Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Priority pickups to make after drafts and before NFL Week 1 – Yahoo Sports

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Priority pickups to make after drafts and before NFL Week 1 - Yahoo Sports

Great job drafting this year’s fantasy teams, everyone. Absolutely stellar team building. Each of your lines is essentially a work of art, thoughtfully and lovingly crafted – an expression of the boldest and most daring ideas at the forefront of modern fantasy theory.

Well done, y’all.

Let’s try not to focus on your automated draft levels just yet, but instead appreciate the limitless potential of each of your good fantasy squads. A truly remarkable roster build. Each team is a gem, perfect in its own way.

But now I’m afraid it’s time to blow them up. It’s never too early to make various tweaks and improvements, folks. Opening week is upon us, so you can’t stay idle. Fantasy is a game that must be played actively and aggressively.

Each week during the NFL regular season, we’ll highlight the most intriguing fantasy options remaining unlisted in most Yahoo leagues. Here’s your first set of potential pickups, along with a flowable defense…

Jarvis Landry, WR, New Orleans Saints (40% listed)

Landry was little more than an afterthought during draft season, which seems unusual for a 29-year-old player who has been so consistently productive. He delivered six seasons with more than 80 receptions and five with more than 900 yards. When healthy, he has always been a useful PPR contributor. Still, we’ve treated Landry like he’s a distant third choice in the Saints’ receiving hierarchy, way back. Michael Thomas and Chris Olave. This could simply be a case of familiarity leading to collective indifference. Landry is a technician, longtime safety cover receiver for various draft quarterbacks.

New Orleans Saints receiver Jarvis Landry is overlooked in fantasy drafts, so he's a great addition before the season starts.  (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

New Orleans Saints receiver Jarvis Landry is overlooked in fantasy drafts, so he’s a great addition before the season starts. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

If you are a believer in the James Winston comeback story, then you should give Landry a long look. He is a great complementary piece for New Orleans. Don’t be surprised if he challenges for a top-30 position finish.

KJ Hamler, WR, Denver Broncos (5%)

Hamler entered the league with 4.27 wheels and, as a rookie in 2020, his speed did not go unnoticed in game action:

He suffered an ACL tear last September, but he is now almost a full year removed from the injury and he managed to get back on the field for Denver in the preseason. For the first time in Hamler’s pro career, he’s working with a quarterback who can actually support multiple fantasy-relevant receivers. Tim Patrick is out of the mix for the Broncos this season (ACL), which should mean more will be asked of Hamler. His opening week matchup is great (at Seattle), so he has a clear shot to make an early impact. Think of him as a high-variance receiver with flex potential.

Romeo Doubs, WR, Green Bay Packers (32%)

If it seemed like he delivered a daily highlight during camp and preseason, well … that’s because he was actually a living, breathing highlight:

Doubs has drawn constant praise from coaches, from reporters covering the team and, most importantly, from Aaron Rodgers himself He was a 1,000-yard receiver in back-to-back seasons at Nevada, so it’s not like he doesn’t have a respectable collegiate record. Green Bay’s receiving corps is a restless bunch, competing for two hundred vacated targets. Allen Lazardthe assumed number 1 receiver of the equipment, is suddenly a question mark for the opener against Minnesota. Doubs deserves a spot someone’s roster as a flyer in any league with 12 or more teams.

(Related: Christian Watson just sits there on the wire in 90 percent of Yahoo leagues, which is kind of wild given his draft status and exceptional athleticism. He is 6-foot-5 with leaping ability and 4.3 speed. Rodgers is quite clearly a fan. He dealt with a knee malfunction during camp, so he may not be on the same timeline as other rookies, but he’s a serious talent.)

Mike Davis and Kenyan Drake, RBs, Baltimore Ravens (26% and 9%)

At some point in the near future, I may repudiate these recommendations and delete this paragraph. No one is trying to tell you that Davis and Drake are standout candidates or players with rare ability. But they are, however, a pair of itinerant pro running backs who could see significant touches in the opening week against the Jets. Let’s remember that Gus Edwards is on the PUPPY list and JK Dobbins there’s no lock for a full workload early in the season (nor is he guaranteed to play in Week 1). The Ravens are as committed as any team in the league, so Davis and Drake are both candidates to see double-digit carries in a friendly matchup. As coach Harbaugh says, “We’re known to run the ball a little bit.”

Zamir White, RB, Las Vegas Raiders (15%)

Here’s a long-term hold for you, a first-year tailback who could be the future standout running back for the Raiders. He showed previously undocumented receiving ability during a preseason game that answered a significant open question.

Josh Jacobs is still on the running back depth chart for Vega, but he likely won’t be an every-snap, 300-touch player. White will see the field. The buzz around him in camp was constant. Almost everyone who covers the team has told us that White will eventually play a big role. His low roster percentage should honestly be a national fantasy scandal. White is a recommended stash.

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9%)

Tom Brady saw only limited preseason action and Brate was on the field for most of it. He hauled in both of his goals in Tampa’s preseason finale, then checked in with the GOAT. We don’t need to tell you that Brady has a pretty fair history of leaning on his tight ends near the goal line. Brate certainly has a path to a 7-9 touchdown season (or more), which essentially guarantees a top-10 finish at TE.

Tennessee Titans, DEF (38%)

Here’s a perfectly respectable defense playing at home in opening week, facing Daniel Jones. What else are you looking for? Jones appeared in 38 career games for the Giants, throwing 29 picks and fumbling 36 times. If you’re an irrationally optimistic Giants fan, streaming the Titans D seems like a great hedge. Tennessee is a 6-point favorite and a good bet to produce several takeaways.

And here’s a bonus defense for you…

Cleveland Browns, DEF (20%)

This is simply an outrageous listing rate. Cleveland’s defense has game-breaking individual talents and the team’s early schedule is a gift: at Car, NYJ, Pit, at Atl. There’s a very good chance this group will rank among the top five fantasy Ds when the calendar turns to October. The Browns should have been drafted in any 10-team format. If this unit is available, consider the addition.

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