I hope I don’t get sued for using the CW logo. Who am I kidding? I’m sure they would appreciate the exposure to the four people that read this article. With that said, they have come a long way from their UPN/WB days. You know, that channel that gave us hits such as Homeboys in Outer Space, The Mullets and Platypus Man. To be fair, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a hit and I got my wrestling fix from WWE SmackDown.

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The CW is and has always been a niche television station. They will probably never attain the goal of becoming the fifth “major” broadcast network, but that’s ok. They provide entertainment for their audience and the advertisers keep pouring in money. At the end of the day, isn’t that all that matters?

What in Tehol Beddict’s name does this have to do with fantasy football? There’s a player out there with the initials C.W. (I’m so clever aren’t I?) that is attractive to certain segments of the fantasy football community. At this point of the fantasy season, it consists of those that are still alive in the playoffs and those in keeper or dynasty leagues. All that matters at this point of the season is production. Case in point:

C.W. stands for Clive Walford, tight end of the Oakland Raiders. He is 6’4″, 258 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.79 seconds. The Raiders selected him in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Many draft pundits had him as the second best tight end behind Baltimore’s Maxx Williams. According to NFL.com’s draft analysis, Walford is a good blocker, can line up all over the field, is quick enough to threaten the seam and make the contested catch. His main weakness was inconsistency in catching the routine pass and questions about his athleticism.

Looks pretty good to me.

Now, rookie tight ends usually have difficulty making an impact their first year and Walford has been no exception. In his first four games, he received a total of five targets and hauled in two for five yards. In Week 5 against the Broncos, we got a glimpse of his explosiveness as he caught his lone target for 33 yards. From Week 7-10, Walford scored three touchdowns and received at least two targets in every game, but still was on the field fewer than 50% of the time. Below is the snap count percentage, targets and receptions since Week 10:

Week Snap percentage Targets Receptions
11 58.8% 3 2
12 57.7% 2 1
13 35.4% 5 5
14 66.7% 7 3

Even though he was only on the field 35.4% of the time in Week 13, he caught five passes that game and posted his highest yardage total of the year (53 yards). Walford is becoming a bonafide weapon for the Raiders. With Amari Cooper and Michael Crabree doing damage on the outside, the middle of the field is primed for Walford to take advantage.

For those in redraft leagues, the Raiders host the Packers and Chargers in the next two weeks. The Packers have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to the tight end position. It’s very possible that Aaron Rodgers will put up points in that game, so the Raiders may have to chase points. That would be very favorable for the prospects of Walford. The Chargers have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to tight ends. The schedule sets up very favorably for the fantasy playoffs.

For you dynasty owners, scoop up Walford if you haven’t done so already. Mychal Rivera will be a free agent at the conclusion of next season, but the pendulum has already swung in Walford’s favor. The Raiders are definitely building something special on the offensive side of the ball. As shown in the vine at the top of the page, Walford has the athleticism to beat safeties on the sideline. He also abuses linebackers in the middle of the field. With the amount of weapons that the Raiders possess, he is usually going to be in an advantageous situation.

 

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  1. G says:
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    Hey son. If Eifert is out for me this week would you go Walford or Ebron (plays saints)? Thanks man

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @G: What up G. Gotta go Ebron. Saints are historically bad and have given up the most points to quarterbacks and tight ends.

  2. Clint says:
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    Yeah, everybody saying the Raiders stink need to take notice that this team IS on the rise. Heard a pundit say that all things being equal, Derek Carr’s better than his shell-shocked former NFL brother was, Khalil Mack’s already got this Packer fan scared for this weekend, Amari Cooper’s about a year away from being in the Megatron discussion, and you’ve covered Walford nicely here. Give the former Packer GM’s time and they do well (see Schneider in Seattle & now McKenzie in Oakland), especially when they have to recover from the multi-year destruction wrought by the Davis years preceding them. It’s sad, though, that Oakland won’t get to enjoy this transition as the NFL is as obsessed as Glenn Close when it comes to putting a team in LA next year. Jaguars fans, take heart & see what your future can be if you exercise patience!

    • Son

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      @Clint: Well said Clint. As much as I cringed at the DJ Hayden draft pick, I’ve been very supportive of McKenzie from the get go. I believe that you have to build a team from the draft and he’s done a good job. The future is definitely bright. I hope the Raiders return to LA, but it sounds like it’s going to be the Rams and Chargers. Booooo.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Son: things are looking up for STL’s newest to be team soon, on offense the same way the current STL team’s D already is (when healthy)

  3. E says:
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    12 teams, 6 make the playoffs, I had the second most points scored all season, only 9 behind the top scorer. My team finished with a 6-7 record and missed the playoffs.

    I know there is a lot of luck in fantasy football but is there any way to construct a league where this wouldn’t happen?

    I’ve accepted my fate at this point and I’m not too upset, just want to know your opinion on stuff like this. I know I’m not the first or the last person to get screwed like this.

    • Son

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      @E: Make it a rotisserie scoring league. Winner is determined by who accumulates the most points. There will be no playoffs and head-to-head action though.

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @E: If you still want to keep it H2H, there are a couple options. One is you could put in a provision relating specifically to the top point scorers (for example, in one league I’m in, the top point scorer gets the last seed if they’re out of the playoffs by record). Another is to go to a power rankings system, or a modified version thereof. Have record be one of two or three components to the standings, along with total points and/or breakdown record against the other teams. Each component gets assigned a value 1-12 (or however many teams are in your league), and then add the three for a power ranking. I have a hoops league that does this–division winners by record automatically make the playoffs, and the remaining seeds are by power ranking.

      • Son

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        @Steve Stevenson: Nice. Well done. I like the division winners getting into the playoffs with at-large teams by power rankings.

        • Steve Stevenson says:
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          @Son: Yeah I like that setup too. It feels fairer, and yet then everyone still gets hosed by bad luck in the playoffs anyway!

  4. theresaholeinmypocket. says:
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    I apologize for the kicker question, but I cant make up my mind. Josh brown from NYG has been automatic all year but been missing lately (2 of his last 3). NYG plays Carolina and I could see them stalling a lot and kicking fieldgoals, or just stalling in general and NOT scoring many points at all..

    other option is matt praeter for the Lions. playing NOLA MNF. in a dome, should be a high scoring affair with new Orleans bad defense, and doesent look like hes having the same struggles..

    does it matter? sorry for the q but wanted anothers input. i’ll laugh when I win or lose my matchup based of these two guuys (hopefully not).

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @theresaholeinmypocket.: The weather in NY has been good and that looks to continue this weekend, but I’d still go with the barnburner in the dome.

      • Son

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        @Steve Stevenson: I concur. Carolina has actually allowed the second-fewest points to fantasy kickers this season

  5. Steve Stevenson says:
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    I’m in a league where the playoffs run wks 15-17; yes it’s dumb, but it’s also the only one I’m still alive in. I have a bye this week so am looking toward wk 16 with my waiver and FA adds. I don’t have any glaring needs on my team, though my RB and WR matchups wk 16, outside L. Murray vSD, aren’t great (RB–Gurley @Sea, [email protected], Buck Allen vPit; WR–Marshall vNE, Mike Floyd vGB, Cooks vJax).

    In terms of blocking my potential opponents, one (the more likely winner this wk) is really only weak at TE for wk 16, and the other may have needs at DST and WR. Below are available options:

    RB – the D. Harris/B. Brown (vStL) dilemma in SEA
    WR – Aiken vPit, Snead vJax
    TE – tons of options, so not sure if it’s worth it to block–Z. Miller @TB, Ertz vWas, Watson vJax, Rudolph vNYG, Walford vSD, etc.
    DST – BUF vDal, OAK vSD, MIA vInd (likely without Luck)

    I have 3 roster spots I can afford to play with (if you count K, though I was considering adding Boswell with how dominant he and PIT’s offense have been). Who would you prioritize, and would you use a waiver claim for any of them or hope the other teams use theirs and I can move to top priority for next week?

    • Son

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      @Steve Stevenson: I’d pick up Denard Robinson if available first and foremost. In terms of blocking, I’d probably prioritize D. Harris first, then Snead. You are right, there are plenty of options at tight end so it wouldn’t be worth it. I wouldn’t feel inclined to pick up any of those defenses either.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Son: Thanks! Denard’s not available. Someone’s been shuttling him on and off his team all year and it looks like it’s finally going to pay off.

  6. Benny says:
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    Bruh. Which guy would you roll with this week – Tye or Walford?

    • Benny says:
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      @Benny: Let’s throw Ertz into that equation as well.

      • Son

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        @Benny: I’d go Walford, Ertz then Tye.

  7. Jack says:
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    Run DMC, Buck Allen, Gates, or Gore at flex? Also, Martavis, Buck Allen, or Jordan Reed at flex? Thanks in advance.

  8. Son

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    It’s between Gore and Gates for me. I usually side with the RB for flex, but Gates is pretty much the only receiver left in SD. I think I lean towards Gates. Run DMC has to go against the tough Jets D and Allen is against the Chiefs, who are stout against running backs. For the other flex, I think you gotta go Reed there. He’s pretty much a high-end wide receiver when healthy, plus Martavis has to go up against the Broncos pass D.

    • Jack says:
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      Much appreciated.

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Jack: Not a problem. Anytime. You can also reach me @Stan_Son on Twitter or email at [email protected] for easier access. Good luck in your playoff matchup

  9. Jack says:
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    One more. If Stewart is out, then which RB – Buck Allen, Gore, Run DMC, or if I can get Denard Robinson or Tim Hightower off the wire? Thx.

    • Son

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      @Jack: Denard Robinson for sure. Hightower is a good pickup and you may consider Cameron Artis-Payne. He hasn’t played but it’s been mentioned that he would take over if Stewart were to get injured. Plus, the Panthers said they want to save Stewart for the playoffs and the Panthers may also shut things down.

  10. Fella says:
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    Hey Son!

    Some tough decisions for Week 15. Who would you go with and why?
    Pick 2: Latavius Murray, David Johnson, Bryce Brown, Cameron Artis-Payne
    Pick 2: Mike Evans, John Brown, Julian Edelman (if healthy)
    Denver D/ST or Tampa Bay D/ST
    Antonio Gates or Jordan Reed
    Phillip Rivers or Stafford
    Thanks!

    • Fella says:
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      @Fella: by the way, it’s a .5 PPR league.

    • Son

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      @Fella: What up Fella! David Johnson for sure. He’s the bell cow for an explosive Cardinals offense. He contributes in the passing game as well. For the second, I’d have to go Latavius. He’s the lead dog for the Raiders, so you know he will get the touches. The same cannot be said for Brown and Artis-Payne. Those situations have not defined themselves yet. For the wide receivers, I’d have to go Edelman and Evans. Although Evans has a tough matchup, with no Vincent Jackson he is going to get a ton of targets. The numbers with vs without Jackson are insane. The defensive decision is a very tough one. Denver has the tougher matchup for sure, while TB has the Lambs. It really depends on your league settings for defense. Personally, I’d go with the Bucs. Comes down to the quarterback for me. I’d go with Reed over Gates, although it’s close. I’m definitely going with Stafford over Rivers. Against the Saints indoors? Thank you very much.

      Anytime!

  11. rapgod says:
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    Would you start bryce brown or dmc this week??

    • Son

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      @rapgod: Really depends on your other options. DMC faces the Jets, who are stout against opposing running backs. Brown has a juicy matchup, but we still don’t know how the carries will be divied up. With that said, if I had to choose I’d go with DMC because at least I know he will get carries.

  12. m1chael says:
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    Roll with Draughn or Hightower?

    • Son

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      @m1chael: I’m going with Hightower. That game should provide plenty of opportunites to score.

      • m1chael says:
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        @Son: just picked up brown. My rb are now draughn forte Hightower and bbrown. Pick two to play.

        • Son

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          @m1chael: I like BBrown and Hightower

          • m1chael says:
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            @Son: the hawks just signed cmike but i don’t think it’ll change the fact that browns the starter.

            • Son

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              @m1chael: I have the same opinion. Hope it plays out like that

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