Archive for Waiver Worthy

Fantasy Football Crystal Ball: Looking For Under-the-Radar Options To Grab For Week 6

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 5 to dig for a few options:

 

Jake Locker – Quarterback – Tennessee Titans
Week 6 Opponent – vs. Jacksonville
ESPN Ownership – 5.8%

After a big Week 1 in Kansas City the masses jumped off the bandwagon after Week 2, as he threw for 234 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT against the Cowboys. It’s still just one game and you don’t want to run too hot or too cold based off it. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 2 Fallout: Kirk Cousins, Bobby Rainey and More

by Will Overton

There have been injuries a plenty in the first two weeks of the season. Yesterday saw several top players hit the shelf. Injuries can be a serious frustration for fantasy owners, but injuries also create opportunities as well. Opportunities for guys not owned and not on fantasy radars to emerge and make a difference.

Several of the guys mentioned in this week’s waiver column have reached waiver worthy status because of injuries. Not every opportunity works out in fantasy land, but most of the time when a starting job gets opened the guy has to at least be explored for potential fantasy value.

Here are six of the guys coming out of week two that are going to be popular names on the fantasy radar this week: Read more

Fantasy Football Crystal Ball: Looking For Under-the-Radar Options To Grab For Week 5

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 5 to dig for a few options:

 

Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 5 Matchup – at Jacksonville
ESPN Ownership – 12.5%

Miller is a player we’ve been hyping since the preseason, as he played a bit banged up last season as he worked his way back from knee surgery. He also figured to play an important role in replacing the depleted receiving corps (including the departure of Emmanuel Sanders), though over the first two weeks that hasn’t the case as he managed just 7 receptions for 61 yards,  When coupled with his less than stellar numbers from last season it makes sense for some to be down on him. Don’t be. Read more

Waiver Worthy Buy’Em or Deny ‘Em: Week 1 Fallout: Justin Forsett, Allen Hurns and More

by Will Overton

The first couple of weeks in the NFL season are the toughest in the world to navigate the waiver wire system. It always feels like a damned if you, damned if you don’t kind of scenario. You have to be careful not to give up on the guys you drafted and have it bite you.

At the same time you don’t want to be the guy who doesn’t make a move and watches guys who played well in week one continue to play well all season. Last season it was Phillip Rivers who you passed up, but for every Phillip Rivers there was a Stephen Hill who started out great and quickly ran out of gas.

It’s a fine line, but the best I can tell you is that proceeding with caution is always the best idea. We all take fliers late and if that flier didn’t even see the field in week one you wouldn’t be troubled to cut him. The guy you took in the 8th round who underperformed, you probably want to give that guy another week or two before you jump ship. Read more

Three Weeks Ahead: Looking For Under-the-Radar Options To Stash For Week 4

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 4, which also is the first week of byes:

 

Kenny Stills – Wide Receiver – New Orleans Saints
Week 4 Matchup – at Dallas
Ownership – ESPN (13.0%)

Stills is player we were high on entering the season, but a quad injury has limited him in the early going and left him questionable for Week 1. We would hope he was healthy by Week 4, and he certainly should have ample opportunities and a matchup to exploit. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Should Allen Hurns Be On Fantasy Radars?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know the stories of the under-the-radar player who goes undrafted and ultimately rises to stardom. Just look at Victor Cruz, for instance. Everyone knew the Jaguars were going to remake their receiving corps, so spending early round selections on Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson was no surprise. However, the most impressive rookie in camp was undrafted free agent Allen Hurns who has grasped an opportunity with Robinson battling a hamstring injury.

Listed at 6’3″ and 195 lbs., Hurns played his college ball at the University of Miami. In his senior year he posted 62 catches for 1,162 yards and 6 TD, setting the school’s record for receiving yards in a season. Apparently that wasn’t enough to impress anyone, however. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 16 Fallout and Week 17 Look Ahead

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

Waiver Worthy: Week 15 Fallout: Preparing for the Championship Weeks

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

Waiver Worthy: Week 14 Fallout: Jason Campebll, Toby Gerhart and 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

Waiver Worthy: Week 13 Fallout: Dennis Pitta Close To Returning and 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