Drafting a good team is crucial to having a successful fantasy season, but working the waiver wire is just as important. C.J. Anderson and Odell Beckham Jr. are just a couple of names that slipped through the draft but ended up having a major impact in the latter half of the 2014 season. From here on out, every Tuesday I will bring you four players to target on waivers. Every player won’t pan out to be a stud. However, some players may surprise you with their production on a week-to-week basis.
Matt Jones (Ownership: 15.9%)
After a monster preseason campaign, Matt Jones ripped up the opposition during Week 2 to the tune of 146 total yards and two touchdowns. There are two things to take away from Jones’ career performance. One, Jones notched one more carry than four-year starter Alfred Morris. Two, Jones didn’t just run wild against any opponent, he ran wild all over the St. Louis Rams. The same St. Louis Rams that boast one of the best run stopping defenses in the league and the team that limited Marshawn Lynch to 73 yards on the ground just the week before. Coach Gruden alluded to a time-share between Jones and Morris earlier in the week, which limits the potential of both tailbacks. However, Jones is worthy of a bench spot and can be used as a flex for when the bye weeks arrive.
Travis Benjamin (Ownership: 6.2%)
Big Play Ben. I’ve already copyrighted that nickname for the Cleveland wideout so don’t even think about stealing it. Through two games Travis Benjamin has six receptions for 204 yards and three touchdowns. The epitome of boom or bust, Benjamin figures to keep booming in the near future. Within the next three weeks, the Browns will face Oakland, San Diego, and Baltimore, all teams that have showed early signs of a weak secondary. There are not many receivers on the Browns competing for targets with Benjamin so the opportunity for more work is present. Snag the veteran receiver and plug him into your lineups because at the moment, Money Manziel is all about the Benjamin.
Crockett Gillmore (Ownership: 1.5%)
After a quiet week one, Gillmore erupted for 88 yards and two touchdowns. So far in 2015, Gillmore already has more touchdowns and two-thirds as many receptions as he did in 2014 as a rookie. Gillmore’s success could be credited to, once again, a soft Raiders’ defense. However, there are not many aerial weapons the Ravens currently have and Joe Flacco loves to target the tight end. Gillmore will continue to operate behind Steve Smith Sr. as the No. 2 option and that’s worthy of a starting TE spot in deeper leagues.
Tyrod Taylor (Ownership: 17.8%)
Tyrod Taylor had to beat out three other quarterbacks for the starting gig and in a valiant loss to the New England Patriots; Taylor showed why he deserved the job. Trailing 37 – 13 heading into the fourth quarter, Taylor marched the Bills down the field for three unanswered scores making it a one-possession game. Taylor was effective through the air throwing for 242 yards and three TDs. However, the most enticing factor is the dual threat Taylor showcases as he ran for 40 more yards and a score. Dual threat quarterbacks are always a treat in fantasy due to their added bonus in points. As long as Taylor is running, he should produce serviceable numbers. Bye weeks are quickly approaching and if you have a QB that will take a week off early, (i.e. Tom Brady or Cam Newton), you can do a lot worse than Tyrod Taylor.