I’m back with my first waiver wire and free agent report of the season. It’s a little late compared to our normal schedule, but hey I don’t get paid for this job!
So without further delay here’s my take on the best of the guys not on your roster who could help with this week or down the line.
QB Tyrod Taylor – Taylor looked decent in his first start, but wasn’t asked to do a whole lot in Buffalo’s 1920s offense. The Patriots aren’t great against the run so any problems he may have throwing should be offset by his rushing yards. Remember 40 yards rushing is equivalent to 100 yards passing.
QB Andy Dalton – Andy Dalton looks much better now he actually has some weapons back on offense. He’s not the greatest QB out there, but he should be able to sustain low QB1 numbers this season that’s until he shits the bed in the next big game.
QB Nick Foles – He looked good against the Seahawks and his performance should give you a QB1 option this week against Washington.
QB Johnny Manziel – Manziel will be the starter in Cleveland sooner rather than later. He’s a turnover machine, but he’s bold and can make plays with his legs. Probably a better stash at this stage of the season.
QB Alex Smith – Smith is a quality QB2 going forward don’t expect anything else.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick – A cross between Andy Dalton and Alex Smith. Don’t expect much and he’ll do you proud.
RB Bilal Powell – Ivory is the clear No1 for the Jets. But Powell saw the same number of snaps as Ivory. Expect decent numbers as they feed Powell to protect Ivory.
RB Khiry Robinson – Until Spiller returns Robinson will have value. Given that Spiller and Mark Ingram don’t have great injury history he may be worth kepping around.
RB Devonta Freeman – It looks like Coleman is winning the job in Atlanta…..however, Coleman didn’t play on third down, did no inside running and can’t pass protect. Freeman will continue to share this less than appetising RBBC.
WR Cole Beasley – Until we know where Dez’s targets are going he’s worth picking up as insurance.
WR Allen Hurns – Hurns is the No2 in Jacksonville. It’s a bad offense that will play a lot of catch up. Expect low catch rates and non-predictable output.
WR Tyler Lockett – Lockett looks sensational and saw some snaps on offense. Worth monitoring to see if his role increases. Lets face it there isn’t much competition ahead of him.
WR Tavon Austin – He’s did nothing through the air, but Austin is electric with the ball in his hand. Stash him and hope the Rams begin to feed him. If they do he’ll be a great flex play.
WR Cecil Shorts or Nate Washington- Last weeks targets and numbers were probably a symptom of Houston being behind. Given the ineptness of Hoyer and the spray gun of Mallet it’s something that could happen to Houston a lot this year.
WR Leonard Hankerson- Saw just 4 targets and made 2 catches last week. He’ll have value as the No3 in Atlanta, but perhaps not immediately.
TE Eric Ebron – Still not making difficult catches, but worth stashing to see how things develop.
TE Richard Rodgers – It looks like he’ll be the primary TE in Green Bay. That doesn’t guarantee targets due to the competition, but anyone catching passes from Aaron Rodgers has value.
TE Scott Chandler – It’s always tough to second guess the Patriots and their gameplan’s each week. If they move forward with twin TEs then Chandler will be a must own.