by Will Overton
Let’s be honest, in a perfect world you are not using anyone off the waiver wire in a key week 17, championship matchup. Let’s keep the honesty going though, this isn’t a perfect world. Also, week 17 can be a tricky situation to navigate.
On top of the regular injuries that take place like what we saw with Ben Tate this week there are extra issues to consider. As of now, no one has completely locked up their playoff fate which is nice. However, there are smaller injuries that normally might not keep a guy out that will keep a guy out in week 17 when teams aren’t really taking any chances on things getting worse.
If you’re stuck having to pick someone up this week here are some of the guys who might be worth your time:
LaGarrette Blount – RB, New England Patriots: It looks like the Patriots are trying to work Stevan Ridley back into the mix as we near the playoffs. Still, Blount is getting at least half the team’s carries and I don’t see Bellicheck putting the full load on Ridley again this season. The Patriots final game of the season is against the Bills who struggle against the run and could be a team that New England runs away from in a blowout. Blount had 16 carries for 76 yards and 2 TD’s yesterday, his best game of the season. He’s also averaging 4.5 YPC for the season, so he’s been running well given the chance. I think Blount if probably looking at 12 – 16 carries again this coming week and likely will see a couple goal line chances which could well lead to a TD. Read more
by Will Overton
If you’re still playing for something this week you are likely in a finals matchup or a semi-finals matchup. If that’s you, congratulations and best of luck. If you’re in that position you’re probably also not too keen on using the waiver wire to help win a title. Your stubbornness can come back and bite you though.
Matchups aren’t something, but they can mean a lot and they can make or break a championship run. For example, this week I was stubborn and chose to use Bobby Rainey who has given me a couple big performances because I thought he was the more talented running back. I still think he was the more talented running back I had to choose from, but his three points against a tough San Francisco defense really hurt me.
You don’t want to go crazy or get to cute with your matchups, but you have to consider all options at all times, even in finals week. Here are some guys who would make nice waiver wire pickups either because of opportunity or because of matchups. Read more
by Will Overton
Hopefully week one of the playoffs went well for you, or maybe your just now entering week one of your playoffs. Either way, you have to have the best lineup possible going forward. With that in mind this week’s waiver article is focused primarily towards week 15 only.
The season is winding down and the bye weeks are over, but that doesn’t mean you don’t still need the waiver wire. The injury bug doesn’t take a break and with guys like Adrian Peterson and Rob Gronkowski going down on Sunday you may need replacement players.
Here are five guys who I think could make good pickups this week based on recent performance and upcoming matchups:
Jason Campbell – QB, Cleveland Browns: As I was looking through the schedule for next week this isn’t really the greatest week for plug and play QB’s, so if you need someone to plug in at the position this might be your best bet. Campbell looked fantastic picking the Patriots secondary apart yesterday racking up 391 yards and 3 TD’s. In his last five games Campbell has 9 TD’s and just 3 INT’s. He also has a nice pair to throw the ball too now with Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron. Chicago is a better matchup for the run then pass, but they can be thrown on and the Browns are throwing a lot these days. Rolling with Campbell in the playoffs sounds scary, but it might actually make some sense. Read more
by Will Overton
The fantasy playoffs are right around the corner and there is no more important time to use the waiver wire correctly than right now. You can’t make moves just for the sake of making a move, but you need to be on top of things in order to male the right moves at the right time.
More than ever, matchups play a huge role in who you pick up from the wire, almost more than talent at times. Early in the season you assume talent wins out, but now a better player against a better defense doesn’t always make the most sense.
I have highlighted six guys who are on a majority of the waiver wires out there who could make for a nice grab this week:
Willis McGahee – RB, Cleveland Browns: Let’s get something out of the way now, I am not a fan of McGahee. I think he’s mostly washed up, with just enough still left in the tank to be of some value for the next two weeks. On Sunday McGahee was once against the Browns leading rusher, showing us they aren’t totally done with him yet. McGahee had 57 yards on 14 carries with a TD for what is his best performance of the year so far. He’s going to continue to split carries, but over the next two weeks he takes on the Patriots and Bears, two of the worst run defenses in the league. These might be the last two weeks he has value, but if you need a back he could be your guy. Read more
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Are you in a dynasty league and hoping to find some potentially high-upside options for 2014 and beyond? Here are a few names who produced big days on Sunday who are worth considering:
Ladarius Green – San Diego Chargers – Tight End
Antonio Gates was targeted 8 times, but managed just 3 receptions for 21 yards yesterday. In fact, over the past two games look at the production between the Gates and Green:
- Gates – 7 receptions for 73 yards and 1 TD
- Green – 7 receptions for 161 yards and 1 TD
Gates, now 33 years old and having battled injuries in recent years, is clearly moving towards the tail end of his career. That’s not to say that he has no chance of producing, but it’s clear that he’s a shadow of his former self.
by Will Overton
If you need a running back on your fantasy team this is a good time for you. Typically usable running backs are incredibly scarce on the wire, but not right now. This week I have four different running backs who all had varying levels of big games in week 11 and are available on a whole lot of waiver wires.
Not all of the backs provide the same amount of value, but they all provide some value and all could have some use to your fantasy team as you make this final push towards the playoffs.
I’ve also thrown in a wide receiver and a tight end who stood out this week and could prove to be valuable pieces as well. Here’s my take on six of what might be the hottest waiver wire pickups this week:
Bobby Rainey – RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: While the Browns didn’t give him much of a chance to run when their back position came open, Bobby Rainey has found a second life this season in Tampa Bay. The Bucs lost Doug Martin, then they lost their backup Mike James, and now it’s Bobby Rainey’s turn. Going into yesterday’s game it was unclear who would get the majority of the carries for Tampa between Rainey and Brian Leonard, the end result left no doubt though. Read more
by Will Overton
Yesterday was a big day for a couple of much hyped players who have had a few problems maintaining regular fantasy value. Mark Ingram and Tavon Austin both put up really big games to quiet some of the doubters that have crept up from their struggles. Now the questions is whether or not they’ll maintain it.
We’ll discuss those things and more as we look at six waiver wire pickups to grab this week:
Mike Glennon – QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: I reserve the right to change my mind about this one if tonight’s game doesn’t go well, but I think Mike Glennon holds a fair amount of upside ahead. Glennon is averaging a respectable 233 yards per game , going over 270 twice in his last four games. He also has 7 TD’s and just 1 INT in his last four games. The Bucs seem to be content throwing the ball a lot with Glennon as quarterback and that trend should continue.
Not counting tonight’s nice game with Miami, he has several nice matchups ahead. His next two games after tonight are against the Falcons and Lions, both very nice matchups. He then gets a tough one with Carolina, before a showdown with Buffalo. In two quarterbacks leagues, or deep one quarterback leagues Glennon holds a fair amount of value going forward. Read more
by Will Overton
Week nine is almost totally in the books and week ten is upon us. The chase for the playoffs is heating up and you have to have your best possible lineup in place. Sometimes it’s not as much about long term upside at this point as it is matchups you play.
Here are five guys I like as potential pickups this week either based on matchups coming up or based on the way they have been playing as of late:
Ryan Tannehill – QB, Miami Dolphins: So far this season Ryan Tannehill has been better for the Miami Dolphins then he has been for your fantasy team. He’s a game manager type of guy in the mold of Alex Smith who doesn’t get many big plays. Yet here I am recommending him this week with a matchup against the Tampa Bucs coming. Tannehill doesn’t rack up the yards, but the Dolphins do throw a lot averaging 36 pass attempts per game. He also has 5 passing TD’s and 1 rushing TD the last three weeks. The Bucs are a favorable matchup for him, even with Darelle Revis, and while Tannehill might not get 20 – 25 points, he should get 14 – 15 which makes him a solid fill in. Read more
by Will Overton
For the second straight week the NFL will have six teams on bye weeks, and for the second week in a row fantasy owners all over the world will be scrambling on the waiver wire trying to fill holes on their team left by these bye weeks.
It truly can be maddening, especially considering this coming week will see two of the most potent offenses in the NFL on bye week, as well as the fantasy laden 49ers team and the receiving corps of the Giants. It’s going to be tough sledding, but we here at RotoProfessor are committed to helping you through it.
Therefore I present to you this week’s waiver wire pickups, five guys floating around in a majority of leagues who should be owned.
Andy Dalton – QB, Cincinnati Bengals: It’s amazing how a guy gets dropped so fast when he is struggling, but it takes so long for his ownership to bounce back once things are going good again. That’s the case with Andy Dalton who despite playing well for three straight weeks is out there in a lot of leagues still. I’m sure his 5 TD performance yesterday will have things changing in a hurry. Read more
by Ray Kuhn
The importance of working the waiver wire cannot be overstated. Regardless of how good your draft was, it is just about impossible to have fantasy success without acquiring free agents. Whether your acquisitions are simply to augment your bench and add to your depth, give you some marketable assets in the trade market or just as a one week fill in, they are important.
Let’s take a look a few players that are under owned and could be helping your fantasy team instead of just sitting on the waiver wire:
- Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins. Reed has talent and has been hyped. Fred Davis is going to be a free agent after this season and he has already worn out his welcome in Washington. Robert Griffin III still needs a big target to throw to and Reed is that guy. Now that he is finally healthy, we saw what he could do this week against the Bears as he caught 9 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. As you need to fill bye weeks and replace underperforming tight ends, Reed should be owned in more than 22% of Yahoo leagues. Read more