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Grinders and Gambles is duct tape for deeper leagues where the vultures have already thinned your wire down to the last pickings. Either your league deep or your waivers have run and you still have holes. 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)ynasty/Keeper value

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


Josh McCown , New York Jets

Still grinding. He is a matchup play but if you lost your quarterback this weekend, he is there for you. Just find a second quarterback to platoon him with.

Brett Hundley, Green Bay Packers

You play in a 2QB league and/or have a quarterback hoarding league. So that was a fun game right? Unless of course you are a Packer fan, had Rodgers, have Packer players, or like good football. Otherwise, super fun. Hundley is supposed to be the heir apparent to Rodgers. Okay, he could be terrible but he could have been shaking off some rust as well. He is worth a grab, especially in dynasty, if you have the room. Nothing reveals a quarterbacks skill set like the New Orleans defense. (D) Gamble

Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears

He should be terrible this week which means he should be on the wire for you next week. He has the Saints, the Quarterback Litmus Test.  (D) Gamble

C.J. Beathard, San Francisco 49ers

He has a decent schedule for the next few games if you are in desperation mode or in 2QBs (D). His schedule after that is why you need to make sure he is part of a platoon. Gamble

Eli Manning, NY Giants

Always a gamble and has made a strong case for the Giants to start finding their next quarterback in the draft next year. He also has had a gauntlet of some brutal pass defenses and lost half his team. Teams may finally have to take the Giants running game seriously, or at least slightly less lackadaisical than now. His schedule also improves after the bye so if he isn’t on waivers now you can always grab after next week when he is dropped.


Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts

Proof that real football hates your fantasy teams. Robert Turbin is injured and Colts are still going to need to run the ball. That doesn’t mean Mack will get more carries this week. It could end up being Matt Jones backing up Gore. Yeah. Somewhere a Matt Jones truther loved that sentence. (Jones is available almost everywhere if you really want to gamble.)

Elijah McGuire, NY Jets

Still a gamble and still dependent on the health of two other running backs that both bring skills to the table. (D)

Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens

Still grinding. He is steadily getting more carries as he proves he can run and hold a ball at the same time. Worth a grab.

Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants

Worked through the calf injury and will be a top grab this week and could turn into a nice grinder. This week is Seattle and you need to run against Seattle if you want to have a chance so Gallman is still a hold.

Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

He is still a low end PPR grinder at best but he is worth the pickup. He may be able to snag you a few points during a bye week.

Dion Lewis, New England Patriots

If he is out there this is last call. Also Bill Belichick still hates your fantasy team so watch it be Matt Jones in three weeks. Yes I know he is a Colt, that is how much Bill Belichick hates your fantasy team.

Adrian Peterson, Arizona Cardinals

So that worked well. Last call on AP.

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