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The Waiver Wire 10/8

The Waiver Wire 10/8

Updated at 5pm
By: Pete Davidson : October 08, 2013 7:06pm

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Welcome to the Week 6 Waiver Wire. I have broken this week’s free agent targets down by league size, but this is obviously a bit of guess work. In the end, it comes down to what’s available in your league. Some of the options listed here are insanely obvious, and that’s where the ownership rates come into play. I wouldn’t have listed a guy like Le’Veon Bell, but then I saw that people in Yahoo leagues could add him in 1 out of 5 leagues. That is obviously worthy of a mention when you consider his upside and his role. Justin Blackmon is a similar example and Josh Gordon was as well up until this week.

The players listed under 10-team leagues use Yahoo ownership percentages while those listed in the 12 or more category are sourced from CBS’ leagues. I break it down this way because CBS leagues tend to be larger and ownership rates tend to be more representative of those formats. It’s just horses for courses.

As always, as I continue to watch game tape today and work through all the results from Week 5, I will be adding players. I usually do the final update at about 8pm. So check back if you are having trouble. I’m also trying something new this week. I’ll be opening a live chat to answer your individual questions. I will the chat room open all day up until 8pm. I won’t be there all day but will check in to answer questions as often as possible. Just check back for your answer.

You can access the chat here.


QUARTERBACKS

10-Team Leagues

Jay Cutler, Bears

He’s still unowned in 41% of leagues and he should be owned in almost all leagues. The new offense has allowed Cutler to post fantasy-viable numbers even in defeat. With Alshon Jeffery starting to establish himself, the Bears are becoming very hard to defend on the outside.

Terrelle Pryor, Raiders

He’s playing well and he’s over his recent concussion. You can still add him in 71% of leagues and I’d be adding him if I needed more upside at quarterback. Pryor is getting it done with his arm and with his feet.

Sam Bradford, Rams

He’s not perfect, but he can post very good numbers when the matchup is right. Bradford currently has the 10th most points in fantasy football among quarterbacks. He makes a nice QB2 for sure, especially if he has a nice matchup when your QB1 has his bye week.

Joe Flacco, Ravens

You can get him in 40% of leagues and he has a home start against Green Bay this week. That’s a decent fantasy play if your starter is on the bye or if you were starting Michael Vick.

Nick Foles, Eagles

If you own Michael Vick and all else fails, you can turn to Foles and get decent play. Foles looked up to the task last week when he filled in for the injured Vick and that’s expected to continue in Week 6. In fact, if Foles plays well enough, he could steal the gig.

12-team Leagues and Larger

Geno Smith, Jets

He’s fantasy-capable in good matchups and he can help you as a QB2 in deeper formats. He should start for the rest of the season and you can still get him in 82% of leagues.

Brandon Weeden, Browns

He’s underrated and he’s got serious weapons at his disposal. Weeden has been dropped a lot over the last few weeks and he’s only owned in 11% of leagues right now.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Titans

He’s viable in smaller leagues too as a fill in. Fitz is a better player than he generally gets credit for but he has some obvious limitations. He’s there for the taking in 93% of leagues.

Chad Henne, Jaguars

He can help you if you are in a bind.  Henne has had success in the past and will start while Blaine Gabbert is injured and perhaps longer for all we know.  He has enough talent around him to post numbers in good matchups.

 

RUNNING BACKS

10-Team Leagues

LeVeon Bell, Steelers

He’s still there for the taking in 21% of leagues. Pick him up on the off chance that he’s still available. Bell is a potential monster if he can stay healthy. I project him as a weekly starter in 10-team formats the rest of the season. No way should he be available anywhere.

Danny Woodhead, Chargers

He’s still available in 30% of leagues and you should grab him if your league is one of them. Woody is playing good football, which should shock no one, but his role is growing to the point where he is currently the main back in San Diego. He’s a player to add for sure, especially in PPR.

Zac Stacy, Rams

You can still get him in 82% of leagues and he should be the Rams’ starter from here on out. I’ve been pretty high on Stacy since before the draft. He’s an underrated talent with some diversity to his game. Go get him if you need some quality RB depth or if you were depending on Daryl Richardson.

Willis McGahee, Browns

He’s still on the wire in 53% of leagues and he can help you a lot as a RB3. McGhee looked very good in Week 5 and things should only get better as he continues to learn the offense and get into better condition.

Andre Ellington, Cardinals

He’s available in 77% of leagues and he has the ability to take the job from starter Rashard Mendenhall. Ellington is flashing the kind of play-making ability that made him one of my favorite backs in this year’s draft. Check out the footage in my original scouting report if you’ve never seen Ellington play before. He’s a unique talent.

Brandon Bolden, Patriots

If he wasn’t battling knee soreness, I would probably rank him higher. Bolden has really shown his value the last few weeks and it’s his diverse skill set that is setting him apart from both Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount. Bolden is getting most of the snaps in passing situations, but he’s also very involved in the red zone. You can still land him in a whopping 88% of leagues. Bolden gets a slight value bump in PPR formats.

12-team Leagues and Larger

Shane Vereen, Patriots

He’s out there for the taking in 45% of leagues. It makes plenty of sense to roster this guy in deeper leagues because he could be the clear lead back for New England when he gets back in Week 11.

Kendall Hunter, 49ers

He's available in 59% of leagues.  If I own Frank Gore, there is no way I let Hunter sit on the waiver wire in a 12-team league.

Johnathan Franklin, Packers

He's available in 60% of leagues and you should consider rostering him if you own Eddie Lacy.  Franklin can get it done of he's the guy.  He's shown that.

Christine Michael, Seahawks

He's available in 84% of leagues.  He's the guy to own as a handcuff for Marshawn Lynch.  We project him to have the bigger role compared to Robert Turbin in the event that Lynch goes down.  Michael has serious talent and we said back before the draft.

Donald Brown, Colts

He’s now the clear number two back in Indy and he should be picked up by all Trent Richardson owners as a handcuff. He’s also a possible flex play in 12-team leagues during the bye weeks.

Jonathan Stewart, Panthers

He’s available in 75% of leagues and he should return next week. He is more of a stash option versus a guy who will be a lock for value, but no Carolina back has taken the gig over in his absence.

Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman, Broncos

The Broncos are going to blow the Jaguars' doors of this weekend.  Ball is owned at a 64% rate and Hillman's at 52%.  Either player makes for a nice desperation fill-in this week in leagues with 12 teams or more teams.  I doubt Knowshon Moreno sees much action in the second half.  I still like both of these players for their stash potential, but they make nice desperation fliers this week.

Shonn Greene, Titans

Greene is available in 84% of leagues.  He's healthy... or very nearly healthy and he should get back on the field this week.  The Titans have a rough schedule for the next few weeks, but I could see Greene scoring a lot of touchdowns over the season's final eight games.  He should be owned in most 12-team leagues.

Da’Rel Scott, Giants

He’s back on the Giants’ roster, and is a plug-n-play guy this week with David Wilson unable to play in Thursday night’s game due to a neck injury. Scott’s available in 91% of leagues following his release last week.

Marcel Reece, Raiders

With Darren McFaden (hamstring) out and with Rashad Jennings (also hamstring) banged up, Reece could be the Raiders' primary back in Week 6.  He's got some plug-n-play potential and he's available in 89% of leagues.

Mike Goodson, Jets

He sure looked explosive in a small role against the Falcons. That role should expand as his conditioning improves. Goodson has talent and the Jets block well for the run. He should be owned in large leagues.

Andre Brown, Giants

The way the Giants are going through backs, you would be wise to add Brown in a 12-team league.  He's amost assured to have a significant role when he returns in a few weeks.  He's available in 73% of leagues.

Kenjon Barner, Panthers

He had a single catch last week, but at least he was involved after missing significant time with a foot injury. Barner is a talented back that could thrive if given enough touches. He’s a stash option in very large leagues and a player to know about in all leagues.

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

10-Team Leagues

Alshon Jeffery, Bears

He’s still there for the taking in 33% of leagues. He can help you at receiver and be a weekly starter if he stays healthy. I don’t know how he’s still so widely available but having a 33% percent chance of landing Jeffery is not bad. Look into his status in your league.

Justin Blackmon, Jaguars

We’ve been begging you to pick this guy up and now you know why. This is your last chance. He’s still there in 39% of leagues, so you have a shot. Blackmon has top shelf talent and he can be a weekly starter for you.

Michael Floyd, Cardinals

He’s making plays every week and eventually he’s going to start finding the end zone. He’s available in 41% of leagues and you should add him if you have a bench spot to play with. Floyd has serious upside.

Vincent Brown, Chargers

He’s starting to heat up and you can still get him in 48% of leagues. Brown is a good talent in an emerging offense and he has a little extra value in PPR formats.

Terrance Williams, Cowboys

He is really turning it on and he may steal Miles Austin’s job soon if he hasn’t already. Williams is still available in 83% of leagues and you should be adding him for his upside alone.

Leonard Hankerson, Redskins

He’s winning the battle opposite Pierre Garcon and he may be on the verge of breaking out. He’s a nice add for depth if you need a receiver and none of my other targets are there. He can currently be had in 88% of leagues.

Keenan Allen, Chargers

With all the injuries, he is going to keep getting playing time and he’s producing solid numbers right now. Allen is worth owning and he is available in 95% of leagues.

Austin Pettis, Rams

You can’t argue with production and Pettis has been consistently involved throughout the season. He clearly has the trust of starting quarterback Sam Bradford and you can still get him in 89% of leagues.

12-team Leagues and Larger

Harry Douglas, Falcons

With the disturbing news that Julio Jones may be done for 2013 with a foot injury, Douglas becomes a potential weekly starter.  Douglas is available in 94% of leagues and he's playing pretty well right now.

Kendall Wright, Titans

With the rapid decline of Kenny Britt, Wright has been gaining steam.  Wright had six receptions for 74 yards last week.  He is definitley worth owning in large formats and he's available in about 64% of them.  

Robert Woods, Bills

This kid can play and you can still get him in 61% of leagues. Things may be rough for the next week or so, but once Manuel gets back, Woods should have weekly value in large formats and he could even have short term value if they get good play from Thaddeus Lewis.

Rueben Randle, Giants

Randle is a player that we've always liked and he's been pretty much feast or famine so far this season.  We expect to see more feasts going forward and Randle is a wuality add in large formats.  He is still available in 67% of leagues.

Jerome Simpson, Vikings

You can’t argue with production and Simpson has had a few big games. He’s definitely worthy as a bye week replacement while he’s getting the playing time. He can help you in the near term and he’s available in 65% of leagues.

Jeremy Kerley, Jets

He won’t be a weekly stud, but he’s involved and currently healthy. he makes a nice pickup during the byes and he’ll have increased value while Santonio Holmes is out. Kerley is available in 87% of leagues.

Michael Crabtree, 49ers

He’s only rostered in 17% of leagues and he should be back some time in November. That means he could be an asset for the fantasy playoffs. If your league has a weak waiver wire and deep benches, adding Crabtree might make some sense, especially if receiver is a weakness for your team.

 

TIGHT ENDS

10-Team Leagues

Kyle Rudolph, Vikings

He should start picking up steam as a red zone option. You can still get him in 42% of leagues and he is past his bye week. Things are going to get better for the big man.

Coby Fleener, Colts

Fleener is available in 57% of leagues and he’s a very nice matchup play. He’s coming off of a quiet week, but I expect good numbers for the most part. The Colts are slowly getting the offense together and with Dwayne Allen finished for the year, Fleener is going to have a major role.

Jordan Reed, Redskins

He is now healthy and past his bye week. I expect him to start getting hot again and to take the tight end job in Washington. He’ll be one of Robert Griffin’s primary weapons and he’ll be a fantasy asset if he can stay healthy. Reed is currently available in 97% of leagues.

Charles Clay, Dolphins

You can still get him 43% of leagues and he’s producing solid numbers. Clay makes a very nice bye week replacement, but not this week as Clay is on the bye himself. He’s not a solution for Tony Gonzalez owners this week.

Heath Miller, Steelers

He’s still available in 60% of leagues if you need some tight end help. Miller’s recovery from a serious knee injury has taken a long time, but he’s playing a good level now and Ben Roethlisberger always looks for him. Miller can help you this week.

Brandon Pettigrew, Lions

He’s playing for a contract and he’s been more active the last few weeks. He’s available in 63% of leagues and he makes a very good bye week option if you need one.

12-team Leagues and Larger

Jeff Cumberland, Jets

He had another solid outing last night and he is only rostered in 1% of leagues as I mentioned in last week’s Watch List. Cumberland may be a bit inconsistent but he can hit the home run for you. I am willing to roll with him as a bye week replacement in large formats and he has some long term upside especially if Kellen Winslow gets banged up as he usually does.

Garrett Graham, Texans

He’s always been a good player and they've been finding ways to get him involved every week.  Now, with starter Owen Daniels out for a month or more, he is a player to own in all formats.  He’s only rostered in 30% of leagues.

Defense

Colts

They are playing well under Chuck Pagano and you can get them in 78% of leagues.  They have a decent matchup this week at San diego.

Buccaneers

In Week 6, they host a Philadelphia team with flux at QB.  They are also playing pretty good defense and are rested after their Week 5 bye.

Vikings

They are fresh--coming off of their bye week and they have a decent enough matchup with a struggling Carolina team.