Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 7 Waiver Wire Top Adds
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 7 Waiver Wire Adds
October 15, 2013
Top Week 7 Waiver Adds
The waiver wire is getting a little deeper as injuries knock players out and young players start to step and take on larger roles. The three names that top the waiver list this week should've been picked up at last week, but surprisingly all three seem to be available in around 90% of leagues across the board. Justin Blackmon is not included in this list because he should be owned in 100% of leagues this week. Jay Cutler is not included either, but grab him if he is available in your league. Here are the top 5 names to target this week on the waiver wire.
1. Keenan Allen - Allan has played like the top wide receiver in San Diego for three weeks in a row now, and its time for fantasy owners to jump on his bandwagon. Over the Chargers last three games, Allen has 20 catches from 27 targets for 302 yards and 2 touchdowns. Allen may be a rookie, but that is no reason to dismiss his ability to emerge as the top wide receiver in San Diego. Allen was projected to be a 1st round draft pick and perhaps even the first wide receiver taken in the 2013 draft, but he suffered a knee injury that hindered his predraft evaluations. Allen is healthy now and proving he should have been a 1st round draft pick. It's time to grab Allen and put him in your lineup. Allen has a great quarterback and the Chargers have a pretty light schedule for the rest of the year.
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2. Andre Ellington - Ellington's production continues to rise, and he has earned at least a timeshare with Mendenhall in the Arizona backfield. Ellington is putting up stronger numbers than Mendenhall and Ellington has also scored more fantasy points than Mendenhall. This situation resembles the Bengal's backfield, where Ellington is playing the part of Giovani Bernard. Its time to add Ellington as the more explosive and better pass catching back out of the Arizona backfield.
3. Zac Stacy - The Rams' backfield seems to have stabilized over the last two weeks, and Zac Stacy has emerged as the leader. Over the last two games Stacy has averaged 16 carries for 79 yards. Stacy's numbers are not overwhelming, but they do show that he has taken over the lead role for the Rams. Running backs that get the ball as much as Stacy will be very valuable going forward and he is well worth a roster spot.
4. Joseph Randle - Some players cannot stay healthy, and Demarco Murray is one of those guys. Murray has a sprained MCL and will most likely miss several weeks. As of now, it appears that Joseph Randle, a rookie 5th round draft pick out of Oklahoma State, will take over as the lead back in Dallas while Murray recovers. Randle has very little NFL experience, but a nice matchup against the bad Eagles defense should serve him nicely. Randle will not be a starting RB for long, but he will be the lead back on a team with a good offense playing a team with a bad defense this week.
5. Nick Foles - Foles is an interesting addition this week because there is one big question that surrounds him. Will Foles be the starter when Vick is healthy? It is too early to know the answer to this question, but Foles looked great on Sunday against a very good Buccaneers' secondary. Vick is a more explosive player, but Foles is a more accurate passer. Fantasy owners with Vick as their only QB option should have picked up Foles last week, and fantasy owners looking to add QB depth should think about taking a flier on Foles.
If you trust the Giants: The Giants are 0-6 and its hard to trust backup players on a team that is still looking for its first win. The Giants do have a 2x Super Bowl MVP running things on the field, so there is a chance they get things together soon. Brandon Jacobs had a huge game on Thursday Night and looks like he might be a nice waiver addition. While Jacobs could produce well again, he suffered a hamstring injury Thursday night and the Giants have been looking at other free agent running backs including Peyton Hillis. It may be worth it to gamble on Jacobs, but there are better running back options on 90% of waiver wires. Rueben Randle is also a popular name appearing on many people's radars. The problem with Randle is he is still at best the #3 target in the Giants offense. The Giants have been forced to throw enough to keep Randle relevant, but Randle's real value lies in the rumors of Hakeem Nicks getting traded. If the Giants trade Nicks, then Randle's fantasy value will take a huge leap, and that is why he should be considered as a waiver addition.
Time to start thinking about adding Percy Harvin. The reports out of Seattle say Harvin is ahead of schedule in his recovery from hip surger, but he is still not too close to playing. If you want Harvin, its time to consider making a move for him before someone else in your league does.
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