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Tue Feb 6th 2024

10 End-Of-The-Roster Players To Add

One of the things dynasty managers should do this time of year is to clean up their watch list by unfollowing players they're no longer interested in or have solidified a roster spot on your team or another team. Then, carefully review the list of all available players, especially rookies, and add them to their watch list. As a final step in the process, add a young player or two with upside to your rosters and drop older players and your kicker to add them. Churning the very back end of your roster is essential to do this time of year. I've completed this process in all nine of my dynasty leagues and have added the following players to many of my rosters. I recommend doing the same if your league's waiver wire is still open. Here, I present a list of the ten players I've added to my rosters since the season ended, and I cleaned up my watch list and churned the back end of my rosters.

Aidan O'Connell

  • O'Connell was still available on waivers in several of my one-quarterback leagues, and I added him in two of those leagues. As of now, he's the presumptive starter in Las Vegas next year. Jimmy Garoppolo is still under contract, but O'Connell earned a starting role ahead of him last year, even if it was primarily because of financial reasons. The Raiders finished the season well with O'Connell and almost made the playoffs, so they will not have the opportunity to draft one of this year's top quarterbacks. It's a deep quarterback class, so I would not be surprised to see the Raiders draft a quarterback on day two or three like they did last year when they drafted O'Connell in the fourth round. He could have competition for the starting role next year, but likely with a player with similar draft capital. O'Connell is the starter for now and should be rostered in every one-quarterback league. I was happy to add him to two of my rosters.

Emanuel Wilson

  • I admit that I was late to the game on adding Wilson, but I was able to add him in one of my leagues a few weeks ago. I did not know anything about this 24-year-old rookie from Fort Valley State. During one of the Packers' playoff games, I heard the announcers talking about how much the coaching staff likes Wilson and how his role could increase next year. A.J. Dillon is a free agent, and the Packers will let him walk, making Wilson the backup behind Aaron Jones. Wilson ran for 2206 yards and 24 touchdowns in his last two seasons at Fort Valley State and averaged 6.2 yards per carry. The Packers draft well and may have found a deep sleeper in Wilson. I'm eager to see what he can become, and I am upset that other managers added him to their rosters before I did. At least I got him in one league.

Kevin Harris

  • If the Patriots do not re-sign Ezekiel Elliot, Kevin Harris will become the backup to Rhamondre Stevenson next year. I loved Harris's college tape and production, and I was shocked to see him fall to the sixth round in the 2022 NFL draft. He's been buried on the depth chart each of his first two years in New England but finally has a chance to emerge next year if the Patriots do not sign a free agent or draft another running back. We don't know what the Patriots' new coaching staff will do with the offense, so it's worth adding Harris to find out. Every second-string running back in the NFL should be on dynasty rosters. Handcuffs get a chance to play every year because of injuries, and many become startable players in dynasty rosters for several weeks and may even break out and win the starting job. Harris was rostered in most of my leagues, but I was able to add him in one league.

Andre Iosivas

  • Iosivas is my most added player since the season ended. I added him to three of my rosters at the end of last season and two more since the season ended. Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, and Trent Irwin are all free agents. While the odds are high that the Bengals find a way to keep Higgins, he may sign with a new team. Iosivas was fifth on the team in wide receiver snaps last season, but the second, third, and fourth-highest receivers in snap counts may be off the team next year. Iosivas played more as the season progressed, and he had 92% of the snaps and two touchdowns in the playoff game when Higgins was injured. He had a stellar career at Princeton, and the Bengals like what they found in the sixth round of last year's draft. I'm pleased to have Iosivas on so many of my teams.

Tyler Scott

  • If you've followed me for long, you know that I've pumped Scott as a sleeper in last year's draft and as a player to add to dynasty rosters all of last season, even though he did not do much on the field in his rookie season. Darnell Mooney is a free agent and not likely to re-sign with the Bears, and the Bears are most likely drafting Caleb Williams with the first pick of the draft. Scott will be more involved in the offense next season and have a better passing quarterback. The Bears also have the ninth pick in the draft, which would put them in a great position to draft one of this year's top wide receivers, too. That's the only thing that could prevent Scott from becoming a solid WR-2 behind D.J. Moore next year. I did not add Scott in any of my leagues because he is already on most of my rosters, but I did want to recommend him since I am sure he's available in one of your leagues.

Xavier Gipson

  • Gipson earned a WR-3 role with the Jets in his rookie season, finishing third in wide receiver snaps. Near the end of the year, however, he was receiving more snaps than the Jets WR-2, Allen Lazard. He could be the WR-2 next year behind Garrett Wilson and be on the receiving end of Aaron Rodgers's passes. The undrafted free agent from Stephen F. Austin was the darling of the Hard Knocks show last season and earned a spot on the team ahead of guys with much greater pedigree and draft capital. He had a game-winning punt return for a touchdown on his first NFL game and became much more than a special teams player by the end of the season. He's worth a backend roster spot, and I added him in two of my leagues, including one today.

Jalen Tolbert

  • Brandin Cooks and Michael Gallup are both under contract, but they each have a potential out in their contract. Dallas may need to let one or both of them go to clear up cap space. If one or both of them go, Tolbert would benefit. He has two more years on his contract and is getting paid just over one million dollars a year. I've yet to add Tolbert to my rosters, but I've added him to my watch list. When the NFL new year begins, and teams start making financial decisions regarding their rosters, the Cowboy receivers will be among the top groups I watch. If Cooks or Gallup gets cut, I'll add Tolbert to my rosters. 

David Bell

  • Bell was one of my biggest dynasty misses. I was sure he would be a great NFL player after his incredibly productive years in college at Purdue and decent third-round draft capital. He's not lived up to my hype, and the Browns added Amari Cooper in free agency, traded for Elijah Moore, and drafted Cedric Tillman, all after Bell was drafted, leaving him fighting for a starting role. All four are under contract next year, so he doesn't have an open lane to a starting role. Still, I'm banking on him one more time as the very last guy on my roster. He's the type of player I'd add if I had a kicker to drop. I want to give him one more chance.

Brevin Jordan

  • Jordan has never lived up to his 2021 dynasty rookie draft capital, but he can prove himself next year if the Texans do not re-sign Dalton Schultz. His long touchdown in the Texans' winning playoff game gave the coaching staff something to think about this offseason. The Texans are way below the salary cap, so they have a lot of money to spend in free agency this year and will be an attractive team to play for, given the first-year success of C.J. Stroud and DeMeco Ryans. Even so, Jordan is worth holding onto in case he wins a starting role and breaks out in the final year of his rookie contract.

Davis Allen

  • Allen was the last player I added to several of my teams this offseason. I added him to four of my rosters after Tyler Higbee tore his ACL in their final playoff game. Allen is in line to become the Rams' starting tight end next season while Higbee recovers from surgery. He's a rookie with fourth-round draft capital on a team that knows how to hit on late-round picks. He deserves to be on the back end of dynasty rosters, at least until the timeline for Higbee's recovery is clarified.

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