I’m changing up the format a little this week. I was having a hard time keeping the list to only ten players and then figured why limit my readers to only 10? Why have a limit at all? So this week I’m getting rid of the top ten waiver list and switching to a positional format. I’ll still list my max FAAB, so if you care you can see how they would rank overall. If you like this format better, let me know.
Terrell Pryor (37%): It was an ugly performance Sunday vs the Chiefs (3 INTs), but Pryor continues to show flashes of competence. He’s averaging over 200 yards passing and close to 50 rushing yard per game. Pryor will probably always be a better QB in fantasy than real-life, but none of us are going to be NFL GMs anytime soon so who cares. His rushing yards give him a floor of around 10 points per game and if he plays well he has more upside then any QB owned in less than 50% of leagues.
Max FAAB: $15
Nick Foles (13%): Chip Kelly’s offense isn’t a fluke. The Eagles are 3rd in the NFL in total offense (449 YPG) and didn’t miss a beat with Nick Foles at QB (425 yards) against Tampa and their decent defense (16th in the league). In the last two games Foles has 5 TDs and 0 INTs. There is an obvious risk that Michael Vick will get the starting job back when healthy, but for now Foles is a borderline fantasy starter especially this week at home vs Dallas.
Max FAAB: $10
Zac Stacy RB (39%): In a tough matchup against statistically the best run defense in the league (Hou), Stacy ran hard all day and finished with 79 yards on 18 carries (4.4 YPC). He also caught a couple passes (2-11) and was adequate in pass protection (+.4) which were both considered weaknesses in Stacy’s game. In my opinion, Stacy passed the eye test as well and there is no reason he should lose the starting gig in STL. If he is still available, do whatever you can to get him.
Max FAAB: $30
Andre Ellington (36%): The bad news is that Cards coach Bruce Arians has stated that he doesn’t think Ellington can hold up for more then 30-35 snaps a game. The good news is that Ellington is doing quite a bit of damage in his limited snaps. Sunday he had 92 total yards, a touchdown, and averaged 7.6 yards per touch. That’s a damn explosive number and if Mendenhall gets hurt or continues to suck, I think Arians might have to rethink his snap limit on Ellington and see what he can do as a feature back. Even if his snap count stays consistent, Ellington has been productive enough to earn your flex spot.
Max FAAB: $20
Joseph Randle (3%): DeMarco Murray is out for week 7, but will probably be back by week 9. Lance Dunbar is also in the mix, but he’s been hurt as well so Randle should at least get a chance to start in week 7 with the chance at 1-2 more starts. Randle is explosive, but don’t go crazy with your free agent money for what will probably only be a few weeks worth of value .
Max FAAB: $12
Willis McGahee (56%): He’s a starting RB in the NFL. That’s about the only good thing I have to say about McGahee so far (2.8 YPC). He got the red zone carries in week 5, but Ogbayanna got some of the red zone work in week 6. So who knows what the Browns plan is moving forward. I wouldn’t be happy having to start McGahee every week, but as a bye week replacement you could do worse.
Max FAAB: $10
Brandon Jacobs (24%): Don’t be fooled by Jacobs 106 yards and 2 TD game in week 6 against the Bears. Chicago was starting a DT picked off the waiver wire last week, a practice squad call up, and a 2nd string DE due to injuries. Jacobs was averaging 2.2 YPC before the game against the Bears backup D-line and I expect he will go back to being ineffective as soon as next week. I would be willing to bet just about anything that Jacobs never reaches 100 yards in a game again in his career. David Wilson was considered healthy enough to avoid neck surgery so he should be back by week 9. Let someone else waste their free agent money on Jacobs.
Max FAAB: $1
Khriy Robinson RB (1%): He scored his first NFL touchdown in week 6 and continues to poach carries from Sproles & Pierre Thomas. Robinson picked up 52 yards on 7 carries (7.6 YPC) and is averaging 5.3 YPC on the season. His situation reminds me of two seasons ago when Chris Ivory came out of nowhere to be a decent fantasy RB for the Saints by the end of the season. He’s worth a speculative add if you have room on your bench.
Max FAAB: $5