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Waiver Wire: Week 10

Tuesday, November 05, 2013


RUNNING BACKS
1. Shane Vereen, Patriots – Owned in 46 percent of Yahoo leagues
Yes, Stevan Ridley is officially out of the doghouse and running like a beast. But that doesn’t change the way we should feel about Shane Vereen’s potential impact. The two backs essentially play different positions, as evidenced by Brandon Bolden’s 45.0 percent of the snaps over the last five weeks. Vereen will soak up all those “passing back” reps, get a few base carries, line up out wide a few times and do some other Joker things. It’s going to add up to 10-14 touches for a very explosive player.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues

2. Andre Brown, Giants – Owned in 36 percent of Yahoo leagues
The news coming out of Giants camp Monday was two-fold. First, Andre Brown (leg) was practicing as expected and is ready to hit the ground running Week 10. Second, David Wilson won’t even get his neck reevaluated for another few weeks, making season-ending IR a very real possibility. As discussed often, Brown is no Jim Brown but he will make the washed up duo of Peyton Hillis and Brandon Jacobs look like the dinosaurs they are. In 10 games last year, Brown averaged 5.27 YPC and scored eight rushing touchdowns. He’ll be the lead back here by Week 11 or 12.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues

3. Rashad Jennings, Raiders – Owned in 9 percent of Yahoo leagues
Darren McFadden pulled his hamstring in Week 4 and surprisingly only missed one game. Rashad Jennings started that Week 5 game against the Chargers and rushed 10 times for 41 yards before missing the entire second half with a hamstring injury of his own. Fast forward five weeks and McFadden has aggravated that hamstring injury in the same spot. Aggravations of this sort are almost multi-week injuries – especially for slow healers like DMC. So that means Jennings, who coach Dennis Allen said did a “great job” in Week 9, will ride on as the feature back again. He’s a very capable pass-catcher (two games with 7+ receptions this year) and will benefit from the threat of Terrelle Pryor’s legs in the running game. Expect 15-20 touches against the Giants Sunday.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues

4. Shonn Greene, Titans – Owned in 16 percent of Yahoo leagues
I didn’t buy the Titans’ claims that they wanted Shonn Greene to get 15 carries per game for a second. Yeah, every team wants their backs to combine for 35 carries each week, but that’s not going to happen. Still, Greene has a clear-cut role on a team that wants to ground-n-pound. He’s going to get a series or two to himself each game and get the short-yardage/goal-line work. Given the Titans upcoming schedule – vs. JAX, vs. IND, at OAK, at IND, at DEN – there’s enough room for Greene to squeeze out some flex appeal.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

5.Montee Ball, Broncos – Owned in 36 percent of Yahoo leagues
According to the Broncos, this was the plan all along. They’d bring Montee Ball along slowly in his rookie year and then expect him to make a contribution in the second half. That plan started to come to fruition prior to the bye as Ball played 30 snaps compared to 38 for clear-cut starter Knowshon Moreno. It’s in line with reports that the Broncos want to limit Moreno’s workload a little now so he’s fresher for the playoffs. On top of that, Ball got 3-of-4 goal-line chances in Week 8. He’s going to have some deep flex value right now and would beast if Moreno were to get injured.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

6. James Starks, Packers – Owned in 22 percent of Yahoo leagues
As seen on Monday night, the Packers don’t want to just run stud workhorse Eddie Lacy into the ground. Starks is going to get a few series to himself per game, and he’s going to finish those series out – even in the red zone. And given that they’ll be playing without Aaron Rodgers for a little while, they’re going to rely on the run game. At the very least, the healthy and surprisingly quick Starks should be owned as a handcuff.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

7. Dennis Johnson, Texans – Owned in 0 percent of Yahoo leagues
Arian Foster has dealt with calf, hamstring and now back injuries over the last few months. He clearly needs some time off after barely playing in each of the last two games. Meanwhile, Ben Tate is gutting it out through four broken ribs. That left Dennis Johnson to get eight carries for 36 yards against the Colts on Sunday night, as he was active ahead of Ray Graham and Deji Karim. It’s a situation for deep leaguers to monitor.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

Watch List: Mike Tolbert, Jonathan Stewart, Rashard Mendenhall, Daniel Thomas, Denard Robinson – Tolbert got nine touches in Week 9 and Stewart got 12. DeAngelo Williams got 15. Very, very messy. … Mendenhall (toe) is expected back this week. He’ll be the low-upside complement to Andre Ellington. … The Dolphins aren’t changing their plan. Thomas has at least 10 touches in each of the last three weeks. … Robinson has been promoted ahead of Justin Forsett and Jordan Todman. Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t exactly a picture of health, so the Michigan QB is worth watching.

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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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