Thanksgiving 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
(Oh and don’t forget ITS THANKSGIVING! )
Matt Flynn (Packers @ Lions) – It seems like Matt Flynn has 9 lives as far as his NFL career goes in Green Bay. Flynn started out as a hot backup for Aaron Rodgers several years ago, and went on to subsequently lose starting quarterback jobs in Seattle and Oakland these past couple of seasons before bouncing around and landing back in Green Bay recently. For Aaron Rodgers dynasty owners, Flynn really should be the right handcuff to have, as he put up a good game this past week for the Packers while Aaron Rodgers was out and Scott Tolzien was ineffective. Flynn has a good chance at getting a few starts this season before Aaron Rodgers comes back, and Flynn had put up some big games in relief of Rodgers during his early days in Green Baby. Flynn is a real “Survivor” as far as his NFL and Green Bay career go.
Matt Scott (Dynasty Stash) – As the NFL season enters the home stretch, we’ve seen plenty of chaos as far as quarterback situations go, as some teams have now gone through multiple quarterbacks on the season. I’m a bit surprised that rookie quarterback Matt Scott out of the University of Arizona hasn’t gotten a shot on an NFL team right now, as I really liked his upside coming out of college, and think he still deserves a shot at some point. Dynasty owners with roster space might be wise to take a chance on Matt Scott, as I could see him getting a shot somewhere in the next couple of seasons. Here is my draft profile on Matt Scott from earlier this year before the NFL draft. http://dynastyfootballwarehouse.com/great-scott-quarterback-matt-scott-and-his-path-to-the-nfl-draft/
Brock Osweiler (Dynasty Stash) – While the Peyton Manning era doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon in Denver, it is important to remember that Manning is now in his late 30’s and can’t last forever. 6 foot 7 inch backup Brock Osweiler is someone to keep tabs on in Denver, as the former Arizona State product has the body frame and arm strength to project as a future starter in the NFL. Having Peyton Manning as a mentor in Denver these past couple of seasons could really help in Osweiler’s progress going forward. It still may be a little while before Peyton Manning decides to hang it up, but Oswelier makes for a real nice handcuff right now, as well as future franchise quarterback.
Mike Gillislee (Dolphins vs. Jets) – Rookie 5th round pick Mike Gillislee out of the University of Florida is expect to see a larger amount of touches in the Miami backfield going forward. Daniel Thomas has now been ruled out for the season by the Dolphins, and dynasty owners might be wise to take a flyer on the speedy rookie Mike Gillislee. Only Lamar Thomas remains ahead of Gillislee on the depth chart, and the Dolphins may want to see exactly what kind of back they have in the Florida rookie.
Benny Cunningham (Rams @ 49ers) – Fellow young running back Benny Cunningham put together a nice game this past week while Zac Stacy was sidelined due to injury this past week for the Rams. Cunningham is a former Middle Tennessee State product with good power and tackle breaking ability. While Stacy has certainly deserved the spotlight as of late, dynasty owners should keep a close eye on both Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham going forward.
Trent Richardson (HOLD) – Not a waiver wire add, but I wanted to take a moment to address Trent Richardson, as the Colts running back has disappointed fantasy owners who were once very excited and stunned that the Browns traded him to the Colts. My feeling on T-Rich is that owners simply need to hold on to him until we get to the 2014 season. By the start of next season T-Rich will have a full offseason and training camp to master the Colts offense, and you can bet that Colts management will do everything in their power to make the Richardson trade look like a winner for them. Expect the Colts to focus on T-Rich’s development and likely to improve the offensive line blocking him. While T-Rich may not end up being the “special” running back many of us had envisioned when he first was drafted by Cleveland, he can still bounce back and have a productive fantasy career with the Colts, and he will likely serve as a top goal line option for Indy as well. Knowing that T-Rich dynasty owners are likely getting some low ball offers, owners will have to “Hold On” to T-Rich until next season.
Dan “Boom” Herron (Colts vs. Titans) – In the meantime, the two leading rushers for the Colts this past week were quarterback Andrew Luck, and backup running back Dan “Boom” Herron out of Ohio State. Herron showed quite a bit of promise at OSU before scandals cut his college career short alongside quarterback Terrelle Pryor among others. Herron has the ability to be a 3 down feature back, and is one to monitor going forward, as the Colts may need to rely on “Boom” later this year if Trent Richardson and Donald Brown can’t be trusted.
Cierre Wood (Dynasty Stash) – The Patriots running back situation under Bill Belichick continues to be very hazy at best, as this past week saw Brandon Bolden being used as a feature back, while others in the backfield faced fumbling issues. Its anyone’s guess at this point who will emerge as the go-to back in New England for the stretch run, but one name to keep monitoring is practice squad back Cierre Wood. Wood was recently signed by the Pats just a few weeks ago, and the former Notre Dame back has the potential to make it as an every down NFL running back someday. With as frequently as Belichick seems to change feature backs in New England, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see Cierre Wood promoted and given a decent amount of carries before this season is over.
Justin Hunter (Titans @ Colts) – This past week, Titans rookie Wide receiver Justin Hunter had his best game as a pro with 6 catches for 109 yards. The local University of Tennessee product is starting to get more action and targets from Ryan Fitzpatrick in the Tennessee Titan offense. Hunter makes for a nice long-term dynasty add, as he continues to get more comfortable in the Tennessee offense going forward.
David Nelson (Jets vs. Dolphins) – Despite suffering a tough loss this past week to the Baltimore Ravens, Jets wide receiver David Nelson received the most targets from quarterback Geno Smith. The Jets offense has certainly been struggling, but former University of Florida product David Nelson is intriguing to watch going forward. Nelson has very good hands and good height for a wide receiver, providing for a nice safety valve for Geno Smith to target going forward.
Brian Tyms (Browns vs. Jaguars) – An early season contender status for the Cleveland Browns has now faded back into typical “next year” mode. With an eye on next year and beyond, one receiver to monitor in dynasty leagues is recent signee Brian Tyms. Tyms is a tall and quick receiver out of small school Florida A and M, who could be getting more NFL action and targets as the year comes to an end. It is clear that the Browns offense needs more playmakers outside of Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, as they can’t throw it to Josh Gordon on every play can they? (Well actually maybe they can, as Gordon had another monster game with the two headed monster of Campbell/Weeden throwing to him, but Brian Tyms can still be a dynasty flyer to watch).
Nick Kasa (Raiders @ Cowboys)- While the Raiders offense is still a work in progress right now, one position that is definitely up for grabs is the franchise tight end position. Tight End Mychal Rivera suffered an injury this past week for the Raiders leaving only Jeron Mastrud and rookie Nick Kasa as active tight ends. Kasa is an athletic tight end out of Colorado who converted to Tight End a year ago after playing defensive end through most of college. Kasa has tremendous speed for a Tight End, and should be monitored especially in deeper dynasty leagues as he continues to learn the tight end position on a team like the Raiders, who don’t have too many options there.
Tim Wright (Bucs @ Panthers) – While fellow Rutgers product Tiquan Underwood put together a big game for the resurgent Greg Schiano Bucs this past weekend, it is important to remember that tight end Tim Wright easily led the Bucs in Mike Glennon targets. While its still not clear if Greg Schiano will survive past this season, it is important to keep tabs on Tiquan Underwood and the 23 year old Tim Wright, who is a speedy tight end/receiver that Greg Schiano has been able to trust going back to his days at Rutgers just a few years ago. As long as Schiano is in Tampa Bay, there will likely be a good amount of former Rutgers Scarlet Knights making an impact there.
Virgil Green (Broncos @ Chiefs) – An injury scratch to breakout starting tight end Julius Thomas gave backup tight end Virgil Green a start this past week for the Denver Broncos. Green is a 6 foot 5 product out of Nevada, who also has high dynasty upside in addition to Julius Thomas. Considering that the Broncos and Peyton Manning often utilize multiple tight ends in their offense, Virgil Green makes for a nice stash for dynasty owners going forward.
Ladarius Green (Chargers vs. Bengals) – We mentioned Ladarius Green as a good stash for dynasty owners looking for a developmental tight end, but the Chargers tight end had a big game this past week in a win over the Chiefs. Green is tall and athletic, and could very well be passing Antonio Gates on the Chargers tight end depth chart sooner rather than later. Green I’m sure has already benefitted from learning from and working with Antonio Gates, and clearly represents the future of the tight end position in San Diego.
Bills Defense (vs. Falcons) – The Falcons have amazingly continued their 2013 freefall, which could very well lead them to a top 5 draft pick in the upcoming NFL draft. I like the Buffalo defense this week, as they are coming off their bye week, and are playing a Falcons offense ready to play out their remaining schedule and start the offseason soon.
Jaguars @ Browns and Browns vs. Jaguars – I expect this week’s Jacksonville Cleveland game to be a low scoring defensive battle that CBS will NOT be sending its #1 announcing team to see! I expect a bounce back week for the Cleveland defense as Chad Henne and the Jags aren’t known for performing in cold weather. I like the Jags defense against the Browns here, as they just shut down the Texans this past week, and will be facing none other than Brandon Weeden this week in Cleveland. Low scoring, turnovers, and SNOW could be in the forecast this week in Cleveland!!!
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