by Ray Kuhn
The importance of working the waiver wire cannot be overstated. Regardless of how good your draft was, it is just about impossible to have fantasy success without acquiring free agents. Whether your acquisitions are simply to augment your bench and add to your depth, give you some marketable assets in the trade market or just as a one week fill in, they are important.
Let’s take a look a few players that are under owned and could be helping your fantasy team instead of just sitting on the waiver wire:
- Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins. Reed has talent and has been hyped. Fred Davis is going to be a free agent after this season and he has already worn out his welcome in Washington. Robert Griffin III still needs a big target to throw to and Reed is that guy. Now that he is finally healthy, we saw what he could do this week against the Bears as he caught 9 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. As you need to fill bye weeks and replace underperforming tight ends, Reed should be owned in more than 22% of Yahoo leagues.
- Ben Watson, TE, New Orleans Saints. This is just for one week as an injury handcuff for Jimmy Graham. The Saints just emerged from their bye week and it looks like Graham will need one more week to regain his health. When Graham is healthy Watson has minimal value, but if Graham is out, Drew Brees and Sean Payton will not forget about the tight end position.
- Jarrett Boykin, WR, Green Bay Packers. If you are going solely based on who will be throwing Boykin the ball, he should be added. Aaron Rodgers is a stud and he will make most receivers fantasy worthy if they are going to get enough targets. With Randall Cobb out until Week 15 at the earliest and James Jones also battling a knee injury, Boykin’s targets will increase. With Jones out this week against the Cleveland Browns the former practice squad player caught eight passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. I’m not sure you can count on that production every week, but this week proved that Boykin will be targeted. Currently he is only owned in 28% of Yahoo leagues, but I expect that number to rise this week.
- Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams. Stacy is the starting running back and that does not appear to be changing. There is not a question about his workload and he has been producing, so why is he only owned in just 49% of Yahoo leagues? In fairness his production has not been that out of control, but he has done pretty well. More importantly, his role is secure and he seems to be getting better each week. This week against the Carolina Panthers Stacy carried the ball 17 times for 53 yards but he also caught four passes for 34 yards and a touchdown. Nothing too crazy, but he is starting and at the very least should be a depth addition to your team.
- Jeremy Kerley, WR, New York Jets. Kerley is not an exciting option, but he is a steady one. Santonio Holmes is still sidelined with a hamstring injury, but even when he was in the lineup Geno Smith was still looking Kerley’s way. The slot receiver is a dependable option over the middle, and in the Jets win over the New England Patriots he caught eight passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. Yes there might be weeks where he is quiet, but I can also see Smith getting more comfortable as the year goes on and Kerley being the beneficiary of that comfort. Plus the fact that he is owned in just 7% of Yahoo leagues makes him a very available option.
- Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets. The Jets acquired Ivory this offseason with the hope that he would be the every down running back mixed in with Bilal Powell. However, Ivory got hurt in the preseason and took a few weeks to get going. Mike Goodson going down for the season certainly helped, but this week’s game showed that the Jets’ running game is focused on Ivory. At least for this week he looked up to the task carrying the ball 34 times for 104 yards and also looking stronger as the game went on. He should be owned in more than 27% of leagues.
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