Grinders and Gambles is duct tape for teams in need of help. This list is for deeper leagues or for those in shallower leagues who are picking up players in free agency after waivers have run.
- Grinders are the guys that will get you some points. They may not have an upside but they will grind out 5-15 depending on your scoring.
- Gambles can get you a goose egg but also have tremendous upside.
Another week is in the books and we are starting to get a better feel for this year’s football landscape.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland
Mayfield put up decent fantasy numbers against the Ravens and he has produced grinder numbers two weeks in a row. Mayfield also has a good deal of upside and a pretty decent schedule coming up. Mayfield should be out there in redraft leagues and is worth a grab.
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville
Bortles is the perfect example of fantasy sports not matching reality. He is regressing…actually can you regress if you already had regressed, then were slightly less terrible and then went back to terrible? Is it really more of a terrible baseline with flashes of mediocrity? Don’t worry, this isn’t a quiz and you don’t have to answer those questions. Bortles is going to get you 15-20 points week to week.
Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia
With Ajayi out for the season, Wendell Smallwood should see significant work. With a running back year that is going to make upside down drafting popular again, Smallwood should be a great pick up for the teams that land him. He is also going to be gone after this week so grab him while you can.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta
Sanu has been targeted 23 times in the last three weeks and is getting 15-20 fantasy points per game in most PPR leagues. Atlanta is fantasy fire right now, unless you are the Julio Jones owner. Sanu should stay an active part of the game plan and be able to hold down the WR3 spot for your team.
Mike Davis, RB, Seattle
Chris Carson is the lead back but Davis is eating. He put up a nice stat line against a rough Rams defense and is still available in plenty of leagues.
Cameron Meredith, WR, New Orleans
Meredith has been a low end PPR grinder the last few weeks and should be available on a ton of wires. Additionally, it is his bye week which means you shouldn’t have to burn a waiver pick or blind bidding dollars to get him, heck he might even get dropped by some teams. Keep in mind he is on a new team and was injured to start the season. He should carve himself out a role in the offense as the season progresses.
Willie Snead, WR, Baltimore
He is still sitting on almost everyone’s waiver wire and has been a low end PPR grinder all year. Tennessee games can be slow and this week might turn into a defensive battle against two offenses that are crushing it.
Geoff Swaim, TE, Dallas
Swaim is quietly grinding out points each week. Finding stability at the position is tough this year with all the injuries.
Nick Vannett, TE, Seattle
With Will Dissly out, Vannett saw enough targets to grind a few points out for fantasy owners. Vannett should eke out some points every week and always has a bit of an upside.