Not a ton on the waiver wire this week that we haven’t already talked about. Devonta Freeman exceeded my initial expectations and if he’s available needs to be picked up asap!! Check out my past waiver articles here for guys that may not be mentioned in this Weeks edition.
Michael Vick, PIT
Big Ben went down with an MCL injury along with a bone bruise and the early report is he will miss 4-6 weeks. I think it could be the full 6 weeks if not longer. At his age, an MCL injury coupled with a Bone bruise could take a while to heal. Granted he will have the best treatment and a QB doesn’t need the full mobility of a skill position player, but nevertheless, I think it will be about 6 weeks. Michael Vick gets yet another shot to try to revive his career after another recent failed attempt with the NY Jets. Let’s face it,, Vick is very inaccurate, can’t read defenses that well and is extremely injury prone. However, this is a pretty nice offense he walks into with Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell and a returning Martavis Bryant in Week five. Vick will frustrate with interceptions, overthrown balls, fumbles, but I think he can remain fantasy relevant while playing in this offense. He is also still a legit threat to run the football. This is strictly short term, because Vick could get hurt in the coming weeks, but if you are a Ben or Romo owner and the pickings are very thin at QB, Vick should provide some decent fantasy results.
Johnny Manziel, CLE
We have talked about Manziel already, but I am bringing him back up, because he’s probably back on your waiver wire after the Browns mistakenly decided to go back to Josh ” I am better off as an Insurance Salesmen” McCown. Just be ready, because Manziel should have this job back in a few weeks, once Mike Pettine comes to his senses, if he has any, they did sign McCown in the first place, expecting him to be a viable starter. But my gut tells me, Pettine knows this team is still a few years away and he wants to teach Manziel a lesson after last year and doesn’t want to hand him the reigns just yet. He will be forced to soon though.
Karlos Williams, BUF
I’m not sure who Williams reminds me of, he’s got a fairly unique running style. Maybe a mix of Darren McFadden and Rashard Mendenhall? Not sure, but Williams, is a no-nonsense type of runner. He hits the hole hard and finishes runs with power. RB’s who play with Mobile QB’s have a history of success since the threat of the QB run opens up lanes for the RB. Williams, a rookie from Florida State, has opened the year averaging 7.8 YPC with three TD’s. He is expected to start this Sunday against the Giants, as LeSean McCoy is out this week. This is a pretty intriguing pickup, and it seems like it could pay out for Fantasy Owners. He has pretty good burst, isn’t the most agile guy, but I like his physical running style. Maybe a mix of Knile Davis/Priest Holmes type. Somewhere in between.
Thomas Rawls/Fred Jackson, SEA
Jackson is likely the back sitting on benches as he was assumed to be the clear handcuff for the prestigious Marshawn Lynch, but Rawls was the one getting the rock last week after Lynch went out. Rawls finished with 104 yards on sixteen carries, while Fred Jackson did little. Lynch is a question mark this week against the Lions, so I wouldn’t advise going all in on Rawls or Jackson this week. If Lynch is out, I would expect Freddie J to get a little more burn then what he got last week. The Seahawks liked Rawls enough to release Christine Michael, but with Jackson there, I don’t think any guy will provide significant return, also Lynch could be fine.
Charles Sims, TB
Sims isn’t great, but he’s the preferred option when the Bucs are trailing, which will be often. Doug Martin was fools gold this preseason and he stinks. Sims could take the job outright, then again we may see Bobby Rainey soon.
Chris Thompson, WAS
Matt Jones owner were burned last week, partly by his fumble in the endzone, but mostly because of the gameflow. Kirk Cousins stinks and so does the Redskins defense. The Skins are going to be trailing a ton of games and that is why I am worried about Matt Jones and especially Alfred Morris. In games where the Skins are playing legit offenses, they will be forced to throw, leaving Thompson as the main cog. He played nearly every snap down the stretch as the Skins went into comeback mode, finishing with a TD and around 100 yards. He is the Skins version of Lance Dunbar. He’s for very deep leagues only 14-16 teams and when the Skins are playing a superior opponents, which could be every week actually!!
Just a quick overview of the WR’s, since it’s pretty slim pickings this week. DeSean Jackson could possibly return this week, if not next, so if he’s out there, go snatch him up. Robert Woods, eh. Marvin Jones, Eh, I don’t trust Dalton long-term. I would still be stashing Breshad Perriman, the Ravens desperately need him. I mentioned it before, but I will mention it again, Dorial Green-Beckham out there in your league? Grab him NOW!!! Guy is slowly emerging and looks pretty beastly. Not sure what Whisenhunt is doing by holding him back, maybe he’s making him very hungry. Victor Cruz is another add if he’s out there as he should return this week.The talent is still there as well as the rapport with Eli. Giants offense should improve as season goes on.
Max Williams, BALT
The talented rookie got his shot when Crockett Gilmore went down against the Bengals, finishing with three catches for 44 yards. Gilmore is highly questionable against Pittsburgh, and Williams could get his shot to earn more playing time with a good performance. The Ravens are so thin with weapons that Williams should get a decent amount of looks and could be a mainstay this season. It’s worth a shot, there is legit talent here.
Charles Clay, looks for real with Tyrod Taylor, also if Antonio Gates is still lurking in your league, he needs to be snatched.
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