WAIVER WIRE WEEK 10
Nick Foles – QB – Eagles – Owned in 40% of CBS leagues – Foles has just cemented himself as the starter for the Eagles, with his record setting performance on Sunday. Nick completed 22 of 28 passes for 406 yards, and he threw an NFL record 7 touchdown passes, with zero interceptions. This was a perfect game for Foles who also added 14 yards rushing. If you were a Vick owner and have not grabbed Foles yet, you better hurry, because he is going to be owned in every league after this week.
Chris Ivory – RB – Jets – Owned in 68% of CBS leagues – You never exactly know who is going to be the main back for the Jets, but Ivory stepped up huge against his former team. Ivory torched the Saints for 139 yards on 18 carries, including a touchdown. With this strong performance, I would be surprised if Ivory does not continue to get a lion’s share of the carries from here on out.
Riley Cooper – WR – Eagles – Owned in 22% of CBS leagues – Now that Nick Foles is the quarterback for the Eagles going forward, Cooper becomes a real nice pickup. Cooper has thrived when Foles has been under center, and this week was no exception. Riley had 5 catches on the day and finished with 139 yards, with 3 of those catches for going for scores. DeSean Jackson will continue to see the double teams and Cooper will get plenty of targets to be viable for the rest of the season.
Mike James – RB – Buccaneers – Owned in 76% of CBS leagues – James had himself quite a day in Seattle on Sunday. The rookie said, “I’m Mike James BITCH!!!” as he ran for 158 yards on 28 carries, while adding 8 yards receiving and by the way, he also threw a touchdown pass. James will surely be owned in every league after this week, so if he is available in your league, do yourself a favor and grab him.
Aaron Dobson – WR – Patriots – Owned in 45% of CBS leagues – I told you over the past couple weeks that Dobson was taking over as the deep threat receiver for the Patriots over Kenbrell Thompkins, and this week’s performance put a stamp on that. Dobson had 5 catches for 130 yards with 2 scores, including an 81-yard strike from Tom Brady. Dobson is going to be gobbled up in free agency, so if you need help at receiver grab him. Dobson has excelled with less pressure on him since the return of Gronk and Amendola.
Jason Campbell – QB – Browns – Owned in 19% of CBS leagues – Campbell was on fire this week for the Browns, as he threw for 262 yards with 3 touchdowns and zero interceptions. If you miss out on the Nick Foles sweepstakes, this should be your contingency plan. The old veteran has been playing very well since taking over in Cleveland, and he has weapons to throw to. The starting job is his for the rest of the season.
Rashad Jennings – RB – Raiders – Owned in 12% of CBS leagues – Oops he did it again, McFadden that is. Run DNP left this week’s game with another hamstring injury, and Rashad Jennings stepped in and stepped up. In a game where Nick Foles crushed the Raiders, Jennings ran the ball 15 times for 102 yards and a touchdown. Jennings was not done there, as he added another 74 yards on 7 receptions. Expect Rashad to be the starter next week, but he depending on how bad the injury is to DNP it could be for a bit longer.
Marlon Brown – WR – Ravens – Owned in 34% of CBS leagues – Brown continues to fly under the radar, but seems to be Flacco’s favorite target other than Torrey Smith. Marlon had 5 catches for 54 yards and 2 touchdowns on Sunday. He had his first touchdown catch since week 4, but he now has 5 scores on the year. If you are in a deeper league do not be afraid to grab Brown.
Mario Manningham – WR – 49ers – Owned in 8% of CBS leagues – Manningham is set to return to the starting lineup for the 49ers next week. Kaepernick has been looking for someone else to step up in the passing game other than Davis and Boldin. Mario has proven to be a redzone target, as he showed in 2010 catching 9 touchdowns with the Giants. If you need help at receiver grab him now, before he has a good game.
Michael Crabtree – WR – 49ers – Owned in 8% of CBS leagues – If you have the luxury of being able to play the futures market, then take a chance on Crabtree. Crabtree will have a chance to return in week 12, but he could play a major factor for you in your fantasy playoffs.
Andre Brown – RB – Giants – Owned in 65% of CBS leagues – Brown is coming back next week, and he should step in and take over for Peyton Hillis and Brandon Jacobs. Andre will be the load back for the Giants and will not be taken out near the goal line. This is your last chance to get him.
Lance Moore – WR – Saints – Owned in 48% of CBS leagues – Moore had another good game this week against the Jets, with 70 yards on 6 catches. Lance is working his way back into this offense, since returning to the starting lineup last week. We have seen Marques Colston disappear as of late, and Moore is stepping up his game at the right time. Moore is still not going to be the first or second option in the redzone, but in this high-flying Saints offense, he is going to get his chances.
Jonathan Stewart – RB – Panthers – Owned in 41% of CBS leagues – Stewart returned to action, and was pretty effective with 43 yards on 9 carries, while adding another 22 yards on 3 catches. J-Stew definitely has fresh legs, and you can expect him to see even more touches next week. The only issue for owners that go after Stewart is that he is still in a very crowded backfield, and he is not going to post any monster games sharing carries with DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert.
Tim Wright – TE – Buccaneers – Owned in 34% of CBS leagues – Wright stepped up again for Bucs, and is starting to develop a nice rapport with Mike Glennon. The rookie had 58 yards on 4 catches with a score this week. Now that Mike Williams is out for the season, Wright is going to be counted on to pick up the slack, and he has shown nice receiving ability. If you need help at tight end do not overlook this rookie.
Greg Little – WR – Browns – Owned in 6% of CBS leagues – Little has been a disappointing player in Cleveland, but he knows that he is basically auditioning for other teams for the rest of the season. His resume will look a lot better after this week where he caught 7 passes for 122 yards. The issue for Little has been dropped passes, but he made some great catches in this game. There are still going to be a lot of ups and downs with Little, but if he continues to see targets from Campbell he will be worth a shot in 14 and 16 team leagues.
Cole Beasley – WR – Cowboys – Owned in 1% of CBS leagues – Miles Austin is a forgotten man in Big D, and Cole Beasley is doing a nice job working in the slot. This week Cole had 68 yards on 6 catches. Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams are going to draw the attention of defenses, and that will allow Beasley to continue to exploit mismatches in the middle of the field. If you are in a 14 or 16 team league I recommend taking a shot on Cole.
Marquise Goodwin – WR – Bills – Owned in 1% of CBS leagues – I mentioned this speedster last week, and his struck pay dirt again this week. Goodwin only had 2 catches, but they went for 64 yards including a 59-yard bomb. This kid is not going to see a ton of targets each week, but he has sub 4.3 speed and the Bills are using him correctly. He is going to continue to see deep targets each week, and if you are in a 14 or 16 team league or a league that rewards for long touchdowns take a flier on this guy.
Zach Ertz – TE – Eagles – Owned in 3% of CBS leagues – The rookie has stepped up his game as of late, and he continued that trend against the Raiders. Ertz finished the game with 5 catches for 42 yards, including catching one of Nick Foles 7 touchdown passes. Foles is doing a nice job of distributing the ball around the offense, and Zach should continue to improve, as he feels more comfortable in the offense, and with a pocket passer. Ertz is worth a look in deeper leagues.
Shonn Greene – RB – Titans – Owned in 1% of CBS leagues – Greene is the backup to Chris Johnson, but that also means he is the goal line back, and he proved that this week. The Iowa product had 38 yards on 9 carries with a touchdown, while adding another 28 yards on a nice catch and run. Johnson had 2 rushing touchdowns this week, which were his first 2 of the season, but he is still not getting the carries inside the 10-yard line. If you are in a 14 or 16 team league where touchdowns are the key, take a chance on Shonn.
Doug Baldwin – WR – Seahawks – Owned in 12% of CBS leagues – Baldwin continues to play well for the Seahawks, but had his best game of the season on Sunday. Against the Buccaneers Baldwin had 75 yards and a touchdown on 6 catches. Percy Harvin is going to be coming back to the Seahawks after their bye week, but Baldwin is a veteran who is probably going to continue to see playing time, while Jermaine Kearse is the player likely to lose snaps. Baldwin is not going to have games better than this, but if you are in a 14 or 16 team league he can help.
Andrew Hawkins – WR – Bengals – Owned in 2% of CBS leagues – Hawkins has returned to the Bengals, and he will have a chance to take over the slot duties for the team. Hawkins has amazing speed and can create mismatches for defenses by being moved all over the field. He should continue to see his role in the offense increase in the coming weeks, and is worth taking a flier on 14 and 16 team leagues.
Darrel Young – RB – Redskins – Owned in 0% of CBS leagues – Young, is a fullback, and had a hell of a game on Sunday with 3 touchdowns. Young only had 5 carries for 12 yards in the game, which is why I am placing him on this list as a warning to those who only look at fantasy points. DO NOT go running after this guy. This was a one-week vulture who is not worth adding onto any fantasy team.
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