By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)
means another chance to pick up the hottest free agent sitting out
there on your waiver wire. As the fantasy football season draws closer
to the finish line, every move fantasy owners make become more magnified
and every player that is added to a fantasy roster means more to that
owner. There are a limited number of roster spots and fantasy owners
can't take chances stashing players that aren't getting the job done.
There's only room for players that produce and deciding which players
that may be is one of the more difficult aspects of fantasy football.
It's time to take a look at this week's waiver wire do's and don't's.
Brandon LaFell- Wide Receiver- New England Patriots- This has been
coming the last few weeks and any fantasy owner that has kept a close
eye on not only Brandon LaFell but the Patriots offense knew this was
going to happen sooner rather than later. Brandon LaFell had his coming
out party in week eight versus the Bears to the tune of 11 receptions
(on 11 targets) for 124 yards and a touchdown. Week eight marked
LaFell's third double digit touchdown game this season and in his last
five games has played on over 80 percent of the Patriots offensive
snaps. In those five games, LaFell also has three touchdowns so
obviously the uptick in production has done wonders for LaFell's fantasy
value. He is now averaging double digit fantasy points on the season
and seems to be a trustworthy start for fantasy owners going forward.
Martavus Bryant- Wide Receiver- Pittsburgh Steelers- Having just wrote
about him in my last edition of Keeper, Sleepers and Jeepers as a
"sleeper" candidate, it appears Martavus Bryant could be the real deal.
After a week seven game that quickly put him on fantasy radars, Bryant's
week eight was even more productive with five catches for 83 yards and
two touchdowns. Originally thought of as a red zone option, Big Ben
looked to Bryant downfield as well as Bryant did have a 40 yard
reception in there as well. He adds an element to the Steelers passing
game that will make him worthy of being on most fantasy rosters.
Charles Sims- Running Back- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- With trade rumors
running rampant regarding Doug Martin and third round pick Charles Sims
healthy enough to make his debut in week nine, fantasy owners may want
to jump on Sims before he has any value in the fantasy game. While it is
possible that Charles Sims doesn't live up to the hype, he will be the
starting tail back for a team that is all but officially out of the
playoff hunt. He was known for being a good pass catching back at West
Virginia and could provide late season value for fantasy owners either
looking for a running back or just looking to bolster their roster.
Charles Sims may end up being that player added to fantasy rosters late
in the season that is on a lot of championship teams in a few weeks. It
may pay for fantasy owners to be proactive on Sims before he becomes a
hot waiver wire add.
Donte Moncrief- Wide Receiver- Indianapolis Colts- With Reggie Wayne
missing week eight, Donte Moncrief stepped up in a big way providing
seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. He posted over 17 fantasy
points in week eight and will continue to be fantasy relevant in the
absence of Reggie Wayne. Moncrief has 23 targets on the season and
fantasy owners should expect that to increase as the season goes on.
John Brown- Wide Receiver- Arizona Cardinals- While Brown has been on
the fantasy radar most of the season, owners were waiting for him to
have that big game that we all knew was coming at some point. Well, week
eight was that big game. Brown saw a season and career high of 10
targets as he hauled in five of them for 119 yards and score. Brown
scored almost 18 fantasy points in week eight which is enough to make
him a high priority on the waiver wire this week. With a healthy Carson
Palmer back in the fold, fantasy owners can expect Brown to continue to
see a healthy dose of targets moving forward.
Kenny Stills- Wide Receiver-New Orleans Saints- While Stills has made a
name for himself the last two weeks, it's still difficult to trust him
since he isn't seeing steady targets tossed his way. In the six games
that he's played in this season, he has 24 targets (four per game) and
hasn't seen more than five targets in a game yet. The next few games may
give fantasy owners a better understanding on how the Saints plan to
use Stills but for now, he is on the "sleepers" list until he proves he
can produce steady numbers for fantasy owners.
Lorenzo Taliaferro- Running Back- Baltimore Ravens- I feel like I've
been playing this game with Taliaferro all season long. Just when he
looks like he could break out, he gets out touched by Justin Forsett or
even Bernard Pierce. Taliaferro's two touchdown game in week eight may
have been more a product of Pierce being a healthy scratch than
Taliaferro finally ready to become the starting running back for the
Ravens but until it becomes clear what his role will be, it's hard to
trust a running back each week that may or may not get enough touches to
warrant putting into your starting lineup.
Michael Vick- Quarterback- New York Jets- Unless fantasy owners are
desperate for a quarterback this late in the season or your starting
quarterback is on a bye, there really is no reason to pick up Vick on
waivers. If you're hoping to recapture the Magic that Vick provided a
few years back off of the waiver wire, you may want to think again.
While Vick did lead the Jets to 17 points off of the bench in week
eight, he really doesn't hold any value at all for fantasy purposes and
probably won't do much for a fantasy team in week nine.
Jonas Gray- Running Back-New England Patriots- While Jonas Gray did have
a good game in week eight with 17 carries for 86 yards and had a few
touches inside the ten yard line, it's difficult for fantasy owners to
trust New England running backs not named Shane Vereen. Fantasy owners
will need more time to see what role Jonas Gray will play for the
Patriots before they can decide whether or not he's worthy of a roster