Waiver Lifesavers: 2020 NFL Fantasy Preseason

6 End-of-Bench Stashes Who Could Possibly Save Your Season
WR Michael Pittman catches a pass in training camp.
Photo Credit: Indianapolis Colts

With the 2020 NFL season only five days away, most leagues have already drafted their fantasy teams. Whether you are confident in your team or not, you have to live with the results. However, there are players that could be in starting lineups by week two who are probably sitting in your waivers right now, waiting to be claimed.

I’ve compiled a list of six players who could be huge contributors to your team this season. Every player on this list is rostered in less than 30% of ESPN leagues at the time of writing, so there’s a great chance that they are available in yours.

Chris Thompson RB Jacksonville Jaguars

Rostered in 28.7% of leagues, Chris Thompson brings veteran pass-catching ability to a Jaguars team who just cut their starting running back of three years. As Leonard Fournette moves on to better things in Tampa Bay, this leaves the Jaguars running back situation perplexing. Ryquell Armstead will start the season with the main rushing duties after getting the majority of first team reps in training camp, but this backfield is now a committee.

Thompson will get the majority of the passes out of the backfield, providing even more value in PPR leagues. During his time with the Washington Football Team (did I get that right?) he showed the ability to be a play maker and spark the offense of a bad team. Expect Thompson to contribute to a Jaguars team that will play from behind in many games.

Michael Pittman Jr. WR Indianapolis Colts

1 of 2 rookies on this list, the USC product Michael Pittman Jr. is rostered in 26.1% of leagues. Picked 34th overall, he looks to join a WR room that’s not too crowded. T.Y. Hilton is the clear #1 target in Indianapolis, but the rest is unclear.

Pittman quickly has found himself surpassing the likes of Zach Pascal and Parris Campbell on the depth chart, as he will be starting outside in week 1. He doesn’t possess the speed or route running to usurp Hilton, but at 6’4″, Pittman provides a possession, redzone threat for Philip Rivers.

Dallas Goedert TE Philadelphia Eagles

There is no better insurance policy at TE than Dallas Goedert, rostered in only 25.5% of leagues. With a top 5 TE in Zach Ertz in front of him, you may be questioning this pick. However, with Ertz sustaining serious injuries 4 out of the last 5 years, Goedert could see a lot of playing time.

Even with Ertz healthy, Goedert’s role in the offense is still TE2 territory, as he finished 10th in total scoring among tight ends last season. Look for him to gain an uptick in targets in an Eagles offense thin at the receiver position.

Drew Lock QB Denver Broncos
QB Drew Lock attempts a pass against the Chargers. http://www.denverbroncos.com

Lock is only rostered in 19.4% of leagues, but he won’t be for long. Surrounded by shiny new toys, the second-year quarterback will look to do anything he can to challenge the Chiefs this year.

Vic Fangio used his first two draft picks to give Lock weapons in Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler, and with the addition of Melvin Gordon, it seems although Lock is at the helm of a young and powerful offense. Lock only played in 5 games last season, but he showed promise with his accuracy throwing the ball. If Lock can make the next step, he has sleeper potential to lead to a top-10 fantasy campaign.

Josh Gordon WR Seattle Seahawks

Well, here we go again. Rostered in only 7.5% of leagues, Gordon is back and ready to play in the NFL. Although he is currently suspended, he’s looking to play as early as week 1 or as late as week 8, depending on the results of his reinstatement.

There aren’t many targets left to share in Seattle with Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf as the certified starters, however Gordon is one of those talents that has too high of a ceiling to leave on waivers when he’s actually on the field (i.e. Antonio Brown). Upon Gordon’s return he’ll have to fend off Philip Dorset for his share of playing time, but the upside is great for an end-of-bench stash.

Bryan Edwards WR Las Vegas Raiders
WR Bryan Edwards catches a pass in training camp.
Photo Credit: http://www.raiders.com

Edwards is rostered in 6.1% of leagues, and is the most wishful of all on this list. The Raiders have competition at WR with Henry Ruggs and Hunter Renfrow ahead of Edwards on the depth chart.

However, Tyrell Williams‘ season ending injury opened up the WR3 spot to a battle between Edwards, Zay Jones, Nelson Agholor, and rookie Lynn Bowden. Head coach Jon Gruden has given a surplus of first-team reps to Edwards, who has the frame to be a very physical receiving threat in his rookie year. If he can produce early on in the season, he will be rewarded with a larger role in Las Vegas’ unpredictable offense.

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