Adam Levitan

Waiver Wired

print article archives RSS

Waiver Wire: Week 8

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


RUNNING BACKS
1. Mike James, Bucs – Owned in 8 percent of Yahoo leagues
Doug Martin reportedly sustained a torn labrum during Sunday’s loss to the Falcons. Although the Bucs aren’t providing any details, there’s a chance he’s done for the season. That means the feature back job belongs to Mike James, a sixth-round rookie who was a committee back during his time at The U. For a profile on James as a prospect, I recommend this read from Dumonjic Allen. He goes 5’10/223, ran a 4.58 at the Combine and is known as an asset in the passing game (67 catches at Miami). After Martin went down on Sunday, James played 38 snaps and got 17 touches. Fullback/pass-pro specialist Brian Leonard played 22 snaps and got three touches. We can’t have especially high hopes for James because of the Bucs’ upcoming schedule (vs. CAR, at SEA, vs. MIA) and due to the fact that Martin was only averaging 3.59 YPC with one touchdown on the season, but there’s always upside in volume. James is a candidate for 12-15 carries and 3-5 receptions right away. He’s also a good bet to get bet any goal-line work thanks to his size.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues

2. Chris Ivory, Jets – Owned in 28 percent of Yahoo leagues
I had Chris Ivory as my No. 3 add at running back last week on the heels of Mike Goodson’s season-ending injury, but I did not expect to see what transpired against the Patriots. Ivory played on 53-of-93 snaps, rushing a staggering career-high 34 times for 104 yards. Bilal Powell, who had impressed all season long, played just 22 snaps and got a grand total of three touches. After the game, coach Rex Ryan confirmed this had nothing to do with a minor neck injury Powell had been nursing. Ivory got the hot hand and the gameplan was to pound the Pats depleted front seven up the gut. Most weeks, I’d expect a more even timeshare between these two backs, but we’ve long been high on Ivory’s talent. He has the ability to turn a 12-14 carry role into significant production.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues

3. Roy Helu, Redskins – Owned in 21 percent of Yahoo leagues
Here’s another guy that we’ve discussed in this space all season long, but is now gaining national headlines because he busted out with three touchdowns in Week 7. Chasing those scores is a bad idea, but the usage is here to stay. Helu is part of the Redskins’ “turbo” package, their no-huddle set that they’re using more and more of. So although Alfred Morris is the clear starter and goal-line back, Helu never leaves the field in turbo – even if it’s first down or the team is inside the 5-yard line. Over the last three weeks, Helu is averaging 12.3 touches per game because he’s earned it with impressive one-cut, size/speed running. And with the Redskins likely to be trailing in Denver this week, we can expect at least another 10-12 touches.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

4. Shane Vereen, Patriots – Owned in 34 percent of Yahoo leagues
We got a little news on Shane Vereen last week as he was spotted without a hard cast on his fractured wrist. At least we know the bone has stabilized and now he just has to build up strength. Vereen is eligible to come off short-term IR in Week 11 and will quickly slide back in as the passing back. That may not sound like much, but note that vastly inferior talent Brandon Bolden led the Patriots in snaps with 49 in Week 7 and is averaging 8.4 touches per game on the year. Vereen is a good bet for more like 11-13 touches once he gets going.
Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues with an IL spot or reasonably deep bench

5. Andre Brown, Giants – Owned in 14 percent of Yahoo leagues
Peyton Hillis runs like an elephant, Brandon Jacobs has a hamstring injury/runs with a piano on his back and David Wilson (neck) is out indefinitely. The Giants are desperate to get Andre Brown (leg, PUP) back in the fold when he's first eligible in Week 10. He's resumed practicing, putting him on track to step right in and start for a team that's suddenly creating some holes in the running game. Remember that Brown had eight touchdowns in 10 games last year.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

6. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers – Owned in 6 percent of Yahoo leagues
Stop the presses. Jonathan Stewart is expected to finally return to practice this week despite still feeling some discomfort in his ankle. Perhaps he’ll be back to a limited role in Week 9 behind DeAngelo Williams and then the Panthers will take it from there. If he looks good, we get an even timeshare. If he doesn’t he’s a strict backup. Only owners desperate at the running back spot should make a stash.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

7. Peyton Hillis, Giants – Owned in 13 percent of Yahoo leagues
Around this time last week, Peyton Hillis was on his ranch in Tennessee. He thought his NFL career was over and he was not even working out. It showed on Monday night. Although Hillis produced 81 yards and a touchdown on 23 touches against the Vikings, he was awful. He admitted to having “jello legs,” which was obvious as he ran like an elephant, plowing into defenders with no burst. Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) has a chance to return in Week 8, the Giants have a bye in Week 9 and Andre Brown (leg)  has a chance to return Week 10. Hillis is a desperation add for owners in a Week 8 pinch only.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

Watch List: Donald Brown, Brandon Bolden, Shonn Greene, Mark Ingram, Tashard Choice, Daniel Thomas, Ray Graham – With Trent Richardson struggling so badly (and fumbling), Brown’s role is increasing toward an even committee. … Bolden is the passing back until Shane Vereen gets back (see above). … Greene only played two snaps in his return, but his role will grow and the schedule is very soft. … Perhaps Ingram gets traded at the Oct. 29 deadline? … Choice will be in line for work if C.J. Spiller (ankle) sits out as he should. … The Dolphins coaches have made it very clear that Thomas will be sharing the load with Lamar Miller. He’s still averaging just 7.6 touches per game on the year. .. Arian Foster (hamstring) and Ben Tate (ribs) are both in doubt for when the Texans come out of their bye. Cierre Wood was cut for smoking pot on Monday, leaving practice squadder Graham as the only healthy back currently in the organization.  

continue story »
Adam Levitan is in his fifth 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.
Email :Adam Levitan


Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days



Video Center

  •  
    NFL Draft: Bortles at No. 1?

    NFL Draft: Bortles at No. 1?
  •  
    NFL Draft - Top Need: Panthers

    NFL Draft - Top Need: Panthers
  •  
    NFL Draft - Top Need: Saints

    NFL Draft - Top Need: Saints
  •  
    NFL Draft - Top Need: Falcons

    NFL Draft - Top Need: Falcons
  •  
    NFL Draft - Top Need: Bucs

    NFL Draft - Top Need: Bucs
  •  
    NFL Draft - Top Need: Colts

    NFL Draft - Top Need: Colts
  •  
    Draft: Overrated/Underrated

    Draft: Overrated/Underrated
  •  
    NFL Draft - Top Need: Titans

    NFL Draft - Top Need: Titans