TE Scott Chandler
The Claims Report is a Wednesday feature that will analyze weekly waiver additions.
Breaking Bradshaw claimed TE Scott Chandler ($10)
Just this week alone, the tight end position suffered injuries to Rob Gronkowski, Tyler Eifert, and Jimmy Graham, all three of which play for teams headed for the postseason in our league. So it was obvious that tight end was going to be a hot waiver position this week. Likely just as obvious was that Scott Chandler, Gronk’s fill-in, would take the pole position on the waiver wire.
Chandler is mostly unremarkable as a player: he’s big and strong and has decent hands, but he’s not a burner or game dominator like either of the three guys listed above, least of all Gronkowski. But the Patriots are going through a long string of injuries and have historically featured the tight end heavily, especially in the red zone, so his value is pretty obvious. Of course, there’s a lot of mystery surrounding Gronk’s injury. He could play this week, he could miss several weeks. Who knows? As a late season flier though, Chandler’s a nice safety net.
Breaking Bradshaw claimed TE Owen Daniels ($10)
Left for dead when the Broncos traded for Vernon Davis, Owen Daniels has actually been serviceable since Brock Osweiler took over for the Broncos. He’s been targeted 11 times in his last two games and hasn’t had less than five targets in a game in a month. His ceiling isn’t particularly high, but for a Breaking Bradshaw team looking to hedge bets on Eifert’s health, he’s a pretty safe gamble to at least clock in with a few points every week.
American Dream claimed WR Seth Roberts ($8)
Seth Roberts had a monster Week 12, logging six catches, 113 yards, and two touchdowns. He also ran a 4.46 40 and has decent size at 6’2″. So last week coupled with some bare bones measureables paints this guy as at least a decent flier. Having said that, the seven targets he received last week were the most he’s had in any game this season, so the opportunity doesn’t really look to be there. But for American Dream, who is clinging to playoff hope, this move may be more about test driving this player for the next few weeks. With Michael Crabtree a free agent at season’s end, it’s plausible that Roberts gains steam and value heading into 2016.
Capital City FFC claimed TE Kyle Rudolph ($7)
I’ve never liked Kyle Rudolph. To me, he’s entirely dependent on touchdowns to be valuable. He rarely racks up yardage or even opportunities, so unless he catches one in the paint, you’re probably looking at a 3-4 point per week ceiling.
But over the last two weeks, Teddy Bridgewater has looked his way 19 times and he’s caught 13 balls for 159 yards and a score. That’s highly efficient. Of course, Rudolph’s had spurts before that have ultimately flamed out. Besides, he’s slotted to be my back-up TE anyway. I just felt like, with all the injuries at the position, now was the time to go ahead and scoop him up just in case.
Beach Bums claimed RB Tre Mason ($1)
Handcuffs tend to be overvalued fantasy assets, but this is a good time of year to start locking them down if you’ve got room. The upshot to Todd Gurley’s back-up is that he has some NFL pedigree, suggesting that if Gurley went down, the Rams may indeed trust him to tote the bulk of the carries. Gurley’s irreplaceable at this point, but you have to imagine Mason’s one of the better RB handcuffs in the league.
Unicorns & Glitter!! claimed TE Jacob Tamme
So far, Jacob Tamme has had three games of 10+ targets this year. He certainly doesn’t have the potential for game-winning weeks that Graham has, but Tamme’s easily one of the safer options on our waiver wire right now. He’s scored only one touchdown all year and is still ranked 17th at the position. You could argue that’s underwhelming, but I think it shows that he’s capable of holding down a lineup spot with or without finding the end zone.
Greased Up Deaf Guy claimed WR Markus Wheaton
Nine catches, 201 yards and a score. That’s what Markus Wheaton — seriously, that Markus Wheaton — did to the vaunted Seahawks defense last week. Of course, there’s a whole backlog of data that tells a different story of Wheaton. That story is that he’s inefficient and typically unable to take advantage of opportunity. One good game doesn’t change that, but he does play in a high octane passing offense and it’s not like he’s that far removed from being a coveted dynasty prospect. Worst case, you sit him on your bench until the end of the season, he does nothing, and you cut bait.
American Dream claimed RB Kyle Juszczyk
I’m pretty sure Dusty only picked this guy up so that I’d have to type his name here.
American Dream claimed RB Raheem Mostert
This guy dominated in the preseason and actually has a bad ass athletic profile. He ran a 4.42 40-yard dash (94th percentile), has a 95th percentile burst score of 135, and his SPARQ score is in the 70th percentile. Okay, so maybe “bad ass” is an overstatement. Point is, he does have some good physical characteristics.
The problem, I think, is getting a clear path to playing time, even on a Ravens team that has a ton of injuries and nothing to play for. Right now, he’s clearly behind Buck Allen and Terrance West on the depth chart and Baltimore has no real incentive to plug this guy in for evaluation purposes, since they also need to evaluate Allen and West.
American Dream claimed RB Dan Herron
Oh, look, Ahmad Bradshaw is on injured reserve again! Imagine that.
American Dream claimed DST Chicago Bears