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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 goose egg 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!



Matt Moore – He is a GAMBLE against tough New England.

Sam Bradford He may be out there and could help you in a pinch.

Cody Kessler – DESPERATION GAMBLE. Maybe he gets you some garbage time production.

You just need a quarterback with a pulse – Christian Hackenberg and E.J. Manuel are both potentially playing this week … each other … in a game that will probably be a clinic in bad football. DESPERATION GAMBLE.

Matt McGloin or Matt Cassel – There is a Matt joke in here somewhere but I am too underwhelmed with the prospects to find it. Still they at both GAMBLES.


Running Back

Zach Zenner – I doubt he will repeat last week but he could GRIND you out some points.

Shaun Draughn – He is a GAMBLE as a fill-in for an injured Carlos Hyde.

Derrick Henry – He may see more work this week.

Alfred Blue – There is no reason for Houston to risk Lamar Miller. Blue might make a nice GRINDER.

Darren McFadden – McFadden is back and Ezekiel Elliott should get some rest this week.

Byron Marshall – So many injuries last week. Maybe he gets the ball in a depleted backfield. GAMBLE.


Wide Receiver

Mohamed Sanu If he is on your wire he is a GRINDER WITH UPSIDE.

Marqise Lee Lee is a GAMBLE. Blake Bortles has been finding him and Bortles is playing for a job, if not with Jacksonville then with someone else. He needs to put points on the board.

Adam Thielen – He should be on your roster and Sam Bradford is giving him love. GAMBLE.

J.J. Nelson Fun GAMBLE and should be owned in dynasty. (D).

Any Philadelphia receiver – There a few who should be out there. Take a GAMBLE with Nelson Agholor or Dorial Green-Beckham. DESPERATION ONLY.

Charone Peake – Maximum desperation with very high odds of getting a goose egg.


Tight End

Dion Sims – New England is tough and he was quiet last week.

Jared Cook – It could be the first time anyone has ever said Jared Cook won me a championship. GAMBLE.

C.J. Uzomah – LOW END GRINDER. It is a tough match up this week and Cincinnati could just implode.

Jermaine Gresham – I have no idea why he is still on wires but a good GRAB AND GAMBLE this week.

Good luck in your playoffs and toilet bowls. Feel free to fire questions and comments to or @leedoglaw.

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