Waiver Wire Picks-ups: Written by Jody Smith & Mike Rigz
Do you have a waiver wire addiction? Do you see one-hit wonders like Mark Ingram or Tavon Austin and lick your lips? If so, you’re probably alone on an island holding roster spots for guys like Marvin Jones and Eddie Royal. While hype and impressive highlight replays may boost the fantasy value of waiver wire potential’s each and every week, Gridiron Experts pleads with our fanbase to take it all with a grain of salt. Don’t get us wrong, we don’t want to belittle the players that do come out of the woodwork and become productive fantasy gems. But for the most part, you need to think about your team long term; think about your fantasy playoffs, and never drop quality players for a flash in the pan player with a fluky week. As always, we encourage our readers to go over our Waiver Wire rules to live by.
Waiver Wire Rules to Live By:
Ask yourself: Will I ever start him? If the answer is no, then don’t bother picking that player up.
Try to avoid dropping talented RB2′s. Injuries can create starters overnight.
The Drop can sometimes end up being better than the pick-up. Fantasy noobs will drop great talent all the time, read over the transaction log regularly.
If you have a winning record, why mess with the Wire?
The less you pick up, the higher your waiver claim. Patience is a virtue.
Waiver Wire Pick-ups: Week 11
Percy Harvin (WR)- 38%- Long a fantasy football darling, Harvin hasn’t played a down for the Seahawks after he was acquired in an offseason trade. Harvin has been activated from the PUP list and is set to make his Seattle debut this week. As luck would have it, the Seahawks just happen to be hosting Harvin’s former Minnesota Vikings teammates this week, and no doubt the former Viking standout will be looking to stick it to his old club – and their 28th ranked fantasy receiver defense.
But before we get too smitten with the former Pro Bowler, keep in mind that he’s extremely likely to make a limited return to action this week. The Seahawks have a bye coming up in Week 12, and they aren’t going to let Harvin play extensively enough to risk a setback. We like the idea of adding Percy Harvin for the playoff push, but feel like you should hold off on high expectations – at least for another two weeks.
Rishard Matthews (WR) -0.2%- Very impressive Monday Night performance. Matthews is not a one week wonder, and could be a nice pickup entering this weeks waiver claim. With a high number of catches and targets, it’s quite obvious that quarterback Ryan Tannehill has become frustrated with Mike Wallace and has moved on to this productive sleeper.
Case Keenum (QB) -9.8% –We have been talking about Keenum for some time now. The Houston Texans season is over, and the team will give Keenum a tryout for the remainder of the year before evaluating the QB position. Keenum has great speed, pocket presence, and is a gunslinger with a great arm. Nobody is really giving this kid the love he deserves.
Andre Brown (RB)- 25%- If you’ve been sitting on the #1 waiver priority for a while, this is what you’ve been waiting for. An early Peyton Hillis fumble paved the way for Brown to make his season debut, and he delivered in a huge way for the Giants. Brown churned out 30 carries for 115 yards and a score, and will be the clear featured-back for the Giants moving forward. Brown has Tom Coughlin’s trust, and with a favorable schedule, there’s no reason to think he can’t be a high-end RB2 for the remainder of the 2013 fantasy season.
Rashad Jennings (RB)- 44%- We wrote about Jennings being a good add in this column last week, and he is still available in more than half of fantasy football leagues. Since taking over for the oft-injured Darren McFadden, Jennings has been an excellent fantasy option. He followed up his 30 point Week 9 outburst with a solid 88 rushing yards against a much improved New York Giants defense this week. Since there’s no timetable established yet for McFadden’s return to the lineup, Jennings will continue to see 20+ touches, and he has a plus matchup this week against Houston’s 24th ranked fantasy running back defense.
Aaron Dobson (WR)- 12%- The rookie 2nd rounder appears to have claimed the Patriots’ X-receiver role. The presumptive starter, Kenbrell Thompkins, was a healthy scratch for New England’s last game. Meanwhile, Dobson has nine receptions, 190 yards and three touchdowns over New England’s last two contests. The Patriots have a tough matchup this week against Carolina’s stout defense, but after that the schedule eases considerably, making Dobson a nice WR3/flex player for the fantasy playoffs.
Riley Cooper (WR)- 31%- The transition from Michael Vick to Nick Foles at quarterback has worked wonders for Riley Cooper. In Philly’s last two games, Cooper has produced two monster games: he’s caught eight balls for 241 yards and five touchdowns. Nick Foles clearly looks for Cooper to make plays, and he’s come through with almost 64 fantasy points. Moving forward, Cooper looks like a nice flex play, especially when the Eagles are playing games downs the stretch with their defensively-challenged NFC East division foes.
Josh McCown (QB)- 1%- If you’re desperate for help at the all-important QB position, Josh McCown will be back under center for the Bears, and it could be for multiple games. Jay Cutler is sidelined by the dreaded high-ankle sprain, and could be out for a while. McCown has played surprisingly well so far for the Bears, putting up four touchdowns against zero interceptions. As long as McCown is surrounded by a very good fantasy supporting cast in Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte, and Martellus Bennett, he has value as a low-range QB2.
The names in last week’s Waiver Wire article: Nick Foles, Case Keenum, Mike James, Rashad Jennings, Pierre Thomas, Riley Cooper, Lance Moore, and Tim Wright. -Not Bad