14 Sep 2016 NFL Waiver Wire Wednesday – Week 2
It’s Waiver Wire Wednesday! It’s that special time of the week that can make (or break) your seasons. Nothing is more satisfying than landing that up-and-comer, that injury replacement, or that breakout stud from the previous week. Conversely, nothing is more infuriating than the team immediately ahead of you on the waiver wire list snagging that player you had your eyes on. Here at DailyRotoHelp.com, we’ll give you the tools you need to own the waiver wire and your daily/season-long leagues.
Carson Wentz – Well, well, well….that was interesting. After the Rams mortgaged the farm to land Jared Goff, the Eagles traded up to grab Wentz. Goff was inactive and, based on what I saw on HBO’s Hard Knocks, is struggling to master the playbook while Wentz stepped right in and threw for 278 yards, 2 TDs and no picks. He threw a beautiful touchdown to Jordan Matthews to cap off his 1st drive as a pro. He squares off against the Bears, one of the league’s worst against the pass in 2015, in his first road action.
Jimmy Garoppolo – Garoppolo was serviceable on the road against a tough Cardinals defense. He appeared to be comfortable and have a firm grasp of the offense. He threw for 264 yards and a touchdown without Gronkowski on the field. All signs point towards a Gronk return in week 2 in a divisional matchup against the Dolphins. Garoppolo has top-10 upside until Brady returns from suspension.
Trevor Siemian – Siemian wasn’t great, but had a solid day against the very tough, very stingy Panthers defense. Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas both answered the bell and appeared to have a solid chemistry Siemian. Thomas is questionable this week against the Colts, potentially limiting Siemian’s upside.
Blaine Gabbert – Whoa, who saw that coming? After bouncing the league post
Jacksonville, Gabbert faded away into obscurity. He came out on fire Monday night against the Rams, getting them for 170 yards and touchdown. However, it wasn’t so much his arm that jumped out to me, it was his legs. He is one of the quickest QBs in the league and he generated 43 additional yards on the ground to, what some thought, was one of the best defenses in the league.
Joe Flacco – Flacco may be more of a streaming option here as he goes to Cleveland to take on, what appeared to me, the worst team in the NFL. Flacco is coming off an ACL tear that ended his 2015 early, but should be a fine flyer this week against the Browns.
Tevin Coleman – Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Coleman and Devanta Freeman appear to be heading towards a committee approach. Coleman had 8 carries for 22 yards, Freeman had 11 carries for 20 yards. Coleman separated himself from Freeman in the passing game as he caught 5 passes for 95 yards, 70 more that Freeman. Don’t panic yet on Freeman, but Coleman appears to be surging.
Chris Thompson – Matt Jones is awful. If you’re in a PPR league and Chris Thompson is still available, you’re doing it wrong.
Justin Forsett – Forsett is a solid back and appears to have the lead duties locked up in Baltimore. However, he only had 13 touches and turned them into less than 60 yards. The Ravens travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns, Forsett should flourish.
Christine Michael – This will likely be the last week of any useful work for Christine Michael as Thomas Rawls’ workload is expected to increase as does his health. Take advantage while you can as the Seahawks take a crack at the porous Rams defense that allowed Blane Gabbert and Carlos Hyde to run wild.
Darren Sproles – Everything we heard leading up to the start of week 1 indicated that
Sproles was primed for an increased workload in 2016. Well, that didn’t exactly happen as he only had 7 touches for less than 40 yards. If you’re desperate for a flex option in PPR formats, go for it. Otherwise, wait for Ryan Matthews to get hurt…don’t worry, you won’t be waiting long.
James White – White caught 5 balls for 40 yards, solidifying his role as the Patriots top pass-catching back. Unfortunately, LeGarrette Blount carried the rock 22 times. White’s usage will increase dramatically when Brady returns as the suspended QB loves getting the ball out quickly to Gronk or his backs.
Mohammed Sanu – Roddy who? Somebody Hankerson? Mohammed Sanu stepped right up and into his #2 WR role behind Julio Jones. He rewarded the Falcons with a 5-80-1 line, besting the beast on the other side. Sanu is a solid WR in a pass-happy offense. If he’s available, get him in your lineups.
Chris Hogan – We’ve been talking about Hogan all offseason and he got 2016 started off with a bang. He only caught 3 passes in his 1st game as a Patriot, but one of those went for 38 yards and a touchdown. If he stays healthy, he could be a crucial piece of the offense when Brady returns.
Davante Adams – Reluctantly, I am adding Adams to my list. This guy burns me every season but, with Jordy Nelson back, Adams appears ready to make a move. He seems more comfortable operating out of the slot, something he wasn’t able to do last season with Nelson sidelined. He’s got a plus matchup against the Vikings and is a flex-worthy option this Sunday.
Eli Rogers – Another player we’ve been targeting all offseason, Rogers looked great Monday night. The Steelers offense was humming against the Redskins, a very solid defense. Rogers and Antonio Brown dismantled the Redskins secondary as Rogers finished with a 6-59-1 line. Rogers is available in nearly all leagues. Get him now!
Tyrell Williams – Our biggest mover of the week will, no doubt, be Williams. Keenan Allen’s 2016 was over almost as soon as it began. Terrible news for Allen can open the door for Williams much like Allen’s career catapulted in 2014 when Michael Floyd went down. Williams will be the X receiver and will be on the field in all 2+ WR formations.
Victor Cruz – Cruz turned the clock back Sunday afternoon and spent some time salsa dancing in the end zone! It was his first catches and his first score since 2014. Cruz looked fast, healthy and ready to roll after his season was up in the air due to injuries. If he’s available, take advantage.
Dwayne Allen/Jack Doyle – Allen and Doyle are currently sitting at 1 and 2 on the overall TE rankings from week 1. I don’t anticipate this developing into any kind of trend but, if you need help at the TE position, both are available in most leagues.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – ASJ appears to have the mental makeup of a child, but the guy can ball. He turned his 1 catch into a beautiful 30 yard touchdown. I can’t, in good faith, recommend him. However, he’s possesses a ton of upside in an offense that likes to air it out. If you’re desperate, take a flyer on him.
Jesse James – James saw work early and often as he fills in for Ladarius Green. Green’s career may be over. If so, James is the man in Pittsburgh and should see his role increase to Heath Miller levels. James caught 5 balls for 31 yards. He has TE1 upside and needs to be owned in all leagues.
CJ Uzomah – Look, he only had 2 catches for 59 yards, but he saw the 2nd most targets for the Bengals behind only AJ Green. Uzomah is only a flyer and will be relegated back to the waiver wire once Tyler Eifert returns. However, until Eifert returns, Uzomah is worth a look.
Kyle Rudolph – Rudolph is consistently one of the most underrated TEs in football. He possesses size, speed and hands that rival Gronk or Jordan Reed. If he is available, pick him up. Whether it’s Shaun Hill or Sam Bradford, the Vikings QB will be looking Rudolph’s way often.
Chargers (vs Jaguars)
Bears (vs Eagles)
Ravens (@ Browns)
Lions (@ Titans)