I want to make an important caveat about the waiver wire column now that we’re in the home stretch. Obviously, DLF is all about long-term player value, and not about chasing the hot hand. And let’s be honest, most of the time we chase the hot hand on the waiver wire.
This time of year, it’s important to assess your team and ask yourself if you need more prospects or hot hands. If you’re in contention, obviously you want the players who can help you win now. If you’re out of contention, the emerging talent is far more important, with an emphasis on younger players whose arrows are pointing up.
I’ll do my best to distinguish between the two types of players going forward. It’s crucial to do so, because it doesn’t help your team to cut an underperforming young player with a bright future to grab an older veteran who has put together a nice streak of four games. As always, refer to DLF’s IDP rankings to make final calls on trade value or whether to drop a player.
On to this week’s picks!
Da’Shawn Hand, DT DET
I really like Hand as a player, but haven’t been quick to recommend him because of opportunity. He definitely falls into the “young player, moving in the right direction” category discussed above.
The Alabama rookie has played well with limited snaps in 2018. In the first half of the year, he was moved around the defensive front’s interior and posted really solid tackle numbers. In week seven, the Lions used him at nose tackle, and he posted an astounding eight hurries. Eight! It went largely unnoticed because he didn’t convert any to sacks. Since the acquisition of Damon Harrison, Hand has played some DT and some DE. His tackle numbers have suffered, but he’s still been applying pressure to the quarterback.
I love players who can play multiple positions, but let’s be honest: Hand lacks the quickness needed to play end. He’s a DT, but he could be a very good one. If you’re in a DT-required league, he’s definitely one to stash for the future.