Every week I’m amazed that, theoretically, it is very possible to drop my entire team after Monday night’s game and rebuild a winning team with the scraps that are available on the waiver wire. I say theoretically because I really wanted to use that word in this post. That’s not completely true. I say as much because, as they say, hindsight is 20/20. By the way, who the heck are “they”? It’s easy to read Monday morning’s newspaper and pick out the top performers that no one saw coming. After all, that is why they are on the waiver wire in the first place. The skill is being able to identify those players prior to Sunday. Let’s take a look at this week’s collection of misfits that together, combined for over 200 points (201.98).
POSNamePointsOwned
QBKirk Cousins30.187%
RBDarren McFadden23.236%
RBRyan Mathews19.649%
WRNate Washington29.24%
WRStefon Diggs20.760%
TELadarius Green16.548%
FLDanny Amendola18.613%
DSTJacksonville243%
KBlair Walsh2015%

Kirk Cousins – Captain Kirk made this list a few weeks ago (week 5) and here he is again. This time he threw the ball 40 times, completing 33 passes for 317 yards and 3 touchdowns. With a completion percentage of 82.5%, this was his best game of the season. But should owners consider adding him? I think his 9:8 touchdown to interception ratio answers that question.

Darren McFadden – Two weeks ago the Cowboys attempted to shake things up by saying that they weren’t getting what they had hoped for out of Joseph Randle and that Christine Michael was going to get a shot. Or at least that’s the vibe that was out there. Of course they were on a bye that week so we’d have to wait another week to see how things would unfold. Well, this week Randle had 2 carries for 24 yards, Michael had 5 for 18, and McFadden had 29 for 152 yards and a touchdown. Are we about to see a Run DMC reunion in Dallas? If given the bulk of the carries I think he can put up good numbers. Can he stay healthy? That’s the million dollar question. In the meantime, I’m grabbing him wherever he’s available.

Ryan Mathews – With 97 yards rushing a score on 6 carries, Mathews just missed out on his second 100+ rushing game of the season. DeMarco Murray led the team in carries with 18, but only managed 65 yards. Mathews is averaging 6.1 yards per carry over 56 attempts. Murray sits at 3.5 yards per carry. Murray is still the starter in Philly, but Mathews is a must own, especially for Murray owners.

Nate Washington – With 16 targets, only Julio Jones saw more passes thrown in his direction (17). Washington caught 9 of those targets for 127 yards and 2 scores. Outside of week 1 where he caught 6 passes for 105 yards he’s not worth much of a second look. Last week he was just a mediocre waiver wire guy having a good week. Next week he will be forgotten.

Stefon Diggs – Stefon does not belong on this list, and that’s because he doesn’t belong on the waiver wire. I’m only including him so that I could drive home that precise point. This week he had 6 receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown. He’s only played in three games so far this season. Over those three games he has averaged 6.3 catches on 9.3 targets for 108 yards. If he’s not already gone, get him. And for those of you that didn’t grab him last week when I said to, shame on you.

Ladarius Green – When Antonio Gates was declared inactive I added Green to all of my DFS lineups. The results were good enough. He ended the week with 4 receptions for 45 and a touchdown. That TD saved his day and my DFS dollars in play. As long as Gates is out, Green is decent play.

Danny Amendola – I considered Robert Woods for this last spot, but ultimately went with Amendola who caught 8 of 9 targets for 86 yards and a touchdown. Julian Edelman also had 9 targets, but he caught only 5 of them for 54 yards. Amendola now has two good games in a row. Last week he caught 7 of 9 for 105 yards. There are a lot of potential pass catchers in New England and Danny is making his case to continue seeing his fair share of targets. Brandon LaDrop on the other hand dropped more passes last week than a professional player should be allowed to drop in a game. I think Amendola is worth owning.

Well that sums up this week’s story of scrubs. Rinse and repeat…

  1. Mike says:
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    Thoughts on a trade:

    I trade Gronk
    I get Shady, Doug Martin and Jordan Cameron.

    I need another solid RB to go with Freeman. I can also pick up Ebron on the wire to compensate for the loss of Gronk.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Mike: It’s fair. I’d probably rather have Gronk though. Who are your other running backs?

      • Mike says:
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        @malamoney: Freeman, Yeldon and Randle. I picked up Simms this week. I’ve got, what I beleive, depth at WR. If I can lock in a solid RB who can regularly put up points, it should get me over the hump. But, I would miss the production by Gronk.

        Should I keep him, or look to trade for someone like Bell?

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Mike: I think I’d rather have Gronk. If I am moving Gronk I would have to be for a stud. Can you move a small piece of that WR depth for a serviceable RB?

          • CMUTimmah says:
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            @malamoney: Yeldon+Freeman+ Gronk > McCoy+Freeman+Cameron

            Don’t do it!

  2. Spammer Jay says:
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    Boldin or Amendola?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Spammer Jay: Coin flip, but if I had to pick one I’m leaning slightly towards Boldin. However I expect a lot of points tonight. You just never know who will get them for NE…

  3. miles proudfoot says:
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    Hey! Would your start Michael Floyd, lafelle or Deloitte Adams this week? Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Who is Deloitte Adams? Did you mean DeVante?

      Definitely not LaFell. Probably go with Floyd…

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @malamoney: Haha yes, autocorrect. DeVante not one of the big four firms. Thanks!

  4. david says:
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    Hey!
    I got Diggs last week and it paid off for me!
    I now have a surplus of great ppr WRs… I was wondering your thoughts on Fitzgerald. Last week was a let down… As his teammates get healthier, would inconsistency be the norm? Should I try to cash in now for a great RB??? Or stay the course with him?

    Thanks!!!?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @david: I like John Brown the most in Arizona, but Fitz is no slouch. If you can cash in for a great RB, I’d do it for sure. Especially since you say you have a surplus at WR. Make a move!

  5. Zandy says:
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    Alright $man
    Close to getting Lacy
    Std league- 2rb 2wr 1 flex

    RB: Ivory gore Dion Jstew west DMC mjones
    WR: Julio Demaryius Hilton ARob Jbrown

    He rejected gore and DMC for lacy bc doesn’t like DMC
    Just got offered Lacy for gore & Hilton
    Accept or counter?
    Gore and Brown for Lacy?
    Gore Hilton Demaryius for Lacy and AJ Green?
    Other ideas?-

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @Zandy: Gore and Hilton, Gore and Brown, I’m good with both. Demaryius is THE red zone target in Denver. No run game, no Julius Thomas left… AJ Green has to compete with Hill, Benard, Eifert… Stick with Demaryius in a standard league.

      • Zandy says:
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        @CMUTimmah: You’re not scared of Lacey?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Zandy: I just gave up Gore and Cooks for Antonio Brown and Jennings. But I consider Jennings a throw away. I have been tring to get Lacy too, but I am not willing to over pay for him. Generally I think Gore and Hilton is too much, but given your depth at WR, you can pay the price. I do like John Brown, but I’d rather give up Brown than Hilton, so if you can get him to take Brown and Gore, I’d do it right away…

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