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Grinders and Gambles is waiver wire duct tape for deeper leagues where the waiver wires are thinner. 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

(W)ubby Alert – Potential security blanket for a team or QB.


Josh McCown, New York Jets

He has been grinding against week defenses and getting smashed but tough ones. Good news, he is set to be a grinder for most of the bye week blues. He should give you decent numbers for the next 3 weeks and then week 10 if your QB is on bye or you are a superflex.

Case Keenum, Minnesota Vikings

Sam Bradford came back and… that did not go well. Keenum might be able to snag you some points until we see a healthy Bradford.

Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck might be back…um I am pretty sure I just typed this for Sam Bradford. Yep. So same string, different yo-yo. Brissett has more upside than Keenum next week but after that, the schedule gets brutal and it isn’t like the Indy running game is going to carry the team.

Kevin Hogan, Cleveland Browns

He hasn’t taken the job yet but he could and should. He is a gamble because he is a Browns quarterback and still the guy who couldn’t win a starting job before now. Desperate times, desperate measures kids. Gamble for 2 quarterback leagues.

Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins

Jay Cutler is just “cutlering” all over the place. Moore is not a starting caliber quarterback but he is a great backup and Dolphins fans like Matt Moore. I don’t mean as a quarterback, he is just liked as a player. He is a likable guy and it isn’t like Jay Cutler is killing it. The fact is, Gase is pretty dug in on Cutler, but maybe he finally makes the change? Moore is a stash who could become a gamble

Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears

He wasn’t outstanding but he had a decent start.

Colin Kaepernick, Free Agent

I am just going to leave him here. If you have room, keep him but don’t cut another upside player for him.


Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts

is probably rostered but he is available in a very deep experts league called the SFB7. No one is available in the SFB7. Actual tumbleweeds come out of your computer screen when you go to the waiver wire. If he slipped through the cracks in that league, he might just be popping up on your wire too. He isn’t the only running back in town and you can expect touchdowns to be vultured by other backs in the future but he is a gamble worth taking on a team that is pulling itself together.

Elijah McGuire, New York Jets

He is still a gamble and still dependent on the health of two other running backs that both bring skills to the table.

Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

With TyMo down, Jones owned the backfield. He has a brutal match up this week so if you don’t have him and he disappoints you can wait until next week and grab him if he gets dropped or try and get him cheaper then.

Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens

He didn’t fumble but he is second fiddle to Buck Allen (Javorius Allen). He is a low end grinder

Shane Vereen and Wayne Gallman, New York Giants

Orleans Darkwa looked good but ended up with a calf injury. The last men standing here are Shane Vereen and Wayne Gallman. Beckham is out for the year, Marshall is out for the year and the rest of the Giants are banged up. Vereen should see an uptick in passes. They are both gambles on a team in shambles.

Seattle Running Backs

Throw a dart and hope someone can do something. If you happen to be in a league with a team backfield, Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls weren’t terrible. You can do a straight bet in roulette and you can play a Seattle back as both are gambles with rough odds. They have a bye so maybe we will get a clear back when they return.

Jalen Richard, Oakland Raiders

He is a gamble against the Chargers. He could break a long one or give you a whopping 3 points.

Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers

Whether by success or injury he should see a step up in carries. The dreaded “hot hand” approach has been mentioned which means for fantasy purposes whichever one you start will probably be wrong.

Dion Lewis, New England Patriots

PPR Grinder right now but it is New England and Bill Belichick hates your fantasy team.

Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers

Melvin Gordon just wanted to let you guys know he is the top dog this week. He is a fragile top dog who is on my roster so that’s like a double jinx. Ekeler is a stash.

Adrian Peterson, Arizona Cardinals

He is now on the Cards. They need help, maybe he can help. Gamble until we see how he fits in there.

Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the return of Doug Martin, Sims may be back as a pass catcher making him a potential low end grinder for the rest of the season.

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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