I’ll be digging through the trash for your next waiver stash. Like last week, these 3 guys are barely owned. They might not be huge contributors to your squad right now, but could possibly be useful down the road. Here goes:
1. Isaiah Ford, WR, Miami Dolphins
(0% owned in FFPC leagues)
Vs Detroit, @ Houston, Vs New York Jets
Ford was the Dolphins’ 7th round selection out of Virginia Tech in 2017 (237th overall). He is Virginia Tech’s all-time leader in receptions (210), receiving yards (2,967) and touchdowns (24). Due to a meniscus tear in his first training camp in 2017, he was placed on IR and missed his entire rookie season.
When he finally hit the field for his first preseason action in 2018, Ford made it count. Facing off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers within the 10 yard line, Ford ran a drag route and Bryce Petty hit him with a quick pass. He then sped into the end zone for a 6 yard score. Immediately following his touchdown, the Dolphins lined up for the 2 point conversion and Petty targeted Ford again in the corner of the end zone to successfully convert. After the Buccaneers game, he wouldn’t make a real impact until the final preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. In this game, Ford caught a team-high 4 receptions for another team-high 43 yards and was targeted 6 times. He did, however, have the ball ripped out of his hands on a play, which ended up being reflected on the stat sheet as a David Fales interception.
Isaiah Ford still remains an intriguing prospect. He is good in press coverage, has good size (6’2” 197lbs), can win on contested catches and can track the deep ball with ease. If he can learn under veterans like Danny Amendola and Kenny Stills and can put it all together, it’s possible that he can either be brought up this season or make the team out of camp next year. With the future of DeVante Parker up in the air, there may be a roster opening for the taking. If Ford impresses, it may be his. Right now, he’s free in all leagues (not just in FFPC).
2. Reece Fountain, WR, Indianapolis Colts
(0.3% owned in FFPC leagues)
Vs Buffalo, @ Oakland, BYE
Around draft time in April, there was a little bit of hype around Daurice Fountain (aka Reece). The small school wide receiver from Northern Iowa put up some decent numbers his senior year in 2017 by catching 66 passes for 943 yards and 12 touchdowns. This would intrigue the Colts brass and he was taken in the 5th round at pick 159. He was also drafted by a lot of dynasty leaguers hoping that he could be the next T.Y. Hilton as his ownership was creeping around 10-11% (in FFPC) before the season started.
Turns out that Fountain would fall short of expectations in the preseason by dropped balls, poor routes, injuries and being passed on the depth chart by other wide receivers on the roster. Fountain didn’t even suit up for the first preseason game due to a minor bursae injury to his knee. This injury would bother him throughout the preseason and he would only end up with 4 catches for 46 yards. The numbers aren’t very stellar, but Fountain is still a bit raw and will need time to develop. This is why the Colts added him to their practice squad before the season started.
He has excellent speed (4.5 40 time) and possesses the ability to haul in passes in traffic and can use his 6’1” 210lb frame to box out defenders. Right now, the Colts are hurting at wide receiver. Fountain may see action soon, so if you want to add a guy who may get a shot in the NFL that could possibly deliver, Reece is your man.
3. Jordan Lasley, WR, Baltimore Ravens
(0.2% owned in FFPC leagues)
Vs New Orleans, @ Carollina, Vs Pittsburgh
We end the Trash Pile with former UCLA wideout Jordan Lasley. He was drafted in the 5th round (162nd overall) by the Baltimore Ravens. Like most draftees, he was very productive in college and even led the Pac-12 in receiving yards with 1,264 despite being suspended for 3 games. The flaw in his game is his lack of concentration. He has had a problem with dropped balls. In training camp, however, Lasley was praised by coaches and beat writers for his route running and speed (he ran a 4.5 at the Combine).
He didn’t flash in the preseason, but did have a few nice plays. In the Hall of Fame game, Lasley snagged a throw that was behind him by sprawling out with his body turned and ran a few extra yards for a nice 14 yard gain. Then, week 3 against the Dolphins, Lasley extended his body to catch a low throw by Robert Griffin III for 13 yards. His total production from the preseason wasn’t really that impressive when you look at the numbers (6 catches, 58 yards), but he definitely has potential.
The problem currently for Lasley is that the Ravens have proven veterans ahead of him on the depth chart (Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Willie Snead) which led him to be placed on the practice squad to start the year where he has found his name on the inactive list.
The good news is that one of those receivers (John Brown), is on a 1 year prove it deal that will end after this season. It is very possible that Brown will command a larger salary and might head out of town in the offseason. Lasley could be a good grab later on to sit and wait on in your offseason stashes.