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
Alex Tanney (Browns @ Patriots) – Another game, another implosion by Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden this past week ended up costing the Browns a game against the lowly Jaguars. The Browns may go back to Jason Campbell if he’s healthy, but they may want to take a look at the recently signed Alex Tanney. Tanney is a tall quarterback with a big arm, who played at Division III Monmouth College. Things really can’t go much worse than the Weeden experience, and I don’t think recent signee Caleb Hanie is the answer, and the Browns may want to see exactly what they have in Alex Tanney, who originally caught the attention of NFL scouts a few years ago with this trick-shot Youtube video he made here.
Matt Simms (Jets vs. Raiders) – Rookie Geno Smith had another rough game this past week and was benched in favor of backup Matt Simms. Simms is the 25 year old son of former NFL star Phil Simms and played at the University of Tennessee. Its unclear how long of a leash Geno Smith will be given this coming week against Oakland, and it could be wise for the Jets to see what they have in Matt Simms in the meantime, while Geno struggles.
Landry Jones (Dynasty Stash) – In the past few weeks we have heard more and more rumblings that this could be the final year for Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh. Perhaps Ben wants a change of scenery, and perhaps the Steelers are ready to move on, but one name to watch during all of this is rookie quarterback Landry Jones. Jones had a very impressive career at Oklahoma and was drafted by the Steelers this past year, currently serving as the #3 quarterback in Pittsburgh. If Pittsburgh management feels like Landry Jones can be a franchise NFL quarterback, they may be inclined to part ways with Big Ben and get a bit younger overall. If Big Ben decides to leave Pittsburgh and “Go his own Way”, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Landry Jones taking over as the new Pittsburgh starting quarterback in 2014.
Knile Davis (Chiefs @ Redskins)- Chiefs running back Knile Davis made headlines this past week on special teams with an electrifying kickoff return against the Broncos! Davis certainly is a rookie for dynasty owners to watch, as he serves as an excellent handcuff for Jamaal Charles owners, but a nice future option for owners in need of running back depth. Davis battled injuries while at Arkansas, but certainly showed some promise that he could someday be an NFL feature back. The Chiefs are riding high with Jamaal Charles at this time, but Davis should certainly remain on the dynasty radar from this point on.
Jordan Todman (Jaguars vs. Texans) – I expect former Connecticut running back Jordan Todman to receive an increase in carries in Jacksonville to finish out the season. Its not certain at this point if Maurice Jones-Drew will be back in Jacksonville next season, and the Jags need to see if Todman can carry the load as a franchise back. Todman has the ability to make it big at the NFL level and also has good pass catching ability. Its certainly possible that Jacksonville could open up the 2014 season with Jordan Todman as their starting running back, and he’s still only 23 years old.
Carlos Hyde (Ohio State vs. Michigan State) – Dynasty owners should tune in this weekend to the Big 10 Championship game, as Buckeye Senior Running Back Carlos Hyde should be on display. I have Hyde ranked #1 right now as far as draft eligible running backs go, and I could easily see him going very high in dynasty rookie drafts next year, if not at the very top. Hyde will get a tough defensive test against Michigan State, and it will be very interesting to see how he responds. Here is a recent highlight video of Hyde that the NFL scouts I’m sure are looking at right now.
Junior Hemingway (Chiefs @ Redskins) – Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith certainly likes to spread the ball around in Andy Reid’s offense, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep an eye on an under the radar receiver like Junior Hemingway. Hemingway is a former Michigan receiver known for making big plays and circus catches. Its also good to monitor Hemingway and others as it isn’t known what the future in Kansas City is for star receiver Dwayne Bowe as well.
Markus Wheaton (Steelers vs. Dolphins) – Quite a few of us at DFW have been very high on the long-term value of Steelers rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton. Wheaton has had his ups and downs during his rookie season, and was held without a catch this past week against the Ravens. I think Wheaton’s role in the offense will increase quite a bit in 2014, and the recent success of the Steelers in drafting wide receivers (Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, and Emmanuel Sanders) is also a big reason for optimism.
Rodney Smith (Vikings @ Ravens) – As the Vikings continue to play out the string on a lost season, auditions for next season are already taking place. 6 foot 6 wide receiver Rodney Smith is a name for dynasty owners to remember, as Smith was recently promoted from the practice squad, and showed quite a bit of game breaking ability while he played at Florida State. Hopefully the Vikes give Smith some reps and targets before the season is over, as the talent definitely is there.
Da’Rick Rogers (Colts @ Bengals) – Talented rookie wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers is finally starting to get some action and targets in the Indianapolis Colts offense, and should be firmly on the dynasty radar from this point on. Rogers has had some off the field red flags that initially hurt his stock coming out of college, but if he can keep it together, Rogers could have a real nice situation in Indy with Andrew Luck throwing to him every game.
Andre Holmes (Raiders @ Jets) – Thanksgiving Day saw a breakout performance from Raiders receiver Andre Holmes, who took advantage of an inactive Denarius Moore to lead the Raiders to over 100 yards receiving against the Cowboys. Holmes is 6 foot 4 with excellent speed, and certainly is someone for dynasty owners to keep tabs on going forward, as the Raiders receiving situation continues to remain uncertain.
Brittan Golden (Cardinals vs. Rams) – One receiver to watch especially in deeper dynasty leagues is small school West Texas A & M product Brittan Golden of the Cardinals. Golden was given a recent promotion from the practice squad, and has displayed excellent hands and ability to catch difficult passes in traffic. With uncertainty surrounding Larry Fitzgerald’s future in Arizona, it could be a nice stash for dynasty owners to go with the “GOLD”, especially if you need wide receiver depth.
Michael Egnew (Dynasty Stash) – The emergence of Charles Clay as an impact tight end in Miami has kept 2nd year tight end Michael Egnew down on the depth chart for now. Dynasty owners could be wise to stash Michael Egnew for the future, as the former Missouri Tight End has excellent hands, and had improved quite a bit according to the Miami coaches in this his 2nd season. Charles Clay sure has done a great job for the Dolphins at Tight End, but it wouldn’t surprise me if we see Michael Egnew beginning to play a larger role in the Dolphins Offense going forward.
Levine Toilolo (Falcons @ Packers) – The Falcons have recently pledged to get young Levine Toilolo more involved in the offense, as this disappointing season concludes in Atlanta. The 6 foot 8 former Stanford product could very well be the heir apparent to the retiring Tony Gonzalez. T-Gonz makes for an excellent mentor to Toilolo in the meantime, and the Falcons need to see exactly if they already have their tight end of the future on the current roster.
Patriots Defense (vs. Browns) – The Pats D makes for a nice play this week, as we could be seeing some big turnovers from Brandon Weeden and company in an effort to keep up with Tom Brady and the high powered Patriots. The wheels continue to fall off of the Browns offense as the season winds down (Well except for the superhuman Josh Gordon of course).
Jaguars Defense (vs. Texans) – YOLO!!!! Seriously, the Jags Defense has stepped up in recently weeks and Jacksonville miraculously has won a few games after most assumed they were gearing up for the 1st overall pick in the 2014 draft. Almost as miraculously, the Texans are now looking at the #1 pick in the 2014 draft, and one big loss (or tank) here in Jacksonville should put Houston in the Driver Seat for that precious #1 pick!
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