Archive for Waiver Worthy

Waiver Worthy: Week 8 Fallout: Tim Hightower, Robert Kelley & More

by Will Overton

Looking to hit the waiver wire?  Who isn’t looking to improve, though making any hasty decisions off one game could ultimately prove more costly than helpful.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few players who may be available and if they are worth targeting or not:

Tim Hightower – Running Back – New Orleans Saints
Over the last few weeks Tim Hightower has been climbing the list of handcuffs you want to own. After yesterday I think it’s fair to say Hightower has jumped up a class. Mark Ingram has struggled some this season and has no doubt frustrated fantasy owners who likely took him in round two. After a fumble early in yesterday’s game Ingram was benched and never saw the field again. Meanwhile Hightower came in and racked up 102 yards on 26 carries. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 7 Fallout: Chris Thompson, Ka’Deem Carey, Russell Shepard & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Looking to hit the waiver wire?  Who isn’t looking to improve, though making any hasty decisions off one game could ultimately prove more costly than helpful.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few players who may be available and if they are worth targeting or not:

 

Chris Thompson – Running Back – Washington Redskins
It was a disastrous day for “lead” back Matt Jones, who not only struggled running the football (10 carries for 27 yards), but also lost a crucial fumble.  That led to a committee being formed, with Thompson leading the way with a strong all around day:

  • Rushing – 12 carries for 73 yards
  • Receiving – 7 receptions for 40 yards Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 6 Fallout: Jay Ajayi, Kenny Britt, Ty Montgomery & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Looking to hit the waiver wire?  Who isn’t looking to improve, though making any hasty decisions off one game could ultimately prove more costly than helpful.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few players who may be available and if they are worth targeting or not:

 

Jay Ajayi – Running Back – Miami Dolphins
Arian Foster returns to the lineup and, almost on que, Ajayi explodes to the tune of 25 carries, 204 yards and 2 TD (8.2 YPC).  Did anyone really see that one coming against a Steelers defense that had been more prone to running backs who can catch the football?

We’ve said all along that Ajayi could fall into the early done role, even when Foster was healthy, and maybe he has finally earned the opportunity to prove that he can do the job.  Miami will likely utilize a hot hand approach, and that makes sense given the slew of options, but for now Ajayi should get the first shot at showing he deserves the touches.  That makes him well worth buying in all formats. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 5 Fallout: Devontae Booker, Cameron Meredith, Marcus Mariota & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Looking to hit the waiver wire?  Who isn’t looking to improve, though making any hasty decisions off one game could ultimately prove more costly than helpful.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few players who may be available and if they are worth targeting or not:

 

Brian Hoyer – Quarterback – Chicago Bears
The more he performs, the more likely it becomes that Jay Cutler ultimately returns to a reserve role.  All Hoyer did yesterday was complete 33 of 43 passes for 397 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT.  He’s now thrown for 300+ yards in three straight games, all while racking up 6 TD vs. 0 INT.  Keep in mind, over the first two games Cutler threw for a total of 373 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT.  You can point to the level of competition (the past two weeks have been favorable matchups with the Lions and Colts), but at this point you can’t say that Hoyer doesn’t give them a better chance to win.  While there’s still going to be risk in shallower formats, in many instances he’s going to become a must own option. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 4 Fallout: Terrance West, Paxton Lynch, Eddie Royal & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Looking to hit the waiver wire?  Who isn’t looking to improve, though making any hasty decisions off one game could ultimately prove more costly than helpful.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few players who may be available and if they are worth targeting or not:

 

Paxton Lynch – Denver Broncos – Quarterback
Starter Trevor Siemian was lost for the day with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder, which allowed Lynch to enter and thrive as he went 14-24 for 170 yards, 1 TD and 0 INT.  Obviously we don’t want to read too much into the performance, especially after Siemian was playing just as well (5-7, 68 yards, 1 TD).

Siemian probably doesn’t deserve to lose his job, when healthy, and expect him to return to the role as soon as he’s deemed available (which could be as soon as Week 5).  That said, Lynch showed enough to make him an intriguing stash for those in two-quarterback formats just in case the injury lingers longer than expected. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 3 Fallout: Jordan Howard, Terrelle Pryor, Wendell Smallwood & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Looking to hit the waiver wire?  Who isn’t looking to improve, though making any hasty decisions off one game could ultimately prove more costly than helpful.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few players who may be available and if they are worth targeting or not:

 

Jordan Howard – Running Back – Chicago Bears
We were proponents of adding him after Week 2, given the struggles of Jeremy Langford, and Howard’s Sunday night performances helps to hammer it home:

  • Rushing – 9 carries for 45 yards
  • Receiving – 4 receptions (6 targets) for 47 yards

Langford did break a 23 yard run, but finished the day with just 3 carries and 2 receptions (on 3 targets) before being forced from the game due to injury.  Given how bad he was over the first two weeks and the potential that Howard possesses, this appears to be the changing of the guard in the Bears’ backfield.  Howard is a must own option, as he has the upside of a must play RB2 (and occasionally more than that, depending on the matchup). Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 2 Fallout: Jay Ajayi, Tyrell Williams, Charles Sims & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Looking to hit the waiver wire ?  Who isn’t looking to improve, though making any hasty decisions off one game could ultimately prove more costly than helpful.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few players who may be available and if they are worth targeting or not:

 

Jacoby Brissett – Quarterback – New England Patriots
According to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com (click here for the article):

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported after the game that Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder, according to someone informed of the results of exams performed at the hospital today. Garoppolo’s chances of playing Thursday against the Texans are slim, per Garafolo, but the Patriots are hopeful he can return Week 4.”

Given the injury and the quick turnaround, it’s impossible to forecast Garrapolo taking the field on Thursday.  In two-quarterback formats that puts Brissett squarely on radars, especially since he showed something in his brief time on the field against the Dolphins (6-9, 92 yards, 0 TD and 0 INT, as well as rushing 4 times for 12 yards).  It is a difficult matchup, though we all know the Patriots find a way. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 1 Fallout: Theo Riddick, Tyrell Williams, Carson Wentz & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Looking to hit the waiver wire already?  Who isn’t looking to improve, though making any hasty decisions off one game could ultimately prove more costly than helpful.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few players who may be available and if they are worth targeting or not:

 

Carson Wentz – Quarterback – Philadelphia Eagles
22-37, 278 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT

The second overall selection wasn’t particularly accurate (59.5% completion rate), we have to take into account that the performance came against the Browns and wonder how often are they going to let him throw the ball 37 times.  There was always going to be value in two-quarterback formats, but in single-quarterback leagues there’s no reason to get excited off this opening day line.

Verdict – Deny Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 16 Fallout: Isaiah Crowell’s Increased Role & More

by Will Overton

I am a week 16 Championship game advocate because there are just too many variables and things left to chance in Week 17 to decide a champion. That said, I know there are plenty out there who do still play in Week 17 and have very high stakes on the line, so we’re still plugging away with top notch coverage here at Rotoprofessor.

As of now there are no guaranteed to sit kind of guys, which is nice to see. There were also no significant injuries in Week 16, so the talent pool on the wire is a little thin. Based on matchups and recent form there are a few guys jumping out at me who you should take a look at. Let’s break down the top waiver wire targets for those who are still on the lookout for some help:

Sam Bradford – QB, Philadelphia Eagles: I always make sure to include a streaming QB option in my waiver wire columns and Bradford is the widely owned QB I have identified. This one is all about matchup, and a little bit about game script. The Eagles draw the Giants porous secondary which is nice, and it’s almost certainly going to be a shootout similar to the one they just had with the Redskins in which Bradford threw for 361 yards. I like him to put up numbers based on quantity of work, if nothing else. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 15 Fallout: Christine Michael Next Up In Seattle and More

by Will Overton

Depending on the league you play in this is very likely your championship week, and to be honest it should be since Week 17 championships are rough. I am guessing if you’ve made it all the way to the championship in your league you aren’t relying too heavy on your waiver wire. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, though, that there’s help out there for the taking.

It’s also possible you play in a league where winning your consolation bracket or third place game actually means something. So let’s keep up on what we’ve been doing all year and look at some of the top waiver wire adds of the week:

Jay Cutler – QB, Chicago Bears: My pick for the streaming QB of the week is Cutler. We really haven’t seen any big blow out games this season, which is odd, though he has hit two TD in back-to-back games. This week he gets one of the more favorable matchups in the league with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who just made Case Keenum look like Tom Brady.  Cutler has the weapons, with Alshon Jeffrey and Matt Fort,e to help him have a big day and he’s due for a three TD outing. Read more