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Waiver Wire: Week 5

Tuesday, October 01, 2013


WIDE RECEIVERS
1. Justin Blackmon, Jaguars – Owned in 42 percent of Yahoo leagues
Justin Blackmon’s four-game suspension is over and he’ll immediately slide back into the starting lineup. Unfortunately, last year’s No. 5 overall pick will be greeted by Blaine Gabbert. Over the first eight games of 2012 (when Gabbert was starting), Blackmon totaled 23 catches for 225 yards with one touchdown. Over the final eight games (when Chad Henne took the majority of snaps), he posted 41 catches for 640 yards and four scores. The bottom line is that Blackmon is a very talented player, and we want talented players on our roster. And if the Jags want to win a game this year, they’ll go back to Henne at some point. If and when that happens, Blackmon will be on the WR3 radar. He’s reportedly in tremendous physical condition.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues

2. Jeremy Kerley, Jets – Owned in 3 percent of Yahoo leagues
Here’s a short-term plug-n-play option for desperate owners. With Stephen Hill (concussion) questionable and Santonio Holmes (hamstring) out indefinitely, Geno Smith projects to rely on Jeremy Kerley and Kellen Winslow. Kerley proved last year that he’s very underrated as a go-to guy, leading the Jets with 56 catches for 827 yards and two touchdowns. On Monday night, we can expect the Jets to be trailing a desperate Falcons team for much of the game. That should lead to some garbage time chances for Kerley.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

3. Nate Washington, Titans – Owned in 14 percent of Yahoo leagues
Very quietly, Nate Washington is among the top-40 pass-catchers in receptions (19), yards (332) and touchdowns (2). Taking over as the true No. 1 wideout for an unproductive and injured Kenny Britt, Washington has played on 176-of-211 snaps (83.4 percent) over the last three weeks. He’s responded with two 100-yard games and 15 catches during that span. Washington gets a downgrade with Jake Locker sidelined, but Ryan Fitzpatrick showed faith by chucking a jump ball deep downfield when he saw a covered Washington in single coverage. The play went for a 77-yard touchdown.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

4. Robert Woods, Bills – Owned in 12 percent of Yahoo leagues
Robert Woods is a second-round rookie that has played on more snaps than Stevie Johnson in each of the last two weeks. That’s not meant to insinuate that Woods is the Bills’ new No. 1 receiver – it just shows that this kid never leaves the field. Woods is also flashing plenty, scoring once on a pretty deep post in Week 4 and getting another toe-tapping score reversed on replay. Theoretically, Woods will be in a good spot this week as Browns shutdown corner Joe Haden will be on Johnson. But he’s still a risky flier because E.J. Manuel is so raw as a thrower.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

5. Leonard Hankerson, Redskins – Owned in 16 percent of Yahoo leagues
I’ve had Hankerson on the Watch List for the past few weeks as we waited to see if he’d full separate from Josh Morgan at the Z spot. It’s happened. Hankerson has started three straight games, playing 129 snaps and seeing 16 targets during that stretch. Morgan, a better blocker but inferior receiver, has seen just 69 snaps and nine targets. The Z is position isn’t an incredibly productive one in the Shanahan and Son scheme, but Hankerson is a talented route-runner at 6’2/211. There’s a little upside here.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

6. Kendall Wright, Titans – Owned in 24 percent of Yahoo leagues
With Kenny Britt (ribs, ineffectiveness) out in Week 4, Wright was second on the Titans in snaps (50-of-67). It proved the Titans see him as capable of playing outside in two-wide sets as well as inside in three-wide formations. Wright hasn’t proven to be a playmaker in the NFL, but he certainly was one while at Baylor. Only in his second pro season, there’s tons of room for improvement. Ryan Fitzpatrick’s weak arm could cause the Titans to execute more short throws to Wright. And Britt is a candidate to be traded by the Oct. 29 deadline.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

7. Ryan Broyles, Lions – Owned in 39 percent of Yahoo leagues
Ryan Broyles’ first game without Nate Burleson (arm) didn’t go exactly as I expected. He had zero catches on one target as Matthew Stafford used Brandon Pettigrew (7/54/0) over the middle more. But Broyles did take over full-time slot duties, playing on 43 snaps and running a healthy 22 routes. It’s the kind of usage that gives him a chance to help us at some point down the line. There’s enough upside here to stash for another week or two and see if Broyles becomes a real part of the gameplan.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

8. Terrance Williams, Cowboys – Owned in 4 percent of Yahoo leagues
As expected, Terrance Williams started in place of Miles Austin (hamstring) on Sunday. The third-round rookie finished with seven catches for 71 yards, but his performance wasn’t particularly strong. All of his catches came on low-upside comebacks and he lost a critical fumble near the goal-line to seal a loss. Still, Williams is going to get a fistful of targets anytime Austin sits. And given Austin’s history of hamstring issues, that could be often.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

Watch List: Percy Harvin, Kenny Britt, Markus Wheaton – The latest word on Harvin is that his recovery is going “extremely well.” I would still only stash in extremely deep spots. … Britt is worth watching just in case he gets traded to New England, Detroit or San Francisco. … Wheaton played on 36 snaps in Week 4. In Weeks 1-3 combined, he played 20 snaps. 

Cut Bait: Santonio Holmes, Nate Burleson, Santana Moss, Dwayne Harris – Holmes (hamstring) is expected to miss a few weeks. … Burleson (arm) won’t be back until November at the earliest. … Moss is falling behind Hankerson for targets. … Harris is playing behind Terrance Williams.

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Adam Levitan is in his sixth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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