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Um, tell Elmo this Mr. Gordon. What do those letters spell??
Well Elmo, that spells WAIVER WIRE.
Ahh. Waiver wire!! Yaaay!!!! Thanks Mr. Gordon! Let’s look and see who is on the Waiver.. Wire…
Josh Freeman, Minnesota Vikings – The team is 1-4 and they didn’t bring Freeman in for all that dough to have him ride the pine with QB Christian Ponder. What better time than to roll out your new quarterback than against the 0-6 New York Giants? Look for Freeman to settle in just fine and actually make the Vikings receivers relevant again. If you need a quarterback – even if you don’t – grab Freeman.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals – He’s been erratic, his top wide receiver has been on peg-legs thus far in 2013, but if you look down the schedule a bit, Carson might see some light at the end of the tunnel. With a nice run of matchups from week 11 through week 14 that include St. Louis twice, Jacksonville and Philadelphia, Carson may be a solid fill in if needed that could produce nicely.
Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Albeit a fine performance against a less than stellar secondary in Philadelphia, Glennon’s developing rapport with WR Vincent Jackson is encouraging. He is a work in progress, but is worth monitoring as the season progresses.
Matt Flynn, Buffalo Bills – Ok not overly glamorous and a tad desperate (my high school dating experience in a nutshell) but maybe the chilly weather in Buffalo will remind him of the blustery days in Green Bay when he was moderately productive. Probably not, but Flynn is worth keeping an eye on.
Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants – Wow, Father Time must have been passed out last Thursday night. It was exciting to see Jacobs running with so much burst and excitement. He once again corralled the starting gig and wanted to make a statement to hold on to it. Despite a minor tweak of his hamstring, Jacobs should get another heavy workload in week seven. If he is unable to go though, the Giants may be forced to look to rookie RB Michael Cox. What, no love for free agent RB Michael Turner??? RB Beanie Wells?? RB Joe McKnight??
Christian Okoye, Kans.. Just kidding.. I got carried away with Jacobs.
Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams – He was listed before, and if you though the production against Jacksonville was a fluke and he’d come back down to earth this past week, think again. Stacy is running with a purpose for the Rams and if he is still available in your league, make a play for him now. St. Louis has a passing game that must be respected and this will open up a plethora of opportunities for Stacy.
Khiry Robinson, New Orleans Saints – I am bringing back another player mentioned in the past few weeks because he merits the mention. I like RB Pierre Thomas as much as the next guy, but Robinson has the makings of a solid feature back in a dangerous offense. It’ll take him some time to get entirely acclimated, but when he does, he’ll be long gone from your league’s waiver wire.
Joseph Randle, Dallas Cowboys – Starting RB Demarco Murray left the contest against the Redskins and will likely miss some time, how much is yet to be determined. This could be the rookie’s time to shine as RB Lance Dunbar is more of a change-of-pace back. Couple that with the fact that their week seven opponent can be run on, and Randle has “plug and play” written all over him this week against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns – The forgotten guy with the recent signing of RB Willis McGahee, Ogbonnaya has been quietly productive i
n his own right. He’s been extremely active as a receiver out of the backfield, and as soon as McGahee’s aging legs start to get the better of him, the Browns will turn to Ogbonnaya to carry the load.
Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers – It is not as though the Panthers running game has set the league on fire. Stewart is eligible to come off the PUP list in week seven and while it may take him a little time to get his motor running, he is clearly the most explosive option Carolina possesses in their backfield. Get him now before the mad dash.
Reuben Randle, New Your Giants – At 0-6 the Giants are more apt to look at their future and Randle is a big part of the G-Men moving forward. He’s done more at the WR3 spot for them than many WR2’s around the league. With rumors starting to circle regarding the possible early departure of contract year player WR Hakeem Nicks, Randle’s value would increase dramatically.
Jacoby Jones, Baltimore Ravens – At this point, many expected WR Marlon Brown to have a stranglehold on the WR2 spot for the Ravens. Well due to injury and inexperience, that hasn’t been the case. It will take some time for Jones to get going, but there is no doubting his straightaway speed. He is worth keeping your eye on.
Kris Durham, Detroit Lions – With WR Nate Burleson out, WR Calvin Johnson clearly not 100% and WR Ryan Broyles not ready for prime time, Durham is reaping the benefits (and targets) of his QB Matthew Stafford. He was able to make a nice impact this past week and could be a factor moving forward in an explosive offense.
Brandon Lafell, Carolina Panthers – The pundits will say that his stat line was bolstered by his 79 yard touchdown reception. Of course, if he failed to reel in the deep offering, they’d be talking of what a disappointment LaFell was. That said, wide receivers are downfield to make plays, and a 79 yard touchdown catch and run was indeed one. Over the past three games, Lafell has posted 207 yards and three touchdowns. Works for me – how are your other WR3, 4’s and 5’s doing??
Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks – Like the aforementioned RB Jonathan Stewart, you’ll want to make a play for Harvin sooner as opposed to later. The news is (albeit vague) from Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is the dynamic receiver is “right around the corner to returning..” while nothing is firm, now is the time to add Harvin. He could be a solid addition down the stretch.
Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles – I’ll start this by telling you I am not a big Riley Cooper fan. It has nothing to do with his transgressions earlier in the season, mind you. Stupid is as stupid does. The guy is a moron. I am not a fan in the realm of fantasy because he is a marginal receiver in the NFL if that. He’s only mentioned because it seems as though QB Nick Foles likes to look in his direction more than QB Michael Vick. If Foles is again under center in week seven against the Dallas Cowboys, Cooper could again be a factor. If Vick starts, all bets are off.
Jeff Cumberland, New York Jets – Well, I guess we all know how starting TE Kellen Winslow’s crackling knees held up thus far, eh? With Winslow suspended for four games for violating the league’s PED policy, Cumberland takes over the starting gig and all things considered, he’s an interesting option.
Timothy Wright, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Who? Look, when a young quarterback locks in on his tight end for nine targets and the receiver is productive, it is worth mentioning. The Rutgers product grabbed seven of those targets for 91 yards and should be on the fantasy radar.
Choose wisely, my friends! I’ll be back later with some more fantasy insight and hilarity. Find me here, on Google+ #FFCENTRAL, #FP911, live on Thursdays and Saturdays with the FP911 crew!! You can also drop me a line on twitter @djleason
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