Week 3 is in the rear-view mirror, and the season is starting to take shape. A few of my teams have been decimated by injury and under-performers, but even though the pickings are slim this week, there is always that ray of hope on the waiver wire. I'll mention a couple guys at each position with very low ownership percentages according to Yahoo.com. If you're desperate, you've come to the right place.
I've never been able to resist taking a shot on Vick. His flaws are growing in his old age. His legs aren't what they used to be, and he's never been a pin-point passer. When he lines up this week, though, he'll be playing with one of the most impressive offensive casts in the league. Even if Vick has lost a step, he's still going to be one of the fastest quarterbacks in the league. With that potential rushing advantage, Mike can do enough to cover byes for those Brady/Mariota owners, and may even provide a nice bridge for folks who have to shelve Big Ben while he recovers.
Don't expect the world, but you can expect a serviceable outing from Vick.
Yes, I know, and I'm sorry. It pains me to mention Smith here, but heading in to Cincinatti, Kansas City is going to have to put up points.
Smith is generally good for enough rushing yards to supplement his unwillingness to throw deep. The Chiefs are coming off a few tough losses, so this week might be a good time for Andy Reid and Chiefs to right the ship on both sides of the ball against a team that, in the past, has had a few real stinker weeks.
Andrews will be given every opportunity in Tennessee, and with the Titans on bye this week, you might be able to scoop and stash him. The Titans don't seem to have any faith in any of their healthy backs, so Andrews will get a shot to see a lot of volume for a Marcus Mariota led Titans team that, for the first time in a while, looks like they belong on an NFL field.
Rawls looked good last week when he was pressed in to service for an ailing Marshawn Lynch. This week we'll see if Rawls' success was more ‘the Bears are terrible' or if we saw the start of a solid NFL career. Lynch is battling enough injuries to make Rawls a must-own short-term handcuff with Seattle hosting the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football this week.
The Cowboys will be playing from behind a great deal this year according to my crystal ball. Last week against the Falcons, Dunbar saw a lot of action as a receiver out of the backfield. I expect that trend to continue, and Dunbar to keep getting 5-7 receptions for 50-70 yards. His upside is very limited, but his floor is nice and safe.
Montgomery got in the end-zone against the Chiefs last week, and with Davante Adams battling a couple of leg injuries, Green Bay will have to dip in to their wide receiver depth yet again. The Packers face a 49ers team that got torched last week in Arizona, so that could end up being a nice stage for Montgomery to see significant snaps.
Ted Ginn Jr.
This is a repeat from last week's article. Ginn Jr., amazingly, is the go to wide receiver for the Panthers. You have to get past his bad hands and realize that Cam Newton is severely limited on options in the passing game. If you're hurting at WR, Ginn is a nice plug and play option.
This is a pluck and stash play for teams struggling at tight end. Gates should be back next week, and the Chargers need his red-zone ability.
Fleener may see increased snaps with Dwayne Allen battling injury. The Colts offense seems to be moving in the right direction, and Indy faces Jacksonville this week. Look for the Colts to continue to improve, and Fleener to be the tight end on the field most of the game.
Barnidge had a great game against the Raiders last week, a sign that you should start any tight end facing Oakland. While I don't expect him to post 100+ yards and another touchdown, if you're desperate, he is available, and last week could have been the first week of a new trend (please note ‘could be', as, likely, its not).
The Raiders have been surprisingly not awful this year. And this week, the Silver and Black head to up to Chicago to face a Bears team shut out last week against Seattle. Seattle's defense is legit, but the Bears being a terrible team helped the Seahawks looks so good. I expect the Bears to be a great matchup for any opposing defense at least for several more weeks.
The Falcons go to Houston to take on the Texans this week. The Texans offense struggled against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, and while Atlanta is not an intimidating defense, they are improved this year. The Texans will continue to struggle at least until Arian Foster returns. If you have to plug someone in your DST slot this week, the Falcons are owned in 3% of leagues.
Sturgis was just picked up by the Eagles to replace Cody Parkey who is out for the rest of 2015. The Eagles offense showed signs of life last week, and if they build on that success, there will be plenty of drives that stall and give rise to a few field goal attempts.
That's it for this week folks. Good luck out there!