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 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
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Titans vs. Chiefs) – Jake Locker really was beginning to figure things out in his 3rd year with the Titans, but unfortunately he was injured this past week and may have to miss a month or two of action. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a very capable backup with plenty of starting experience, who could get the Titans through the bulk of their season. Fitz is also a former Ivy League starting quarterback, and could be a nice plug and play option as the season goes forward.
Josh Freeman (Buy Low) – Josh Freeman found himself on Greg Schiano’s “Naughty” list early on in the Schiano era, and was replaced by Mike Glennon this past week. Making things worse, Freeman has entered the NFL’s drug program, so there are some issues going on right now. Freeman could get traded elsewhere before the NFL’s trade deadline, and I think Freeman still has what it takes to start in the NFL again. Freeman is still only 25 years old, and a fresh start on a new team could be exactly what he needs.
Ryan Nassib (Dynasty Stash) – The Giants are 0 and 4 and having serious offensive struggles right now and are a real mess. While the Giants are certainly capable of turning things around it’s quite the uphill battle right now. If the Giants continue to fall out of contention, it’s certainly possible that the team could shut Eli Manning down and at least take a look at what they have in rookie Ryan Nassib. If Nassib gets some action and looks good when he plays, he could increase his trade value and perhaps become a starting quarterback somewhere in the next couple of years. Here is my original Ryan Nassib column from early 2013 where I was really impressed with his NFL potential and followed his career at Syracuse. http://dynastyfootballwarehouse.com/agent-orange-the-rise-of-nfl-draft-quarterback-prospect-ryan-nassib/………….. Oh, and I also wrote this column after I was shocked he fell really far in the draft, but actually didn’t mind his landing spot in New York. http://dynastyfootballwarehouse.com/ryan-nassib-tangled-up-in-blue-what-to-do-with-ryan-nassib-as-a-new-york-giant/
Brandon Weeden (Hold) – At this point there is little reason to believe that new Browns quarterback (and my former waiver wire darling) Brian Hoyer will lose his starting job to Jason Campbell or Brandon Weeden. I’d consider holding on to Weeden for now however, as I could see Weeden getting traded much like the new Browns brass did with fellow 2012 first round pick Trent Richardson. A change to a different team could give Weeden one more chance at becoming an NFL starter. As a dynasty owner, I’d at least wait until the end of this season before deciding to move on from Brandon Weeden.
Chris Ogbonnaya (Browns vs. Bills) – Last week we featured Bobby Rainey as a possible running back option to own in Cleveland, but Chris Ogbonnaya is also one to watch, as the Browns utilized Ogbonnaya to run the ball, and as a receiving option out of the backfield for new qb Brian Hoyer. Willis McGahee was also signed by the Browns, but he’s too old at this point to serve as a viable starting option. The versatile Ogbonnaya or “Oingo Boingo” as some call him could make a nice waiver wire add especially for dynasty owners in need of RB help.
Rashad Jennings (Raiders vs. Chargers)- Surprise!!! Darren McFadden is having injury problems, much to the chagrin of his dynasty owners who have seen this movie before. Jennings was once the main handcuff to Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville, and is now a real solid handcuff to add, especially for McFadden owners and owners dealing with bye weeks.
Zac Stacy (Rams vs. Jaguars) – Zac Stacy has been a favorite of many of the staff members here at DFW, as many feel he could be a real sleeper after putting up some nice numbers coming out of Vanderbilt. The Rams running game is pretty non-existent right about now with both Darryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead having underwhelming starts to the season. Dynasty owners should take a chance on Zac Stacy if he’s available, as I certainly could see the Rams giving him a longer look as the season continues, and if the running game continues to underwhelm without him.
LeGarrette Blount (Patriots @ Bengals) – As usual, the Patriots running back situation with Bill Belichick has been consistency unpredictable. One option I think Belichick is starting to trust however, is LeGarette Blount, the powerful former Tampa Bay running back. Blount could be a nice option going forward, as Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen have dealt with injuries among other things. Blount of course is the running back famous for “the punch” that essentially ended his college career while he was playing at Oregon.
Jon Baldwin (49ers vs. Texans) – 49ers Wide Receiver Jon Baldwin was involved in a “change of scenery” trade this past offseason where he was swapped for fellow disappointment AJ Jenkins. The former Pitt star receiver is starting to see more action and targets in Jim Harbaugh’s 49er offense, and is still very young, there is a decent chance that the move to San Francisco could be just what Jon Baldwin needs.
Terrance Williams (Cowboys vs. Broncos) – Hometown hero and former Baylor star Terrance Williams has been receiving quite a few targets from QB Tony Romo in recent weeks, and the Dallas offense seems to be back on track compared to last season. Williams is very young, and could be receiving a larger role in the Cowboys’ offense, especially since Miles Austin continues to have injury issues.
Chris Owusu (Dynasty Stash) – Bucs receiver Chris Owusu recently held the award for “Highest paid practice squad player in the NFL” until the Bucs promoted him this week after cutting wide receiver Kevin Ogletree. The Bucs are quite a mess right now, but the speedy Owusu showed plenty of flashes of big time NFL speed while at Stanford just a couple of season ago, and could be given a long audition in Tampa Bay for the remainder of this season.
Dane Sanzenbacher (Bengals vs. Patriots) – Dane Sanzenbacher, a former Buckeye slot receiver has bounced around a few teams in his young career so far. Sanzenbacher’s good hands and possession receiving remind me of fellow Buckeye receiver Brian Hartline, who is now a standout for the Dolphins. If Sanzenbacher is given a larger role in the Bengals offense, it could mean big things for both the Bengals, and for dynasty owners who take a flyer on Sanzenbacher.
Sean McGrath (Chiefs @ Titans) – The Chiefs are riding high at 4 and 0 under Andy’s Reid watch, and Alex Smith has been really stepping up as of late! Tight End Sean McGrath has become one of Alex Smith’s top targets in the Chiefs’ offense, which no longer employs Tony Moeaki. McGrath as a really good shot at becoming the long-term answer for the Chiefs at the tight position, as Andy Reid really likes to utilize that position. Just don’t confuse Sean McGrath with lead singer Mark McGrath from the band Sugar Ray.
Garrett Graham (Texans @ 49ers) – It looks like the Texans may have found their long term answer at Tight End in Garrett Graham, the former Wisconsin Badger who has had a nose for the end zone and has taken advantage of his targets from QB Matt Schaub. Graham makes for a nice waiver wire option for dynasty owners and other owners in need of a fill in or bye week tight end.
Rams Defense (vs. Jaguars) – By this point you know the “start any defense you can against the Jaguars) rule. Check out this hilarious video from the 1980’s where the musical world was introduced to the L.A. Rams theme song “RAM IT”. This video may have actually caused the Rams to move from L.A. to St. Louis
Browns Defense (vs. Bills) – The Browns are riding high at 2 and 0 in the post Trent Richardson era, and their defense really has stepped up as of late. The Browns shut down a high powered Bengals offense this past week, and I like them to continue to ride high as Bills rookie EJ Manuel has his first road night game in traveling to the “Dawg Pound” this Thursday.
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