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
Drew Stanton (Cardinals @ Seahawks) – While its possible that the injured Carson Palmer may start for Arizona this week, backup Drew Stanton is someone to keep an eye on going forward. Stanton has served as a career backup, yet many still feel that he has what it takes to make it as an NFL starter if given the opportunity. Carson Palmer has battled injuries throughout his career and will be turning 34 years old soon, so someone like Drew Stanton could find himself starting in Arizona sooner than you think, Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians has repeatedly stated that Stanton definitely has what it takes to be an NFL starting quarterback.
Kirk Cousins (Redskins vs. Cowboys) – At this point you probably won’t see Kirk Cousins on too many waiver wires but he’s worth mentioning here one more time in this column as Cousins came off the bench this past week and had another very impressive game in relief of RG3. Cousins holds value as a necessary handcuff for RG3 owners of course, but Cousins also remains a strong candidate to start for another NFL team at some point if he gets traded. The 2nd year Michigan State product has done nothing but impress each time he’s played in relief of RG3 these past two seasons.
Josh McCown (HOLD) – Jay Cutler started off a bit rusty, but rallied for a big win over the Browns this past week as he returned after missing several games. Backup quarterback Josh McCown seemed to exceed expectations in Cutler’s absence, as McCown’s production left many wondering if Cutler should still be starting over McCown in the first place. Chicago has a big decision to make this offseason regarding both quarterbacks, but McCown’s play at the very least has prompted Bears management to discuss the possibility of letting Jay Cutler leave and starting McCown next season. McCown is older as he’s approaching his mid 30’s but seemed to play like he was in his prime these past few weeks, and he seems to be very comfortable running Marc Trestman’s offense. Keep McCown on the radar this offseason, as you just might be able to “Start him Up” sometime in 2014.
Matt Asiata (Vikings @ Bengals) – On a very rare day when both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart were out with injury, Matt Asiata carried the ball for the Vikings this past week with lots of power and totaled 3 touchdowns. The 26 year old Asiata isn’t as young as you’d like to see in dynasty leagues, but could step in from this point forward as being the handcuff for Adrian Peterson owners. Toby Gerhart is a free agent and could very well leave this offseason, and Peterson will be 29 years old next season, so a good handcuff like Asiata with touchdown scoring ability could end up being very valuable for both the Vikings and dynasty owners.
Edwin Baker (Browns @ Jets) – One running back to keep an eye on these last few weeks of the season is Cleveland’s recent signee Edwin Baker. Baker is in his 2nd year out of Michigan State, and unfortunately became a backup there with Le’Veon Bell emerging for the Spartans. Baker still has breakaway speed and the body type to make in as an NFL back, and he certainly could be worth a look for dynasty owners going forward. The Browns don’t have too many options in their current backfield as far as dynasty owners are concerned, it might be worth a shot for owners to go ahead and take a ride on “Baker Street”.
Jordan Todman (Jaguars vs. Titans) – We’ve mentioned former Connecticut running back Jordan Todman several times in our column now, as he’s been given a shot to produce in Jacksonville while Maurice Jones-Drew has been out. Todman had a real nice game last week totaling over 100 yards for the Jags, and its certainly possible that he could open up the 2014 season as the Jags starting running back. Dynasty owners should take a chance on both Todman, and Denard Robinson at this point, as both could end up being key contributors if not starters come next year in Jacksonville.
Khiry Robinson (Dynasty Stash) – Small school running back and West Texas A and M product Khiry Robinson remains a good name for dynasty owners to keep an eye on as the New Orleans Saints head into the offseason. Former 1st round pick Mark Ingram has disappointed his entire time in New Orleans, and both Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas are getting older with quite a bit of mileage at this point. Robinson has shown a nice mix of power and speed during his limited time with the Saints, and could be getting a much larger or starting role in the Saints offense sometime in 2014 or later.
Griff Whalen (Colts @ Chiefs) – Griff Whalen, a former Stanford teammate of Andrew Luck’s was recently promoted from the Colts practice squad and saw some action last week in a victory over the Texans. Whalen is a slot receiver with good hands, and was a favorite target of Andrew Luck going back to college. The strong connection with Luck should keep Whalen on the radar in Indianapolis, and for dynasty owners as Whalen is only 23 years old.
Jaron Brown (Cardinals @ Seahawks) – Stud Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald is battling injuries this week, and may need to miss time as the season winds down. One receiver in Arizona for dynasty owners to watch is undrafted rookie receiver Jaron Brown. Brown went undrafted out of Clemson this past offseason, but was given a chance with the Cards and really impressed Head Coach Bruce Arians during training camp, and has been given some more playing time as the team continues to gain trust in him. There is uncertainty regarding Larry Fitzgerald’s future in Arizona, and someone like Brown could see his role in the offense get even larger if Fitz is moved in the offseason. Even if Fitz stays in Arizona long-term, someone like Brown could still have a valuable role in Arizona’s offense.
Rueben Randle (Giants @ Lions) – The season is about to come to an end for the Giants, and Eli Manning seems to love to complete passes to cornerbacks, safeties, and linebackers as of late, but one wide receiver that should get a boost going forward is 2nd year wide receiver Rueben Randle. Randle has displayed some really good raw talent and playmaking ability going back to his college days at LSU, and should get an increased role in the Giants offense with Victor Cruz likely out with an injury. Randle has a chance to make it as a big play receiver for the Giants for years to come, and with the way the Giants are, we could easily see the team bounce back for another deep playoff run come next year.
Ace Sanders (Jaguars vs. Titans) – These final two weeks could end up being very important for rookie Jacksonville receiver Ace Sanders. Sanders is a speedy former South Carolina receiver who will likely be getting a look as the #1 receiver for the Jags these final two weeks, with Justin Blackmon and now Cecil Shorts sidelined for the season. Jacksonville is expected to make a big time upgrade at quarterback in this coming NFL draft, likely boosting the value of Ace Sanders and the rest of the Jags receiving corps in the future.
Cory Harkey (Rams vs. Bucs) – The Rams like to spread the ball around quite a bit in their offense, as they look to find playmakers to help them in the long term. This past week tight end/fullback Cory Harkey was targeted several times from quarterback Kellen Clemens with a bit of success. Harkey is a 6 foot 5 former UCLA tight end with good hands and long reach. Harkey is also only 23 years old, and may be eligible as both a tight end and running back in some fantasy leagues so he is worth monitoring, as he may become the rare fullback who becomes relevant in a team’s passing game.
Ryan Griffin (Texans vs. Broncos) – 6 foot 6 former Connecticut tight end Ryan Griffin led the Texans in receiving this past week, filling in for the injured Garrett Graham. The 23 year old Griffin makes for a nice stash in deeper dynasty leagues, as Griffin has shown some flashes of becoming a franchise tight end in Houston. Griffin certainly has the skill set to make it big as a tight end, and he and the rest of the team should be getting some quarterback help when we hit the 2014 NFL Draft in a few months. Griffin’s tall height, long reach, and leaping ability have impressed the Texans and his ELEVATION is really top notch!
Jake Stoneburner (Dynasty Stash) – With Jermichael Finley’s NFL career in jeopardy, the Packers are now looking at other tight ends to possibly fill the gap left by Finley. One name to watch especially in deeper dynasty leagues is former Ohio State Tight End Jake Stoneburner. Stoneburner is a 6 foot 3 Tight End with tremendous speed for the position, and he even switched from tight end to wide receiver towards the end of his career at Ohio State. Andrew Quarless had a big game for Green Bay this past week at tight end, but the tight end position remains very much up for grabs for the Pack, especially with the uncertainty surrounding Jermichael Finley.
Dolphins Defense (@ Bills) – Strangely enough the Incognito/Martin fiasco of a few weeks ago for the Dolphins has actually seemed to unite the team and has led them to a few victories and the team remains in strong playoff contention. I like the Dolphins and their defense this week in what could be a must win game on the road in Buffalo. With potential bad weather conditions looming, this could be a rather sloppy game with lots of turnovers, and the Bills may not have much fight left in their offense, as they look ahead towards next season.
Jets Defense (vs. Browns) – The Browns limp into New York this week as their once promising season has shifted towards eyeing quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Jets still have faint hopes of making the playoffs and should play inspired, plus this game could turn into a big turnover war especially if the conditions aren’t very good, perhaps we may even see some SNOW!!
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