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The Wire Troll: More Dynasty Droppings

December 24, 2013 | By Josh Johnson | comment on this post
Jordan Todman has been getting it done for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jordan Todman is lighting it up with MJD out. (Kelly Jordan)

As the NFL regular season prepares for its final chapter, we feel it is our civic duty to give you the goods. Most reputable Fantasy football leagues do not use Week 17, as not all games mean much. We understand and echo that sentiment. We also know that some of you are lucky enough to still be competing, and we are here for you. Others may seek Dynasty advice and we can help there too. As such, we now present to you The Wire Troll for Week 17.

QUARTERBACK

Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans: Yeah, remember Locker? He has out been since Week 10 following foot surgery. What was lost this season is that Locker was really showing improvement. His QB rating was up 12 points from a year ago and he was showing mobility with 6.5 yard average carry and two rushing TDs. Not many QBs enjoy early success and Locker has had to earn his due. However with durability being an issue from him we feel like he still has a lot to prove. He is a great Dynasty add at this point largely because we feel like he will get no love this offseason or this summer in Fantasy drafts. That’s okay, because come Week Four of the 2014 season, some owners will be searching for a QB and Locker — who will have strung three dynamic starts together for your team — will not be available.

RUNNING BACKS

Jordan Todman, Jacksonville Jaguars: Todman was a force at UConn, stringing together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with a 5.1 average per rush. He’s now in his third NFL season with his third team, and while he flashed some skills in the preseason (see video below), he hasn’t gotten much of a shot until recently. Jacksonville finally gave him the chance to play with Maurice Jones-Drew injured and Todman responded in Week 15 with 109 yards rushing. Todman was a hot commodity after that performance, and his ownership jumped over 31 percentage points in CBS leagues. Adding to Todman’s Dynasty stock is the fact that Jones-Drew’s days in Jacksonville could be done at season’s end.

2014 Draft Pick, Houston Texans: It’s not like we don’t like Dennis Johnson or that we don’t enjoy saying Deji Karim. We just feel very strongly that Houston should and will draft a running back early in the draft, perhaps in the second round. The current status of former starters Arian Foster and Ben Tate leave little doubt in our theory. Tate and Karim will be free agents at season’s end so we all need to write down this player’s name when he is drafted. Texan scouts will take a long hard look at the draft eligible running backs and their durability. What could emerge is big question but opportunity should arise.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Rod Streater, Oakland Raiders: We gave Streater some love in our Sit ‘em, Start ‘em column last week and extensively on our most recent episode of RotoRob Fantasy Football Weekly Podcast. His Raiders have muddled through another lackluster season, but Streater has quietly been a bright spot. He is the deep threat for a team that since the days of Daryle LaMonica has thrived and died on the deep ball. Streater has been a much improved player this year and his 15.4 yard average per catch proves that his nickname as “The Deep Threat” is justified. Facing Denver in Week 17, he figures to see many targets against a team that ranks in the top five in passing yards allowed. Next year, Oakland will probably draft another quarterback high and Streater could be that rookie’s saviour.

Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys: We have seen enough from this rookie to give him our stamp of approval. Even RotoRob.com’s own Redskin Fanatic, Nick Wagner, remains impressed by Williams’ skill set. The issues in Dallas are beyond Williams’ control, but what is certain is that Miles Austin has two more years on his contract. The good news is Austin is very injury prone and let’s not forget Dallas hates running the ball. Prima donna Dez Bryant will be free agent after next season, and you’ve got believe he will be easily persuaded by the greenback. This year, Williams has found the end zone five times — on just 43 receptions. His 16.2 yard average per catch signifies he is a game-changing player. With Jason Witten and the aforementioned Austin and Bryant competing for targets, Williams can be a forgotten man. However, defensive coordinators will soon find that Williams is legitimate threat.

TIGHT END

Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins: Reed is yet another concussion victim. That is cold hard truth. What also remains true is Reed’s ability when healthy. The concussion was a major one, however, we believe he can a very special player. You just don’t see tight ends with this kind of athleticism. In that regard, Reed is on the same level with Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham. Reed has been shut down since Week 12 so he will have had the entire offseason plus a month to prepare for next year. Many owners have probably dropped him because of the need for a roster space, so snatch him now and you will thank us next year.

Now it’s your turn. Who is your favourite Fantasy football waiver wire pick of the week? Let us know in the comments below.

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