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The Waiver Wire 10/15

The Waiver Wire 10/15

Updated at 8pm
By: Pete Davidson : October 15, 2013 7:56pm

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Welcome to the Week 7 Waiver Wire. Things start to get more challenging this week as the byes hit in full force. We also had injuries to some major players over the weekend which will have some fantasy GMs searching for answers.

As always, I’ll be adding more players throughout the day as I continue to work through the Week 6 games. I have set up the free agent chat again, and I’ll be checking in throughout the day to answer any questions you guys might have.

The Chat is at the bottom of the page.

Keep it clean.

 

QUARTERBACKS

Jay Cutler, Bears

You can still get him in 24% of Yahoo leagues and he’s looking more and more like a weekly starting option, even in smaller leagues. The new coaching staff has really improved things in Chicago and the personnel has been upgraded as well.

Andy Dalton, Bengals

He’s available in 40% of Yahoo leagues and he can be a strong play when the matchup is right. Dalton’s weapons are all young and improving and that includes rookies Gio Bernard and Tyler Eifert.

Terrelle Pryor, Raiders

You can still get him 63% of Yahoo leagues and he can be your starter on most weeks if need be because he gives you extra points with his feet and he has underrated weapons around him.

Sam Bradford, Rams

He’s got a lot of good receivers to work with and the running game has been stabilized in recent weeks by our guy Zac Stacy. Bradford can help you when the matchup is right and you can still get him in 51% of Yahoo leagues.

Nick Foles, Eagles

We’ve always liked Foles and now he may have stolen the Eagles’ gig from Michael Vick. He’s a much more accurate passer than Vick and he runs the offense the way Chip Kelly wants it run. Foles is definitely worth a speculative add right now if you have a roster spot for him and a need at quarterback. Foles can be had in 71% of CBS leagues.

Brandon Weeden, Browns

We like him better than a lot of pundits and he's got the gig locked up now.  Weeden has some value in deeper formats for depth purposes.

Josh Freeman, Vikings

He could end up starting as soon as this week and he is the most talented quarterback in Minnesota at this point. In larger formats, he might be worth adding now and you can get him in 84% of CBS leagues.

Chad Henne, Jaguars

I had him here last week and he'll get at least one more start for the injured and marginally effective Blaine Gabbert.  Henne can help you in large formats.

 

RUNNING BACKS

Zac Stacy, Rams

He’s still available in 61% of Yahoo leagues and that’s a joke. Stacy has the gig in St. Louis and he should have had it all along. He can help you as a bye week starter as or as a strong RB3 or flex. Zac was one of my underrated backs in the 2013 class. He played 81% of the Rams; offensive snaps in Week 6. Check out our pre-draft scouting report if you’ve never seen Stacy run.

Andre Ellington, Cardinals

Ellington was one of my favorite backs in the 2013 draft class and he’s really lived up to expectations. Allow me to straighten out some of the misconceptions about Ellington. During last week’s broadcast of the Cardinals/49ers game, the announcers para-quoted Arizona HC Bruce Arians as saying that “if he was 10 pounds bigger, he’d be another Sproles.” This quote has been repeated in a few places since. Folks, if Ellington was ten pounds bigger, he’d then be 19 pounds heavier than Sproles. He’s currently nine pounds heavier. There’s further speculation that Arians doesn’t view Ellington as an every down back. This is all nonsense and Arians has said so directly.  Ellington may continue to split time with Rashard Mendenhall, but it won’t be because he needs to gain weight or because the HC doesn’t see him as a full-time back. It’s because they are bringing him along at a steady pace--possibly due to Ellington’s health woes last off-season. Ellington is available in 64% of Yahoo leagues and that should change this week after he performed so well in Week 6 against San Francisco.

Ryan Mathews, Chargers

He's available in about 1 out of 5 Yahoo leagues and I'd grab him if he's out there in your league.  Mathews ran really hard and really well last night against the Colts.  It was the best I've seen him look in some time.

Brandon Jacobs, Giants

I’m hesitant to go too crazy over one game, but Jacobs’ Week 6 performance was certainly noteworthy. It was a true turn-back-the-clock outing for the 31-year old tailback. He may not have the staying power that Ellington and Stacy bring to the table, but he’s hot right now and he should be a big factor for at least the next two weeks unless David Wilson gets some really good medical news. Jacobs can start for you in any format this week versus the Vikings and next week at the Eagles. 

Shane Vereen, Patriots

It’s getting close to that time. Vereen will be back for Week 11 and we’d expect him to hit the ground running. If you are looking for some running back depth to take you through the entire sixteen week season, Vereen can absolutely help you and he is available in 68% of Yahoo leagues. If you are a good team, you should find a way to roster this guy as soon as possible. He’ll have RB2 upside as soon as he gets back and he’s worth even more in PPR scoring.

Chris Ivory, Jets

His work load will continue to grow if he can stay healthy in the coming weeks. He’s not a bad guy to add if you need some upside at the position. The Jets are blocking the run very well right now and Mike Goodson is done for the year with an ACL. That leaves things to Ivory and Bilal Powell in the Jets’ backfield. The former Saint is available in 78% of Yahoo leagues.

Kendall Hunter, 49ers

He's a flex option in leagues with 12 or more teams and he's a mandatory handcuff for those who own Frank Gore.

Joseph Randle, Cowboys

He’s available in 94% of CBS leagues and he may get a few starts depending on what kind of time table they put on Demarco Murray’s knee. Randle can help you in the near term as a way to protect yourself against Murray missing games, though Demarco claims he might play this week.

Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons

Rodgers was a guy that had let us down a bit early on in is career. We liked his college game tape a lot for those who go back that far with us. The ‘Quizz is looking a lot like that player the last few weeks and he’ll continue to have value when Steven Jackson returns. He’s obviously worth a bit more in PPR leagues.

Roy Helu, Redskins

He played over half of their snaps last week and he is playing at a high level.  He is a must-own handcuff option in 12-team leagues for Alfred Morris owners.

Shonn Greene, Titans

He should return this week and he’ll reclaim his goal line and short yardage role right away. I like like the Titan’s schedule a lot over the rest of the season once they clear Seattle off the docket this weekend. The time to move on Tennessee RBs would be now or very soon.

Chis Ogbonnaya, Browns

He’s a good solid back as I’ve been saying and he’s put the concussion behind him. Ogbonnaya was the Browns’ most productive back in Week 6 and that will happen from time to time, especially when they fall behind. he’s the back to own after Willis McGahee.

Donald Brown, Colts

He continues to get snaps behind Trent Richardson and has looked good. Brown is the back to own and is a handcuff for those who own T-Rich.

Mike Tolbert, Panthers

He played more than half of their snaps last week and he's a very good player in the red zone.  You can do a lot worse than Tolbert as a bye week option in larger formats.

Khiry Robinson, Saints

As Mark Ingram falls further out of favor, the speedy Robinson becomes more and more of a factor. He scored last week on a goal line carry and that fact that he was given the chance is as important as the fact that he executed. He’s a back to consider in larger formats. He could have major upside with just one more injury in the Saints’ backfield. 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Justin Blackmon, Jaguars

Despite my begging and pleading, this guy can still be had in one out of five Yahoo leagues. Make sure he is taken in yours and make a claim if he’s not. He’s really come back strong.

Michael Floyd, Cardinals

You can still land him in 41% of Yahoo leagues. Floyd finally broke through and found the zone against the 49ers and I think he’ll become a regular TD guy going forward. Add him in any league where he’s available. As I said last week, Floyd has serious upside.

Rueben Randle, Giants

Randle can help you get through the bye weeks and he’s available in 49% of Yahoo leagues. He gives you solid performances on most weeks, plus you get a nice lottery ticket in the event that Hakeem Nicks gets traded in the coming days as rumors suggest he might. It makes plenty of sense for all involved when you consider the Giants won-loss record.

Percy Harvin, Seahawks

You need a roster spot that can be dead for a few weeks, but it sounds as if Harvin may be back sooner than expected if you listen to Pete Carroll.  Harvin would be a weekly starter as soon as he’s starting for Seattle, so the time to add him is now in all leagues that give you some bench space to play with.

Keenan Allen, Chargers

Like with Williams, we had Keenan Allen pegged as a 2014 breakout guy. Well, after season-ending injuries to Danario Alexander and Malcom Floyd, Allen’s time has arrived a little early. He has a chance to give you WR3 value on most weeks and he can be had in 68% of Yahoo leagues.  Oh yeah, Keenan totally went of on the Colts last night.

Terrance Williams, Cowboys

We like Williams as we said in our rookie rankings this summer, but we had him targeted for a 2014 fantasy arrival. The recent injury to Miles Austin may have sped up the timeline and I’d consider adding Williams if you have a bench spot to play with. The kid has the talent as we knew and now he’s forcing his way onto the field. You can still get him in 57% of Yahoo leagues.

Harry Douglas, Falcons

He’s been around for a few years now and we’ve always said that he’d be a solid guy if he got more looks. Well, with Julio Jones’ season-ending injury, he’ll get just that. Douglas should end up having some value in smaller leagues and will certainly have weekly value in larger formats. He’s still available in 64% of Yahoo leagues.

Kendall Wright, Titans

He’s healthy now and he’s been very active the last few weeks. With Kenny Britt on the outs, Wright’s role is very secure and he’s a good fit for Ryan Fitzpatrick’s buggy-whip arm. He’s a solid add in all PPR leagues and 12-team performance leagues.

Aaron Dobson, Patriots

If you watched last week’s game, you know that Dobson played a very high percentage of the snaps. While he had a few more hiccups, he also caught six balls on ten targets. It was his third game with ten targets. This is a player to keep a close eye on in 10-team leagues and a player to add in all other leagues. Dobson is currently available in 81% of CBS leagues.

Jarrett Boykin, Packers

If the rumors about Randle Cobb are correct, and he misses the next 6-8 weeks, then Boykin is a player to add right now. He’s the player most likely to pick up value in the wake of Cobb’s injury and he could have enhanced Week 7 value if James Jones (leg) is out too.  Boykin played 58 snaps in Week 6 with both Cobb and Jones missing time and he could see similar usage in Week 7.  ***Update on Randle Cobb***

Kris Durham, Lions

As long as he is this involved, he is very rosterable in 12-team leagues. We liked Durham’s game when Seattle took him back in 2011. He was on the last Watch List, but his production the last few games may take his ownership rates over 15%. Grab him if you need immediate WR help in a large format.

Robert Woods, Bills

He had a rough week with Thad Lewis at QB, but his schedule lightens up nicely the rest of the way. I’d add Woods in 12-teams leagues if he’s been dropped or if he gets dropped.

Stephen Hill, Jets

His play has been better than his stats suggest and Hill could take advantage of some solid second half matchups. I’d add him in 12-team leagues if he is out there and for sure in all long term formats.

Riley Cooper, Eagles

He had his best game of the year by far in Week 6, and I like his upcoming schedule.  Cooper is a player who can help you in large leagues during the bye weeks.

Marvin Jones, Bengals

We've been fans for a while now and he is starting to pruduce in a semi-regular role.  If he can beat Mohamed Sanu out cleanly, he could become a serious fantasy threat.  Right now, he's losing the snap battle at about a 2-1 rate.  Jones has posted better fantasy numbers despite the gap in playing time.  He's a nice stash option in large formats and in long term leagues.

Brian Quick, Rams

He's not getting enough playing time to merit starting him in any format just yet but he is producing enough in a limited role to make him an intriguing stash option in big leagues and definitely in long term formats.  Quick is the receiver in St. Louis with a true size edge and he has the athleticism to make it matter.  He played 16 snaps in Week 6, which was about 40% of the offensive action.  If he can get more than 50% on a regular basis, he may be a startable option in big leagues.  Keep an eye on him.

Marquise Goodwin, Bills

He played on 44 offensive snaps which amounted to 64% of their plays.  If that continues, he will have some value in deeper formats.  Flash Goodwin was one of our favorite rookies this year and his hand is healthy now.  He's a player to watch and a player to own in large leagues.

Brice Butler, Raiders

We like this kid and he is playing a fair amount of snaps (over 50% last week.)  Butler has nice red zone ability and we think he'll develop into a solid player in time.  He's a player to own in leagues with 14 or more teams and also in long term formats.  He's a player to watch in 12-team leagues.  You can get a look at Brice in our scouting report from back in the Srping.


TIGHT ENDS


Heath Miller, Steelers

You can still get him in 51% of leagues and he’s up to his old tricks with Ben Roethlisberger. Miller looked all systems go last week against the Jets. He can help you in any format.

Jeff Cumberland, Jets

He’s looking better every week and he even scratched out a few nice grabs against a Steelers defense that is always brutal on tight ends. Cumberland in available in 96% of Yahoo leagues.

Jordan Reed, Redskins

He’s available in 91% of Yahoo leagues and he has legitimate upside if he can stay healthy. He’s already the lead tight end in the passing game for Washington and he’ll get plenty of red zone looks once they get things ironed out with the offense.

Garrett Graham, Texans

He's the only tight end left in Houston and he played most of the game (66 snaps) last week despite his poor statistical production.  Graham is a player to own in leagues with 12 or more teams. I expect better numbers on most weeks going forward.

Charles Clay, Dolphins

He’s available in 61% of Yahoo leagues and he’s been very consistently involved in the offense since Dustin Keller suffered a season-ending injury. Clay has the added benefit of being past his bye week.

Joseph Fauria, Lions

Some of you folks in deeper leagues know Fauria from our Watch List or from my post on Fauria a few weeks back, or the one in August, but he has now put himself squarely on the 12-team radar with a 3-TD performance in Week 6. He’s a player to own in deeper and long term leagues due to his touchdown potential.

Tim Wright, Bucs

He's been very active the last two games and he can help you in large formats. Wright is a Rutgers alum, so that's obviously a fit with HC Greg Schiano and the undrafted rookie has also meshed well with new new QB Mike Glennon, who targeted Wright nine times in Week 6.  When you consider the massive target vacuum in Tampa Bay, you have to like Wright's chances at continued production.

Defenses

Miami Dolphins

They get the Bills at home and the Bills have major QB issues.  They are a solid plug-n-play defense for Week 7.

Carolina Panthers

They are a good defense and they have a solid home matchup against the Rams.

San Diego Chargers

They have a solid road matchup against Jacksonville, so they are a decent team to add for the week.