This is the Monday version of the waiver wire report. If any updates are warranted due to injury or the Monday night game then I’ll issue a Tuesday amendment. Also, because FAAB budgets are really variable now, it’s tough to make suggestions in the piece because team need is such a big factor. Hit me up in the comments with any specific questions you might have.
The Priority Adds
I’m starting with a mea culpa. I haven’t covered Holmes in any of the waiver wire reports. That’s my bad. I felt like the Raiders had just been shuffling the WR1 pretty much since the preseason (remember that Holmes actually started the first preseason game) and I didn’t think they would feature Holmes in any serious way, or be reliable at all with their usage.
But RotoViz has been high on Holmes in the past so if he’s somehow still on your wire, go pick him up.
Adams has probably been on and off some waiver wires this year. We’re huge fans of Adams and he gets CAR and NO over the next two weeks. Both have been good matchups for WRs. If Adams landed back on the waiver wire in your league you should rectify that situation. The reason I really like Adams is because if Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb were to go down Adams could be a top 20 WR.
Bolden looks like he could be the next Patriots running back that we can’t count on even a little. Sorry.. bitter Shane Vereen owner here. Because of Stevan Ridley’s knee injury the thinking is that Bolden could take Ridley’s spot in the order. Honestly I really don’t know what will happen. Belichick is like a more successful version of Mike Shanahan.
Matt Freedman is the world’s foremost Brandon Bolden fan. I could see Bolden being good but I think that at some point injuries really start to limit a back’s upside. Bolden has had a number of injuries in his career.
Ridley owners should add Bolden for sure. If you didn’t lose Ridley then Boldne is still worth adding although he’s likely to be added to your team already full of similar type players. The Patriots replacement of Ridley is likely to be more complicated than simply giving his touches to Bolden.
Geno Smith was significantly better throwing to TEs last year, a fact that the Jets pretty much ignored for the first five weeks of the season. Yesterday Amaro was pretty involved and Geno not coincidentally looked serviceable again (Geno’s results are pretty well correlated to the receivers he throws to). Amaro went from seeing only three targets in Week 5 to seeing 12 yesterday. Even if Amaro only saw eight targets per game he would be a TE worth owning. The yardage total for yesterday was poor, but in a PPR league I would take pretty much any player that sees around 10 targets in a game. In a TE premium league I would probably not be afraid to break the bank if Amaro is still on the waiver wire. Amaron actually led all TEs yesterday in Expected Points, which just reflects the 12 targets.
Riddick had a really good game yesterday, although it was also of the five catch/touchdown variety that sort of feels like fantasy points just being flushed down the drain. But that’s the world we live in now. It seems like more and more we’re seeing low usage players turn in startable games… while they’re sitting on fantasy benches.
Reggie Bush is reportedly planning on being back for the Lions Week 7 game, so it’s unknown how involved Riddick will be going forward. The interesting thing in Riddick’s case is that all off-season we were hearing how involved he was going to be in the passing game. so there was some clue that Sunday’s performance could have been coming. Then it didn’t come until Reggie Bush was injured.
Absent a more long term injury to one of the Lions backs I’m probably passing on Riddick when I submit my bids.
Sunday was a big breakout game for the rookie. He seems like a decent streaming option to add to the mix. I’m not sure if the ARI defense in Week 7 is really what you’re looking for though. The ARI defense has been somewhat schizophrenic this year, so you never know which unit will turn up to play that week.
As James Todd pointed out in the rundown, at a certain point you have to stop ignoring Murphy. His target volume over the past three weeks has been enough to make him valuable. It’s also worth noting that Murphy was something of a physical freak coming out of college. He ran in the 4.3s at the Combine. However, I can’t think of any player I have on any normal sized league that I would drop to pick up Murphy. My end of bench guys are guys like Justin Hunter, who I still prefer to Murphy because I think Hunter still has a chance to be his team’s leading WR (I’m stubborn.. and actually Hunter has been leading the Titans WRs in snaps the past two weeks). In any case, I’m not saying don’t add Murphy, I just can’t think of a player I would drop to add him.