Waiver Worthy: Week 9 Fallout: Aaron Dobson, Riley Cooper and More

by Will Overton

Week nine is almost totally in the books and week ten is upon us. The chase for the playoffs is heating up and you have to have your best possible lineup in place. Sometimes it’s not as much about long term upside at this point as it is matchups you play.

Here are five guys I like as potential pickups this week either based on matchups coming up or based on the way they have been playing as of late:

Ryan Tannehill – QB, Miami Dolphins: So far this season Ryan Tannehill has been better for the Miami Dolphins then he has been for your fantasy team. He’s a game manager type of guy in the mold of Alex Smith who doesn’t get many big plays. Yet here I am recommending him this week with a matchup against the Tampa Bucs coming. Tannehill doesn’t rack up the yards, but the Dolphins do throw a lot averaging 36 pass attempts per game. He also has 5 passing TD’s and 1 rushing TD the last three weeks. The Bucs are a favorable matchup for him, even with Darelle Revis, and while Tannehill might not get 20 – 25 points, he should get 14 – 15 which makes him a solid fill in.

Mike Tolbert – RB, Carolina Panthers: All he can do is score TD’s, I think fantasy owners are probably ok with that though, or they should be. Tolbert is only owned in 35% of leagues, but he’s a TD machine right now which makes him almost a lock for 8 – 10 points per week in fantasy. You hear a lot about how it’s hard to count on TD’s, especially with Cam Newton a threat to run. However now in the last four weeks he has 3 TD’s rushing and 2 receiving TD’s. He might barely get used outside the goal line, but it doesn’t really matter that much right now.

Rashad Jennings – RB, Oakland Raiders: We all know how fragile Darren McFadden is and that’s what has kept Rashad Jennings on our radars all season. McFadden went down with a hamstring injury yesterday and Jennings filled in nicely with 102 yards on 15 carries and a TD, as well as 7 catches for 74 yards. The Raiders could be without McFadden and Terrelle Pryor next week which would really put a hurt in their offense. Still if McFadden is out the upside of having a 20 carry guy off the wire is hard to pass up if you need someone.

Aaron Dobson – WR, New England Patriots: This is the add of the week in leagues as far as I am concerned. It seems very clear that Dobson has established himself as the Patriots second best wide receiver. Kenbrell Thompkins was a healthy scratch Sunday and Julian Edelman caught just one pass. Meanwhile Dobson had 5 catches on 9 targets for 130 yards and 2 TD’s. Rob Gronkowski is the team’s go to guy, but Dobson is making a name for himself and he’s earned Tom Brady’s trust which is a big deal.

Mike Brown – WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Here’s what we know about the Jaguars. They lose a lot and they lose by a lot most of the time. That means they are playing from behind and they throw a lot. Justin Blackmon is suspended indefinitely now. Cecil Shorts is the man guy, but they throw over 40 times per game so someone else needs to be catching passes, enter Mike Brown. Two games ago Brown had over 100 yards receiving and in his last game he caught a TD. That was with Blackmon in the mix. This is a pretty good opportunity to Brown to make an impact.

Riley Cooper – WR, Philadelphia Eagles: It took a little while for him to get going, but Riley Cooper is on a roll right now for the Eagles and he’s still owned in less than 10% of leagues. Cooper was one of two guys to catch 3 TD’s and I would much rather have Cooper then Jerricho Cotchery, the other guy to do it. Cooper had 5 catches for 139 yards and the 3 TD’s yesterday. Cooper has turned in really strong games in three of his last four games and Nick Foles really seems to like him. Cooper is almost a must add this week, though I would still rather have Dobson.

What do you think of these six guys? Who would you and who wouldn’t you add in this group.

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22 comments

  1. Eric H says:

    2QB Keeper league, I have to drop either one or 2(depending on if Martin gets IR’d) to make room for Andre Brown coming off of IR and get a TE. Glennon, Ellington, Ball and Marvin Jones seem like my best options.

    • Eric H says:

      Current Roster:

      QB Aaron Rodgers, GB QB
      QB Terrelle Pryor, Oak QB
      RB Giovani Bernard, Cin RB
      RB Zac Stacy, StL RB
      WR Jordy Nelson, GB WR
      WR Josh Gordon, Cle WR
      TE Jordan Cameron, Cle TE
      FLEX Andre Johnson, Hou WR
      D/ST Titans D/ST D/ST

      Bench Steven Jackson, Atl RB
      Bench Mike Glennon, TB QB
      Bench Doug Martin*, TB RB
      Bench Andre Ellington, Ari RB
      Bench Montee Ball, Den RB
      Bench Case Keenum, Hou QB
      Bench Marvin Jones, Cin WR

    • If Glennon doesn’t have keeper appeal (depends on the league rules), he’d probably be the first one to go.

      The second would have to be a RB, because you need the WR depth (though I don’t believe in Jones)

  2. James A says:

    1. I have Rodgers and Pryor. Grab Foles, Eli, Keenum or Tannehill to replace Pryor?

    2. I have Foster. Tate is available. Do I drop Deangelo Williams for Tate or grab Jennings/Ivory off waivers? I have to drop Williams regardless of who I pick up.

    3. Who do I drop for Dobson: DHB or Jacoby Jones?

    Thanks!

    • 1) I would go Foles or Eli over Pryor this week

      2) Who knows if Ivory will carry the load. Short-term I would go Jennings if you need the short-term boost

      3) Jones

      • James A says:

        I have Moreno, Stacy and MJD as well in that league, so I’m looking more long-term to help with Foster’s injuries. I’ll grab Tate.

  3. Jace says:

    IS it time to drop Michael Vick to add Nick Foles. I have Cam Newton as my other QB. Would you start Foles this week over Newton?

  4. Mike A says:

    Hi Professor: I have Sproles, no takers in trades so I am ready to drop for either M. Tolbert or R. Jennings. Your thoughts? I have Z Stacy, D Murray, and Ridley. Thanks in advance!

  5. Jace – I actually would go Foles over Newton (barely). Is Foles the long-term answer? Who knows, but Newton is going to be the better option most weeks so you can make the move.

    Mike A – Jennings is the better short-term option at this point if you are desperate to give up on Sproles.

  6. moe says:

    Would you trade Tony G. for Stevie Johnson??? I need a 3rd WR..My other TE is J. Reed…..Thanks.

  7. Cal says:

    I have as Wr nicks, riley cooper, emmanuel sanders and marvin jones. Looking to pick Aaron Dobson, who should I drop?

  8. Steve says:

    My current roster is:

    QB Rivers, Brady, Foles
    RB Forte, Lacy, L Bell, Vereen, SJax
    WR D Jax, C Shorts
    TE C Jordan, T Wright
    DST KC, TEN
    K Vinateri

    I am tempted to pick up R Cooper or A Dobson
    Who should I drop?

    What are your thoughts?

  9. Steve says:

    Also have RB Woodhead

  10. Steve says:

    I can play 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 Flex, 1 DST and 1 K

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