Fantasy Football 2013: Terrelle Pryor and Other Debatable Waiver Additions

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 10:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers hands off to Isaac Redman #33 against the New York Giants during the game on August 10, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Chances are, most owners aren't going to be working the waiver wire just yet. With most drafts recently completed and owners eager to see how the players already on the roster will pan out, most folks won't be shuffling their rosters just yet. 

But if you happen to be the type of owner that always haunts the wire, looking for that hidden gem or late addition before the start of the season, this is the article for you. 

Yes, these players are either long shots or, in the case of one player, may have already been drafted. But if they are available in your league, each is definitely worth a consideration.


Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders 

Let's get one thing clear right off the bat—Pryor is only worth your time, at least for now, in leagues that start two quarterbacks or if you have the room on your bench to stash him and see if he becomes a viable fantasy starter, because odds are, he won't.

But after being named the Raiders' starter, there's always the chance that Pryor could become a valuable fantasy player based on his athleticism and ability to churn out yards on the ground. Remember, Tim Tebow had value as a fantasy player in his Denver Broncos days.  

There are reasons for very guarded optimism here. In the last game of the 2012 season, he threw for 150 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 50 more and another score. That was good for 23 fantasy points in standard leagues. 

If you keep your expectations realistic, Pryor isn't a bad speculative add.  


Isaac Redman, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

With Le'Veon Bell hurt and Jonathan Dwyer cut, Isaac Redman becomes the starter for the Steelers. Head coach Mike Tomlin has already said as much, via Aditi Kinkhabwala of

Redman has more experience in the offense and did have a big game as the starter last season against the New York Giants, rushing 25 times for 147 yards and a touchdown. Plus, the Steelers' first opponent, the Tennessee Titans, were 29th in fantasy points allowed to running backs a year ago.

In a pinch, Redman could be worth your flex spot. He might be tough to get on the waiver wire at this point, but if he's available and you don't trust your flex, bring him aboard. 


Riley Cooper, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Unlike Redman, Cooper is almost certainly available on your waiver wire and has an enticing matchup against a Washington Redskins defense that was 31st in fantasy points allowed last season.

While DeSean Jackson is obviously the receiver you want in Philadelphia, it wouldn't be shocking to see Cooper log a few catches and a touchdown this week as the No. 2 wideout in Philly.  


Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos

While you probably should only be targeting a player like Thomas in deeper leagues or ones that start two tight ends, you could do a whole lot worse than taking a chance on a tight end in a Peyton Manning offense. 

Yes, the Broncos have a ton of receiving options. Yes, Thomas is pretty raw. But if you are considering a tight end on the waiver market already, Thomas probably represents the most upside you are going to find.


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