by Will Overton
We’re now almost a third of the way through the football season. The further we go into the season the harder it can be to find waiver worthy adds, but injuries happen and underachievers lose their jobs still and something always comes up.
This week we have six guys on our list who could be good waiver wire pickups. Some of them are long term grabs, some of them are more one week fliers, but hopefully there is something for everybody here.
Nick Foles – QB, Philadelphia Eagles: A hamstring injury forced Michael Vick out of yesterday’s game against the New York Giants and Nick Foles came in and went off. Foles ended up with 197 yards and 2 TD’s in the game, completing 64% of his passes and not throwing a single INT.
This is kind of a tough situation to judge. We’re not going to know the scoop on Vick until sometime later today. If Vick is out for a week or two and you’re going to need a fill in for Matt Ryan or someone on a bad matchup, Foles is worth a shot. I’m not really that big of a Foles fan to be honest, but quarterbacking this team in Chip Kelly’s system is going to produce good fantasy numbers and the Eagles have Bucs coming to town which could be a good matchup.
Zac Stacy – RB, St. Louis Rams: The running back carousel in St. Louis is spinning on and Zac Stacy is the lead back suddenly after being inactive twice already. Stacy made the most of it tearing up the pitiful Jaguars defense for 78 yards on 14 carries for a 5.6 YPC. It was just the Jaguars, but this is the most impressive a Rams back has looked so far.
Unfortunately Stacy hurt his ribs in the game and ended up leaving early when he was easily on pace to go over 100 yards. So now we have to wonder how serious the injury is and when he’ll be back. Starting running backs don’t come along often, so Stacy is probably worth a pickup this week. You probably wouldn’t be using him this week anyway against Houston, but he might be nice to have in the long run to play the matchups with on bye weeks.
Ronnie Hillman & Montee Ball – RB, Denver Broncos: This one is based on a one week special. The Broncos have a knack for scoring early and often and it should only be a matter of time before they are so far ahead of Jacksonville that they are using some of their second stringers. Not only will they be using second stringers, but they’ll be running the ball a lot and trying to kill the clock and play nice with the lowly Jaguars.
This means it’s entirely possible that the whole second half of next week’s game could be the Hillman and Ball show. Hillman has been getting some run as a backup, but not enough to be relevant, that could change. Meanwhile this could be the first time Ball is usable in fantasy leagues. Ball got a goal line carry this past week that he couldn’t convert, but he could easily see another one of them this week in this matchup.
Terrence Williams – WR, Dallas Cowboys: What a coming out party for Terrence Williams these last two weeks. Last week the rookie caught seven balls for 71 yards. Yesterday Williams had four catches for 151 yards and an 82 yard TD. That 82 yard catch and run did a lot for his numbers, but he’s a playmaker out there and he’s showing it.
It is important to remember that Williams is doing all of this with Miles Austin sidelined, but let’s also remember that Austin is sidelined a lot of the time and he wasn’t looking that good before. Williams has a lot of upside and Romo seems to like throwing to him. Expecting another game like this might be far fetched, but as a flex or fill in WR3 for a guy on bye, Williams could get it done, especially this week against Washington.
Ted Ginn Jr – WR, Carolina Panthers: This is really just a one week deep league play, but I could see using Ted Ginn Jr this week. The Vikings are coming off a bye week which should work in their favor, but so far their defense has been awful, especially their secondary. Ginn has 10 catches in his last three weeks on 17 targets, so Cam Newton is at least looking his way. Ginn is also a big play threat averaging 20 yards per catch so far this season.
Tyler Eifert – TE, Cincinnati Bengals: It looks like Tyler Eifert is starting to separate himself from Jermaine Gresham in the tight end competition in Cincinnati. It could be a significant issue for fantasy owners because the Bengals are desperate to have another playmaker in the passing game besides just A.J. Green.
Eifert caught five passes yesterday on seven targets and has three or more catches in all but one game so far this season. Eifert has yet to find the end zone and that could continue to be an issue as the offense is rather stagnant. The next two weeks are going to be the Bills and Lions though which could spark things.