Wednesday Warehouse Waiver 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
Terrelle Pryor (Dynasty Stash) – As the season winds down it appears that the Raiders will roll with Matt McGloin over Terrelle Pryor as the team’s starting quarterback from this point on. McGloin has been very solid for Oakland, but Pryor I think still has a future in Oakland even if it isn’t at quarterback. The 6 foot 6 former Ohio State Quarterback has demonstrated elite speed and athleticism throughout his career, and I think it may be time for Pryor to switch positions. I always felt that Pryor could be really special in the NFL as a tight end or wide receiver, as he has shown receiving skills going back to his days at OSU. A tall athletic player with blazing speed like Pryor has could end up being quite scary as an NFL tight end if both he and the Raiders pull the trigger and make the switch.
Kirk Cousins (Redskins @ Falcons) – The Redskins would be wise at this point to shut RG3 down for the season and give Kirk Cousins a few starts to finish the season. The Redskins need to protect the long-term health of RG3, while at the same time this could be a chance to showcase Kirk Cousins as possible trade bait. As part of the RG3 trade over a year ago, the Redskins will likely give the Rams a top 5 pick in the 2014 NFL draft, showcasing and trading someone like Kirk Cousins could at least get the team to acquire a draft pick or two to help the team in the long run. Dynasty owners would be wise to try to buy Kirk Cousins as he is a strong candidate to be a starter somewhere in the NFL in 2014 or later.
Ryan Mallett (Dynasty Stash) – While we are talking about quarterbacks that could end up as starters in 2014, one name to remember is Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett. Mallet is the tall strong armed quarterback out of Arkansas who has backed up Tom Brady these past couple of seasons. Mallett is a strong trade candidate this offseason as the Patriots may want to cash in on Mallett, as he certainly looks like he could make it as an NFL starter assuming that they trust Tom Brady to last a few more years overall.
Toby Gerhart (Vikings vs. Eagles) – Adrian Peterson suffered another injury this past week for the Vikes in a crushing loss to the Ravens. Luckily it appears that Peterson has avoided any real serious injuries at this time, but the Vikings know they need to be careful with their franchise back. This could be a good opportunity for Toby Gerhart to get a few starts and a good amount of carries as the Vikings play out the string, giving him a chance to show teams if he can be a starting running back in this league. Three games remain for the Vikings this year, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Gerhart getting a starting role and/or a heavy amount of carries in these remaining games.
Jordan Todman (Jaguars vs. Bills) – We’ve mentioned the speedy former Connecticut running back Jordan Todman a few times in this column thus far, but he may be getting the best opportunity of his career these next few weeks. Maurice Jones-Drew is battling injuries right now, and the Jags would probably be best to just shut down MJD as he approaches free agency this offseason. Hopefully Jordan Todman gets a large amount of carries these final weeks as the Jags try to evaluate if he can make it as an NFL featured back at some point. Todman needs to realize that “while you see a chance” to “take it”!!!
Kenjon Barner (Panthers vs. Jets) – Running back Jonathan Stewart suffered a serious knee injury this past week for the Panthers, officially ending his season. Starting running back Deangelo Williams is now 30 years old, and all of the sudden the Panthers aren’t as deep at the running back position as we thought they were. Speedy 24 year old former Oregon Running Back Kenjon Barner could get a larger role in the Carolina offense going forward, and the Panthers may want to see exactly what they have in the former Duck running back, and how he fits in to the future of the Carolina Panthers.
Mike Gillislee (Dolphins vs. Patriots) – We mentioned former University of Florida rookie running back Mike Gillislee in this column a few weeks ago, but it’s worth mentioning him again especially in deeper dynasty leagues. The 23 year old speedster may not get too many carries for the suddenly contending Dolphins this season, but he’s certainly one to watch going forward in 2014, and I could certainly see Gillislee moving ahead of Daniel Thomas and others on the Dolphins depth chart.
Da’Rick Rogers (Colts vs. Texans) – We’ve been high on Da’Rick Rogers for quite awhile now as he has been seen as an exceptional talent with some character red flags since this past year’s NFL draft. Rogers has bounced around to a couple of teams already, but is now getting a chance with Andrew Luck and the Colts. Rogers had a breakout game this past week against the Bengals, and is certainly worth a high priority add in dynasty league where he isn’t already owned.
Austin Collie (Patriots @ Dolphins) – Talent was never an issue for Austin Collie, as he made a living for several years as Peyton Manning’s favorite slot receiver back in his days playing for the Colts. Injuries ended up catching up to the 28 year old Collie, as the receiver has sustained multiple concussions among other serious ailments. Collie was recently signed by the Patriots for wide receiver depth earlier this year, but didn’t get much action. Now that Rob Gronkowski is out for the season and other Patriots receivers are battling injuries, this could end up being the right opportunity for Collie to get back in the mix for targets from his new quarterback Tom Brady. If Collie can stay healthy and get back into the mix in New England, he could be a nice waiver wire add in any format.
A.J. Jenkins (Dynasty Stash) – You may remember A.J. Jenkins as part of an infamous “change of scenery” trade from this offseason when the 49ers traded Jenkins to the Chiefs in exchange for the equally disappointing Jon Baldwin. Jenkins is just in his 2nd year out of the University of Illinois, and is starting to get more and more action in the Kansas City offense. With the Chiefs in contention this season you may not see a lot of Jenkins with critical games going up, but going forward in 2014 and beyond, I can see Jenkins gaining a much larger role with the Chiefs in the future. Remember that A.J. Jenkins was seen as a bit of a project when he was drafted just over a year ago, and we’ve seen plenty of good wide receivers who didn’t make a splash in the NFL right away. Jenkins is also very raw young, and we can each remember our struggles “when we were young”.
Michael Preston (Titans vs. Cardinals) – The Titans recently promoted receiver Michael Preston from the practice squad, and he played this past week against the Broncos. Preston is only 24 years old, and is very tall and has big play ability. Preston came from tiny Heidelberg College in Ohio, so it was tough for the guy to get too much attention when he entered the NFL this past year. Preston makes for a nice stash in deeper dynasty leagues, as the future of the Titans wide receiver corps is hard to predict.
Quinton Patton (49ers @ Bucs) – Rookie wide receiver Quinton Patton out of Louisiana Tech is a nice receiver to monitor in dynasty leagues from this point on. Patton has excellent hands, and really impressed Jim Harbaugh and Colin Kaepernick in his rookie training camp and preseason. Anquan Boldin is having an excellent season in San Francisco but is approaching his mid 30’s, and a young receiver like Patton could end up taking over Boldin’s role in the offense sometime in the next few years alongside Michael Crabtree.
Luke WILLSON (Seahawks @ Giants) – A few weeks ago I included Luke Willson in our column and mistakenly spelled his name “Wilson”, much like the actor Luke Wilson, but luckily Luke WILLSON is developing a name for himself with the Seattle Seahawks. The tall athletic rookie tight end out of Rice makes for a very appealing dynasty buy at this time, as the 23 year old WILLSON is a tough matchup for opposing linebackers and the Seahawks are in need of playmakers at the receiver/ tight end position.
Rob Gronkowski (Hold) – Things aren’t looking good for Patriots franchise starting tight end Rob Gronkowski, as he just suffered torn ligaments in his knee, ending his 2013 season. Gronk now has an extensive injury history, and the injuries will eventually add up and bring down his dynasty value. I’m sure other owners are making some pretty lowball offers right now for Gronk, and at this point I recommend that dynasty owners hold on to Gronk, as I bet many of the trade offers just simply aren’t worth it, and its better at this point to roll the dice and hold onto Gronk and see how he can recover, rather than selling him low. It wasn’t that long ago that Gronk was seen as a top 3 dynasty tight end, and I recommend that owners keep holding on to him, rather than taking an offer of a lower level rookie draft pick for example. I also cannot recommend any tight end on the Patriots current roster, and keep in mind that Aaron Hernandez is still in jail awaiting a murder trial. Keep the faith in Gronk, we’re holding on to you!!
Brandon Bostick (Dynasty Stash) – Packers backup tight end Brandon Bostick is a former basketball player turned tight end out of tiny Newberry College. Bostick is only 24 years old and has shown excellent athletic talent and leaping ability for the Packers during his short time there. With the health of franchise tight end Jermichael Finley remaining very up in the air, Bostick makes for a nice tight end to monitor in dynasty leagues looking ahead to 2014 and beyond. In recent years we’ve seen several former basketball players surprise everyone and make it big as an NFL tight end, and Brandon Bostick quite possibly could end up joining everyone on this particular list.
Falcons Defense (vs. Redskins) – Its been a really rough year for both of these franchises to say the least after both were NFC playoff teams last year. I like the Falcons D this week, as the wheels have really seemed to come off for Mike Shanahan, RG3, and the Redskins in general. Reports are now surfacing that Shanahan may be on his was out of Washington at the end of the season, and the Redskins will now be giving the St. Louis Rams a very high 2014 draft pick as part of the RG3 trade a couple of years ago.
Jaguars Defense (vs. Bills) – The Jags continue to surprise many with their improved play over the past few weeks, and they entertain a Bills team this week who was just shut down by the Tampa Bay Bucs. Last week we used the “YOLO” logic when recommending the Jaguars Defense, and we’ll do it again this week! YOLO!!!
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