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Waiver Wire Wonders

Apologies for the late posting this week, let’s get right into it …

Previously Listed Players

Nothing strikes me as incredibly hot this week. The ride for
Shaun Hill (Detroit) may be coming to an end. Not a great matchup this week, plus news that Calvin Johnson may not be available this week are a downer. The Lions are a week away from their bye and Matthew Stafford is likely to be back as well.  Too bad since he had a real hot couple of weeks. 

Ryan Torian (Washington) is still available in 40 percent of the leagues using He had a tough week in his first start, but he will have another 3-4 games as the starter for the Redskins. Look for him to bounce back this week with a 100-plus yard performance. In New Orleans,
Ladell Betts and Chris Ivory are getting enough action in Pierre Thomas’ absence that the desperate fantasy owner can grab and use as a weak flex option.

I still like
Kenny Britt (Tennessee) a lot, though he too may soon be challenged for playing time with the return of Justin Gage.
Roy Williams (Dallas) looks like he’s back to being a consistent fantasy contributor. 
Marcedes Lewis (Jacksonville) continues to impress as all he seems to do is catch touchdowns. 

Solid Pickups

RB Mike Hart, Indianapolis

Injuries to Joseph Addai and Donald Brown create an opportunity where Hart may be in line for some significant work this week. With a bye week looming in Week 7, Indianapolis could play this week close to the vest and give Addai and Brown a lighter than usual load. The Colts rely on their backs so keep an eye on late week reports and react if it looks like Hart will get a large piece of this week’s playing time. 

WR Danny Amendola, St.Louis

Amendola has been mentioned in this space before, and with good reason. The injury to Mark Clayton will push his production even higher. The Rams have had some offensive success this year through the air, so look for that to continue with Amendola carrying a heavy load of action.

RB James Starks, Green Bay

A little unusual to have a player that isn’t eligible to play for another two weeks this high on the list, but it is apparent that Brandon Jackson is not a viable running back in the NFL. Take away his 71-yard run last week and his numbers were once again pathetic. Since the Packers haven’t made a trade yet, they must be waiting to see if Starks can be the guy for them. Grab him and stash on your bench for some November and December production.

WR Golden Tate, Seattle

The Seahawks had already been working the rookie into an active role, which will expand even more with their dealing of Deion Branch to New England. Tate’s role will continue to increase as he establishes himself as the top wide out on the team.

TE Heath Miller, Pittsburgh

Ben Roethlisberger is back, and that will provide a boost to the Steelers’ offense.  In fact, while he gets back up to speed, look for him to rely on this tight end early and often. Millier has been a disappointment so far this season, but grab him now if he is available before he has a very hot performance this week.

WR James Jones, Green Bay

With the Packers’ running game in shambles, and both experienced tight ends going down, look for Jones to see more action. The Packers have been using three wideout sets more often, and if Aaron Rodgers is well enough to play this week, Green Bay will have to get Jones more involved, especially if they continue to have trouble in getting the ball to Greg Jennings.

On The Radar

TE Andrew Quarless, Green Bay

Someone has to be the starting tight end for the Packers this week. With Jermichael Finley and Donald Lee going down last week, Green Bay will be forced to dig down deep into their depth chart. 

PK Garrett Hartley, New Orleans

Hartley struggled enough in the first three games that the Saints brought in the ageless John Carney to peform the kicking duties.  Carney’s key miss this past week has New Orleans going back to their Superbowl hero.  The Saints’ starting kicker is a top 10 fantasy kicker, if Hartley is available in your league, consider upgrading.

WR Mardy Gilyard, St.Louis

With the injury to Mark Clayton, the Rams will shuffle things up a notch on the wide out depth chart. Gilyard will see a significant amount of playing time and though Amendola will get the bulk of the action, Gilyard is a capable wideout worth taking a look at.

WR Deion Branch, New England

I don’t have Branch ranked as high as others do, in fact I’d recommend that you let someone else in your league take a chance on the aging veteran. Unless your name is Wes Welker, New England spreads the ball around too much to predict which player will have a fantasy impact from week to week. Only in deep leagues do you need to take a chance and create a roster spot for Branch.

Deep and/or Dynasty Only

RB Deji Karim, Jacksonville

Given the chance this week, Karim did a fine job to the tune of 70 yards on the ground this past week. He’s no threat to the playing time of Maurice Jones-Drew, but should anything happen, the Jaguars would continue to be a running team and Karim would be the guy.

RB Julius Jones, New Orleans

Only those in dire straights need even consider Jones. This is just insurance for  Betts. I have my doubts that Jones would get high enough on the depth chart to suit up for the Saints. Thomas will be back soon, meaning Jones would be fourth on the depth chart. There is a reason he has gone from team to team so far this year. 

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