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Waiver Wire: Week 7

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


WIDE RECEIVERS
1. Keenan Allen, Chargers – Owned in 32 percent of Yahoo leagues
The No. 1 receiver on the No. 5 passing team in the entire NFL? Yes please. Allen was considered a first-round talent before a knee injury and poor quarterback play over his final season at Cal sunk his draft stock. Now the rookie is showing fearlessness in traffic, an ability to separate and fine rapport with Philip Rivers. It’s resulted in 15 catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns on 21 targets over the last two weeks. With Danario Alexander (knee) and Malcom Floyd (neck) done for the year, Allen’s role is here to stay.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues

2. Percy Harvin, Seahawks – Owned in 43 percent of Yahoo leagues
There’s been a wave of Percy Harvin news as he’s back in Seattle after rehabbing from hip surgery in New York. There’s also a wave of optimism as rumors Harvin is ahead of his original 3-4 month are gaining steam. He won’t practice with the team prior to Thursday’s game at Arizona, but the long week after that provides a nice window. Coach Pete Carroll said Harvin’s return is “right around the corner” and he’s “encouraged” by what he’s seeing. There’s a slight possibility that he could see some time in Week 8, but that’s not what owners should be counting on. We’re stashing Harvin because he’s an elite difference-maker that could be close to 100 percent and a huge part of the scheme in fantasy crunch time.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

3. Harry Douglas, Falcons – Owned in 36 percent of Yahoo leagues
By now, everyone knows that Julio Jones (foot) is out for the season and Roddy White (hamstring, ankle) is questionable for Week 7 at best. Harry Douglas is a mediocre slot receiver, but he’s being thrust into the No. 1 wideout gig. We can be certain that the Falcons did some things during the bye week to pull him up to speed in his new gig and designed some things to play to his strengths. They know Tony Gonzalez is going to see constant double teams. It’s also worth noting that Douglas has been targeted in the end zone three times and at the 1-yard line twice already this season. He was already a red-zone target before the injuries struck.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

4. Jarrett Boykin, Packers – Owned in 1 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Packers were only carrying four receivers on their 53-man roster heading into Week 6: Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin. That lack of depth is getting put to the test now as Cobb (knee/leg) will be out anywhere from 2-8 weeks and Jones (PCL sprain) is in doubt for Week 7. Enter Boykin, a 6’2/219 Virginia Tech product that went undrafted in 2012 in part because he ran a 4.7 at his Combine. He played on 58-of-69 snaps against the Ravens, catching one of six targets for 43 yards and committing two ugly drops. But with a week to be coached up and Aaron Rodgers at the controls, there’s certainly upside here. He’ll certainly play in all three-wide sets (the Packers base) and will be in two-wide sets if Jones sits out. The matchup is right this week as Joe Haden figures to shadow Nelson.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

5. Aaron Dobson, Patriots – Owned in 14 percent of Yahoo leagues
We saw some interesting usage among Patriots wideouts in Week 6. Aaron Dobson came out of nowhere to lead the way in snaps, playing on 80-of-88. He ate up some of the reps that Kenbrell Thompkins (59 snaps) normally gets. Meanwhile, Julian Edelman played just 43 snaps even though Danny Amendola (concussion) left early. It’s a mess and certainly not a predictor of the future because this is the Patriots, but we have to take note of Dobson. He still drops too many balls, but he’s capable of playing all over the field, is gaining Tom Brady’s trust slowly and will sustain a big role with Amendola likely sidelined.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

6. Andre Roberts, Cardinals – Owned in 11 percent of Yahoo leagues
This one is completely dependent on the status of Larry Fitzgerald (hamstrings). He reportedly had trouble even getting dressed following Sunday’s loss to the 49ers, leaving him extremely questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Seahawks. If Fitz can’t go, Andre Roberts would step in as an every-down outside receiver (Rob Housler continues to monopolize inside snaps unproductively). It’s obviously an extremely poor matchup against the Legion of Boom and Richard Sherman/Brandon Browner, but there could very well be some garbage-time opportunities. Roberts is a talented guy. If Fitzgerald’s injury lingers or gets aggravated, owners will be happy they own his “handcuff.”
Recommendation: Should be owned as a short-term play only in 14-team leagues

7. Terrance Williams, Cowboys – Owned in 43 percent of Yahoo leagues
Miles Austin’s return from a hamstring went about as we expected. He played on 35 snaps against the Redskins and Terrance Williams played 37. However, the production was not even. Austin had zero catches on four targets while Williams had a 2/27/1 line on two targets. Will that lead to less of a rotation and more of a full-time role for the rookie? Perhaps, but we can’t count on that right away. Williams is more of a stash until Austin aggravates his hamstring or recedes into the true No. 3 role.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

8. Kendall Wright, Titans – Owned 25 percent of Yahoo leagues
Wright continues to quietly do his thing on a weekly basis. With Kenny Britt a complete non-factor (two snaps in Week 6), Wright is playing in all two-wide sets along with Nate Washington. He’s had five or more catches in five straight games, averaging 64.8 yards during that span. There’s not a very high ceiling with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the controls, but Wright can be a WR3 in a pinch.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

Watch List: Kenny Britt, Marlon Brown, Leonard Hankerson, Austin Pettis, Stephen Hill, Kris Durham, Jeremy Kerley, Mike Brown, Myles White, Mario Manningham, Michael Crabtree – Britt clearly needs a change of scenery and it should be coming. … Brown held off Jacoby Jones for No. 2 duties. … Hankerson has seen at least six targets in four of five games. … Pettis is right there with Chris Givens for the title of Rams No. 1 wideout. … Hill is healthy and remains a top-tier talent. Consistency with him and Geno Smith is the issue. … Durham, a college teammate of Matthew Stafford, is emerging as the clear No. 2 man opposite Calvin Johnson. … Kerley will continue to play heavy snaps with Santonio Holmes (hamstring) not close. … Brown is Cecil Shorts’ (SC joint) direct backup. … White is the only WR currently on the Packers practice squad. … Crabtree is well behind Percy Harvin and Manningham in terms of progress. Manningham is expected to resume practicing this week.

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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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