The Waiver Wire 10/29
Lot's of options for a challenging week (UPDATED at 9pm)
Welcome to the Week 9 waiver Wire. We’re still in full-blown survival mode. It was another week of injuries and with a lot more byes on the docket for Week 9, it’s going to be challenging to field a decent team, especially in larger formats. I’ll be adding more talent throughout the day as I continue to watch tape from Week 8, so check back.
I’ll be also updating the Watch List on Wednesday and I’ll hopefully have time to post a few buy low sell high options too. My sincere apologies for the slow weekend, but we executed a long overdue hardware upgrade at Rotobahn headquarters. It was a pain in the blank, but it was well worth it.
Andy Dalton, Bengals- 76% of Yahoo leagues.
He’s only available in 24% percent of Yahoo leagues, but that leaves enough possibility to mention him. Dalton is on a serious hot streak over the last three games and is a solid QB1 in all leagues based on his production so far. The skill talent around him is simply outstanding. Add him if you can.
Alex Smith, Chiefs - 59% of Yahoo leagues.
He’s still available in 41% of Yahoo leagues, and you can’t argue with his consistent production. Smith is coming off of his best fantasy week so far in Week 8, and he gets the Bills in Week 9. Add him if you need short- or long-term help at the position, but be wary of his Week 10 bye.
Jake Locker, Titans - 17% of Yahoo leagues.
He’s past the bye and he’s healthy. Throw in the fact that the Titans have already played the worst part of their schedule and you have a player to own in 12-team leagues.
Terrelle Pryor, Raiders - 36% of Yahoo leagues.
He got it done in a tough matchup last week. Granted he got a lot of his points on a single play. Pryor has some solid matchup value in all leagues with the Eagles and Giants on the schedule the next two weeks.
Carson Palmer, Cardinals - 34% of Yahoo leagues.
Not a pickup for this week as Arizona is on the bye, but he's a decent matchup play the rest of the way of you need a backup option or bye week replacement in the coming weeks.
Case Keenum, Texans - 3% of Yahoo leagues.
Keenum will draw the start this week at home versus the Colts. He’s a player to add in large formats for sure, because he has a chance to take this gig for the rest of the season if he plays as well as he did in Week 7 at Kansas City.
Josh McCown, Bears - 4% of Yahoo leagues.
He’ll be the man until Jay Cutler comes back and in deeper formats, McCown can help you as a Cutler replacement or as bye week help. I thought he looked pretty good in relief--making some good throws and clean reads. The matchups the next two weeks are at Green Bay and home versus Detroit. That’s not too bad.
Geno Smith, Jets - 20% of Yahoo leagues.
Geno was a “sit” in my Week 8 Starts and Sits column at WEEI, but he’s a reasonable play this week, at home versus the Saints. The Jets will need to throw if they are going to compete and this is a far easier task than the Bengals on the road. Smith can help you in large formats if you’re in a jam.
Shane Vereen, Patriots - 39% of Yahoo leagues.
He’s available in way too many leagues. Vereen has RB1 upside for the playoff weeks. His ceiling is that high in the Patriots offense. Go grab him and stash him until Week 11. You’ll end up looking like a genius. He’ll be even better in PPR scoring.
Andre Ellington, Cardinals - 53% of Yahoo leagues.
He may have finally forced his way into the lead role for the Cardinals or at least some more consistent touches. Andre has some nice 2nd half matchups, but beware of his Week 9 bye. You can view my pre-draft report on Ellington if you’ve never seen him run. Add Ellington in any league where he is available.
Zac Stacy, Rams - 63% of Yahoo leagues.
He’s a good tough runner that we like a lot as we’ve been saying all year. The Rams finally seem to have settled on him as the main ball carrier and he can help you in all formats as a solid RB3 option with upside in plus matchups. Of course, the Rams do play a pretty tough schedule, but the bad matchup hasn't slowed Stacy down tonight aginst Seattle. He's looked good. We had news this morning that Stacy had avoided the high ankle sprain, but HC Jeff Fisher was somewhat evasive today, telling reporters that they'd know tomorrow. His upside merits going after him, but there does seem to be some risk as far as his Week 9 availability is concerned. Act accordingly.
Mike James, Buccaneers - 53% of Yahoo leagues.
He was serviceable in his first start, which was against a nasty Carolina defense. Things don’t get any easier this week with the Bucs making the long flight to Seattle and sure defeat. The matchups get a little better the rest of the way for the most part. James is a must for those who own Doug Martin and a nice RB3 possibility for those who do not. He’s worth an add in all leagues.
Chris Ivory, Jets - 54% of Yahoo leagues.
He was left out of the game plan last week but I think it had a lot to do with the opponent and game situation. The opposite should be true this week against Ivory's old team. He should get a lot of chances and I epxct him to have a solid game. He's worth a start in most leagues this week. The Jets are on the bye in Week 10.
Andre Brown, Giants - 20% of Yahoo leagues.
Andre is confident that he’ll be back for Week 10 and ,at this point, he could be in for quite a workload. You could make the argument that Brown is the potential key for an offensive turnaround. He could end up with extended RB2 value unless David Wilson returns at some point. Brown is a player to add in any league where you have a need at RB, unless that is an acute Week 9 need.
Jonathan Stewart, Panthers - 10% of Yahoo leagues.
He should return this week and he’s a much better fit for the lead back role in the Panther’s offense than DeAngelo Williams. Stewart is a player to add in all leagues if you are looking for a running back and he has RB2 upside in 12-team leagues.
Ben Tate, Texans - 49% of Yahoo leagues.
Tate is here pretty much every week, but he has heightened appeal if he can play this week because Arian Foster could potentially miss Week 9 with hamstring issues.
Montee Ball, Broncos - 38% of Yahoo leagues.
He’s still behind Moreno and he’ll stay there barring a Moreno injury, but he seems to have taken the backup role which is key. With Knowshon’s injury history, Ball has a whole lot of upside as a stash option and you can play him in deeper leagues when you are desperate.
Peyton Hillis, Giants - 38% of Yahoo leagues.
He's probably good for one more week of value if you need short term help, but I see Andre Brown as a much better better option starting in Week 10.
Donald Brown, Colts - 7% of Yahoo leagues.
He's fresh off the bye and he can help you this week in most leagues with quality options in such short supply. He's been splitting time with Trent Richardson the past few weeks and has played well enough to stay involved.
Daniel Thomas, Dolphins - 16% of Yahoo leagues.
We keep waiting for him to turn into a pumpkin and perhaps this is the week for that kind of thing to happen, but Thomas gets goal line work and consistent snaps. He can help you in deeper formats this week.
Daryl Richardson, Rams - 33% of Yahoo leagues.
He could be a guy to go after for Week 9 if Zac Stacy's ankle injury proves to be significant.
James Starks, Packers - 9% of Yahoo leagues.
Starks was a favorite of ours back in 2010 and he's probably playing his best football since that time right now. Starks is back from his knee injury and he looked to be playing at 100%. He was also clearly ahead of rookie Johnathan Franklin for the #2 role behind Eddie Lacy, who is looking very good as the lead back. If you can only handcuff one back behind Lacy, Starks looks like the guy, not Franklin.
Deji Karim, Texans - 0% of Yahoo leagues.
He’s the name to know right now but they also brought back rookie UDFAs Dennis Johnson and Ray Graham. The key to the situation is the availability of Arian Foster (hamstring) and Ben Tate (ribs.) It sounds like Tate is more likely to go but neither is a lock at this point and that could leave a whole lot of carries up for grabs. If you are relying on the Texans' backs in a deep league, you may want to add Karim preemptively.
Brian Leonard, Buccaneers - 0% of Yahoo leagues.
He's for very deep leagues only, but he can help if you are in a desperate spot for Week 9. He's an underrated player and he's getting enough snaps and touches to give you some points, especially in PPR scoring.
Kenny Stills, Saints - 10% of Yahoo leagues.
Our guy Kenny Stills busted out in a big way in Week 8, and he now seems to be entrenched as the Saints’ big play receiver. He doesn’t see tons of targets, but he makes a lot of big plays with the shots he gets and you have to think they will continue to get him more involved. Still has to be owned in all leagues with 12 or more teams, and is a player to consider in smaller leagues too.
Aaron Dobson, Patriots - 23% of Yahoo leagues.
Dobson was one of my favorite receivers heading into last year’s NFL Draft. He seems to be hitting his stride now and the Patriots are making a commitment to him in terms of playing time. He’s really just scratching the surface of what he can be with a QB like Tom Brady. The rookie should now be owed in all 12-team leagues and some smaller leagues too.
Lance Moore, Saints - 28% of Yahoo leagues.
He just got back from the wrist injury he suffered in Week 3, and he’s already scored a touchdown. Moore will be a trusted target for Drew Brees for as long as he can stay healthy. He’s worth owning in all but very small leagues right now.
Marvin Jones, Bengals - 24% of Yahoo leagues.
You may have noticed Jones’ massive outburst last week. Just maybe. As we’ve been saying for a while now, Jones is the guy we like opposite A.J. Green, but Mohamed Sanu has been the guy getting the snaps. That may change going forward. Obviously, Green is still the main guy, but Jones needs to be added in all leagues right now, just in case they give him the full job. He’s officially off of the Rotobahn Watch List. The fact that Sanu is currently banged up only adds to Jones' short term value.
DeAndre Hopkins, Texans - 47% of Yahoo leagues.
He's been dropped in a lot of leagues and I'd hang onto him. If he has been dropped in your league, I'd consider adding him as his upside is still pretty high. He's certainly a solid option this week against the Colts. He can help you in all league sizes.
Kendall Wright, Titans - 33% of Yahoo leagues.
Wright has the #2 role in the passing game locked down at this point and with Jake Locker playing improved football, he's a guy to own in most formats and in all leagues with 12 or more teams.
Drew Davis, Falcons - 2% of Yahoo leagues.
He's a guy to grab in 12-team leagues for ss long as Roddy White stays sidelined. Davis produced solid numbers in Week 8 after doing little in Week 7, but he got the bulk of the snaps in both games and that should continue for now.
Kris Durham, Lions - 14% of Yahoo leagues.
We’ve been talking about him for weeks now and his role is further entrenched with the season-ending injury to Ryan Broyles. Durham may not be exciting, but he’s consistently involved and defenses are somewhat preoccupied with that Megatron guy.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings - 12% of Yahoo leagues.
They are beginning to get him more snaps and he is flashing his big play ability once he has the ball in his hands. He’s not yet playable, but he’s a guy I want to get early, just in case. He has that much upside and they have almost no choice but to play him more in what is soon to be a lost season. Patterson in a great stash option in large leagues if you have a roster spot to play with. Check out my original scouting report on Cordarelle.
David Nelson, Jets - 0% of Yahoo leagues.
Nelson has played well for the Jets so far and he's making plays with surprising regularity. He’s been targeted 19 times by Geno Smith over the last two weeks and has tallied 80 receiving yards in each of those two games. He may not last, with Santonio Holmes due back after the Jets’ Week 10 bye, but Nelson can help you in Week 9 if you are hurting for options. The Jets have a plus matchup at home versus New Orleans.
Dexter McCluster, Chiefs - 6% of Yahoo leagues.
He's been very productive and there's no reason to think he won't continue to have value in deeper PPR formats and in all formats during the heavy byes. K.C. has their bye next week and travels to the Bills this weekend.
Riley Cooper, Eagles - 9% of Yahoo leagues.
Copper played 87% percent of the offensive snaps in Week 8 and though he did not have a big game, he was involved. If the Eagles go back to Nick Foles due to Mike Vick’s hamstring injury, Cooper could have some value in deep formats during the bye weeks. Most of his 2013 success has come with Foles throwing the ball. The Eagles have pretty good matchups the next few weeks.
Rishard Matthews, Dolphins - 0% of Yahoo leagues.
Once one of Colin Kaeprnick’s favorite targets at Nevada, Matthews has some ability. With the season-ending injury to Brandon Gibson, Rishard is going to see a major increase in playing time. He played a solid 36 snaps in Week 8 and he’s worth a look in large PPR formats and deep dynasty leagues.
Tiquan Underwood, Buccaneers - 0% of Yahoo leagues.
He’s the new starter opposite Vincent Jackson with the season-ending hamstring injury to Mike Williams. The lost season for Tampa continues. You have to wonder if HC Greg Schiano is on the team plane back from Seattle this weekend. Underwood is worth an add in large formats.
Jordan Reed, Redskins - 73% of Yahoo leagues.
Reed is one of our favorite rookies. He’s largely taken after his Week 7 bust-out, but you can still get him some leagues. Reed is a potential monster the rest of the way if he can stay healthy. He should be owned in all leagues.
Coby Fleener, Colts - 38% of Yahoo leagues.
He's now going to be an integral part of the passing attack with Reggie Wayne and Dwayne Allen both lost for the season. Fleener is not easy to love from a production standpoint, but we expect more consistent production over the season's second half. He should be owned in all 12-team leagues at minimum.
Tim Wright, Buccaneers - 5% of Yahoo leagues.
With Williams gone, Wright is the second option in this offense. He’s a weak play in Week 9 against the Seahawks, but he’ll have some good days the rest of the way and should be owned in 12-team leagues.
Charles Clay, Dolphins - 69% of Yahoo leagues.
With Brandon Gibson gone for the year, Clay's role target total only get bigger. He's worth adding in all formats.
Tyler Eifert, Bengals - 21% of Yahoo leagues.
He got lost in the shuffle last week in a blowout of the Jets, but both he and Jermaine Gresham (42% ownership) are involved each week and can help you in deeper formats. Eifert looks very good when they get him involved and his role should grow in the second half of the season with QB Andy Dalton getting more and more comfortable.
This is a painfully obvious one unless you didn't see Kellen Clemens and the Rams' "offense" last night. The Titans must be licking their chops right now. Pick up the Titans for Week 9 and you can lick your chops too.
New Orleans Saints
They played a good game last week and they get the Jets and Geno Smith in Week 8. Geno has thrown three picks sixes in the last two games. You have to like the matchup as a plug-n-play option.
They have a solid matchup with the Browns this week and they should be able to put pressure on QB Jason Campbell.
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