The Claims Report (12/03/14)

WR Stedman Bailey

WR Stedman Bailey

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

The Muscle Hamsters claimed WR Stedman Bailey ($18)

Tavon Austin’s highly productive college teammate (3,231 yards and 41 touchdowns in three seasons) has been on my watch list since last year, but there’s never really been impetus to add him. He had only two catches last season for the Rams. This year, he served a suspension to start the campaign and then looked poised to be buried behind Austin, Brian Quick, and Kenny Britt. But because of an injury to Quick, inconsistent play from Britt, and subpar play from Austin, Stedman Bailey’s opportunities have risen — and so too has his production.

Over the last two weeks, Bailey’s posted 12 catches for 189 yards and a touchdown on 15 targets. That’s darn good volume. This past week, he had five grabs and 100 yards in the first quarter alone, helping the Rams out to a massive lead against the Oakland Raiders that effectively put a lid on the passing game for three quarters. In other words, those numbers could be even better if the Raiders weren’t a huge disaster. His next three games are against Washington, Arizona, and the New York Giants, meaning he’ll have ample opportunity to keeps piling up stats.

Of course, my season is down the tubes, so this signing is really looking ahead to 2015.

Reggie Wayne Comeback Twayne claimed QB Colt McCoy ($17)

It’s pretty incredible to think that, in 2014, Colt McCoy is worth a roster spot in a fantasy football league. But here we are.

McCoy dropped 27.8 fantasy points on the Indianapolis Colts a week ago and has proven to be the best quarterback in Washington, which is a little like calling someone the crettiest girl at the methadone clinic. For the rest of this season, McCoy looks poised to take all the snaps in Jay Gruden’s offense and ride the pine on this fantasy squad behind Peyton Manning. It’s doubtful that he’ll have much value beyond 2014, with the Redskins likely to invest a draft pick in a quarterback (barring some unforeseen scenario where the hand the job back to Robert Griffin III). It’s conceivable that McCoy sticks into the 2015 season, if only because he can be rostered dirt cheap and is at least serviceable.

Beach Bums claimed RB Marion Grice ($3)

With Andre Ellington banged up yet again and Bruce Arians seemingly loathing Stepfan Taylor, Marion Grice is set up to be the next running back in line for the struggling Arizona Cardinals. Any running back with the potential to get a starter’s workload is valuable, especially to a team heading into the playoffs, which Beach Bums are doing for the first time in our league’s three seasons. If this were a few weeks earlier, Grice goes for a lot more than $3. But most teams have exhausted their pretend wallets, so Beach Bums is able to get a bargain price.

At six feet tall, Grice was a touchdown machine at Arizona State, scoring 11 and 14 touchdowns respectively in his two college seasons. He’s not particularly bursty, but he has enough of a track record to contend that with sustained carries, he could produce fantasy numbers. The biggest concern for Grice (or Ellington, for that matter) in the immediate future is the futile play of Drew Stanton at quarterback. The Cardinals are mustering only 1.2 offensive touchdowns per game with Staton installed at quarterback (this includes the six games he’s started and does not include the TD drive led by Logan Thomas a few weeks back). That’s the worst number in the league.

I Need a Manziel, Not a Boykin claimed TE Heath Miller

Another week, another new tight end for I Need a Manziel, Not a Boykin.

Unicorns & Glitter!!! claimed TE Richard Rodgers

This guy has 13 catches and two of them have been scores. He’s like a poor man’s Tim Wright.

Beach Bums claimed QB Alex Smith

In general, the quarterback market in our league is quiet, especially after Straight Cash Homies acquired Jay Cutler and Mush traded for Drew Brees. Pretty much every team has at least one stable quarterback at this point. But Beach Bums have surprisingly gone the entire season without such an option. Cam Newton is 17th in scoring among quarterbacks and Griffin is going to need a change of scenery if he wants to escape being a bust. If there’s one team right now that might feel pressed for a passer, it’s this one.

Having said that, Alex Smith is basically the same player as Newton in terms of raw production. Newton has posted 195.5 fantasy points this year and Smith is barely behind him at 191.9. Newton’s trademark skill — the ability to run and function as a goal line back — has been negated almost entirely this year, either due to nagging injuries or atrocious offensive line play. Neither player has an overtly favorable playoff schedule, so Smith is probably just insurance at this point.

Beach Bums claimed RB Matt Asiata

This guy just won’t stop getting opportunities.

The Muscle Hamsters claimed TM New Orleans Saints

Against the Panthers this week, there will be sacks.

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