The Waiver Wire 10/20

The Waiver Wire 10/20

Updated at 6pm
By: Pete Davidson : October 20, 2015 3:26pm

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Welcome to the waiver wire for Week 7 pickups. As I said over at WEEI this morning, it will be a competitive week on the waiver wire, so you should be aggressive if you need talent for Week 7. I'll be back at least twice today to update this article and add more players for those of you in deeper formats.  The article will be finalized around 6pm or so. 

The ownership rates listed for each player were obtained at Yahoo!.


Blake Bortles, Jaguars, 43 percent

As I have said the last few weeks, Bortles is getting the job done for fantasy owners. He has a somewhat tough matchup this week with the Bills and then he goes into his bye week. Coming out of the bye week, Bortles has a tough matchup with the Jets, but things ease up nicely from Week 10 right through the end of the fantasy season. He'€™s a solid investment in deep leagues.

Joe Flacco, Ravens, 60 percent

Flacco has had two absolutely brutal weeks. They occurred on Week 1 and Week 4, but apart from those two games, his fantasy numbers have been very good. With a relatively strong schedule going forward, Flacco is worth owning or at least considering as a streaming option on most weeks.

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers, 52 percent

Don'€™t look now, but Kaepernick is a top 11 fantasy quarterback. Sure, he'€™s got a serious lack of consistency, but he also has a lot of weekly point potential. He'€™s a DraftKings play almost every week in tournaments due to his low cost. In fact, he'€™s still at the price floor for quarterbacks on DraftKings this week at home against a struggling Seahawks team.

Landry Jones, Steelers, 0 percent

If you are hurting this week, keep an eye on Jones, who should have been starting over Michael Vick for the last few weeks and looks like he has passed him for good as the backup to Ben Roethlisberger. While Jones may lack game-to-game consistency, he offers far more upside than Vick, who is a few years removed from being a viable player. If Roethlisberger cannot go this week, which is very possible, Jones makes a nice sneaky play at Kansas City this weekend.

Derek Carr, Raiders, 35 percent

As I said last week, he has a tough schedule in the near term, but there are some good matchups coming in a few weeks and he’s playable this week against San Diego if you need him. He’s a good QB to roster in deep leagues as a QB2/matchup play.

Zach Mettenberger, Titans, 0 percent

He should start this week and probably only this week, but the kid from LSU has a big arm and an aggressive approach that I like. he could do some good things this week as the Titans face Atlanta at home. He’s a decent add in really big formats, especially if you were relying on Marcus Mariota.


Ronnie Hillman, Broncos, 58 percent

Did he take the gig with last week'€™s big game? Once again, it'€™s hard to tell as the Broncos used C.J. Anderson heavily in overtime with the game on the line. Whether he has the gig or not, he is playing on a winning team that is going to start running more, not less. Hillman simply must be owned everywhere and he is not. Go get him.

Christine Michael, Cowboys, 39 percent

The Cowboys block the run better than any team in football. The backs who run the ball for them always produce beyond their talent level because so much gets blocked. So, when you look at starter Joseph Randle'€™s 3.9 yards per carry average, you know the coaches are not thrilled. Making matters worse is Randle'€™s propensity for going off script and not following the play. Randle, never the sharpest crayon, has left the door wide open for Michael, who has now been in Dallas long enough to know the offense, could steal this job. If he pulls it off, his value could be immense down the stretch. Add him in all leagues and make him a priority. That'€™s how much upside he'€™s got.

Duke Johnson, Browns, 52 percent

He'€™s my choice to take over the Browns'€™ backfield. He'€™ll continue to be used sparingly on early downs, but his role as a receiver is important to Cleveland'€™s success and it'€™s going to continue. He's also a versatile red zone weapon.

James Starks, Packers, 20 percent

For those who have been Rotobahn readers for years, you know we like Starks as a player. He got most of the action last week -- €”playing ahead of starter Eddie Lacy. The question is, was there a sea change in the Packers backfield (doubtful) or was there a specific reason for Lacy'€™s lack of usage? My guess is that the Packers used Lacy as little as possible due to his ankle woes as they looked towards their bye week, which is now. I expect Lacy to retain his gig coming out of the bye week. Still, Starks has proven himself to be played in all leagues for now. In leagues where you can handcuff players, Starks is a must own guy for those who have Lacy as their lead back.

Theo Riddick, Lions, 21 percent

Zach Zenner is out for the year and rookie Ameer Abdullah has fumbled too much. There may be an opportunity for Riddick, who is already posting decent PPR numbers as the primary pass-catching back.

Charles Sims, Buccaneers, 25 percent

He'€™s a must-add player for those Doug Martin owners looking for a handcuff option. That said, Sims has stand-alone value in most PPR leagues, especially during the bye week crunch. Sims has looked quicker in his second season and we already knew he was an outstanding receiver for a running back.

David Johnson, Cardinals, 43 percent

He'€™s a stash option and a very good one. All three backs in the Cardinals'€™ backfield have enough talent to produce fantasy numbers, but Johnson possesses the best combination of explosiveness and versatility. It'€™s quite possible that Bruce Arians decides to give him a major role down the stretch. Stash him and you'll be ahead of the curve if it happens because of Johnson'€™s talents and the offense he plays in, he offers the kind of upside you'€™ll rarely find on the waiver wire.

Tevin Coleman, Falcons, 42 percent

There'€™s a lot of excitement surrounding Devonta Freeman'€™s breakout season. You may have read my offseason article which outlined that possibility in advance. Still, while I am a big fan of Freeman'€™s talents, he is a guy with a significant injury history. If Freeman goes down, Coleman would become the story very quickly. This is the time to go get him as a handcuff if you own Freeman. If you do not, it'€™s a good time to stash Coleman in leagues with sufficient bench space. He could be a monster in Atlanta'€™s offensive scheme if he gets the chance.

Knile Davis, Chiefs, 42 percent

He played behind Charcandrick West as we expected, but Davis still has a lot of potential as a goal line option, so I like the idea of stashing him in deeper formats. This is a very talented big back with freakish long speed. If you grabbed west last week, you can protect that investment by adding Davis too.

Darren McFadden, Cowboys, 31 percent

He’s a player to own in bigger PPR formats because he will maintain a role as a passing down back. If he is not over-used, RUN-DMC could have a little bit of upside, but only in large PPR.

Ahmad Bradshaw, Colts, 13 percent

He’s now the handcuff to own if Gore is one your team. Make that adjustment. I doubt that Bradshaw plays a major role with Gore healthy, but Gore’s no lock to stay that way. 


Stefon Diggs, Vikings, 7 percent

He got the start in Week 6 and he did not disappoint. Diggs may have taken Charles Johnson'€™s job at this point, so he is a player to own in all leagues, especially leagues with PPR scoring. Make him a priority if receiver help is what you need.

Michael Crabtree, Raiders, 46 percent

He was dropped in a lot of leagues last week because he was on the bye. I'€™d go get him because he'€™s been heavily targeted and he plays a good schedule the rest of the way. Crabtree can help you in all PPR leagues.

Michael Floyd, Cardinals, 32 percent

He'€™s getting targets now and he turned that into production last week. With good matchups over the next two weeks, Floyd is a player to own in all leagues and could end up being a great add for the rest of the season.

Brandon LaFell, Patriots, 50 percent

He could be back this week and he makes a very nice add in all leagues as a potential weekly starter. We all know how well LaFell meshed with Tom Brady last year. Pick him up and stash him until he plays.

Marvin Jones, Bengals, 35 percent

He has been very good and more importantly, he'€™s proven to be fully healthy. Jones is looking like a weekly WR3 in most leagues and needs to be owned in all leagues.

Rishard Matthews, Dolphins, 50 percent

Matthews has been very good all season when given chances and he got plenty of chances in Week 6. That'€™s important because it was the first game with the new coaching staff. It'€™s hard to tell if he has long-term value because there is a lot of talent at receiver in Miami. That being said, Matthews can help you if you need a Week 7 receiver.

Tavon Austin, Rams, 44 percent

He'€™s a player to add in all leagues because they are getting him involved every week. The Rams have some good matchups in their future, so grab Austin now, especially in bigger leagues. He'€™s a great weapon now that they have Todd Gurley ripping up defenses. It sets up Austin very well as a runner and helps the Rams get him into space as a receiver.

Torrey Smith, 53 percent

This may be the time to go get Smith. He'€™s been a disappointment overall, but you'€™ve seen his potential in Weeks 2 and 6. The 49ers are slowly figuring out how they work best as an offense and if they are going to be playing from behind, as one would expect, there will be plenty of deep shots to Smith. He may not be a weekly play, but he'€™s got weekly upside for sure.

Nelson Agholor, Eagles, 34 percent

I know that the the production has been lacking, but if you are looking for a breakout player, this kid might be one. The Eagles are 3-3 now and they are slowly getting their kinks ironed out. When Agholor returns from his ankle injury, perhaps this week, he will be an outstanding stash option. You may be able to wait on the move because of the Eagles' Week 8 bye, but I would look to stash this guy in PPR formats. He has a lot of potential.

Dorial Green-Beckham, Titans, 15 percent

He could get a bigger role starting this week as he matches up very well with Mettenberger. And, it's not like DGB wasn't already playing some snaps. With Harry Douglas looking more like a role player than a starter, Green-Beckham's time could be on the near horizon. Stash him now if you can in big leagues.

Phillip Dorsett, Colts, 4 percent

He's going to take off soon now that Luck is back. This is a player they went out of their way to draft and he runs better routes than Donte Moncrief. Stash this kid in deep leagues, especially if you own TY Hilton. Dorsett would be a monster if Hilton went down.


Charles Clay, Bills, 65 percent

He'€™s the top option in the passing game right now and he'€™s a weekly starter in any fantasy league. Pick him up and start him this week against the Jaguars. He can be your TE1 the rest of the way.

Eric Ebron, Lions, 18 percent

Once he is healthy, I expect good things. He should be a TE1 at some point soon. This is a very talented player who can do good things after the catch and with Calvin Johnson around he won'€™t see any double teams.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Buccaneers, 28 percent

He should come back this week or next from his shoulder injury, and he could become a TE1 quickly upon his return. He makes a nice stash but the pay off could come as soon as this week.

Ben Watson, Saints, 10 percent

He is viable as an option in 12-team leagues and not just because of last week'€™s breakout performance. He'€™s seeing 5-6 targets on most weeks and he'€™s a talented player. I would not be surprised if he continued to have some modest success.

Ladarius Green, Chargers, 27 percent

He'€™s not a bad desperation option though he is clearly back behind Antonio Gates in the pecking order. Still, Green has been active even with Gates back in the fold and he scored in Week 6. He can help you if you need an option during the bye week crunch.

Derek Carrier, Washington, 2 percent

He wasn't anything special against the Jets last week, but he made a few plays and his usage went up another tick. This is a player to own in really deep formats and a player to consider as a Week 7 option in 12-team formats if you need help at tight end. He has a lot of talent and he was brought in by the new regime.


Pittsburgh Steelers, 21 percent

They get the Chiefs in KC this week and Andt Reid's team may now be without Jeremy Maclin, which leaves them a few weapons short ... to put it kindly.

New York Giants, 25 percent

They host the Matt Cassel-led Cowboys. I'll take some of that action thank you very much.  No Dez and a bad quarterback and the G-Men play the run well.