Willis McGahee: Your New Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickup

 

Willis McGahee is now the star running back for the mighty Cleveland Browns. With little competition from Bobby Rainey or Chris Ogbonnaya, people are snapping up McGahee off the waiver wire in hopes he can have some sort of value in the current disaster that is Cleveland football.

My first and second round running back committee of Ray Rice and Stevan Ridley has currently provided me with nothing but headaches, so adding McGahee might be a good move on my end. There isn’t a ton of insight here to have any type of prediction of how McGahee will do, but from looking over his career it does appear that he is energized when he joins a new team.

In 2004 with the Bills, McGahee finished the year with 1,128 yards rushing, 13 touchdowns, and caught 22 passes for 169 yards. In 2007 with the Ravens, McGahee had another strong showing with 1,207 rushing yards, seven touchdowns, and 43 receptions for 231 receiving yards with a receiving touchdown. Fast track to Denver in 2011, and we see another season with over 1,000 with 1,199 rushing yards,4 rushing touchdowns, 51 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown.

If you average just his rushing yards when he starts off with a new team, McGahee is averaging 1,178 yards a season. It is also interesting to note that he played all 16 regular season games in 2004 for the Bills, 15 regular season games for the Ravens in 2007, and 15 games for the Broncos in 2011.

31 year old Willis McGahee probably won’t bring your team to fantasy glory, but if his past is any indication of his future, he should be considered for a bench spot  that could turn into a flex or starting running back job.

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