I’ll be digging through the trash for your next waiver stash. Like previous weeks, 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. KhaDarel Hodge, WR, Los Angeles Rams
(0% owned in FFPC leagues)
@ New Orleans, Vs Seattle, Vs Kansas City
Hodge originally started his collegiate career at Alcorn State as a quarterback. After a redshirt season, he transferred to Hinds Community College where he would make the switch to wide receiver. He then transferred again to Prairie View A&M where he played his final three seasons as a wideout and was named All-SWAC in his senior season. When his college career at Prairie View A&M would end, he would total 104 catches for 1,797 yards and 21 touchdowns (12 touchdowns coming in his senior season alone). This led the Rams to invite him to training camp as an undrafted free agent. During training camp, beat writers and coaches were praising Hodge for his route running, size and ability to win on contested catches.
With a 6’2” 205lb frame, Hodge would soon show on the field in preseason just why the Rams had interest in him. Hodge made a splash in his preseason debut against the Baltimore Ravens. Late in the 4th quarter, with the ball on the 8 yard line, quarterback Brandon Allen threw a low pass in the middle of the end zone and Hodge slid on his knees to make a sneaky grab for the touchdown. This would be the only score for the Rams in this game. He would make another great play the next week against the Oakland Raiders. Quarterback Sean Mannion, threw up a deep pass where Hodge went up to grab it while being draped over by the defender and shifted his body in traffic to snag the ball out of the air. The play ended up going for 47 yards. It’s a beauty of a grab and can be seen on YouTube.
He ended the preseason with 8 catches for 100 yards and a score. Due to injuries in the Rams wide receiver core, Hodge has been active for 6 games so far, but has mostly been relegated to special teams duties. However, he has caught 1 pass for 14 yards on his only target of the season against the Seattle Seahawks in week 5. KhaDarel Hodge is on the Trash Pile list as a what the heck speculative add. The Rams have a potent offense and a with the amount of talent they have on offense, who wouldn’t want just a small piece of that? If the Rams end up sitting players like they did last year in week 17, we may just see what kind of talent he really has.
2. Vyncint Smith, WR, Houston Texans
(0.04% owned in FFPC leagues)
@ Denver, BYE, @ Washington
The next player on the Trash Pile could possibly have an impact in the coming weeks. Smith is a big-bodied receiver (6’3” 196lbs) with a 4.36 40 time from the small school of Limestone College. He ended up going undrafted, but was quickly scooped up by the Texans as a free agent. Coach Bill O’Brien seemed excited about bringing in Smith by saying, “You have a chance to bring in a guy like that, height, weight, speed. Maybe he can help you on special teams and maybe he can do it as a receiver.” With the coaches vote of confidence, it seemed the Texans were pretty high on Vyncint Smith.
He would show the coaching staff early on why they brought him in. Week 2 of the preseason against the San Francisco 49ers, Smith would run a square in route, beat his defender with his speed and dive to catch the ball thrown by Joe Webb III and would roll into the end zone untouched for a 41 yard score. Smith would follow that up with another pretty catch by sliding to his knees and catching a 43 yard bomb from Webb III while being pestered by a defender. Houston was so impressed by the rookie that they ended up adding him to their opening day roster and cutting former 3rd round pick Braxton Miller to make room for him.
He has been active so far for 4 games and has seen 4 targets get thrown in his direction with Smith snagging 1 reception for 28 yards against the New York Giants in week 3. With Will Fuller going down with a torn ACL and Keke Coutee nursing a sore hamstring, Smith may see an uptick in playing time. He’s free to anyone right now (not just in FFPC), so if you’re intrigued, have at him.
3. Dalyn Dawkins, RB, Tennessee Titans
(0.02% owned in FFPC leagues)
@ Dallas, Vs New England, @ Indianapolis
Dawkins is the nephew of Hall of Fame safety Brian Dawkins. He started his collegiate career at Purdue. After his freshman season, he would transfer to Colorado State where in 3 seasons, he would go on to rush for 3,185 yards and 17 total touchdowns (3 were receiving scores). Dawkins, however, would go undrafted and was signed by the Titans as a undrafted free agent.
Currently listed at 5’7” and 182lbs, he is basically in the Dion Lewis mold. In training camp, Dawkins would battle it out with another undrafted free agent running back from Iowa named Akrum Wadley. Both running backs would showcase what they had in preseason. Dawkins ended up sticking with the Titans, whereas Wadley was shown the door. Dalyn’s preseason stats won’t blow you away (30 carries, 99 yards, 3 receptions for 26 yards), but he had a few nice runs that showed some juke, speed and vision. He does lack in some areas like pass protection. Still, the Titans liked what they saw and cut Wadley and signed Dawkins to their practice squad.
So far this season, Dawkins has only been active for 1 game, but did not receive any carries. However, if there were an injury in the Titans backfield, Dawkins could be a player to fill in a role (unless the Titans sign a free agent off the street). If you’re Dynasty league has roster sizes of 30 or more players, Dawkins could be worth a speculative add (especially for you Dion Lewis owners) and for basically a FAAB price of $0-$1, he’s definitely affordable.