Everyone wants to know the best strategy behind a winning fantasy football draft. Do you select the best player available? Do you draft running backs before any other position? Do you draft based on random blog posts?
Whatever your strategy is for drafting, know that it’s mostly luck and real fantasy strategy happens in-season when you’re trading and playing the waiver wire. There will be young rookies that explode on scene, like Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz last year. There will be tough injuries that could ruin your whole team, like when David Johnson and Dalvin Cook had season ending injuries. These are things you can’t control, and you’ll need to have an eye out on second string performers, untested players and overlooked vets.
The following list will go through who to get off waivers, trade for or pick up while the season is still early, then stash away on your bench in order to potentially help you strike gold later this year.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay
“Fitzmagic” has stepped in as started for the Buccaneers and week 1 upset the New Orleans Saints and their vastly improved defense. Fitzpatrick and the Tampa Bay offense hung 48 points on the Saints in a shootout. Always considered a gunslinger that loved to throw downfield, Fitzpatrick’s style is a perfect fit for the field stretching receivers on the Bucs. Known to throw an interception or two because of his tendency to take chances, Fitzpatrick is still a quarterback to keep a eye on as a no.2 option with potential big game ability. And with the Bucs brass non-committal on Jameis Winston automatically getting his spot back after a 4-game suspension, Fitzpatrick could become a sneaky pick-up if he continues to play well.
Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago
He had an underwhelming season last year. But what could you have expected of a rookie, especially with an inexperienced receiving core. 2018 has changed for Trubisky as he’s surrounded by breakout stars. Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, Bennie Fowler and Taylor Gabriel will all be fighting for passes. A good waiver pick up, if available, that could break out this year.
Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle
The Seahawks running-back-by-committee last year was a major headache for fantasy. Not knowing who would start or perform made picking up players a weekly chore. There still is no sound no.1 in Seattle, but rookie Rashaad Penny has performed well in camp before an injury slowed his progress heading into the season. Penny will be eased into the offense and could begin to overtake Chris Carson’s snaps in the second half of the season, as most teams don’t take a running back in the first round to not contribute immediately.
Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay
A young-gun runner with field vision of a vet. Jones has battled in camp for a starting role with the Bucs. Currently 3rd on the depth chart, his talent is too much to be ignored and Jones could end up being a huge contributor for your team late in the season as he earns the trust of the coaches and potentially takes over for “just a guy” running back Peyton Barber.
Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos
With all the Hype around draft pick Royce Freeman, Lindsay was an afterthought as an undrafted free agent signing. But after an explosive performance in week one, Lindsay has safely overtaken Devonte Booker as the no. 2 running back in Denver. Small, but quick, shifty and an excellent receiver, Lindsay has carved out a role in the Denver offense, and if Freeman ever goes down, Lindsay could become a huge part of the Denver offense.
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville
Alabama running backs have a great reputation in the NFL. And Yeldon has proven to be a versatile back in the league. With Leonard Fournette going down with a hamstring injury in the first half of week one, Yeldon stepped in and ran the ball well for the Jags. Already seen as a popular handcuff, Fournette’s injury history makes Yeldon an important player to stash if you have the room on your roster as any time missed by Fournette could turn into a big game for Yeldon.
Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay
With Jordy Nelson gone, Davante Adams is the established no. 1 receiver in Green Bay, but everyone knows there’s plenty of balls to go around when Aaaron Rodgers is your quarterback. With rumors of the Packers attempting to move Randall Cobb before the start of the season, the opportunity for someone to step up shone like a beacon, and Allision answered the call with a huge week one game. Allison has earned Rodger’s trust and with the defenses focused on Davante Adams and redzone threat Jimmy Graham, Allision has the potential to have huge games this season, if he is still available in your league, grab him.
Greg Kittle, TE, San Francisco
One of Jimmy Garoppolo’s go-to weapons, tight end Greg Kittle is poised to be a break out fantasy tight end in the league this year. Kittle will look to take on extra work after receiver Marquise Goodwin went down. There are also extra targets to go around after receiving back Jerrick McKinnon went down with a season-ending ACL tear. It’s a blessing in disguise for Kittle as this allows him to become a target monster for those in PPR leagues.
How to watch Fantasy football through DISH
Now that you know the players to pick up, you also need to know how to watch them and get all the advice and action you need throughout the season on DISH. Get the latest in fantasy information to not only track your favorite players, but also get expert advice on a weekly basis with dedicated content through the NFL Network and ESPN. Plus, once game time rolls around track every score with NFL RedZone and keep track of fantasy stats for all morning and afternoon games on Sundays. Enhance your viewing experience with the Hopper 3 DVR. Designed to be the most powerful DVR on the market, you can record a season’s worth of NFL games with the ability to record 2,000 hours of programming and up to 16 shows at once. Use the free voice activated remote to find the game you want to watch and even command your DVR to record, play and pause the action in case you need to grab snacks and don’t want to miss a play! Got two players playing at the same time and not sure which game to watch? With DISH’s Multiview feature you don’t have to choose with the option to play multiple programs at once on a split screen. Turn your own living room into a sport bar with the option to watch four games at once and keep an eye on all the action.
When you’re ready to enjoy your fantasy action outside the comfort of your living room you have two game changers with DISH Anywhere and DISH Outdoors. With DISH Anywhere, get ready to watch all your fantasy football programming on the go through your internet connected mobile device. Pair the DISH Anywhere app with your subscription and your device and you can watch live content right away, you can even record programming and stream it right to your phone in case you’ll miss the game but recorded it at home. With DISH, we give you so many was to watch and ways to improve how you watch, you’ll never need another provider! And when you’re ready for the tailgate or the next trip on the road, get ready to take your DISH Tailgater and get the same quality HD television outdoors that you do at home! In less than 15 minutes after initial setup, you can watch the player from your fantasy squad take the field from the tailgate at the stadium lot, or while at your campsite while fishing by the lake! Enjoy the luxury of indoors outdoors with the DISH Tailgater for your RV and never fear hitting the road and missing the game when you’re ready to watch your team reach fantasy dominance!