Christmas on The 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.
Christmas on The Wire
(As a Christmas bonus we will play some of my favorite Christmas music videos while posting our waiver wire picks, trying to improve from our effort “Last Christmas” )
Tyler Wilson (Dynasty Stash) – Former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson hasn’t had any NFL action as of yet, in this his rookie season. Wilson was originally drafted by the Raiders, but was recently released due to the quality play from Matt McGloin. Wilson was given a new chance this past week as the Titans signed him and gave him a 3 year contract. Wilson is tall at 6 foot 4 with a big and strong arm, and there is certainly some upside to his skill set and is worth looking at in deeper dynasty leagues. With uncertainty surrounding the Titans QB situation and Jake Locker, I could see Wilson getting a legitimate shot at trying to win the Titan’s starting QB job in 2014 or later.
Kyle Orton (Cowboys vs. Eagles) – Another roller coaster Tony Romo season seems to have come to an end, as Romo suffered a back injury this past week in a victory over the Redskins. 31 year old Kyle Orton is one of the top backup quarterbacks in the league however, and could be a nice plug and play this week in what should be a high scoring game against the Eagles. With Romo getting older and accumulating an injury history, Orton isn’t a bad option to use as a handcuff, as he’s put up some big numbers when he’s had a chance to start as an NFL quarterback before.
Drew Stanton (Dynasty Stash) – The Cardinals have been a nice surprise this season, having won 10 games already with new Head Coach Bruce Arians, and new quarterback Carson Palmer. The soon to be 34 year old Palmer has had his share of struggles this season however, as Palmer tossed 4 Interceptions this past week, yet still found a way to win a game at Seattle. Backup Drew Stanton is one to watch going into the offseason, as Palmer has an injury history, and Arians won’t put up with too many more games like this past week the quarterback position. Many in the league believe that career backup Drew Stanton has what it takes to make it as a starting NFL quarterback, and he may just get that chance at some point in Arizona.
Terrelle Pryor (Raiders vs. Broncos) – It has been a rough season in Oakland, as the Raiders have seen ups and downs from both quarterbacks Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor. Pryor will be getting one more start this coming week against the Broncos, and it could serve as his final audition for the starting QB gig come 2014. I’ve always been a fan of Pryor’s athletic ability, as he has blazing speed and maneuverability, with a large frame standing 6 foot 6. I also think that if Pryor and the Raiders decided on a position change, Pryor could make it in the NFL perhaps as a tight end or wide receiver, as he has the athletic ability, size and talent to make the switch. As for this week, Pryor gets one more chance to impress both the Raiders coaching staff and dynasty owners like us.
Dominique Davis (Dynasty Stash) – While I expect the Falcons to make some changes on the offense this coming offseason, one name to watch is backup quarterback Dominique Davis. Davis is a tall and very athletic quarterback who came from East Carolina, who the Falcons coaches have raved about these past couple of seasons. While I don’t expect Matt Ryan to go anywhere, its possible the Falcons could move Dominique Davis, as he seems to have the ability to make it as an NFL starter at some point down the road if given a chance. Davis is only 24 years old, and certainly one to watch especially in deeper dynasty leagues.
Josh Freeman (Dynasty Stash) – A crazy year ends with Josh Freeman holding a clipboard in Minnesota, yet I still have hope in the 25 year old former Tampa Bay quarterback. Freeman initially had a fall out with Bucs coach Greg Schiano earlier this year and found himself later getting a 2nd chance in Minnesota. Matt Cassel is currently the Vikings starter, and I expect the team to add another quarterback in this coming NFL draft, yet I think Josh Freeman still has the potential to make it as an NFL starting quarterback. Freeman’s future may not be in Minnesota, but I think he still gets a shot with another team next season, in a starter or backup role.
Jonathan Grimes (Texans @ Titans) – With both Arian Foster and Ben Tate shut down for the season, the Texans have tried several options to carry the load at running back these past few weeks. Former William and Mary running back Jonathan Grimes has bounced around to a few different teams thus far in his short career, but showed a few quality productive runs this past week in a loss to the Broncos. We could see Grimes getting a heavier load this coming week, and a good performance could cause the Texans to keep Grimes around next season as he has shown some promise. Its also possible that Ben Tate could be leaving Houston this offseason, possibly giving someone like Grimes a bigger role in the offense going into 2014.
Edwin Baker (Browns @ Steelers) – We first mentioned former Michigan State running back Edwin Baker in this column last week, and he has been the running back used the most by the Browns these past couple weeks. Baker has plenty of talent, its just that he was unfortunately behind Le’Veon Bell on the depth chart at MSU and didn’t get much hype going into the NFL. While I expect the Browns to add another running back this offseason, Baker has the talent and upside to possibly find himself as a starting running back in Cleveland next season.
Dion Lewis (Dynasty Stash) – While we are on the subject of the Cleveland running game, one name we need to remember for 2014 is former Pitt running back Dion Lewis. Lewis was having an excellent training camp and preseason this year, before an injury abruptly ended his 2013 season. If he had stayed healthy its very possible that Lewis could’ve ended up as Cleveland’s leading rusher this season. The 23 year old Lewis is expected to return in 2014 at full health and under contract with the Browns. Both Edwin Baker and Dion Lewis carry good dynasty upside and have a real shot at making an impact for the Browns in 2014.
Josh Cooper (Browns @ Steelers) – Josh Cooper was recently promoted from the Browns practice squad this past week, and saw some action catching passes from Jason Campbell. Cooper is a nice stash as he has really seemed to impress the Browns coaches with his possession receiver ability. Cooper is a former college teammate and good friend of another Browns quarterback in Brandon Weeden, and while it doesn’t look likely that Weeden will be in Cleveland in 2014, I think Josh Cooper certainly stands a chance, as the Browns are in desperate need of offensive playmakers.
David Nelson (Jets @ Dolphins) – 6 foot 5 inch wide receiver David Nelson had a big game for the Jets this past week, as he caught two touchdown passes from Geno Smith during a victory over the Browns. The 27 year old Nelson certainly has a shot at making it on the Jets roster next season, as he has shown good chemistry with Geno Smith. Its unclear right now if Head Coach Rex Ryan will be around next season in New York, but the tall and athletic former Florida Gator David Nelson certainly deserves a chance.
Dwight Jones (Dynasty Stash) – Another Jet receiver to watch in deeper dynasty leagues is 6 foot 4 inch Dwight Jones. Jones is currently on the Jets practice squad and recently came back to the NFL after having some off the field issues these past couple of seasons. Jones showed plenty of talent and promise during his receiving career a few years ago at North Carolina, and has come back to the NFL and the Jets with a new attitude and mindset. The Jets could sure use a quality wide receiver going into next season, and I think Jones has a chance to stick around there and make an impact.
Jerrel Jernigan (Giants vs. Redskins) – With Victor Cruz out with an injury and the Giants just trying to finish their disappointing season, 3rd year slot receiver Jerrel Jernigan had a pretty big game with quarterback Eli Manning. Jernigan is small and quick, with nice ability to keep the chains moving. As we expect a few changes in the Giant offense this offseason, Jernigan is one to watch especially in dynasty leagues, as his role could increase especially if someone like Hakeem Nicks isn’t around next season.
Stedman Bailey (Rams @ Seahawks) – While fellow West Virginia rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin has obviously received quite a bit of spotlight in St. Louis this season, dynasty owners also need to remember teammate Stedman Bailey. Bailey was drafted a few rounds later than Tavon Austin, but is beginning to gain a larger role in the St. Louis offense, and led the team in targets this past week. Bailey could gain a much larger role for the Rams in 2014, as they really are in need of good receivers and playmakers.
Quinton Patton (49ers @ Cardinals) – Rookie Wide receiver Quinton Patton hasn’t seen much action this season in San Francisco and has been a bit buried on the depth chart behind the likes of Anquan Boldin and others. Patton has some nice dynasty upside however, as he is speedy and has game breaking ability, and I could see him getting a larger role in the 49er offense next season. Boldin is approaching his mid 30’s and Michael Crabtree has been injury prone, so Patton is someone to keep an eye on in dynasty leagues these next few years.
Gary Barnidge (Browns @ Steelers) – While the dynasty buzz has rightfully surrounded Browns Tight End Jordan Cameron this season, I think its also important to keep an eye on the Browns other tight end in Gary Barnidge. Barnidge is a 6 foot 5 tight end with strong athletic and leaping ability who has had some big catches, especially during times when Cameron has been out. Barnidge is a favorite of Head Coach Rob Chudzinski, as the two of them were together a season ago in Carolina, and could still play a good role in the future Browns offense, even if Jordan Cameron continues to breakout.
Gavin Escobar (Dynasty Stash) – While Tony Romo’s favorite target in Dallas has often been tight end Jason Witten, one tight end to look at in dynasty leagues is San Diego State rookie Gavin Escobar. Escobar is 6 foot 6 with tremendous reach and athleticism, and is also nearly 10 years younger than Jason Witten. Escobar is a nice hold especially in deeper dynasty leagues, as we could see him making a big leap in value at some point in 2014 or later.
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