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Andy Richardson

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Picking through the waiver wire for wide receivers and tight ends

The waiver wire in my main dynasty league is locked; players won't be available until after our rookie draft, which takes place a week after the actual NFL Draft. So I can't actually sign anyone now, and I suspect most leagues are the same. But browsing is encouraged.

When the wire is open, and I'm able to add players (within the confines of the roster limit), here are 10 guys I'll be looking at. I looked at quarterbacks and running backs last week; today, wide receivers and tight ends. TEs get a 1.5 points per reception in this league, and with flex spots you could conceivably start three of them. So they're more desirable commodities than in most leagues. In no particular order:

1. Corey Coleman, N.Y. Giants. Coleman (pictured, with the team that drafted him) has bounced around some, but he's only 24 years old. After catching on with the Giants, he caught 5 of the 8 passes thrown his way for 71 yards. The Giants have needs all over the roster and might not be able to spend a ton of money on wide receivers, so maybe Coleman is back as the team's No. 3.

2. Ted Ginn, New Orleans. Ginn is 33 years old, but a relative spring chicken compared to his quarterback. In his four full regular-season games last year, he averaged 52 yards and caught 2 TDs, then averaged 51 in a pair of playoff games (and was open for a long touchdown that Brees underthrew). The Saints have other wideouts vying for snaps, but Ginn has been doing it for a while and might have another year as that No. 2.

3. Trey Quinn, Washington. Rhymes with Ginn. I've had Quinn on my roster before. He caught 7 passes across three games last preseason, got hurt, then had a couple of productive PPR games late last season: 9 for 75 and a TD in Weeks 11 and 12. And got hurt again. Washington has a whole lot of nothing at wideout, with players who can't produce consistently (Josh Doctson) or get hurt (Jamison Crowder). Realistically I won't rush to add Quinn, but he looks like he belongs as a slot receiver in the league -- when he can stay on the field.

4. Zach Pascal, Indianapolis. Down the stretch the Colts were using journeyman Dontrelle Inman as their No. 2. Inman is fine (and I'd be interested in him if he were available), but he's also 30 and presumably the Colts would like to improve on that spot. That might not happen right away, but Pascal should be in the mix to be one of Andrew Luck's top 3 targets next season. The former undrafted free agents saw at least 6 targets five times last season, catching at least 4 passes on four occasions.

5. Jaleel Scott, Baltimore. The Ravens' fourth-round pick a year ago spent the season on IR after an August hamstring injury. It made sense, with Baltimore overloaded with veteran wide receivers who contribute right away. But will all three of Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead be back in 2019? Will any of the three be back? There could be opportunity for the 6-foot-5, 210-pounder to emerge in the passing game.

6. Vyncint Smith, Houston. There's a lot to be said for latching onto a prime target of a talented young quarterback. Houston's top 3 is obviously DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Keke Coutee, but Fuller and Coutee both need to prove they can stay healthy -- it hasn't happened yet. Smith caught 4 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown the last two weeks of the season. He misjudged a possible long completion in the playoffs; he's about as wild as dart throws get. But it's a pretty suspect depth chart for Houston, even if we assume Fuller is healthy as the No. 2.

7. Jason Croom, Buffalo. I coasted for a long time with Jason Witten in this league, then cycled through a dozen different fliers last year trying to replace him. I've got Ian Thomas, but he might be blocked by Greg Olsen for another year. Croom came on a little for the Bills down the stretch, catching 6 passes for 87 yards the last two weeks of the season -- solid weekly production in what was a lousy year for the position. Buffalo will have a new starter at the position next year, and it could conceivably be Croom, at least as the main receiving threat.

8. Rico Gathers, Dallas. Gathers is well-known in TE-friendly dynasty circles, a talented athlete who flashed some in the preseason then gets routinely buried behind other players when the games count. Maybe he just can't put it together, or maybe (as some believed) he didn't get enough of a shot. Dallas has a new offensive coordinator, and while there's no guarantees, maybe Kellen Moore will be more of a fan than the previous guy. Presumably Dallas kept him around the roster all of last season for something, right?

9. Geoff Swaim, Dallas. Doubling down on possibilities at tight end in Dallas. Swaim, primarily a blocker, is actually headed for free agency, so no guarantees he'll be back. But as the main tight end for a portion of last season, he had three double-digit fantasy games in a row at one point, catching 11 balls for 141 yards and a touchdown. Swaim might be starting somewhere next year, even if not in Dallas, and that gets him on the radar in TE-friendly scoring systems.

10. Stephen Anderson, New England. Anderson, some will recall, flashed some skills as a pass catcher with Houston a couple of year ago. At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, he won't be doing a lot of blocking. But Rob Gronkowski might retire, and it's probably time to fish or cut bait with Jacob Hollister, who seems to get hurt whenever the slightest opportunity comes up for him to be a factor in the passing game. New England stashed Anderson on its inactive list for much of last season. A deep sleeper, but hey; you never know.

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