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Fantasy Football: Who are these guys on the Waiver Wire?


Fantasy Football: Who are these guys on the Waiver Wire?

Here we go, this is it. Week 16 means Fantasy Football Super Bowl's. The key with the Waiver Wire at this point is more than just adding help, all though the Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy and Drew Brees owners are seeking that. Get options. Block your foe from adding potential help. Get a backup just in case your player on Sunday night can't go. Play all four quarters. This is it. 


Players to add: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kirk Cousins, Jameis Winston, Ryan Tannehill

Situations to watch: Drew Brees is now dealing with a foot injury and Marcus Mariota banged up his knee last week. For those needing a fix, Cousins at the Eagles offers the most upside.

Running backs

Players to add: Bilal Powell, Karlos Williams, Christine Michael, Jerick McKinnon, Cameron Artis-Payne

Next tier: Alfred Morris, Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, Mike Gillislee

Situations to watch: Injuries for Adrian Peterson (ankle), LeSean McCoy (knee), Lamar Miller (quad) and Shaun Draughn. San Diego placed Melvin Gordon on IR. ...Williams has RB2 potential if McCoy can't go for the Bills. ...Amazing that after going from Seattle to Dallas to Washington and back to Seattle that Michael is a thing in Week 16. The matchup against the Rams and riding with the Seahawks ferocious offense makes sense. It's a trust thing, trust that coach Pete Carroll will give Michael double-digit touches again.

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Wide receivers

Players to add: Rueben Randle, Markus Wheaton, Kamar Aiken, Dorial Green-Beckham, Jermaine Kearse

Next tier: Dwayne Harris, Devante Parker, Cecil Shorts

Situations to watch: A.J. Green (back), Danny Amendola (knee), Michael Crabtree (concussion) are the primary injury concerns. ...We still don't know who plays QB for the Broncos. If Peyton Manning gets the nod, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders will ponder other options even if they stick with their guys. ...Wheaton has reached the end zone in three of the last four games and Pittsburgh's matchup at Baltimore rocks. Won't laugh if you start him as WR3 this week.

Tight ends

Players to add: Zach Ertz, Will Tye, Richard Rodgers, Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Situations to watch: Ertz faces a Redskins defense not giving up much production to tight ends,  but he's put up huge numbers the last two weeks on 20 targets. Meanwhile Tye might be the safest pass catching option for Eli Manning without Odell Beckham. Both are borderline TE1 options


Players to add: Lions (vs 49ers), Vikings (vs. Giants), Titans (vs. Texans), Colts (at Dolphins)

MORE RAVENS: Schaub on pace to earn $1 million contract bonus

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers WR Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?