Four weeks down and it is incredible how there is never a void of eligible talent off the waiver waire in leagues all across the country. Inefficiency and injuries always make the wire the used car lots of the fantasy football world. Let’s kick the tires of a few possible options!
QB Matt Cassel, Minnesota Vikings – Getting the nod for injured starter QB Christian Ponder, Cassel not only revived the fantasy relevancy of the position in Minnesota, but also did the same for his receivers, WR Greg Jennings and WR Jerome Simpson. He could be a solid backup or bye week option.
QB Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns – This is Hoyer’s second week in a row being mentioned as a decent free agent acquisition. So far in relief of starting QB Brandon Weeden, he’s thrown for 590 yards and five touchdowns. In addition, he’s won two straight starts and even improved his accuracy, with no interceptions this week as opposed to three the week before. If you are in need at the position, Hoyer is making quit a case for himself.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tennessee Titans – Since starting QB Jake Locker could be out an extended period of time due to the hip injury, the Titans are looking to the former Buffalo Bill to take the reins. In limited relief this past week, Fitzpatrick did fairly well, and has the chops to be a decent bye week starter in deeper leagues.
QB Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Ok, so he didn’t shock the world this past week, but he is intriguing for a few different reasons. Firstly, he is a tall kid, at 6’ 6” and weighs in at 225, so he has some size. Second he not only has two solid receiving options in WR Vincent Jackson and WR Mike Williams, but a versatile bruising runner in RB Doug Martin. Lastly, he has a solid defensive unit that will keep him in most games, giving him an opportunity to win. None of these things make him QB Tom Brady, but if he is marginally efficient, he has some solid tools around him that could lead to success. He should be monitored.
RB Roy Helu, Washington Redskins – You’ll want to keep a close eye on the status of starting RB Alfred Morris, as Helu came in against the Raiders and did an admirable job. If Morris misses any time, Helu will get the starting gig and deserves some roster consideration for sure.
RB Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders – it is all about the opportunity, folks. When the starter goes down, it paves the way for the second tier option to step up and so on and so on, like dominoes. Enter Jennings, getting the nod after both RB Darren McFadden and RB Marcel Reece went down to injury. If they are both hindered, look to Jennings to get the nod and the chance to produce.
RB Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles – One more time, RB LeSean McCoy has a HUGE workload and will be hard-pressed to play the entire season in this offense. Grab Brown, or trade for him now until McCoy gets hurt and the price goes WAY up.
WR Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills – I saw it mentioned a few times that Woods’ production was based on the fact that WR Steve Johnson was hampered by an injury. So what? Talent is talent regardless and the former USC Trojan has some to spare. If he is available, he warrants definite roster consideration.
WR Jerome Simpson and Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings – It is absolutely amazing what a capable quarterback with the ability to get the ball down the field will ultimately do for his receivers. If either of these guys is available, you might want to consider adding them to your squad. Yesterday they combined for 216 yards and a pair of scores and are definitely benefitting from the change at quarterback.
WR Alshon Jeffrey, Chicago Bears – It’s encouraging to see Jeffrey more involved in the offense. As the second option opposite his attention-grabbing teammate WR Brandon Marshall, he will benefit from both mismatches and single coverage. He can be frustratingly inconsistent at times, but he is worth consideration in this offense, for sure.
WR Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets – With both WR Stephen Hill and WR Santonio Holmes hurting, the Jets will turn to Kerley to make some plays at receiver. While he is no slam dunk for production with a challenged offense led by an inexperienced rookie, he could be worth the gamble in deeper leagues.
TE Sean McGrath, Kansas City Chiefs – There is nothing like the 4th or 5th tight end on your team stepping up and rising to the occasion. Two weeks ago he received more acclaim due to his beard, but this past week he showed he can play a little. The tight end is always a big part of Andy Reid’s offense, and if this production continues, McGrath and his beard might be a decent acquisition. The James Harden of the NFL – best in the league.
TE Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions – While everyone scrambled to grab WR Ryan Broyles off the waiver wire, it might just be Pettigrew who benefits the most from the loss of WR Nate Burleson. He’s been too much of a dud up to this past week to get too excited, but it is worth noting that he caught all seven passes thrown his way and totaled 54 yards receiving. It bears monitoring, especially with the Green Bay Packers in Week 5.
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