Waiver Worthy Week 7: Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em (McCoy, Branch & More)

There were some surprising performances from Week 6, but does that mean the players are worth owning?  Let’s take a look:

Colt McCoy – Cleveland Browns – Quarterback
He performed well in his first start, giving hope that maybe the Browns have finally found their quarterback of the future.  Against a tough Steelers defense he went 23-33 for 281 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.  He took what the defense gave him, targeting tight end Benjamin Watson (9) and running back Peyton Hillis (7) the most.

Considering how poor the Browns receiving corps is (especially with both Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi being forced out of the game early), that was really all he could do.  With Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme both hobbled and the Browns already 1-5, they will likely get another chance next week to see what McCoy can do.

They draw a Saints defense who entered Week 6 among the best in the league (187.6 passing yards per game) and allowed just 219 passing yards to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Still, after this showing, he’ll be worth considering for those in two-quarterback formats.
Verdict – Buy ‘Em

Drew Stanton – Detroit Lions – Quarterback
He played well in relief of an injured Shaun Hill, going 19-34 for 222 yards, one touchdown and one interception.  However, with the Lions getting their bye week in Week 7 and Matthew Stafford expected to return in Week 8, there’s no potential upside here.
Verdict – Deny ‘Em

Chris Ivory – New Orleans Saints – Running Back
He exploded for 158 yards on just 15 carries, likely earning more of a focus in the offense until Pierre Thomas is able to return.  Of course, this outburst came against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, far from an impressive defense.

We also don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves, as he has fumbled in three of the last four games.  That’s certainly not a number that we want to see from any running back, especially one that is not secure of a job.

Once Thomas is healthy, you would think that Ivory would move to a RB2 role, making him an irrelevant option for fantasy owners (outside of being a handcuff).  Those are the only owners who should be considering him unless you are desperate for a body for the next week or two.
Verdict – Deny ‘Em

Mike Hart – Indianapolis Colts – Running Back
Donald Brown has been out with an injury and Joseph Addai was forced to leave the team’s Week 7 game in the fourth quarter after injuring his shoulder.  Hart has been forced into action the past two weeks and looked good, picking up 43 yards on 11 carries against the Redskins.

You have to think that once Brown & Addai are healthy, they will once again leapfrog him on the depth chart, but if you own either one Hart is certainly worth grabbing to have as a safety valve.  Of course, the team could just go more pass heavy, but he has shown that he can contribute.
Verdict – Buy ‘Em

Danny Woodhead – New England Patriots – Running Back
With BenJarvus Green-Ellis struggling to just 2.0 yards per carry (20 yards on 10 carries), the Patriots turned to Woodhead for a spark.  Boy, did he deliver.

He had 63 rushing yards on 11 carries, while also adding five receptions for 52 yards.  He showed in Week 4 that he had the talent to take over the role that Kevin Faulk had held.  Now, with the Patriots forced to go with a more wide-open offseason with Randy Moss sent packing, he appears primed to get plenty of opportunities to produce.

While you can’t consider it a lock that he is going to get 16 touches a game, as it’s not likely that he takes over lead back duties (though you never know), he has the potential to produce and find the end zone.  That makes him viable for those in deeper formats, though I’d rather own him as a handcuff to Green-Ellis.
Verdict – Buy ‘Em

Justin Forsett – Seattle Seahawks – Running Back
It was assumed that Marshawn Lynch was acquired to be the lead back, and maybe he should be.  However, against the Bears, Forsett was the more productive back, with 67 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries (Lynch had 44 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries).

Lynch was not overly impressive in limited duty with the Bills and is no lock to hold down the RB1 duties.  If you have room on your bench you should keep Forsett stashed away.
Verdict – Buy ‘Em

Patrick Crayton – San Diego Chargers – Wide Receiver
He had six receptions for 117 yards, as the Rams did a good job of taking Malcolm Floyd (2 receptions for 15 yards and ultimately left with a hamstring injury), Antonio Gates (2 receptions for 12 yards and left with a foot injury) and Ryan Mathews (3 receptions for 12 yards) out of the passing game.  How often is that going to happen?  Crayton entered the game with just five catches for 94 yards and it’s hard to imagine him replicating this type of performance very often.
Verdict – Deny ‘Em

Deion Branch – New England Patriots – Wide Receiver
In his first game back in New England, it seemed like he never left.  He had a great rapport with Tom Brady from the start, leading the team in targets (12), receptions (9) and yards (98).  He also scored their one receiving touchdown on the day.

Wes Welker is going to be the lead receiver, with Aaron Hernandez likely not far behind him.  The Patriots are going to spread the ball around to everyone, and with the lack of a big-time running back, that could mean plenty of opportunities moving forward.

He’s probably not a viable option for those in shallower formats, but in deeper leagues this performance shows that he still has the ability to produce.
Verdict – Buy ‘Em

Michael Jenkins – Atlanta Falcons – Wide Receiver
The Falcons went down early, causing Matt Ryan to attempt 42 passes (Michael Turner had just 15 carries).  That gave all the receivers more targets then normal, with Jenkins tying for the team lead with 11.  Despite that, he had just five receptions for 99 yards.

However, this was his 2010 debut, so that could help to explain a problem with the timing between him and Ryan.  The fact that he was immediately restored as the starter and targeted that many times tells us that he should be given plenty of opportunities to excel.  That makes him an intriguing option in deeper formats.
Verdict – Buy ‘Em

Benjamin Watson – Cleveland Browns – Tight End
It was a good game for Watson, who had six catches for 88 yards and a touchdown, but do you really expect him to put up strong numbers like this very often?  There are likely more dependable tight ends available on the waiver wire, which is where Watson belongs.
Verdict – Deny ‘Em

Danario Alexander – St. Louis Rams – Wide Receiver
No Rams receiver had more then five targets, but Alexander made the most of his opportunities (4 receptions, 72 yards and a touchdown).  The problem is, especially with all the injuries to the receiving corps, you just never know who is going to take control and be the most productive receiver.  That makes none of them very palatable.
Verdict – Deny ‘Em

What are your thoughts on these players?  Who would you pick up?  Who would you avoid?

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 7 Rankings:

    Waiver Worthy Week 8: Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em
    Waiver Worthy Week 6: Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em


    1. mogli says:

      i have felix jones, torain, wells, and charles as my RB. Can you tell me which three to start and i have to drop one of em and plz tell me who to drop as well in order to pickup a defense.

      should i bench deon branch or not for week 7.

    2. Tony says:

      I am looking to make a trade. I have an offer on the table to one team:
      Ben Roethlisberger and Deangelo Williams(Trading away) for Jamaal Charles and Braylon Edwards(Receiving)

      Looking ahead, Big Ben faces some tough pass defenses and the panthers stink…am I making a good offer that would benefit me?

      I have Aaron Rodgers as my QB, so I have no need for Ben, except week 10, but I want to trade him now before he starts throwing INT’s!!!!

      I was also thinking of offering Ben and D-Williams for Turner and Colsten to someone who desperately needs a QB (He has Favre and Vick). Is Colsten going to catch a TD this year?

    3. Crusher says:

      I was looking for mention of Mike Williams (Sea) in your waiver wire report for this week. Is he worthy of an addition and possibly a flex start this week in a ppr league. Other flex options- Torain, McFadden, Britt


    4. admin says:

      mogli – What other WR do you have? That will determine if Branch is usalbe or not. As for your RB, I’d go with Torain, Charles & Jones. That doesn’t mean I’d drop Wells, if you could avoid it, but he’s sharing time with Hightower and the most expendable.

      Tony – I prefer Colston over Edwards by a land slide, even with his struggles, so I prefer that offer more. Then again, with Rodgers suffering a concussion earlier in the year already, I don’t think having a usable backup is such a bad idea.

      Crusher – I prefer Britt over Williams, and either RB is more usable as well. I wouldn’t bother with him.

    5. mogli says:

      i have another question should i purpose a trade. austin collie and frank gore for welker and steve smith NYG. well i already have reggie wayne not sure if its a good idea to get collie as well. let me know what you think. thx alot.

    6. Nick Tenaglia says:

      It sounds like you are getting Collie and Gore, right? If so, then you should definitely do that deal. That trade is incredibly lopsided, and if anyone gives up Gore/Collie for two WR2 then they are stupid.

      That being said, I have 100% certainty that deal will not be accepted.

    7. admin says:

      mogli, I agree with Nick. If you can get the deal it’s an absolute no-brainer to get Gore back for those two. I’m not sure it’s realistic, though.

    8. Cara says:

      On Waivers pick up which WR??
      Crayton, Branch, Crabtree, Ward, Knox or Britt???

    9. admin says:

      Cara, as I said in the Start/Sit, it’s Knox all the way for me.

    10. Cara says:

      Thanks for the help! I have added Knox- still nervous about Colston and Welker this week. I need the points as my high scorers are on bye week. Any way you think I should bench on of the two and pick up Gaffney or Crabtree or Buffalos Johnson?? Hernandez is my TE and I think Brady is going to be spreading it around as much as he can against a good S.D pass defense.
      Help! Thanks!!

    11. admin says:

      I wouldn’t bench Colston or Welker as their upside is significantly higher then the three players that you mentioned. They both have the potential to perform like WR1, so you almost have to keep them active and hope this is the week they live up to expectations.

    12. Cara says:

      Okay and one last question- Patrick Crayton is avail- take him?? He seems to be the only option for rvers right now???

    13. admin says:

      I like Crayton, but I’d still stick with Colston and Welker. While Crayton is going to get an opportunity, he is far from a lock to produce.

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