We will not bring you a week 17 waiver wire article because no one should play in week 17. Sorry, those are just the facts. Instead, DFF has decided to go through a season’s worth of waiver recommendations to bring you the hits from the 2017 season.
We’re taking a look at our recommendations spanning the preseason through week 13. This is being done not to toot our own horn but instead as a reminder, to you the reader, to always work those waiver wires. Even with all the information at your disposal some players still slip through the cracks!
All fantasy stats are through week 15. Some players were recommended multiple weeks, for this article I noted the first week a player was recommended.
Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears
Cohen’s first three weeks could not have played out any better. The RB2 in week 1, RB14 week 2, and RB15 week 3, Cohen became an asset you hopefully flipped. After those first three weeks, John Fox’s usage of Cohen confused fantasy players and NFL fans alike. Even with the scattershot usage, Cohen had enough spiked weeks to end as the RB30 through 15 weeks. Look to buy low on Cohen in anticipation of John Fox being asked to leave the Chicago metro area.
Corey Clement, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
The RB53 on the season Clement flashed just enough to secure his roster spot next season with a possible uptick in usage should LeGarrette Blount be allowed to leave via free agency.
Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Right time, right situation for Allen. Allen benefited heavily from Kenneth Dixon’s injury/suspensions as well as Danny Woodhead’s multi-week injury. With a few top 10 weeks sprinkled in Allen finished as the RB22.
Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks
After RB26 and RB17 finishes in week 2 and week 3 Carson looked like he had the Seattle starting role locked up. Sadly for Carson and anyone who picked him up he broke his ankle week 4 against the Colts. Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls took turns starting, being injured, inactive and generally being terrible most of the season after Carson was lost. Mike Davis had a decent run to end the season but Carson should have a shot at a starting role going into 2018.
Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots
Burkhead should not have been available on your waiver wire in the first place. Just in case though here’s hoping you heeded our advice and picked him up.
Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Here’s what John D. had to say at the time: “I am no Agholor fan. Never been, probably never will be. But the Eagles talked him up all offseason, and in his first game action this year, he delivered. He’s 5% owned in ESPN leagues and is worth a speculative add at this point. I want to see another week of production before I jump on him, but I’m risking missing out entirely by doing that too.”
Okay, maybe not the most ringing endorsement, but an endorsement none the less. Agholor went on to have a WR2 season(if you remove players with 8 or fewer games played this season).
Marqise Lee and Paul Richardson were two other wide receivers John recommended that week 2. Good week for you if listened to John.
KJ recommended Cooper Kupp who had a standout rookie season with 804 yards on 56 receptions and 4 touchdowns.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, New York Jets
After overcoming self-inflicted off the field issues ASJ finished as the TE15 scoring 8.0 fantasy points game. Still, just 25 years old Seferian-Jenkins is a player that should only improve, assuming he can stay clean.
Vernon Davis was another TE recommendation after Jordan Reed started doing Jordan Reed type things, namely being injured.
Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Breida has flashed on multiple occasions this season and is the leader in the clubhouse to be the starter if Carlos Hyde does leave via free agency. Sell Breida high once Hyde departs and cash out high.
Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens
If you picked Collins up you got yourself an RB2 off the waiver wire. Nicely done. Now flip him for a late 1st/early 2nd round rookie pick.
Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants
Gallman went on to back to back 13 point fantasy weeks after this recommendation. The following seven weeks Gallman saw little usage because Ben McAdoo did Ben McAdoo things. In weeks 14 and 15 the Giants remembered Gallman was on the roster and he had 16.9 and 13.9 fantasy points those weeks. With Shane Vereen likely to leave via free agency, and Orleans Darkwa and Paul Perkins not good at football, Gallman is nice Zero RB stash for 2018.
Ben Watson, Tyler Kroft, and J.D. McKissic all had varying degrees of stream worthiness throughout the season for you.
Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
Jones gave you RB4 finishes 2 out of the next 3 weeks after this recommendation. Then he was injured and Jamaal Williams took over the starting role. Jones is another player who shouldn’t cost too much to acquire and who looked like the best RB on the Packers roster when healthy.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Goodwin has been nothing short of a revelation. He has a chance at a 1,000-yard season after largely being an afterthought the first 4 weeks of 2017. Goodwin and Jimmy Garoppolo certainly have chemistry. In the three games Garappolo has started Goodwin has 99, 106, and 114 yards receiving.
Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets
McGuire flashed throughout the season and could be the last man standing in the Jets backfield. Both Bilal Powell and Matt Forte can be let go with minimal cap hits, though Powell still looks good and should be on the Jets roster next season.
A few retreads from the previous weeks and a couple of new additions Dion Lewis and Devontae Booker. Lewis, especially, turned into a goldmine for anyone who picked him up. Lewis gave you 1 RB1 week, 3 RB2 weeks, and 4 RB3 weeks since week 7, not bad for a waiver wire add.
C.J. Beathard, QB, San Francisco 49ers
By no means a league winner, Beathard was still able to provide some usable weeks until the arrival of Jimmy G., even throwing in the QB5 finish in week 10.
DeDe Westbroook could have played himself into a long-term role with Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee both being free agents and Allen Hurns looking like a cap cut. Austin Ekeler went undrafted out of Western State (a totally real college) to secure a role as Melvin Gordon’s handcuff.
Trent Taylor is another player we noted week 8. Taylor could become a high-end Cole Beasley.
Mostly retreads in week 9. Hopefully, you picked up some of these players. But then we dropped a remix on you and gave you the gem below.
Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins:
“Drake has blazing speed, his 4.45 40-time is in the 90th percentile. He also is a 3rd round draft pick so the Dolphins did invest significant draft capital on him. Drake also averaged 12.4 yards per reception at Alabama on 46 receptions over three seasons and could be a devasting receiving back in the NFL given the opportunity.”
Drake went on to score at least 12.7 fantasy points in 6 out of his next 7 games, scoring over 20 points three straight weeks. Those 20 point weeks in 13,14,15 carried many a fantasy team to the championship game.
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers This was more of “check just in case” scenario. If Jimmy G. was available on your wire and you picked him up congratulations.
Great plug and play option for TE needy teams Garrett Celek dropped 16.7 fantasy points, finishing as the TE4 on the week. With George Kittle ruled out early in the week and Celek facing the Giants pathetic tight end coverage this was a great add.
Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
As soon as Doug Martin is cut Barber should see a spike in value and that is your time to sell.
Jamaal Williams was the last man standing for Green Bay and ripped off 4 great weeks averaging 23.25 points per game to easily obtain RB1 status.
Blaine Gabbert was probably our best recommendation. Hey, you can’t win them all.
Kendrick Bourne is the only wide receiver on the San Francisco roster taller than 4’5″. Bourne is a bottom of the roster player to hold onto just to see what might come. Josh Reynolds is another player to stash. The 4th rounder could find himself in much better circumstances is Sammy Watkins leaves L.A. this offseason.
Ricky Seals-Jones paid immediate dividends scoring 17.2 against the Jaguars and finishing as the TE5 for the week.
We hope we were able to bring you some under the radar names to your attention this season and they were able to lead you to a playoff berth. Thank you for reading this series all season and we look forward to doing this again next season.