By A.J. Weinberg (@Fantasy_AJ)
As most leagues are passing or nearing their trade deadline, the waiver wire becomes more important than ever. Without the ability to make trades to improve your squad, it’s vital to make shrewd decisions on whom to grab off the wire. In this article, I’ll look at the big performers from Week 9 who have a good chance to help your team as you look to make a playoff push. Let’s get to it!
Aaron Dobson (New England Patriots, WR – 4.8%)
The rookie from Marshall has posted back-to-back good performances, looking miles better than he did for the first several games of the season. With Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola finally healthy, and contributing to the offense, Dobson has seen an increased fantasy value due to a lack of attention being placed on him by opposing defenses. He had a monster game this week, posting 5 catches for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns. He saw 9 targets, the second highest total of any Patriots player. With Kenbrell Thompkins a healthy scratch, it seems that New England is putting their trust in Dobson to be their ‘X’ receiver across from Amendola. Dobson is a major talent (do yourself a favor and check out his amazing Youtube highlight: “Aaron Dobson the catch”), and if he can hold down the WR2 job, he could have some serious fantasy value.
Riley Cooper (Philadelphia Eagles, WR – 8.9%)
As predicted in our Sneaky Starts article this week, Cooper was the biggest benefactor of Nick Foles’ 7 TD outburst. After only having 43.4 points through the first 8 weeks, Cooper scored an incredible 33.7 points in week 9. He only has two games in which he’s had over 100 yards, but both have come with Foles under center. After Foles’ record-tying day, it is unlikely the Eagles will turn back to Michael Vick when he gets healthy. Assuming the Foles/Cooper chemistry stays strong, Cooper could post WR4 to WR3 numbers from here on out.
Rashad Jennings (Oakland Raiders, RB – 4.6%)
Nod your head if you’ve heard this one before: “Darren McFadden hurt” (vigorous shaking of the head by every reader). Jennings was a popular pickup last year when Maurice Jones-Drew went down with an injury, and Jennings was largely ineffective. However, he looked awesome in week 9 posting 15 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown (with 7 catches for 74 yards). McFadden hurt the same hamstring that forced him to miss a game earlier this year, and it is possible he could miss a few games. While Jennings likely won’t produce as well as he did in week 9, starting running backs are almost always valuable in fantasy, and Jennings seems to have that role locked up (at least for the next few weeks). Look for Jennings to be a decent flex play while starting for the Raiders.
Tim Wright (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TE – 0.9%)
The undrafted rookie from Rutgers turned 4 targets into 4 catches for 58 yards and a score. Wright has been very solid since the introduction of Mike Glennon as the starting QB in Tampa, and he now has a touchdown in back-to-back games. Wright is an athletic, receiving tight end who appears to be the second option in the Buccaneers’ passing offense behind wide receiver Vincent Jackson. At worst, Wright will be a solid bye-week fill in at tight end, however he has the potential to be much more than that. With 9 or more points in 3 of the last 4 weeks, Wright looks like he could be a solid, if not unexciting, starting option at tight end from here on out. If you have a stud tight end, don’t bother picking up Wright. If you’re toting a middle-of-the-pack tight end, Wright should be well worth a waiver claim.
Shonn Greene (Tennessee Titans, RB – 48.8%)
Another standout from that Sneaky Starts article, and perhaps the most boring player on this list, Greene still warrants waiver wire consideration. After being an ineffective primary ball carrier for the Jets for a few seasons, Greene has assumed the role of goalline running back for the Titans. While it is far from the most enticing role a player can have, it can be valuable nonetheless. Chris Johnson finally had a big game in week 9, dampening any potential of Greene becoming the starter. But, after a 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, Greene solidified his role as the goalline back, but he also finished with 10 touches for 66 yards. Greene is mostly worth a claim in deeper leagues, but if you are thin at running back he is a fine option. However, the Titans’ schedule is kind to RBs for the rest of the season, so don’t be surprised if he finds him himself in flex territory more weeks than not. Look for Greene to get around 10 carries a week, with his real value coming around the goalline.
Andre Brown (New York Giants, RB – 19.8%)
A few weeks ago, I mentioned Brown was worth stashing on your bench, as he would likely become the starting running back for the G-Men upon his return from a broken leg. Well, Brown has voiced his confidence in his ability to take the field and be effective in week 10, and there is no one blocking his path to touches in the Giants backfield. Quite simply, Brown is available in WAY to many leagues. David Wilson is not likely to return any time soon, and Peyton Hillis just is not good enough to significantly cut into Brown’s carries. Brown has a shot to be a solid flex option or maybe even a RB2 from next week and beyond.
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