Halloween 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.
Wednesday Warehouse Waiver WIRE
Kirk Cousins (Redskins vs. Chargers) – Savvy RG3 owners realize at this point that Kirk Cousins is the appropriate “handcuff” for the Redskins quarterback due to RG3’s durability issues, but it is also becoming more and more of a possibility that Kirk Cousins could be given a shot at a starting NFL quarterback gig especially if Washington decides to trade him at some point. Cousins has performed admirably in relief of RG3 before, and the Michigan State product could be getting his big chance in the NFL earlier than most people may expect.
Matt Barkley (Eagles @ Raiders) – While the Eagles continue to sort out their long term quarterback situation, the name to watch right now is rookie Matt Barkley. Barkley has now played in a couple of games this season, and could be getting a longer look at the season continues, and especially if the Eagles fall out of contention. It wasn’t that long ago when Barkley was considered to be a high level quarterback prospect with first or second round NFL draft potential, perhaps Chip Kelly and the Eagles can be the ones to really develop Barkley into a legitimate NFL quarterback.
Austin Davis (Rams vs. Titans) – The Rams quarterback situation has bottomed out right now, as starter Sam Bradford is out for the year, Kellen Clemens is still a bad quarterback, Brett Favre said NO, and Brady Quinn said YES to the Rams! One name to watch is undrafted former Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis, who could be getting a chance to start for the Rams at some point this season. Davis is only 24 years old, and certainly carries much more dynasty upside than both Brady Quinn and Kellen Clemens do, and could be worth a flyer in deeper leagues.
Zac Dysert (Dynasty Stash) – While the QB situation is obviously real smooth in Denver with future hall of famer Peyton Manning leading the way and capable backup Brock Osweiler in the mix, one name to keep a dynasty eye on is rookie quarterback Zac Dysert. Dysert is a former Miami (Ohio) standout quarterback who ended up breaking several of Ben Roethlisberger’s passing records at Miami. Dysert at the very least is getting a chance to be mentored by Peyton Manning, even if he’s not yet ready to be an NFL starting quarterback. Check out my column on Zac Dysert written earlier this year before the NFL draft took place. http://dynastyfootballwarehouse.com/zac-attack-who-is-zac-dysert/
CJ Anderson (Dynasty Stash) – CJ Anderson, an undrafted rookie running back out of Cal made his NFL debut for the Broncos this past week in place of the deactivated Ronnie Hillman. Anderson carried a heavy load as a work horse running back during his college days, and could see more action for the Broncos as this year goes on. Despite Denver having a rather crowded backfield, I think Anderson is worth a flyer especially in deeper dynasty leagues, as running back situations are always very fluid, and its very clear that in the dynasty community “Somebody’s always watching” a player like CJ Anderson.
Bobby Rainey (Bucs @ Seahawks) – 26 year old running back Bobby Rainey was actually featured in this column as a member of the Cleveland Browns just a few weeks ago. Rainey recently was placed on waivers by the Browns and just picked up by the Bucs. The Bucs running game is a quite a mess right now with Doug Martin injured and Mike James getting off to a slow start, there is certainly a chance for someone like Rainey to enter into the mix for more carries in Tampa Bay, plus Rainey also has quality pass catching ability.
Fozzy Whittaker (Browns vs. Ravens) – We first mentioned “Fozzy the Bear” in this column last week, and the new browns running back responded with his first touchdown as a Cleveland Brown! With the Browns running game and the aging Willis McGahee in need of a boost, look for Fozzy to get more action in the running and receiving game for Cleveland going forward.
Dan “Boom” Herron (Colts @ Texans) – While the talk early on in Indianapolis this season has focused on the lackluster results of new running back Trent Richardson, and how fellow running back Donald Brown has outplayed him, one name to keep an eye on is former Ohio State running back Dan “Boom” Herron. Herron had a nice career at Ohio State, but unfortunately his NFL value took a hit during the scandal that ended the Jim Tressel/Terrelle Pryor era at OSU. Herron makes for a bold dynasty stash, as he has the upside to possibly make it as a starting NFL running back at some point, even if it may not be with the Indianapolis Colts. If T-Rich continues to struggle, Herron could get into the mix for carries in addition to Donald Brown.
Ted Ginn Jr. (Panthers vs. Falcons) – The speedy 28 year old Ted Ginn Jr. has provided a nice deep threat option for quarterback Cam Newton as of late, and the Panthers may finally be tapping into Ginn’s potential as a receiver, and not just a speedy return specialist. The former Buckeye wide receiver has stepped up into a larger role with the Panthers lately, and his role could continue to increase as Steve Smith’s role will likely diminish as Smith is now 34 years old.
Tiquan Underwood (Bucs @ Seahawks) – Its getting to the point where most of the Tampa Bay position players are waiver wire options right now, as there are several big injuries, the team is very bad, and Greg Schiano’s Pirate Ship is sinking!! Another loss this week was starting WR Mike Williams for the season, meaning (you guessed it) a former Rutgers product in Tiquan Underwood is expected to see a larger role going forward. Underwood is a good add however, considering that the Bucs will have to throw quite a bit the rest of the way just to stay competitive, and he should be getting full time work for the Bucs for the rest of this season.
Rishard Matthews (Dolphins vs. Bengals) – The Dolphins got bad news this week at starting WR Brandon Gibson is expected to miss the rest of the 2013 season, opening up a likely spot for another Dolphins receiver in Rishard Matthews. Matthews is a speedy 24 year old receiver out of Nevada with a strong vertical receiving game, he simply had been held back this season due to the Dolphins signing big free agents Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson at the WR position. Matthews could put up a “Thriller” of a game this Halloween night against the Bengals.
Armanti Edwards (Browns vs. Ravens) – Most people remember Armanti Edwards as the former Appalachian State quarterback who shocked Michigan several years ago. In the NFL, Edwards has tried multiple positions while with the Carolina Panthers, working as a running back, receiver, and returner. Edwards was just signed by the Browns and the player has ties to Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski, as the two were both together in Carolina last season. With the Browns in big need of playmakers and receiving threats, Edwards could be worth a flyer for dynasty owners in deeper leagues.
Marquise Goodwin (Bills vs. Chiefs) – Marquise Goodwin, a rookie deep threat wide receiver out of Texas, has really been starting to make progress in the Bills offense this season. I expect Goodwin to continue to make progress here, and he will eventually get a boost when EJ Manuel returns to the lineup, as Manuel and Goodwin had developed good chemistry this past offseason. With Stevie Johnson getting most of the attention from opposing defensive backs, look for Goodwin to get more targets coming his way as the year goes on.
Tim Wright (Bucs @ Seahawks) – Tim Wright, an undrafted tight end out of Rutgers has been emerging as of late as one of the top options for Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon. Wright obviously also has favor with head coach Greg Schiano as Wright played for Schiano back at Rutgers. Even if Schiano doesn’t last much longer for the Bucs as he seems to have turned into a zombie at this point, Wright is worth a look at the tight end position, especially in deeper dynasty leagues.
Zac Sudfeld (Jets vs. Saints) – The 24 year old Zac Sudfeld was expected to make an impact in New England early this season when the team lost both Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez at the tight end position in the offseason. Sudfeld didn’t get much of a chance in New England and was recently claimed off waivers by the Jets. Sudfeld flashed good receiving skills in the preseason while with the Patriots, and has very little competition at the tight end position in New York, with only Kellen Winslow II and Jeff Cumberland on the roster. Sudfeld is worth a flyer in deeper dynasty leagues for sure!
Raiders Defense (vs. Eagles) – With several teams on bye week this week, it might be a good idea to take a flyer on the Raiders D vs. The Eagles this week. The Raiders D performed well last week against the Steelers, and the Eagles will likely start rookie Matt Barkley on the road in the Black Hole this week, where Barkley and the Eagles offense could be very susceptible to turnovers, and a “Black Parade” of Raiders defenders!
Cowboys Defense (vs. Vikings) – This past week was obviously a bad one for the Cowboys D, as they got torched for over 300 yards from Lions Wide receiver Calvin Johnson! The good news for the Cowboys, is that they host the Vikings this week, and either Christian Ponder or Josh Freeman could be starting. Ponder has been having a really rough time as of late, and I don’t expect things to get better with a road trip to “Big D”.
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