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Waiver Wire: Week 6

Tuesday, October 08, 2013


WIDE RECEIVERS
1. Rueben Randle, Giants – Owned in 38 percent of Yahoo leagues
We know Rueben Randle is a very talented dude that will produce whenever he’s part of the gameplan. And that’s what happened in Week 5, as Eagles slot corner Brandon Boykin locked up Victor Cruz. That left Randle to eat up the outside corners with slants, producing a 6/96/2 line. He’s consistently gotten roughly 60 percent of the snaps all season and his role should rise with the Giants at 0-5. Randle is a big part of their future while Hakeem Nicks’ contract is up at the end of the year. Randle is a Dynasty gem and a WR3 with upside in re-draft.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

2. Keenan Allen, Chargers – Owned in 5 percent of Yahoo leagues
This isn’t about slot man Eddie Royal’s early-season breakout being the fluke we all knew it was. This is about Allen stepping in to an outside role and earning a larger role by the week. He got zero snaps in Week 1, 45 snaps in Week 2, 49 Week3 , 70 Week 4 and topped it off by playing on 75-of-75 snaps against the Raiders Sunday night. Over the last two weeks, Allen has turned 15 targets into an 11/195/1 line. Clearly over the knee injury and slow 40 time that sunk his draft stock, the third-round rookie is gaining trust from a rejuvenated Philip Rivers. He gets the woeful secondaries of the Jaguars, Redskins and Broncos over the next month.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

UPDATE (Tuesday, 145pm): The Falcons reportedly fear Julio Jones (foot) is out for the season.
* Harry Douglas, Falcons -- Owned in 4 percent of Yahoo leagues
Without Jones, the Falcons are in big trouble. Teams will be able to double Tony Gonzalez at will and we can't be sure Roddy White (hamstring, ankle) will be healthy after the bye. Enter Douglas, who will now play every snap and see plenty of single coverage. He's had some spot-start chances before, but this will be his first real chance to run with an every-down role. Although Douglas is "just a guy," we can project 4-5 catches on 7-8 targets from Matt Ryan weekly.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

3. Percy Harvin, Seahawks – Owned in 32 percent of Yahoo leagues
We got some fresh news on Percy Harvin (hip surgery) Monday. He resumed running last week and has wrapped up the New York portion of his rehab. Now he heads back to Seattle for the stretch run. When Harvin originally went under the knife on Aug. 1, a 3-4 month timetable was bandied about. That would make Week 9 or 10 a best-case scenario. No one knows how the Seahawks will handle Harvin’s return or when he’ll be 100 percent, but I’d stash him over Mario Manningham or Michael Crabtree because his injury isn’t as severe as a ligament tear and he’s more talented. Harvin has heaps of upside.
Recommendation: Should be stashed in deeper 12-team leagues

4. Terrance Williams, Cowboys – Owned in 17 percent of Yahoo leagues
Terrance Williams still has a long way to go in terms of polish and football IQ. But the kid has a knack for being in the right place at the right time lately. With Miles Austin (hamstring) sidelined the last two weeks, he’s totaled 11 catches for 222 yards with a touchdown on 12 targets. That kind of efficiency is going to lead to targets even when Austin returns – whenever that may be.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

5. Kendall Wright, Titans – Owned in 23 percent of Yahoo leagues
Kenny Britt is playing his way out of Tennessee. That’s left Kendall Wright to play in two-wide sets, leading to 77.3 percent of the snaps over the last two weeks -- and it’s resulted in a cumulative 11/130/0 line over the last two weeks. Wright fits with noodle-armed Ryan Fitzpatrick because he likes to run shorter, high-percentage routes. PPR owners can expect 4-7 catches weekly and he should avoid Seahawks LCB Richard Sherman in Week 6.  
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team PPR leagues

6. Mario Manningham, 49ers – Owned in 1 percent of Yahoo leagues
On Monday, coach Jim Harbaugh said Mario Manningham (ACL) has a chance to resume practicing in Week 7. The Niners are definitely in need of a weapon at X, where Kyle Williams and Marlon Moore are giving them nothing. The problem is that Manningham was a middling talent to begin with, he’s coming off a knee reconstruction and he’ll be behind Anquan Boldin/Vernon Davis for targets. He’s a low-upside stash.
Recommendation: Should be stashed in 14-team leagues

7. Leonard Hankerson, Redskins – Owned in 12 percent of Yahoo leagues
Hankerson has surpassed Josh Morgan as the starting Z receiver, playing 129 snaps and seeing 16 targets over Skins’ last three games. Morgan has played 69 snaps and seen nine targets. The Z spot is a secondary role in the Shanahan and Son offense, but Hank-time’s natural talent gives him a little upside.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

Watch List: Michael Crabtree, Jeremy Kerley, Austin Pettis, Ted Ginn, Jerome Simpson, Rod Streater  – Crabtree (Achilles) isn’t expected back until mid- to late-November. … Kerley went for 5/68/0 with Santonio Holmes sidelined. He’s better than most realize. … Pettis doesn’t see enough volume to be a viable weekly option. … Ginn isn’t going to sustain his current pace as the No. 3 receiver in a scuffling Panthers offense. … Simpson will be worth watching if Josh Freeman takes over. He goes deep and Freeman likes to chuck deep. .. Streater caught a long TD Sunday night, but he’s more of a possession receiver.

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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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