by Will Overton
We’re ten weeks into the season and the waiver wire continues to be replenished each week with new talent coming out for owners to consider. This week we have a couple of running backs emerging as possible options, which doesn’t come along often (especially this late into the season). Let’s get to work breaking down the potential options for the week:
Rashaad Penny – RB, Seattle Seahawks
It seems like we’re breaking down a different Seahawks running back every week, but as a Penny believer I have been waiting for this one. With Chris Carson out Penny split carries with Mike Davis, and while both had good production Penny was great. He carried the ball 12 times and turned it into 108 yards and his first career TD. Carson is considered week to week with his hip injury, but with this showing from Penny, who was the team’s first round pick, I don’t think he’s going to just go right back to the back burner and should at least share carries. I think Penny is worth a grab to see how this plays out.
Verdict: You have to take a stab to see how this goes
Jacquizz Rodgers – RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I am surprised we haven’t seen more of this season, but Rodgers put himself on the fantasy map as a pass catcher out of the backfield. He caught eight passes for 102 yards after only catching 13 passes over the first nine weeks. Peyton Barber seems to be securing the ball carrier role and Ronald Jones could be back soon to contribute, but neither are pass catchers which is why it’s been surprising. I don’t think he has value outside of PPR, but in PPR formats he has some merit.
Verdict: Worth a grab in PPR formats only
Maurice Harris – WR, Washington Redskins
I wasn’t sure if the break out game a week ago was a fluke, but Maurice Harris was the Redskins leading receiver again. He didn’t repeat his 10 catch performance of a week ago, but he had five catches for 52 yards in a game that was very run heavy for the Redskins. He is in his third season, but this is really the first time he’s ever come on the fantasy radar. Washington has been without a number one receiver pretty much all season, and while I still think Josh Doctson is the better player Harris certainly has to be worth a look after two weeks of this.
Verdict: If you need a guy with a decent floor, but he has more value in PPR leagues
Danny Amendola – WR, Miami Dolphins
The injury bug continues to bite the Dolphins, and Davante Parker an Jakeem Grant both left the game this past week. This just further solidifies the value of Amendola. The undersized wideout is almost at the 50% threshold that I use for this column, but he’s still available in a good portion of leagues. He has 41 targets in his last eight games and the 8 – 10 targets seems to be a pretty good lock to continue. Amendola is a lot like Harris in that he has a solid floor, even if the ceiling isn’t great.
Verdict: Must own in PPR formats at this point
Zay Jones – WR, Buffalo Bills
With Matt Barkley under center we saw Jones have one of his best games as a pro as he caught eight passes for 93 yards and a TD. Jones has been getting a bit more active in the Bills offense as of late, but this is a big step forward. We don’t know who will be under center in two weeks and whether it’ll make a big difference. Jones is a flier because this offense is unpredictable and his track record isn’t great.
Verdict: Flier worth considering if you need a wideout
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