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Grinders and Gambles – Week 10

I am going to start a league next year that suits my fantasy style, it will have 17 injured reserve spots and everyone will need to draft a team doctor. There will be midseason upgrades for ice baths, PT time and MRIs.

It has been a tough year and the injuries keep piling up. Finding fantasy duct tape has become critical and difficult for many teams right now. Be the one to snag the patch.

Welcome to Week 10’s collection of starts and pickups for leagues where your bench and/or waiver wire is thin. Played together, “Grinders and Gambles” can help patch holes in a team or be the extra push you need to get those wins.

Don’t sit obvious plays for these guys; they are for when there are no obvious plays or you have question marks all over your bench. These are the guys for leagues where you need to go deeper.


GRINDERS – The guys who will get you points in a pinch.



Alex Smith – Grinding. As the QB field gets smaller and smaller he looks better.

Jameis Winston – Still grinding. For a rookie he has held up pretty darn well. Hasn’t shown tremendous upside for redraft but has been solid point wise, 18-22 points.

Matt HasselbeckAndrew Luck is injured and has been for most of this season. Everyone in Indy is getting a bump up right now. Yes a bump up, Luck has been terrible this season. For dynasty owners, now is the time to trade for Luck. Now that it has become clear he is mortal, his owner may be fading him a little, especially if that owner has someone like Carr, Winston or Mariota whom they may be banking on.


Running Back – Wow so the injuries keep coming.

Antonio Andrews – Still a thing. Still not amazing, but holding it together for you.

Dexter McCluster – PPR grinding.

Shane Vereen – PPR grind with upside.

Marcel Reece – Murray may play but ’tis the season for Reece to have some games.


Wide Receiver

Nate Washington – Nate should grind for you with big time upside.

Brandon LaFell – He has been grinding and has upside.

Pierre Garcon

Washington WR Pierre Garcon.

I have had mad love for Garcon all season but he is back down to Grinder with upside status with the return of Jackson and a healthy Jordan Reed.


Tight End

Derek Carrier – With Jordan Reed back, Carrier is getting scraps so he is only a deep league play but worth a hold given Reed’s injury history

Garrett Celek – He represented for the Gambles this week. As long as he can stay healthy he can be a low-end grinder for you. If he is out, Vance McDonald might get some looks.

Crockett Gillmore – In case he was dropped during the bye weeks.

Gary Barnidge – I just like listing him. Seriously though, that 6 points from last week could be a thing. Johnny Football is still a serious work in progress and like other rookies, he isn’t looking for that dump off.

About Lisa London

I suffer from an undying obsession with fantasy football. Former Lee Evans owner, I am not proud. Admitting you have a problem is the first step, I would get to the second one but I have lineups to set. Follow me on Twitter @leedoglaw