Let’s take a look at some players who are potentially on your waiver wire after Week 7 and determine if they are worth owning or not:
Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – RB
As if Larry Johnson’s inability to make plays was bad enough, he now seems to be self-destructing before our very eyes. It appears to be a matter of when, not if, Charles becomes the #1 option running the football in Kansas City, making him worth stashing in all formats immediately.
Verdict: Worth owning in all formats
Beanie Wells – Arizona Cardinals – RB
He finally got the lion’s share of the carries and did produce, rushing for 4.8 yards a carry as well as scoring a TD. Look for his increased workload to continue, meaning if someone in your league gave up on him you need to grab him as quickly as possible.
Verdict: Must own in all formats
Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – WR
This is a tough one for me to gauge. He’s the third receiver on his team, behind Santonio Holmes & Hines Ward. Then, you have to factor Heath Miller’s presence into the mix. Sprinkle in Rashard Mendenhall & Willie Parker and you have to wonder if there are enough balls to spread around and keep Wallace productive. I know the 72 yards and a touchdown this past week are nice, but in his seven games he’s had more than three catches just once. With that type of production the only way he’s going to be useful is if he can find the end zone every week and how likely is that?
Verdict: Not worth owning outside of the deepest of formats
Shonn Greene – New York Jets – RB
With Leon Washington out for the season, Greene steps up as the team’s new #2 back. While his 144 yard, two-touchdown performance was impressive you have to keep in mind the level of talent it came against. He’s going to have some good days, but on other days could be rendered useless. He’s more of a FLEX option at this point, especially since he is not expected to be used on third-downs.
Verdict: Worth owning as a back-up
Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers – QB
He replaced Shaun Hill at halftime and connected for three touchdown passes to Vernon Davis. Obviously, don’t look for that type of production on a weekly basis, but with the emergence of Davis and Michael Crabtree now being worked into the mix, he does have some weapons to work with. Considering the level of some of the low-end QBs (JaMarcus Russell, Derek Anderson, etc.), he’s certainly worth a flyer in deeper leagues.
Verdict: Not worth considering in smaller formats, but in two QB formats he is worth owning
Fred Davis – Washington Redskins – TE
With the news that Chris Cooley’s season has come to an end, Davis’ potential may finally be realized. The questions surrounding him were always regarding his blocking, not pass catching ability, as he showed by catching eight passes for 78 yards and a touchdown after Cooley left the game. The TE position is a tough one to predict, so I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s a must own, but he has as much potential as anyone to post big numbers in any given week.
Verdict: It’s a match-up game at tight end, so use him when the match-up is favorable if you do not own one of the top-end options
David Clowney – New York Jets – WR
He’s had eight catches over the past two weeks, but that’s with Jericho Cotchery & Brad Smith on the shelf. Once they return, Clowney is at best the third option and possibly even the fourth. Needless to say, he’s not worth the gamble.
Verdict: Not worth owning in any format
Justin Fargas – Oakland Raiders – RB
He may not be the most talented running back on his team, but he appears likely to see plenty of carries until Darren McFadden is ready to return from injury. The Raiders are a complete mess, meaning I wouldn’t depend on him in any format, but as an emergency option you certainly could do worse.
Verdict: Worth stashing as an emergency option
What are your thoughts on these players? Which would you grab? Which would you avoid?
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