The regular season is right around the corner. We here at RotoHeat want to make sure you know who to target as you work that waiver wire each week. This article and the accompanying hot fire video by Anthony Leone are the first in a series that will take a look at dynasty waivers before they run each week. Looking for redraft waiver advice? We’ll have those articles, too, beginning Week 2. Have your eye on other guys that didn’t make the list? Drop a comment below and lets us know!
Damarea Crockett: UDFA rookie-University of Missouri
At 5’11” and 225 lbs. Crockett has the size and strength of a prototypical NFL thumper. The UDFA who has impressed in camp thus far. Crockett also showed well in replacement duties during the Texans’ third preseason game by stringing together some long runs and hauling in a reception for positive gains. He makes for a fine speculative add.
2) Karan Higdon: UDFA rookie-Michigan
The former Wolverine was the next man up after Miller went down in that Texans game, which is an important distinction. Higdon is a little smaller than Crockett, but he has some decent speed (4.49 40 yard dash) and racked up 21 touchdowns during his time in Ann Arbor. The Texans depth chart is muddled right now, but Higdon is worth the add.
3) Jay Ajayi: London Town/ Boise
It wasn’t long ago that Ajayi was a Top-30 dynasty start-up pick. He had top round talent in college. Concerns about a surgically repaired knee caused Ajayi’s NFL draft stock to plummet into the fifth round. After escaping the unfriendly confines of Hard Rock Stadium, Ajayi performed admirably on a talented Eagles squad. Ajayi remains unsigned, but there are rumors that the Texans may look to add a veteran back to help replace Miller. If you have a free spot on your bench, the British-born Ajayi is worth the speculative add.
4) Jacoby Brissett: NC State
In the wake of the Andrew Luck retirement drama, Brissett has had his number called up once again. The former Patriot helmed the Indianapolis Colts during the 2017 season, with mixed success. Brissett is an athletic QB with a big arm who performed admirably behind a non-existent offensive line in 2017. The Colts are a different team in 2019, boasting one of the better lines in the NFL, and the coaching staff loves him. Anthony Leone and I both see some real upside for Brissett this year, and he is mostly un-owned.
Chad Kelly: Clemson/Ole Miss
Kelly was the 2017 Mr. Irrelevant when the Broncos selected him with the very last pick in the NFL draft. Kelly couldn’t manage to stay on the roster in quarterback-hungry Denver, though, because of some legal troubles. Kelly’s time in Denver came to an end after he was arrested on charges of felony criminal trespass when he entered a random family’s home, sat on their couch, began mumbling garbled jibberish and was eventually beaten about the head and back with a vacuum cleaner accessory by the homeowner. Despite this bizarre and unnerving incident, Kelly finds himself as the #2 QB on the Colts roster. If you are in a 2QB or Superflex league and are super desperate, he is worth a stash.