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Grinders and Gambles – Week 9

It’s been a tough year and the injuries keep piling up. Finding fantasy duct tape has become critical and difficult for many teams right now. Be the one to snag the patch.
Welcome to Week 9’s collection of starts and pickups for leagues where your bench and/or waiver wire is 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. These are the guys for leagues where you need to go deeper.

GRINDERS – The guys who will get you points in a pinch.


Alex Smith – Grinding. On bye this week, but worth adding to your bench if you need some help.

Jameis Winston – Winston has been a solid start with upside as his team gets healthier around him. He has the New York Giants this week so there is upside there.

Running Back: Wow, so the injuries keep coming.

Antonio AndrewsDavid Cobb should be coming off Injured Reserve very soon but Cobb is allegedly a bit out of shape which isn’t a surprise due to him being on the injured list. At the very least, you might be able to squeeze another week or two out of Andrews. Additionally, beat writer Terry McCormick has tweeted that Andrews was told he will be the starter going forward. (This is why we follow the beat writers kids, they got the goods).

Dexter McCluster – Points per reception league grinding.

Jonas GrayJay Ajayi might be back soon, but Gray has made a nice backup to Lamar Miller and can grind if you are desperate.

Karlos Williams – He is practicing and even with LeSean McCoy getting the start, Williams was grinding early in the season. There is no reason why he doesn’t pick up where he left off and get you 8-12 a game even with McCoy starting. If he was dropped, snag him.

Wide Receiver

Ted Ginn, Jr. – As a Miami Dolphins fan it hurts to even add him but he is catching balls and not going full fetal so he has been grinding with Cam Newton.

Tight End

Derek Carrier – With Jordan Reed back, Carrier is getting scraps so he is only a deep league play but worth a hold given Reed’s injury history.

Garrett Celek – And he is back on the list. As long as he can get healthy he can be a low-end grinder for you. If he is out, Vance McDonald might get some looks.

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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