Buy/Sell Top Waiver Wire Targets
Every week fantasy owners try and find hidden gems on the waiver wire in their league. Here are a couple targets that could help your team, or just waste a spot on your roster.
Justin Forsett- Forsett was not on anyone’s fantasy radar heading into 2014. Then the Ray Rice scandal happened–again. Bernard Pierce who was supposed to be the top back, hasn’t looked like a capable running back since he was a rookie in 2012. This gave Forsett an opportunity and he ran with it, rushing for 70 yards at six yards per carry. Bernard Pierce on the other hand managed 14 yards on only six carries. Forsett can be a good flex play if he continues to get the nod over Pierce, but temper your expectations. The former Cal Golden Bear Forsett has bounced around the league in his seven seasons for a reason, he is not a workhorse back, so don’t expect him to be one. He can however, be a solid insurance option in case of injury or a solid plug and play depending on matchups.
Mark Ingram– I started buying into the Ingram hype late in the preseason, and it looks like the former first round pick might jumpstart his once failing career. Two rushing touchdowns in week one shows that he is in the Saints backfield plans, especially around the goal line. Ingram won’t get two touchdowns every week, but if he can continue to be productive (4.6 yards per carry against the Falcons) he should continue to see his number called. Watching the game film of the Saints vs. Falcons game, I saw Ingram run like a man possessed, bulldozing through defenders for extra yardage. Being on the Saints is scary, because similar to New England their running back rotation is wildly unpredictable and any back on the roster could go a game without seeing any action. I don’t believe that will happen in Ingram’s case, but it is worth monitoring. Overall, the Saints put up points, and a motivated, healthy Mark Ingram should continue to rack up the fantasy points.
Ahmad Bradshaw– Being the backup to Trent Richardson might not be a bad thing, especially since T-Rich cant average more than three yards per carry. Bradshaw spelled Richardson nicely on Sunday night, showing he is a reliable option to catch passes out of the backfield. Bradshaw caught five passes on six targets for 70 yards. If Richardson continues to struggle, Bradshaw will continue to see his number called. The major downside to owning Bradshaw in fantasy is in his eight seasons, he has only played a full NFL season once. Bradshaw is made of glass and it iwhen not if he will get injured again. Similar to Forsett, Bradshaw won’t become the number one back on your fantasy team, but could have solid games here and there when healthy. To me, the risk with Bradshaw outweighs the reward of owning him on my team.
Andrew Hawkins– Hawkins was on my sleeper list heading into 2014, and he didn’t disappoint week one, hauling in eight passes for 87 yards. With Jordan Cameron going down in the game with an injury, the Browns are running out of bodies to catch passes. Hawkins will continue to see plenty of targets within the Cleveland offense. Rumors are swirling that the new drug policy the NFL and NFLPA are agreeing upon could include Josh Gordon coming back from his season long suspension. If this is the case, I would make the argument Hawkins fantasy value will only increase. Gordon will demand defenses to double team him consistently, and that would leave Hawkins one on one with defenders. Hawkins will soon become a must own in PPR leagues.