Waiver Wire News
The big fantasy news this week is the Patriots losing RB Shane Vereen until week 11 minimum after being placed on short-term IR. That means Stevan Ridley becomes the undisputed starter, while LeGarrette Blount gets bumped up to No. 2 on the depth chart. He is a weak handcuff to Ridley and should only be added in the deeper leagues.
Then you have Julian Edelman, or Wes Welker 2.0 as I like to think of him. If you look up “injury prone” in the dictionary, you might just find a picture of Danny Amendola sitting on the sidelines right next to it. Then you have Kenbrell Thompkins, who was targeted 14 times, but managed to reel in just 4 of them. So, that leaves Edelman who has been there since 2009 and has a great rapport with Tom Brady. I would put Edelman at the top of my waiver wire list this week if you are in a PPR league, or just need WR depth.
If Edelman is gone by the time you get to the wire, give Brian Hartline a look for our beloved Dolphins. The team runs a west coast offense, which is perfect for a guy like Hartline to rack up catch after catch and be a real waiver wire gem for those in PPR leagues. Remember that he is the WR2 behind Mike Wallace, so his stats are going to fluctuate. But as far as waiver wire picks go, Hartline is someone that could end up filling a WR3 or flex role for a lot of teams out there.
Then you have TE Julius Thomas of the Broncos breaking out for 110 yards and 2 TDs on 5 catches. We all know Peyton Manning loves to throw to his tight end, and the Broncos look poised to score a ton of points in what could be Manning’s fair-well tour. TE is a boom-or-bust position for fantasy leagues, which is why more and more are starting to go with a flex position instead of a traditional TE position. That being said, if you got sucked into that Zach Sudefeld hole, Thomas is someone you should grab if he is on your waiver wire.
Roddy White has a high ankle sprain, but toughed it out in week 1 and will do the same in week 2. The problem is he is well below 100 percent, and it is effecting his production. I’d sit him down until he shows he is well enough to play at a high level.
An MRI on Dez Bryant‘s left foot indicated a mild foot sprain and the Cowboys expect him to play Week 2. His fantasy value isn’t affected at all; play him as a top tier WR for week 2.
Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles is still listed as “out”, and Coach Jim Schwartz hasn’t given any timetable for his return. I doubt he is back this week, but I would still hold on to him as he has a high upside once he takes the field.
Finally we come to the Pittsburgh Steelers and their trio of big loses in week 1. They lost RB/KR La’Rod Stephens-Howling, ILB Larry Foote, and C Maurkice Pouncey for the season. Stephens-Howling has more NFL value than fantasy value, but the ripples will be seen; Foote is a blow to the Steelers defense as they will be forced to start 6th round rookie Vince Williams in his place now; Pouncey’s loss hurts Ben Roethlisberger the most, but Big Ben is a QB2 anyway.
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