What is the one thing that can destroy a fantasy team faster than any bad manager? That’s right, injuries. Injuries are piling up and fantasy owners are scrambling to find replacements from waiver wires that have already picked cleaner than a rib at a family BBQ. Shane Vereen, Julio Jones, Randall Cobb, Michael Vick, David Wilson, Steven Jackson, Roddy White, Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski, and so on, and so on, and so on.
With so many injuries I felt like we should look over the waiver wire yet again to see what, if anything, we can find on them. Not everyone here will be on your wire, but most will and you can always find me on a social media site or at the bottom of this article and ask me your specific league question.
Nick Foles – QB Eagles: With Vick nursing a hamstring pull and the Eagles open to letting Foles keep the job even when he is ready to return, fantasy football GMs have to give Foles a look as a bye-week fill-in. He’s put up 493 passing yards and 5 TDs with no INTs over the last two games, and the Cowboys give up the most fantasy points to QBs at 27.9 PPG. He’s only owned in 1.7 percent of NFL.com leagues and 17% of Yahoo leagues, so chances are he is available in yours.
Percy Harvin – WR Seahawks: Harvin is owned in 20.2 percent of NFL.com leagues by owners who have been waiting all season long for him to save their ailing WR corps. Word from the Seahawks is that he won’t play in week 7, but could possibly make his debut in week 8 against the Rams. If he is available in your league, now is the time to go grab him and stash him for a 2nd half run.
Joseph Randle – RB Cowboys: With DeMarco Murray out with a sprained MCL and Lance Dunbar also out with a hamstring issue, Randle should carry the load for the Cowboys against their longtime division rivals, the Eagles. The Eagles are ranked 14th at points allowed to RBs this season with 16.4 PPG, and this one could end up being a high scoring shootout. Randle can be plugged into the flex spot this week, with possible upside if he can score multiple TDs.
Andre Ellington – RB Cardinals: Ellington looks like he is taking over the RB duties in Arizona with each passing week, and currently sits in a virtual timeshare for snaps with Rashard Mendenhall. Ellington is the 23rd ranked RB on NFL.com for standard scoring formats and is owned in just 14.6 percent of their leagues. He’s a weekly flex option, but beware this week as the Cardinals face the Seahawks.
Keenan Allen – WR Chargers: Allen has had back-to-back 100-yard games where he scored a touchdown for the Chargers. Allen has seen 21 targets the last two weeks and is NFL.com’s 34th ranked WR this season. The rookie is taking over the WR workload for the Chargers and looks poised to have a big 2nd half. He’s owned in just 9.4 percent of NFL.com leagues.
Miami Dolphins defense: This week the Dolphins take on the Bills who have hit rock bottom at quarterback. Thad Lewis will probably start, but he is day-to-day with a foot injury. His back-up will be Matt Flynn, who couldn’t even beat out Terrelle Pryor in Oakland. The Dolphins are at home and coming off a bye, which means they are more than ready to put the Bills in the hurt locker this weekend. I would go as far as to put the Dolphins down as a top 5-7 fantasy defense this week!
A word of advice on kickers: stop trying to play the match-ups with them and just keep picking up the kicker with the highest point total every 3-4 weeks. Seriously, the reason I don’t project kickers is because their WHOLE fantasy game depends on the offense. They have no control over anything outside of making a FG or extra point when called upon. They only get fantasy points when the offense stalls out from a defensive stop. Extra points aren’t a big deal unless the offense somehow scored double-digit touchdowns, which is EXTREMELY unlikely to happen.
Just look at your waiver wire every 3-4 weeks, sort out by the most total points. Find your kicker, look at the guy who is on top, and if it is more than 5-7 points, make the switch. Then, do it all over again in 3-4 weeks.
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