Welcome to Week 6’s collection of starts and pickups for leagues where your bench and/or waiver wire are thin. Played together, “Grinders and Gambles” can help patch holes in a team or be the extra push you need to get those wins.
Don’t sit obvious plays for these guys; they are for when there are no obvious plays or you have question marks all over your bench. This is for leagues where you need to go deeper than the average league.
GRINDERS – The guys who will get you points in a pinch.
Josh McCown – Injuries are stacking up and McCown is among the wounded but he says he feels good so far. Last week’s fellow list member, Blake Bortles, separated his shoulder and is questionable this week meaning there will be even more teams looking for a quarterback grab. McCown has been grinding and rewarded his owners with a silly good game this week.
Brian Hoyer – This is becoming fun. Whoever starts for Houston has DeAndre Hopkins to throw to and can grind you some points. The bad news is Houston thinks quarterback by committee is a thing. The good news is that the volatile situation has kept them on waivers in pretty much every league but 2-QB/Superflex leagues. Hoyer was a top-15 quarterback this week. Yes, Hoyer. Yes, that’s the type of season it is going to be.
Antonio Andrews/Bishop Sankey – Remember Week 2 when we discussed how much fun this duo would be? Both should grind, both should cause headaches, and Andrews looks to have higher upside. You could probably trade half a sandwich for Sankey right now depending on the sandwich … seriously, I have him, no on turkey, but for roast beef he is yours.
Khiry Robinson – There will be a mad grab on the waiver wire this week for Zach Zenner, the Kansas City backup running backs, and Javorius “Buck” Allen in leagues where they aren’t owned. If Robinson isn’t on your wire he might be dropped for one of these guys. He just keeps looking good grinding away.
Zach Zenner/Theo Riddick – Hopefully you grabbed one of these guys last week. I know Zenner was in the “Gambles” last week but I think he may end up being here. Ameer Abdullah is making me cry on the inside with his fumbles. I know sharing is caring Abdullah, but that doesn’t apply to giving the other team the ball. I see Riddick and Zenner working out as nice “Grinders” over the next few weeks. Riddick is the one I think will be a great “steady eddie” to match up with some “Gambles.”
Doug Baldwin/Jermaine Kearse – With Thomas Rawls stepping up, Marshawn Lynch on the mend, and Seattle attempting to keep up the streak of ruining tight ends’ potential, wide receivers on this team will be “Grinders” with upside. Seattle has some tough matchups coming up, too.
Jamison Crowder – Crowder has really stepped up in the last few weeks. He is getting a ton of targets also. He has a tough matchup with the New York Jets this week but he should be a really nice “Grinder,” especially if DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed remain sidelined.
Ty Montgomery – He shouldn’t still be around, but if he is, he might be worth a grab. Montgomery’s numbers were boosted by a touchdown last week. He should be a low-end “Grinder” (5-10 points in points per reception leagues) against San Diego with upside depending on how coverage shakes out.
Derek Carrier – Remember last week when I mentioned Carrier as a future grab? With Jordan Reed ailing and Carrier putting in a decent performance, this may be the last chance to grab him off a wire with the biggest part of the bye week gauntlet coming. He has “Grinder” potential with Reed down.