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Grinders and Gambles is waiver wire duct tape for deeper leagues. 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.

(D) added Dynasty/Keeper value

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


Tales of the obvious:

Deshaun Watson balled this weekend. If he is still around pick him up. Grinder floor and crazy upside.

Jared Goff’s floor is a grinder right now and his upside is a Top 10 quarterback. He has some nasty match ups so he isn’t going to help as much with the bye week blues but he will make a great match up play. If a frustrated owner dropped Eli Manning grab him. Eli will give you Manning face and he is playing legit defenses over the next few weeks but there is still some value in Manning. Keep an eye on both Eli and Goff if they are rostered. Their owners may become frustrated and drop them during the brutal bye weeks coming up. If you are really hurting at quarterback wait until Week 6 or 7 and see if you can get them in a trade cheap (in redraft, Goff will cost quite a bit in dynasty).

The I am desperate and play in a 2 QB league list:

Case Keenum, Jacoby Brissett, Josh McCown, Jay Cutler, E.J. Manuel, Kevin Hogan, and Matt Cassel.

Frankly, Manuel is the one I see with the most upside as Carr will be missing at least a few weeks. Kevin Hogan is another stash to make in 2QB leagues.

The Dolphins may cut the cord on Jay Cutler so Matt Moore could be called up and is worth a stash in crazy deep leagues.

As I have said many times, the Dolphins exist to crush my hopes and dreams. I love Matt Moore but he is a journeyman quarterback who is a great back up. I don’t know how Cutler gets benched unless there is an injury. He was terrible against the Saints but Cutler is a desperate start for desperate times. He could throw 4 touchdowns or he could be the guy who gets you negative points.

Stash and see:

Grab Sam Bradford if he was dropped. Losing Dalvin Cook hurts but Latavius Murray means throwing more passes.

Mitch Trubisky is getting the start over Glennon, Chicago has lots and lots of problems but he is worth a stash in deeper leagues to see how he shakes out.

Colin Kaepernick – He is on a roster in multi-quarterback dynasty leagues and probably on the wire everywhere else. Quarterbacks are going down. He may never get the call but if you have the room and the need, he is worth a stash.


Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings – This will be the pickup of the week. Just remember, he isn’t an instant Cook replacement and he is banged up but he should beat out McKinnon (who also is banged up) for the job.

Elijah McGuire, NY Jets – He is a gamble with upside. He played well against a nasty Jags defense but keep in mind that this a backfield with Matt Forte and Bilal Powell and the Jets are actually competitive right now. I know, I am as shocked as you are. McGuire could stay active or end up with minimal carries.

Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers – He is worth a gamble since the Green Bay Packers were clearly watching reruns of M.A.S.H. and instantly thought “squad goals!”

Alex Collins, Baltimore RavensAlex Collins is a potential grinder with a caveat. His propensity to lose the football may make him go from grinder to pine rider.

Wayne Gallman, NY Giants – The Giants offensive line is a bit of a punch line but he did get some carries. He could make a decent grinder if the Giants commit to him.

J.D. McKissic, Seattle Seahaws – Rawls should be getting the start now but Seattle at some point looked over at New England and was like “why aren’t we randomly picking running backs to start?” McKissic may make a nice PPR gamble.

Eddie Lacy, Seattle Seahawks – I love a man who appreciates a cheeseburger as much as I do. Again, Rawls is supposed to be next in line but he hasn’t been magnificent this season.

Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks – Could I have made one paragraph dedicated to the Seahawks backfield? Yes. This way you get to experience the same level of frustration as owning one of their running backs ahead of time. You are welcome.

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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