PFFC: FIVE WAIVER WIRE PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON FOR 2020

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Pictured is Los Angeles Chargers rookie Joshua Kelley.

Jacob Siciliano, Executive Producer

Hopefully you are not starting out the 2020 season searching the waiver wire for a player to fill a starting spot, but if you are I say good luck to you because it’s probably going to be a very long season. There is a saying for week one in fantasy football, start your studs. It’s fairly common sense you drafted your starters for a reason, don’t overthink it. 

However, the first four weeks of the season are the most valuable time to find gems on the waiver wire. Here are 5 possible steals to keep an eye on for 2020. All are rostered in less than 35% of leagues. 

Bryan Edwards  (19% owned)

With Tyrell Williams out for the year with a torn labrum, the number two receiving spot in Oakland is wide open and Bryan Edwards is the favorite for the job. The 3rd round pick out of South Carolina has been getting rave reviews in camp and has appeared to have pulled away with the job. Derek Carr even compared him to a young Devante Adams. The Raiders are not the most pass-happy team in the NFL, but if Edwards can consistently see targets he could easily fit into the WR4 range.

Joshua Kelley (11% owned)

Over the offseason Melvin Gordon signed with the Broncos which created a void in the power running game for the Chargers. Austin Ekeler isn’t the type of player who is going to rush between the tackles 20 times a game.

Out of the Chargers 366 rushing attempts, Ekeler only had 136 of those attempts. He had over 15 rushing attempts only twice last season, and they came against the Lions and Dolphins. The other 250 rushing attempts have to go to somebody and I believe it’s going to be Joshua Kelly who averaged 5 yards per carry with UCLA. 

Justin Jackson will definitely have a role in this rushing attack but isn’t built to be a workhorse back. The Chargers first game against the Bengals will tell us quite a bit about this backfield, but until then it’s a toss-up. Make sure to keep an eye out for Kelly in your league.

Scott Miller (1% owned)

Like I said this article is about keeping an eye out for players who could possibly become fantasy relevant and Scotty Miller is the perfect example of that type of player. Unless you are a die hard Buccaneers fan you probably haven’t even heard of Scotty Miller, but he is going to take the role of the slot receiver this year. Tom Brady loves to target the middle of the field, (think Julian Edelman) and that’s where Miller will be running most of his routes. Scotty Miller has had a great camp and is hoping to bring that into the season. He’s not a player that I’m dying to roster, but keeping an eye on him is definitely a wise move.    

Jalen Reagor (28% owned)

I was absolutely shocked to see that Jalen Reagor was only owned in 28% of leagues. We are talking about the primary wide receiver in an offense decimated at the wide receiver position. Carson Wentz needs to throw it to somebody right? The eagles took Reagor with their first round pick so they definitely have a plan to utilize him. He is coming back from a labrum issue that was thought to hold him out until week four, but he made great progress and fully practiced on Friday. He’s a player that you need to roster immediately if he is available in your league.

Blake Jarwin (21% owned) 

Little fun fact, every year since Dak Prescott became the starting quarterback in Dallas he has targeted the TE position over 90 times each year. With Jason Witten leaving the Cowboys that leaves Blake Jarwin with a massive workload for a tight end in one of the NFL’s best offenses that can be found on the waiver wire. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jarwin finishes as a top 12 tight end this year tied to one of the best offenses in the league.

These next four weeks will serve almost as a second draft on the waiver wire. Outside of these four weeks, players will only become relevant due to injuries, and you don’t want to have to rely on that. So, If you keep an eye out for these players early you are already one step ahead of the curve.