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Waiver Wire: Week 7

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


We’re at the point of the season where desperation starts to kick in. We’ve been ravaged by injury, we have guys failing to produce weekly and we are just looking for someone – anyone – to get touches.

It’s not the way we win fantasy league championships, but it is the way we can squeeze out the victories needed to get to the playoffs. That’s where guys like Joseph Randle, Jarrett Boykin and Harry Douglas come in. They’re only on our radar because of injuries in front of them and they aren’t supremely talented, but they project to see volume.

On to the assets. Here is how I would rank the top players available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues at each position. Notes and recommendations on each player will follow below.

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Quarterbacks
1. Nick Foles
2. Ryan Tannehill
3. Carson Palmer
4. Chad Henne
5. Brandon Weeden
* Terrelle Pryor is owned in 37 percent of Yahoo leagues. He’s been the No. 1 add in this space since August and would be my No. 1 QB add this week if he’s available.

Running backs
1. Joseph Randle
2. Andre Ellington
3. Chris Ivory
4. Brandon Jacobs
5. Shonn Greene
6. Roy Helu
7. Shane Vereen
* Zac Stacy is somehow only owned in 39 percent of Yahoo leagues. If available, he’d be my No. 1 add at any position.

Wide receivers
1. Keenan Allen
2. Percy Harvin
3. Harry Douglas
4. Jarrett Boykin
5. Aaron Dobson
6. Andre Roberts
7. Terrance Williams
8. Kendall Wright

Tight Ends
1. Jordan Reed
2. Tim Wright
3. Brandon Pettigrew
4. Jeff Cumberland
* Heath Miller is owned in 49 percent of Yahoo leagues. If available, he’d be my No. 1 TE add.

Defense/Special Teams
1. Dolphins
2. Chargers
3. Panthers
4. Falcons

Kickers   
1. Alex Henery
2. Caleb Sturgis
3. Mason Crosby


QUARTERBACKS
1. Nick Foles, Eagles – Owned in 13 percent of Yahoo leagues
Starting NFL quarterbacks with Pro Bowl resumes typically don’t lose their job to injury. However, the Eagles are not in a typical situation. Michael Vick is on a one-year deal, growing increasingly injury prone and is 4-10 as a starter over the last two seasons. Nick Foles has shined over the last two weeks, displaying the accuracy that Chip Kelly has always said he covets most in a quarterback. At the very least, we have a quarterback controversy in Philly. The nature of Vick’s hamstring injury is especially concerning because without his mobility, it’s obvious Foles is a better choice. Look for the Kelly to give Foles another week or two of leash to see how this shakes out. Fantasy owners should do the same, especially with a tasty home matchup against Dallas on deck.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

2. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins – Owned in 19 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Dolphins are coming out of a bye, playing at home and facing a Bills defense that is 22nd against the pass. It would be a major surprise if Ryan Tannehill didn’t have a big game for savvy spot-starting owners. He’s due for a three-touchdown day after being held to two or less in each game so far despite averaging 276.7 yards per day.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

3. Carson Palmer, Cardinals – Owned in 36 percent of Yahoo leagues
It’s been a wildly disappointing year for Bruce Arians and the Cardinals offense. Through six games, Carson Palmer has gone 131-of-221 (59.3 percent) for 1483 yards (247.1 per game) with seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He’ll be an extremely poor QB2 against the Seahawks this Thursday night, especially if Larry Fitzgerald (hamstrings) doesn’t play. All that said, Palmer still has the scheme, weapons and matchups to do damage. The Cardinals’ schedule in Weeks 8-14 looks like this: vs. ATL, BYE, vs. HOU, at JAX, vs. IND, at PHL, vs. STL. Arians reiterated Monday that he’s sticking with Palmer and blamed the receivers for the two Week 6 interceptions.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

4. Chad Henne, Jaguars – Owned in 4 percent of Yahoo leagues
Thanks to the widely publicized 27-point spread against the Broncos, everyone now seems to know that Chad Henne can produce in garbage time. In three starts this year (including two without Justin Blackmon), he’s averaged 259.6 yards per game. Over the final seven games of last year, he averaged 267.0 yards and threw 10 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. The Jaguars have announced Henne will start in Sunday’s ideal home matchup with the Chargers and won’t commit to Blaine Gabbert (hamstring) getting the job back once healthy. Henne will be a mid-range QB2 in Week 7 if Cecil Shorts (shoulder) gets cleared.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

5. Brandon Weeden, Browns – Owned in 7 percent of Yahoo leagues
Brandon Weeden doesn’t progress through his reads well, holds onto the ball too long and is uncomfortable in a muddied pocket. But he does have a first-round arm, and that’s good enough to keep him on the back-end QB2 radar when he has Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron on his side. Through four appearances this season, Weeden is averaging 251.2 yards per game and has four touchdowns against five picks. Coach Rob Chudzinski confirmed Monday that he’s not thinking about turning to Jason Campbell. The biggest concern here is the Browns’ upcoming schedule: at Green Bay, at Kansas City, vs. Baltimore, bye, at Cincy. They are also at New England, vs. Chicago and at Jets in Weeks 14-16 (fantasy playoff time). Adjust accordingly.
Recommendation: Should be owned in two-quarterback leagues

Watch List: Josh Freeman, Mike Glennon – With Matt Cassel crashing back to earth in Week 6 and the Vikings apparently ready to give up on Christian Ponder, Freeman should be up soon. … Glennon will benefit from Mike Williams’ (hamstring) expected return, but is just a weak two-quarterback option.

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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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