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Waiver Wire: Week 7

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

1. Jordan Reed, Redskins – Owned in 9 percent of Yahoo leagues
If not for a Week 3 quad contusion, Reed would have been on the top-14 TE radar a while ago. Check out the tape of Sunday night’s loss in Dallas and you’ll see a 6’2/236 athlete with excellent route-running skills and sudden quicks. On the field, the Florida product reminds of a poor man’s Aaron Hernandez. On Sunday night, he played on 56-of-79 snaps while Fred Davis played just 19 snaps. The changing of the guard has happened here, and it’s not too late to hop on board. Reed is an ideal bye-week replacement and could evolve into more very soon.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

2. Tim Wright, Bucs – Owned in zero percent of Yahoo leagues
I’m not going to lie and say I know a lot about undrafted rookie Tim Wright. But Bucs coach Greg Schiano does, as he coached him at Rutgers. The 6’4/220 Wright was a wideout for the Scarlet Knights before getting moved to tight end once he signed on with Tampa. It’s been one of the few brilliant moves Schiano has made. During a 7/91/0 line against the Eagles in Week 6, Wright showed he is extremely agile, separates with ease and has a ton of wiggle after the catch. He clearly has good chemistry with Mike Glennon, as the duo spent a lot of time with the “2s” over the last six months. In the two games Glennon has started, Wright has 12 catches for 132 yards on 15 targets. He’s lining up in the slot often. Even with Tom Crabtree (ankle) getting healthy and Mike Williams (hamstring) expected back, the Bucs can’t lessen Wright’s role too much. He’s playing too well. This week’s excellent matchup with the Falcons is a good place for Wright to stay hot.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

3. Brandon Pettigrew, Lions – Owned in 38 percent of Yahoo leagues
We’ve seen enough of Pettigrew and discussed him enough here to know what he is. He’s a catch-and–fall tight end that doesn’t get the goal-line looks and gives very little after the catch. Over the last three weeks, Pettigrew is averaging 5.0 catches for 49.6 yards with no scores. That’s a very reasonable expectation going forward.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team PPR leagues

4. Jeff Cumberland, Jets – Owned in 6 percent of Yahoo leagues
Jeff Cumberland was playing ahead of Kellen Winslow even before Winslow’s four-game suspension. Now he’ll be an every-down player. That’s intriguing, but Cumberland is really “just a guy.” He’s a 6’4/260 lumbering body that went undrafted out of Illinois in 2010 and came into this year with 32 career catches. Cumberland’s weekly ceiling is 3-4 catches and 35-50 yards.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

Watch List: Zach Ertz, Ben Watson, Dallas Clark, Levine Toilolo, Rob Housler – Ertz’s snap count is on the rise in a big way, and he plays the “move” spot well. … Watson is desperation insurance after Jimmy Graham limped off Sunday. … Dallas Clark will have some big games and some airballs. He’s just such a bad player at this point, he needs tons of volume. … Toilolo is being talked up as a red-zone threat with Julio Jones (foot) out for the season. … Housler continues to play the slot role ahead of Andre Roberts and has a soft schedule starting in Week 8.

Cut Bait: Kellen Winslow, Brent Celek – Winslow was suspended four games for a PED violation. … Celek has lost the pass-catching tight end role to Zach Ertz.
1. Dolphins – Owned in 9 percent of Yahoo leagues
We love to use teams at home coming out of a bye. It’s a bonus that the Dolphins get to face a Bills team that has hit rock bottom at quarterback. With E.J. Manuel (knee) out indefinitely and Kevin Kolb (concussion) on injured reserve, they’re going to have to start Thad Lewis (day to day, foot) or newly signed Matt Flynn. C.J. Spiller (ankle) is playing limited snaps and is clearly less than 100 percent. It’s a dream scenario for Cameron Wake and friends, who have forced nine turnovers and recorded 13 sacks through five games.

2. Chargers – Owned in 26 percent of Yahoo leagues
Chad Henne is far better than Blaine Gabbert, Justin Blackmon is emerging as a top-15 receiver and the Chargers have to go across the country on a short week. Still, streaming against the Jags is never a bad thing. The Chargers held the Colts to just 267 total yards on Monday night and held Andrew Luck to zero touchdowns against one interception.

3. Panthers – Owned in 30 percent of Yahoo leagues
Quietly fielding one of the league’s top front-sevens, the Panthers are allowing just 13.6 points per game on the season. There’s certainly a good argument out there that they should be a weekly start, not just a streaming play. This week, the Panthers are in an especially good spot as they get the Rams on a back-to-back road spot.

4. Falcons – Owned in 13 percent of Yahoo leagues
Yes, the Falcons have one of the league’s worst defenses. But they’re coming out of a bye at 1-4 and should turn in a season-best performance at home this week. They’ll be facing a Bucs team that could muster just 20 points against the Eagles’ Swiss cheese unit in Week 6.

1. Alex Henery, Eagles – Owned in 26 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Eagles offense is going to move the ball whether it’s Nick Foles or Michael Vick under center. That will be especially true this week in a home game against the Cowboys defense that bent but didn’t break against the Redskins in Week 5 (Four FG attempts for Kai Forbath). Alex Henery is 13-of-16 on the season.

2. Caleb Sturgis, Dolphins – Owned in 8 percent of Yahoo leagues
I discussed the luxurious spot the Dolphins have this week in the Defense section. Caleb Sturgis should be among the beneficiaries. The fifth-round rookie is 10-of-11 to start the season and already has three field goals of 50-plus in just five games. The coaching staff has a ton of confidence in him.

3. Mason Crosby, Packers – Owned in 35 percent of Yahoo leagues
Mason Crosby appears to finally be over the yips that he caught a year ago, when he went an atrocious 21-of-33 on field goals. This season, he’s 13-of-14 and has made seven field goals from 40-plus. Even if
the Packers are missing their potent wideouts, Aaron Rodgers is still going to find a way to move the ball into the red zone.

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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