The season is wrapping up and it’s time to look at that waiver wire one more time. It’s always somewhat of a relief for me when a fantasy sports season ends. No more checking lineups on a daily basis. No more last minute lineup decisions to fret over. Hopefully your playoff teams are in good shape.  Many of them aren’t, for example teams with A.J. Green, Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Reed or even Giovani Bernard. Could it be Ladarius Green to the rescue? After a week long hiatus (ooooohh my first time using that word in a blog post) the World Wide FAAB is back with waiver wire advice to help teams in need or teams just looking for a minor upgrade here or there. (And what better way to end this Free Agent Auction Bidding series than on a man named Green..)

Ladarius Green ($14) Eleven (11!) targets is very #good when you are a tight end in the Pittsburgh Steelers offense. My best guess is that he receives 5-8 in most games going forward which is still plenty. Worthy of flex consideration.

Tedd Ginn Jr. ($9) Owned already in many 12-team leagues but he’s also worth considering in 10-team. It’s not really about the production in the past three weeks, which has been #good. It’s more about the usage the past several weeks.

Charles Sims ($6) Expected to be activated from the IR to play in this week’s game against New Orleans. First, check to see if Jacquizz Rodgers is available (probably not in 12-team) in your league then flip a coin to determine which one to actually pick up. Seriously I just don’t know right now, maybe there will be more hints later.

Rex Burkhead ($5) He’s had about 70% of the Giovani Bernard workload, which is pretty good. So far the production in terms of fantasy points has been more like 50% (sad trombone).

10-team FAAB waiver wire considerations

There’s a big difference in the available player pool for 12-team leagues as opposed to 10-team leagues. If any of these players are available I’d pay quite a bit more in 12-team leagues. Likewise, the above players can be considered in 10-team leagues but they aren’t quite the difference makers there. Green and Ginn should probably be owned in 10-team, Sims and Burkhead are more take them or leave them $1 players.

Malcolm Mitchell ($12) “I’m out of it for a little while, everybody gets delusions of grandeur.” Mitchell is the real deal, sort of like Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi. Until last week he was producing despite not being on the field much. Now it’s legit.

Adrian Peterson ($6) A mediocre NFL running back (I’m pretty sure he’s not much better than that now) playing for a bad offense. However the offensive line has shown some signs of better run blocking the past 4-5 weeks and Jerick McKinnon had a good fantasy day last week. So it’s not just the health that is iffy right now, and we don’t even know if he’s healthy enough to return to play.

DeAngelo Williams ($3) A very good handcuff, if he’s healthy.

Jacquizz Rodgers ($1) Doug Martin is iffy (but probably fine) and I prefer Rodgers to Sims, barely. For this week anyway.

Time for a special note: I’d like to thank Jay and Razzball for the opportunity to write for this site. It’s been fun. Jay is a great person to write for.

[Jay’s Note: It’s writers like you Lance, and all my other contributors, that make this site what it is. Thanks for all the great work!]



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  1. todd dunn says:

    need help cam or flacco ???

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @todd dunn: ‘Tis sad that this is actually a question being asked. Sad for Cam Newton owners. Newton somewhat easily over Flacco.

  2. RePete says:

    14-Team H2H 0.5PPR League:

    QB – Luck
    RB – Ware, Martin, Booker, Coleman, Lewis
    WR – Beckham, Bryant, Marshall, Watkins, Adams
    TE – Gates

    Who would you drop for Ladarius Green or Pitta? Gates has been sputtering and I’d probably start either of those guys over him right now.

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @RePete: Yeah I own Jordan Reed and also Gates in my home league where I’m playoff bound and maybe if I hadn’t been asleep at the wheel last week I would already own Green. Now I have to consider acquiring him. Still, I don’t think Green is way ahead of Gates especially this week with a cushy matchup for Gates. If I were to drop anyone though it would be Gates I think your bench RBs/WRs are too valuable in 14 team. It’s a good looking 14 team roster. Gates for Green rather than Pitta, take Green’s upside. *shrug* Gates is going to scoring 2-4 more TDs this year I think but as it’s been most games this year he could be very bad in games which he doesn’t score a TD.

  3. Nate says:

    In a PPR league, my TE is Kyle Rudolph. I’m eyeballing Green after this week’s performance, because the upside is probably higher, but Rudolph consistently gets 6+ targets and Green was playing against a bad TE defense when he had his big game. Should I put in a claim for him or just stay the course with Rudolph?

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Nate: Your analysis is about right. If my quick in my head math is right Rudolph has averaged nearly 8 targets per game. I said 5-8 per game for Green should be expected but it’s really just a guess, to guess and narrow it down even more I’ll say he can get 7 targets per game. If that’s correct I’d take Green over Rudolph for greater scoring opportunities, but it’s a close call and certainly Rudolph is safer especially because it’s PPR.

  4. Flowers misses his old glasses... he's ok tho says:

    mckinnon actually looked good in his last 5 or so carries in that last game too (obviously this is line dependant)

    • Flowers misses his old glasses... he's ok tho says:

      @Flowers misses his old glasses… he’s ok tho: i own him in 2 dynasties (also AP in one of them, drafted mckinnon pretty high to handcuff), so i’m very excited just to even see ANY good carries by him the way that line has looked

      • RotoLance

        RotoLance says:

        @Flowers misses his old glasses… he’s ok tho: Writing this reply for a 2nd time, the 1st time it decided I wasn’t logged in after I hit the “Post Comment” button and it made it go away.. grr.

        A lot of folks who are knowledgeable about the Vikings, blog writers and those types, like McKinnon a lot. I’ve been in the camp of those that wish he’d see more playing time at Peterson’s expense. It sorta sounds crazy but it’s really not, there are reasons behind it, mostly to do with what’s best for Teddy Bridgewater. Or in this year’s case possibly what’s best for Bradford as well. Some of those same Vikings bloggers had been upset about Norv for a while now, since his first year there I’d say. He didn’t seem willing to tailor the offense around Teddy’s skill set instead going with his usual 5 and 7 step drops.

        McKinnon can definitely look good at times. He doesn’t have all the skills you’d want from a feature back but he has many of them. And some things you wouldn’t expect, like good leg drive after contact. I’d say we saw some of that in his last game.

        Thank you for following along with my posts all year. Very appreciated.

  5. Josh-NYC says:

    Who do you like for TE this week? I currently have CJ Fiedorowicz

    CJ @ IND
    Lance Hendricks vs ATL
    Ladarius Green @ BUF

    Also pick 3 of these players to fill my WR/flex spot:
    -Tyler Boyd @CLE
    -Sammy Watkins vs. PIT
    -Kelvin Benjamin vs. SD
    -Tyreek Hill vs. OAK (Thursday night game but KC can tie Oakland for first in the division)
    -Taylor Gabriel @ LA
    -Marvin jones vs. CHI
    -Mike Gilislee v. PIT

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Josh-NYC: Lad. Green (YOLO)


      but I could also see Marvin working his way in there… possibly instead of Tyreek.

      Also Lance Kendricks is a StL tight end. Lance Hendrix sounds like an awesome guitar player. Lance Hendricks, I dunno. (just messing, I know you know.)

      Good luck.

  6. Bye Felica says:

    AP isn’t coming back this season. That’s a waste of FAAB imo.

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Bye Felica: Well it all depends on if you want to stash someone and I do think it will take a small FAAB bid to acquire him at this point. I’m sort of with you on your line of thinking though. I’m somewhat doubtful he’ll help any teams.

      This morning he says he wants to return and that he “envisions” it but also that he won’t return if the Vikings are out of the playoff hunt. Technically they aren’t but practically they are. So whatever.

  7. Rob says:

    Hey man .5 ppr league would you drop Smallwood to steal my competition in the playoffs handcuffs? Looking at either Alfred Morris, D Angelo Williams, Akeem hunt (Lamar Miller), or bilal Powell? I already have my top RBs cuffed

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Rob: It’s a close call. Whose more likely to be useful and to what degree will they be useful (difference maker). I would probably own them in order of: Morris, Williams, Powell, Hunt. The difference with Smallwood is that he is getting more work right now but his upside is capped by Sproles and Mathews could come back to take his spot back.

      Elliott still has the specter of a possible suspension looming which is why I slightly favor Morris to DeAngelo but it’s close. I think as far as the Zeke suspension, as far as I know he hasn’t been cleared yet. I suspect the NFL is dragging the investigation on intentionally so that he can be suspended next year (if at all) rather than having a suspension run into the playoffs.

      Alfred Morris is an intriguing option in keeper leagues.

  8. Nick says:

    Hey bud, looking to pickup M Mitchell as free agent as nobody grabbbed him with waivers passing. It’s 12 team standard but can’t decide who to drop. Here is roster;

    Big Ben
    ODB & D Adams
    Freeman & Ware
    Bench- Watkins, K Benjamin, T West, Prescott & Coleman
    Cincy D (for this week) & holding Balty for next weeks matchup

    Thoughts? I want Mitchell as I would plug him in over D Adams or at flex, as I don’t think NE will attempt to run against Balty…its playoffs round 1 this week (im 3 seed v 6 seed)

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Nick: Tough to drop someone of that group… I think it has to be one of the QBs. Honestly though I don’t necessarily see how Mitchell is a clear upgrade over D Adams, Watkins, Benjamin. I just don’t think we can say yet. Sorry I don’t have more for you, that’s a frustrating group to own with no one truly standing out.

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