It may only be August (almost), but it’s never too soon to start churning the bottom of your roster. You should always be looking for players that can help you this coming season. With training camps underway, the Giants wide receivers are in bad shape. The Lions let go of a veteran running back. If your waiver wires aren’t open, you need to tell your league commissioners to get them open, because it’s time to make some roster moves.
Darius Slayton (WR- NYG) – The Giants had a rough first week of camp. First Sterling Shepard broke his thumb. Then Corey Coleman tore his ACL. Finally, news came down on Saturday that Golden Tate has been suspended for the first four weeks of the season for his use of fertility drugs. The Giants added T.J. Jones on Sunday, but he’s had oppurtunity before and done nothing with it in the past. Slayton is dealing with a hamstring injury he suffered in Monday’s practices, but assuming that heals he has a golden oppurtunity in front of him. Shepard isn’t expected to touch the field again before the season and while Tate can practice he can’t play the first four games. Slayton is a burner who averaged 20.3 yards on his 79 receptions during his three years in Auburn.
His 4.38 speed and 93%+ percentile jumping ability makes him an interesting deep threat on a roster that was missing speed before the injuries and suspensions they are now faced with
Cody Latimer (WR-NYG) – Latimer has everything you could want in a receiver. He’s 6’2″, 216 lbs, good speed with a 4.44 speed and second-round NFL Draft capital. But that draft was in 2014 and Latimer has never fulfilled any of the promise that he once held. At one point Latimer was being drafted in the third round of startup drafts. Now he might be able to give you a few weeks of value to start the season. Latimer has yet to hit to the 1,000 receiving yard threshold. I don’t mean in a season, I mean in his career. He has 635 career receiving yards, but he’s worth an add to your roster to see if he can take a starter role with the Giants and run with it.
Ty Johnson (RB -DET) – Detroit released Theo Riddick on Friday there’s one less running back for Johnson to have to compete with for a roster spot. Johnson doesn’t replace the attributes that Riddick brought to the Lions backfield though. Over the past four seasons, Riddick averaged 5.5 targets per game. Johnson totaled 29 receptions in four seasons as a Maryland Terrapin. What Johnson does bring is size and speed standing 5’10”, 212 lbs with 4.45 speed. OustideJohnson the Lions backfield is thin with retreads and never-beens, the perfect backfield for a sixth-rounder to make some noise on.
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Zach Zenner (RB – DET) – The Zach Zenner dream may never die. Zenner finished 2018 on a strong note with 10+ fantasy points in three of the final four weeks. He scored 18.3 fantasy points in week 17. The 2016 season was Zenner’s most productive and he pitched in with 18 receptions, so he’s not a complete zero in the passing attack. During his strong finishing stretch last year he was targeted nine times the final three weeks. Maybe he’s the new Theo Riddick (tongue firmly planted in cheek)?
“You don’t have to have a rushing champion to win a Super Bowl,” Jones said when asked to compare Elliott and Smith. “Emmitt was the first one to do it [in 1993].”
Then comes Alfred Morris signing with Dallas Monday evening. Alf isn’t very good, but the Dallas offensive line is. If he gets a chance to run behind it as the starter (which I doubt) he could have some value until Zeke and Dallas come to terms. I suggest picking up Morris and then selling him for anything at all. This means FAAB, a rookie 5th rounder, future considerations. Whatever. You. Can. Get.
Reunion: Free agent RB Alfred Morris has agreed to terms with the #Cowboys, per his agents the Katz Bros. He averaged almost 5 yards per carry for them two years ago.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 30, 2019
Mike Weber/Tony Pollard (RB – DAL) – Taking a look at my leagues both players are owned in most leagues. But you always want to do your due diligence just to be safe. Pollard is more a pass-catcher who could still hold some value regardless of what happens with Zeke, while Weber is someone to flip before Zeke reports to camp.
That’s it for now. As the preseason unfolds and depth charts change and injuries occur we’ll have more players for you to target in your dynasty and redraft leagues.
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