This is a pretty thin week on the fantasy waiver wire. The focus this week has to be on just getting through any temporary roster holes. Some of last week’s pickups merit consideration if still available, such as Darrius Heyward-Bay (although he is now a bit of a question mark with Jason Campbell’s injury). A few players, such as, Tim Tebow are also surprisingly still available in many leagues (likely given Denver’s bye week). Beyond those few players, you may be left digging to fill-in with whatever you can.
DeMarco Murray, Dallas, RB – Felix Jones may be gone for several weeks, leaving the Dallas backfield in flux. The general consensus seems to be that Murray has more upside and is likely to see more carries than fellow backup Tashard Choice. Dallas plays the Rams this week, so there should be plenty of rushing opportunities, assuming Dallas jumps to an early lead. If you have roster space and desperately need a back, you might add both and watch the news as the week progresses. If not, I’d add Murray and keep a close eye on Dallas as the week progresses. If either backup has a great game, certainly hold onto him at least until Jones returns.
Earnest Graham, Tampa Bay, RB – LeGarrette Blount’s status is uncertain for this week. Earnest Graham had a solid game on Sunday and faces a Chicago defense that has not been particularly stingy to running backs. If you own Blount, by all means handcuff Graham for the short-term.
Montario Hardesty, Cleveland, RB – Similar to Blount’s situation, starter Peyton Hillis’ status may be uncertain with a hamstring injury. Hardesty is talented, but has not shown much in the NFL to date. If you own Hillis, I would certainly make sure to handcuff Hardesty for the long-term given the uncertainty surrounding Hillis.
Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee, QB – The QB pickings are pretty slim this week for a spot starter. Matt Hasselbeck is still available in many leagues and was hot before facing Pittsburgh’s defense. Houston’s defense, without Mario Williams, should prove to be a reasonable matchup for Hasselbeck this week.
Tim Tebow, Denver, QB – Though he is not available in any of my leagues, Tebow is apparently still available in many leagues. He has a great matchup in Miami and will surely get points with his legs, even if the passing game is in chaos after the QB switch and Brandon Lloyd’s sudden departure. By all means, if Tebow is still available, hold onto him to see what develops.
Doug Baldwin, Seattle, WR – This is also a pretty thin week at WR, with several possible starters, but none particularly strong. Baldwin was hot before Seattle’s bye week and seems like a good possibility for a spot start. Unfortunately, Cleveland has been relatively stingy with WRs this year, and Baldwin’s production could fall if the rest of Seattle’s WRs are healthy after the bye. If available, you might also look at Baltimore’s Torrey Smith, who had his second solid game of the season last week. Tennessee’s Nate Washington is another possibility.
Eric Decker, Denver, WR – Decker is still available in some leagues and should be a full-time starter, if not the number one WR in Denver after Lloyd departed. If you can still grab Decker, I would hold onto him for the long haul.
Fred Davis, Washington, TE – Davis had yet another solid game and is still available in many leagues. Davis may merit long-term consideration if you are thin at TE.
Dallas Defense – The Dallas defense is widely available and is not terribly good – but they face the lowly Rams this week.
I’m not seeing too many widely available long-term pickups worth a bench spot. Certainly grab Tebow and Decker if available and keep an eye on the Dallas backfield. Fred Davis might be an option if you are thin at TE. Other than that, I would focus on simply getting by this week.
Demaryius Thomas, Denver, WR – Uber-athlete Thomas is rumored to finally be healthy in Denver. After the Lloyd trade, he should start to see action on the field quickly. He is also a very big target — and Tebow may need that. If you have a wasted bench spot, it might even be worth stashing him for a few weeks to see how he develops.
Tashard Choice, Dallas, RB – See discussion of DeMarco Murray above.
Marshall has over ten years fantasy football experience and maintains a fantasy football blog over at Sunday Morning Legend (In My Own Mind).
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