Late Season Depth/Waiver Wire advice

Late Season Depth/Waiver Wire advice

Posted by schultz.darrin November 25, 2017, 2:00 am | Preseason, 2017


I'm currently the last man out of the playoffs with two weeks to go and needing back-to-back wins to make the playoffs. With that in mind, I had a couple questions about roster construction. For reference, this is a 12-team, Keeper league, standard scoring (moving to Half-Point PPR next year)

My current roster:
QB: Brees
RB: McCoy, Freeman, Lewis, Peterson, Henry
WR: Julio, MThomas, Crabtree, Watkins
TE: Gronk, Henry
D/ST: Vikings, Patriots

Question #1

With my current RB depth, I was considering dropping AP for some higher-upside RBs floating on the wire...such as: Conner, Breida, McKissic, Clement, J.White, R.Smith.

Would you recommend a move like this? Arizona seems content to give AP volume but his ceiling appears limited due to the poor O-Line, schedule, and defensive schemes to stop the run. So, barring injury and Freeman's return, I don't see myself starting AP again this season, so holding him would be more of a defensive move in my league. *I'm wondering if the above RBs offer potential keeper value, in addition to the late-season upside?

Question #2

Since I'm not a lock for the playoffs, and with my current roster construction, would you recommend dropping one of my D/STs and/or skill position players to pick-up a solid keeper who happens to be on IR...and thus, burn a roster spot with an injured player? (Going to half-point PPR next year)

IR players of interest on waivers: Edelman, A.Robinson, C.Thompson, Carson, R.Kelley, K.Dixon, Joe Williams

That was a lot to throw at you, so thanks in advance for your time! Cheers!

Posted by Scout Brandon Niles November 26, 2017, 11:26 am

It's hard to know. I would say that I see Pittsburgh paying Bell and San Francisco drafting someone to compete with Breida. That's what I would think, but I could see anything happening. I will say that I think Conner is more likely to be the starter if Bell leaves than Breida being the starter if Hyde leaves. I see San Francisco making an addition at the position regardless, and/or giving Joe Williams a shot.

Posted by Scout Brandon Niles November 25, 2017, 2:27 pm

Given your roster and situation, I think it's okay if you want to carry White, McKissic, Clement, or Breida, in that order, instead of Adrian Peterson, with an eye to next year.

I think Edelman would be a great keeper at minimum value over holding the Patriots D. Especially given that your league is moving to a half point PPR next season, and Edelman can be a demon in that format. Thompson and Carson too, in that order, if you prefer.

Posted by schultz.darrin November 25, 2017, 3:14 pm

Thanks for the advice! Really appreciate it.

Follow up question:

Is there any indication as to what SF and PIT will do at the RB position next season? With Hyde in his contract year, and Bell being tagged, both teams could theoretically move on next year with a different feature RB, right?

Do you see Breida and Conner as possible long-term replacements if that comes to fruition?

Posted by schultz.darrin November 25, 2017, 2:12 am

For clarity on the Keeper situation, each team is allowed 3 keepers. We do an auction draft, and keepers amounts are based off the previous year's draft. Of the players listed: Robinson and Kelley are the only players that were drafted this season. All of the other players could be kept for the minimum.