The purpose of this waiver wire column is to point out some lesser known free agent pick ups. We’re searching for Bigfoot! The thing is Bigfoot doesn’t really exist, or does he, but if someone were to find him it would be a huge discovery. Just like grabbing some random schmuck off the waiver wire, only for him to turn into the next big thing.
Here are a few potential ‘next big things:’
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been recommending Washington’s diminutive slot receiver, Jamison Crowder, because he’s been gobbling up targets and scoring touchdowns. Adam Humphries is basically a slightly bigger Jamison Crowder, but possibly in a much better situation.
I have no idea if Humphries is for real, but he just turned in a 12 target, nine catch, 100 yard game in week three. He also snagged six of eight targets in week 2.
The main thing working in Humphries favor is that he really doesn’t have any competition for targets as the Buccaneers potential number two receiver. There’s Austin Sefarian-Jenkins who got himself kicked off the team, Vincent Jackson is washed-up, a decent Cameron Brate, and that’s about it. There’s no else.
The Buccaneers throw the ball a lot, and if this Humphries thing is for real, sign me up.
A lot of smart fantasy owners have been stashing Dixon on their I.R. spot, and Dixon is getting pretty close to being ready for playing time. He was supposedly going to be ready for week 4, but right now, nothing is confirmed.
Even if he is out week 4, if he’s still available you should probably grab him. If one thing is obvious, Justin Forsett and Terrance West aren’t cutting it, and Dixon could take over the job within his first few game back.
When opportunity struck against Washington, Darkwa performed to the tune of 53 yards and a touchdown. Darkwa is someone that has been a decent performer whenever he gets touches, so if Rashad Jennings is out, Darkwa is a low-end RB2.
Keep in mind, the sledding will be tough for Darkwa going forward considering he faces Minnesota, Green Bay, Baltimore, and LA in his next four games.
It seems like Latavius Murray has been falling out of favor with the Raiders offense since last year, and the breakdown of touches proves that. Murray was supposed to be the Raiders workhorse running back, but he’s only run the ball 18 times in his past two games and hasn’t touched the ball more than 15 times this year.
With that being said, it would appear that Washington is the speculative add over Jalen Richard. And if there’s one thing that this season has proved, grabbing backup runnings backs as a handcuff or taking a shot in the dark is not a bad idea.
Washington does have two runs over 25 yards in two games, which does make his 6.5 yards per carry look worse, but he’s someone to keep in mind.
We already know about Washington, but his value needs to be reinforced just in case he was dropped in your league.
In his first game with Ameer Abdullah out, the world was expected of Washington and the return was, a modest, 35 yards on 11 touches. Not what everyone was hoping for, but fear not!
First, it’s clear that Theo Riddick isn’t someone that should be running the ball more than 10 times per game. In week three, he only had nine yards on 10 carries. He just isn’t more than the best pass-catching running back in the NFL, and that’s okay.
Also, keep in mind that the Lions were playing from behind since the first quarter against the Packers. They mounted a decent comeback, but basically had to abandon the running game. Not Washington’s fault.
As I’ve said since April, I’m a huge Washington fan and even though his performance was worse than expected, his outlook hasn’t changed. Washington is going to be good sooner rather than later.
If things had gone as planned for Lee, he’d be the number two receiver in Jacksonville, not Allen Hurns. Injuries and ineffectiveness have derailed Lee for the first two years of his career, but it actually looks like he could be a valuable fantasy asset.
In three games, 12 catches on 18 targets but, unfortunately, no touchdowns. Still, the Jaguars are still as bad as ever and they are going to have to throw the ball to win games. Even though Lee is technically behind Robinson and Hurns, Lee is worth monitoring if he continues his current pace.
If I’m in a deep league and need a receiver, I’d go Crowder first, then Humphries, then Lee.
Some, including Kent Sommers, have been calling for Jaron Brown to get more playing time in Arizona. Michael Floyd is dealing with a concussion and just hasn’t done much with his 24 targets this year.
Brown has 14 fewer targets than Floyd but has 11 more yards on just six catches. Brown has just been better.
It’s hard to say if Brown can be anything, but none of the receivers in Arizona, Larry Fitzgerald not included, have not looked good at all. Brown isn’t owned in a single Yahoo league, so just keep an eye on him.