Being able to win the waiver wire is one of the biggest edges you can give yourself when playing fantasy football.
Year after year, we find gems that go undrafted that end up becoming weekly starters. A name to look out for this season is Kenneth Gainwell of the Philadelphia Eagles.
From a pure prospect perspective, Gainwell has an elite movement toolbox, being able to have a linear drive while also being able to accelerate quickly after redirections. He reacts quickly to the closure of spaces, and can create yardage for his own, making him intriguing as a pass-catcher.
Standing at 5’9, 200lbs, Gainwell is a legit threat to win from the slot or the backfield on routes, making him a very versatile prospect. He doesn’t have a crazy route tree, but his skill set and physical capabilities make it very possible to expand this portion of his game. He is a multi-dimensional back and a big mismatch for opposing linebackers.
We know Eagle’s head coach Nick Sirianni is a fan of deploying multiple backs, as we saw evident with his time as offensive coordinator with the Colts. Sirianni said himself that Gainwell was a great comparison to Nyheim Hines back in May “Yeah, that’s a good comparison, Sirianni said when the Hines comparison was presented to him. We like a lot of the things that Kenneth can do. He can go outside and win one-on-one against linebackers, saltiest, and to come out of the backfield and be a threat as well. He’s shown that he’s been really good in protection.”
Promising words from a head coach who has fed Hines an average of 57 receptions a season over his time in Indianapolis.
Ok, but what about Miles Sanders? While Sanders remains an elite rusher, reports out of camp are saying he’s struggled mightily with drops and fumbles. The drops are concerning, but this is paving out a role for Gainwell to have in this offense. Other beat writers are reporting that Jalen Hurts is targeting Gainwell a lot in practices, and has even run reps with the first-team offense. A role is slowly being carved out for Gainwell, and can be a great waiver add in full PPR leagues.