Adam Levitan

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Waiver Wire: Week 10

Tuesday, November 05, 2013


WIDE RECEIVERS
1. Aaron Dobson, Patriots – Owned in 36 percent of Yahoo leagues
Way back in April, the Patriots drafted Aaron Dobson with the No. 59 overall pick. Fantasy people such as yours truly immediately started salivating, thinking about what he could do with an every-down role in a Tom Brady scheme. Well, those salivations quickly turned to dust as Dobson fell behind Kenbrell Thompkins on the depth chart and earned the nickname “Dropson” when he did get on the field. But the tables have quickly turned. Thompkins was a healthy scratch in Week 9, leaving Dobson as the “X” receiver for 90.6 percent of the snaps. He responded with a 5/130/2 line, showing impressive chemistry with Brady on a back-shoulder throw and roasting Ike Taylor on a go route. Dobson is still a 6’3/203 specimen with 4.4 wheels. Stash him during the bye and then unleash.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues

2. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks – Owned in 12 percent of Yahoo leagues
Percy Harvin (hip surgery) reportedly had a “flareup” ahead of Week 8, didn’t play in Week 9 and won’t play in Week 10. At this point, it would make sense to just hold him out through the Week 12 bye. That gives us two more games of Doug Baldwin opposite Golden Tate. On Sunday, Baldwin played 54 snaps, saw 10 targets and produced a 6/75/1 line. Jermaine Kearse played 38 snaps, saw two targets and produced a 2/43/1 line. Always an underrated player because of his slight build and undrafted status, Baldwin is a legit NFL playmaker. He’ll be a WR3 candidate against the Falcons’ No. 20 secondary this week and the Vikings’ No. 29 unit in Week 11.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

3. Mike Brown, Jaguars – Owned in 7 percent of Yahoo leagues
As the Jaguars No. 3 wideout over the last three games, Brown averaged 4.0 catches for 70.6 yards with one touchdown. Now that Justin Blackmon has drunk himself into a season-long suspension, Brown is the No. 2 wideout. And thanks to game flow (i.e. the Jags trailing by heaps weekly), that’s a big job. Brown is a candidate for 7-9 targets the rest of way, as long as he can hold off Ace Sanders. So far, he’s done that with ease.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

4. Lance Moore, Saints – Owned in 47 percent of Yahoo leagues
Lance Moore’s 6/70/0 line from Sunday was solid, but it came in a perfect storm. Marques Colston (knee) was inactive, Darren Sproles was concussed on the very first drive, Jimmy Graham (foot) isn’t quite full strength and the Saint were forced to attempt 51 passes as they fell behind in the second half. Moore ended up playing on just 35-of-78 snaps. There’s WR4 appeal here because Drew Brees trusts Moore, but don’t go overboard.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

5. Riley Cooper, Eagles – Owned in 11 percent of Yahoo leagues
We’ve seen it over and over again in Waiver Wired. Players that aren’t very good become fantasy options due to volume. That’s the case with Riley Cooper. Really just a blocker and red-zone threat at 6’3/220, Cooper has two 100-yard games in his last four outings with four touchdowns during that span. Perhaps most interesting is his chemistry with Nick Foles. In Foles’ last three starts, Cooper is averaging 5.0 catches for 115.6 yards and has scored four times. The matchups are right for the next couple weeks (at GB, vs. WAS), making Cooper a deep league plug-n-play.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

6. Cole Beasley, Cowboys – Owned in 3 percent of Yahoo leagues
From Laurent Robinson to Terrance Williams, we’ve seen the No. 3 receiver in Dallas do work in recent years. And with Miles Austin (hamstring) essentially shut down, Cole Beasley is roaming the slot in all three-wide sets. Over the last five weeks, the homeless man’s Wes Welker has averaged 4.2 catches for 44.0 yards with one touchdown. It’s a reasonable expectation going forward.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team PPR leagues

7. Mario Manningham, 49ers – Owned in 4 percent of Yahoo leagues
Roughly 11 months after an ACL tear, Mario Manningham was activated off the PUP list. Look for limited snaps as he eases his way back in at first, but there’s an opportunity here. The 49ers are absolutely desperate for someone to stretch the field opposite possession receiver Anquan Boldin. That’s Manningham’s specialty – when healthy.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14 team leagues

Watch List: Nate Burleson, Michael Crabtree, Eddie Royal, Jerricho Cotchery, Marlon Brown – Burleson (arm) isn’t expected to be ready for another couple of weeks. … Crabtree (Achilles) is tentatively expected back in three weeks. … Royal continues to find the end zone but is really the No. 4 option in the passing game. Don’t chase. … Cotchery’s Week 9 blowup can be brushed off as a fluke, especially with Markus Wheaton (finger) close. … Brown is holding off Jacoby Jones because he’s a better receiver.

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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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