on as an orphan in, so he is cheap.
Chris Jones, DE, Kansas City Chiefs
Jones moved from inside to the outside last season. It was a move out of necessity and one that I like for the young player. I always think about the guy’s strength when I hear or read his name mentioned. The Chiefs were looking to add more of a pass rush, and Jones did provide some help, getting three sacks in his last four games. My biggest question was would they move him back inside this year? Chris Jones reportedly showed up to the Chiefs training facility twenty-five pounds lighter. Boom! Lock this man up for some D line depth! This is another player you’re capable of adding off waivers cheap. If he continues to develop, he could also flirt with double-digit sacks.
Haason Reddick, LB, Arizona Cardinals
This was a name that flew up our rookie boards last season. Chances are he is on a taxi squad or active roster in larger leagues. I found him in startups and smaller leagues to be available at a bargain. The Cardinals are running a base 4-3 defense which should allow him to think less and attack more. I love him on position specific leagues and big-play formats. The tackles will help him put up points weekly, but the sacks and hurries will swing him upward for some big weeks. I am looking for him to also get into double-digit territory on sacks this coming campaign.
Dorance Armstrong, DE, Dallas Cowboys
I was high on him entering the draft and am anxious to see him battle this season with Dallas. The rookie will rotate into the defensive line and provide some upside in your big play formats. In my leagues where pressures and QB hits count, I made sure to grab him late. If your set on your starters I would still stash and hold this youngster. Unlike my previous mentions, I do not see the ten sack club for him, but he would be an okay bye week starter. The NFL combine likely hurt his draft stock, which gives you a chance to buy low on him.
Jerome Baker, LB, Miami Dolphins
When you look at the depth chart in Miami, it’s hard for me not penciling him to start for them. His specialty will be coverage ability to the defense which puts him at least on the field in passing packages. This is still a passing league, correct? In the deeper starting requirement leagues that you can start up to 6 linebackers, I’m surprised he is available late in drafts. I would even grab him in your more ”normal” leagues and see what happens in their training camp. I prefer Baker over Stephone Anthony and wouldn’t argue against giving him a shot over Kiko Alonso.
Kendall Fuller, CB, Kansas City Chiefs
This is another player you can target in your waiver runs. I found him sitting on a few waivers and plucked him to fill needs at cornerback on some rosters. I’ve read that the Chiefs may try and move the slot specialist to the outside at times, but my gut tells me he will continue working the slot. Regardless he will be on the field, and that gives him the opportunity for points. This is a consistent option in corner required leagues.
I hope you could find one player or more to help round out your rosters. It’s the time in the offseason when owners can get complacent and miss Opportunities, don’t be that owner. If you’re reading this you’re already ahead of the rest of your league mates. Feel free to hit me up on twitter at @DFF_JohnIDP.