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Preseason Pickups

By Matt Schauf 9:05am EDT 8/31/14

How'd your draft go?

If you're like me, you probably either came out loving your team or not really liking the way things went. And that post-draft feeling rarely correlates to the actual end-of-season result. I've loved teams that tanked. I've disliked drafts that produced championships.

So what's the point? No matter how you think your draft went, there's always room to improve your team. Treat it like 1 of your kids. Give it room to succeed, but guide and nurture where it's needed.

(And then get back to parenting your real kids after the season.)

All of our focus to this point has been gearing up for the draft. But now that many of us have put together our initial rosters, it's time to start looking at ways to improve them.

That's why we compiled this list of players who went undrafted in many leagues but are worth a waiver pickup before the season begins. You might notice some repeat names from previous lists, such as ...

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Rarely does a draft end with all draftable players taken. So whether you've had conditions change for a guy you picked (Josh Gordon), worked a trade to free up a roster spot or simply changed your mind about a player, consider claiming 1 of these 10 options should your waivers open before the NFL season.


Aaron Dobson, WR, Patriots

Depending on when you drafted, Dobson could have been anything from a 10th-round pick to an undrafted free agent. If he's the latter in your league, consider picking him up.

The 2nd-year Patriot drew 9 targets Thursday night in his 1st preseason action. He only caught 3 of them but took those for 57 yards and a TD.

Dobson displayed inconsistent hands as a rookie and didn't always seem to know where he was supposed to be. But he also flashed big-play ability, and the team showed that it hope to turn him into a threat. After sitting out Week 1, Dobson drew 10 and 11 targets over the next 2 games, his first 2 pro outings. He finished 3rd on the team in targets despite missing 4 games and catching just half of the balls thrown his way.

Dobson remains the highest-ceiling wideout on the team. And a healthy version should climb past Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell. He makes for a good stash in a reserve spot.

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