WR Chris Hogan
The Claims Report is a Wednesday feature that will analyze weekly waiver additions.
American Dream claimed WR Chris Hogan ($14)
Sammy Watkins finally got healthy enough to play last Sunday, so naturally, he injured himself again and will likely miss a week at minimum. By default, Chris Hogan becomes the Bills’ WR1, although what does that really entail? This is a low volume offense that uncharacteristically let EJ Manuel chuck it 42 times on Sunday. Unless that volume continues, it’ll be really tough starting any Bills wideout.
Breaking Bradshaw claimed RB Antonio Andrews ($7)
Meh. The Titans have no idea what they’re doing offensively, shuffling running backs in and out of the lineup constantly. Until one of Antonio Andrews, Bishop Sankey, or Dexter McCluster separates from the pack, it’d be almost impossible to start any of these players in anything less than a desperate situation.Long-term, the good news for anyone who owns any Titan in a dynasty format is that Ken Whisenhunt almost has to be canned after this season. He went 2-14 last year and is now 3-18 since taking the gig and while the defense has improved some this year, everything else about the team remains stale. It’s certainly possible that drafting Marcus Mariota buys him another year, but smart ownership would probably look elsewhere before Whisenhunt completely botches the development of his roster full of youngsters.
Capital City FFC claimed DST Miami Dolphins ($5)
Here’s to hoping Dan Campbell’s unbridled enthusiasm and hell-fire aggression really has helped this unit turn a corner.
Beach Bums claimed DST Atlanta Falcons ($4)
Love the forward thinking here by Beach Bums. With his usual starting defense, the Buffalo Bills, having their bye next week when the Falcons get turnover prone Jameis Winston at home, this is a proactive move to go ahead and address next week’s lineup.
Breaking Bradshaw claimed K Josh Lambo ($4)
Damn you, Mike.
Greased Up Deaf Guy claimed TE Ben Watson
Ben Watson followed up his 9.6 point Ween 5 with a monster primetime performance in Week 6. Drew Brees targeted him 12 times and Watson pulled in 10 of those targets for 127 tards and a score. Yet here he is, making it onto a roster with a $0 claim.
For now, Watson will likely serve as Julius Thomas insurance for Greased Up Deaf Guy. Prior to last week’s outburst, Watson was averaging just 4.2 targets per game, so for now, that 18.7 week is an outlier. But given the Saints’ proclivity for featuring the tight end in the passing game, there’s a reason chance Watson morphs into a weekly option.
Interestingly, this is the second week in a row that GUDG — now 1-5 with the league’s third-fewest points scored — has added an aging player after claiming Steve Smith off waivers on October 9. Are these guys being picked up as pieces to compete or as trade chips for later in the year?
Breaking Bradshaw claimed DST Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Streaming defenses against Kirk Cousins is a smart play.