Dynasty Football Stock Guide: Week Five Waivers

Calvin Johnson

Dynasty football is all about maximizing value by buying low and selling high. These three players could be available for cheap to help your dynasty team. Plus, one player worth selling high on following the second week of the football season. The fifth in a weekly series for the 2015 NFL season, here is the Dynasty Stock Guide, week five addition.

Buy Low

Marquess Wilson (WR, Chicago Bears)

A former seventh round selection out of Washington State, Wilson has now strung together two straight productive games, logging lines of six receptions for 80 yards in week four against Oakland and six receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs in week five. Wilson flashed solid hands and separation ability in the short area of the field while receiving starting reps following the injuries to Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal. Wilson more than likely will be relegated to a third receiver role when they return from injury, but he is a free agent in two years, and Jeffery is a free agent after this season. As a dynasty owner you should be willing to hold onto Wilson, as he is only 23 years old with a well above average height-weight-athletic profile. If Chicago blows up the team and starts moving assets to build for the future, Wilson could see himself with a large number of meaningful snaps.

 

Kamar Aiken (WR, Baltimore Ravens)

A third year player out of Central Florida, Aiken is settling in as the number two receiving option in the Ravens offense. With Steve Smith set to retire after the season, Aiken should slot in as the starter opposite first round pick Breshad Perriman for years to come. With Perriman’s ability to take the top off a defense and stretch the field vertically Aiken should eat up underneath targets alongside TE Crocket Gilmore. Aiken is coming off a two week stretch of nine receptions, 155 yards and one touchdown. Aiken provides a nice floor as a WR4 this season with a chance to develop into a legitimate fantasy option within the next few years.

 

Antonio Andrews (RB, Tennessee Titans)

Tennessee is a textbook running back by committee situation, but there is value to be had. My strategy in situations like the one in Tennessee has always been grab the cheapest option and hope he hits. Well that’s the plan here, as second year player Bishop Sankey and rookie David Cobb would both cost substantially more to acquire for your dynasty team than sophomore back Antonio Andrews. The main appeal for Andrews is his usage both in the receiving game (three receptions for 45 yards in week 5) as well as his use on the goal line. As the cheapest option among a fairly underwhelming group, Andrews should be among your top priorities on the waiver wire in your dynasty league.

 

 

Sell High

Calvin Johnson (WR, Detroit Lions)

As always in this section of the article, sell high is not meant to say that you should bail on the player and trade them for whatever you can get. This is simply meant to highlight players whose value I believe is likely to drop sooner rather later. Calvin Johnson has long been considered one of the best, if not the best, receiver in the league. However, it appears things are falling apart in Detroit, as the Lions got demolished by the Cardinals in week five, continuing their slide towards the bottom of the league standings. With Calvin Johnson slowly approaching the age of decline for many football players, his name alone could more than likely net you a large return if you are looking to kickstart your rebuild. Johnson’s usage has been radically different this year, as he has more and more been asked to work underneath rather than stretch the field vertically for quarterback Matthew Stafford. With his size, Johnson should be used as a down the sideline threat that a quarterback can simply throw a 50-50 ball to. Johnson appears to have lost a touch of his previous explosiveness off the line, and it may be the beginning of the end for the star receiver. Don’t sell because you have to, sell because you get market value or above for him.

 

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