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Post Week Seven Waiver Wire Adds

Thursday, 25 October, 2018

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It’s that time again where we examine waiver wire adds post week seven here on Notjustagame.com.

Quarterbacks

Dak Prescott
Prescott has had consecutive solid weeks and now has a new weapon in Amari Cooper. Depending on how quickly their camaraderie develops you should see Prescott elevate to a solid tier two fantasy quarterback.

Running Backs

Ronald Jones
Ronald Jones got a plunge touchdown last week and it appears Peyton Barber is dealing with some type of injury as he has missed practice. One would expect Jones to start to creep up in the carries department as the season stretches on.

Austin Ekeler
Ekeler filled in nice in a London game with Melvin Gordon out. In PPR leagues Ekeler already held value. With Gordon nursing an injury he is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Chris Ivory
Ivory soon could be the only valuable fantasy Buffalo Bill out there. With Shady McCoy’s latest injury the veteran Ivory will fill the void. He ran for 81 yards on fourteen carries.

Wide Receivers

Tajae Sharpe

Sharpe had his best game as a pro as Marcus Mariotta appears to be shifting from Corey Davis to new targets. Sharpe was able to catch seven of nine targets. Using his size has been an asset for Sharpe since he days at UMass.

Danny Amendola
The Dolphins injury issues continue, as they’ll now be without Albert Wilson. Wilson had been a big spark plug for the Dolphins stagnant offense that must now find efficiency elsewhere. That possibly could come through veteran Danny Amendola. Amendola has the capability if he can stay on the field.

Tre’Quan Smith

Smith picked up where he left on on MNF against the Redskins with three catches for forty four yards. Without wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr may expected Cam Meredith to fill in stat-wise. Instead it’s been Smith who appears to be rising quickly on the depth chart.

Post Week Six Waiver Wire Adds

Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

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After week six Zack examines some hot names to grab off your waiver wire as we get set to enter week seven.

Quarterbacks

CJ Beathard

Beathard is proving himself to be a stat-filler in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Two of three starts now Beathard has filled the shoes of Jimmy Garrapollo and delivered admirable stats. Keep in mind Beathard is also a threat out of the backfield.

Dak Prescott

The Cowboys tweaked some things against the Jacksonville Jaguars and it worked. They decided to get the passing game going first before turning to their feature back in Ezekiel Elliott. That gave Prescott the confidence he needed as he turned third down scenarios into touchdowns. His 82 yards on the ground with a touchdown is an added bonus for his low yards output through the air.

Running Backs

Raheem Mostert

I’ll admit even I had to do a double-take on who was carrying the ball for the San Francisco 49ers. Mostert may not see the same work load as he did on Monday Night Football but is still one to keep an eye on. The weekly nagging injuries to Matt Breida typically don’t go away. For now he is trying to play through it but another re-occurrence and Mostert could be a prime back.

Malcolm Brown

Sometimes you have to anticipate more carries heading a backs way. Brown only has 100 yards on the year but sooner or later the Rams are going to protect Todd Gurley. High carries for a 6-0 team that is a Super Bowl threat is not needed. Expect Brown to get more carries as we get beyond week eight.

Gus Edwards

Edwards came out of nowhere to be factor back for the Ravens in their pull away road victory over the Titans. Double-digit carries in this day and age of football is certainly an eye catcher. The ten carries were also Edwards first of the season. In deeper leagues one can scoop and stash and see Edwards value the next two weeks.

Wide Receivers

Wilie Snead
All signs of facing a former team automatically are a fantasy value trigger. Snead took it personnel leaving the Saints and is starting to become more involved in the Ravens offense. He is certainly worth an add and flex consideration this week.

Al Wilson
The speed of Wilson is a threat few teams have. Miami’s comeback was predicated on two short routes that Wilson turned his jets on against the Bears secondary. Look for the fish to figure out more ways to get him involved.

Zay Jones
The young Bills receiver should get an upgrade with Derek Anderson in at quarterback. Many expect Anderson’s targets to go to a familiar connection with former Panthers teammate Kelvin Benjamin. Yet look for Jones who is a better red zone threat to be the beneficiary.

Paul Richardson
Richardson’s stats aren’t anything to write home about, yet Alex Smith has shown signs of leaning more towards him. If Richardson can overcome minor injuries look for him to be the leader of a Redskins wide receiver group that has yet to shine.

Terrelle Pryor
Everyone wrote off Pryor after a shaky start and pre-season as a Jet. Now in consecutive weeks he has found the end zone. It seems that he is starting to become the more consistent pass catcher over Quincy Enunwa. As Sam Darnold continues to grow as a rookie Pryor’s value continues to rise.

Ricky Seals-Jones
In the off-season everyone was discussing Seals-Jones as the deep sleeper at the tight end position. Six weeks into the season he is finally starting to show signs. Rosen always favored his tight ends at UCLA and now that’s transferring over to Jones. His ceiling is much higher than what his stats have showcased thus far.

Post Week Five Waiver Wire Additions

Tuesday, 9 October, 2018

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Week five did not disappoint with on field NFL action. More names are available for in fantasy football as owners scramble to make a playoff push to win their league titles.

To get there it requires weekly work on the wire. Zack Cimini examines some names that are currently available and deserve a shot on your roster.

Mitchell Trubisky
Off a bye week Mitchell Trubisky is owned in just 43% of CBS leagues. Thus far through four games Trubisky is averaging 19 points per game. That’s a solid average that is not on most waiver wires. What potential owners are worried about with Trubisky is his ability to continue to create. Designed plays have worked and with Tarik Cohen gaining in the offense expect Trubisky and the Bears to continue flourishing with the offense.

Baker Mayfield
The addition of Baker Mayfield is a must as he has shown he can make all the throws. Owned in just 62% of CBS leagues Mayfield is a fantasy backup quarterback option. Where I’d be leery of using Mayfield is later in the season when teams have been able to adjust based on film.

Alfred Morris

Morris is now the hot name with the 49ers Matt Breida out indefinitely with an injury. The veteran has shown in the past to have some value but clearly is not the same back. Still the 49ers offense has shown to boost values of the majority of on field personnel. Snare Morris and see what’s in store for the next week or longer.

Wendell Smallwood and Cory Clement
The Eagles offense has been a shell of itself for the first month of the NFL season. Now they’ll be without Jay Ajayi for the rest of the season, which means new boosted chances in the Eagles back field. No one knows for sure how the share will work out. What we do now is that Smallwood and Clement have been fill in fantasy stat fillers before. Smallwood likely is the better of the two but not by much.

Ty Montgomery
It’s been a long time since Montgomery has been a week-to-week fantasy contributor. With Aaron Jones back from suspension Montgomery is now currently owned in just 53% of CBS fantasy leagues. Yet I like what I saw from Montgomery this past week against Detroit. Jones is a hard runner that may not be able to stay healthy and clearly Jamaal Williams is not the threat people were hoping for. Montgomery is one of those you can add before he gets on the radar.

Cameron Brate
With Jameis Winston back there will be a huge shift to the Buccaneers offense. The rushing attack will likely increase and that means more from Cameron Brate. Brate has shown to be one of Winston’s favorite targets and with all the weapons expect the Buccaneers to continue to be.

Keke Coutee
If not for getting hurt briefly Coutee may have had a second consecutive spotlight game for the Texans. He did manage to get a goal line TD and seems to be more of a fantasy force than Will Fuller at this point. Coutee is worth an add and stash with upside going forward.

Paul Richardson
Lets face it no one on Washington looked prepared after their bye week. Something has to change and it has to be with the way the Redskins are attacking with the football down the field. On a couple of Smith’s attempts Monday Richardson was able to get open. Expect the Redskins to open up things more and for Richardson’s fantasy value to have an increase.

Donte Moncrief

For the second straight week Donte Moncrief has cemented himself in the wide receiver category. In week four Moncrief got the touchdown along with over one hundred yards. This past week against the Chiefs Moncrief was targeted fourteen times. Will this be a familiar spot that Moncrief showed as a Colt and disappears or does he have a role with upside?

Fantasy Football Post Week Four Waiver Wire

Friday, 5 October, 2018

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Zack examines some waiver wire additions heading into week five of the NFL season.

Quarterbacks

Baker MayField

As soon as Mayfield got on the field against the Raiders he showed why he was a top pick. Mayfield was able to make the timely deep ball throws and stretch the field with ease against the Raiders. Turnovers are going to happen. For now Mayfield can be looked at as a fantasy backup quarterback with start potential if need be.

Jameis Winston

Winston’s mop up duty was not pretty but he will be the Bucs starter outside of their week five bye week. Winston’s ability to stretch the field is on the level with Fitz but Winston does have a better streakiness to him. Once he levels in he can be a solid fantasy contributor similar to 2015.

Mitch Trubisky
Trubisky’s start against the Buccaneers is surely an aberration. Yet there are positives to consider him a top fifteen fantasy quarterback. One is the increased usage of throwing to Tarik Cohen out of the backfield. Those are safe yards that will be there weekly. Also their ability to hit the intermediate to deep route when needed.

Running Backs

Mike Davis
Seattle once again has stirred the pot with their backfield options. Injuries at the tailback position have opened the door for Mike Davis to be a main contributor. He took advantage in week four rushing for over 100 yards and two touchdowns. The question is how often can Davis be counted on as the Seahawks will soon have to open up their offense through the air.

Nick Chubb
The damage Chubb did on just three touches is what fantasy owners have been waiting on. For now Chubb has to be a stash and hope guy, with Carlos Hyde showing strong validity to remain the main option for the Browns.

Wide Receivers

Dede Westbrook
With the Jaguars rush attack struggling Blake Bortles has ascended in fantasy quarterback rankings similar to a few years back. This is automatic dividends for a Jaguars wide receiver core that lost Allen Robinson to free agency and Marquise Lee to injury. Westbrook’s balloon game this past week against the Jets shows him as a capable bench fantasy wide receiver.

Sterling Shepard
Owners of Giants fantasy weapons don’t know what to do with Eli Manning’s poor efficiency. Yet PPR leagues have some value as showcased with Shepard’s ten catches this past week against the Saints. A touchdown boosted Shepard’s value who can be had in several leagues waiver wires.

Fantasy MLB Profile: Whit Merrifield

Monday, 29 May, 2017

At the end of May,finding a good return off the waiver wire is a circus of sorts. Typically one can find a short term value player that can be of use for a short stint. Landing a player that has produced top worthy stats for one month is not supposed to happen.

With holes plaguing the Kansas City Royals bats, adjustments were made towards the last stretch of April. Sent down was Raul Mondesi Jr and brought up were Jorge Bonifacio and Whit Merrifield. Both have been a part of a Royals mini turn around that has brought a bit of hope to a season headed towards a dead end.

Power numbers are available with Bonifacio. Overall he has hit seven home runs in just over a month.

Yet the intrigue lies with Merrifield whom is owned in less than six percent of CBS leagues. Since being put into the daily lineup on April 18th he has stolen five bases, hit five home runs, produced fourteen runs and ten RBI’s.

Stout production hard to find in nearly all fantasy competitive leagues.

So why is Merrifield widely available?

For one the Royals poor stretch placed a label of non fantasy worthy attachment. Secondly, Merrifield was batting just .230 on May 17th. With more at bats we’ve seen that average round up to a range he’ll likely fall into.

While Merrifield’s eighth spot in the lineup is not attractive, I’d ignore that here.

Grab the value on Merrifield before he becomes a hot waiver wire bid.

Patriots Running Backs Produce Underlying ATS and Fantasy Value

Monday, 15 August, 2016

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The staples of the New England Patriots continue to be quarterback Tom Brady and Coach Belichick.

With the impending suspension of Brady, added pressure is on the team to produce in the month of September.

Backup quarterback Jimmy Garrapulo is the face of attention amongst the chaos.

If he exceeds expectations the automatic assumption is a quarterback controversy.

After all many years ago Tom Brady supplanted veteran Drew Bledsoe with his own cementing performances filling in.

Yet, an area of value that continues to be overlooked with New England is their success at the running back position.

In recent years, backup running backs have thrived to catapult Patriots ATS value and fantasy waiver wire success.

Lets take a look at some strong contributions of impact since 2010.

Danny Woodhead–2010
Woodhead emerged as a solid option out of the backfield hauling in thirty-four catches and nearly 900 total yards. His value changed over Brady’s career as he became more of a take what you can get quarterback versus his prior mold of down the field passer.

Stevan Ridley—2011
Ridley was drafted as a third-round pick but the Patriots still had a 1,000 yard rusher in-line with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. As the year progressed Ridley became the main back and finished as the Patriots leading rusher in four of the final five games.

Brandon Bolden—2012
Ridley continued to be the feature back in 2012 but Bolden was the hot hand for one game against the Bills. He finished with 137 yards becoming the popular fantasy waiver wire add. Things did not work out on that move but it shows again how deep the Patriots can go at running back.

LeGarrette Blount—2013
After subpar seasons in 2011 and 2012, Blount stood out to become an impact back for the Patriots. He carried over a solid regular season to an even better post-season (4 TD’s, 172 yards) becoming a catalyst to the Patriots Super Bowl run.

Jonathan Gray—2014
Nobody can ever forget Jonathan Gray. He led the Patriots in rushing yards in three consecutive games. Yet, it was an eye-popping Sunday night road performance of over 200 yards rushing that grabbed everyone’s attention. After being late to practice he went from a commodity to Belichick’s doghouse.

Dion Lewis—2015
The Patriots did it once again with scatback Dion Lewis. The hardly used fourth-year back suddenly became a staple for the Patriots. He was on his way to an outstanding season before an injury cut his season short at mid-season.

The Patriots ability to thrive at the running back position continues to be a main reason for their consistency.

Counting on unforeseen standout contributions is a pattern we can all expect to ease the pressure for Garrapulo and Brady to blossom in 2016.