Terrelle Pryor is about to become the ultimate post-hype sleeper.
Coming out of college, Pryor’s athleticism was widely praised. Despite his massive size (6’5 and 232 pounds), he clocked a 40-yard dash in the 4.3s. He also broad jumped 10-foot-4.
However, Pryor’s throwing mechanics, in addition to the memorabilia scandal at Ohio State, relegated him to the supplemental draft.
Pryor wanted to play quarterback in the NFL, but continually lost quarterback camp battles.
It wasn’t until the summer of 2015 when faced with the possibility of never playing in the NFL that he announced he was open to switching to wide receiver.
Pryor played the last game of last season as a wide receiver, hauling in one pass for 42 yards.
Many thought that might have been Pryor’s last game in the NFL. Obviously they were wrong. Pryor might be the jewel of this week’s B-plus level options in the free agency pool.
Week 4 Waiver Wire
Waiver Wire Additions at Wide Receiver
Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland Browns (27.8% ESPN 21% Yahoo)
Pryor was on my radar weeks ago. He now is a bleeping light that would tire out Michael Winslow.
Let’s start with Pryor’s receiver accomplishments. He has 14 catches for 244 yards and he hauled in eight receptions for 144 yards this past Sunday. Okay, touchdowns have been hard to come by with this Cleveland team. However, I’d bet on Pryor as the receiver to break that trend, given he leads the team in targets (31), receptions, and receiving yards.
Additionally, throw in Pryor’s upside at QB, like he did this past weekend, and we could have something very special. In fact, he might be the perfect add in a 2-QB league during your starters bye week if he qualifies at QB in your league. Pryor could become what Kordell “Slash” Stewart and Denard “Offensive Weapon” Robinson were supposed to be.
But if you are looking for something a little more traditional, consider…
Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins (11.1% ESPN 15% Yahoo)
Featured in this space last week, all Crowder did this past week was improve on his weekly output, producing 17 points this past week. And allow me to point out that he has Cleveland this upcoming week, who gave up start worthy performances to both Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker this week. He’s tied with Jordan Reed for the team lead in receptions Go get this guy — now.
Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys (14.5% ESPN 20% Yahoo)
Beasley is flying high as he has become Dak Prescott’s favorite option on underneath routes. While he did have 100-plus yards and two TDs against the Eagles last year, that is Beasley’s absolute ceiling. But what he is carving out is a nice floor. Given that we are hitting the bye weeks, Beasley can be a nice bye week replacement receiver who gives you five or six catches for sixty yards.
By the way, Quincy Enunwa (New York Jets) is owned in over 40% of ESPN leagues, making him to shallow of a choice for this piece.
Waiver Wire Additions at RB
Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears (15.5% ESPN, 22% Yahoo)
Jeremy Langford’s career so far through 150-plus carries has been less than stellar, with a rushing average south of four. Unfortunately for him, he suffered an ankle injury against Dallas on Sunday night and is reportedly out four-to-six weeks. Jordan Howard meanwhile entered the game and rushed for 45 yards on nine carries. He also hauled in four passes for 47 yards. Howard should be the lead ballcarrier for the Bears, at least until Langford comes back. And don’t be surprised if Langford doesn’t get his job back even when comes back healthy.
Dwayne Washington, Detroit Lions (20.4% ESPN, 23% Yahoo)
No, I’m not being hypocritical saying Langford has done nothing and Washington has. What some thought might be Washington’s “breakout game” this weekend wasn’t, but it was solid, racking up 38 yards on 10 carries. Washington should see the goal-line carries. Plus, those games when Detroit is not trailing like it was against Green Bay for most of this past Sunday, we should see even more Washington. I expect his ownership levels to nearly double by this time next week.
Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers (22% ESPN, 19% Yahoo)
“CAP” had 12 rushes for 47 yards, out-voluming Fozzy Whitaker who carried just 5 times for 22 yards. With the Atlanta Falcons and their sub-par defense on tap for week 4, now is a good time to put your “CAP” on. Ooh, I’m making bad puns. Obviously it’s time to move on…
Waiver Wire Suggestion of the Week for Very Deep Leagues
Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (.7% ESPN 1% Yahoo)
So here’s what we know: 1) Humphries had 100 yards on nine catches. That’s easily WR3 level in a deep league, maybe even low-end WR1 in a really deep league. 2) He’s averaged a very solid 11-plus yards per catch three weeks in a row. To give you some perspective, that’s better than Michael Crabtree and Julian Edelman had last year 3) He now has 20 targets in two weeks. That’s a very healthy target pace and he’s presumably surpassed Vincent Jackson as the team’s WR2. Given that Jameis Winston is averaging over 45 attempts a game, Humphries should get his.
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