This week sets up to be one of the most complex and challenging one on the waiver wire of the entire season. There are a few reasons for this. First, this week has six teams (Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Green Bay, Detroit and Tennessee) on bye. It’s the most since we had six sit out Week 4. Second, the trade deadline is at 4PM Eastern this afternoon. Rumors are flying around, and you’ll want to wait until the dust settles before making any kind of move to your fantasy roster. My gut feeling says this will be a trade deadline with a couple of big moves that will make ripples across the fantasy landscape. Third, you have to decide if you want to be in on the first wave of claims or wait and see who gets dropped and make a move on reverse waivers. Decisions, decisions…

Let’s take a look at one player who will be key to the entire waiver process in Tampa running back Doug Martin. Martin is in the throes of a terrible season. The 1-6 Bucs are last in offense and near the bottom in defense. He has 58 carries for 166 yards and a touchdown this season. Martin also left the last game with an ankle injury of some sort. Martin’s name has been tossed around in trade rumors as well so you don’t know what’s going to happen to him. That also blows back on Bobby Rainey and Chris Sims. Rainey would be a solid pickup this week against a porous Cleveland defense if you need a short-term answer. Sims is more of the long-term answer if you can stash someone on your roster. Sims has been on designated-to-return injured reserve and is set to potentially make his debut this week.

How much would it impact how you decide who to pick up if Martin is still there in Tampa Bay? Told you this wouldn’t be easy.

 

Quarterbacks

Carson Palmer of Arizona is still out there in too many leagues. He was able to beat the Eagles last week with a 329-yard passing performance that included a pair of touchdown passes of 75 yards or more. Palmer and the Cardinals take on Dallas this week and they made Colt McCoy look good last night so Palmer should be picked up in nearly every format.

Speaking of Dallas, Brandon Weeden could be a stash if you’re desperate. Tony Romo took a knee to the back in the Cowboys overtime loss to Washington that caused him to miss a couple quarters. While I can appreciate the grit that Romo showed coming back on to the field, it makes you question how healthy he really is. The Cardinals just surrendered more than 400 passing yards to Nick Foles and the Eagles so if Weeden starts, he can be a spot starter.

Mike Vick gets the start this week for the Jets against the Chiefs. He looked much better than Geno Smith did against Buffalo but is nothing more than speculative at this point. Joe Flacco is performing nicely as of late and gets a Pittsburgh defense that gave up 34 points to the Colts last week so he could be a sneaky play.

 

Running Backs

Besides the Tampa duo above, it looks like the state of Florida has produced another legitimate running back for now in Denard Robinson. Robinson is the hot hand in the Jacksonville backfield right now and is coming off of a 108-yard day against Miami. He gets the Bengals next and they haven’t proven they can stop much of anything on the ground this season. For now, he’s the one to own in Jacksonville but that could change at practically anytime.

Jonas Gray of the Patriots turned in a solid outing against Chicago and looks like, for now, that he has the backup spot behind Shane Vereen in New England as he ran for 86 yards on 17 attempts. The problem is that you never know how Bill Belicheck is going to use his running backs from week to week but Gray seems to be the best option out of the backups in Foxboro.

Jeremy Hill of the Bengals is a must-add if Gio Bernard’s injury proves to be anything serious but you’ll need to see an injury report midweek to make that decision.

Johnathan Stewart of Carolina had a good game with 79 yards against Seattle last week but is supposed to have DeAngelo Williams back in the backfield for Thursday’s game with New Orleans. If there was no D-Will, we’d be much more enthusiastic about Stewart.

Keep an eye on who the Arizona Cardinals add to their roster at running back. Stepfan Taylor is dealing with a calf injury and there’s no way Andre Ellington can last the whole season getting 30 touches a game.

 

Wide Receivers

Brandon LaFell has turned things around in the last few weeks in New England. LaFell, a former after thought in Carolina, turned in a great game against the Bears with 124 yards and a touchdown on 11 catches. It has to make you wonder about the usage and value of Julian Edelman going forward since LaFell has suddenly turned it on. LaFell is the deep threat Tom Brady has been missing and since the debacle in KC the Pats look much much better. Pick up LaFell and take advantage of it while you can.

Odell Beckham Jr. of the Giants is back from his bye and is the top receiving threat for Big Blue. I think he’ll get going again quickly in the second half of the season since his running back situation is a little murky now between Andre Williams and Rashad Jennings sprained knee ligament.

Allen Robinson of Jacksonville continues to be solid each week despite Blake Bortles also throwing touchdown passes to the other team. Robinson went 5-82-1 against Miami and has scored in two straight games. He has four catches in every game this season so he has more value in PPR leagues.

Doug Baldwin has emerged as the top receiver in Seattle so he can make a good add. People might not be high on him now since the Seahawks had a clunker against Carolina last week so it’s your chance to add him on the cheap.

Kenny Britt, yes, that guy, is an option in deeper leagues now that Brian Quick is done for the year with an arm injury. Chris Givens also merits consideration in large leagues as well.

 

Tight Ends

Dwayne Allen of the Colts has become an integral part of the offense and should be owned in every league. Allen has touchdowns in six of his eight games this season and is a hot commodity at what looks like a thin position.

Keep your eyes out for Larry Donnell of the Giants as he has a few tight-end friendly matchups coming up in the next few weeks. But after those two, the pickings are slim at best.

 

Kickers

Ah heck, just pick one. [Jay’s Note: Amen brotha!]

 

Defense & Special Teams

The first rule is anyone against Jacksonville, just like what the Dolphins did this past week with two pick-sixes. The Chiefs should be a solid play against the Jets and their unpredictable offense. Check for San Francisco on the waiver wire if they got dropped last week when they were on bye. St Louis doesn’t look like they can intimidate anyone right now and the 49ers are a great add.

This week is tough, no doubt about it. The question is what’s your strategy going to be? For me it varies from league to league but I would look for more off the radar adds since I have a better chance of getting them.

  1. Dan says:
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    Psst.. Charles Sims! Chris is Phil’s kid.

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Dan: charles appears to be a black guy.

  2. Scott says:
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    Andrew Hawkins has a sweet matchup against the Bucs next weekend. What do you think?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Scott: I like the option there more now that Barron is gone out of the secondary. He should be a nice WR3 in PPR formats.

  3. Scott says:
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    Dwayne Allen and Larry Donnell are not available in my leagues. Who’s next? I need a bye=week fill-in for Bennett.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Scott: Depends on the wire but I would give some consideration to John Carlson of Arizona, Clay Harbor of Jacksonville.
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  4. david says:
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    Razzball rocks!
    In my 10 team ppr league I have as WRs Michael Floyd, Edelman, Demarius Thomas, Josh Gordon, and Kelvin Benjamin.
    Floyd and Edelman are both beginning to worry me.
    Should I dump say…Edelman for other options? ( LaFell, Randle, Beckham Jr, Bryant, or Cooks?) . Gronk pulled me through this past week!
    Thanks

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @david: Edelman for Cooks. The reason NOT to drop Floyd is that the Arizona wide receivers seem to work in the pattern that 2 of 3 of them will have good games. (Fitzgerald and John Brown are the others.) And this may have simply been Floyd’s weak game.; remember how Fitzgerald was stymied at the start of the year?

      Cooks like a solid contributor in the Saints offense.

  5. Dom B says:
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    So I know I asked and you said Charles Sims but Eddie Lacy is on a bye and I need a starting RB for week 9 options Deangelo Williams named starter, Charles Sims, Carlos Hyde, or Johnathan Stewart or Bobby Rainey. I need a starter now and I’m already dropping Malcolm Floyd for Big Ben because Aaron Rodgers bye who do I drop and for who also could pick up Twp RBs if I drop 3 wrs including Malcolm Floyd for Ben here is my roster thx.

    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – Eddie Lacy – Packers
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – A.J. Green – Bengals
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    WR – Michael Crabtree – 49ers
    WR – Mike Evans – Buccaneers
    WR – Malcom Floyd – Chargers
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans

  6. Jo says:
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    Hey man, waiver Q

    My main QB is brady & his bye is next week, my backup is romo & would you drop romo for Big Ben Who next week is at jets or flacco who’s facing Titans next week or keep romo & see what he does this week & drop jarius wright for Big Ben.

    If drop romo for Big Ben or flacco
    Then who to drop jarius wright for? Denard robinson, deangelo williams , bobby Rainey, Martavis bryant , john brown, jordan matthews, riley Cooper , kenny Britt or tavon Austin.

    Which d/st should I target for week 9
    & which order ?

    Bengals D

    Redskins D

    Colts

    What would the order for all these moves be?

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      @Jo:

      My RB’s are Gio bernard, ahmad Bradshaw, ben Tate, jeremy hill, branden oliver, tre Mason & jonas gray.

      My WR’s; demaryius thomas, cordarrelle patterson, Kelvin benjamin, odell beckham jr, donte moncrief

      Also have Ertz & jordan reed

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Jo: Keep Romo against a weak ARI pass D and drop the other guy. Would drop him from Robinson or Rainey with Brown as a deeper option.

      DST: CIN, WSH, IND in that order.

      • Jo says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier:

        Thanks for the response man, if I’m keeping romo who would be the other guy I’m dropping? I’m scared about romos back

  7. Dom B says:
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    Better Team 1 or 2

    Team 1

    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – LeSean McCoy – Eagles
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Michael Crabtree – 49ers
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    WR – Odell Beckham – Giants
    WR – Mike Evans – Buccaneers
    WR – Malcom Floyd – Chargers
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans

    Team 2

    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – Eddie Lacy – Packers
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – A.J. Green – Bengals
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    WR – Michael Crabtree – 49ers
    WR – Mike Evans – Buccaneers
    WR – Malcom Floyd – Chargers
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Dom B: 2

  8. Crazy old guy babbling in a corner says:
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    Would you drop Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, or Vincent Jackson for any of the following: LaFell, Martavias Bryant, Donte Moncrief, Crabtree, Colston

    Also, looking to week 10, I got Bradshaw, Foster and McKinnon on bye. What you think of Gray or Sims for week 10 WW grab?

      • Crazy old guy babbling in a corner says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier: You like Percy less than VJAX? Cool. What about Josh Gordon–he’s on waivers, I could grab and stash him now, I suppose.

        And just saw that Gray’s bye week is also week 10. Any other suggestions for a RB week 10?

  9. Dom B says:
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    SORRY FOR ALL THE QUESTIONS YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!! Any way new roster after trade should I still ad Charles Sims even with Doug still on Bucs or whould you add deangelo Williams who is a starter and who whould drop for who. Thinking of dropping Mike Evans because V Jax stayed Thx!

    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – LeSean McCoy – Eagles
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Michael Crabtree – 49ers
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    WR – Odell Beckham – Giants
    WR – Mike Evans – Buccaneers
    WR – Malcom Floyd – Chargers
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Dom B: Evans would be droppable but I still like punting Percy from the dysfunctional Jets first.,

  10. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Non-PPR, start 2RB and no flex, 5 pt bonus at 100 yds. Give Bradshaw and Reed for Gronk?

    My RB: Lynch Bradshaw Ingram Vereen J. Bell S-Jax B. Brown
    My TE: Reed Kelce

  11. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Dynasty, std scoring, 2RB 2WR 1W/R, give L. Miller and Reed for Megatron?

    My team:
    RB – Forte Foster Miller Tate Ivory Hill B. Brown
    WR – Dez Allen Roddy
    TE – Graham Reed

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Workable if the other guy is willing to do it.

  12. Clos says:
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    I’ve got Packers and picked up dolphins defense last week
    Packers on a bye this week and the league starts to defense.. Going to bench the Packers and drop a player for vikings vs Washington? Panthers vs Saints? Deep league not many options on the wire

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Clos: MIA D should have never been available if you guys start 2 D’s.

  13. Andre says:
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    What’s up Nordmeir?

    12 team PPR league. I can only use a RB or WR in my flex. I have two TEs, Donnell and Reed plus Tre Mason on my team. Are any of those guys droppable for Davante Adams? If so, who?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Andre: Reed looks droppable for Davante to me.

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Andre: rankings have had reed above donnell last few weeks, both Jay’s and Fantasy pros.

  14. CL says:
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    Who to roster this week: Moncreif or Brit?

    D. WIlliams or Blount (return yards count, I hear Blount is returning now?)?

    Of the 2 that make my roster from above, who’d you play in flex?

  15. Mike says:
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    Hey — in a 0.5 pt PPR, trade offer:

    Trade offer of Lynch + Rivers for ellington and joique bell. I’m not too big on Bell (currently use him as flex) and need an upgrade at QB (Romo….). Rivers has a cappy near-term schedule (Mia and then bye) but overall solid longer-term option. My biggest question is the Lynch for Ellington side given a lot of uncertainty on the Lynch side (though I love his upcoming OAK, NYG matchups). Thoughts? Thanks.

  16. STL says:
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    Need a FLEX play this week with the heavy Byes.

    Is Doug Martin droppable at this point in the season?

    My pickup for the FLEX position would be Allen Robinson or Michael Floyd.

    What would you do?

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