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Grinders and Gambles is waiver wire duct tape for teams needing to go a little deeper on wires.

Grinders are the guys who will get you some points. They may not have an upside but they will grind out 5-15 points depending on your scoring.

Gambles can get you a zero but also have tremendous upside.

(D) added Dynasty/Keeper value

Wubby Alert – Potential security blanket for a team or quarterback.

Wires are thin. Rosters look like center stage from Code Black. There are games with more inches of snow than points. It’s playoff time!


Shallower leagues will have guys like Joe Flacco and Sam Bradford available. If you need a grinder because you lost your QB, they could get you 15-20 points.

Robert Griffin III – Best GAMBLE that might be on deep wires. If he can get healthy and stay healthy he can help a team. Of course, that is a pretty big if but that’s why it’s called gambling.

Bryce Petty – That moment when you are eyeballing JETS’ QBs is not a good sign for a fantasy team. He qualifies for the QB position if you need one. (D)

Matt Barkley – Probably the closest to a GRINDER on deeper wires. Also worth a stash in very deep 1QB leagues. (D)

Matt Moore – He is slated to start. Desperation GAMBLE ONLY.

Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick – if you are feeling particularly desperate you could start whichever one gets the start against the Falcons. Then might get you some garbage time production. For multi-QB dynasty leagues, stash them if they have been kicked to the curb.


Running Back

Kenneth Farrow and Ronnie HillmanMelvin Gordon was injured and players will be rushing to scoop these guys up. If you are desperate for an RB you can grab one and GAMBLE with them. I wouldn’t start one unless I needed the body.

Charles Sims – My favorite PPR GRINDER is back. He should get you some points over the next two weeks. .

Justin Forsett – I believe the technical term we are looking for is meh, but sometimes you end up stuck starting meh and hoping your wide receivers give you the win.

Peyton Barber – If you aren’t competing and have a deep enough bench stash Barber and see what happens. He may not work out in Tampa but maybe he bounces somewhere he can help your team. (D)

Paul Perkins – A low-end GRINDER who may have been tossed back.

Alfred Morris – In case Zeke gets some rest next week. GAMBLE.

Christine MichaelTy Montgomery is the back now but Michael should get enough use to be a low-end GRINDER

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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