27 Sep Waiver Wire Mining: Week 4
QB: Carson Wentz (PHI) vs. BYE- You may wondering why we have a player listed here who can not necessarily help your team heading into Week 4. The answer is simple, he has led Philly to a 3-0 start, turning heads running Doug Pederson’s offense efficiently and not committing turnovers. Sure this week he will not help your team, but upon return he’s a capable fill-in for your current starter in future bye weeks and a streamer when your starter has an unfavorable matchup. Hopefully you are not in a league with Jon Gruden because the way in which he gushed about Wentz during the whole SNF broadcast versus the Bears leads me to believe Gruden has 100% ownership.
QB: Trevor Siemian (DEN) @ Tampa Bay- This isn’t an overreaction to Siemian’s incredible Week 3 showing, it’s a reaction to his standout play and other pertinent factors going forward. Siemian was awesome against the Bengals and now faces a generous Tampa Bay pass defense. If you are an Aaron Rodgers owner looking for a bye week fill-in or a concerned Russell Wilson owner (due to his injury), Siemian is an intriguing Week 4 streamer.
RB: Jordan Howard (CHI) vs. DET- There was already a bit of momentum toward Howard seeing a larger workload in Chicago, but with Jeremy Langford now dealing with an ankle injury, Howard is in line to start. He combined 47 receiving yards with 45 on the ground in Week 2, and will enter flex conversation for Week 4 with Langford out.
RB: Orleans Darkwa (NYG) @ Minnesota- So yet again the engine on the Giants RB carrousel has begun to churn once again. As if the situation in the backfield was not murky enough, we have a double dose of injury making it even more tough to decipher. You never want to see a player get injured, but Shane Vereen will miss the rest of the season with a torn triceps, and Rashad Jennings missed Week 3 with a hand injury. Myself along with dynasty owners and people who hold rookie drafts at the beginning of the year would like to see Paul Perkins take over the reigns, but that does not seem likely as he has only gotten on the field via special teams this season. Orleans Darkwa was in the four-man RBBC (running-back-by-committee) last season and looks to be the main beneficiary if Jennings has to miss another game. They also have ex-Buccaneer Bobby Rainey on the roster, but he is more of a super-deep league addition. In the wake of Vereen’s absence in Week 3, Darkwa had 10 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown. He gets a very tough matchup against the Vikings, but knowing the RB position is very volatile you could do worse.
RB: Darren Sproles (PHI) vs. BYE- While Sproles has the highest ownership percentage out of this group, it still is under 50% on ESPN right now (49.3%), so if he still is available you should look to pick him up. He has been so good for so long, but the role in Philly this season is particularly enticing. He led the Eagles in targets in Week 2 and is a useful add to your lineup in points per reception scoring. He has seen some work in the red zone this year as well, something very critical for fantasy value. This probably will be the last time he will be available on waivers, and make sure you scroll all the way down where projections for players are at zero, considering the fact that the Eagles are on bye this week he will not be floating at the top of the RB position.
WR: Terrelle Pryor (CLE) @ Washington- Pryor exploded onto the scene in Week 3. He did it all for Cleveland, throwing five passes, adding 21 rushing yards (including a touchdown) and catching eight passes for 144 yards. An exceptional athlete who will have extensive utility in Cleveland as the Browns deal with quarterback woes, Pryor needs to be owned in all size leagues. Even when Josh Gordon returns from suspension Pryor will still have value, so do not neglect picking him up if you need help at WR thinking that he will only produce in one more week for you.
WR: Cole Beasley (DAL) @ San Fransisco- Featured as an honorable mention in my article following Week 1, this little guy deserves a big write-up and bigger ownership. Dez is dealing with a knee injury now, but it remains to be seen if it will cost him any time on the field. But Beasley has been a clear part of this offense so far in 2016, tallying 20 catches in three games. That’s good enough to squeeze him into this column again. He’s a starting-level player in 12-team or larger points per reception leagues.
TE: Kyle Rudolph (MIN) vs. New York Giants- A guy that seemed to garner hype as a breakout candidate seemingly after every disappointing season, but rightfully so as he is a tremendous athlete and football player. The 7-70-1 line from Week 3 from Rudolph was nice, but there’s one stat that stands above the rest to highlight his value: 26 targets in three games. Perhaps that pace will slow a bit, but Rudolph is currently on target for just under 139 this season. His size, catch radius, red zone ability and workload are enough to add him as a starting tight end. Unfortunately all of those attributes have not returned the expected fantasy value, especially in such an advantageous scheme for tight-ends like Norv Turner’s. Fantasy football is such a perplexing game in that the year not many people were touting Rudolph to be a viable option he becomes one, and all of the past years everybody was calling for him to breakout, he was sitting on waivers by the end of the year.
TE: Hunter Henry (SD) vs. New Orleans- Antonio Gates did not practice all week or play in Week 3, opening the door for Henry to take every snap against the Colts. He managed five catches for 76 yards, but a fumble put a bit of a damper on his day. All that being said, his workload should be steady if Gates misses more time. He’s a usable tight end until Gates comes back.