Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 8 by @RFLREDZONE
This week the youngsters showed up on the list. Tre Mason is a rookie and Gavin Escobar is in his second season, while Denard Robinson is now in his third season. Doug Baldwin is a four year vet, and the elder Kyle Orton is now in his 10th season. I have a good mix of all skill positions this week, and two Bills are represented. I have also placed two risky ownership players this time around. As Denard Robinson has an excellent chance to start. Also, Gavin Escobar, had his best game in two years, and all he really did was catch two touchdowns. I came close to putting Bryce Brown on the list, but at this time we don’t know if it will be Brown or Anthony Dixon leading the way. Brown is owned in 4% of CBS leagues, while Dixon is owned in 0% of CBS leagues. The major issue is that once acquired, in four weeks they are going to head to the bench, as that is when Fred Jackson is supposed to return. Grab Brown or Dixon, if you feel adventurous, have the room, and are risky by nature.
Denard Robinson-RB-JAX Owned in 6% of CBS leagues
Denard Robinson got the starting nod at running back, more so due to whim, injuries, and lack of talent. Not one running back has even sniffed an ounce of success at the running game, and the Jaguars were 0-6 because of it. Then Robinson stepped on the field, and turned everything on its head. He had 127 yards rushing on 22 carries and a touchdown. If he can continue to be successful in the running game, he will be a complete overhaul for the Jaguars offense. He will need to change his number to be eligible though.
Tre Mason-RB-STL Owned in 18% of CBS leagues
Tre Mason carried a full-load in the Rams game this weekend against the Seattle Seahawks. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry, and had 18 attempts for 85 yards and one touchdown. He did not make a reception. His first touchdown came on a great jump-cut to put the Rams ahead 7-3 in the first quarter. Mason was the only one targeted for the whole game, other than the five rushes by Tavon Austin and the two by Benny Cunningham. Areas of difficulty for him have been at blocking, and he did fumble once, but it was recovered by the Rams. Zac Stacy only had one snap, but no touches. At this point Stacy is waiver wire fodder.
Kyle Orton-QB-BUF Owned in 12% of CBS leagues
Making his return on my list is Kyle Orton. Still only owned in 12% of leagues, he continues to look impressive. Against the Minnesota Vikings, he was on target for 72% of his passes as he completed 31-of-43 attempts, and threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns. Since taking over for E.J. Manuel, he has completed 68.5% of his passes for 890 yards and five touchdowns. The last two weeks he has thrown for two touchdowns and close to 300 yards. He may be more active now that Spiller and Jackson will be out.
Gavin Escobar-TE-DAL Owned in 0% of CBS leagues
I will admit that this is a stretch, but when a player catches two touchdowns, and has three receptions for 65 yards, being noticed will take shape. Will he outplay Jason Witten? Probably not, but right now he has value as he has more touchdowns. Escobar has three and Witten just one. I would say Escobar has more of chance to outdistance Witten in standard leagues, but will falter in PPR.
Doug Baldwin-WR-SEA Owned in 36% of CBS leaguesSomebody had to step-up for the departed Percy Harvin and this week it was Doug Baldwin. He was targeted 11 times and caught seven passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. This season he has 36 targets for 23 catches and 311 yards and on one touchdown. His production may decrease, just because a benefactor of the Harvin trade has not been proven. Baldwin, just needs to continue to do what he did against St. Louis, and it will be him.