Waivr Worthy: Chris Ivory, Jarrett Boykin, Jordan Reed & More

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.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 8 rankings:

Waiver Worthy: Week 8 Fallout: Pierre Thomas, Marvin Jones and More
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33 comments

  1. Tonight! says:

    I have greg jennings as my flex going up against Kyle Rudolph and I’m up by 10 pts (0.5 ppr league). I just saw that Peyton Hilis is going to be the primary ball carrier for the giants – do you think it’s worth it to drop someone and plug him in as my flex play instead of jennings. Anyone feel free to answer!

  2. Ryan says:

    Would you start Cox or Myers in place of jacobs at flex tonight? SSL also Patterson Geirhart available? I’m scrambling here…

  3. S says:

    Mike James worth an add?

  4. Sorry to the guys asking about tonight as I have not been at the computer this afternoon.

    S – I wouldn’t expect much, especially this week, but if you need help at RB absolutely. He’s going to get touches.

  5. Mike in Georgia says:

    Jordan has been a pleasant add for me in the Rotoprofessor League, one of my few decisions paying off. He does look good and helped me to a win Week 7. Agree on Boykin also! Hope Ben Watson, a UGA product I believe, does well also! Go Dawgs!

    P.S.-Thanks for the article.

  6. Corey says:

    After seeing last night’s game, would you stick with Greg Jennings or cut bait and pick up someone like Boykin?

    Especially since i need help this week with Marshall on a bye and the uncertainty of Harvin’s return.

    • I actually consider Boykin and Jennings close for this week, but you also have to give Freeman a chance to acclimate himself into the offense. While Boykin has an edge for Week 8, Jennings is still the preferred option long-term.

      Is there someone else you can drop?

      • Corey says:

        There isn’t anyone else I would drop. I’d have to wait and see how Jimmy Graham is doing to maybe drop Jordan Cameron.

        QB: Wilson, Rivers
        RB: Lynch, Foster, Sproles, Woodhead, Spiller
        WR: Green, Marshall, Harvin, Blackmon, Jennings
        TE: Graham, Cameron

        I don’t bench a DST or K.

        I can roll with Blackmon and Jennings at WR and FLEX if Harvin doesn’t come back. I don’t know if I trust Spiller enough to FLEX him.

        I just have a tough match-up this week (Peyton, D Thomas, Moreno, and Gronk) and need to put up some points.

  7. Brady says:

    Drop Charles Clay for Jordan Reed?

  8. Brady says:

    I start 4 wr, 2 te, and 1 w/t. should i pick up Jordan Reed or terrance williams and drop reggie wayne? i already have heath miller and charles clay. Another option would be to drop charles clay for Jordan reed and just stick with two t/e. I also have Steve Smith and Harry Douglas on my bench. Thoughts?

  9. Tim says:

    Drop Danarius Moore for Boykin or Reed (TE’s are WR’s in my league)?

    This is my worst week of the byes and need a win. How would you rank them this week? For the season?

    Thanks!

  10. Tim says:

    Thank you!

  11. Brady says:

    Should i stash Andre Brown or Shane Vereen for bench depth down the stretch?

  12. J Howard says:

    Should I drop Fitzgerald or keep faith at this point in
    The season? There isn’t much to grab, but
    He hasn’t been a great upside for me! I’m looking
    @ {WR} golden Seattle?

  13. J Howard says:

    Start packer D/ST against Vikings or Saints D/ST
    against the Bills Wk8?

  14. Brady says:

    I have Foster and Ben tate is available, do i pick him up as a handcuff or is it better to have Joique Bell or Ellington and hope that Foster makes it the rest of the season?

  15. Brady says:

    Ok thank you!

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