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The Waiver Wire 9/10

The Waiver Wire 9/10

Updated at 9pm (more on the way)
By: Pete Davidson : September 10, 2013 7:21pm

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Welcome to the first Rotobahn Waiver Wire of 2013. I’ll be adding players throughout the day as I work through the last of the Week 1 games. It was a crazy week and I’m sure we have a lot of nervous GMs out there. Relax, folks. Things have a way of evening out and with so many teams being opponent-specific with their game plans, we're sure to see a lot of different priorities as we move ahead. Next week will flip a lot of this week’s assumptions on their asses and so it goes.

One very obvious thing that we saw in Week 1 was how many teams were simply unprepared for game contact. The blocking was well below par on a league-wide basis and the passing is definitely ahead of the ground games for the most part. This will change as we move ahead.

As I said, I'll be adding talent throughout the day, so check back if you play in a large format.  If you have free agent questions, please feel free to ask them here.

 

Quarterbacks

 

Sam Bradford, Rams

For the same reasons I wanted you to draft him, I think he makes a good free agent pick up at quarterback. He’s a solid player, but it’s the weapons at his disposal that make him so viable in fantasy. He’s only owned in 48% of Yahoo leagues.

Terrelle Pryor, Raiders

As I said at Rotobahn towards the end of the summer, Pryor has solid athleticism and play-making ability. There is little doubt that you can start him in larger formats. Where I get concerned is with his durability. Pryor leaves himself open for big hits. He doesn’t protect himself as well as a guy like Cam Newton. Still, for now, Pryor should be owned in all leagues. His upside merits that much for sure. Pryor is unowned in 89% of Yahoo leagues and that is amazing.

Jay Cutler, Bears

The Bears looked very good against a tough Bengals defense and things will be even better on most weeks. Cutler is finally getting some protection from his offensive line and he has a QB guru for a HC in Marc Trestman. Things are definitely looking up in Chicago. Cutler can be a very solid QB2 in 10-team leagues.

Carson Palmer, Cardinals

He’s available in 41% of Yahoo leagues so he may be there if you want him. He’s got three outstanding receivers and one of them will get a first ballot trip to Canton. Palmer can help you for as long as he stays healthy.

E.J. Manuel, Bills

He’s a viable QB2 in 12-team formats and he looked good in Week 1 despite playing with a knee that required surgery just a few weeks back. The Bills have enough talent around Manuel to make him a viable passing threat and, as his knee heals, he will be a bigger factor scoring points with his feet.

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins

Given all that went wrong with Miami's offense in Cleveland, you have to be encouraged that Tannehill found a way to win that game on the road with his arm.

Jake Locker, Titans

No, he did little get anybody excited in Week 1, but don’t underestimate the power of winning here. Locker will be a fantasy asset at some point this season. If your QB1 has a late bye, Locker could help you deal with that nicely. He’s definitely worth rostering in deeper 12-team leagues.

Geno Smith, Jets

Yes, Geno Smith! The Jets are actually underrated at receiver and with Geno looking functional in Marty Mornhinweg’s offense, there could be some good days ahead. In 14-team leagues, Smith has the look of a QB2 worth owning if you need some help. Remember, this is not the old Jets offense. This is the old Eagles offense ... big difference. The route design is the best we’ve seen in New York since the days of Bill Parcells and Dan Henning. Deep leagues only.

 

Running Backs

 

Ben Tate, Texans

Tate’s available in 27% of leagues, but really needs to be owned in all of them because of his upside and Arian Foster’s potential for injury. If Foster’s owner is going to leave Tate on the wire, I suggest you scoop him up as a stash or flex.

Le’Veon Bell, Steelers

He is available in 27% of leagues and he needs to owned everywhere due to his upside as a starter in the Steelers’ offense. They need Bell and will wear him out if he gets back at full strength. He’s a no-brainer as a stash option in any league size.

Joique Bell, Lions

Bell is a very underrated player as I said during preseason. He has completely supplanted Mikel Leshoure as the Lions’ backup tailback and when you consider Reggie Bush’s injury history, that’s a valuable spot to be in. Bell is available in 67% of leagues, so you have a nice shot at adding him. Run to wire to get him if you start Reggie.  Then again, even if you don't own Bush, the way they are using these two backs in Detroit could make both players fantasy viable.  They were both on the field together several times in the opener.

Knowshon Moreno, Broncos

Are you in need of immediate help? While I do not like Moreno much for the long haul, he does have the biggest role in the Broncos backfield for the time being and can be started for teams that have a dire need. If you need a plug-and-play guy for Week 2, Knowshon can help you and he’s there in more than half of leagues.

Vick Ballard, Colts

He played well and the Colts have a very solid offense. When you consider how brittle Ahmad Bradshaw has been and how little RB talent exists on the roster behind Ballard, he needs to rostered in all leagues and he’s only owned in 42% of them. Bradshaw owners, should be all over this guy if Bradshaw is their RB2.

Shane Vereen, Patriots

He looked so good that I’d still pick him up despite his wrist injury. Vereen’s versatility plays very well in the Patriots’ offense. If it’s just a few weeks, I am very willing to wait. He’s currently available in 19% of leagues and that number should climb with the injury. That’s opportunity, folks. His pass protection and route quality are going to give him a major role as long as he is healthy.

****UPDATE****  Only add Vereen in extremely deep leagues and long term formats. He will be out until Week 11 as the Patriots placed him on IR/designated return.  ****UPDATE****

Kendall Hunter, 49ers

He’s available in 88% of leagues and he’s one hit away from being a very solid RB2. Being that Frank Gore is 30 years old and has a significant injury history, I’d stash Hunter if I had the roster space. The 49ers block the run like nobody’s business.

Roy Helu, Redskins

He's more important for Alfred Morris owners than anybody else because Helu is that rare handcuff option that will replace most if not all of the starter's production.  Still, in deeper formats, Helu must be owned either as a stash or handcuff.  His upside is very high in Shanahan's system and he's proving to be fully healthy.

Isaiah Pead, Rams

He's back after his 1-game suspension and he'll get a chance to play some snaps behind Daryl Richardson.  Pead is the Rams' most explosive back, but also the most fundamentally unsound. I'd roster him if he was dropped as an upside stash in leaguws with 12 or more teams.

Daniel Thomas, Dolphins

While I don’t have much faith in Thomas, the Dolphins’ coaches seem to like him. If you own Lamar Miller, you might want to add Thomas just to cover your tail in the short term. We still expect Miller to emerge as the back to own, but the facts on the ground say Thomas is a threat for now. He’s available in 87% of leagues.

LeGarrette Blount, Patriots

With injuries everywhere, the Patriots will run a little more and with no Shane Vereen for the next few weeks, we may see a lot of Blount. He’s worth an add in deep leagues for now and if Stevan Ridley keeps fumbling, who knows.

Brandon Bolden, Patriots

He's a good back and wth all the uncertainly in the New England backfield, he should be owned in leagues with 12 or more teams.

Bilal Powell, Jets

Yes, he’s nothing special, but he;s the only healthy player the Jets have in the backfield and he’s versatile. Chris Ivory should eventually take this job, but with his injury history, he could be gone at any time. Until we see the Jets add a better back that is 100% healthy, Powell is a back to own in 12-team formats. 

Jon Dwyer, Steelers

They should have just listened to us and started Dwyer in thr first place.  I am starting to get really concerned about Todd Haley's offense in Pittsburgh.  They need to get it going fast.  Still, with LaRaod Stephens-Howling done for the year and with Isaac Redman coming off a brutal game, Dwyer could have some short term value in large formats.

Da’Rel Scott, Giants

With David Wilson’s ball security issues, Scott’s talents are suddenly on the front burner.  Now that they have signed Brandon Jacobs, his upside is somewhat lower, but this is a player we like.  He could do a lot of damage if he was to get the carries.

James Starks, Packers

Starks looks as healthy as we’ve seen him since his epic playoff run in the Packers’ title season. Unless rookie Johnathan Franklin gets his act together, Starks is the guy to own behind Eddie Lacy in larger formats.

Alex Green, Jets

For all the reasons to own Powell, Green is an interesting player. The key difference is health. The Jets made a god pickup here, but Green Bay may have forced Green into heavy action too quickly in 2012 and that set him back. He’s a stash for now, but don’t doubt his upside in Mornhinweg’s offense. He definitely has some.

Leon Washington, Patriots

He's a multi-skilled player on a team with needs in the backfield.  Vereen was a value killer for Washington, but he is now out until Week 11.  Washington could be a factor in large PPR formats.

Zac Stacy, Rams

In very deep leagues, Stacy could emerge eventually. Isaiah Pead will return this week and he’ll get some chances, but if neither Daryl Richardson or Pead emerges as a lead back, Stacy could fill the void eventually. He’s a compelling stash option in large formats.

 

Wide Receivers

 

Josh Gordon, Browns

He is only owned in 68% of leagues and I’d make sure your league is one of them. Gordon has legitimate WR2 upside right away upon his Week 3 return. He’ll be the top target for Brandon Weeden and Cleveland has enough talent where teams can’t just double team him. Get him if you can. Don’t wait.

Michael Floyd, Cardinals

He’s a big time play-maker and he gets number two corners on a consistent basis. Carson Palmer will find him for a few big ones on most weeks and he’ll be a red zone target. Floyd needs to be owned in all leagues. You can currently get him in 31% of Yahoo leagues.

Chris Givens, Rams

He was quiet last week but I‘d still be adding him. He’s only available in one out of four leagues, but he may get dropped in some league this week, so look out for that. He won’t be lined up opposite Patrick Peterson every week, folks. Better days lay ahead for Mr. Givens. Worry not.

Brian Hartline, Dolphins

Will he go off every week like he did in Week 1? Not likely, because Mike Williams won’t be locked up with Joe Haden every week, but Hartline finding the end zone was a very good sign as was the strong play of starting QB Ryan Tannehill. Hartline should be owned in most formats and is available in 54% of leagues.

Rueben Randle, Giants

You can add him in more than half of Yahoo leagues and he’s going to be a staple of the Giants’ passing attack. The real value could come with another injury to Hakeem Nicks as Randle has WR2 potential if he is starting. Still, the Giants use a ton of three-wide sets as they did on Sunday night versus the Cowboys. 

Justin Blackmon, Jaguars

He’ll be back by Week 5, so he can help you during the bye weeks. He’s available in half of Yahoo leagues and he really shouldn’t be. Blackmon has a lot of upside and could be a weekly starter soon after his return.

Percy Harvin, Seahawks

You'll need to have some bench space to play with so this is not for all leagues, but Harvin is worth stashing with news that he might be ahead of schedule with his rehabilitation.

Andre Roberts, Cardinals

If you play in a PPR format, Roberts can help you as he gets free underneath a whole lot with both Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd dragging coverage downfield. Roberts can be had in 78% of leagues right now and that number is too high.

Julian Edelman, Patriots

Will his health last? Who knows, but he can be a starter for you in any league size until he either gets hurt or cools off. He’s on the wire in 78% of Yahoo leagues and that number will get a lot smaller by Wednesday. If you want to add some immediate punch to your WR3 spot, this could be your guy.

Kenny Stills, Saints

Yes, I talk about Kenny Stills a lot, but that’s because we see so much fantasy value and he’s available in most leagues to the tune of 89%. I’d scoop him up and stash him on my bench as a WR5 with some nice upside playing alongside of Drew Brees.

Marlon Brown, Ravens

With the injury to Jacoby Jones, Moore should play a sizable role in the coming weeks and could lock up a starting spot if he plays well enough. He’s a guy to add in all 12-team leagues after being active and finding the end zone in Week 1.

Rod Streater, Raiders

He looked fully healthy out there last week and as the #1 option in the passing game for now, he is worth owning in all 12-team leagues and larger. 

Robert Woods, Bills

He’s very underrated as I’ve been saying and he can help you in large leagues right now as a solid bench option. Woods is a game-ready rookie.

Kenbrell Thompkins, Patriots

With all the injuries, especially the new ones to Amendola and Vereen, Thompkins could become Brady’s short term safety blanket along with Julian Edelman. Pick up the rookie if he gets dropped in any leagues this week. He’s a good play in Week 2 versus the Jets.

Leonard Hankerson, Redskins

He looked good and he may finally be in position to wrestle the gig away from Josh Morgan.  If he does, he has significant vaue.

Stephen Hill, Jets

With Jeremy Kerley almost assuredly out for Thursday’s game against New England, Hill will play a huge role for the Jets. He makes nice plug-and-play in deeper leagues if you need some help.

Jerome Simpson, Vikings

He's worth an add in deep formats for sure and worth keeping an eye on in medium sized leagues.  Simpson has always had athleticism, but he's never found any consistency.  What is apparent is that he's healthy after being hampered by back woes in 2012.  He made a few very nice plays last week.  

Donnie Avery, Chiefs

In larger formats he may have some value.  He looked pretty good in week one as far as his quickness is concerned.  He's a reasonable fit for Andy Reid's scheme and KC is desperately looking for places to throw the ball.  He doesn't have a ton of upside, but he can be a flex when you need him in deeper formats.

Nate Burleson, Lions

He looked very healthy in his first game back.  He can help you for now in large formats though he could lose value if and when Ryan Broyles gets it going.

Clyde Gates, Jets

For those in deep leagues, Gates could be a player to target this week with Jeremy Kerley very likely out due to a concussion.  Gates is showing improvement lately and he gives Geno Smith another deep threat to work with. 

Dexter McCluster, Chiefs

Andy Reid may finally find a way to get this guy involved on a weekly basis.  He could have some value in very deep PPR formats as a flex.

 

Tight Ends


Cameron Jordan, Browns

Apparently the fact that we ranked Jordan as TE1 this preseason didn’t cause him to be universally drafted. Use this to your advantage if you can. Jordan can still be added in 21% of leagues and he has serious upside as a TE1 in any league size or format.

Martellus Bennett, Bears

He looked very good in his first outing against the Bengals, and he should get even more looks against weaker opponents. Bennett has the look of a serious red zone threat in the Bears new offense. He is owned in 73% of leagues and that number is going to rise up in the coming weeks.

Julius Thomas, Broncos

Sort of obvious, huh? Thomas is a guy we’ve been recommending for a few weeks now. He’s looking more and more like a breakout candidate. I was lucky enough to have him filling in for Rob Gronkowski last week. Thomas needs to be owned in all formats at this point just for his obvious Manning-related upside. You can get him 45% of leagues right now.

Dwayne Allen, Colts

If you are hurting at tight end for some reason, Allen could be a weekly starter if his health continues to hold up. He’s perhaps the best player the Colts have on offense after Andre Luck and Reggie Wayne. This will become more apparent over time and I suggest you add him now if tight end is a position of need. He’s here for the taking in 78% of leagues.

Ed Dickson, Ravens

He had a rough outing in Week 1, but he was coming off of a layoff, so I wouldn’t overreact. On the other hand, Dallas Clark looked old and brittle Thursday night. Dickson should gain value in the coming weeks. He’s a playable tight end in 12-team formats and a potential riser in 10-team formats. Right now, you can add him in 89% of leagues. Take one of the higher ranked guys first, but if all else fails, Dickson or a guy like Seattle’s Zach Miller, who is also universally available, can help you.

Tyler Eifter, Bengals

He's a first rounder and he was on the field a lot in Week 1. We like Eifert's game and he has the kind of offensive skill set that works well for a fantasy tight end.  Eifert should be owned in all but smaller leagues as stash option. Teams will be rolling to A.J. Green now that he's proven to be fully healthy.

Vance McDonald, 49ers

He wasn't heavily used in the first game, but he played plenty of snaps and caught one nice ball.  This kid fits what Frisco wants to do perfectly.  He'll be a big factor eventually and perhaps at some point this year.

Jordan Reed, Redskins

Reed was one of my favorite rookie tight ends this year and I might have had ranked him higher for redraft purposes if not for a very unusual injury to his thigh that pretty much ruined his entire offseason. I’m sure that Reed didn’t jump off the screen to many folks last night and he may not be a big factor for some time, but just that fact that he was active and targeted is very encouraging. I’d definitely be picking Reed up in large formats like 14 or 16 team leagues, but he’s got value in 12-team dynasty formats and even 12-team redraft leagues if you have large rosters. This kid is a pretty serious athlete and is a converted quarterback.

Brent Celek, Eagles

He's a good player, we know that, but he's been used more in the passing game than the Eagles said they were going to use him, so he's a worthy add in really large formats.  Don't get too excited though, as the Eagles have a lot of tight ends to work into the offense.  

Kellen Winslow, Jets

This is a short term solution for larger formats. With the possible concussion to Jeff Cumberland, Winslow could be a big factor this week and perhaps even Week 3. Jeremy Kerley is also going to miss Week 2 and that creates a need in the middle of the field.

Joseph Fauria, Lions

Like Reed, Fauria is a tight end that really jumped off the screen when I watched his film. I was very surprised when he went undrafted. That’s not a big factor now as he was involved in the Lions’ red zone offense in Week 1--finding the zone one time. He may or may not be a sustainable factor for 2013, but he in undoubtedly a name to know for 2014 when he could be starter in Detroit. Right now, Fauria is worth owning in deep formats if you need some help at tight end. He could also be an option for those who plan on streaming at the position. 

 

Team Defense

 

Oakland Raiders

They host the depleted Jaguars next week.  If you are in a bind, you can play the Raiders.

Dallas Cowboys

They have a solid matchup with the Chiefs and they looked good last week against the Giants.  They are unowned in 81% of Yahoo leagues.

New York Jets

They have a better than advertised front and they get a few solid matchups after the Patriots this week.  And, even New England is a bit depleted right now.

 

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