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The Waiver Wire 10/1

The Waiver Wire 10/1

Updated at 10pm
By: Pete Davidson : October 01, 2013 6:05pm

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Welcome to the Week 5 Waiver Wire. A lot of last week’s hot names have been snatched up, so the inventory of targets is not what it was as we hit the second week of byes. Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Washington will all be resting this week. As always, I will be adding more talent throughout the day as I continue to work through the Week 4 footage.

The 10-team targets are using Yahoo ownership rates which is a better fit for smaller leagues, while the targets for 12-teams and up use rates taken from CBS leagues.

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

Targets for 10-team leagues

Jay Cutler, Bears

He played a poor game in Week 4, but he was still a fantasy asset. That’s the benefit of having improved weapons and protection not to mention an improved scheme. Cutler should be owned everywhere yet he is available in 42% of leagues.

Matt Schaub, Texans

He’s available in 45% of leagues and he’s a fantasy asset. He held up against Seattle better than most quarterbacks have and his schedule gets better from here on out. Schaub can help you if you lack a second option at quarterback.

Terrelle Pryor, Raiders

He’s available in 78% of leagues and he has a lot of weekly upside. I like him a lot as a matchup play due to his high-end athleticism and his penchant for picking up extra fantasy points with his feet. He should be over his concussion for Week 5.

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins

He’s a available in 78% of leagues. The coaching staff is letting him throw it a ton. He can help you if you need a QB. He’s a matchup play, so check his schedule against your QB1’s bye week.

Alex Smith, Chiefs

He's getting it done at a reasonable level and Andy Reid's system keeps producing solid numbers for fantasy.  He's available in 48% of leagues.

Targets for larger formats

Brian Hoyer, Browns

They seem inclined to let him keep the job and the Browns can be a good offensive team in plus matchups. That makes Hoyer a decent matchup play in 12-team formats.

Matt Cassel, Vikings

He came out throwing well and that’s really all it took to bump off Christian Ponder, at least in the short term.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Titans

He'll be the guy until Jake Locker gets healthy and that could be a long while.  Fitzpatrick has some value in really large formats and he is available everywhere.

 

RUNNING BACKS

 

Targets for 10-team leagues

Le’Veon Bell, Steelers

Available in 28% of leagues, so it’s worth taking a look for him just in case. Bell will be the main back in Pittsburgh if he can stay healthy. He has a whole lot of upside and should be owned in all leagues.

Danny Woodhead, Chargers

He’s available in 59% of leagues and that won’t last long. The ex-Pat has been heavily involved and is now fully healthy. Add him if you need RB help, especially in PPR formats.

Bilal Powell, Jets

Here’s one we were on to back in May.  Available in 24% of leagues and he can help you in the short term. Add him if you need bye week assistance in Week 5. The Jets are blocking well for the run, so Powell’s statistical surge should continue as long as he’s getting the touches.

Willis McGahee, Browns

He’s available in 46% of leagues and he has a chance to become the lead back some time in the next few weeks if he can stay healthy. Cleveland’s offense is not as dysfunctional as some thought it would be without Trent Richardson. They still have some obvious strengths and an improved scheme.

Rashad Jennings, Raiders

With Marcel Reece out with a knee and with Darren McFadden nursing a hammy and likely to miss a game, Jennings can help you in the short term, especially if you own McFadden.   

Targets for larger formats

Andre Ellington, Cardinals

I’ve been high on Ellington for a long time as our regular readers know. With Starter Rashard Mendenhall struggling both in terms of his health and his play, Ellington has been the next guy in. If this trend continues, we could have shared backfield on our hands and that would make Ellington very flexworthy in 12-team leagues. If there’s an injury, and Ellington gets the job, he has RB2 upside. He’s owned in 27% of leagues.

Brandon Bolden, Patriots

I really like the way this kid runs. I think he actually has a chance to be the most valuable back on the Patriots until Shane Vereen gets back. His knee holding up is the key. Bolden seems to be the favored back in the red zone lately. Think about that. He’s owned in 47% of leagues.

Johnathan Franklin, Packers

He finally showed off his skills when he was forced in action in Week 3. With James Starks now banged up, Franklin is going to get some work playing behind Eddie Lacy. He should be owned in all large formats. He’s available 67% of leagues.

LeGarrette Blount, Patriots

He’s only taken in 17% of leagues and he can help you out as an emergency back when the Patriots have a good matchup because he appears to have locked down the closer role. One New England gets healthy and rolling, that might be a fantasy relevant role in large formats.

Roy Helu, Redskins

I’m putting him this high up not just to underscore his value to those who own Alfred Morris now that Morris is a little dinged up.  Granted, Washington is now on their bye week and Morris should heal up in time for Week 6. Still, Helu is too good a handcuff option to not roster him if given the chance. He’s taken in 34% of leagues.

Kendall Hunter, 49ers

He's available in 65% of leagues and he's one injury away from weekly starter status.  In large formats, Frank Gore owners should be picking this guy up and for those folks looking for a flex player, Hunter is an option on most weeks.

Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling, Falcons

Both are viable pickups if Steven jackson is out for another week.  Rodgers is winning the snap and touch battle with Snelling though we still like the Snelling for his TD potential.  I'm still leaning to Rodgers in PPR and Snelling in standard formats. 

Chris Ogbonnaya, Browns

While everybody is focused on Willis McGahee, our guy Ogbonnaya just keeps making plays. OC Norv Turner clearly likes this kid and he’s the guy to watch if things break badly for McGahee. Of all the backs in Cleveland this year, Ogbonnaya has played the best football.

Mike Goodson, Jets

He’s back from rehab and there is opportunity in the Jets’ backfield with Chris Ivory out indefinitely with yet another hamstring injury. He won’t be given anything for free, but he is a more elusive runner than Bilal Powell, so he’s a player to watch going forward and a player to own in large formats.

Chris Polk, Eagles

For very large formats only, Polk is a good back and he got a few chances last week. He cashed in one for a score and he’s a guy to own if there are any injuries in Philly.

Alex Green, Jets

Green is looking better than he did last year based in a handful of snaps. He could become a factor at some point and is a player to own in really large formats as a stash.

Kenjon Barner, Panthers

He’s back at practice and he should play this week barring a setback with his ankle. Barner’s role is impossible to know since there are so many backs in carolina, but we like this kid. If you play in a really big format, he is worthy of a speculative add and stash. He’s available almost everywhere.

Michael Cox, Giants

With the release of Da'Rel Scott, the Giants will almost assuredly be giving some snaps to Michael Cox.  He's a player to add in very deep leagues and a player to watch now that he is going to be active on game days.  The eventual return of Andre Brown obviously puts a cap on Cox's value.

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

Targets for 10-team leagues

Justin Blackmon, Jaguars

He’s back this week and you should really get this guy if he’s available, which he is 58% of the time. Blackmon improved a lot down the stretch in 2012 and he’s fully healthy as he comes off his suspension. Blackmon will be owned nearly everywhere soon. Go get him now if you can.

Kenbrell Thompkins, Patriots

He’s making plays and getting targeted a ton and you can still get him in 27% of leagues. I’d add him if he’s available. Kenbrell should be a viable red zone option for at least one more week and perhaps longer depending on how everything shakes out with the Patriots’ offense.

Alshon Jeffery, Bears

He’s available in 54% of leagues and he shouldn’t be. Jeffery is becoming a staple of the offense and has been consistently targeted every week. He can be your WR3 if you are in need. He’s not available in any league that I’m in.

Michael Floyd, Cardinals

He’s available in 43% of leagues. Floyd makes a good pickup because he can make big plays with some consistency. Floyd can definitely help you during the bye weeks in smaller leagues and his upside makes a player you could end up keeping all the way through if he gets hot.

Robert Woods, Bills

You can get him in an amazing 88% of leagues and he is a solid play when the matchup is right. He’s playing most of the snaps on offense and is being consistently targeted. He’s worth rostering in most leagues. He’s going to continue to get better.

Targets for larger formats

Nate Washington, Titans

With Britt being phased out, Washington must be owned and he can absolutely help you right now. He’s the top outside option in Tennessee going forward. Justin Hunter may be ticketed for that role down the line, but for 2013, it’s Washington. He’s only taken in 22% of leagues.

Leonard Hankerson, Redskins

He seems to have won the snap battle with Josh Morgan and Aldrick Robinson.  He's going to have some weekly value in large formats when Washington comes off the bye in Week 6.  He's available in 72% of leagues.

Jerome Simpson, Vikings

Hard to tell if he’s turned the corner, but he’s gone off twice now in four tries. Simpson has always had the athletic gifts, but never the consistency. He’s obviously worth owning in larger formats. Simpson is owned in 23% of leagues.

Ryan Broyles, Lions

Yeah, I know. He did nothing. Still, he didn’t get injured and he played a lot of snaps. Things should improve soon and Broyles is talented enough to carve out a solid role as long as the knee holds up. Broyles is owned in 57% of leagues.

Jeremy Kerley, Jets

He can help you in the short term with injuries to both Santonio Holmes (hamstring) and
Stephen Hill (concussion.)  Kerley’s an underrated talent and he’s worth a bit more in PPR formats. Kerley is owned in 4% of leagues.

Justin Hunter, Titans

His upside is enormous for the long term, but he has some things to clean up, so don’t get too excited. He needs to be owned in all leagues with 12 or more teams. His touchdown against the Jets was a perfect example of what his potential is. He’s owned in 2% of leagues.

Keenan Allen, Chargers

He’s shown that he can make plays when given the chance and now that Malcom Floyd is done for the season, he may get consistent snaps. Kennan’s worth an add in large formats. He’s owned in 3% of leagues.

Kenny Stills, Saints

He’s a talented kid and though he’s been mediocre statistically, the Saints are getting their wagon rolling and Stills will be a viable flex play in big formats throughout the bye weeks. He’s owned in 14% of leagues.

Markus Wheaton, Steelers

His snaps are on the rise, so scoop him up as a high-quality stash in large formats. Wheaton is an extremely valuable dynasty asset as it is highly likely that Emmanuelle Sanders will leave the team in free agency this offseason. That’ll make Wheaton a starter no later than opening day 2014. He has a lot of talent and speed. He’s owned in just 6% of leagues.

Terrance Williams, Cowboys

Owned in just 6% of leagues, Williams could get extra snaps again if Miles Austin continues to miss time. He’s worth an add in large leagues.

Jon Baldwin, 49ers

He’s back on the fantasy map with the injury to Quinton Patton (broken foot.) Baldwin has some red zone chops, so he’s worth stashing in big formats. We’ve always respected this guy’s talent.  If the 49ers can’t get it out of him, then nobody will. He’s owned in 2% of leagues.

Chris Owusu, Bucs

I was impressed with his play this summer and he’s taking Kevin Ogletree’s (released) place in the lineup. Owusu has some nice upside due to his speed and skill, but the concern, and it’s a significant one, is his concussion history. The Bucs are on the bye, so this is a pickup for Week 6 and beyond for those in deep formats. He’s not rostered anywhere, so you’ll be able to get him.

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

Targets for 10-team leagues

Coby Fleener, Colts

He’s available in 67% of leagues and he can help you if you are struggling at tight end. With Dwayne Allen now done for the season, Fleener is emerging as a more consistent option and has scored twice in the last three weeks.

Heath Miller, Steelers

He looked better in his second week of action and you can get him in 57% of leagues. Miller looks like he is healthy, which is the key thing. Ben Roethlisberger always looks for him. You can count on him being targeted. 

Jermaine Gresham, Bengals

He’s been active and you can get him in 50% of leagues. Jermaine is a solid bye week replacement with upside to be more if he can start getting more active in the red zone. He certainly has the skills to do it if Cincinnati starts moving the ball more consistently.

Targets for larger formats

Tyler Eifert, Bengals

He’s close. He’s getting about five looks a week and he’s a serious talent. My expectation is that Eifert is a viable 12-team option soon. Add him if he’s available. He’s taken in 63% of leagues.

Brandon Pettigrew, Lions

He woke up with seven grabs last week but he’s still looking for his first score. He’s a talented guy and he’s playing for a pay day. He needs to be owned in large formats. He’s currently taken in 32% of leagues, but that’ll rise off of this week.

Jordan Reed, Redskins

He won’t help you this week, but his knee situation should be all cleared up by Week 6 and Reed is a potential breakout player in 12-team leagues after that.

Rob Housler, Cardinals

More of a deep league target because he has a tough schedule and a bye coming up in the near term, but he has value over the remainier of the year.  He's looking totally healthy on film and he's a very good talent.

Zach Miller, Seahawks

He's their top option when they throw near the end zone.  He can give you some depth in really large formats.  He always has a chance to score.

Sean McGrath, Chiefs

He looked good last week and he should be the man in KC for the short term at least.  Not a bad way to fill a hole at TE in Week 5.  He's owned virtually nowhere.

Jeff Cumberland, Jets

He looked really good last week.  His speed is all the way back and the Jets should increase his snaps as we move ahead.  Cumberland is a player to watch and a player to add in leagues with more than 12 teams.

 

DEFENSE

 

Targets for 10-team leagues

Chiefs

You can still get them in one out of five leagues and that’s a joke. Make sure they are taken in your league. They have the talent and they play a great schedule for fantasy purposes.

Targets for larger formats

Saints

They have a good scheme for forcing sacks and turnovers and they have an offense that hands them leads. They make a very nice 2nd defense to play when you need them. 

Browns

They have a quick week for a Thursday game against the Bills, an opponent with injures to some of their most significant weapons.  A good matchup for a solid defense.

Falcons

They play the Jets and the Jets' turnover-prone rookie QB Geno Smith on Monday Night Football.  If this D doesn't show up flying around, I'd be shocked.  Not a bad Week 5 play.  Multiple turnovers are very likely.

Rams

They are at home and they get a struggling Blaine Gabbert-led Jaguars team this week.

Dolphins

They got their asses handed to them on the road by the Saints in Week 4, but they are at home this week and the Ravens are not even close to the Saints right now.  They are a reasonable play if you are in need.