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
Ricky Stanzi (Jaguars @ Seahawks) – Two straight weeks of horrific quarterback play in Jacksonville by Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne has the Jaguars and their fanbase looking at a potentially very LONG season. Later this season, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jags gave #3 Quarterback Ricky Stanzi a shot at the job. Stanzi is only 26 years old, and had a great college career at Iowa, and could be worth a stash in deeper dynasty leagues.
Brian Hoyer (Browns @ Vikings)- Yes, I know this is two weeks in a row that we have mentioned Hoyer, and he also appeared in this column a few times last season, but the quarterback play in Cleveland is still very shaky. This past week Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell combined for a rather abysmal performance in a loss to Baltimore. If the Weeden/Campbell continues to disappoint, look for local fan favorite Brian Hoyer to get a shot at the quarterback gig, as GM Mike Lombardi is extremely high on Hoyer.
Mike Glennon (Bucs @ Patriots) – Its no secret that Josh Freeman continues to reside in Bucs coach Greg Schiano’s doghouse, and Freeman is now part of trade rumors that could have him leaving Tampa before the October trade deadline. Schiano has been impressed with rookie Mike Glennon thus far, and it may only be a matter of weeks before Glennon gets to quarterback the Bucs.
Andre Ellington (Cardinals @ Saints)- The Rashard Mendenhall era is going smoothly so far, as Mendy is reunited with former OC Bruce Arians in Arizona. Mendy owners also know that he is a rather injury prone running back, and could easily miss some time this season. Ellington is an impressive rookie running back from Clemson, who is already getting some time as Mendy’s primary backup in Arizona, and could be a nice waiver pickup especially for Mendy owners. You never know when it could be “Dre Day” in Arizona.
Benny Cunningham (Rams @ Cowboys) – The Rams running back situation is in a bit of flux right now, as no back has really taken charge as the featured back, and this past week starter Darryl Richardson managed just 35 yards on 10 carries. We’ve mentioned Zac Stacy as being a back to watch here on our site multiple times, but fellow rookie running back Benny Cunningham had an impressive training camp, and if the Rams struggles continue, Cunningham could be given a shot to be the featured back in St. Louis, and fans can start singing “Benny and the Jets”.
Denard Robinson (Jaguars @ Seahawks)- While the Jags continue to struggle to find offensive playmakers, its important to keep an eye on rookie Denard Robinson. Robinson is now working as a running back in Jacksonville, but certainly has the speed, versatility, and experience to play multiple positions. The Jaguars would be wise to give Robinson a larger role in the offense as this season continues, as his elite speed and big play ability is something the Jags desperately need.
James Starks (Packers @ Bengals) – The Packers rookie running back tandem is having a few problems right now with Eddie Lacy dealing with a concussion, and Jonathan Franklin is still adjusting to the NFL. Starks has some veteran experience, and the Packers could ride him to some more big weeks while Lacy and Franklin are on the mend.
Griff Whalen (Colts @ 49ers) – The Colts recently brought it Andrew Luck’s old friend from Stanford in undrafted wide receiver Griff Whalen. The thought that Whalen and Luck have good chemistry and are familiar with each other should have owners give Griff Whalen a dynasty roster stash. Here is a photo of Andrew and Griff together at Stanford!
Ted Ginn Jr. (Panthers vs. Giants) – The speedy Buckeye Ted Ginn Jr. has seemed to find a home in Carolina, and is getting involved more in the receiving game with quarterback Cam Newton. With few receiving options in Carolina, Ginn could end up having some big games this season, and Ginn is still just 28 years old.
Stephen Burton (Jaguars @ Seahawks) – As mentioned above, the Jaguars need playmakers, and wide receiver Stephen Burton has showed a bit of promise since joining the Jaguars earlier this season. Burton has spent time on a few different teams now, but the receiver is only 23 years old, and has plenty of athletic talent and catching ability. It may have taken Burton a couple of seasons to adjust to the NFL, as he played his college ball at the small college of West Texas A and M.
Derek Moye – (Steelers vs. Bears) – Derek Moye, an undrafted receiver out of Penn State caught his first NFL touchdown this past week after being promoted from the practice squad. With the Steelers in need of playmakers, and their front office’s ability to find hidden gems at wide receiver, Derek Moye could certainly be worth a flyer in deeper leagues.
Eddie Royal (Chargers @ Titans) – Yes, I realize Eddie Royal is a bit of an obvious pickup after scoring three TDs this week, however, the Chargers receiving corps is very thin right now, as they just lost Malcolm Floyd to an injury. Royal has experience with Chargers Coach Mike McCoy going back to their days in Denver, so it might be a good time for dynasty owners to be “ROYALS”.
Jordan Reed (Redskins vs. Lions) – RG3 and the Redskins have struggled early on this season and tight end Fred Davis hasn’t had a big role in the current offense. Rookie Jordan Reed is beginning to get a larger role in the Shanahan offense, and is continuing to gain trust from RG3. Reed is a very athletic tight end out of Florida and someone for dynasty owners to keep an eye on going forward.
Vance McDonald (49ers vs. Colts) – The general trend in the NFL is that more and more teams are utilizing multiple tight ends as major offensive weapons, and it’s the idea of the 49ers to utilize rookie tight end Vance McDonald alongside star tight end Vernon Davis in Jim Harbaugh’s offense. McDonald is a promising rookie out of Rice, and Davis is currently nursing a hamstring injury, so McDonald could see more receiving targets coming his way soon.
Vikings Defense (vs. Browns) – The Browns have had a tough time getting their offense in gear this season, and there is uncertainty at quarterback with Brandon Weeden having problems and injury issues. The Vikes makes for a nice plug and play option this week, as its likely the Browns O won’t get back on track just yet, and there is also a possibility that Jason Campbell could be starting for the Browns.
Jets Defense (vs. Bills) – The Jets defense really put up a good fight last week against the Patriots, and they host the Bills and rookie quarterback EJ Manuel this week. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Manuel and the Bills offense struggling with their first road test this week in New York.
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