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 WIRE
Chad Henne (Jaguars @ Raiders) – Chad Henne became a popular waiver wire add last season as the Jaguars watched Blaine Gabbert struggle, and struggle some more. Things haven’t changed thus far in 2013, as Gabbert had a rough week one as the Jacksonville starter, and it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Henne getting a shot here soon. The 28 year old Henne could end up getting one more shot at an NFL starting gig sometime this season and could be worth an add.
Brian Hoyer (Browns @ Ravens) – Brandon Weeden’s 2013 season got off to a rough start with multiple turnovers against Miami this past week, and if things continue that way, the Browns front office may turn to quarterback Brian Hoyer at some point later this season. Browns GM Mike Lombardi has been a fan of Hoyer’s for quite some time, and the 27 year old quarterback has much more dynasty upside than fellow Browns backup QB Jason Campbell.
Matt Cassel (Vikings @ Bears) – Patience is wearing thin up north for Christian Ponder and the Vikings, as Ponder had a rather rough start in a loss to the Lions this past week. The Vikings have some talented playmakers on offense, and if a qb switch is made to backup Matt Cassel, there could be some potential for Cassel to put up some good numbers in Vikingland. If the quarterback situation in Minnesota doesn’t improve, there is a decent chance the Vikings could turn to THIS GUY at quarterback sometime this season!!!
Jordan Todman (Jaguars @ Raiders) – The young and speedy Jordan Todman has been receiving a larger role in the Jaguars offense going back to this year’s training camp. Todman is only 23 years old, and had really good receiving ability coming out of the backfield. With Maurice Jones-Drew getting older, its very possible that Jordan Todman’s role in the Jaguar backfield could continue to increase as the season goes forward.
Brandon Bolden (Patriots vs. Jets) – Shane Vereen had a monster week this past week for the Patriots while starter Stevan Ridley was benched for fumbling problems, unfortunately Vereen also suffered an injury that will cost him several weeks. 23 year old Brandon Bolden could be seeing a larger role in the Patriots backfield with Vereen out and Ridley having issues, and we know that Bill Belichick can be rather unpredictable as far as his backfield is concerned.
Joique Bell (Lions @ Cardinals) – While much of the hype this offseason in Detroit went to the signing of Running Back Reggie Bush, owners need to be aware that Joique Bell is still a useful back for the Lions. Bell was used as the main goalline back this past week for the Lions, and also valuable for getting receptions out of the backfield, as Bell received the 2nd highest amount of targets from Matthew Stafford this past week. With Reggie Bush’s injury history, its possible Bell could have some very big games for the Lions this season, and Lions fans can find out “For Whom the Bell Tolls”.
Felix Jones (Steelers @ Bengals) – Not much went right in week one for the Steelers and their offense during their loss to the Titans, and their running game was completely ineffective. I’d expect the recently signed Felix Jones to get an extended look at running back in the next few weeks while they await the return of Le’Veon Bell. With few things going right with the Steelers, someone like Jones could be getting a golden opportunity to salvage his career. Jonathan Dwyer was just re-signed by the Steelers after getting cut over a week ago, but I like Felix’s Jones’s upside a bit more.
Jaron Brown (Cardinals vs. Lions) – Undrafted Clemson rookie wide receiver Jaron Brown made a large impact making the Cardinals team this summer, and spent plenty of time learning and working with star receiver Larry Fitzgerald as well. Brown reportedly ran a 4.4 in the 40 yard dash this summer as well, so he definitely has elite speed, and is working hard at “Runnin Down a Dream” of making it as an NFL Wide Receiver.
Jermaine Kearse (Seahawks vs. 49ers) – 2nd year Wide Receiver Jermaine Kearse, a local University of Washington product, finished with plenty of rave reviews at Seahawks training camp this summer, and caught a few passes from Russell Wilson in the Seahawks week one victory over Carolina. Kearse could see himself rise up on the Seattle depth chart considering the injury histories of Seattle’s top receivers like Sidney Rice and newly acquired Percy Harvin.
Ace Sanders (Jaguars @ Raiders) – As the Jaguars struggle to find their offensive identity, one pleasant surprise from training camp this season has been rookie WR Ace Sanders, who put on a very impressive training camp. Sanders saw limited action for the Jags in week one, but the speedy receiver out of South Carolina should see his role increase as he continues to develop, and hopefully become the “Ace of Spades”
Marlon Brown (Ravens vs. Browns) – Undrafted rookie Marlon Brown had an impressive debut this past week, as Joe Flacco connected with him several times during their loss to the Broncos. Jacoby Jones will be sidelined for several weeks, giving Marlon Brown a nice opportunity to move up the Ravens depth chart in the next few weeks or so.
Josh Cooper (Browns @ Ravens) – The Browns Wide receivers struggled this past week, especially without Josh Gordon in the lineup, and Brandon Weeden had a rough game. Now would be a good time for the Browns to give Josh Cooper some more time at Wide receiver, as Cooper has a history with Brandon Weeden, as the two played at Oklahoma State Together, and Cooper could become a nice security blanket in Cleveland for Weeden.
Kenny Stills (Saints @ Bucs) – Kenny Stills, a speedy rookie out of Oklahoma has done a nice job impressing the Saints and Drew Brees this training camp, and Stills received a decent amount of Drew Brees targets in week one. Look for Stills to receive a larger role in the Saints offense now that fellow WR Joe Morgan has been ruled out for the 2013 season. I don’t believe Kenny Stills is any relation to Stephen Stills, however.
Mychal Rivera (Raiders vs. Jaguars) – The Raiders had a rather impressive debut from new quarterback Terrelle Pryor this past week, and the Raider offense showed some signs of life. Rookie Tight End Mychal Rivera also made his Raider debut this past week catching two of Pryor’s passes, and I would expect Rivera’s numbers to increase in the coming weeks as he continues to gain chemistry with Terrelle Pryor. Rivera was known as a quality receiving tight end during his college career at Tennessee, and could end up serving as a reliable safety valve for young Terrelle Pryor now with the Oakland Raiders.
Charles Clay (Dolphins @ Colts)- Charles Clay has stepped up nicely for the Dolphins since the team lost starting tight end Dustin Keller for the season not too long ago. Clay served as a very reliable tight end option this past week for quarterback Ryan Tannehill in a victory over the Browns. Charles Clay is not to be confused with the infamous “Bill Clay” though.
Raiders Defense (vs. Jaguars) – Blaine Gabbert and the Jaguars make a visit to “The Black Hole” in Oakland this week, and the Raiders make for a nice defensive play. Turnovers and other Blaine Gabbert mistakes could be quite common this week in the Oakland “Black Hole Sun”.
Patriots Defense (vs. Jets) – The Patriot Defense makes for a nice waiver play this week as rookie Geno Smith and the Jets travel to New England on a short week. Look for Bill Belichick and the defense to confuse Geno and force several turnovers.
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