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
Case Keenum – (Texans @ Chiefs) – The Texans are in obvious disarray right now at quarterback, after Matt Schaub has been ineffective and/or injured, while backup TJ Yates didn’t look any better in limited action for the Texans last week. Savvy owners should at least take a look at local Houston product Case Keenum, who had an amazing career at the University of Houston a few years ago, putting up some unreal passing numbers there.
Matt Flynn (Bills @ Dolphins) – You would’ve thought that Matt Flynn would be an NFL starting quarterback by now, however, in his last two stops Flynn was expected to be his team’s starting quarterback, only to get beat out by a younger option. In Seattle, Flynn lost out to hot rookie Russell Wilson, and earlier this season to Terrelle Pryor in Oakland. Flynn is getting a shot now in Buffalo with EJ Manuel out, and should at least get a few starts there while Manuel recovers. Flynn has started a few NFL games before, so it isn’t like he can’t come in and help out a team like Buffalo, and if nothing else, Flynn has made quite a bit of money as a clipboard holder throughout his career. Flynn Knows!!!
Josh Freeman (Vikings @ Giants) – Last call on Josh Freeman for any owners who haven’ t picked him up as of yet, as I’d expect Freeman to play for the Vikings as early as this week, and start sometime within the next few weeks. Once he’s given the job, Freeman at least has some strong weapons around him that he could put up some decent numbers while owners deal with bye weeks.
Jason Campbell (Browns @ Packers) – For those in desperate need of quarterback help, Jason Campbell is a name to watch, as it appears we are seeing the end of the Brandon Weeden era in Cleveland, and Weeden could be a mistake or two away from getting pulled for Jason Campbell sometime very soon. Owners could do far worse than Campbell, who at least has NFL starting experience and could put up decent numbers if given the chance to throw to playmakers like Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron.
Vince Young (Free Agent) – As we continue to see several quarterback situations go from “bad” to “worse”, one name to keep an eye on is Vince Young, who really seemed to be on his way to a promising NFL career several years ago in Tennessee. Young is experienced and mobile, and someone I could see getting signed by a team before the 2013 season is over. VY should at least be on the radar for owners in need of quarterback help and depth going forward.
Jordan Todman (Jaguars vs. Chargers) – The Jaguars continue to struggle, and its becoming a very real possibility that they won’t win a game this season. As the losses continue to pile up, I wouldn’t be surprised to see star running back Maurice Jones-Drew either traded, or eventually shut down. In either case, I’d expect Jacksonville to take a longer look at Jordan Todman, a 23 year old Connecticut product, who has impressed the Jaguars in limited action these past couple of seasons. It would be a good time for the Jags and dynasty owners to give Todman an audition to see if he has a shot at making in as an NFL franchise running back.
Michael Cox (Giants vs. Vikings) – Last week we mentioned undrafted rookie running back Michael Cox, as one to watch as the Giants offense and their running game continue to struggle. With running backs David Wilson and Da’Rel Scott expected to miss significant time for the Giants, look for Michael Cox to receive a much larger role in the backfield alongside Brandon Jacobs. Cox is only 23 years old, and it looks like the opportunity will be there for Cox to “Start Spreadin the News”.
Knile Davis (Chiefs – Dynasty Stash) – Everything has seemingly gone right for the Chiefs and their offense this season under Andy Reid and Alex Smith thus far. Running back Jamaal Charles is having a monster year in the new Reid offense as well. Savvy dynasty owners should stash rookie Knile Davis on their roster at this point, considering Davis makes for a real nice handcuff for Charles owners, and considering that Charles is on pace to accumulate quite a few carries this season, and may break down or get injured again at some point. The 22 year old Davis showed quite a bit of promise during an injury shortened career at Arkansas, and could eventually post some big numbers if he’s given a chance at some point in this Andy Reid offense.
Jarrett Boykin (Packers vs. Browns) – Last week was a rather rough week for Packers receivers as the team lost both Randall Cobb and James Jones to injuries. 23 year old Virginia Tech product Jarrett Boykin looks to see a larger role in the offense especially with Cobb and Jones likely out. Boykin is a big physical receiver that has impressed QB Aaron Rodgers during camp, and could really see quite a few targets with people like Randall Cobb out.
Kris Durham (Lions vs. Bengals) – Former Georgia wide receiver Kris Durham stepped up big time for the Lions this past week as stud wide receiver Calvin Johnson struggled with an injury and a tough matchup. The 25 year old Durham emerged as a nice “chain-mover” for quarterback Matthew Stafford this week, and is one to take a flyer on in dynasty leagues, as PPR owners love a good wide receiver who is a member of the “Chain Gang”.
Damian Williams (Titans vs. 49ers) – Damian Williams, a 25 year old former USC speedster, has started to receiver more attention and targets in the Tennessee Titan offense. Williams always had blazing NFL speed, but hadn’t put everything together to make it as an NFL wide receiver just yet. I expect Williams’ role in the Tennessee offense to increase in coming weeks, as the Titans will eventually have to move on from the struggling Kenny Britt, and the 30 year old Nate Washington.
Cole Beasley (Cowboys @ Eagles) – As Tony Romo and the Cowboy offense has shown some improvement in the passing game this season, one name to watch at this point is wide receiver Cole Beasley. The 24 year old local SMU product has done a nice job thus far in Dallas working as a slot receiver, and someone who can fill the “Welker” role in the Dallas offense. The Cowboys have already been in some big scoring games this season, and that trend should continue this week in what looks to be a shootout in the making at Philadelphia. Be sure to keep a “Private Eye” on Cole Beasley as a dynasty stash in Dallas going forward.
Joseph Fauria (Lions vs. Bengals) – 6 foot 7 inch rookie tight end Joseph Fauria erupted for 3 touchdowns against the Browns this past week to lead the Lions to a big win. The former UCLA tight end has a real nose for the end zone, and could end up eventually overtaking Brandon Pettigrew as the tight end to own in Detroit, especially if he continues to gain red zone looks for quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Gavin Escobar (Cowboys –Dynasty Stash) – One name for dynasty owners to keep an eye on is rookie tight end Gavin Escobar, who hasn’t played a large role as of yet in the emerging Cowboy offense. Check out my rookie profile on Gavin Escobar I wrote earlier this year before he was drafted by the Cowboys. http://dynastyfootballwarehouse.com/the-aztec-emperor-the-rise-of-gavin-escobar/
Falcons Defense (vs. Bucs) – When we last saw the Falcons, they were reeling from a Monday Night Loss to the Jets and lamenting the loss of Wide Receiver Julio Jones for the season. I like the Falcons defense this week however, as they just had a bye week to regroup, and the lowly Bucs with rookie QB Mike Glennon come into town this week. Look for a well rested Falcons D to exploit the rookie QB and coach Greg Schiano.
Packers Defense (vs. Browns) – It looks like the Browns are going to give Brandon Weeden at least one more chance to start, as he’s expected to start at Green Bay this week. Look for the Packers to exploit Brandon Weeden this week, especially if the Pack scores a large amount of points on offense, and Weeden and the Browns are forced to play catch-up. I could see Weeden producing some interceptions and fumbles, while attempting to catch the high powered offense of the Pack.
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