Archive for Waiver Worthy

Waiver Worthy: Week 12 Fallout: LaGarrette Blount, John Brown and More

by Will Overton

We’re headed into week 13 of the season which in many leagues will be the final week before the fantasy playoffs get started. I know there are a lot of teams out there still fighting for a playoff spot and getting a win this week is a must.

In a perfect world your team is set with there being no bye weeks at this point. This isn’t a perfect world though and bad matchups, under performers and injuries happen which means teams still need to use the waiver wire.

With the importance of taking things one week at a time we’re putting a special emphasis in this week’s column on this week’s matchups. Here are five guys who could be nice plays based on their matchups: Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 11 Fallout Andy Dalton, Isaiah Crowell, and More

by Ray Kuhn

This is it. We are getting pretty close to crunch time now. There are only two weeks left in the regular season for most leagues, and there is just one bye week left. What that means, is that your waiver wire strategy begins to change.

With just the one bye week left, the need to fill empty roster spots begins to diminish. So as you begin to think about your waiver claims for the week you must begin to look ahead. Either towards the playoffs and Weeks 14-16, or for the best, high upside options for the next two weeks to help clinch or solidify a playoff berth.

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Waiver Worthy: Week 10 Fallout: Robert Griffin III, Kyle Rudolph and More

by Will Overton

It’s nice to see the six team bye weeks be done and gone for the year. We still have four teams off this week, but on the bright side two of them are the Jets and the Jaguars and so your team shouldn’t be impacted too horribly and if it is, you probably have bigger problems.

Still there are plenty of injuries around the league keeping guys sidelined and general overall ineffectiveness making you look another way. You need to be putting your best possible team on the fantasy field this Sunday with the season winding down and working the waiver wire is part of that process for many teams.

We’ll be looking at who could make a big pickup for this weekend’s games based on production and matchup:

Robert Griffin III – QB, Washington Redskins: The much talked about Robert Griffin III is surprisingly owned in only 30% of fantasy leagues right now. I’m not saying that’s wrong or bad, but it is surprising given his name value. This would be a good week to change that though and grab him for your fantasy squad if you have Tony Romo on bye or even have a tough matchup like Russell Wilson against Kansas City. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 9 Fallout: Alfred Blue, Mike Evans and More

by Will Overton

For the second week in a row the NFL has six teams on bye week in one of the more important weeks of the season with fantasy teams battling for playoff spots in make or break matchups. With the Colts, Patriots and Chargers all on bye, plus the Texans, Vikings and Redskins there is plenty of fantasy talent on the shelf this week.

So like last week we will be keeping an eye on this coming week primarily, but also keeping an eye on the future as well as we look at waiver wire adds for this week. We’ll take a look at performances from yesterday, injury opportunities and upcoming matchups to look at potential adds.

Here are five guys who should get a look on the wire:

Alfred Blue – RB, Houston Texans: Given how fragile Arian Foster is it doesn’t really make sense that Alfred Blue, the Texans number two back, is only owned in 7% of leagues. Yesterday Foster went down again, and while we don’t know the severity of the injury at this point another opportunity could be here for Blue. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 9 Fallout: Michael Vick, Jonas Gray and More

by Will Overton

Scheduling this year is weird in the NFL and week nine is one of those crazy super bye weeks with six teams on bye. Four of the teams have several fantasy starters and the other two have at least a couple of them.

Now it’s week nine and teams are in the thick of the playoff hunt and every win feels extra important. With that in mind working the wire to find your fill ins is more important than ever this week. As we always do we’ll look at some guys who came up big yesterday and some guys who could come up big next week based on matchup.

Joe Flacco – QB, Baltimore Ravens: If you’re looking for a fill in quarterback this coming week there’s a chance Joe Flacco is available in your league, assuming we’re talking about a standard league. If he is available he could make a very nice one week play.  Flacco is pretty quietly having a nice season and over the last four weeks he has 7 TD’s and just 2 INT’s. The Ravens haven’t completely abandoned their run first approach, but with the weapons they have they have utilized the pass more. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 7 Fallout: Denard Robinson, Tre Mason and More

by Will Overton

We’re clearly going to be looking no at both what was done this last and what could be done this coming week. We saw a few big breakout performances yesterday from the likes of Denard Robinson and Doug Baldwin. We also have to think about who could be breaking out next week and matchups can help dictate this stuff.

Looking at the prime waiver wire targets this week we will try and strike a balance between looking behind and looking ahead. With that in mind here are five of the guys I see as good waiver wire options this week:

Denard Robinson, RB – Jacksonville Jaguars: Just when we thought the Jaguars running back job was going to Storm Johnson, Denard Robinson took the lead yesterday and came out guns blazing. The former college QB standout ran the ball 22 times for 127 yards and a TD. Robinson has big upside due to his explosiveness and the fact that he’s still getting better as he learns the position. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 6 Fallout: Jordan Reed Returns, Jace Amaro Emerges and More

by Will Overton

Last week as we discussed the fallout of week five we took a close look at a bunch of running backs who were suddenly relevant on the fantasy football waiver wire. Several of those guys hit it big for owners this last week, including Branden Oliver, Justin Forsett and Ronnie Hillman.

This week we are going to go the other way and look at a group of pass catchers, wide receivers and tight ends mixed. These are five guys who all had big games yesterday and will certainly be under consideration in just about all league formats this week.

These five guys are not equal in value across the board, but they all have a certain amount of value in the right format and the right situation. Let’s break down what that value is for each of these six: Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week Five Fallout: Running Backs Galore

by Will Overton

Finding running backs on the waiver wire is the hardest thing to do, outside of maybe finding a QB in a two quarterback league. Wide Receivers and Tight Ends come along all the time, but not usable running backs.

This is why this week’s waiver worthy article is a bit of an anomaly. We are featuring five running backs who all have some value to one extent or another coming out of week five’s games. In most cases these guys have gotten value due to an injury to someone else. Though in a couple of cases guys are getting value because they are playing better than the others above them.

If you need a running back you may have some options, so let’s look at each closely to determine who you want and who you don’t. Read more

Fantasy Football Crystal Ball: Looking For Under-the-Radar Options To Grab For Week 8

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Do you play in an extremely deep, competitive league?  Are you trying to get a step up, stashing players for a few weeks ahead?  Let us try to help!  Each week we are going to turn the clock ahead three weeks in an effort to find a few players you may want to stash.  For this week, we move to Week 8 to dig for a few options:

 

Kyle Orton – Buffalo Bills – Quarterback
Week 8 Opponent – at New York Jets
ESPN Ownership – 0.3%

We will touch on Orton earlier later today, so we won’t go into too much detail here. There’s no guarantee he’s still the starter come Week 8 (it’s not unthinkable that they turn back to E.J. Manuel), but if the team is playing well he certainly will be. The fact is that the Jets secondary is abysmal and there doesn’t appear to be any salvation in sight. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 4 Fallout: Eli Manning, Jerick McKinnon and More

by Will Overton

Week four is in the books and there were a lot of really interesting performances. We saw more big games from guys who have been featured in this piece before, Eddie Royal and Larry Donnell. We had plenty of big games from new guys too who are unowned in a majority of leagues.

With bye weeks coming into play we are now looking back at the previous week and also looking forward to the coming week as so many waiver wire adds are put in place to fill a hole from a bye week player.

Today we have six guys who are available in a bunch of leagues who either stood out last week or should stand out this week: Read more