by Joseph Viveros & Joshua Johnson

As we close the waiver column for the year we here at DFW want send a big thank you to Joseph Viveros for ringing the bell each and every week of the season. It is not an easy job putting up with me and my antsy expectations as editor. Joseph has earned his stripes and probably a few battle scars. This week we wanted to take a deep look at each of the positions and even touch on some not so enticing names. Please read thoroughly as we attempted to put aside popular opinions and see the positivity of what the future may hold. -Josh Johnson

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Who is Ryan Grant (14) and what can he do for you?

Quarterback

Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans – “Big Dollar Bust Alert.” We know we are crazy to even considering Osweiler for a roster spot at this point. Yet, Houston really has no copout, they are fiscally responsible and they will likely play him the majority of 2017. Cutting him now would basically put them over the salary cap for next season. So Osweiler will have a chance to redeem himself. Oh and guess what if he is not available in your league he will be dirty cheap on the trade market. Let’s say you get him for a 4th round pick surely you can wait until DeAndre Hopkins makes him look good once and sell him for 3rd round pick (but ask for a 2nd rounder first and settle for the 3rd).

Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos – Maybe he is Alex Smith 2.0 or maybe he is the second coming of Rich Gannon! Whatever he turns out to be at the very least we know he can win games. The former 7th round pick turned 24 on Monday and for now he is a pretty big bandage for an offense with some big holes. After what we have seen for 2016 1st rounder Paxton Lynch, Siemian is still safe barring a trade. Even if the Broncos bring in another QB, Siemian has shown well enough to merit attention from QB needy teams.

Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings – Teddy Bridgewater is a longways away from even considering physical activity. It is clear Bradford was not just a rental acquisition. Our guess is that Vikings wanted to be prepare for two full seasons without Teddy. There is also a real chance Teddy never plays again. If the latter is the case Bradford’s job is safe. When you consider where this team is at and how their defensive nucleas is gelling there will be a need for a veteran signal caller. Drafting a clueless rookie QB would not jive.

Bryce Petty, New York Jets – Oh yuck a Jets QB? More like double yuck. It’s a desperate stab but we would be surprised to find him available in deeper leagues. So if he is snatch him up then wait and see what happens. It is always nice to have that roster rounder who is a easy drop. He has gotten a taste just like Jake Delhomme did in New Orleans prior to his stunt in Carolina that found him making the Super Bowl. Okay allow us to peel back and get real. He is learning in a tough situation and city. He will likely remain in this league because he has starting experience. As lame as that sounds sometimes serviceable is start-able in a pinch. And any QB on waivers is not without their flaws. The recently suffered torn labrum means his attraction is severely less. Go ahead pick up those scraps.

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills – We have seen enough to know that Taylor can hold down the fort. He is likely not available in most leagues as he is a top 20 scorer on the season. This all depends on your format and scoring system. It seems asinine that the Bills would move on from him. Yet the speculation is real and if Rex Ryan gets the axe who knows what will happen. We would not be surprised if teams like San Francisco & Arizona showed interest. Also if Rex moves to another team he might want Tyrod to follow. He has over 3,000 passing yards and 17 TD passes on the season. Yet he has just eight turnovers. Considering he been without Sammy Watkins (six games played in) for a chunk of the season and Robert Woods who missed three games you have to think more is possible. In fact Tyrod and backup TE Nick O’Leary are the only Bills offense skills players to not miss time this season. Oh and by the way Tyrod has almost 600 rushing yards and six rushing TDs on the season.

Other QB Considerations:

Cody Kessler, Cleveland Browns – Upon drafting Kessler HC Hue Jackson said “Trust us, we have a plan” that should add weight to any draft throw.

Matt McGloin, Oakland Raiders – They already have the big name draftee in Connor Cook but if McGloin performs well or heaven forbid wins a playoff a game he could be the next Matt Flynn or Brock Osweiler?

RUNNING BACK

C.J. Prosise, Seattle Seahawks – Thomas Rawls has just not been able to stay healthy in his young career, and the Seattle backfield has been somewhat of a mixed bag all year. You can bet that the Seahawks are not satisfied with the status of the running game, and will likely find a way to revert back to their tried and true formula of a strong rushing attack. Prosise was the fourth overall running back taken in the 2016 draft out of Notre Dame, and despite most seeing him as a receiving back, he can absolutely be a feature back in the NFL, and an elite one at that. At 6’1” 220 Prosise has the athleticism and sensational playmaking ability to at some point serve the Seahawks in the capacity expected of a third round pick. Available in over 85% of leagues, see if Prosise is available to stash.

DeAndre Washington/Jalen Richard, Oakland Raiders  – Latavius Murray’s contract is good through 2016, so he and the Raiders may part ways at the end of the season. The latter has thus far out snapped Washington 226 to 220. With both Washington and Richard being very comparable in terms of athleticism, so it will definitely be a risk to speculate which of these two, if any will assume a starting role for the Raiders in 2017, and possibly beyond.
Paul Perkins, NYG – Rashad Jennings will be 32 in 2017, and it’s pretty clear that the Giants see Perkins, a 2016 fifth round pick, as a productive starter going forward. Perkins will hopefully finish his rookie campaign strong, as he recorded a team high 15 carries for 68 yards in week 16.

Travaris Cadet, New Orleans Saints – Who the bleep cares about this 27-year old limited weapon. The correct response is may “you” should. The soon to be free agent will be joined by teammate Tim Hightower and some tub of lard named Eddie Lacy on the open market. Who would you rather sign of those three. Hightower is 30 which is basically 40 in RB years and Lacy is full butter, sugar and probably second contract greed. We would not be surprised to see the Saints bring Cadet back. Rookie Daniel Lasco and kick returner Marcus Murphy just don’t have the chops to see four quarters of third down work yet. Cadet is a not a player you can pair with David Johnson or Zeke Elliott and think you are set. He is a supplement piece. A line of chalk the depth chart if you will. We all need a player like Cadet in a pinch rather than some sixth round rookie from North East Dakota Tech who runs 4.45 40 and sub seven second three cone time.

Other RB Considerations:

Darius Jackson, Cleveland Browns – Loads of talent, spend the year as an end of the roster dangler.

Zach Zenner, Detroit Lions – Post-NFL this small school stud plans on finishing his medical doctorate. He has shown well when featured.

WIDE RECEIVER

DeAndre Smelter, San Francisco 49ers – The 49ers are dealing with a decimated roster, not only is it thin in talent, but the team has 17 players on IR. That level of attrition would be insurmountable for any team to overcome, and it appears that many young players will get an opportunity to get some game action in the waning light of the 2016 season. Smelter is a second year player that had sustained a severe knee injury, and has been attempting to rehab from the devastating injury for most of his young career. If it were not for this injury, Smelter may very well have been a first round pick, so the pedigree is there, and the athleticism is world class. Smelter got on the field for the first time in 2016 in week 16, and hopefully if he continues to get healthy, he could be an exciting weapon in Chip Kelly’s offense.

Michael Floyd, New England Patriots  – The details surrounding Floyd’s arrest are troubling, but if you can set that aside and find a way to stash him you will likely be rewarded, because….well, Belichick.

Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins – Get this, Doctson scored 25 touchdowns in his last 23 college games. Additionally, he has all the physical traits that you look for in a star wideout, which is why Washington spent the 22nd overall pick on him in the 2016 NFL draft. Appearing in just two games in 2016, Doctson’s season was cut short by injury. I have no doubt that Doctson, if/when fully healthy, will be heavy utilized and successful in Jay Gruden’s offense.

Ryan Grant, Washington Redskins – The former Tulane Green Waver is in a curious position to succeed. Pierre Garçon and Desean Jackson are both free agents after week 17. Grant, Jamison Crowder and the aforementioned Doctson will be left to supply Jordan Reed insurance. Grant will be entering his fourth and final season of his rookie contract. Yes he has underachieved so far. His targets dipped from 43 in 2015 to just 19 so far in 2016. Yet do not write him off. The Redskins live and die with their three WR sets. Grant will have the snaps to be Terrence Williams to Crowder’s Cole Beasley. That loftily due to draft pedigree makes Doctson Dez Bryant. But you can bet Grant is not on the minds of future opposing defensive coordinators.

Other WR Considerations:

Albert Wilson, Kansas City Chiefs – He is free right now because he is being grossly outperformed by Tyreek Hill, Chris Conley and of course Jeremy Maclin. He has experience and at least 50 targets over the last two seasons.

Cobi Hamilton, Pittsburgh Steelers – Lost amongst the Markus Wheaton, Eli Rogers, Sammie Coates & Martavis Bryant mess this four year pro finally found a niche. #LateBloomer

Josh Huff, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – “Legal” troubles got him bounced from Philly but the Bucs are starved for a real on-the-field experienced running mate for Mike Evans. Huff fits the bill.

Tight End

Tyler Higbee/Temarrick Hemingway, Los Angeles Rams – If you have a need TE it’s likely one of these two fellas is available. With a new staff coming in veteran Lance Kendricks could be served his walking papers as he would be owned four million dollars next season. Thanks to some crafty contract construction he could be cut and it would cost the Rams nothing. Higbee was the better prospect than Hemingway but an off-field incident hurt his draft position. On 41% of the snaps Higbee has 32 targets and 11 receptions (he also scored his first career TD on Saturday.) With time he could be a very moveable piece within in a the offense and hopefully be a mismatch nightmare. Hemingway on the surface appears to be just a blocking TE but he should get every opportunity to prove he is something more during the next summer. He was clearly a gifted playmaker in college. He ran tuned crossing routes and was never afraid to lay out. He reminds us of a crossbreed between Trey Burton and Dennis Pitta.

Seth DeValve, Cleveland Browns – If Cleveland can keep this kid healthy there is no reason to think he cannot supersede Gary Barnidge’s best numbers. DeValve has some learning to do but if you think all of the 2017 Rookie TEs are going to better than him next season you are crazy. Sure the Browns are horrible but we already knew that. What do bad teams do? They throw more often than you sneak Christmas cookies. Barnidge will turn 32 next September and the Browns will eat less than two million dollars if they cut him in 2017 and just over 800,000 if the cut him 2018. Remember TEs take time to develop and getting in on the ground floor is cheap and satisfying.

Jerell Adams, New York Giants – Adams is a sleek field stretcher with a need for valuable experience. He stands a lethal 6-foot-5 compared to incumbent Willie Tye who just 6-foot-2. Not coincidentally Tye has seen his YPC crash from 11.0 in 2015 to a 7.9 in 2016. It seems the extra 20 pounds “or so” in Tye’s trunk is limiting his output. That and the fact the teams are prepared for him now. Tye is also on a one-year “prove it” deal which means he will be a free agent in mere weeks. Adams is in ideal situation considering he could be flanked by Sterling Shepard and some kid named Odell Beckham for life of his rookie contract.

Other TE Considerations:

A.J. Derby, Denver Broncos – He got he feet nice wet this year after mid-season trade.

Erik Swoope, Indianapolis Colts – Another potential matchup nightmare on an Antonio Gates-like path.