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Broncos Phillip Lindsay, Bengals Tyler Boyd Among Top Waiver Pickups of 2018

Broncos Phillip Lindsay, Bengals Tyler Boyd Among Top Waiver Pickups of 2018
Joe Gallina December 26, 2018 1:12PM EDT

A look back at the waiver wire moves that may have helped you win your league

For most Fantasy Football players, Week 16 marked the conclusion of their season long league. If you played deep into the Fantasy Football playoffs or were able to win your league’s championship, you probably couldn’t have done it without some timely pick-ups off of the waiver wire. Let’s take a look at some of the players who helped you take down your Fantasy leagues this season and try to determine their 2019 season-long Fantasy Football future.

Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos

Many Fantasy Football players, myself included, had high hopes for Broncos rookie RB Royce Freeman. However, it was Lindsay that hit the ground running in Week One and didn’t slow down until he suffered a season-ending wrist injury in Week 16. Lindsay ended up averaging almost 10 more snaps per game than Freeman this season. Despite his relatively small frame (5 foot 8 inches, 190 pounds), Lindsay’s excellent pass-protection skills have helped him carve a major role in the Broncos’ backfield. Lindsay is an elusive back who piles on yards after contact. He averaged just under 30 catches per season in college and with 35 receptions this season, he has been an effective pass catcher for the Broncos, as well. Lindsay finished the 2018 season with an impressive stat line, including 10 total TDs and 1037 rushing yards, powered by an impressive 5.4 YPC (tied for second-best in the NFL). Lindsay should continue to have a significant role in the Broncos’ offense next season. Look for him to be a potential second-round pick in 12-team season-long leagues in 2019.

Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Once the Ravens got on the bus with Gus in Week 11, the undrafted free agent from Staten Island immediately rewarded both them and Fantasy owners with enormous dividends. In his last six games, Edwards has averaged 5.25 YPC on the strength of an average of 18 carries and 96 rushing yards per game. A healthy Kenneth Dixon and Edwards’ lack of pass-catching skills could cut into his playing time in 2019. However, given Dixon’s injury history and Edwards’ above-average rushing ability, he should have a role in the Ravens’ offense next season.

Josh Allen, QB Buffalo Bills

We got our first hint of the dynamic talent this rookie QB possesses as we watched him engineer the take down of the heavily-favored Minnesota Vikings in Week Three. Despite the lack of a true WR1 this season, Allen got progressively better and is the overall QB2 in Fantasy Football over the past five weeks. Many of us Fantasy Football players are trying to determine who among 2018’s talented rookie QB class could be next season’s version of Patrick Mahomes, and Allen should receive a great deal of consideration. If the Bills are able to surround him with a talented supporting cast, Allen could be drafted as a mid-level QB2 next season but provide mid-to-low level QB1 Fantasy production.

Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

The third-year WR caught 54 passes in his rookie season, but injuries slowed him down in 2017. He has enjoyed a breakout 2018 campaign, though an unfortunate MCL sprain cut it short. He is currently WR14 in PPR scoring, and he’ll be just 24 years old at the start of next season. With A.J. Green another year older and having missed significant time in two of the last three seasons, look for Boyd to potentially be the focal point of the Bengals’ pass offense in 2019. He’ll probably be drafted as a mid-range WR2 in preseason Fantasy drafts, but could possibly provide WR1 production.

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys

Prescott was understandably largely neglected in preseason drafts. The Cowboys didn’t have a legitimate WR1 to the start the season, and their offense was going to travel as far as RB Ezekiel Elliott’s legs would take them. Fast forward to Week Nine—WR Amari Cooper’s first game with Dallas—and all of a sudden, things changed dramatically for Prescott. Prior to Week Nine, he was averaging 202 passing yards per game and had an 87.4 QB rating. In his next eight games, including Week 16, he averaged 260 passing yards and had a 100.2 QB rating. Overall, he was QB14 on the season, but in his last five weeks his Fantasy production propelled him to QB8.

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Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers

Williams helped some Fantasy players win their leagues with his Week 16 performance, picking up 95 rushing yards and a score plus six catches for 61 receiving yards. Kudos to Daily Roto’s lineup optimizer accurately predicted a big week for Williams. His Fantasy future is in the hands of the next Packers head coach.

Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets

Anderson averaged just under seven receptions and 104 receiving yards over the past three weeks of the season. He also caught a TD pass in each of his last three games. He especially came up big in Week 16 with nine catches for 140 yards. With Jets QB Sam Darnold having a full season under his belt, look for potential WR1 production from Anderson in 2019.

Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

When the Chiefs cut Kareem Hunt, most of the waiver wire attention was on Spencer Ware. But in our Week 14 waiver wire column, we suggested that Williams would be a good speculative add, and in his last three weeks, he has been the overall RB3. Williams should be given the opportunity to carve out a significant role in the Chiefs’ run game in 2019.

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