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Two weeks down and the injuries are piling up. There was a ton of football played, some of it was terrible and some was great. You can’t give too much weight to a day that seemed like the Three Stooges were on some of these rosters. There were times on Sunday, I swear, I could hear the Benny Hill theme song (I am looking at you, Miami).

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

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.

Grabs are guys who shouldn’t be on your waivers or will be a high priority this week and are an instant add if they are available.

(D)  added Dynasty/Keeper value.



Ryan Fitzpatrick – Is he still available? Do you still need help? He has great receivers and doesn’t care about throwing interceptions, making him willing to toss it a ton. GAMBLE.

Joe Flacco – He has gotten no love. Well he should after this week and Baltimore has a terrible running game and lots of guys who can catch the ball. It won’t be pretty but he should be a great GRINDER.

Carson Wentz (D) – He looks good for a rookie, but he is definitely a GAMBLE. As the opponents get tougher so should starting him at a quarterback or superflex spot.

Blaine Gabbert – If you are in a superflex he is out scoring a non-quarterback flex (although it might be close). He was a mess and he has a tough matchup but he should be rostered in any superflex with more than eight teams.


Get ready to grab

Jameis Winston – It was a rough day of football for plenty of teams and this is a day I am sure that Winston wished he had back. Good news: He doesn’t get hung up on losses. Bad news: He has a rough patch in his schedule and this may not be the last brutal game. If his owner drops him and you need some upside go ahead and grab him. GAMBLE in redraft and shouldn’t be on the wire in dynasty. (D) If he has an impatient owner see if you can pull off a trade.



Charles Sims – Is he still on your wire? How have you not picked him up yet? Last chance. GRAB, BOSS LEVEL GRINDER (D).

Jay Ajayi – He fumbled and my Miami Dolphins are still the Dolphins. No one would be surprised if he is benched but Arian Foster is hurt and Kenyan Drake isn’t the answer for a lead back. GAMBLE (D).

Dwayne Washington – Ameer Abdullah was injured. Theo Riddick is there but Washington should see more carries. GAMBLE (D).

Duke Johnson – Johnson is playing second fiddle to Isaiah Crowell right now but he will make a decent points per reception. GRINDER with upside if someone drops him impatiently (D).

Karlos Williams – Someone is going to need him with this many backs going down. If you have room, GAMBLE/STASH (D).

Shane Vereen – There are plenty of guys who can catch the ball on the New York Giants squad but he may get you a few points per reception points later in the season if you end up in a bye week bind. Points per reception GRINDER.

Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker – Whittaker played well in relief of Jonathan Stewart. Artis-Payne was a healthy scratch. As clear as the pecking order would seem in light of that information, this could be a messy few weeks with a split backfield. Cameron Artis-Payne and Whittaker may end up sharing the backfield with Mike Tolbert Tolberting (he vultures so often I have decided to make his name a verb) touchdowns. Artis-Payne may be the more solid standard pick with Whittaker getting the edge in points per reception. For dynasty, I am still on the Artis-Payne train. GRINDERS (D).

Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata – Adrian Peterson may or may not miss time. He has a torn meniscus and is apparently already walking on it. He is also Adrian Peterson. He is not a mere mortal man. If he does miss time, McKinnon should be the replacement back with Asiata Tolberting touchdowns. For those who haven’t had to play this backfield before no matter whom you start, it will be the wrong person. GAMBLE IN A PINCH.


Depth fliers

Knile Davis – He is being held on to for depth. With as many running backs as there are down maybe he finally gets that trade.

Peyton Barber and Alex CollinsThey are behind talent that was behind talent and should be available on all but deep dynasty waivers. GAMBLE/STASH in the deepest leagues only (D).

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