The fantasy world is waiting to feel the aftershocks of the Maurice Jones-Drew foot injury. Early reports have him already ruled out for this upcoming week. The question now becomes: How long will he end up on the sideline? His backup is ready to roll, and is the top attraction on this week’s waiver wire. We also have a couple of other running backs, a tight end, and a handful of wide receivers that we are going to be keeping our eyes on. There’s something for everyone in this week’s edition of Waiver Wire Wonders!
RB Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville
Cellar dwellars, unite! For the second week in a row, we’ve got a running back at the top of the waiver list ready for the taking. Early reports are that the injured Maurice Jones-Drew will not play this upcoming week, with the potential for a longer absence looming large over one of the league’s top backs. Jennings is the clear backup in Jacksonville, so he will inherit the load, as he did last week filling in when Jones-Drew left the game. He tallied more than 100 yards in total offense while scoring a touchdown, proving that the Jaguars have confidence that he can be the full-time back. Jennings is without question the top player to pull off waivers this week and will step in to be a fantasy starter as long as Jones-Drew will be out.
RB La’Rod Stephens-Howling, Arizona
Just as quickly as the Cardinals moved away from William Powell, so are we in the waiver wire business. An early fumble put Powell in the sideline doghouse, and Stephens-Howling responded in a big way. He got hot, stayed hot, and the Cardinals went with him the entire game against Minnesota. When the game was over, the stat sheet had Stephens-Howling with 149 yards in total offense (104 on the ground), a strong day for a guy not expecting to get that much action. This is a fluid situation, and will likely be a “hot hand” type of scenario. We like the hot hand of Stephens-Howling and envision the Cardinals giving him another chance to hold onto the starting role this upcoming week.
TE Dustin Keller, New York Jets
The Jets can hardly keep any player healthy, especially anyone tasked with catching the ball from Mark Sanchez. While New York figures out what it has at wideout, it was an old friend at tight end that was the star against New England in Week 7. Seven catches for 93 yards gets Keller a mention in this week’s story, and with not much else on the outside, we see Sanchez continuing to look for Keller in the coming weeks, making him a good bye week filler at tight end. Our friends at fleaflicker.com have him as the top addition at his position, grab him and enjoy.