The Watch List VI

The Watch List VI

The list has been updated for Week 10
By: Pete Davidson : November 06, 2013 9:06pm

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This is the sixth version of the Watch List and we've graduated a lot of players this year as you can see.  The Watch List players are players that have significant fantasy potential, but that are, for one reason or another, on the fringe of ownership in deeper formats. I own a few of these guys and I’d own a few others if I had more roster space. Some are just players that I follow in case they start getting the requisite snaps and touches.  The players are "ranked" by their percentage of ownership and not by how much they are worth.

I’ll do my best to give you the appropriate context with each player, so you’ll know what to look for and when to act. Of course, if you just read our weekly Waiver Wire, you’ll know. I use a threshold of 15% ownership in CBS leagues. These are players who could break out at any time and I want Rotobahn’s readers to know about them early.  I may add another player or two on Friday as I continue to watch film from Week 9.

I'll be back tomorrow with the preliminary Week 10 rankings.

Here are the players who were on the original Watch List , Watch List II , Watch List III , Watch List IV or Watch List V, but have graduated past the 15% threshold.

  • Julius Thomas - 100%
  • Jordan Reed - 100%
  • Terrance Williams - 100%
  • Keenan Allen - 100%
  • Marvin Jones 100%
  • Zac Stacy - 97%
  • Joique Bell - 83%
  • Mike Tolbert - 77%
  • Rueben Randle - 73%
  • Kenny Stills - 71%
  • Roy Helu - 63%
  • Riley Cooper - 60%
  • Julian Edelman - 58%
  • Nick Foles - 56%
  • Timothy Wright - 53%
  • Kendal Hunter - 43%
  • Donald Brown - 42%
  • Brandon LaFell - 40%
  • Vincent Brown - 36%
  • Jeremy Kerley 34%
  • Shonn Greene 27%
  • Joseph Fauria - 24%
  • Doug Baldwin - 19%
  • Knile Davis - 19%
  • Robert Woods - 18%
  • Mike Glennon - 17%
  • Kris Durham - 15%

1 Kenny Britt Titans WR 14% I don’t hold out much hope for a revival, but Britt does have the talent and if there’s an injury in Tennessee he could end up with some value.
2 Nate Burleson Lions WR 14% He won’t return this week but he should be back next week. I expect Burleson to assume his starting role once he’s fully healthy. He will have some fantasy value in 12 team league at that time.
3 E.J. Manuel Bills QB 14% He should return this week to face the Steelers at Heinz Field. He’s not a bad player to pick up as a matchup play going forward, especially in deeper leaves.
4 Jeff Cumberland Jets TE 13% He still has concussion symptoms but the Jets are on the bye this week. Cumberland should be healthy for Week 11 and should be owned in 12 team leagues.
5 Cordarrelle Patterson Vikings WR 13% Patterson is a player to own because of his upside. I own him in a few 12 team leagues as a stash option. We expect him to get more playing time over the second half of the season.
6 Santonio Holmes Jets WR 13% Holmes should return after the Jets Week 10 bye. Assuming he is fully healthy, we expect him to be a solid fantasy option as a third receiver in 12-team leagues
7 Rod Streater Raiders WR 13% He’s inconsistent but you could do worse as a bye week replacement.
8 Mario Manningham 49ers WR 12% Mario is now a player to watch for the 49ers. He could have fantasy value in larger formats if he has his speed back after his knee reconstruction.
9 Robert Turbin Seahawks RB 11% He’s definitely a player to own in larger formats because Seattle runs the ball well and with great frequency. He would have significant value if Marshawnn Lynch got injured.
10 Mohamed Sanu Bengals WR 10% He is still a player to own in deeper formats and he looked healthy last week. He is certainly losing value due to the play of Marvin Jones.
11 Leonard Hankerson Redskins WR 10% He still has a lot of upside in the Redskins offense. The key for Hankerson is to get healthy and to stay healthy. He should be owned in large leagues.
12 Johnathan Franklin Packers RB 10% He is now the third back on the totem pole. That being said, Franklin is still a player to keep an eye on. He would have value if he started getting carries in the Green Bay offense. All it would take is an injury to James Starks or Eddie Lacy.
13 Josh Freeman Vikings QB 10% He could have some fantasy value if he masters the Minnesota offense. For now he’s just a guy on the watch list.
14 Stephen Hill Jets WR 9% Hill has been banged up the last few weeks but he should get healthy during the Jets’ Week 10 bye and could have fantasy value over the second half of the season. He definitely has the talent, it’s just a question of him putting it all together and for the Jets offense to get it going through the air.
15 Christine Michael Seahawks RB 9% He is the ultimate watch list player. If Michael ever gets in there, he has a chance to really tear it up. That being said, he will need an injury to Marshawn Lynch for him to get significant carries in 2013. I still own him in some larger formats as a stash option. He’s obviously a great option in long-term leagues and dynasty.
16 Toby Gerhart Vikings RB 8% He should be owned as a solid handcuff option to Adrian Peterson in larger formats.
17 Robert Housler Cardinals TE 7% He has solid talent and we like the Cardinals’ schedule over the second half of the season. Housler is a player to keep an eye on in larger formats.
18 Greg Little Browns WR 7% The Browns have a bye in week 10 so Little can’t help you right away. That being said, he looks like he might be about to have a solid second half. I like him as a depth player in larger leagues.
19 Marcel Reece Raiders RB 7% Darren McFadden is hurt right now and they still aren’t using Marcel very much. That being said, he’s a player who would have value if they were giving him the touches. So, he’s a watch list guy, a player to keep an eye on.
20 Chad Henne Jaguars QB 6% Chad is the starting quarterback for Jacksonville. That should give him some value in really large leagues. He can help you when the matchup is right.
21 Zach Ertz Eagles TE 5% He’s been coming on over the last month or so, and he had his best game of the season last week against the Raiders. Ertz is definitely a player to own in leagues with 14 or more teams and he’s a player to watch the leagues with 12 teams.
22 David Nelson Jets WR 5% With the injury to Jeremy Kerley, Nelson will keep getting playing time even after Santonio Holmes returns. He’s worth owning in large formats.
23 Isaiah Pead Rams RB 5% He’s buried on the depth chart and has problems with the offense and with the pro game. That said, he can absolutely carry the football and he could have a lot of value if there are injuries in the Rams’ backfield. He’s not a guy to forget about.
24 Khiry Robinson Saints RB 5% Mark Ingram is healthy and Robinson is back to riding the pine. He’s still a player that can do a lot with his touches, so he belongs on the watch list. With the concussion to Darren Sproles, Robinson could be back on the radar this week.
25 Cole Beasley Cowboys WR 5% He’s on the radar for as long as Miles Austin (hamstring) remains sidelined. Beasley can help you in deep PPR leagues as long as he is the 3rd receiver in Dallas and we expect him to be just that in Week 10.
26 Andre Roberts Cardinals WR 5% He’s become a smaller part of the offense with the emergence of Michael Floyd and Andre Ellington, but he’s still a potentially good option in deeper formats if there are any injuries in Arizona. Not a player to own in 12-team leagues right now.
27 Seneca Wallace Packers QB 5% We’ll have to see what happens, but if Wallace does get more starts, we expect him to perform better that what we saw last week. He’s new to the team and was not getting many reps. Now he will. Wallace can help you in really deep leagues and 2QB leagues. Keep an eye on Matt Flynn though, as he could be brought in at any time. Right now, Aaron Rodgers could be out anywhere from a few weeks to the whole season.
28 Anthony Fasano Chiefs TE 4% He should gain some steam and become a light TE2 in larger formats, but he hasn’t done much so far.
29 Ben Watson Saints TE 4% A name to know in the event of a Jimmy Graham injury. Watson would be a TE1 in the Saints’ offense if he was the starter.
30 LaMichael James 49ers RB 4% One injury is all it would take to put LaMichael on the fantasy map. He has outstanding talent and a nice all-around skill-set. He could thrive in the SF offense.
31 Markus Wheaton Steelers WR 3% He’s finally back (broken finger) and I expect him to start gaining steam starting this week.
32 Davone Bess Browns WR 3% He scored twice last week. That should get your attention.
33 Jonathan Dwyer Steelers RB 3% If LeVeon Bell goes down, I think Dwyer would be the back to own in Pittsburgh.
34 Kirk Cousins Redskins QB 3% He has immediate value if RGIII goes down. Cousins is a very nice talent and could post nice stats in Mike Shanahan’s offense.
35 Dennis Pitta Ravens TE 2% He could be back in a few weeks and he’d have a lot of value if that happens.
36 Dennis Johnson Texans RB 2% He’s the 3rd back in Houston and the first two backs are both banged up. Johnson is a player to own in 12-team leagues and a guy to keep an eye on in all formats.
37 Denard Robinson Jaguars RB 2% He’s been bumped up to the 2nd spot on the depth chart and that’s significant news if MJD gets injured. We are big fans of Robinson’s and would love to see what he can do with 15+ weekly touches. He’s worth adding in deeper 12-team leagues right now as a handcuff for Jones-Drew owners or as a stash option.
38 Matt Flynn Packers QB 2% If the Packers pick him up and make him the starter, he’ll have some value.
39 Justin Hunter Titans WR 1% He has massive talent and he could do good things if they get the offense rolling in Tennessee.
40 Quinton Patton 49ers WR 1% He could end up on IR due to the roster crunch in Frisco, but we like his chances of turning some heads if he ever gets back in there this year. The General is still a player to know about and to keep an eye on.
41 Tiquan Underwood Buccaneers WR 1% He’s a starter now due to Mike Williams’ season-ending hamstring problem. Tiquan will have some value in deeper formats.
42 Rishard Matthews Dolphins WR 1% Rishard has some talent and he could begin to emerge with Brandon Gibson out for the year.
43 Chris Polk Eagles RB 1% McCoy and Brown get all the carries, but Polk is a name to know. He’d have legit value if he was getting serious playing time.
44 Ryan Mallett Patriots QB 1% If Brady was to go down, Mallett could have some fantasy value. he does have some nice arm talent and he’s been in their system a while now.
45 Stepfan Taylor Cardinals RB 1% Rashard Mendenhall has been dreadful, but he’s healthy now and will get the carries for time being. If Mendenhall goes down, Taylor would be the favorite to share the load with fellow rookie Andre Ellington.
46 Kenjon Barner Panthers RB 1% We love his game, but he’s been hurt (ankle) and is now buried on the Carolina depth chart. That said, if there are injuries, Kenjon could make a name for himself quickly. Keep an eye on him if he starts getting involved.
47 Marquise Goodwin Bills WR 1% Marquise is a player to own right now in really large formats. He made another big play last week and he’s obviously got the chops to play in the NFL. If Buffalo gets things going, he could have value in 12-team leagues as a flex option.
48 Lavon Brazill Colts WR 0% They are playing Griff Whalen ahead of him right now, but Brazill has a whole lot of upside when you consider the lack of dependable talent ahead of him. As much as we love T.Y. Hilton, he is far from durable and DHB gets dinged up every other game. Brazill is definitely a player to watch and to stash in very large formats.
49 Mike Gillislee Dolphins RB 0% He’s not even playing yet, but we like his ability quite a bit. If they ever decide to bench Daniel Thomas or if the injury bug ever hits the Dolphins’ backfield, Gillislee is a name to know.
50 Alex Green Jets RB 0% He’s an injury away, but Green is a very nice fit the Jets’ current offense. He’s a name to know if Chris Ivory or Bilal Powell goes down.
51 Kellen Moore Lions QB 0% He may need an injury or two to get in the game, but if this kid is ever in the game with Megatron and Reggie Bush, you will see some serious fantasy production. Moore is one of our favorite unheralded QBs. Very underrated due to his size. This kid can flat play.
52 Brice Butler Raiders WR 0% Brice has some game and we expect him to turn into a nice player in time. For now, he is a player to keep an eye on in the event that he moves up the depth chart and start.
53 Theo Riddick Lions RB 0% As I have been saying, Theo is a very solid player fundamentally an he brings a lot of versatility to the table. The depth of the lions’ backfield is currently working against him, but he’s a guy to know about.
54 Vance McDonald 49ers TE 0% We like his skill set a lot and he could evolve into a very nice TE option for fantasy purposes, but he’s not getting enough looks so far. He may be a guy who breaks out in 2014, but he’s a name to know for deep leaguers just in case he starts picking it up.
55 Ladarius Green Chargers TE 0% He’s a potential stud stuck behind a hall of fame talent named Antonio Gates. Green is a player with a future, but that future is on hold right now with Gates healthy and playing very well. Green would have TE1 upside if Gates went down with an injury.


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