Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Rabble Waivers: Week 7


1. Nick Foles (PHI) STARTER
Nick Foles' four touchdown performance in Sunday's contest in Tampa is nothing to sneeze at. The Bucs are 0-5, but their defense had been playing well, allowing just 17.5 points per game. Foles and the Eagles scored 31 on Sunday. He hasn't given the Eagles any reason to rush Vick back onto the field, and we wouldn't be surprised if he finishes the season as the Eagles starting quarterback.

2. Josh Freeman (MIN) HIDE N' WATCH
Josh Freeman is going to be the starting quarterback in Minnesota sooner than later. Now would be a good time to pickup the potential QB1. It's becoming clear that Tampa is the problem, not Josh Freeman. Tampa is no stranger to releasing talent. Notable Departures under Greg Schiano: Aquib Talib, LeGarette Blount, Michael Bennett (led SEA in Sacks before injury).

Thad Lewis' tallied three scores against a stout Bengals defense in Week 6. He got the backup receivers involved (something that backup quarterbacks tend to do), and was a nice surprise for Bills' fans. If you're relying on a Kaepernick, Flacco, or Tannehill-level player, take a chance on Thad Lewis.

Running Backs

1. Andre Ellington (ARI) STARTER (NOT THIS WEEK)
Rashard Mendenhall is playing his way out of the rotation in Arizona. Ellington has been dynamic when he's been on the field, and has seen his workload and production steadily increase. This guy is a must-add in PPR formats. He's up against SEA this week, so your chances to grab and stash him are high.

2. Joeseph Randle (DAL) INJURY RELIEF
The Cowboys drafted Randle as an insurance policy for the often injured Demarco Murray. This is a guy you can ride for multiple weeks as the Cowboys have some favorable matchups in the coming weeks.

Chances are he's available in your league if owners weren't impressed with his lone game against the Jaguars. Stacy has gotten it done in back-to-back weeks and is worth a shot if you're in desperate need of a RB.

If you're in a PPR league and desperate for a running back you could do a lot worse than Roy Helu Jr. He's gotten 10+ touches in back-to-back weeks, and should see more balls thrown his way as this team finds themselves trailing in most contests.

Wide Receivers

1. Riley Cooper (PHI) STARTER
Repeat: Backup quarterbacks throw to backup wide receivers. The chemistry between Riley Cooper and Nick Foles was on display last Sunday. Cooper was targeted six times, and hauled in four of those for 120 yards and a score.  Expect more of the same from Foles and Cooper.

2. Terrance Williams (DAL) STARTER
Terrance Williams is quietly replacing Miles Austin in the passing game.  The rookie was only targeted twice in Sunday's win over Washington, but he still managed to find the endzone. He should see more targets this week against a porous Philadelphia pass defense.

3. Keenan Allen (SD) STARTER
Allen has notched 100+ yards and a score in back to back weeks. He almost hauled in another score early in Monday's contest against the Colts, but the pass was a bit low. It appears Allen is the San Diego wideout that has stepped up in place of the injured Denario Alexander and Malcom Floyd.

4. Jarett Boykin (GB) INJURY RELIEF
Boykin is worth a pickup in the event he is able to step up and replace the injured Randal Cobb (out 6-8 weeks). It's possible he might even get WR2 playing time if Jones is unable to go in Week 7. Either way, Aaron Rodgers is throwing this guy the ball. He's a top prospect, not a starter at this point.

5. T.J. Graham (BUF) HIDE N' WATCH
Backup quarterbacks throw to backup wide receivers. T.J. Graham. The second year man saw a season high six targets in Thad Lewis' first start. Without a doubt, Graham benefitted from Stevie Johnson's absence, but look for the speedy playmaker to get see more targets than usual while Thad Lewis is under center.

6a. Cordarelle Patterson (MIN) HIDE N' WATCH
6b. Jerome Simpson (MIN) HIDE N' WATCH
One of these guys, if not both, will be playing much better once Josh Freeman is under center. Both of these receivers are gifted athletes that can take any catch the distance. Patterson is more of a deep threat and we like him over Simpson in non-PPR formats. If you've got space for a prospect WR3, take a look at one of these guys from Minnesota.

Tight Ends

Tim Wright caught seven passes for 91 yards in Sunday's loss to the Eagles. Wright has quickly emerged as Glennon's second favorite target after Vincent Jackson, and has increased value while Mike Williams battles a nagging hamstring injury.

Jeff Cumberland (NYJ) INJURY RELIEF
Cumberland is the the starter while Kellen Winslow serves a four game ban. He has a decent matchup against a Patriots team that, up until Sunday against the Saints, was very friendly to tight ends. Aqib Talib shutdown Jimmy Graham until he was sidelined with a hip injury halfway through the game. Long story short: The Patriots are still friendly to tight ends.

All he does is catch touchdowns. If you are desperate for a TE, take a chance on Fauria.

Kyle Rudolph (MIN) HIDE N' WATCH
Here's another Viking that we believe will start playing a lot better once Freeman is under center.


They're playing the turnover prone New York Giants.

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