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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.



Marcus Mariota – Did you grab him? Still a fun GAMBLE.

Ryan Fitzpatrick – Still a GAMBLE for Week 8 and Week 9 (because I don’t think Miami’s defense is that good, I think that Landry Jones isn’t.)

Case Keenum – Sooooo, I am pretty sure football is just trolling us now. If he is around grab him if you need the help.

Brian Hoyer – See Case Keenum. Jay Cutler looks to be relocating after this season.

You could actually stream Hoyer, Fitzpatrick and Keenum if you were desperate. Keenum has the New York Giants next week. Fitzpatrick has Cleveland and Miami in Weeks 8 and 9, and Keenum has Carolina’s defense, which really should be better Week 9. Week 10 Keenum has the New York Jets. Hoyer gets the Giants Week 11 and Detroit in Week 14. These could also be fun for daily fantasy.

Cody Kessler – GAMBLE.

Landry Jones – If Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t return, Jones will get the start. If you are in a superflex and your entire team is on bye, you could consider him. LOW EXPECTATION GAMBLE. Also you may want to have a memorial for any Pittsburgh shares you have while Roethlisberger is out that aren’t named Bell.

Colin Kaepernick – On the off chance he is laying around on the wire you can give him a grab. He should GRIND out some ugly points while he is in.



Kenneth Dixon – West is the guy, but if you have room hang on to him as a flyer. STASH/GAMBLE.

Dwayne Washington/Zach Zenner – Either one can be a low-end GAMBLE behind Theo Riddick depending on health. Don’t bank on them unless you just need a shot at any points you can get. (D) Justin Forsett is also there. If you are in a crazy deep league … no, no, he would be on a roster in a crazy deep league so I don’t really know what situation would make him a pickup. But he is there.

James White – Soooo, anything happen with New England this week? Yeah, he should be gone, but if not, he isn’t lasting on your wire after last week. It is New England so expect “Three RB Monte.” Some weeks it will be LeGarrette Blount, some weeks it will be White, some weeks it will be Joe, the beer guy.

D.J. Foster It’s New England so if you have room to stash him in a deep dynasty he is worth a roster spot. (D)

Bobby Rainey – He didn’t do much last week. He is still a low-end points per reception GRINDER.

Chris Thompson – It’s like Little League. Everyone is getting carries. Wheeeeeeeeeeee! If he is available he is a points per reception GRINDER.

Jalen Richard – See Chris Thompson but with lower expectations and a higher ceiling, particularly in leagues with return yards.

Jonathan Stewart is back. Snag Cameron Artis-Payne if you have some bench room. STASH (D)

Knile Davis – If you didn’t stash him, go grab him to piss off the Eddie Lacy owner. If you are the Lacy owner … yeah, I feel your pain but at least it is slightly cheaper pain this year. STASH/GAMBLE.

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