So, last week we told you to grab QB Nick Foles, RB Zac Stacey, and RB Andre Ellington – to go along with our exemplary record of grabbing guys before the rush in your league is on (in weeks even older than that we advised WR Josh Gordon, WR Justin Blackmon, WR Keenan Allen, TE Jordan Reed etc). You may not have a chance at any of them now, but if you do pull the trigger…if not…it’s time to read along here and start taking us seriously. Feel free to go back and read our waiver advice to look for names that may still be available in your league – we are going to go ahead and assume you want “brand” new guys this week.
As always what we’ll do here is make recommendations on 3 levels. Level 1 guys are so obvious that they were either drafted in your league on draft day already, or you will have to fight with other owners over them on the wire. Level 2 guys are decent risks that may not always pan out, but more of them may be available in your league to serve your purposes. And finally level 3 guys are more of the longshot homerun guys – but if your need is great, or if you play in a deep league – these might be the only guys you have a chance at….
WR Percy Harvin – We recommended Harvin last week, and have had good success watching Josh Gordon and Justin Blackmon be picked up right before their successful season debuts. Harvin is a different case coming back from major injury, but you still can easily afford to drop someone for his homerun potential. The new rumors are Harvin will be ready in 1-2 weeks, and even if it takes 3-4 weeks picking him up before he comes back is an excellent idea. yeah you don’t know what you’ll get with him, but he’s a dymanic top 10 fantasy WR when ready to go. It’s not a lot to ask to cut the last guy on your bench for him.
RB Brandon Jacobs – We have recommended just about every Giants RB this season as a pick up, including Jacobs about 3 weeks ago. If Jacobs is still on your league’s waiver wire be prepared to fight for him this week. He’s a little banged up, and David Wilson may be back sooner than expected from his neck injury…but when you look at the RB’s we’re going to recommend for level 2 this week there’s no harm in going in for Jacobs – he’s the lead back in NYG for as long as he’s healthy and the only back to run well there all season. It may be a very short window, but Jacobs could produce RB2 numbers during these critical bye weeks.
TE Jeff Cumberland – Cumberland is only this high because we’ve been talking about him for weeks, and this is really the last time I want to mention him. With Kellen Winslow suspended for 3 games, and Santonio Holmes still nursing an injury Cumberland could even improve on his play that for the last 3 weeks has looked like 34 and a TD, 79 and a TD, and just this week 59 yards. Cumberland may struggle to be a full TE1 for you, but if you recently had an injury to Jimmy Graham, or Owen Daniels – or have a very inconsistent TE like Kyle Rudoplh , Cumberland is worth a pickup to rotate in based on matchups.
TE Jordan Reed – Exactly the same as Cumberland, sick of mentioning him – he should be owned.
RB Joseph Randle – Randle will be involved with Demarco Murray on the shelf for a game or 2. Randle to me is no special talent, but Jerry Jones reportedly really likes the kid and in Dallas that still means something. I expect Randle to be a mid level flex play while Murray recovers – he’s only worth a chance if you specifically need RB help, and is not worth passing on WR or TE or QB that you may need.
RB Chris Ivory – Oh how times have changed for Ivory. In the spring Ivory was considered a fantasy sleeper back with a lock on the Jets’ starting RB job. Well someone forgot to set his alarm clock, b/c after weeks of playing with injury and running poorly Ivory appeared to be no better than the RB3 on his own team. Well with RB Mike Goodson lost for the year, Ivory once again becomes a potential factor in the Jets offense. He is a tease no doubt, a solid brutal runner – an injury prone Marshawn Lynch perhaps – but if some owner let him go over the past few weeks and he’s on your waiver wire there is still a chance Ivory could regain the starting job in NY by the end of the season. Admittedly, this would take a drop off in play by Bilal Powel, but hey….MUCH stranger things have happened.
WR Jacoby Jones – Jones played his 1st game since Week 1 of the season this weekend and responded with 2 catches for 42 yards and a TD. Jones will be a frustratingly inconsistent fantasy player as he is every season, but there’s little doubt Baltimore missed his veteran presence and his targets should increase as he gets even healthier. A potential WR 4, or Wr3 during your bye weeks.
RB Khiry Robinson – Very quietly Robinson is running hard in New Orleans. This past weekend he took 7 carries for 53 yards and a TD, while again filling in for the Mark Ingram role in that offense. Robinson’s week to week value will be challenged by how many touches he gets vs Pierre Thomas, and then when Ingram comes back from injury – he will have to fight the former Heisman winner for playing time….so this is sort of a lotto ticket. But, I am betting the Saints will let Robinson have Ingram’s spot when they finally judge the 2 head to head. Ingram really has been that bad as a pro.
WR Kris Durham – For some reason know only to the mind of Matt Stafford, Durham has taken on the role of secondary WR to Megatron that seemed clearly marked for Ryan Broyles. While Burelson remains sidelined it’s possible Durham remains fantasy relevant, but with Calvin Johnson getting healthier his targets seem destined to remain low. In deep leagues he’s worth a pickup for a few weeks as a desperation play and nothing more.
QB Thaddeus Lewis – Miss out on bad real life/good fantasy QB Terrell Pryor? Well for a month or so this guy might be Pryor 2.0. Lewis seemed to have the deep ball in his arsenal over the weekend, as well as mobility in the pocket. His average pass per attempt was only 6.8, so we can’t get too excited…and further complicating matters was his “mild” foot sprain injury he confessed to having after the game. Monitor the status of his injury for week 7 before making a claim on him, but if you are deseperate at QB, Lewis to me is worth a look over a guy like TJ Yates on your waiver wire – who has already proven he can’t do the job.
WR Jarret Boykin – James Jones is out for a game or two, Randal Cobb is out for more than a game or two. Boykin is next in line in a good passing attack, he’s probably only a 1 or 2 game rental at this point….but those can be very valuable this time of year.
TE Joseph Fauria – His value is massively overinflated right now, so don’t pass up players like Cumberland and Reed at the position just because this guy scored 3 TD’s over the weekend. Fauria is the ultimate boom or bust play having just 7 catches in 6 games with 5 of them for Td’s. Odds are you can do better, but if you can’t pick him up and play him only when your other TE is hurt or has a terrible matchup – the fact is you just won’t see his awful TD dances enough during the season to make him reliable.
RB Mike Goodson – Suspension and now season ending injury. I suppose if you own Goodson in a dynasty/keeper format you can take some solace in the fact that he beat out Chris Ivory for a spot before going down. But, even long term in 2014 and beyond I would bet against this guy doing much of anything.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick – although Jake Locker doesn’t look like he’ll suit up for week 7, new reports say he may only be a game or two away. Fitzpatrick played a tough Seattle defense last weekend and struggled, and now gets the 49’ers as a reward in week 7. He hasn’t played very well, so if you were desperate and picked him up hoping to catch lightening in a bottle – well that plan has short circuited. Time to release him for the next flyer at the position.