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.
Alex Smith, Washington – His performance this past week should increase his availability on the waiver wire. He has reverted back to “dinking-and-dunking” his way through games and will probably have a floor of about 15 fantasy points during the next few weeks with some upside.
Dak Prescott, Dallas – He is surprisingly available in many leagues due to his inconsistent and lackluster start. Prescott has been solid over the last few weeks and should continue to put up points for both the Cowboys and fantasy GMs. The Amari Cooper signing should help him immensely.
Kapri Bibbs, Washington – One week doesn’t exactly make a grinder but Bibbs did a decent job playing the role of Chris Thompson. Bibbs could pick you up 10-12 points if Thompson is out again this week.
Raheem Mostert, San Francisco – San Francisco is now going with the dreaded running back by committee approach. Mostert has managed to grind out some fantasy points for the last two weeks and has Arizona week 8. Arizona has been the running back Santa Clause this year; their uniforms are even red and white.
Adam Humphries, Tampa – Humphries is the fourth or fifth target on the field but has still managed to eke out points for PPR teams each week. He is a desperation play in deep leagues and has an added value in leagues that reward return yards.
Christian Kirk, Arizona – Arizona fired McCoy and Byron Leftwich is taking over the OC spot. Josh Rosen is banged up with a toe injury which could hurt Kirk’s numbers but Kirk has managed to grind out points relatively consistently in a terrible offense. Presuming Leftwich remembers that David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald are still on the team, Kirk may actually benefit from the change as attention shifts back to the neglected stars of the offense.