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Waiver Wire: Week 9

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


TIGHT ENDS
1. Coby Fleener, Colts – Owned in 37 percent of Yahoo leagues
On Sunday, we’ll get our first look at the Colts’ offense in a post Reggie Wayne world. I’m expecting a solid bump in targets for Darrius Heyward-Bey, but Indy should be concerned that he can’t do much with them. Perhaps Andrew Luck will rely more on Coby Fleener, his old pal from Stanford who is averaging 3.1 catches for 33.5 yards with three touchdowns on just 4.7 targets per game so far. Few TE2s will yield more upside.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

2. Tim Wright, Bucs – Owned in 5 percent of Yahoo leagues
Owners are going to be slow to jump on Tim Wright because he’s an undrafted rookie that plays for the dumpster fire known as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But the situation is growing more and more ideal by the week. Wright is a converted college wideout with tremendous movement skills. He has an excellent rapport with Mike Glennon (26 targets over last four weeks) as both spent time with the backups during the offseason. The Bucs will be trailing a ton the rest of the way, leading to lots of passing formations and garbage-time opportunities. And finally, red-zone maven Mike Williams (hamstring) is now done for the year. At 6’3/220, Wright can help fill the void there.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

3. Joel Dreessen, Broncos – Owned in 1 percent of Yahoo leagues
Pass-catchers getting snaps with Peyton Manning are going to be fantasy stars. We saw it in Indy with the likes of Jacob Tamme and Austin Collie, and we’ve seen it this season with Julius Thomas. Unfortunately for Thomas’ owners, he went down with an ankle sprain in Week 8. It doesn’t sound too serious, but this is a guy that has had a long history of foot/ankle woes. If he misses time Dreessen is going to produce. He had a goal-line touchdown after Thomas left the win over the Redskins.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 14-team leagues or as a Julius Thomas handcuff

4. Ben Watson, Saints – Owned in 5 percent of Yahoo leagues
Here’s what we know about Jimmy Graham’s partially torn plantar fascia: Doctors have told him it can’t get worse, so it’s just a pain tolerance issue. It might not get better until the tissue completely tears, but no one knows when that will be. And Graham played just 18 snaps in Week 8, mostly in the red zone. The Saints sound like they currently don’t intend to give him time off, but either way Ben Watson is on the deep league radar. Graham is a shell of himself right now, leading to 80 snaps over the last two weeks for his backup. During that span, Watson has produced six catches for 106 yards on seven targets. He’s not a playmaker and won’t get goal-line fades like Graham, but Watson is a reliable veteran for Drew Brees.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 14-team leagues or as a Jimmy Graham handcuff

Watch List: Garrett Graham, Scott Chandler, Dallas Clark, Ladarius Green – Could the Texans offense run smoother with Case Keenum? It sure looked that way in Week 7, when Graham got eight targets. … Chandler is quietly averaging 3.6 catches a game. … Clark needs volume to succeed, meaning he’s a TE2 when we can project the Ravens to be trailing. … If Antonio Gates were to ever go down, the talented Green would beast. 

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS
1. Raiders – Owned 11 percent of Yahoo leagues
Michael Vick (hamstring) won’t play and Nick Foles (concussion) is questionable. The Raiders are a good stream if Foles starts, but they’ll be really strong if Matt Barkley gets the call. Making two relief appearances this season, the fourth-round rookie has gone 28-of-46 for 287 yards with four interceptions, a lost fumble and no touchdowns. He also had another pick called back by penalty. His sideline throws are so weak they are asking to get pick-sixed and he has shown no decisiveness in the pocket. The underrated Raiders D, which is giving up just 21.4 points per game (12th in the league) will eat up Barkley – or Foles – in the Black Hole.

2. Titans – Owned in 36 percent of Yahoo leagues
As everyone saw on Monday night, Kellen Clemens can’t play. He’s inaccurate, indecisive and not on the same page with his receivers. Now he has a short week to get ready for a Titans team that is coming off a bye. He might not have much of a running game either, as Zac Stacy (ankle) is in doubt.

3. Cowboys – Owned in 54 percent of Yahoo leagues
Clearly, we’re not streaming Dallas because they’re a good defense. They’re ranked dead last in yards allowed per game. But they’re at home and facing a Vikings team that has three inept quarterbacks on the roster and can’t figure out a way to use its best weapon in the passing game (Cordarrelle Patterson).  Dallas’ D is quietly 14th in sacks and has forced 19 turnovers through eight games.

KICKERS  
1. Adam Vinatieri, Colts – Owned in 31 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Colts come out of their bye and head to Houston in a game projected to feature a respectable 45 points. Adam Vinatieri is 15-of-17 on the season, including 3-of-3 from 50+ in his last two games.

2. Justin Tucker, Ravens – Owned in 47 percent of Yahoo leagues
Per ESPN, the Ravens are 5-0 following a bye under coach John Harbaugh. They’ve won each of those five games by double digits. It’s a trend that we can grasp onto as the Ravens figure to get their offense back on track despite a tough matchup at Cleveland this week. That means opportunities for Justin Tucker, who is now a sparkling 45-of-50 on field goals in his two-year career.

3. Graham Gano, Panthers – Owned in 9 percent of Yahoo leagues
Graham Gano has attempted just 10 field goals this year even though the Panthers rank 12th in points per game at 24.3. It’s an outlier that will be corrected as we move along, starting this week with a dreamy home matchup against the Falcons.



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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