As fantasy football drafts draw to a close and the 2016 NFL season looms on the horizon next week, most league drafts will be finished after Labor day weekend. Today we will go over a few waiver wire options that should be available to most standard 15-17 player roster sized leagues. Whether your internet crapped out on you which led to a couple disappointing auto picks, or you caved to the pressures of a live draft and said a name you immediately regretted, have no fear, the waiver wire is here!
Trevor Siemian Broncos
- With Siemian named the starter in the Denver offense, beating out seemingly washed up veteran Mark Sanchez for the job, he is in a great position in coach Kubiak’s offense that specifically sets ceilings on their QB’s and doesn’t force them to do anything theu cant to limit mistakes, ex.. Matt Schaub. I know that may sound like a bad thing but in doing so it also establishes a very high floor for his QB’s, making them quietly productive and efficient. Although I do not think Siemian will hoover around the floor with such a good core of receivers around him. He is in a great position to succeed early and has avery under rated three headed monster at thereceiving positions, with Demaryious Thomas, Emmanual Sanders, and emerging TE Virgil Green. He already is making smart decisions in feeding Thomas religiously during the pre-season, and lets not forget about Emmanuel Sanders and Gary Kubiak’s classic play action setting up the deep ball. Denver more than likely will push the run, something Kubiak has always enjoyed doing in his coaching career, which will ease the young QB into a nice comfort zone. As a reserve QB on your bench you can sit back and watch how it pans out with no real risk to your points each week but can have a nice unforseen luxory if the guy balls out this year in Fantasy. The Broncos offense will be much better then it was last year, especially now that Thomas has his mind back in the game and no looming Qb drama hangover.
Joe Flacco Ravens
- If there is one QB in football who just cant seem to get any respect in fantasy circles, it’s Joe Flacco. Of course, outside of one phenomenal playoff run to a Super Bowl title, he’s been the definition of boom or bust in fantasy. Recovering from an ACL tear he suffered last season, Flacco came out showing no side effects from his injury last weekend, after getting leveled on one of the first plays of the game, he went on to collect himself and complete 11 of 16 passes for 94 yards and no touchdowns before going to the bench after playing his two possessions. Nothing incredible by any means of the word, but Joe has an improved receiving corps from last season with Steve Smith Jr. coming back from his own knee injury he suffered, another year of Kamar Aiken who has been a very reliable receiver for the Ravens regardless of who throws him the football, and free agent newcommer Mike Wallace. Adding Wallace is a very intriguing move and adds much needed over the top speed to stretch defenses, something the Ravens have not had since Torrey Smith was traded to San Francisco and has a legit chance to revive his own career in Baltimore after going to two teams who don’t throw the deep ball well, which is the one dimensional Wallaces trademark. Very few QB’s in the NFL throw the long ball like lanky Joe Flacco so you can bet if Wallace has anything left, they will give him opportunities in Bmore. Although there are major injury concerns at TE and key offensive lineman getting paid to leave the Ravens, I believe Flacco will be a resourceful back up for fantasy owners and if everything works out as it is on paper, he could end up being as high as a QB2 after a horrible year in general last season for the Ravens offense.
James White Patriots
- White is looking more and more like the beneficiary to take over the position Dion Lewis had who is expected to start the season on the NFL’s PUP list, although with the mad scientisst Bill Belichick, you truly never know what he is going to do. Ome thing is for sure though, New England is a high powered offense that will also be with out Tom Brady for the first four games serving a suspension for the ridiculously overblown “Deflate-gate” ordeal. Which Belichick will do everything he can to make Jimmy look good, calling loads of screens and short dump passes to running backs. Expect the Pats offense to be even more finese than usual relying on the stable of backs to take the attention off the second year QB. We all know Belichick is not loyal to anyone not named Brady, so if White tears it up for 8 weeks he could hold that role for the remainder of the season.
CJ Prosise Seahawks
- I know, all the hype right now is behind Christine Michael at running back, who has looked good in the pre-season so far against mediocre competiton and basic ass play calling, IT’S PRE SEASON. As you can probabaly tell by now, I don’t buy it one bit because we are talking about a guy that has been hyped up several times in his career on two separate teams. He could’nt even cut it behind the best o-line in football competing for carries with the Cowboys and ended up losing out to top of the first round draft bust Darren McFadden. So now you’re telling me he all of a sudden is just going to find the magic 4 years into his career and become a top fantasy running back? That sounds like a classic smoke and mirrors trick by Pete Carroll, Prosise is the best running back on that roster behind Thomas Rawls and is the only real threat to his job security, besides his injury problems of course. With all the hype around Michael right now, CJ’s draft stock has plummeted and if he is available in your league, snag him off the waiver and lets see what happens. It appears Rawls has some serious durability issues and it is no secret that the Seahawks want to dominate in the run game so just the situation by itself is worth the wait and see with the Seahawks being one of the few run dominant teams left in the NFL.
Phillip Dorsett Colts
- There are a lot of people high on Donte Moncrief this year with the Colts O-line shaping up to be one of the Colts weak spots this year. Andrew Luck has to get the ball out quickly or be destroyed in the backfield. Dorsett is a special talent, you can line him up in the slot or outside with how talented of a player he is, he will burn nickel corners easily and I think TY Hilton takes the biggest hit of the Colts receivers this year as a direct result of the poor o-line play. Luck, more often than not, will be unable to sit in the pocket to let a deep pass develop which will force him to it off instead. While everyone loads up on Moncrief in the draft, take a chance with this speedster off the waiver wire and see what happens, this guy was drafted late in the first round by the Colts just last year and rumors out of training camp are that he is the most improved player on the team this offseason.
Eli Rodgers Steelers
- Rodgers beat out sophomore wide out Sammie Coats for the inside slot role in the Steelers offense this year and is getting rave reviews from QB Big Ben. He’s going to be the third wide receiver in the game and more than likely will be sharing looks across the middle with talented tight end Jesse James. However, in the blitzkrieg style aerial assault that is the Steeler offense, there should be plenty of passes to go around for both. Martavis Bryant is suspended for the year and Markus Wheaton underachieving to date, Rodgers should be owned and stored on your roster and could end up being a very solid injury/bye week replacement for owners needing depth on their roster this year.
Vance McDonald 49ers
- McD’s is going to be the main beneficiary of Chip Kelley’s relocation to the bay area. In the same offense in Philly last year, Zach Ertz caught 75 passes for 850 yards before Kelley got fired for blowing up the team and pissing off the ever so volatile fan base that is the Philadelphia fanatics. Vance is good enough to fill that void for Kelley in 49ers offense, a system that loves to feed the tight ends between the 20’s. One major problem here is Blaine Gabbert is the QB throwing him the football, but don’t worry, if you have a bad QB good offensive systems can mask shitty QB’s by short passes to TE’s and RB’s. I think the outside receivers are the ones who will suffer here. With that being said, McDonald’s opportunities should be plentiful with the Niners hopefully understanding their QB situation and choosing short safety net passes over chunking the ball deep for the big play with a QB who can’t even throw a party. Which should give him more opportunities at catching touchdowns whereas, the systems predecessor’s at the positon were not so fortunate.
Jared Cook Packers
- Every year it seems like we are calling Jared Cook’s break out season because the guy is just that talented. Unfortunately for fantasy footballers, neither has he had the right system nor the right QB throwing him the football to help him evolve into what we all know he can be. Now Cook finds himself in Green Bay catching passes from NFL surgeon general Aaron Rodgers, Cook in return gives the aforementioned Rodgers, a super talented tight end threat that the Pack has not had since Jermichael Finley was forced to retire due to injury a few years ago. Which is scary to think about for the simple fact that when Rodgers has an athletic big Tight End to throw to, this offense becomes even more intimidating and could end up challenging Green Bay’s Super Bowl winning squad in terms of overall receiving talent in 2016. Word out of training camp is good, Rodgers and Cook are grooving together which means big things are going to come from Cook this year, hell, if Richard Rogers could be productive in that offense looking like an O-lineman catching hail marry touchdowns, Cook is going to explode here and finally turn into what we’ve all beleived he can do at this level.