Monday, September 15, 2014


Waiver Wire Watch

1. Asiata/McKinnon -  With Peterson out, one of these will be the back to own.  Neither asserted themselves today. My take is Asiata for the short term, but McKinnon is the superior talent and should win the starting job for the long term.

2. Kirk Cousins – Filled in admirably for RG3, as he has done in the past. Tossed for 250 yards and 2 TD’s. As it looks like the injury to RG3 could possibly be season long, he is a high upside QB2 or a suitable streamer option.

3. Delanie Walker – Had a great day, snagging 10 passes for 142 yards and 1 touchdown. We keep hearing about his breakout, but perhaps this was the start.  He is in a very TE friendly offense.

4. Knile Davis – A waiver wire speed dial guy, unless you have an open roster spot. The X-rays on Charles’s were negative, but he seems to be dealing with issues this year, and the status of the OL does not help. His YPC was not great, but he did score two TD’s. If Charles misses significant time, he will be an RB1.

5. Brian Quick – Led team in targets, catches, and yards. He has quickly become the favorite target for his team. Better in PPR, but if you are thin at WR, could be a re-draft stash for a bye week.

6. Niles Paul – Had a very productive day with 8 catches for 99 yards and 1 TD. We have no idea how long Reed will be out, but even if he comes back soon, keep in mind he tends to miss games with injury. Also,  it appears Cousins and he have chemistry from their time together on the second team offense.

7. M. Sanu -  If  the injury to Green proves to be a long term thing, Sanu could be  fantasy relevant. He line today was  3/84/1, with a big play for  TD.

8. Donald Brown – Ryan Matthews was carted off the field today, and he is the guy that will benefit if Matthews misses time. Monitor the status of Matthews, and keep him on WW speed dial.

9. Larry Donnell – Had a pretty decent line today of 8/81/0. It looks like the Giants . It looks like Eli will be looking for his check down guy a lot in this offense, and that will be Donnell.

10. James Jones -  He I the Raiders clear #1 WR. His line Sunday was 9/112. Could be a WR3 or flex during a bye week.

11. Travis Kelce – He is a great talent that the chiefs  are slowly working into their offense.  Has great potential, but is still a bit risky as a weekly start.



This week was one of the worst weeks for injuries I can remember. Many guys went down, and between the suspensions and the injuries, many of your teams are in need of help. If you are one of them, look to our waiver wire adds to help bolster your lineups. Below is a list of yesterdays carnage.

RGIII  -  He dislocated his ankle when he came down on it awkwardly as he ran and tried to throw the ball. He will probably have an MRI today to determine the extent of the injury, but from what I have heard, with an injury of this type, there could also be a fracture and/or tendon damage.  He could possibly be out for an extended time, and possibly the season.

Jamal Charles - Injured his left ankle. Reports are that it is a sprain and the x-rays were negative. We will have to wait for further reports to see what time he may miss. Hopefully, any Charles owners had handcuffed him with Knile Davis, who had a pretty good day in his place, and should see extensive playing time if Charles misses time.

A. J. Green -  He has what has been reported as "turf toe". If that is indeed the case, it could linger on into the season and hamper him. 

Knowshon Moreno - He dislocated his elbow, and will miss at least 4, and possibly 8 weeks.

DeSean Jackson - He has an AC joint sprain, and will probably be day to day.

Ryan Mathews - Initial reports are saying he has a sprained ACL. The good news is, they don't believe he tore it. If that turns out to be the case, he may avoid surgery, and be back in about a month or so.

Roy Helu -Left the game for good with a left knee/quad injury.  It is unclear at this time how much time he may miss.

Tavon Austin - Injured his knee while being tackled. It appeared to twist under him, and could be serious as he did not return. We will have to await additional testing to determine the extent of the damage.

Eric Decker - He injured the same hamstring that had been bothering him in camp. He will be going for additional testing today, but hamstring injuries to receivers can develop into a season long problem.

Allen Hurns - Injured his ankle, and left the stadium on crutches.  Further testing will probably be done this week.

If I hear of any more, I will send an updated report on them, as well as anything we learn as to the above.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Weekly Waivers


                I know with the latest injuries, some of us are trying to decide which Denver receiver will be getting more reps with Welker out (if he's out at all), or if Shaun Hill is worth a pickup in a pretty good offense. Others of us may have watched a game over the past weekend, and saw some young players having big games.  My advice to you is to take a deep breath and relax a moment; take time to think things over. 

                I am not a proponent of changing rosters this early after a draft based on a knee jerk reaction. As yet, we don’t know how much, if any time Welker will miss. You may drop a useful player now, for a guy that may not even be on the field much. Stop and look at your roster. Unless you enjoyed a few too many adult beverages, and see a name there that perplexes you, it may be best to stand pat. There had to be a reason you drafted the players you did. Think about those reasons, and if the guy you may pick up definitely has a chance to exceed the potential of the one you are dropping, go ahead.  Also keep in mind someone like Alshon Jeffrey. Many people drafted him late last year, and after the 4th week, when he had seen very little playing time, dropped him. When he exploded weeks later, and you saw him on another roster, your stomach had to be in knots. 

                I totally agree we should constantly monitor our rosters, adjust them when necessary, but always with a level head. Remember, as soon as you click on that link, the player you drafted for a reason is gone. Think it over,  then act intelligently. That said, if you truly think that the player you have your eye on improves your team, consider the reasons, and if you have say a WR4/5 that you think has very limited potential, make your move. Just remember why you drafted the guy you are dropping in the first place.

Some names to keep on waiver wire speed dial for the future:

Allen Hurns, WR Jags – Having a great pre-season, and the most consistent receiver on team so far

Daniel Herron, RB Colts – Has Richardson and Bradshaw in front of him-enough said

Cody Latimer or Andre Caldwell – Everyone assumes Latimer is the guy to take, just remember Manning’s connection with Caldwell last year. Do some research on Welker and the team’s usage, and make up your mind which one is the better choice.

Benny Cunningham, RB Rams – May end up as the backup, and get more carries than many think.

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