Posts Tagged ‘Terrance Williams’

This is a waiver wire pick-up column of sorts. Seeing as many fantasy football leagues have already processed their waiver claims for week 2, and nearly all others will have by the time this is published I’m putting these 5 names that exceed my threshold of >30% ownership to qualify for my weekly pick-ups column but are still out there in some leagues. These are guys who’s week 1 success should carry through the rest of the season and as such deserve to be owned in all leagues regardless of size. The numbers I’ve posted are accurate as of Wednesday night, but will likely have changed once Thursdays waivers post. I’ll do my best to update in the morning.

Percy Harvin, WR, Bills (33.6% on NFL)(57.5% on ESPN) – Coming into the season the lack of buzz around Percy Harvin confused me. This is the same guy who was a mid-season MVP candidate a few years ago with Christian Ponder throwing him the ball. He’s the guy who rejuvenated the Jets, Geno Smith led, offense the second half of last season. He followed Rex Ryan to Buffalo. Oh, and he made his young QB look good with a diving touchdown grab. He won’t always score and the numbers won’t always pop off the screen, but defenses will continue to key in on Sammy Watkins ensuring that Harvin maintains fantasy value as a risk/reward flex play.

Terrance Williams, WR, Cowboys (39.7% on NFL)(66.1% on ESPN) With Dez Bryant out for what could be 6 to 8 weeks, Williams takes over as number 1 on the Cowboys wide receiver depth chart. Williams likely won’t see as many targets as Dez would, and certainly should not be expected to put up top 5 fantasy numbers, but he should see enough targets to make him a solid starter. Williams is a talented young player who disappeared into the shadow of Dez Bryant and the power running game last season, so expect him to capitalize on his time in the spotlight, starting in week 2 against the Eagles (though after getting torched by Julio Jones, Byron Maxwell has plenty to prove as well.)

Stevie Johnson, WR, Chargers (13.1% on NFL)(43.2% on ESPN) The difference in ownership on the two sites is a bit staggering, but likely mostly related to bench size. In any case Johnson was targeted 6 times, caught all 6 passes and scored a TD, and that was in a game that saw Keenan Allen catch an absurd 15 passes. Like with Harvin there’s sure to be some games that disappoint, but Johnson is a big bodied target with reliable hands who can move around the formation. He should continue to be a favorite for QB Philip Rivers at least until Antonio Gates suspension ends and even beyond, though a reevaluation may be necessary following week 4. 

Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals (47.0% on NFL)(70.5% on ESPN) In 2013 it was Marvin Jones, last year it was Mohamed Sanu, and at least through week 1 of the 2015 season it appears that Eifert will claim the role of Andy Dalton’s preferred #2 pass catcher. Actually, Eifert topped even the newly resigned AJ Green, leading the team with 9 receptions on 12 targets for 104 yards and 2 TDs. While it’s possible we’ve already seen Eifert’s best fantasy output of the season he should continue to be a reliable target in the middle of the field and finally have the breakout season analysts predicted for him last year, before his season was wiped out by injury.

Dion Lewis, RB, Patriots (11.5% on NFL)(31.7% on ESPN) A bit borderline for the ‘must own in all leagues’ category, but I don’t think we’ve heard the last of Lewis. He benefitted big time from the absence of LeGarrette Blount in week 1, but given his versatility and Bill Belichick’s penchant for messing with fantasy owners who think they’ve figured out the backfield, I’d expect Lewis to see his share of snaps going forward. Of course I’d be remiss not to mention that Lewis did have a red zone fumble and repercussions may still be to follow.

 

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23. Minnesota Vikings select WR Terrance Williams

I think Williams’ skill set is a really nice fit for the Vikings. He’s a big, vertical threat who can help stretch the field and be a threat in the redzone which makes him a nice compliment to Percy Harvin and Jarius Wright in the passing game. He’s not as versatile as some of the other receivers, and spent his college career running a limited number of routes, but he should provide a big boost to a Vikings passing game that really seemed to be coming together towards the end of last season.

 

24. Indianapolis Colts select S Kenny Vaccarro

With Dwight Freeney departing Chuck Pagano may be enticed by one of the remaining pass rushers, but with a guy many consider to be the best safety in the draft still available, I’ll trust Pagano’s ability to coach up a raw prospect from the mid rounds. Vaccarro can bring leadership to a mostly young Colts team and also brings a great deal of versatility as a swing safety who can play in coverage or move up into the box to defend the run.

 

25. Seattle Seahawks select DE Datone Jones

With the top receiving prospects off the board Pete Carroll adds versatile lineman Jones to his squad. Jones can step in for Chris Clemons who’s likely miss at least a good chunk of 2013 following an ACL tear in the Seahawks playoff win over Washington.

 

26. Green Bay Packers select ILB Kevin Minter

This could be Alec Ogletree or Manti Te’o, but I think the DUI may put the Packers off and when given the option between two disappointing 40 times the Packers will opt for the LSU product as their leader in the middle of the field.

 

27. Houston Texans select WR Robert Woods

I know at 25 I said the top receivers were gone, but Woods is a with good, natural hands and the type of possession skills the Texans will covet opposite Andre Johnson, whereas Seattle has plenty of compliments and is searching for their own “Andre Johnson” so to speak. Cornerback, or pass rush are also possible here, but as Andre Johnson gets older and his injuries seem more frequent it may be time to invest a high pick at WR.

 

28. Denver Broncos select DE/OLB Alex Okafor

The Broncos opt for a pass rusher to pair with Von Miller in a best player available move. (Sam Montgomery also remains on the board, and drafting a successor for Champ Bailey at corner could also make sense here)

 

29. New England Patriots select DT Jonathan Hankins

I expect Welker and Vollmer will both end up staying in New England which allows this pick to be used bolstering the defense. The secondary can still use upgrading and that’s certainly an option (Matt Elam at Safety or Jonathan Banks at Corner figure to be the next best available), but for now at least I’m going with Hankins.

 

30. Atlanta Falcons select DE Bjorn Werner 

If Werner slides past the Lions and Cowboys the Falcons should be happy to take the Germenator as they finally find a dominant pass rusher to pair with John Abraham.

 

31. San Francisco 49ers select DT Jesse Williams

This seems like the best choice with the teams current nose tackles as free agents with the possibility that only one gets resigned. The 49ers prize athleticism and Williams moves well for a big man (6’3, 323 lbs.)

 

32. Baltimore Ravens select LB Alec Ogeltree

At the end of the day this pick will come down to who the Ravens have to let go after Joe Flacco takes his cut of this year’s cap space. Until we know more I like Ogletree to help fill the void left by Ray Lewis. At #32 the talent outweighs any concern about his character.