Daily Dr. Roto—September 26, 2018
Waiver Wire Wednesday
Baker Mayfield—Mayfield is the real deal, and he is well on his way to becoming a top NFL QB. His accuracy is uncanny, and he has more mobility than people realize. He can give the Browns the same spark this season that Jimmy G gave the 49ers last season. Pay up for him in FAAB if he is still available.
C.J. Beathard—Speaking of Jimmy G, Beathard will be the new QB now that Jimmy is out for the season. The good news is this: Kyle Shanahan hand-picked Beathard at last year's draft to be the 49ers QB of the future. It was only due to the Jimmy G trade that Beathard lost his job. He's more mobile than you think, and he could put up decent Fantasy numbers in what should be weekly garbage time.
Josh Rosen—Can Rosen provide the same spark for the Cardinals that Mayfield did for the Browns? The Cardinals are banking on it. Rosen is going to make some great throws, and he's also going to get picked about 2-3 times per game. Overall, I expect the good to outweigh the bad and he will be a decent play most weeks.
Ryan Tannehill—Just. Play. Tannehill. Ok, maybe not, but Tannehill has been much better than people expected. The problem is that Gase would prefer not to put the game in his hands, so his numbers will never appear gaudy. That said, he won’t kill you most weeks.
Josh Allen—Allen has been a shock thus far, even leading the Bills to a victory against the fearsome Vikings. Sadly, Allen is a solid young QB who lacks offensive skill players around him. As his confidence grows, I expect that his garbage time production will improve as well.
Nyheim Hines—Hines is starting to carve out a consistent role in the Colts' offense, and I can see it expanding moving forward. People compare him to Darren Sproles, but he is bigger and able to withstand more pounding. Hines is a nice sleeper pick in PPR formats.
Nick Chubb—At some point, Chubb will be named the starting RB in Cleveland, and when he does, he will keep the job for quite some time. Chubb is tough to take down, but right now he has Carlos Hyde standing in his way. Stash and Cash.
Ito Smith—Devonta Freeman doesn’t look like he will be returning anytime soon from his knee injury which means that Smith should continue to get about 7-10 touches each week behind Tevin Coleman. Should Coleman get injured, Smith is a Freeman-type player who can also catch passes out of the backfield.
Wayne Gallman—Gallman resurfaced in Week 3 after missing Week 2 with an injury. Gallman is the backup to Saquon Barkley but is a good player in his own right. Should anything happen to Barkley, Gallman would be able to fill in nicely, so he is a good stash for all you vultures who like to take other owners’ backups.
Frank Gore—It pains me to write this, but Gore is good for 10-15 touches a week. Adam Gase loves using Gore not only because he is good in short yardage situations, but also to help keep Kenyan Drake fresh. Look for Gore to continue his notable play down in Miami.
Calvin Ridley—If he is available in your league by some miracle get him ASAP.
Tyler Boyd—See Calvin Ridley.
Antonio Callaway—See Boyd and Ridley.
D.J. Moore—The BYE week comes at a great time for Moore as the Panthers need to figure out a way to integrate him better into their passing attack. Moore may struggle with the playbook at times, but if you can be patient with him, I think the rewards could loom huge come Week 12 onward.
Christian Kirk—With Josh Rosen now at QB, no one quite knows if Rosen will key on Larry Fitzgerald, or perhaps throw the ball more often to Kirk. Kirk is like the Cardinals version of Cooper Kupp, except with much more speed.
James Washington—Things seem a bit shaky with Antonio Brown in Pittsburgh. If Brown ends up getting himself suspended or misses time for any reason, the Steelers are prepared to give James Washington a shot. Washington runs terrific routes and is the king of coming down with 50-50 balls. His value goes up exponentially if something should happen to Brown or Juju. Stash him on your bench if your rosters are deep enough.
Ryan Grant—I know he’s not a sexy name, but if you need 10-12 Fantasy points per week, no one does it more consistently than Grant.
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Dallas Goedert—Wentz returned to the lineup and Goedert had seven targets against the Colts. He's still behind Ertz on the depth chart, but if Ertz were ever to get hurt, Goedert's value who go through the roof. Stash and cash with him at some point later in the season.
Rhett Ellison—I am only listing him here since I think that Evan Engram will miss Week 4 against the Saints in what should be a tasty matchup for Ellison. Pick him up this week for a buck or two and then drop him in a month when Engram returns.
Vance McDonald—I know he shares time and targets with Jesse James, but McDonald is the better receiver (James is the better blocker), and Big Ben loves throwing to his tight ends.