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:
Kenneth Dixon – Running Back – Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens employed an even split in terms of carries, and neither of their running backs did much to separate themselves:
- Kenneth Dixon – 13 carries for 49 yards
- Terrance West – 13 carries for 48 yards
Both also received 4 targets in the passing game, though Dixon was more productive in that regard (4 receptions for 31 yards). This was a dramatic increase in carries for Dixon, who hadn’t had more than 9 in a game (which came back on November 6 against the Steelers). It’s possible the team has finally grown tired of the underachieving West, and if they haven’t yet they should before long.
Verdict – Must add if you need an upside RB
Marquess Wilson – Wide Receiver – Chicago Bears
We’ve long been waiting for Wilson to emerge, but injuries have kept him sidelined and unproductive. However, finally on the field, he enjoyed a breakout performance in Week 12 (8 receptions, 125 yards, 1 TD) as he led the way in targets:
- Marquess Wilson – 11
- Deonta Thompson – 9
- Cameron Meredith – 9
- Joshua Bellamy – 9
Obviously it’s hard to imagine the Bears throwing the ball 54 times again, but it’s obvious that Wilson has a good rapport with Matt Barkley and should remain among the focuses of the offense. It’s not like they have any other trustworthy receiver, is it? While he may not be productive on a weekly basis, there’s more than enough upside as the Bears start to look towards 2017 and beyond.
Verdict – Buy in deeper three-receiver formats
Malcolm Mitchell – Wide Receiver – New England Patriots
Mitchell backed up his strong performance in Week 11 with another in Week 12, so it is hard to ignore. Just look at the numbers:
- at San Francisco – 4 receptions, 98 yards, 1 TD
- at New York Jets – 5 receptions, 42 yards, 2 TD
Obviously the injuries to Rob Gronkowski have played a role, but there’s every reason to believe that the rookie is only going to become more incorporated into the offense. With Tom Brady at the helm, that’s more than enough to make him worth adding as a depth option.
Verdict – Worth adding to your bench
Dontrelle Inman – Wide Receiver – San Diego Chargers
There was fear that he suffered a concussion, but he appears to have escaped without injury. Coming off a big day (6 receptions, 119 yards, 1 TD) and with Tyrell Williams being forced out with an injury of his own, you have to think that there are going to be opportunities for Inman to take the lead in the receiving corps. He has shown signs of emerging before and now may get the chance to be the go to receiver for Philip Rivers, who always seems to find a way to produce regardless of who is in and out of the lineup.
Verdict – Worth buying in all three-receiver formats
Taylor Gabriel – Wide Receiver – Atlanta Falcons
It was a monster game, with 4 receptions for 75 yards and 2 TD. However he was third on the team in targets (behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu) and we all know that Tevin Coleman will see his role expand as he gets healthy. In other words it was an impressive day, but chances are he’s not going to be able to replicate it.
Verdict – Deny ‘Em
Josh Hill – Tight End – New Orleans Saints
With Coby Fleener continuing to disappoint the Saints turned to Hill in regards to get performance from a tight end (he out-targeted Fleener 6-to-4). Hill delivered, with 6 receptions for 74 yards (Fleener had 4 receptions for 59 yards). Remember Hill was once considered a high upside TE option, though he’s never developed into much of anything (44 receptions in 53 games). Chances are the Saints continue to go with a timeshare in the role, making Hill an impossible player to trust (and the same can be said for Fleener).
Verdict – Deny ‘Em
Kenny Stills – Wide Receiver – Miami Dolphins
He led the Dolphins to victory, with 3 receptions for 72 yards and 1 TD. That said this is still going to be Jay Ajayi’s offense and Stills is going to have to battle DeVante Parker and Jarvis Landry for opportunities. Unless you are desperate, there are simply more dependable options available to you off the wire.
Verdict – Only worth grabbing in the deepest of formats
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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