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Chicago Bears wide receiver Cameron Meredith (81) is tackled by Miami Dolphins linebacker Spencer Paysinger (42) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Bears have been trash this season. Now they have a possible Jordan Howard injury and an Alshon Jeffery suspension which creates a FAAB spending opportunity. I can’t say for certain whether we should pick up Bears running backs Jeremy Langford or Ka’deem Carey because I can’t say whether Howard is injured. My take on whether John Fox is truthful is “Nah, he ain’t ever been”. I’m with Howard on this one and that means the Jeffery suspension is our primary interest. It puts at least two players in the spotlight, Cameron Meredith and Eddie Royal. Marquess Wilson is also interesting if he’s going to play. Time to look at the waiver wire and spend some FAAB.

Cameron Meredith ($6) and Eddie Royal ($3) Meredith received 12 targets and 15 targets in back to back weeks and since then he’s received only 2 targets in each of three games. Thanks Obama. (Or is it Thanks Trump? Or John Fox? Or Jay Cutler?). Marquess Wilson should be acquired in very deep leagues. I actually think he’s the top wide receiver of this group if healthy, but I’m not assuming he is.

Ladarius Green ($5) According to Yahoo! Green only played 12 of 72 snaps. So it’s a good sign that he was targeted 4 times and caught 3 balls or 30 yards. Encouraging. Look, I really don’t know what to expect from him. The reality is he may not turn out to be useful. The opening is there, however, because there has been roughly ZERO consistency at wide receiver behind Antonio Brown.

Taylor Gabriel ($1) He has to be talked about now because he’s had 5 targets in each of his last two games. That’s not a lot! But it’s enough to talk about. He’s fast and possibly better at track than at football. To me it’s all about whether a volume of 5-6 targets per game is sustainable, if it is, he bears (again with the Bears??) some consideration.

Grab players like Rishard Matthews, Tyreek Hill and Eli Rogers first where still available, as they possible are in shallower leagues. Now can we talk about running backs? Are there any? Maybe. I’m not sure there are any worth talking about in 12 team leagues. But I’ll give it a shot.

Jeremy Langford ($2) Do I expect anything from him? I do not. Unless Jordan Howard is injured, than I do. But then I still don’t know if he’ll play ahead of Ka’Deem Carey.

Here’s some suggestions for players typically described as handcuffs, in the order I’d own them: Mike Gillislee (McCoy still has worrisome hamstrings), Fitzgerald Toussaint (Bell is injured more often than you probably remember and he’s a drug suspension risk), Damien Williams, Matt Jones (well, yeah, I guess he’s a handcuff now), and Benny Cunningham. The reason behind those ranks has mostly to do with the workload the handcuff would get were the lead back to go down and how likely I feel the lead back is to go down.

10-Team FAAB Recommendations

Kenneth Dixon ($8) Why the hell not? He’s the better 3rd down back than Terrance West and Baltimore is not a good team. When the team is not good, you want the 3rd down back. Take the chance on him being used more than Terrance West in the near future. I have no problem with a much more aggressive bid on him because I think he does have a chance to take the lead duties.

C.J. Prosise ($5) and Thomas Rawls($4) I think I’d rather own Prosise than Rawls. But I’d much rather own either of them than Christine Michael. It was a nice ride for Michael owners, but it’s finished.

James Starks ($3) Well, he got almost all the running back work. So there’s that.

Remember all your FAAB bids are relative. Relative to team needs, relative to what the market says about the players you are interested in, and relative to what budget you and your opponents have left. The market will be driven in large part by what the fantasy analysts at the biggest sites are saying. And I might not always agree with them. So last week I had Kapri Bibbs as my top add and for a significant amount of money. But if you’ll look at the comments section you’ll see that once I found out there was very little market for Bibbs I was not advising a large bid.

I wrote this one up very hastily so it’s possible I forgot someone completely obvious. Comment below to get my take on any such players. Good luck with all your FAAB based waiver wire acquisitions this week.

 

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  1. MJP says:
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    No mention of the terrible advice of Bibbs for $30 last week?

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @MJP: ctrl-F Bibbs might help.

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @MJP: Did you burn that #1 waiver priority on Ajayi like I recommended to you personally, in the comments section?

      • MJP says:
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        @RotoLance:

        I did! You definitely get credit for that one.

        • RotoLance

          RotoLance says:
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          @MJP: Really, I’m just here throwing in my 2 cents. You’re managing your team(s). I get credit for the advice but you get credit for actually doing it. The 2nd of those two is the one that really matters.

    • Cram It says:
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      @MJP: Did mommy not make you meatloaf for dinner last night?

      • RotoLance

        RotoLance says:
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        @Cram It: Thanks for reading. It was a bad call. Although it was one that was basically corrected in the comments section of that very same post when I realized other people weren’t as high on Bibbs as I was. Still my #1 claim of that week, but obviously you adjust and don’t spend as much money.

        As far as even addressing bad calls / good calls.. I do that a little but as a writer we have to keep in mind that these posts are not here for us to tell the story of our fantasy advice. They are here to give fantasy advice. So we can only dwell so much on the past.

        Also, Ctrl-F really is your friend in times like these.

        • Cram It says:
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          @RotoLance: Oh dude, that was directed at MJP, getting all cranky while not even reading your address of the call after the fact. I read your assessment of the Bibbs situation prior. Leave the “gotcha!” moments for the trolls. Keep doing you!

          • RotoLance

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            @Cram It: This is my bad for wording some of things the way I did. No, I knew you weren’t directing your first comment at me. I didn’t actually mean to give you advice with the Ctrl-F stuff. I didn’t mean for that to come across for you specifically but it did seem that way. That was more me poking fun of that guy again. I respect the readers but if someone is going to come at me w/o getting facts straight first then I think to some degree it’s fair game.

            The whole point was since you bothered to read I thought I’d just give an explanation of my process, even though no explanation was required. And the point being it was a bad call either way, but here’s something about the process.

            I know you weren’t being a troll and I don’t necessarily think he is either. But his comment did come across that way. I don’t think he meant it to.

            And I appreciate you seeing that there is a folly in the way that commenter went about it.

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      @MJP: “So last week I had Kapri Bibbs as my top add and for a significant amount of money. But if you’ll look at the comments section you’ll see that once I found out there was very little market for Bibbs I was not advising a large bid.”

      that appears to in fact be a mention.

  2. phil says:
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    Losing both Jeffery and Maclin I need help…which two should I pick up…WOODS, michael FLOYD, rishard Matthews, Marqise LEE, tyreek Hill, Britt, Quick,Wright , Meredith ?

    • RotoLance

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      @phil: Matthews and Hill definitely. Plan B, C, etc. might be Britt and Meredith. But if Marquess Wilson is coming back that throws Meredith’s value into question and I might rather have some of the others, Floyd for instance.

  3. RotoLance

    RotoLance says:
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    By the way, Jay edited this out as the lead “image” of my post. For good reason I’m sure. But anyway, the into makes less sense without it:

    @adamjahns
    #Bears RB Jordan Howard on whether he suffered an ankle/Achilles injury as John Fox said: “Nah, I ain’t suffer nothing.”

  4. Nick says:
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    You like Eli Rogers & T Hill as WR pickups over Meredith? I’m dropping Maclin as I have had enough in my 10teamer…

    Also I have a pickup to make in my 12 teamer, dropping C west (don’t want that handcuff to my Ware anymore)…do I snag M Bennett (I have J Graham so would be for flex consideration next week) or just go with Starks ?

    as a T West owner in my 12 teamer, not sure I can afford to pickup Dixon. I have Ware & Freeman as my starters & Ingram on bench alongside T Coleman & T West…just hold steady or try to get Dixon

    • RotoLance

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      @Nick: Now that Jeffery is out, arrow obviously pointing up for Meredith. I remain somewhat skeptical of him. It’s fairly close call with those three, I guess I prefer Eli Rogers, then Hill, then Meredith.

      I still really like M Bennett. Gronk has a “punctured lung”, something you probably heard. Obviously this helps Bennett some but he also has standalone value. Gronk may only miss one week. I actually slightly prefer Bennett to Starks in a FLEX conversation. Probably depends on how likely Starks is to get into your lineup as a RB. Like, if he is one injury on your team away from being a starting RB for your team than I’d go him instead.

      Holding steady with regards to Dixon is fine. The above advice is more for needy owners, which I think most of us actually are at this point, especially in 12 team. You are not needy at running back. Still I’d keep informed through the week on the Dixon / West situation to see if anything breaks. I might rather own Dixon but at the expense of West on my roster? Then I’m not so sure.

      • Nick says:
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        @RotoLance: in that 12 teamer I roll out Freeman and Ware with Ingram on bench alongside T West (think I mentioned it above). So Starks is not high up…

  5. IrishGuy says:
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    Losing Alshon and have Julio on a bye blow. Thoughts on trying to get Brandon Marshall. Is he a buy low or just stay away right now I mean, he cannot get any lower but if Fitzmagic is out, man who knows…..

    What other players (Guys not in the top 15-20) would you rather try to acquire over Marshall?

    • RotoLance

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      @IrishGuy: Not much on the wire I take it?

      Allen Robinson has become hot lately so he’ll be hard to acquire but I’m interested in him. Others: Brandon Marshall, Kelvin Benjamin, Emmanuel Sanders (except he doesn’t help you this week, he’s on bye), Jarvis Landry will see better days. So that’s not really a list of guys I would try to acquire “over Marshall” just other names I think that are worth considering. Brandon Marshall is probably the most risky of this group because of the change they made at QB but he might also come at the best value. I think you’ve got the right idea, if a trade is in fact necessary.

  6. RotoLance

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    With Christine Michael released it will take a stronger bid to land Rawls. Also I’ve changed my mind on Prosise holding slightly more value than Rawls. Having a chance to process this more I’d swap them.

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      @RotoLance: good work on these updates in the comments, rather than waiting for being asked it or it mentioned by us. very useful.

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        @Eli Man Penguin Boy: Thanks I appreciate that. This Rawls v Prosise thing was a tough one for me. I haven’t heard word on what folks in touch with the situation are saying, I’d think Prosise has more value this week but possibly Rawls the rest of the way but it might be near 50-50. It could also be 70-30 in favor of Rawls.

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