Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

Tre Mason, RB, Rams- Week 7 Stats: 18 car, 85 rush yds, 1 rush TD

Mason’s name came up on “Rams Running Back Roulette” in week 7 and the rookie out of Auburn did not disappoint. Tre thrashed the Seahawks defense for 85 yards and a score in St. Louis’ stunning 28-26 upset win over Seattle. This backfield is going to undoubtable cause owners to sprout grey hairs as the season progresses, but if you feel like taking this ride there is a chance Mason becomes this year’s Zac Stacy, winning the job over and never looking back. Though far from a certainty, he has the highest upside of any back on the waiver wire this week.

Denard Robinson, RB, Jaguars- Week 7 Stats: 22 car, 127 rush yds, 1 rush TD

It looks like our “Storm warnings” were a bit off last week, as the Jags instead decided to run with former University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson in their win over the Browns. Robinson carried the ball 22 times for 127 yards in a score- by far the most productive game of any Jacksonville running back this season. Head coach Gus Bradley says the job is his to lose, making him an exciting addition to this week’s waiver class. Any time you can snag a starting RB this late in the season you’ve got to do it.  

Bryce Brown, RB, Bills- Week 7 Stats: DNP (healthy scratch)

Brown wasn’t active in the Bills come-from-behind, last second victory over the Vikings, but he’s expected to see a lot of action over the next few weeks. Buffalo lost C.J. Spiller for the rest of the season with a broken collarbone, and Fred Jackson for upwards of a month with a groin injury. The Bills gave up a fourth round pick for Brown last May and now it’s time for them to get some return on their investment. Their two-back system is not expected to change, which means Anthony Dixon will remain in the picture, but from a talent perspective it’s not even close that Bryce is the back you want on your team. If he excels in the Spiller role, he could be flex worthy even after the always reliable F Jax returns.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks- Week 7 Stats: 7 rec, 123 rec yds, 1 rec TD

Baldwin seamlessly snuck into the Seahawks WR1 slot Sunday in Seattle’s loss to St. Louis. He grabbed seven balls for 123 yards and touchdown- much better numbers than anything his former teammate Percy Harvin had put up all year. Baldwin should continue to see the lion’s share of the targets in this offense moving forward. From a fantasy perspective he is a feel-good flex play with WR3 upside.

Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals- Week 7 Stats: 10 rec, 48 rec yds (12 targets)

The Bengals got beat down badly in their 27-0 shutout loss to the Colts. Indy completely neutralized Gio Bernard and made Andy Dalton look like Raggedy Ann, but that didn’t stop tight end Jermaine Greshman from hauling in 10 of 12 targets for 48 yards. Star wideout A.J. is easing his way back from a toe injury, and fellow tight end Tyler Eifert is still a few weeks away from returning from an elbow injury, meaning now is the time for Gronk, Gates and Kelce owners to capitalize on Gresh during their byes.

Jerick McKinnon, RB, Vikings- Week 7 Stats: 19 car, 103 rush yds, 2 rec, 4 rec yds

I’ve been telling you to add McKinnon for weeks now, but if he’s still sitting there on waivers he should be your top priority. The days of Matt Asiata being fantasy relevant are over. The future of Vikings backfield starts now.

Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins- Week 7 Stats: DNP (injured)

RG3 could be back in action as early as Monday night, and since Kirk Cousins did everything in his power to kill any possibility of a quarter back controversy in our nation’s capital, the job belongs to the Subway spokesman. If you’re desperate at QB, or perhaps a Matt Ryan owner in peril, it would be behoove you to take a flier on the former rookie of the year. 

-fresh (@danye33)

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