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2014 Fantasy Football, Week One Waiver Wire: Adding Josh Gordon

Week one of the National Football League is officially in the books. And with that, fantasy football fans are looking towards the waiver wire to see if their team can be improved in any way. Some fantasy footballers will react — or, overreact — to their players performances unjustly during this period. Plenty of buzz and player recommendations will surface in preparation of your league’s waiver period causing owners to make rash decisions and drop players they spent months researching. But if I had one recommendation at all, it would be to sit back, relax and let your leaguemates be the ones to overreact.

Before we get to this week’s potential waiver wire pickups, it’s important to note that I WOULD ONLY spend my first or second waiver priority on Josh Gordon from the list below. And that’s if-and-only-if we get some confirmation that the Browns’ wide receiver will be reinstated. Also, players listed below are in no particular order.

Josh Gordon | Cleveland

Gordon finished the 2013 season as one of the top pass catchers in the league. But, the wide receiver’s off season celebrations proved to be too much for the NFL’s substance abuse policy and the league banned Gordon for the entire ‘14 season. However, rumors swirling indicate that Gordon’s season-long suspension could be overturned today, meaning a top five wide receiver will be available to the highest bidder or team with the number one waiver priority. Keep your ears to the ground for any information as we approach the waiver deadline.

Consider in leagues: All
Waiver Priority Worthy: 1 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 100%
Players I’d drop for him: your lowest ranked player

Justin Forsett | Ravens

As you all know by now, Ray Rice has been cut by the Baltimore Ravens and he’s been suspended by the NFL indefinitely for his despicable acts of domestic violence against his then fiance. That leaves the Ravens with a backfield primarily of Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett to carry the rock when Joe Flacco isn’t slinging the ball downfield. Forsett followed his former head coach — Gary Kubiak — to Baltimore, so there may be some loyalty that favors the former Texans’ backup bell cow. In John Harbaugh’s press conference last evening regarding the Rice debacle, he noted that both Pierce and Forsett would be getting the ball a lot out of the backfield, but mentioned Pierce’s name first — whatever that means. Forsett, just 12% owned in Yahoo! leagues, carried the rock 11 times on Sunday for 70 yards and a touchdown. He added five receptions on six targets for 14 yards out of the backfield as well. Forsett’s running back rating on ProFootballFocus came out to 1.1, which ranked him 11th among ball carriers.

Consider in leagues: 10-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: 3 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 30-35%
Players I’d drop for him: Ray Rice, Donald Brown, Darren McFadden

Terrance West | Cleveland and Isaiah Crowell | Cleveland

One game, one quick injury for the Browns’ newly acquired Ben Tate. The former backup to Arian Foster lasted just 16 snaps, six carries and 41 yards before leaving with an injury. In his stead, Terrance West saw more than double the snaps that Isaiah Crowell did — West’s 38 to Crowell’s 14. West carried the ball 14 times for 100 yards, but Crowell found the end zone twice on five carries and 32 yards. Of the two, I’m looking to add West and the volume of touches if Tate is out for an extended period of time. As of now, there is still no update on Ben Tate’s status, but if you’re a Tate owner, you should probably consider burning a number one waiver priority on West.

Consider in leagues: 10-team and deeper
Waiver Priority Worthy: 1 and lower(West), 6 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 30-35%
Players I’d drop for him: Ray Rice, Donald Brown, Darren McFadden

Markus Wheaton | Pittsburgh

Many real and fake football analysts provided plenty of buzz in Markus Wheaton’s favor. And his first regular season appearance proved why. Wheaton hauled in six passes on seven targets for 97 yards, with a long of 40. He appears to be in line for a fine rookie season with Antonio Brown stealing much of opposing defense’s attention.

Consider in leagues: 12-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: 6 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 20-25%
Players I’d drop for him: Aaron Dobson, Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin

Chris Ivory | Jets and James Starks | Packers

Chris Ivory finished off week one with 10 carries for 102 yards and a score. Ivory’s yards per carry (9.0 y/c) are a bit inflated due to the 71-yard run that he broke off, but I still believe that he’s the best running option the Jets have.

James Starks lands on the waiver wire again this season due to the unfortunate concussion injury Eddie Lacy suffered on football’s opening Thursday Night Football game. Lacey is expected to miss at least ten days while recovering, so Starks should get a boatload of work in his absence. Starks carried the ball seven times for 37 yards (5.3 y/c) and added two receptions on two targets for 11 yards out of the backfield. Eddie Lacy owners need apply.

I’m spending more FAAB and investing a higher waiver wire pick on Ivory than I am on Starks.

Consider in leagues: 10-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: 3 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 20-25%
Players I’d drop for him: Ray Rice, Donald Brown, Darren McFadden

Travis Kelce | Chiefs and Levine Toilolo | Falcons

Julius Thomas made this list last season, so lets try to catch lightning in a bottle again in ‘14. Kelce made many preseason sleeper lists, so his name should sound familiar, but now is the time to grab him if he’s still available. Kelce played in less than 25% of the Chiefs’ offensive plays, but in the 19 that he was on the field, he made three receptions on five targets for 49 yards. His counterpart, Anthony Fasano, scored a touchdown and caught the same amount of passes (3) on one more target (6) despite playing 53 snaps. Kelce’s time is coming, don’t miss out.

And in Atlanta, Levine Toilolo hauled in three passes on six targets for 19 yards and a score. Toilolo dropped two passes, but the nerves surrounding his first regular season appearance is the likely culprit. Making any comparison to Tony Gonzalez here would be extremely unfair, but I do think the Falcons’ tight end could have a nice first season as the primary tight end and be a fine addition to your fantasy football squad

Consider in leagues: 12-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: 6 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 10-20%
Players I’d drop for him: Garrett Graham, Tim Wright, Brent Celek

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  1. taylor
    September 9, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Toilolo isn’t a rookie. Caught 11 passes and 2 TDs last season.

    • September 10, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks Taylor. He’s my colleague’s nephew so I guess I lost track of time after hearing the uncle talk about him so much over the past half-decade. Irresponsible of me not to look it up, my apologies/mistake. Thanks for reading us.