This week’s waiver wire group is relatively thin. The big injuries to Ryan Williams and Cedric Benson open up the biggest opportunities for a waiver wire wonder to emerge. We’re also still waiting to see if any receiver on the Browns, Rams, or Jets is worth owning, so feel free to add any lottery ticket from those crews. But this is, by and large, a big week for RB adds.
Alex Green (GB RB) 8%
Cedric Benson was carted off the field with an ankle injury, and now is projected to miss at least 8 weeks. This opens up a huge door for 2nd year back, Alex Green. Against the Colts, Green managed 55 yards on 9 carries. He’s averaging an impressive 5.2 YPC on the year. People in deeper leagues should also consider John Kuhn and James Starks, who are also sure to see increased action. I don’t imagine Kuhn’s role changing too much, but there’s always a chance Starks gets heavily involved. The Packers likely aren’t impressed with what Starks provided last year, so I’m making Alex Green my top priority this week.
William Powell (ARI RB) 4% and LaRod Stephens-Howling (ARI RB) 3%
Beanie Wells is out until Week 12. Ryan Williams is done for the year. This leaves 3rd stringers, William Powell and LaRod Stephens-Howling, to carry the load. The Cards will most likely add a free agent RB for help, like Tim Hightower. Depending on who the Cards add, I might be more excited about the newly signed guy than any of the guys currently on the Cards roster. But for now, I’m making William Powell a top add. He rushed for a monstrous 7 yards in Thursday Night Football, and added 3 catches for 20 yards. Powell’s got just 3 carries all year, but I’m adding him over LaRod Stephens-Howing because LRSH (whose mouthful of a name will give BJGE a run for his money) is a situational player, not built to handle a full load. And the Cards staff has indicated as much. They’ll face Buffalo this weekend, so someone could have a decent fantasy day, but then there’s tough sledding ahead.
Jahvid Best (DET RB) 12%
This is one of those rare waiver adds that is not based on a big Sunday performance, but is instead based on a bit of news. This should make it easier for you to add him now for a low FAAB price. Jahvid Best still needs to pass some concussion tests, but he will be eligible to return in just 2 weeks. And given the Lions’ weakness in the backfield, Best should be in for a big workload right away. Again, this is all conditioned on Best passing his concussion tests, but make the add now while you can get him for cheap.
Jeremy Kerley (NYJ WR) 30%
Santonio Holmes is out. Dustin Keller is out. Who’s left in New York to catch some balls from SanchBow? (That’s the combo of Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.) Jeremy Kerley looked to be the guy on Monday Night Football, with Stephen Hill out. Kerley stepped up with 5 catches and 94 yards, on a team leading 8 targets. He looked like the most competent receiving option by far, and SanchBow probably took note of that.
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Danny Woodhead (NE RB) 15%
You can never be confident starting Danny Woodhead because he’s a situational player. But in these bye weeks, you could always plug him in and hope for the best. Over the past 3 weeks, Woodhead has posted 10, 8 and 7 fantasy points. Against the Broncos, Woodhead rushed for 47 yards and added a 25 yard catch. You never know what you’re going to get between Ridley, Woodhead, Bolden, and Vereen. But you could do worse than throwing the multi-talented Woodhead into your lineup.
Christian Ponder (MIN QB) 29%
Christian Ponder has quietly been putting up decent fantasy numbers, save for a rough Week 4 outing where he simply wasn’t needed. Against the Titans, Ponder completed 25 out of 35 passes, for 258 yards, and 2 scores. He can also add a little production with his legs, scrambling for 31 yards on Sunday. If you need a QB bye week replacement, Ponder’s your man, as he continues to utilize the breakout star in Percy Harvin.
David Wilson (NYG RB) 18%
Wilson went from a hot preseason sleeper in drafts, to waiver wire fodder once Andre Brown broke out. But Andre Brown suffered a concussion against the Browns and will likely miss some time. Wilson ran for 44 yards and a score on his 2 carries on Sunday, and more importantly, didn’t fumble. He is likely earning back the trust of his coaches and could overtake Brown as the primary handcuff to Ahmad Bradshaw.
Rueben Randle (NYG WR) 4%
Hakeem Nicks’ injury is one of the bigger question marks in fantasy land. He could be back next week; he could be out for the season. We just don’t know yet. In the meantime, there will be some opportunity for guys like Rueben Randle, Domenik Hixon, and Ramses Barden. I still like Hixon the most out of this group, while Barden remains sidelined with a concussion. But Randle was the hot hand on Sunday, with 6 catches and 82 yards, on 9 targets. His 9 targets led the G-Men, while Cruz and Hixon each saw 8. Consider Randle if you need WR help in a deeper league.
Jordan Norwood (CLE WR) 0%
Will someone step up in this Browns group? Greg Little is the nominal #1 receiver but had zero catches on Sunday. Meanwhile, Norwood stepped up with 9 catches and 81 yards. I’m not touching any Browns receiver in standard sized leagues. But in my deeper leagues, I’ll give Norwood the add over Josh Gordon who put up big fantasy stats, but did so on just 2 catches.
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