The full fallout from the Trent Richardson trade has not been felt yet, neither on the Cleveland Browns or the Indianapolis Colts. Without Ahmad Bradshaw, Richardson only ran for 60 yards on 20 carries. Yes, he found the end zone, but will this become another time-sharing situation when Bradshaw returns? Willis McGahee looked OK against the Cincinnati Bengals, but his absence in the passing game is going to keep his value down. Chris Ogbonnaya is the clear passing option; as long as both are healthy neither is going to have that much fantasy value.
Looking to the waivers, players like Justin Blackmon (back from suspension), Coby Fleener, Alshon Jeffery and the Kansas City defense/special teams are definitely worth a look but in the majority of leagues they are already owned. Make sure they are rostered, as they would be above all the players listed here.
We are bringing back our top category for a couple of players this week, but otherwise the landscape for waiver wire additions is largely speculative. A handful of wide receivers and running backs that are both solid and on the radar, plus a quarterback in the mix but nothing to get overly excited about. With injuries starting to mount around the league, there is something for everyone to take a look at and put at the bottom of their roster. On to the weekly wonders!
WR Robert Woods, Buffalo
We open this week with a guy that never seems to leave the field of play. With Stevie Johnson nursing a sore hamstring, the rookie has stepped in and performed admirably. An official’s reversal kept him from a two-touchdown day, but in the end he finished with four receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens. The Bills have little behind Johnson and Woods, so those two will be on the field as long as they are healthy and able. Woods should be owned in all formats, and we’d go so far to project him as a WR3 or WR4 and worth a spot start to cover a bye week.
RB Rashad Jennings, Oakland
The Raiders are being mum on the status of Darren McFadden, with early reports speculating that the starter will miss this week’s tilt against San Diego. Jennings lit up the Washington Redskins for eight catches and 71 yards in the air and 15 carries for 45 yards on the ground. As McFadden’s backup, he will carry the load in his absence as there is no one else in Oakland capable of carrying the rock. He’s worth adding in all formats as we await the announced length of McFadden’s annual trip to the injured list. Our friends at fleaflicker.com have him as a top5 add at the position, a number that is sure to rise quickly.