Every week we’ll take a look at players that could be future waiver wire darlings in the coming weeks. Our goal is to identify the players that are trending in the right direction and have a possible opportunity for increased playing time in the very near future. It’s always hard to grab guys after they’ve broken out, so if you have the roster space you might want to give some of these guys a shot before it’s too late. This column is also a good opportunity to showcase one of the all time great shows in television history, HBO’S “The Wire”.
A few quick notes on this column
1. We are focusing mainly on dynasty value when we recommend these players, although some could certainly work as popular pickups in Redraft and Keeper Leagues as well.
2. We are once again trying to predict future value, looking to see whose value could rise within the next few weeks or months, with the Waiver Wire in mind.
3. Each league is different, so don’t think you have to go and add all these players listed, but they are at least worth monitoring, especially if you have roster space.
4. 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.
Tarvaris Jackson @ San Francisco – To no surprise Ryan Fitzpatrick is having another up and down season for the Bills. He has been known for late season collapses as well. Just when you think his career is dead, Tarvaris Jackson has been resurrected as a backup quarterback in Buffalo. It is becoming pretty clear that Fitzpatrick isn’t the long term answer in Buffalo and it certainly wouldn’t be surprising to see the journeyman Tarvaris Jackson getting a shot at some point for the Bills this season.
Rusty Smith @ Minnesota - Jake Locker suffered yet another injury this past week for the Titans and could be out for several weeks. 37 year old Matt Hasselbeck is currently listed as the starter if Locker needs to miss time. I wouldn’t be surprised if the struggling Titans give 25 year old Rusty Smith a shot here. Especially since Hasselbeck is nearing the end of his career.
Geno Smith @ Texas – We normally don’t bring up college players here in this column, but when a college quarterback and Heisman candidate throws for 8 TDs and nearly 700 yards in a game we have to take notice. Geno Smith could be the draft riser that RG3 was at this point last year and could very well become a high pick in dynasty rookie drafts next year. Smith is scheduled to visit Texas in prime time this week and is certainly worth keeping an eye on.
Robert Turbin @ Carolina – Whether it is through injury or an off the field incident, Marshawn Lynch is always a risk to miss time one way or another. Rookie Robert Turbin certainly serves as an excellent handcuff and stash for dynasty owners.
Shane Vereen vs. Denver – There is no doubt that Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden have looked nice, but Bill Belichick has shown “Shanahan-like” tendencies when handling running backs in his offense. Hence, it certainly wouldn’t be surprising to see Shane Vereen getting a chance sometime later on this season. Vereen is the highest drafted Patriots running back since the infamous Laurence Maroney and is certainly someone to keep in mind on the dynasty radar.
Javon Ringer @ Minnesota - Chris Johnson finally turned in a strong performance for the Titans last week, but it is important to note that backup Javon Ringer was playing in his first game this year as well. Chances are that Johnson will struggle again soon and Ringer is now ready to step in and play a much larger role in the Titans offense.
William Powell @ St. Louis – Surprise!!! Beanie Wells is injured again, and the “Beanie baby” era may be ending soon in the desert. Ryan Williams has looked sharp in the absence of Wells, but has his own injury history worth monitoring. Preseason star William Powell may be getting a shot at becoming a regular season star sometime soon.
James Casey @ N.Y Jets – A versatile player officially listed as a fullback, James Casey has shown that he can be a valuable weapon in the Houston offense. Casey has been targeted by quarterback Matt Schaub quite a bit recently as he has become a much larger factor in what has become a powerful Houston offense.
Jonathan Grimes vs. Houston - The Jets and “Gang Greene” continue to sport a very mediocre running game and Jonathan Grimes was recently signed by the Jets last week to add running back depth. Grimes, much like teammate Bilal Powell, should be someone worth monitoring as the Greene era may be coming to an end sooner rather than later.
Rick Grimes vs. Zombies - This is a plug and friendly reminder that one of the best shows on television called “The Walking Dead” returns later this month. Officer Grimes and the gang have killed hundreds of zombies by this point as the battle against the zombie apocalypse continues!!
Travis Benjamin @ N.Y. Giants – The battle for the coveted title of “Browns #1 Receiver” is ongoing at this point, but Travis Benjamin has certainly shown flashes of potential in a short amount of time. An injury to Josh Cribbs could also open up more touches for Benjamin on special teams as he definitely has elite speed. In Cleveland, it’s all about the Benjamins, baby!!
Davone Bess @ Cincinnati – There is no doubt that Brian Hartline is the true king of South Beach right now, but it’s important to remember that Davone Bess has received a large amount of targets in the young Miami offense. Defenses will start to key in more on Hartline at this point, which could give Bess and the rest of the young Miami receivers much more opportunity.
Chaz Schilens vs. Houston – Say it ain’t so, Santonio!!! Top Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes is now dealing with a potentially serious injury leaving the door open for other Jets receivers to get more targets. Super sleeper Chaz Schilens picked up the pace last week when Santonio went down and could be seeing quite few more targets for the Jets in the near future.
Armon Binns vs. Miami – The new “OchoCinco” in the Bengals offense, Armon Binns has been steadily gaining attention and targets from Andy Dalton and the Bengal offense. Binns, who is just in his second year and is only 23 years old, has an excellent opportunity to solidify the Bengals #2 wide receiver position this year.
Devier Posey – Dynasty Stash – This 3rd round pick from the Texans started off slow this preseason like many rookies do. He also missed most of last season while being suspended at Ohio State. Before last year’s suspension many felt that Posey could’ve gone a lot higher in the NFL draft than the 3rd round. Owners need to be patient with Posey as he has plenty of talent but is in the process of shaking off the rust and adjusting to life in the NFL.
Heath Miller vs. Philadelphia – With the depth at the tight end position overall, Heath Miller still finds himself on the waiver wire in many leagues. Miller serves as an excellent bye-week fill in at tight end and is always a favorite red zone target for Ben Roethlisberger. He has continuously shown an ability to score touchdowns.
Dorin Dickerson @ San Francisco – The Bills have been hit pretty hard with injuries this season and starting tight end Scott Chandler is the latest to suffer injury woes. Dorin Dickerson is expected to receive a larger amount of targets in the Bills offense. Especially with the possibility of Chandler missing time.
Packers Defense @ Indianapolis – Despite quite a few wins these past few years the Packers haven’t been known for their defense. I expect Green Bay’s offense to jump on the Colts early and could definitely see their defense getting some points while Andrew Luck and the Colts try to catch up with them.
Vikings Defense vs. Tennessee - Hey why not? Tennessee has issues with their entire offense so a trip into a noisy dome in Minnesota could be very troubling for the young Jake Locker and the Titans non-existent running game.
Greg Zuerlien… (Yes we’re including a KICKER in here!) vs. Arizona - Rams rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein is a perfect 12 for 12 on Field Goals this season with already 8 field goals of 40 yards or more and 3 field goals of 50 yards or more. Many reports indicate that Zuerliein has the leg to kick field goals of 60 plus yards and he plays in friendly dome conditions every week. As far as kickers go, Zuerlein looks like an excellent dynasty pickup going forward.
About Last Week
A dismal Jets performance from Mark Sanchez and Shonn Greene has moved waiver favorites Tim Tebow and Bilal Powell quite a bit closer to fantasy relevance. They both could play a bigger role in the Jets’ offense this week.
The desert magic of Andre Roberts and Kevin Kolb continues to amaze. The Cardinals D wasn’t as great of a play as we thought after seeing them get “Hartlined” this past week.
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