Arian Foster and Darren McFadden have replacements. The Giants have a runningback. The top billed rookie receiver finally delivered and a few others proved that last week wasn’t a fluke. Here’s who to target in your race to the waiver wire; week ten edition.
Get em while you can:
Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants: 48% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- How fewer than half of leagues own this guy at this point is absurd.
- The Giants planned on easing him in, but he had other plans and went off for 115 yards and a touchdown.
- It’s the Giants first serious productive run week. With David Wilson on the IR and Eli Manning continuing to look like he’s never heard of the Superbowl, the Giants offense should “run” through Brown for the remainder of the year.
Riley Cooper, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: 49% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- A down week for Cooper under the reign of Nick Foles. He saw his production diminish by 33%, recording only two touchdowns on Sunday.
- He caught three balls for 102 yards and the scores, as he continues to show incredible chemistry with the Eagles new starting QB.
Case Keenum, QB, Houston Texans: 28% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- In his second start, Keenum became more than “the guy who throws to Andre Johnson“.
- With 201 yards, three scores and no picks, Keenum certainly didn’t deserve the loss.
- With plenty of options to throw to, Keenum doesn’t appear to be a bad bye week start; and could be better than that.
Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans: 67% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- While he didn’t impress on Sunday (15 rushes and three catches for 64 total yards), he is the starter in Houston for the rest of the season.
- He’s performed in the past and will finally receive an uninhibited work load. If he can stay healthy, he should be able to produce more often than not.
Rashad Jennings, RB, Oakland Raiders: 49% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- Darren McFadden owners who were lucky enough to snag Jennings may be hoping Run DMC doesn’t return anytime soon.
- That’s not to take anything away from McFadden, but a testament to Jennings. While unable to find the endzone, 107 total yards should get him in there most weeks.
- While you have to keep an eye on McFadden’s status throughout the week, it’s better safe than sorry here and a week or two more like this and Jennings will make it tough for the Raiders to bench him, even when McFadden returns.
Next best thing:
Jarrett Boykin, WR, Green Bay Packers: 43% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- Even though the Packers are down their third string QB in Scott Tolzien, Boykin continues to be a focal part of the offense and performs.
- As long as he’s in the two or three man rotation in Green Bay, he’s worth starting.
- Worth noting: he received more targets than Jordy Nelson on Sunday. He caught eight passes for 112 yards.
Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams: 42% in Yahoo! leagues
- Two receptions for 138 yards and two scores, while adding a return touchdown.
- While the number of receptions make it tough to put full faith in Austin going forward, he showed what he can do with so little attention.
- There’s certainly more keeper value here than otherwise, as it’s worth noting that Kellen Clemons is still his quarterback…
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: 22% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- Caught five passes for 76 yards on Sunday in Atlanta.
- He’s been taking Sidney Rice‘s spot and Percy Harvin is fully expected to play next week. This should drastically diminish Baldwin’s role, but hopefully for himself and owners, he’s done enough to prove he can still be a part of the offense.
Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts: 16% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- While he didn’t accomplish anything on the ground, he caught five passes for 64 yards and a score.
- Trent Richardson has been as big a disappointment in Indianapolis as he was in Cleveland, opening the door for Brown.
- He’s the passing down back out the very least for now, which with Andrew Luck is reason enough to own him.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: 21% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- He got lucky when his fourth quarter fumble was recovered by Mike Tolbert, but he still led the team in carries.
- DeAngelo Williams was the back who broke a big one and found the endzone, and will continue to be a part of the ground game, as will Tolbert. Stewart is the one with the most upside however and the most likely to eventually earn the bulk of the workload.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: 48% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- This week, Case Keenum shared the ball a little bit more. Six of those found Hopkins who finished with 69 yards.
- With Keenum establishing himself as a ‘good’ quarterback, it’s quite likely two receivers could become productive in Houston. Especially with Foster going down and the Texans becoming more pass heavy.
Worth a shot:
Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions: 8% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- Expected to return this weekend, Burleson will assume his spot opposite the field of Megatron.
- The Lions have succeeded without a true secondary receiver, but the return of Burleson will give them that option, should Matt Stafford choose to use it.
Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: 14% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- It seemed at first that last week’s two touchdown performance was a fluke, but Cotchery caught another and was targeted in the red zone. Still not a very appealing option, but back to back weeks with touchdowns is something to keep an eye on.
Dennis Johnson, RB, Houston Texans: 21% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- He hasn’t impressed even slightly yet, but he is now the official backup in Houston. With Tate’s injury history, he could find himself starting a game before the end of the year.
Mario Manningham, WR, San Francsico 49ers: 9% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- In his season debut he caught three passes for 30 yards.
- Not overly impressive, but the return of Crabtree should benefit Manningham as well.
Andre Roberts, WR, Arizona Cardinals: 5% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- Five recptions for 72 yards and a touchdown in the Cards win. He outperformed Larry Fitzgerald which won’t happen very often and the Cards won, which will happen less often. But it’s a good day and a repeat isn’t entirely out of the question.
Bobby Rainey, RB, Tampa Bay Bucanneers: 1% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- Not much to say here other than he is technically set to be a number one back.
- No official word on Mike James as of yet and the Bucs could sign someone before Sunday’s game against Atlanta. If not however, Rainey will have a favourable matchup and should get plenty of work.
- With both of these guys expected to return within the next couple of weeks, they will become instant number ones on their own teams and fantasy teams. Crabtree especially is desperately needed by Kaepernick and the Niners, as witnessed in the fourth quarter on Sunday.