TE Tim Wright
The Claims Report is a Wednesday feature that will analyze weekly waiver additions.
The Muscle Hamsters claimed TM New York Giants ($11)
Blake Bortles and the Jaguars offense has been horrendous all season long and they only seem to be trending further downward. Thus, the New York Giants’ defense.
I Need a Manziel, Not a Boykin claimed TE Tim Wright ($14)
Unicorns and Glitter!!! held onto tight end Tim Wright for a year and five weeks, dating back to his days in Tampa Bay. As soon as he was dealt to the New England Patriots, he became an interesting hold in a high-powered offense built around two tight end sets. While he was probably never going to fill “the Aaron Hernandez role” (he’s an entirely different player with different tools), it still made sense to hang onto him just in case. When you’re starting Jimmy Graham, you can gamble on a back-up tight end.
But it figures that the week U&G!!! finally cut ties, Wright popped off for five catches, 36 yards, and two scores. That’s been Wright’s modus operandi all season: when the Patriots get near the goal line, Tom Brady finds him past the chalk. Wright’s averaging less than 10 yards per catch (9.6 to be exact) and only has 23 catches all year, but he’s converted six of them for scores. In the last five games where he’s caught at least one pass, he has at least one touchdown in each (he’s only caught a pass in five of New England’s last eight). Trusting touchdown-dependent players is always a bit of a rollercoaster ride, but Wright’s probably a step up for the injury-depleted I Need a Manziel squad, who has been rotating waiver fodder like Jermaine Gresham and Chase Ford for a month and a half.
DEFEAT claimed K Dan Carpenter ($7)
Down with kickers!
Greased Up Deaf Guy claimed RB Stepfan Taylor
There might be something wrong with Andre Ellington. After starting only once in 2013, Ellington earned the starting gig in 2014 and has produced top-10 RB fantasy numbers in that role. But there are plenty of red flags here. Ellington has averaged just 3.3 yards per carry this season — as a point of reference, Trent Richardson is averaging 3.4 — and has yet to eclipse 100 yards rushing in a single game. He does have 46 catches for 395 yards, but it may be time to wonder if Ellington and his 5’9″, 199-pound frame are cut out for the pounding that comes with the starting role. Like Giovani Bernard in Cincinnati, Ellington is explosive and his skill set demands utilization, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he should be handed the ball repeatedly between the tackles and in short yardage situations. The term “change of pace back” is insulting to this guy’s talent, but a lesser role in that vein may make sense.
Anyway, the addition of Stepfan Taylor is a nice safeguard for a Greased Up Deaf Guy team entering the last week of the regular season with a playoff prayer. As of now, GUDG is the last team in the bracket and obviously, if Ellington were to get banged up, that would throw a massive wrench into this team’s chance of making noise. Taylor is a small dude too and has never gotten much work, but at this time of year, handcuffs are vital.