Tuesday, October 14, 2014


BY Will Hoover

As we enter week seven the waiver wire is once again plentiful. There’s players who broke out last week, and players who were forced into action due to injury. The Eagles and Buccaneers are on their bye in week in 7. Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy, Doug Martin, and Vincent Jackson owners will all need to find replacements. Below are my week 7 projected waiver wire acquisitions. I’ll list the top 10 overall players by name, position, percentage of ownership (in espn leagues) and their week 7 opponent.

  1. Andre Holmes: WR, .5% ownership, wk7 @ Cardinals
At 6’4” 210lbs Andre Holmes is literally the Raiders next big thing at receiver. An undrafted rookie in 2011 Holmes signed as a free agent with the Vikings. After stints with the Cowboys and Patriots Holmes landed with the Raiders in 2013. After barely securing a roster spot the past two seasons Holmes has been a big surprise. In the past two weeks Holmes has received 20 targets which is the most of any Raider receiver over that span. Converting those targets into 9 receptions for 195 yards and 3 touchdowns. Holmes has shown chemistry with both Matt McGloin and Derek Carr this season, so expect the targets to continue and the stats to continue. Add Andre Holmes for possible WR1 potential.

  1. Brandon Bolden: RB, 1.8% ownership, wk7 vs Jets

In week six Stevan Ridley suffered a torn ACL/MCL in his knee ending his season. The Patriots have a stable of capable running backs ready to fill in. We also know Bill Belichick uses multiple running backs more than any coach in the NFL. While Logic says Shane Vereen will see a big uptick in usage, don’t rule out a running back by committee situation. In fact don’t even try to predict what Belichick might do. Brandon Bolden will be next in line behind Vereen and spelling him on the goal line, also in short yardage situations.  If Vereen continues to struggle this season Bolden will have an increased opportunity to be fantasy relevant. Add Bolden as RB depth and a future possible flex play.

  1. Brandon LaFell: WR, 2.9% ownership, wk7 vs Jets

Brandon LaFell was part of the LSU national champion team in 2008. Drafted by the Panthers in 2010 he often showed big play potential but never reached 700 yards receiving in a single season. Earlier this year LaFell signed a 3 year 9 million dollar contract with the Patriots, hoping to take his career to the next level. LaFell has fit nicely into the Patriots system. After 6 games Brandon LaFell and quarterback Tom Brady have built some rapport. In the past 4 games LaFell has 15 receptions for 282 yards and 3 touchdowns.  This week LaFell and the Patriots face the Jets and their weak secondary, making it a great week to use LaFell as a bye week replacement or a low end flex play.

  1. Jarvis Landry: WR, .5% ownership, wk7 @ Bears

The Dolphins may have finally found an explosive receiver to start opposite Mike Wallace. Jarvis Landry is a rookie from LSU who recently supplanted long time Miami starter Brian Hartline as their WR2. Week 6 was Landry’s coming out with 6 receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. Landry is a far more athletically skilled option for the Dolphins offense and should receive fantasy consideration moving forward.

  1. Jace Amaro: TE, 1.3% ownership, wk7 @ Patriots

The Jets passing game is a nightmare. Poor quarterback play and a lack of reliable receiving options has the Jets ranked last in team passing in the NFL. Enter Jace Amaro the 6’5” rookie tight end out of Texas tech. A first team All American Amaro set NCAA division 1 records for both yards and yards per game in 2013. Obviously Amaro was drafted to be a weapon for the Jets’ offense. Already this season Amaro is arguably the second best receiving option behind Eric Decker. In week 6 Amaro had a big game with 10 receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown. Expect Gino Smith to keep Amaro involved moving forward, especially in the red zone.

  1. Davante Adams: WR, .9% ownership, wk7 vs Panthers

Adams, a talented rookie receiver from Fresno State where he led the NCAA in receptions with 131, those going for 1719 yards. A second round pick in 2014, Adams was buried on the depth chart behind Jarrett Boykin to start the season. Since Boykin’s injury in week 3 Davante Adams has filled in nicely and seems to have gained the trust of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Even when Boykin returns I fully expect Adams to remain ahead of him on the depth chart. Add Adams for WR depth and flex appeal in week 7.

  1. Preston Parker: WR, 1.8% ownership, wk7 @ Cowboys

In week 6 the Giants top receiver Victor Cruz suffered a torn patella tendon. It’s never good to see a player fall untouched, clutching his leg and weeping in pain. Unfortunately Cruz will be out for the remainder of the season, leaving Ruben Randle and two rookies (Beckham Jr and Parker) to lead the receiving core. Parker will fill the third receiver role and should see numerous targets in the Giants’ offense. A rookie from Florida State’s championship team, Parker brings big play potential to the Giants passing game. Look for Parker to break out in coming weeks and become a nice add in all fantasy formats.

  1. Robert Woods, WR, .8% ownership, wk7 vs Vikings
Is Robert Woods becoming Kyle Orton’s favorite target? In week 6 he received a team high 10 targets converting those into 7 catches for 78 yards and 1 touchdown. The Bills passing game has been anemic at times and its obvious Sammy Watkins is must own receiver in Buffalo. With that being said Robert Woods should also be considered as a viable option during bye weeks and in hopes of continued chemistry with quarterback Kyle Orton.

  1. James White: RB, .3% ownership, wk7 vs Jets

James White is a rookie from the University of Wisconsin who flashed potential during this preseason. The Patriots crowded backfield hasn’t allowed White much playing time this season. In his 6 touches White has 36 total yards and no scores. With Stevan Ridley’s injury White should see an increased role. Although White will initially start behind Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden, I expect him to eventually surpass Bolden as the second back. James White is far more athletic and explosive than Brandon Bolden to be behind him. Add White as a long term project who has great break out potential.

  1. Carson Palmer, QB, 6.4% ownership, wk7 vs Raiders

I’m not the biggest Carson Palmer fan, but on a Cardinal team rich in offensive weapons he can be good. Last week was Palmers return to action, where he was efficient with 250 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions leading the Cardinals to victory. While not an every week start yet Palmer can be serviceable as a bye week fill in or as a nice spot play against the Raiders soft defense in week 7.

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