Wednesday Warehouse Waiver Wire
By Shawn Gallagher – DFW Writer
At Dynasty Football Warehouse, we like to make sure are readers are well aware of certain lesser known players that may be available on the waiver wire in your dynasty leagues. DFW’s Shawn Gallagher is here to help spotlight those players that could end up being great waiver wire pickups for your dynasty team, and hopefully help you team to win many league championships in the future! We like to have fun with our columns, so in addition to highlighting several waiver wire pickups, we also like to include fun things like music videos and photos in the column to help add entertainment value to the column. Before we get started here are a few quick notes regarding the waiver wire column.
- The Waiver Wire pickups that are mentioned here are recommended with deeper dynasty leagues in mind, and some of these pickups may not be the best for redraft leagues or leagues without a lot of roster space.
- This is an attempt to predict future dynasty success for a player, so that dynasty owners can grab these players now, hopefully before they become too popular.
- Some of these players mentioned could already be on a dynasty roster, but could very well be acquired cheaply in a trade, possibly even a throw-in in a larger deal.
- With dynasty in mind, we try to highlight quite a few younger players here, however, there will still be some older players on the wire that could help dynasty rosters for at least the next few years.
Wednesday Warehouse Waiver WIRE
Drew Stanton (Cardinals @ Bucs) – The 33 year old Carson Palmer has had a bit of a rough start this season in Arizona, as he’s had to deal with a very suspect offensive line and has had his struggles. Drew Stanton has served as a valuable backup quarterback for several seasons, and now is Palmer’s immediate backup. It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see Carson Palmer getting replaced by Stanton at some point this season if Palmer and the offense continue to struggle, or if the line doesn’t keep Palmer healthy.
Matt Scott (Free Agent) – Undrafted quarterback Matt Scott is one to watch this season as we could see him signing with an NFL team sometime soon, as more and more quarterbacks will get injured and/or benched. Scott was briefly signed and released by the Jaguars, but could possibly resurface there or another qb needy team as the season continues. Scott had a stellar career at the University at Arizona, and earlier this year before the draft I wrote a very positive article about Matt Scott’s NFL future, and you can find the article here: http://dynastyfootballwarehouse.com/great-scott-quarterback-matt-scott-and-his-path-to-the-nfl-draft/
Matt Cassel (Vikings vs. Steelers in London)- The good news for both Viking and Steeler fans is that both of their winless teams are being shipped out of the country to London for this week for a much needed “vacation” from their home fans. For the Vikings, a quarterback change to Matt Cassel is a real possibility in the next game or two, as the Vikings try to salvage their season, and move on from the Christian Ponder era. Cassel isn’t the prettiest of waiver wire options, but does have starting qb experience and could end up being a solid option especially when other starting qbs go through their bye weeks. This week the Vikings may give a “London Calling” to a new quarterback in Matt Cassel.
Khiry Robinson (Saints vs. Dolphins) – Khiry Robinson, an undrafted rookie running back from the small school of West Texas A and M has emerged as a strong candidate to ultimately become a featured running back for the Saints. It has been rumored that the Saints may trade the disappointing Mark Ingram at some point this season, and other Saints RBs like Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles are getting older, and could see a decreased role, especially if Robinson continues to improve. West Texas A and M has a reputation for producing NFL talent, so someone like Robinson certainly is worth a look in dynasty and keeper leagues. Remember, his name is “Khiry” and not “Kyrie”.
Bobby Rainey (Browns vs. Bengals) – The Browns shocked the world last week by trading franchise running back Trent Richardson away to the Colts, and again seemed to shock everyone by going out and beating the Vikings without Trent Richardson and with new quarterback Brian Hoyer. Cleveland now has several running backs with a chance to become the featured guy for the Browns now that Richardson is gone, but out of those remaining running backs, Bobby Rainey currently has the highest dynasty upside in my opinion. The 25 year old Rainey recently joined the Browns a few weeks ago off of waivers, but has started to show good progress in the Browns and Rob Chudzinski’s offense, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Rainey as the Browns main running back sometime this season.
Theo Riddick (Lions vs. Bears)- The Lions have had some trouble in recent years keeping their running backs healthy, as they currently deal with another backfield injury issue to Reggie Bush and recently with Mikel Leshore. Notre Dame rookie running back Theo Riddick has impressed the Lions coaching staff thus far for his running and receiving ability, and we could certainly see his role in the backfield increase as he continues to improve, and as Bush and other backs deal with their injury histories. “The Chronicles of Riddick” could end up being very well received in Detroit this season and beyond.
Beanie Wells (Free Agent) – Its hard to believe right now that former Buckeye star running back Beanie Wells remains a free agent right now in the NFL. Wells is still only 25 years old, and with the inevitability that more NFL running backs will suffer the injury bug this season we certainly could see good old Beanie back on an NFL team once again soon.
Devier Posey (Texans vs. Seahawks) – DeVier Posey, a 2nd year receiver out of Ohio State is back and catching passes for the Texans again, after suffering a season ending injury in 2012, as a rookie. Posey has quite a bit of speed and receiving talent, and his injury comeback has been very remarkable, and I’d expect Posey to move up the receiving depth chart in Houston as he continues to get back to 100 percent.
Donnie Avery (Chiefs vs. Giants)- Donnie Avery has seemed to resurrect his career since going to Kansas City and joining Andy Reid’s new offense. Avery always seemed to have the talent to make it big as an NFL receiver, but had a bit of trouble staying healthy especially during his early years with the Rams. Take a flyer on Avery now, as it appears likely that he could continue to put up some big weeks with Andy Reid.
Markus Wheaton (Steelers @ Vikings) – We’ve mentioned Markus Wheaton before as one of our favorite sleeper rookie wide receivers here at DFW, but you may still find him on some waiver wires considering his the Steelers’ year and his rookie year has started out very slowly. Look for Wheaton to gain a larger role in the Pittsburgh offense as the year goes on, especially if the Steelers fall out of contention earlier than expected.
Eric Page (Bucs vs. Cardinals) – Eric Page, an undrafted receiver out of Toledo received several targets, and his first career NFL receptions this past week in a loss to the Patriots. Greg Schiano is in high need of offensive playmakers and speed, and Page is a very speedy receiver, and is still only 21 years old right now.
Luke Wilson (Seahawks @ Texans) – Luke Wilson, a rookie tight end from Rice is beginning to make an impact with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense right now. It is important to remember the injury histories of other receiving options in Seattle like Rice and Harvin, and the fact that there isn’t much tight end competition surrounding Luke Wilson either. Just be sure not to confuse THIS Luke Wilson with the other Luke Wilson pictured with his famous sibling here!
Barkevious Mingo (Browns vs. Bengals – IDP)- Here is an IDP add for everyone, as rookie Barkevious Mingo battled an injury earlier this preseason, but is now starting to get a much larger role in the Browns defense. Mingo is a pass rushing specialist from LSU, who the Browns have quite a bit invested in. If he’s available on your IDP waiver wire, go ahead and scoop up Mr. Mingo.
Colts Defense (@ Jaguars) – Just in case the Colts D is available on your waiver wire right now, they get a great matchup at Jacksonville, and the hideous Jags offense. The Colts also put up a nice defensive effort this past week in a big win shutting down the 49ers.
Cardinals Defense (@ Bucs) – Taking a chance on the Cards Defense this week could be a nice “plug and play” waiver wire option. Greg Schiano and the Bucs offense is really struggling right now, and we may be seeing the end of the Josh Freeman era and a quarterback change rather soon.
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