The Claims Report (11/19/14)


QB Josh McCown

QB Josh McCown

The Claims Report is a Wednesday feature that will analyze weekly waiver additions.

Reggie Wayne Comeback Twayne claimed RB Dan Herron ($15)

Before breaking his foot and being placed on injured reserve, Ahmad Bradshaw was averaging just under 13 touches a game in the high-powered Indianapolis Colts offense. It stands to reason that those touches will need to be distributed in other ways in Bradshaw’s absence, and there’s a good chance the Colts’ coaching staff won’t want to give them all to Trent Richardson, who has been highly ineffective dating back to his 2012 rookie year. Personally, I’d assume some of the burden is shifted to Andrew Luck. Instead of dumping more carries onto a back who can’t muster more than four yards a run, it makes sense to let the best young quarterback in the game sling it more.

No matter how touches are passed out going forward, it stands to reason that Dan “Boom” Herron, who was already written about here, will at least get a shot (assuming the Colts don’t snatch up Ben Tate).

At this point of the season, the bottom line is that the waiver wire has been plucked clean of serviceable running backs. When you’re 9-2 like this team is, Herron is exactly the type of risk/reward addition that can pay big dividends toward reaching a championship.

Mush claimed WR Andrew Hawkins ($5)

On Tuesday night, Mush’s owner posted publicly that, with Antonio Brown on a bye and Larry Fitzgerald banged up, he needed a wide receiver. My first thought was that it didn’t make a whole lot of sense to give up an asset when there were at least a couple serviceable pass catchers on waivers. Andrew Hawkins was the best of the bunch.

It’s amazing to me how Hawkins keeps getting added and dropped. In terms of overall scoring, he’s WR35 right now, making him a firm WR3 starter in our league. It could be his age, size, recent injury (this is why I dropped him), or the return of Josh Gordon that’s tempering his value, but still, this is a highly productive player with a consistently high floor. And Mush got him for essentially nothing. That sure beats trading something away for a player that will most likely just be comparable to, if not worse than, Hawkins anyway.

Greased Up Deaf Guy claimed TE Charles Clay ($4)

After breaking out in 2013, “Big Play” Charles Clay has been a bit of a disappointment this year. He spent the early part of the season fighting off minor injuries and has since blended into a passing attack that emphasizes spreading the wealth. Mike Wallace and Jarvis Landry are soaking up the bulk of the targets, but Ryan Tannehill has otherwise made a habit of getting seven or eight different receivers involved in every game. So Clay’s opportunities are limited.

Ultimately though, this is an insurance policy for a Greased Up Deaf Guy squad scratching and clawing for a playoff spot. Julius Thomas and Dwayne Allen both suffered injuries this past week and are listed as questionable, so it’s conceivable Clay won’t even be needed. And if he’s needed, the match-up against the Denver Broncos is a good one. They’re giving up 9.17 fantasy points per game to tight ends (29th) and game flow could lead to a few more throws than normal from Bill Lazor’s offense.

Beach Bums claimed QB Josh McCown ($3)

It wasn’t that long ago that the Beach Bums looked set for the long-term at quarterback with Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III. But now, with Newton on a bye (and having seemingly lost his ability to be an elite runner) and Griffin’s demise in Washington getting closer and closer to becoming a reality, it’s the cagey veteran Josh McCown who seems poised to be the plug-and-play starter this week against a cupcake Chicago Bears defense.

Speaking of RG3, Deadspin’s Drew Magary had a pretty good take on his latest round of drama in DC.

The Muscle Hamsters claimed TM San Diego Chargers ($1)

War of attrition here: the Chargers defense sucks but so does the Rams offense. Here’s to hoping the Rams suck harder this week.

Who’s Your Haddy? claimed WR Kenny Britt

Reunited and it feels so good.

The Muscle Hamsters claimed WR Charles Johnson

I had Charles Johnson on my pre-draft watch list when the Cleveland Browns receiver situation was still up in the air. Originally drafted by Ted Thompson’s Packers, this dude is 6’2″, ran a 4.38 and 4.39 at his pro day, and posted a 133-inch broad jump. Comparatively speaking, his current teammate and fellow 2013 draftee Cordarrelle Patterson ran a 4.42 40-yard dash and had a 128-inch broad jump. Johnson’s vertical jump also beat Patterson’s by two and a half inches. The point here isn’t that Johnson’s a better prospect than Patterson, but that he’s an athletically gifted guy whose raw measureables are on par with some of that draft class’s top guns.

Anyway, he totally fell off my radar come our draft but then broke out this week for six catches and 87 yards. The Vikings offense is moribund, but both Greg Jennings and Jarius Wright are banged up and it would seem to make sense that at 4-6, they’d at least give him enough snaps the rest of the way to see if he has a future in Minnesota.

Kitten Mittons claimed K Matt Bryant

A kicker!

Beach Bums claimed TM St. Louis Rams

A defense!

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