Archive for Waiver Worthy

Waiver Worthy: Week 15 Fallout: Joe Flacco, Toby Gerhart and More

by Will Overton

Fantasy championships could very well be on the line this coming week and if nothing else it’s semi-final week. If you’re still alive in your league there is no room for error and no room for playing guys just cause they got you there if there are better options out there on the waiver wire.

This also isn’t the time to make rash decisions and grab someone off waiver wire in a panic move that will backfire. You have to think things out in every aspect and try putting the best, most reasonable lineup possible out there.

Here are some guys who are available in a lot of leagues who have favorable matchups this week or could be looking at increased playing time: Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 14 Fallout: Kerwynn Williams, Marquise Lee and More

by Will Overton

Fantasy playoffs started in many leagues this last week and if they didn’t they’re going to be starting this coming week. No room for error and no room for playing guys just cause they got you there if there are better options out there on the waiver wire.

This also isn’t the time to make rash decisions and grab someone off waiver wire in a panic move that will backfire. You have to think things out in every aspect and try putting the best, most reasonable lineup possible out there.

Here are some guys who are available in a lot of leagues who have favorable matchups this week or could be looking at increased playing time:

Shaun Hill – QB, St. Louis Rams: In a perfect world you won’t need to be switching out quarterbacks this week, but if you do, probably in a deep league, Shaun Hill may be a decent option. Hill isn’t a gun slinger who will put up 300 yards, but he’s running the offense well with a pair of TD’s each of the last weeks and no interceptions. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 13 Fallout: Johnny Manziel, Davante Adams and More

by Will Overton

In a lot of leagues the fantasy football playoffs are starting this week and so it’s win or go home time now. You can’t leave things up to fate at this time of the season, you have to do what you can to put the best lineup possible out there.

It can be scary to count on someone off the waiver wire in your lineup when the stakes are this high. The temptation is to stick with what brought you to the dance, and a lot of times that is the answer. This is the absolute wrong time to overreact and make a rash decision. At the same time injuries happen and you may not have a choice, or you may really have an underachiever that needs replaced.

If you need a plug and play to come through this week here are some names I would consider: Read more

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