Dynasty Football Stock Guide: Week Eight Waivers

Troy Niklas

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 eighth in a weekly series for the 2015 NFL season, here is the Dynasty Stock Guide, week eight addition.

 

Buy Low

Orleans Darkwa (RB, New York Giants)

More of my timeshare running back wisdom coming down the pipe. When there’s a running back by committee always grab the cheapest option and hope for the best. Darkwa is the lowest cost option in a crowded Giants backfield, as Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, and Andre Williams all at least have some semblance of value in dynasty football. Darkwa has been getting worked into the rotation last two weeks, especially along the goal line. Darkwa scored a touchdown in week 7 and has logged 12 carries for 71 yards and one touchdown in the last two games before leaving in week eight with a back injury, however it is not thought to be serious (via Rotoworld). It’s entirely possible nothing comes of Darkwa, however Rashad Jennings is oft injured and aging, while Andre Williams is not very good at football.

 

Troy Niklas (TE, Arizona Cardinals)

Arizona tight ends are not at all a reliable fantasy option, however Niklas did get two touchdown receptions in the Cardinals’ week eight game against the Browns. While Niklas is by no means a starter in a weekly roster league, if you’re league is a best ball league with in season waiver claims Niklas is absolutely worth the speculative add. He’s the youngest tight end on the roster and can serve as a developmental third tight end on your dynasty roster. Niklas is a wait-and-see type add but should be rostered in a majority of leagues for future production.

 

Chris Givens (WR, Baltimore Ravens)

With Steve Smith out for the season (and possibly his career) with a torn Achilles, Chris Givens gains some value as a fantasy option. Givens is exclusively a deep route runner, and when quarterback Joe Flacco is on his game he can hit the deep ball with consistency. While Kamar Aiken should become the number one target for this season, Givens could take over the Torrey Smith role in the Ravens offense. Givens is unlikely to be rostered in many leagues but could provide starter worthy weeks this season and beyond.

 

Sell High

Jimmy Graham (TE, Seattle Seahawks)

The Graham situation is confusing to say the least, as the Seahawks paid an absolute premium for Graham, and appear to be committed to using him sparingly. While Graham has produced when force fed targets, his target numbers have been far more inconsistent compared to when he was in New Orleans. Plenty of respectable dynasty folks still have Graham as the number two or three dynasty tight end behind Rob Gronkowski. If it were me I would try and move Graham for a tight end like Tyler Eifert and see if you can get a second round pick included in the deal. Graham is still a very good tight end, however, as 34 year old Benjamin Watson is proving, much of Graham’s production was a product of Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense. Sell Graham for an appropriate price or see if someone is willing to pay TE2 price for him.

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