Week 7 turned out to be a poster child for plug-n-play waiver wire options.
Jordan Reed had nine catches for 134 yards with a touchdown, Harry Douglas went off for 7/149/1, Jarrett Boykin stepped up with 8/103/1 and Joseph Randle piled up 93 total yards. It’s a refreshing reminder of how grinding the wire can get us the short-term production we need to get wins.
This week, we’ve seen a startling number of serious injuries to major players. That sets us up for another week of impactful adds.
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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1. Carson Palmer
2. Ryan Tannehill
3. Jake Locker
4. Mike Glennon
* Terrelle Pryor is owned in 32 percent of Yahoo leagues. If available, he’d be my No. 1 add at quarterback.
1. Mike James
2. Chris Ivory
3. Roy Helu
4. Shane Vereen
5. Andre Brown
6. Jonathan Stewart
7. Peyton Hillis
* Ben Tate is owned in 60 percent of Yahoo leagues. If available, he’d be my No. 1 add at running back.
1. Jarrett Boykin
2. Darrius Heyward-Bey
3. Kendall Wright
4. LaVon Brazill
5. Mike Brown
6. Kris Durham
* Percy Harvin is owned in 61 percent of Yahoo leagues. If available, he’d be my No. 1 add at wide receiver.
1. Jordan Reed
2. Coby Fleener
3. Ben Watson
4. Tim Wright
5. Rob Housler
1. Garrett Hartley
2. Alex Henery
3. Jay Feely
4. Kai Forbath
1. Carson Palmer, Cardinals – Owned in 32 percent of Yahoo leagues
Yes, I’m well aware that Carson Palmer has thrown 13 interceptions through seven games, ranks 29th in passer rating (69.5), has a rapidly declining arm and is operating behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines. That said, things are about to get better starting this week. Palmer faces the Falcons atrocious defense on Sunday, followed by a bye and then the following schedule: vs. HOU, at JAX, vs. IND, at PHL, vs. STL. It’s an excellent chance for Palmer to get his high-quality weapons going in this Bruce Arians passer-friendly scheme.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues
2. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins – Owned in 21 percent of Yahoo leagues
We predicted a three-touchdown breakout for Ryan Tannehill in this space last week and it came to fruition. He’s now thrown for at least one score in each game this year and is averaging a healthy 262.8 yards per game. This week’s matchup at a Patriots team coming off a loss is not an ideal stream spot, but there aren’t many QB2s with a higher floor left on the wire.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues
3. Jake Locker, Titans – Owned in 7 percent of Yahoo leagues
When Jake Locker first went down with his hip injury, he was slapped with a 4-6 week timetable. He ended up getting back in just three weeks, and announced his return by going 25-of-41 for 326 yards with two touchdowns against the 49ers. He also rushed three times for 29 yards. Now Locker gets the Week 8 bye to heal up and will come out with arguably the most fantasy-friendly schedule in the NFL: at STL, vs. JAX, vs. IND, at OAK, at IND, at DEN, vs. ARZ and at JAX in Week 16. With a rapidly improving pocket presence, a big arm and underrated rushing ability, Locker is shaping up as a solid mid-range QB2.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 14-team leagues
4. Mike Glennon, Bucs – Owned in 5 percent of Yahoo leagues
Mike Glennon has now started three NFL games. He’s gone 76-of-130 (58.5 percent) for 722 yards (240.6/game) with five touchdowns and three interceptions. At the very least, he’s capable of chucking it up for Vincent Jackson and hoping for the best (he targeted V-Jax an astounding 22 times in week 7). With Doug Martin (shoulder) done for the year, the Bucs will have to lean on the pass even more. He’s not a good option against the Panthers in Week 8 or the Seahawks in Week 9, but owners in two-quarterback leagues can take a desperation look.
Recommendation: Should be owned in two-quarterback leagues
Watch List: Chad Henne, Josh McCown, Geno Smith, Case Keenum, Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell, Kellen Clemens – Henne would have been higher on the list if he didn’t face the 49ers and then have a bye. He’s gone over 300 yards in two straight games. … With Jay Cutler (groin) out at least four weeks, the Bears belong to McCown. He played great against the Redskins “defense,” but tougher times are ahead after the bye. … Smith continues to be one game on, one game off. Hard to trust. … Perhaps the Texans will stick with Keenum even if Matt Schaub is healthy after their bye? Keenum certainly looked impressive at Arrowhead. … Either Weeden is going to play better, or the Browns are going to turn to Campbell. … Sam Bradford’s season-ending knee injury leaves Clemens as the Rams starter. Yikes.
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