All of you have hopefully drafted your teams by now since the NFL season starts tonight! Like most of us, you probably have some question marks on your roster. There are some obvious names that should be owned in all leagues, however below are some players to keep an eye on if they are still on your waiver wire. In no particular order:
- Calvin Ridley (WR – Atlanta Falcons): Ridley is officially listed behind Sanu on the depth chart, however they will try to get their #26 overall pick involved in the offense. It might be a few games before Ryan gets in sync with Ridley, however he’s too talented to keep off the field. Ridley would be a #1 waiver wire pick up should Jones or Sanu go down with an injury.
- John Brown (WR – Baltimore Ravens): In the majority of leagues Brown is not owned and has potential to put up solid numbers this year. Flacco does not have many targets behind Crabtree. If you believe what Harbaugh said, “nobody made more plays than Brown during training camp”, Brown could be a solid WR3 or flex.
- Christian Kirk (WR – Arizona Cardinals): This is another guy not owned in many leagues and is undervalued. Kirk is almost a clone of Golden Tate with his size, speed and quickness. Kirk is officially listed as the #3 WR on the depth chart, however will eventually be the #2 behind Fitzgerald. There aren’t many solid targets behind Fitzgerald or Johnson.
- Kalen Ballage (RB – Miami Dolphins): Ballage looked great in preseason and could translate into the regular season given the opportunity. Drake is clearly the #1 RB, however I’m not worried about the 35 year old Gore if Drake were to go down with an injury or wear down late in the season. Ballage is a bell cow RB (6’2″, 230lbs) and runs a 4.46 40. The only negative is that Ballage needs to work on pass protection to earn the trust of Tannehill.
- Kenneth Dixon (RB – Baltimore Ravens): Alex Collins may have a decent year, however I’m not sold he can last the season. Dixon was drafted to be “the guy” until he had a 4 game PED suspension and tore his meniscus last season. Dixon is solid in the run game and is also a reliable receiver out of the backfield. Should Collins wear down or get hurt, Dixon would immediately be inserted as the #1 RB on a run first offense.
- Jeremy Hill (RB – New England Patriots): This is more for standard leagues vs. PPR, however Hill is another guy that looked fresh in the preseason. He’s still only 25 years old and trying to prove he can still produce as a top tier RB. There’s plenty of reliable RB’s on the depth chart, however Hill could dominate the red zone carries. Just remember, in 2016 Blount had 18 td’s as the early down RB.
- Dallas Goedert (TE – Philadelphia Eagles): I very badly wanted the Patriots to draft Goedert, but Philly took him #49 overall. If Goedert were to be drafted by teams other than the Eagles, Patriots & Chiefs, he would most likely be the #1 TE. The Eagles are going to be without Jeffery for multiple games and will certainly run a two TE set. Ertz is the clear #1 target, however he could get double teamed leaving Goedert with plenty of targets especially in the red zone.
- Eric Ebron (TE – Indianapolis Colts): It seems like Ebron’s been in the league forever, however he’s only 25 years old. He’s certainly an injury risk, however behind TY Hilton, Luck does not have many targets. If healthy, Ebron could outperform Doyle and be a solid TE2.