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Waiver Wire Gem of the Year


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#1 nb009

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:29 PM

Who is the top out-of-nowhere fantasy pickup of the year? Below are the main candidates in my opinion (in no particular order).

1. Danario Alexander
2. Cecil Shorts
3. Bryce Brown
4. Knowshon Moreno
6. James Jones
7. Josh Gordon
7. T.Y. Hilton
8. Golden Tate
9. Vick Ballard
10. Brandon Myers (given the weakness at the TE position)

I left out Alfred Morris (who seems to be a name mentioned a lot in this discussion) since he was named starter prior to Week 1 and anyone who paid attention to preseason/Rotoworld, etc. would have known he was in the running for the starting gig in Washington.

Who do you got?

Edited by nb009, 09 December 2012 - 07:35 PM.

14 team, Standard league, Auction draft / waivers

#2 autiger8l5

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:34 PM

Who is the top out-of-nowhere fantasy pickup of the year? Below are the main candidates in my opinion (in no particular order).

1. Danario Alexander
2. Cecil Shorts
3. Bryce Brown
4. Knowshon Moreno
5. Josh Gordon
7. Golden Tate
8. Brandon Myers (given the weakness at the TE position)

I left out Alfred Morris (who seems to be a name mentioned a lot in this discussion) since he was named starter prior to Week 1 and anyone who paid attention to preseason/Rotoworld, etc. would have known he was in the running for the starting gig in Washington.

Who do you got?


I have a fuzzy memory but if I remember correctly I'm pretty positive that Alfred Morris was not named prior to week 1 and it wasn't revealed until later... there were lots of "Shenanigan's" involved in the beginning with the RB's of WAS. Out of the list mentioned above I'm going DX esp since it looks like he finally has things figured out. I remember when he was on the Rams and was always injured/terrible. Go figure he leaves and he's good...

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:36 PM

It's Denario Alexander to me....just because of the fact that he wasn't even on a roster to start the season.

#4 LeeVanCleef

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:37 PM

I've picked up 5 of those players and my vote is between Cecil and DX. I'm leaning slightly towards Cecil because of the crap team he's on and because of who is QB is. But either of those guys have been the most consistent and just absolute studs.

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QB: Carson Palmer
WR: B. Marshall, Roddy White, Keenan Allen, Kelvin Benjamin, Andrew Hawkins, Brian Tyms
RB: Arian Foster, Rashad Jennings, Joique Bell, Jerick McKinnon, Knile Davis, Christine Michael
TE: Gronk, Julius Thomas, Travis Kelce


12 Team - Yahoo League 2014 (10th pick)

QB: Joe Flacco
WR: Dez Bryant, AJ Green, Emmanuel Sanders, TY Hilton, Jarvis Landry, Andrew Hawkins, Jarius Wright
RB: Rashad Jennings, Branden Oliver, Shane Vereen, Kniles Davis
TE: Zach Ertz, Clay Harbor 
DEF: San Diego
K: Vinatieri


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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:37 PM

It's Denario Alexander to me....just because of the fact that he wasn't even on a roster to start the season.



Didn't even think of that. He came in week 9 and has just gotten better with each passing week.

12 Team - Yahoo Dynasty League 2014

QB: Carson Palmer
WR: B. Marshall, Roddy White, Keenan Allen, Kelvin Benjamin, Andrew Hawkins, Brian Tyms
RB: Arian Foster, Rashad Jennings, Joique Bell, Jerick McKinnon, Knile Davis, Christine Michael
TE: Gronk, Julius Thomas, Travis Kelce


12 Team - Yahoo League 2014 (10th pick)

QB: Joe Flacco
WR: Dez Bryant, AJ Green, Emmanuel Sanders, TY Hilton, Jarvis Landry, Andrew Hawkins, Jarius Wright
RB: Rashad Jennings, Branden Oliver, Shane Vereen, Kniles Davis
TE: Zach Ertz, Clay Harbor 
DEF: San Diego
K: Vinatieri


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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:38 PM

I have a fuzzy memory but if I remember correctly I'm pretty positive that Alfred Morris was not named prior to week 1 and it wasn't revealed until later... there were lots of "Shenanigan's" involved in the beginning with the RB's of WAS. Out of the list mentioned above I'm going DX esp since it looks like he finally has things figured out. I remember when he was on the Rams and was always injured/terrible. Go figure he leaves and he's good...


He was named starter immediately before Week 1 (i.e. within an hour of gametime). Either way, he was a star in the preseason (even sat out the final game with the rest of the starters) and the Redskins did not name their starting RB until right before the game, so he was definitely in the running for the job.
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:38 PM

Randall Cobb.
12 team standard non-PPR (starters)(flex w/r/t)(bench) (3-3)
QB: Luck
WR: Brandon Marshall, Kelvin Benjamin, Wes Welker, Reggie Wayne
RB: Matt Forte, Doug Martin, C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Bobby Rainey, Ronnie Hillman
TE: Cameron 
K: Hauschka
D/ST: Browns

14 team, 1 point per reception (starters)(flex w/r/t)(bench) (3-3)
QB: Rivers,
WR: D. Thomas, K. Allen, 
RB: D. Murray, Vereen, Pierre Thomas, Fred Jackson, Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, Ronnie Hillman, Joseph Randle
TE: Miller 
IDP: J.J. Watt
K: McManus
D/ST: Browns(weekly streaming)

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:40 PM

I still say Alfred Morris. There was so much speculation on who would start and even when Morris became the starter there was speculation as to how long he would remain the starter.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:41 PM

Randall Cobb.


Selected in round 7 of my league. Unfortunately not by me I had him reserved for 8-9 along with guys like Rudolph and Bennett. Obviously he turned out greater than I expected but certainly did not come out of nowhere.
10 Team H2H 12CAT

C: Brian McCann
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, Prince Fielder, Justin Morneau
2B: Aaron Hill, Brian Dozier
SS: Troy Tulowitzki
3B: Kyle Seager
OF: Mike Trout, Hunter Pence, Carlos Beltran, Desmond Jennings
SP: Stephen Strasburg, Madison Bumgarner, Chris Sale, Danny Salazar, Andrew Cashner, Ervin Santana, Martin Perez, Tyson Ross, Tim Hudson, Jesse Chavez, Trevor Bauer
RP: Will Smith, Shawn Kelley, Kevin Siegrist
DL: Ryan Zimmerman, Josh Hamilton, Taijuan Walker
NA: Oscar Taveras, Javier Baez, Archie Bradley

#10 LeeVanCleef

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:43 PM

I don't know what % Morris was owned in before week 1 but he was drafted in my 10-team league so I mean I think people who did their homework most likely knew about him.

Edited by LeeVanCleef, 09 December 2012 - 07:43 PM.

12 Team - Yahoo Dynasty League 2014

QB: Carson Palmer
WR: B. Marshall, Roddy White, Keenan Allen, Kelvin Benjamin, Andrew Hawkins, Brian Tyms
RB: Arian Foster, Rashad Jennings, Joique Bell, Jerick McKinnon, Knile Davis, Christine Michael
TE: Gronk, Julius Thomas, Travis Kelce


12 Team - Yahoo League 2014 (10th pick)

QB: Joe Flacco
WR: Dez Bryant, AJ Green, Emmanuel Sanders, TY Hilton, Jarvis Landry, Andrew Hawkins, Jarius Wright
RB: Rashad Jennings, Branden Oliver, Shane Vereen, Kniles Davis
TE: Zach Ertz, Clay Harbor 
DEF: San Diego
K: Vinatieri


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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:44 PM

Cobb was drafted in most leagues.

12 Team Keeper, 0.5 PPR, All TDs = 6 pts
QB: Matthew Stafford, Carson Palmer
RB: Giovani Bernard, Eddie Lacy, Ben Tate, Mark Ingram
WR: Vincent Jackson, Roddy White, Odell Beckham, Rueben Randle, Josh Gordon
TE: Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski

12 Team Redraft, 0.5 PPR, All TDs = 6 pts
QB: Matthew Stafford, Carson Palmer
RB: Giovani Bernard, Alfred Morris, Ryan Mathews, Jeremy Hill
WR: Dez Bryant, Mike Wallace, Michael Crabtree, Percy Harvin, Josh Gordon
TE: Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz


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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:46 PM

Marcel Reece
Montell Owens
Colin Kaepernick
T.Y. Hilton
Joique Bell
Mikel Leshoure (RIP KSmith)

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:47 PM

Cobb was drafted in all my leagues...

One name you definitely forgot is Chris Givens.
12 Team H2H (AVG, OPS, R, HR, RBI, NSB, RC - IP, K, W, QS, ERA, WHIP, K/9, SV)

C:   Salvador Perez
1B: Anthony Rizzo
2B: Chase Utley
3B: Mike Moustakas
SS: Elvis Andrus
OF:   Mike Trout
OF:   Justin Upton
OF:   Yoenis Cespedes
UTIL: Carlos Gomez
Bench : Ryan Howard, Martin Prado, Oscar Taveras

P:   Felix Hernandez, Matt Moore, Jon Lester, Jeff Samardzija, Alex Cobb, Julio Teheran, David Phelps, Andrew Cashner
RP:   Greg Holland, Ernesto Frieri, Bobby Parnell, Heath Bell, David Hernandez
DL:   Michael Pineda, Cory Luebke

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:55 PM

Cobb was drafted in all my leagues...

One name you definitely forgot is Chris Givens.


He said year, not week 13.
10-team PPR League (1 pt per 10 rush/rec yards, 1 pt per 25 pass yards, .50 pt per completion, 3 pts per pass TD, 6 pts per rush/rec TD, -3 points per INT/FUM LOST)

QB - RGIII
WR - Julio Jones
WR - Victor Cruz
WR - Marques Colston
RB - Ray Rice
RB - DeMarco Murray
WR/RB - Ryan Mathews
TE - Kyle Rudolph
K - S. Janikowski
DEF - New England

Bench:
QB - Joe Flacco
RB - Bernard Pierce, Bryce Brown
WR -  Greg Little, Rod Streater, Kenny Britt
DEF - GB Defense

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:55 PM

It's gotta be Cecil. Danario has been great, but Cecil was around and helping teams for much longer. James Jones carried teams earlier in the year, but has disappeared lately when teams need him. Bryce Brown would have gotten the vote, but he ruined a lot of peoples seasons today.
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:55 PM

I thought o f Chris Givens (even owned him earlier in the year during his consecutive 50+ yard catch streak). I think he's been way too inconsistent though and really can't be trusted just yet. With that said, I should probably remove Golden Tate as well.
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:56 PM

Moreno later on in the season, as well as Kaepernick.
Hilton from early to mid-season.
Leshoure early on.
D.Alexander (serious regret here not grabbing him when I had the chance).

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:57 PM

Marcel Reece
Montell Owens
Colin Kaepernick
T.Y. Hilton
Joique Bell
Mikel Leshoure (RIP KSmith)


I drafted Mikel LeShoure with my last pick in the draft. Not sure how many drafts he was taken in.

Edit: 2nd to last pick.

Edited by BlackNSilver11, 09 December 2012 - 07:58 PM.

10-team PPR League (1 pt per 10 rush/rec yards, 1 pt per 25 pass yards, .50 pt per completion, 3 pts per pass TD, 6 pts per rush/rec TD, -3 points per INT/FUM LOST)

QB - RGIII
WR - Julio Jones
WR - Victor Cruz
WR - Marques Colston
RB - Ray Rice
RB - DeMarco Murray
WR/RB - Ryan Mathews
TE - Kyle Rudolph
K - S. Janikowski
DEF - New England

Bench:
QB - Joe Flacco
RB - Bernard Pierce, Bryce Brown
WR -  Greg Little, Rod Streater, Kenny Britt
DEF - GB Defense

#19 Suikoden

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:58 PM

Brown was unbelievable the prior two weeks, but Danario is my vote.
20 team, 4 keepers, standard score league:
QB-Ben Roethlisberger
WR-Dez Bryant
WR-Julio Jones
WR-Desean Jackson
RB-Chris Johnson
RB- Ryan Mathews
TE-Charles Clay
W/R- Allen Hurns BN- Knile Davis BN-BenJarvus Green-Ellis BN-John Brown BN- Jake Locker
K-Dan Bailey, Greg The Leg
Def- Denver, New York Giants

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:11 PM

I didn't realize Cobb was drafted in most leagues. without checking, he probably was drafted in mine too. I just remember that one early week where both Jones and Cobb went off and they were both on the waiver wire at that point in my league.
12 team standard non-PPR (starters)(flex w/r/t)(bench) (3-3)
QB: Luck
WR: Brandon Marshall, Kelvin Benjamin, Wes Welker, Reggie Wayne
RB: Matt Forte, Doug Martin, C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Bobby Rainey, Ronnie Hillman
TE: Cameron 
K: Hauschka
D/ST: Browns

14 team, 1 point per reception (starters)(flex w/r/t)(bench) (3-3)
QB: Rivers,
WR: D. Thomas, K. Allen, 
RB: D. Murray, Vereen, Pierre Thomas, Fred Jackson, Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, Ronnie Hillman, Joseph Randle
TE: Miller 
IDP: J.J. Watt
K: McManus
D/ST: Browns(weekly streaming)