The NFL trade deadline took some time to pick up steam, but once the Demaryius Thomas domino fell about four hours before the deadline, a flurry of activity followed throughout the rest of the afternoon. The Amari Cooper trade last week reset the market and teams responded by playing chicken. Whom would blink first? Desperate teams make desperate moves and it was all a matter of waiting it out to see if you would be the fortunate beneficiary. Despite the whirlwind of activity Tuesday afternoon the needle in our game barely moved at all, at least for those available on waivers.
You already own Courtland Sutton after last week’s entry (*shameless self plug*) and the only other available player that moved was Ty Montgomery, who after last week’s shenanigans needed the fastest exit out of town. So what is this week’s flavor of the week? It’s stolen from Seinfeld – it’s nothing. It’s a waiver wire week about nothing. You’ve added Sutton, Tre’Quan Smith, and D’onta Foreman the last three weeks and there isn’t anything else out there right now that’s better than any of them. Sure, Smith and Foreman are still not ready for lineup consideration (Foreman obviously needs to play first!) but the reasons you picked them up haven’t changed. If you need lineup help right now? That’s why you added Sutton last week instead of relying on waiver priority or draining your FAAB budget this week.
The Green Bay receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison returned to action last week, but it didn’t result in a better opportunity for any of them. Marquez Valdez-Scantling played admirably in their absence, so upon return the workload was just distributed between all of them. They’re on bye this week anyway, but the Eagles running back situation didn’t become any clearer last week either. Corey Clement saw his role reduced, but it wasn’t to Wendell Smallwood’s benefit; it was Josh Adams. I didn’t have high hopes in much being derived from the Jets running game and they didn’t disappoint. It was almost a 50/50 split between Isaiah Crowell and Trenton Cannon and neither one of them eclipsed 40 total yards of offense. Ryan Fitzpatrick is beginning his cycle again and you don’t want any part of the “suck” phase that happens whenever you insert him into your lineup. The list goes on, but one particular situation made me realize this just isn’t the week to find any sort of answer on waivers.
Perusing the Main Tank one particular thread got my attention: “Gurley owners – when to handcuff.” It was attention grabbing because this is the most interesting thing to consider this week. Would it make sense to acquire his backup in case of a) injury and/or b) he rests Week 16? Or even earlier? A backup that has amassed just 4 yards per carry, barely 600 total yards, and fell into the end zone just one time across his four year career and we aren’t even sure he’s a legitimate handcuff! Rookie John Kelly has not dressed this season, but after a strong summer all indications are that it’s merely a product of the numbers game. He doesn’t play special teams whereas the other running backs do, so as long as Gurley’s healthy then this is the deployment. That’s a perfect way of describing where we are in evaluating waivers this week; will a rookie that’s not played impact Gurley’s potential handcuff? I guess sometimes the flavor of the week is flavorless and this week happens to be one of those weeks.
There are several key situations I’m watching very closely, but none are attractive enough to replace anything on the edges of your roster. We’re amidst one of the season’s busiest bye weeks, so this week is more about survival than it is about improving your roster. David Moore, Elijah McGuire, Jack Doyle, Chris Herndon, among others are all firmly on the short term radar. That said, I don’t believe there’s anything meaningful to indicate the time to pick them up is this week. Your opponents are preoccupied with ensuring they can fill their lineup card this week and all of those names are weeks away from possibly entering your own lineup.
This Week’s Flavor of the Week: Intermittent Fasting.
You may need to bolster your lineup, but unfortunately this is not the week to do it in. On the plus-side, because you were proactive in previous weeks you don’t need to be. So instead of combing the wire keep an eye on practice reports and see if something potentially emerges later in the week.