1. Baltimore Ravens –
Combine TMZ releasing footage of Ray Rice hitting his wife with Roger Goodell desperately trying to reconstruct
the NFL’s suspension policy for domestic violence cases and I would say it’s a good bet Ray Rice’s case could be re-opened and he could be facing a longer suspension. On the heels of Bernard Pierce’s vastly underwhelming performance and Justin Forsett’s impressive one (11 rushes for 70 yards and a TD), this has all the makings for Forsett to be handed the reins in his former Head Coach’s offense. Forsett thrived in Gary Kubiak’s one-cut running scheme and could potentially vulture the lead back job, especially if Rice’s suspension is extended.
2. Cleveland Browns –
The fragile Ben Tate didn’t take long to live up to his name as he left with a knee injury in Week 1. Both of the rookies
were highly effective in relief of Tate, with Terrance West reaching the 100 yard mark and Isaiah Crowell adding 2 TDs. I would expect West to be the more sustainable option if Tate can’t go Week 2. If West continues to be effective with Tate banged up, he could force himself into the Browns’ plans either way.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers –
Doug Martin ain’t exactly Dougie Fresh, as he followed-up a disappointing and injury-riddled 2013 by leaving
Week 1 in 2014 with a lower leg injury. Bobby Rainey scored a TD in relief of Martin and will be the guy to grab in the Bucs’ backfield if the muscle hampster can’t get back on the wheel in Week 2.
(cuz Stone Cold said so
When considering who to pick up, you must ask yourself what you are looking for out of the waiver wire: a short term plug-and-play based on the matchups, OR, are you trying to hope your lottery-ticket pays dividends for the whole season. All 3 of these teams have solid matchups next week: Ravens vs. Steelers / Browns vs. Saints / Bucs vs. Rams. Keep an eye out for updated news on Rice’s situation as well as Tate’s / Martin’s injuries. Whoever figures to miss the most time will indicate which backup is the safest pickup to pluck from the wire.
Coming into fantasy drafts this year, Texans RB Arian Foster was one of the most controversial 1st round picks. Combine his heavy workload over the last few years with his injury situation in training camp and Foster’s status as a first-round pick was far from a guarantee. Now Foster’s season has come to an end, just 10 weeks in, after he sustained a back injury in last week’s game that will require season-ending injury.
It’ll be hard to imagine Foster regaining his elite fantasy status moving forward as his tires continue to accumulate wear and tear. There was some speculation that the Texans would let Ben Tate walk next off-season, but that notion is surely to be second-guessed with Foster’s health in question. With the uncertainty at the QB and RB positions heading into the future, the Texans will be hard-pressed to duplicate their dominance from recent years.