Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 4
September 28, 2015 | Evan Sandel
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Karlos Williams (24% Yahoo, 24% ESPN)
It’s incredible to remember that Williams was a fifth round pick this year, considering he has out-produced every other non-qb rookie in fantasy point production, despite not inheriting a lead role. He has out-produced Buffalo’s incumbent feature back, LeSean McCoy by 9.3 standard fantasy points on the season, and appears to have played his way into an even committee with the veteran trade acquisition. It’s an exciting prospect, considering the Bills offense appears to be far more prolific than was expected. Rex Ryan takes the reins off Tyrod Taylor a little more each week and the new-look Bills are clicking on both sides of the ball. Off-field issues and the fact that he’s a converted safety hurt Williams draft stock. He can move his imposing 230-pound frame at 4.4-40 speed and has the raw talent to succeed, and it appears Rex will give him the opportunity to do so.
Lance Dunbar (16% Yahoo, 13% ESPN)
With both Dez and Romo sidelined the Cowboys have elected to go ultra-run-heavy behind their top-tier offensive line. While Joseph Randle will be the primary beneficiary of this development, Dunbar appears locked in for passing down work. Dunbar caught 10 passes for 100 yards to lead the cowboys in receiving yardage. Meanwhile the entirety of the Cowboys wide receiver production was a measly four catches for 49 yards, all to Cole Beasley. Dunbar will see more work in games where the Cowboys trail, but will have a significant role for the duration of Bryant’s injury. He’s worth an add, especially in PPR formats.
Rishard Matthews (32% Yahoo, 16% ESPN)
Matthews has scored and/or reached the 100-yard mark in every game this year. He’s solidly the Dolphins no.2 wideout behind Jarvis Landry, which is a valuable position in the Dolphins high-volume, pass-first offense. Matthews has eclipsed Greg Jennings and Kenny Stills, who appear to have fallen off the proverbial cliff. The concern with Matthews’s long-term development is the inevitability of DeVante Parker. The Dolphins invested a premium pick in Parker at no.14 overall. While Parker’s development has been slow, due to a foot injury that caused him to miss early practices and the majority of the Preseason, he’s being brought along to play a big role for the Fin’s. Joe Philbin has been forced to bring him along slowly out of necessity, but he’s healthy now and once he’s fully involved he should eat significantly into Matthews numbers. Matthews should continue to be very productive for at least a few more weeks and is worth an add while the Dolphins receiving core evolves, Parker is worth a stash if you can afford the bench spot.
Marvin Jones (20% Yahoo, 19% ESPN)
Jones has seen his targets go up every week this season and has scored in the last two contests. He has officially taken over Mohamed Sanu for no.2 WR duties on the Bengals roster. With passing-back Giovanni Bernard outplaying an underwhelming Jeremy Hill, the Bengals could place more volume on their passing game. Bye-weeks enter the picture starting next week and Jones is a solid fill-in with potential for growth.
Charles Clay (17% Yahoo, 14% ESPN)
For all the attention Chip Kelley has gotten for kooky roster moves, one of the boldest decisions was the Bill’s decision to fork over a 5-year $38 million dollar contract with $20 million guaranteed to Charles Clay to pry him away from the Miami Dolphins. For reference, that’s twice as much guaranteed money as Gronk is currently getting. Yep. While that might look insane on the face of it, He’s also only a year removed from going for 759 and six scores on 69 receptions. Impressive numbers for a receiving tight end, numbers that would set or match Bill’s single season receiving records at the position, per Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News. Clay’s 2014 was marred by injury, yet he still managed to be productive, he should rebound solidly in Buffalo’s run-heavy scheme, which was once referred to as “tight end heaven” by MarQueis Gray, the Bills no.2 TE. Aside from being a good receiver, Clay is good with the ball in his hands, finishing fifth amongst tight ends for yards after the catch in 2013. Clay is an effective run-blocker and can even play halfback. There’s a lot for Rex Ryan to like here, and he surely knows it considering how much money the Bills shelled out to land the University of Tulsa product. Clay is already a top-10 tight end in standard scoring and with Tyrod Taylor looking like the truth, he’s nowhere to go but up.
Michael Vick (3% Yahoo, <1% ESPN)
The Steelers are in trouble without Ben Rothlisberger, who early analysis suggests will miss roughly six weeks with a bone bruise and MCL sprain on his left knee. Michael Vick figures to start in his place, Vick is a shell of his former self but the Steelers simply have too much offensive firepower to shut it down and go run-heavy, as the Cowboys have relented to doing. Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant make for one of the best receiving tandems in the league, Heath Miller is having a solid year and perhaps most importantly, the Steelers feature back, Le’Veon Bell is utilized heavily in the passing game. Bell went for 70 yards on 7 catches in week 3. Vick has looked serviceable in his time filling in for the Eagles and Jets the last few years, in 2013 he produced seven touchdowns, two on the ground, and 174 yards per game, while getting only six starts. There’s still some juice in the tank and the Steelers offense brings the upside to him, he’s worth rostering if you’re hurting at QB. I’d take him over Fitzpatrick, Bortles and Winston, but not Carr or Taylor.
Dorial Green-Beckham – While he hasn’t yet found a roll in the middle of the field, DGB is unquestionably Tennessee’s first thought for endzone targets. One of the best stashes out there, snag him now.
Antonio Andrews – A UDFA in 2014, Andrews was a practice squad guy for the Titans last year. He was used as the lead back in week 3 and played well, earning 49 yards and a score on 12 carries. Considering his main competition is Bishop Sankey, he could actually earn the job. We’ll have to wait until after the Titans week 4 bye for more clarity, but worth a stash.
Thomas Rawls – Looked good behind Marshawn Lynch, there’s no long-term potential here since Lynch is only dealing with an agitated hamstring. Rawls makes for a good spot start or DFS play if Lynch misses another week.
Gary Barnidge – 30-year-old emerged over Housler as the starter for the Browns but I highly doubt we see that sort of production consistently, if ever again.
Tyrod Taylor – Rex Ryan appears to be taking the restrictor plate off the Red Dragon, and I’m done poo-pooing this guy. He’s still widely available with ownership at 38% Yahoo and 44% ESPN. Add in all formats.