Week 8 Pickups: What can Bryce Brown do for you?

Amazingly, it’s another good week for the running back needy, and some of you likely lost your starters this week with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson going down. I would have hoped you’d replace Spiller by now, but I know it’s hard to give up on those preseason plans.

I’ll typically assume most previous pickup suggestions have been secured in your league each week, but be sure to snag any Giants receivers that are available as they go on bye this week. That offense could get back on track when next we see them take the field.

I’d also prioritize Branden Oliver over this entire list, despite his somewhat disappointing performance against the Chiefs, who are playing better than most are giving them credit.

But enough with the intros. Let’s get to the picks. Continue reading

Week 7 Pickups: Andre Holmes needs a home on you roster

I’m enjoying riding the Branden Oliver train after his performance in Week 6. While he didn’t do as well as he did in Week 5, he held up well as a feature back with 30 carries. I’ll take that all day until Ryan Mathews returns.

Ben Tate, Branden Oliver, and Ronnie Hillman have all proved their worth at this point. Andre Williams will need another week to see if the Giants offensive line will show up for him. Keep your eye on Mark Ingram, who should return to his leading role for the Saints this week as long as his health cooperates. Isaiah Crowell is also on my radar in a big way after he got the lone RB2 touches for the Browns this week behind Ben Tate. All of these guys should be owned in all leagues. Continue reading

Week 6 Pickups: Branden Oliver be in your lineup

It’s a good week to get some bench running backs as we had three major injuries to Rashad Jennings, Montee Ball, and Donald Brown, which opened the door for some promising options.

Many of my teams are hurting so I’ll be setting plenty of waivers. Here’s where I’m putting my chips this week. Continue reading

Week 5 Pickups: Asiata told you to pick him up last week

No season-changers emerged this week, but we did finally see more of Matt Asiata with Teddy Bridgewater taking over the reigns for Minnesota. If this offense keeps moving, he could finally be a solid contributor in Adrian Peterson’s absence.

I’m going running back heavy in this edition with some options and stashes reaching a “must own” point this week.

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Week 4 Pickups: You’re my boy, Alfred Blue

We just can’t catch a break, can we? This week we had another rash of injuries. Those injuries combined with the first bye weeks will make the waiver wires pretty active this week. At least we have a few new stars like our boy Blue.

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Week 3 Pickups: We lost a lot of good men out there

We lost of really good men out there. So many good men.

But here we are in Week 3. Somehow, we have to put the pieces back together. As an owner of Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson, I’m hurting so the RB help on the wire is welcome. Here are my top targets. Continue reading

The recent track record of Week 1 surprise players isn’t good. How many have played well in Week 1 and gone on to finish as a top-shelf Fantasy option at their position? Over the last two years, the answer is two: Alfred Morris in 2012 and Julius Thomas in 2013.

Two! Over two years.

Still want Justin Forsett?

— Dave Richard in Fantasy & Reality: A Week 1 warning on Forsett craze on the waiver wire

Week 2 Waiver Wire: Can Josh Gordon get a vote?

The drug vote saga drags on, leaving the suspensions for Josh Gordon and Wes Welker up in the air. Is it worth stashing Gordon at this point if he’s still out there? Probably.

I’m still concerned about how much of Gordon’s suspension will actually be reduced, but his abilities as a top-5 fantasy football receiver when he takes the field makes him worth a bench spot at this point.

Don’t break the bank with your free agent acquisition budgets just yet, but make sure Gordon is on a roster by week’s end.

Speaking of top receivers, I’d love to list Allen Hurns here. He was the early surprise in Week 1 when he broke out with two touchdowns in the first half of the early games. But Cecil Shorts’ injury opened the door. Shorts’ return in Week 2 could close it.

I’m not sure I burn a lot of free agent dollars or a waiver claim order to get Hurns, but if you have a deep bench, be my guest. I might feel differently if it was Blake Bortles starting under center and not Chad Henne.

Now let’s kick off the waiver picks for this week.

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Week 13 Starts: Be thankful you made it this far

We’ll keep things short and sweet this week so you can get back to enjoying those leftovers.

We didn’t cover waiver wire picks this week because turkey is distracting, but you can peruse the late additions suggested by FantasyPros, ESPN, Rotoworld, and Keepers. Buffalo Bills D/ST…oh, how I wish I could get you. Continue reading

Week 12 Pickups: Grumble, grumble, disappoint

It’s been a rough two weeks. In what I would call my “main league” I’ve watched what I felt was a playoff contender fall apart in the last three weeks, and those losses are going to cost me a chance to compete in the playoffs this year. It’s really more painful to be so close…and yet so far.

Needless to say, my list of players I won’t draft again may be growing after this season. I took some chances with this team on the board, and it definitely hurt me. But that said, I also held onto my drafted players too long. I had WR3s who weren’t performing like WR3s for far too long sitting on my bench and preventing me from stashing some of the waiver wire gems that turned into greats.

So hopefully, if you’re reading this right now, you’ve got a shot and a few of these guys are already on your bench. We know the names by now, but these final weeks will be critical to make sure you stash good plays for not just the current week but the playoff weeks ahead. Continue reading