Fantasy managers often scour the waiver wire on Tuesday nights, but the savvy manager is constantly checking to see who was dropped and who may be available in their league. In leagues that run waivers and then all players become free agents until Sunday at game time, take a look at who is a free agent. Instead of losing your waiver spot or spending FAAB money, grab these players now, while it doesn’t cost you anything. Worst case? Drop them next week.
Teams on bye: Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Tennessee
Mike Boone, RB, Denver Broncos (36 percent rostered)
After Javonte Williams went down with an ACL injury, it seemed like it would be Melvin Gordon’s backfield. However, Boone is still in the picture, and the team added Latavius Murray as well. Many fantasy managers already had Gordon on their roster, but Boone has stayed on waiver wires. In Week 5, Gordon had 54 rushing yards and three receptions for 49 yards. Boone rushed for 38 yards and added three receptions for 47 yards. He has a foot injury, but assuming he practices on Friday, he’s worth an add to your roster.
Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, New York Giants (6 percent rostered)
While Kadarius Toney (20 percent rostered) is dealing with injuries to not one, but both hamstrings, Robinson appears to be ready to return following a knee injury. He hasn’t played since Week 1 and has likely been dropped in most formats. However, he could be the No. 1 receiver on the 4-1 Giants. Robinson should see plenty of targets because the Giants need someone else to be a playmaker than Saquon Barkley.
Cade Otton, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6 percent rostered)
The tight end position is tough and in looking at the waiver wire, odds are that the pickings are slim. Cameron Brate has been the Bucs' tight end, but he missed Week 5. Brate hasn’t been amazing this year, and Otton filled the role nicely in Week 5. He had six receptions for 43 yards, which is more catches than Brate has had in a game. Neither has scored a touchdown yet, and both are behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin (among others) in the pecking order, but Otton is worth adding just in case the No. 1 job becomes his.
Dawson Knox, TE, Buffalo Bills (63 percent rostered)
Typically, the "Beat the Waiver Wire" players are guys that are not owned in a lot of fantasy leagues. However, given that Knox is a TE1 when healthy and available in a third of leagues, it is worth checking to see if he has been dropped. Knox started the season slow and then missed Week 5, so many managers have given up on him. He has a total of 12 receptions for 111 yards in four games. He hasn’t found the end zone, but any player catching the ball from Josh Allen is worth a look, especially at such a sparse position.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.