Waiver Wire Pickups
Written By: Boris Krutiy
Kirk Cousins, QB Washington vs. Atlanta – owned in 6% of Yahoo Leagues. Shanahan has officially benched RG3 as a last statement before his inevitable firing. Cousins is not the best option this week but he is going against a bad defense in Atlanta so opportunities will be there to put up some numbers. Most likely they will be playing from behind as Atlanta will probably put up 35+ PTS against a bad Redskin defense, so a lot of passing by Cousins may mean he will put up numbers in the range of 250/3/2.
Jay Cutler, QB Chicago Bears vs. Cleveland Browns. He is owned in only 38% of Yahoo Leagues and was cleared to practice at full speed on Wednesday. Coach Trestman will base his decision on Cutler’s performance in practice and announce his decision on Thursday. If you have room on your roster and need a QB, grab him. He will certainly put up numbers with receivers like Marshall and Jeffries to throw to.
Jason Campbell, QB Cleveland Browns. He is owned in only 9% of Yahoo Leagues. He faces a chicago defense that is prone to the big plays this year and cannot stop the run. The Campbell/Gordon Express should be in full effect. Expect a 350/3/1 day from Campbell. Chicago can score and Campbell will need to get the ball down the field to Josh Gordon to keep up with Chicago’s offense.
Dennis Pitta, TE Baltimore vs. Detroit – owned in 31% of Yahoo Leagues, up from 13% just 24 hours ago. He is returning from injury and quickly connected with Flacco for a TD against Minnesota. Expect more of the same on MNF against Detroit.
Julian Edelman, WR New England vs. Miami Dolphins – Edelman has been averaging 91.6 YDS/GM as well as 3TDs on 24 receptions over the 3-GM span. That is not a lot of receptions (per game) for a WR but with Rob Gronkowski (knee) on IR and Kembrell Thompkins still battling a hip injury, Edelman will see a lot more targets.
Hugh Douglas, WR Atlanta vs. Washington – Anyone going against the Washington Redskin’s defense is a good play this week. Douglas is no Julio Jones but has proven to be a quality WR3/Flex player.
DeAngelo Williams, RB Carolina vs. NY Jets – Jonathan Stewart is on the mend again so Williams will be taking on the majority of the carries for the rest of the season. The New York Jets have a good Rush Defense (11th) and only give up 82.6 PTS/GM but with turnover prone Geno Smith, Carolina will have a short field often and Williams will pick up a few short-range TDs.
Chris Ogbonnaya, RB Cleveland vs. Chicago – Ogbannaya has ZERO TDs on the year but don’t let that scare you away. Willis McGahee has not been cleared from his concussion and is currently listed as doubtful. If McGahee is ruled out and Ogbannaya starts and gets 15-20 carries. He should easily be able to go for over 100 yards against a Bears defense that gives up 157 Rushing YDS/GM. With Josh Gordon as a big time deep threat, the Bears will not be able to load the box leaving plenty of room for Ogbonnaya to run wild. He should be good for 125/1TD this weekend.