Week 15 Fantasy Football Waiver Claims

RB Montell Owens (Jacksonville)

Percent owned (ESPN): 8.8%

Montell Owens rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown on 14 attempts in his first career start and added an 11 yard reception. I can’t guarantee you he’ll get another start, but there are 3 backs injured on the depth chart ahead of him, Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings, and Jalen Parmele, and he looked better last week than any of them ever have, with the exception of Maurice Jones-Drew. If he continues to be the starter, he’ll be worth a start going forward.

RB Bilal Powell (NY Jets)

Percent owned (ESPN): 3.1%

Now fully healthy, Powell has rushed for 218 yards and 4 touchdowns on 54 carries in his last 4 games, along with 4 catches for 31 yards. He’s effectively operating as 1b to Shonn Greene’s 1a and should be owned in as many leagues as Greene, who is probably an inferior runner, but isn’t. He’s definitely worth a pickup for those thin at running back.

RB Joique Bell (Detroit)

Percent owned (ESPN): 10.2%

Bell got more touches and more yards than Mikel Leshoure against Green Bay, with 96 yards on 17 touches, to Leshoure’s 49 on 14. He’s become more than a change of pace back as he’s actually outperforming Leshoure on the season in terms of YPC by a good amount, 5.4 to 3.7. He’s also the better pass catcher on a pass heavy team thin at receiver. He’s actually been his team’s 2nd leading receiver in each of the last 2 weeks. He should be picked up, especially in PPR leagues.

QB Russell Wilson (Seattle)

Percent owned (ESPN): 22.1%

Wilson didn’t do much against Arizona because he was pulled in the 3rd quarter of a blowout, but going into last week, he had at least 200 total yards and 2 touchdowns in each of his last 5 games, with only 1 interception. If you need quarterback help, think about picking this guy up.

TE Clay Harbor (Philadelphia)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.1%

Filling in for an injured Brent Celek, Harbor caught 6 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown from Nick Foles against Tampa Bay. Celek will be out at least this week on a short week and maybe for the rest of the Eagles’ lost season, so if you’re desperate for a tight end, consider picking this guy up.

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Week 14 Fantasy Football Waiver Claims

TE Brandon Myers (Oakland)

Percent owned (ESPN): 22.7%

Brandon Myers had the most 5th fantasy points among tight ends this year. I’m telling you, he’s good. Pick him up! After catching 14 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown against the Browns, Myers now has 69 catches for 721 yards and 4 touchdowns through 12 games and is on pace to catch 92 passes for 961 yards and 5 touchdowns. Seriously! I know he’s on the Raiders, but he’s good!

RB Montell Owens (Jacksonville)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.0%

Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings, Jalen Parmele, those guys are all now hurt so Montell Owens is the next random running back up in Jacksonville. Unless any of those 3 guys can get healthy in time for this week’s game (unlikely), Owens will make his first NFL start with little to no competition for carries. His talent level is definitely a question, but feature backs are always a candidate to start in fantasy.

QB Russell Wilson (Seattle)

Percent owned (ESPN): 17.8%

This rookie seems to have finally hit his groove, going for at least 200 total yards and 2 touchdowns in each of his last 5 games, with only 1 interception. If you need quarterback help, think about picking this guy up.

WR Golden Tate (Seattle)

Percent owned (ESPN): 10.0%

With Wilson heating up in his last 5 games, Tate, his top receiver, has also understandably seen an increase in production, catching 22 passes for 296 yards and 4 touchdowns in those last 5 games. He might be worth picking up.

WR Chris Givens (St. Louis)

Percent owned (ESPN): 2.8%

Here’s another rookie who seems to have hit his groove. With Danny Amendola out the last 2 weeks, he has 16 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown. Amendola is questionable going forward, so Givens is worth a flier in deeper leagues.

RB James Starks (Green Bay)

Percent owned (ESPN): 7.1%

James Starks is splitting carries with Alex Green. Both had solid games against Minnesota, so they might be worth picking up in deeper leagues. I’m surprised they’re owned in so few leagues. Starks, who rushed for 66 yards on 15 attempts, has more value because he’s getting the goal line carries.

RB Alex Green (Green Bay)

Percent owned (ESPN): 24.5%

James Starks is splitting carries with Alex Green. Both had solid games against Minnesota, so they might be worth picking up in deeper leagues. I’m surprised they’re owned in so few leagues. Green rushed for 58 yards on 12 attempts, though Starks is getting the goal line carries.

WR Mike Thomas (Jacksonville)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.2%

With Ryan Broyles out with a torn ACL and Titus Young suspended, Mike Thomas will short opposite Calvin Johnson. Thomas struggled mightily in Jacksonville with Blaine Gabbert and then he was buried on the depth chart in Detroit, but he had 66 catches for 820 yards and 4 touchdowns the last time he was a starter and had a real quarterback throwing him the ball, back in 2010. He’s never played with a quarterback as good as Matt Stafford so he has upside.

TE Marcedes Lewis (Jacksonville)

Percent owned (ESPN): 17.5%

The last time Lewis had a competent quarterback throwing to him, he caught 58 passes for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns, that being in 2010. Blaine Gabbert is injured and Chad Henne looks, at the very least, like a clear upgrade over Gabbert. In 3 games with Henne, he’s caught 11 passes for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns. He might be worth a bench stash if you need tight end help.

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Week 13 Fantasy Football Waiver Claims

RB Knowshon Moreno (Denver)

Percent owned (ESPN): 4.2%

John Fox hates rookies. After everyone thought all week that 3rd round rookie Ronnie Hillman would become the lead back for the Broncos, Knowshon Moreno, who was inactive the week before, randomly got the start ahead of both Hillman and veteran Lance Bell. He did a decent job, rushing for 85 yards on 20 attempts and catching 4 passes for 26 yards, and it looks like he’ll continue to start going forward.

RB Bryce Brown (Philadelphia)

Percent owned (ESPN): 4.8%

He did lose two fumbles, but Bryce Brown was very impressive in his first NFL start, rushing for 178 yards and 2 scores on just 19 carries. The Eagles are 3-8 and going nowhere fast so they won’t rush back the concussed LeSean McCoy. Bryce Brown could get at least another start and if he does, he’ll be worth a start in fantasy as well.

WR Ryan Broyles (Detroit)

Percent owned (ESPN): 1.3%

With Titus Young suspended, rookie Ryan Broyles caught 6 passes for 126 yards. Young has been in and out of the coaching staff’s doghouse all year and hasn’t been as productive all year as Broyles was last week so Broyles should continue to have a bigger role going forward in Detroit’s fantasy friendly passing offense. He’s already reportedly going to start going forward.

RB Jacquizz Rodgers (Atlanta)

Percent owned (ESPN): 12.4%

It looks like the Atlanta coaching staff finally figured out that Michael Turner sucks. Backup Jacquizz Rodgers played more snaps than Turner for the 2nd straight week and although he got fewer touches than Turner, he had by far his most productive game of the season with 79 total yards and a touchdown. Turner, meanwhile, rushed for 17 yards on 13 attempts and is now averaging less than 3 YPC over the past 6 weeks. Rodgers’ role should continue to grow.

QB Chad Henne (Jacksonville)

Percent owned (ESPN): 6.1%

I’m still not 100% sold on him, but you can’t deny he’s playing well right now. After passing for 354 yards and 4 touchdowns against Houston, Henne passed for 261 yards and 2 scores in his first start of the season against Tennessee. Blaine Gabbert is on IR, so Henne will start the rest of the way. He’s worth a bench stash if you’re having quarterback issues. He has 3 matchups against bottom-10 pass defenses (fantasy wise) in his last 5 games.

WR Brandon LaFell (Carolina)

Percent owned (ESPN): 15.5%

Excluding the Denver game, in which he was just coming back from a concussion, LaFell now has 15 catches for 304 yards and 3 touchdowns in his last 4 games. He’s fully healthy and a playing as every down role as a wide receiver opposite Steve Smith on a pass offense that has some potential down the stretch. Cam Newton seems to be getting his mojo back and the Panthers face bottom-10 pass defenses (fantasy wise) in his last 5 games, including 2nd worst ranked Oakland and worst ranked New Orleans during week 16 and week 17 respectively. He’s a sneaky pick up in deep leagues.

TE Marcedes Lewis (Jacksonville)

Percent owned (ESPN): 7.0%

The last time Lewis had a competent quarterback throwing to him, he caught 58 passes for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns, that being in 2010. Blaine Gabbert is injured and Chad Henne looks, at the very least, like a clear upgrade over Gabbert. In 2 games with Henne, he’s caught 7 passes for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns. He might be worth a bench stash if you need tight end help.

WR Mohamed Sanu (Cincinnati)

Percent owned (ESPN): 1.1%

Sanu had just 29 yards against Oakland, but he did that on 5 catches and more important on 9 targets. He also caught 2 touchdowns and has now scored 4 times in his last 3 games. He’s still inconsistent, but he’s become a much bigger part of the offense so he might be worth a look.

WR Cole Beasley (Dallas)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.0%

Rookie slot receiver Colt Beasley was a big part of the Cowboys’ passing attack against Washington, with Kevin Ogletree out, catching 7 passes for 68 yards on 13 attempts. Now Miles Austin is also hurt again and Dallas has a pretty fantasy friendly offense. He might be worth a look.

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Week 12 Fantasy Football Waiver Claims

RB Ronnie Hillman (Denver)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.9%

Willis McGahee is going to be out an extended period of time and possibly the season with a broken leg and torn MCL. Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball will split carries in his absence, but Hillman has by far the most upside of the bunch. He led the duo in carries 12 to 6 against San Diego after McGahee went down and the 3rd round pick rookie is easily the more talented of the two and the more likely to emerge as a feature back out of the timeshare.

RB James Starks (Green Bay)

Percent owned (ESPN): 6.7%

James Starks is officially the feature back in Green Bay, getting 25 carries against Detroit. This has been known for about 2 weeks so I don’t know why he’s still only owned in so few leagues. He hasn’t been particularly effective, but he has 42 carries in the last 2 weeks and at the very least will get you volume yardage.

RB Jalen Parmele (Jacksonville)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.1%

I don’t know who this is, but apparently he’s Jacksonville’s new feature back as he replaced Rashad Jennings. Jennings has been incredibly ineffective in Maurice Jones-Drew’s absence and MJD isn’t due back anytime soon so Parmele will continue to start for the near future. He rushed for just 80 yards on 24 carries against Houston, but he’ll have easier matchups going forward.

WR Danario Alexander (San Diego)

Percent owned (ESPN): 4.4%

In 3 starts, Danario Alexander has 15 catches for 291 yards and 3 touchdowns. The incredibly ineffective Robert Meachem is no threat to Alexander. In fact, Meachem hasn’t produced those kind of numbers all season. Alexander should be owned universally.

QB Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco)

Percent owned (ESPN): 1.2%

He’d be #1 on this list if I knew he’d be the starter going forward. He should be; the 49ers are so much scarier with him under center. Defenses actually have to respect the deep ball, which gives their running game even more room. Kaepernick threw for 243 yards and 2 scores against arguably the toughest defense in football coming in this week. He’s got rushing ability as well and is a high upside low end QB1 if he starts going forward. The 49ers play the Saints’ horrible defense next week.

RB Bryce Brown (Philadelphia)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.3%

LeSean McCoy suffered a concussion last week against Washington. He’s highly unlikely to be rushed into action next week against Carolina with the Eagles at 3-7, so Bryce Brown should get at least one start in his absence. Whether or not Andy Reid remembers to use him is a different story, but he might be worth a start for at least a week.

WR TY Hilton (Indianapolis)

Percent owned (ESPN): 3.6%

TY Hilton is incredibly explosive, but he’s also incredibly inconsistent. He has three 100 yard receiving games already this season, including a 9 catch, 100 yard, 2 touchdown performance last week against New England. Besides him, only Justin Blackmon has a single 100 yard game among rookies this year. Meanwhile, in his other 6 games, he hasn’t gone over 37 yards. However, Donnie Avery is out with a concussion so Hilton should move into the starting lineup and get more snaps so his consistency should improve. The explosive rookie is a high upside, high risk play going forward.

TE Brandon Myers (Oakland)

Percent owned (ESPN): 14.2%

I don’t know why no one likes this guy. He’s on pace for 80 catches for 886 yards and 5 touchdowns. Only 5 tight ends have more fantasy points than him. He’s startable in all leagues, but barely owned. If you’re a Rob Gronkowski owner or you’re having tight end troubles in general, definitely pick this guy up.

WR Julian Edelman (New England)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.7%

Julian Edelman has moved ahead of Brandon Lloyd on the depth chart, playing 52 snaps to Lloyd’s 34 against Indianapolis. Only Wes Welker played more snaps than him among wide receivers. Edelman caught 5 passes for 58 yards and a touchdown in his first game as the #2 wide receiver against Indianapolis and also rushed for 47 yards (albeit on only one fluky carry). His role will only grow with Rob Gronkowski out.

WR Brandon LaFell (Carolina)

Percent owned (ESPN): 15.5%

This might be a reach, but he’s now healthy and when he plays, he averages 3.2 catches for 54.3 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game, which extrapolates to 51 catches for 869 yards and 5 touchdowns over 16 games. You can do worse in deep leagues and he’s got upside going forward if he can stay healthy.

RB Bilal Powell (NY Jets)

Percent owned (ESPN): 1.2%

Finally healthy, Powell is back to eating into Shonn Greene’s touches, getting 13 to Greene’s 18 against St. Louis. He had 60 yards to Greene’s 64 and also stole the goal line carries, scoring twice. He’s worth a flier.

RB Jacquizz Rodgers (Atlanta)

Percent owned (ESPN): 13.4%

The Falcons said they’d be scaling back Michael Turner’s workload and they kept their word, giving Rodgers 10 touches to Turner’s 15. Those 10 touches were his 3rd highest total of the season. He had 51 yards to Turner’s 46. Turner is incredibly incompetent, averaging 3.1 YPC over his last 5 games with just one carry longer than 13. On the season, he’s failed to convert on goal-to-go carries over 75% of the time. He’s also only caught 10 passes on the year. He literally has no NFL-level skills anymore. Rodgers could and should see more work going forward.

WR Ryan Broyles (Detroit)

Percent owned (ESPN): 1.1%

Titus Young has been suspended for week 12 for violation of an undisclosed team rule. In his absence, Ryan Broyles will be the #2 receiver and the 3rd option in an explosive passing offense. He might be worth a pickup if you really need receiver help, but remember, Young hasn’t exactly set the world on fire statistically as the #2 receiver, so Broyles is no lock to have fantasy value.

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Week 11 Fantasy Football Waiver Claims

RB Marcel Reece (Oakland)

Percent owned (ESPN): 11.3%

With Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson both out with high ankle sprains, it was Marcel Reece, not Taiwan Jones, who carried the load. In fact, Jones saw just 2 carries behind some guy named Jeremy Stewart, who was 2nd on the team with 7. Reece rushed for just 48 yards, but also caught 7 passes for 56 yards. The Raiders were down for pretty much the whole game and could never get any rhythm in the running game, but Reece proved that he can produce no matter the situation. If the Raiders have to go pass heavy, Reece just picks up yards through the air. McFadden and Goodson are out indefinitely and Reece is a RB2/flex as long as he’s starting, so he should be owned universally.

WR Cecil Shorts (Jacksonville)

Percent owned (ESPN): 15.7%

I don’t know how he’s done it, but Shorts seems to have emerged as a productive receiver in the wasteland known as Jacksonville. Gabbert still isn’t any good, but Shorts has caught 21 passes for 356 yards and 2 touchdowns in his last 4 games, since he’s become a starter, so he’s gotten to the point where he’s worth starting him depending on the matchup. Next up, they get Houston, which isn’t promising, but they have some easier pass defenses on the schedule.

WR Danario Alexander (San Diego)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.1%

Starting over free agent bust Robert Meachem, Alexander caught 5 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown and now has 8 catches for 195 yards and a score in 2 starts (he got the first one because Meachem was injured). On the year, Meachem has just 13 catches for 197 yards and 2 touchdowns, so Alexander will probably be the guy going forward and Rivers does seem to like throwing to him. He’s worth an add.

RB Chris Ivory (New Orleans)

Percent owned (ESPN): 2.3%

Ivory has taken advantage of Darren Sproles’ injury and now has 135 yards and 2 touchdowns in the last 2 games. Sproles isn’t expected back yet and while Ivory is still splitting carries with Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram, he’s also outperforming them so he could see his role expand in the coming weeks.

TE Brandon Myers (Oakland)

Percent owned (ESPN): 16.5%

Slow and steady, Brandon Myers has 44 catches for 499 yards and 2 touchdowns in 9 games and has only gone below 44 yards once. He’s borderline startable in standard leagues and has more value in a PPR league.

QB Nick Foles (Philadelphia)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.5%

Nick Foles didn’t look great against Dallas, but he still threw for 212 yards and a touchdown in not even a full game. This week, he gets a full week of starters reps as he’s already been named the starter over a concussed Vick and he gets to face Washington’s 27th ranked pass defense. If you’re having quarterback problems or your quarterback is one a bye, consider Foles.

QB Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.5%

Alex Smith got hurt and it’s unknown how long he’ll be out. Colin Kaepernick is not going to do much through the air, but he does enough as a runner that he’s an intriguing fantasy option going forward. He rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown in not even a full game against St. Louis this week. Those would be good numbers for a running back, but Kaepernick did add another 117 yards through the air. He’s worth a stash and wait in deeper leagues.

RB Jacquizz Rodgers (Atlanta)

Percent owned (ESPN): 11.3%

Michael Turner’s effort was pathetic against the Saints, as he managed just 15 yards on 13 carries against one of the league’s worst run defenses and struggled to even pick up short yardage when they needed him to, including on the goal line for a potential game winner. Turner is now 3 of 17 in goal to go situations this year. Maybe the Falcons will give more work to Rodgers, who almost doubled Turner’s rushing yardage on 3 carries with 29 yards (and added 4 catches for 33 yards), going forward.

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Week 10 Fantasy Football Waiver Claims

RB Marcel Reece (Oakland)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.2%

Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson both have high ankle sprains and will likely miss at least one game, if not several. In their absence, Marcel Reece, the fullback, carried the load at running back. Taiwan Jones is the 3rd string running back, but the Raiders trust Reece more in passing situations, so he’s the back to own this week, especially in PPR leagues. He led the Raiders with 8 catches for 95 yards and a score through the air last week.

RB Taiwan Jones (Oakland)

Percent owned (ESPN): 2.6%

Of course, Jones is not a bad pickup either. He didn’t see much action last week, but that’s because the Raiders abandoned the run completely down several scores after McFadden and Goodson got hurt. Reece and Goodson combined for just 1 carry, though Reece obviously did damage through the air. Next week, I would imagine they’d split touches, with Reece staying in on passing downs. As long as the Raiders don’t give up on the run completely like that, there’s some value with both backs, but I like Reece more because the Raiders figure to be trailing in Baltimore next week for most of the game.

RB James Starks (Green Bay)

Percent owned (ESPN): 4.9%

Apparently Alex Green wasn’t impressing anyone. Starks led the way with 17 carries like Green’s 11 last week and is definitely worth picking up this week. The Packers don’t run enough for Starks to be startable unless he shows he’s the feature guy, but he’s worth a bench stash for now.

WR Cecil Shorts (Jacksonville)

Percent owned (ESPN): 17.1%

If you want to own a Jacksonville receiver, Shorts is the guy you want. He’s managed to put up nice numbers over the past few weeks, despite his quarterback’s limitations, catching 15 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown and last week led the team in receiving even though supposed #1 receiver and free agency bust Laurent Robinson returned from injury.

TE Dwayne Allen (Indianapolis)

Percent owned (ESPN): 1.1%

With Coby Fleener out, Dwayne Allen caught 6 passes for 75 yards last week. Luck won’t throw for 433 like that every week, but Allen had a role in the passing offense in a more modest passing showing against Tennessee, catching 4 passes for 56 yards. As long as Fleener is out, and he should be out at least another week, Allen’s a decent bye week filler or injury replacement at tight end.

WR Emmanuel Sanders (Pittsburgh)

Percent owned (ESPN): 1.6%

Antonio Brown suffered a high ankle sprain and probably won’t play this week. Sanders didn’t do much last week after Brown got hurt in the middle of the game, catching 2 passes for 20 yards, but he faces Kansas City’s crappy secondary this week so he might be startable.

RB Joique Bell (Detroit)

Percent owned (ESPN): 3.8%

Bell had his biggest game of the season this week and his usage continues to go up as a pass catching back behind Mikel Leshoure. He’s received 27 touches in the last 2 weeks and is worth a look in deeper leagues and PPR leagues. Keep in mind though, Detroit won’t run 34 times every week like that, but Bell should still be in line for 8-12 touches weekly.

TE Logan Paulsen (Washington)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.8%

Paulsen continues to be a reliable receiver for Robert Griffin in the absence of Fred Davis. He’s now caught 13 passes for 178 yards in the league 3 weeks. If you need a bye week filler at tight end or play in a deep league, Paulsen isn’t a bad option.

TE Brandon Myers (Oakland)

Percent owned (ESPN): 7.0%

Believe it or not, Brandon Myers is actually on pace to catch 78 passes for 884 yards through 8 games. He also finally got into the end zone last week for the first time all season, scoring twice. He should score a few more times this year and provide consistent yardage on a week to week basis. He’s gone over 55 in 5 of his 8 games.

RB Chris Ivory (New Orleans)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.4%

He’s a completely different type back, but Ivory still appears to be the biggest beneficiary of Darren Sproles’ injury as he led the Saints in carries with 10 after being irrelevant for the first 7 weeks of the season. The 48 yards he rushed for was sadly the Saints’ 3rd highest single game rushing yards total on the year and he deserves more looks going forward. He looked better than Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas have most of the year, though it may have just been Philadelphia’s crappy defense.

RB Lance Dunbar (Dallas)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.1%

This week, it was Lance Dunbar, not Phillip Tanner to steal carries away from an ailing Felix Jones. DeMarco Murray is still out indefinitely and Dunbar, who rushed for 26 yards on 8 carries, might sadly be their best backfield option right now. It’s worth monitoring to see if his workload increases next week.

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Week 9 Fantasy Football Waiver Claims

RB Daryl Richardson (St. Louis)

Percent owned (ESPN): 12.0%

Richardson continues to split carries with Steven Jackson and out-produce him. He had 263 total yards in his last 4 games. That doesn’t make him startable, but Jackson could get traded this week and even if he doesn’t, Richardson is clearly the future and may be the better back in the present, so he could lead the team in touches going forward from the running back position.

RB Joique Bell (Detroit)

Percent owned (ESPN): 2.7%

Mikel Leshoure left Detroit’s game with an injury and Bell rushed for 25 yards on 7 carries in his absence. He’d get the start if Leshoure were to miss any time. Even as Leshoure’s backup, he’s an excellent receiver for a running back and is worth a look regardless in some PPR leagues. He had 20 catches for 227 yards on the season.

WR Cecil Shorts (Jacksonville)

Percent owned (ESPN): 3.4%

Shorts is the Jacksonville receiver to own if you’re into that kind of thing. In 2 starts, he’s caught 12 passes for 195 yards and a score, including 8 for 116 yards last week. Jacksonville isn’t going to throw 49 times every week and he’s always going to be inconsistent because of his quarterback play, but he’s worth a look.

RB Ronnie Hillman (Denver)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.6%

A popular preseason sleeper, Hillman finally had a breakout day, rushing for 86 yards on 14 carries against the Saints. He won’t get to play the Saints run defense every week and he got most of his action in garbage time, which won’t happen every week, but he’s the clear #2 back in Denver right now and John Fox has been known to use 2-back sets. Veteran Willis McGahee has been less than stellar in front of him and has a history of injury problems at in advanced age in football years. Hillman could be worth a bench stash.

RB Kendall Hunter (San Francisco)

Percent owned (ESPN): 15.0%

Hunter continues to have a role on a weekly basis behind Frank Gore in San Francisco with 263 total yards and a score in his last 5 games. He’s behind only the injury prone Frank Gore on the depth chart and if he were to become the starter, he’d be running behind probably the best run blocking offensive line in the league on a team that loves to run the football. He’s worth a bench stash.

TE Brandon Myers (Oakland)

Percent owned (ESPN): 5.1%

Again, not flashy, but he has 31 catches for 383 yards in 7 games for the Raiders from the tight end spot and is on pace for 71 catches for 875 yards. He’s yet to score, which is weird and hurts his value, but he should score a few times going forward the rest of the way.

TE Logan Paulsen (Washington)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.6%

“His name is” Logan Paulsen, not Chris Cooley, got the start in Fred Davis’ absence, which makes sense since Cooley has been out of football for the whole season. That should continue going forward because Paulsen has proved himself to be a solid player, catching 4 passes for 76 yards after Davis went down last week and then 4 catches for 43 yards this week. This week’s total wasn’t impressive, but it was the 2nd best on the team and came on Washington’s worst passing game of the year. They’ll have better days and Paulsen looks like a big part of the offense. He’s worth a look if you need an injury replacement or bye week filler at tight end. He also doesn’t have bitch tits like poor Bob.

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Week 8 Fantasy Football Waiver Claims

RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (Arizona)

Percent owned (ESPN): 10.5%

William Powell appeared to break out as Arizona’s new lead back week 6 against Buffalo, but he fumbled a kickoff return early against Minnesota and barely saw any action, very unfortunate for anyone who picked him up and started him this week. LaRod Stephens-Howling took over as the lead back in his absence and given his performance against a solid Minnesota run defense, 149 all purposes yards and a touchdown on 24 total touches, he doesn’t seem like he’s going to be giving back the starting job anytime soon…unless, you know, he fumbles or something.

RB Rashad Jennings (Jacksonville)

Percent owned (ESPN): 13.6%

MJD is out for at least this week with a foot injury and if it’s a Lisfranc injury, which the coaches wouldn’t rule out, he could be out much longer. In his absence, Jennings would be the lead back. Many people have dropped the popular preseason sleeper since MJD returned from his holdout and played well as the lead back, but he’ll be the guy in Jacksonville for now and he showed in the preseason he’s capable.

RB Montario Hardesty (Cleveland)

Percent owned (ESPN): 8.5%

Hardesty has rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in the last 2 weeks in relief on Trent Richardson, who has left both games with an injury. He may shut it down this week just to rest up with the Browns going nowhere fast, so Hardesty could be the lead back this week.

RB Jonathan Dwyer (Pittsburgh)

Percent owned (ESPN): 18.5%

Dwyer finally got a chance to be a feature back this week and made the most of it, rushing for 122 yards and 17 carries. Isaac Redman and Rashard Mendenhall could be back this week, but they might not be and even if they are, Dwyer’s performance might have allowed him to jump the two disappointing backs on the depth chart. Remember, coming into this game, Pittsburgh was last in the league in yards per carry.

RB Daryl Richardson (St. Louis)

Percent owned (ESPN): 11.4%

Richardson is not only splitting carries pretty evenly with the veteran Steven Jackson, he’s arguably outperforming him with 213 total yards on 33 total touches in the last 3 weeks. There’s been some rumors that Jackson could be traded before this week’s deadline and even if he isn’t, Richardson’s role could expand even more in the next few weeks.

RB Phillip Tanner (Dallas)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.9%

Working behind two injury prone backs, Tanner got 13 carries this week, though only managed 30 rushing yards, along with a catch for another 8. DeMarco Murray is uncertain for this week and Tanner could continue to split carries with Felix Jones, whose also always an injury risk.

RB Kendall Hunter (San Francisco)

Percent owned (ESPN): 13.7%

Kendall Hunter continues to get a decent amount of work behind Frank Gore, with 214 total yards and a score in his last 4 games. Frank Gore should be good to go this week after getting hurt late last week, but it’s just a reminder of how injury prone Gore is. Hunter is worth a bench stash because he’s getting some work and would be in line for a much bigger load if Gore gets hurt.

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Week 7 Fantasy Football Waiver Claims

RB William Powell (Arizona)

Percent owned (ESPN): 2.4%

In his first extended action since leading the league in rushing during the preseason, William Powell looked great as Arizona’s new lead back with Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams out, rushing for 70 yards on 13 carries. I have no idea why he is owned in so few league as Williams was announced down for the year early this week and LaRod Stephens-Howling is too small to carry a load, but Powell should be owned universally as he’ll be the lead back from here on out.

WR Brandon Gibson (St. Louis)

Percent owned (ESPN): 24.8%

I didn’t list Gibson here last week because I wasn’t sure if Sam Bradford would struggle without several starting offensive linemen and without Danny Amendola. It sure looked like he would after he finished 2 of 9 against Arizona after the Amendola injury. However, Bradford seems much more mature and much better coached this season and has just moved right alone to the next man up in the receiving corps, which is Brandon Gibson. He caught 7 passes for 91 yards against a tough Miami defense.

RB Daryl Richardson (St. Louis)

Percent owned (ESPN): 4.2%

There’s already been some talk that the Rams will let Steven Jackson void the final year of his deal this offseason and leave if he wants to, so it makes sense that the Rams’ coaching staff would try to see what they have with young Daryl Richardson. Richardson split carries evenly with the veteran Jackson and definitely outplayed him, rushing for 76 yards on 11 carries on what was previously a #1 ranked Miami run defense. Jackson has looked like someone with his age and career usage this year and it definitely wouldn’t surprise me to see Richardson at least continue to get an even split of the carries going forward. He’s worth at least a bench stash.

WR Devery Henderson (New Orleans)

Percent owned (ESPN): 2.6%

My #1 pickup last week, I’m listing him here again because, apparently no one listened to me (or wouldn’t to pick up a player heading into a bye). Henderson is no longer on bye and is coming off an 8 catch, 123 yard, and a touchdown performance week 5. With Lance Moore and Jimmy Graham nursing injuries, Henderson could be Drew Brees’ #2 target this week, which would obviously make him worth a start. He’s worth at least a bench stash and stay tuned for injury news related to the Saints’ other receivers.

RB Montario Hardesty (Cleveland)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.4%

Trent Richardson left this week’s game with an injury and should be considered questionable going forward until you hear otherwise. Hardesty, who rushed for 56 yards and a score in his absence on 15 carries, is worth a pickup because he’d start in any game going forward if Richardson couldn’t play.

QB Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M)

Percent owned (ESPN): 5.9%

Tannehill continues to improve as you’d expect out of a raw rookie. Coming off a 185 yard, 2 touchdown performance, Tannehill is worth picking up in deep leagues if you need a bye week filler in the coming weeks.

RB Kendall Hunter (San Francisco)

Percent owned (ESPN): 14.2%

Another repeat from last week, but Hunter is still worth a look in deeper leagues, even though he didn’t have a good week this week (no one on the 49ers did). The 49ers run more than almost anyone in football and even as the backup, Hunter does get a good amount of touches. Besides, lead back Frank Gore is not the most durable player and wore down in the 2nd half of last season, so Hunter could become a bigger part of the offense down the stretch, especially if Gore gets hurt.

TE Brandon Myers (Oakland)

Percent owned (ESPN): 1.5%

He’s not exciting at all, but Myers is worth a look as a bye week filler in deep leagues. Through 5 games, the nobody tight end has 21 catches for 290 yards. That yardage total actually ranks 8th among tight ends this year, even though he’s already had his bye.

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Week 6 Fantasy Football Waiver Claims

WR Devery Henderson (New Orleans)

Percent owned (ESPN): 1.6%

With Lance Moore out and Jimmy Graham playing hurt, Devery Henderson stepped up big time for the Saints, catching 8 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. Unless the injury situation improves, he might be their #2 option going forward, which would make him startable. At the very least, he’s worth a bench stash.

RB William Powell (Arizona)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.1%

The Cardinals have lost Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams for the season in back-to-back weeks. William Powell is hardly proven, but he would seem to be the favorite to be the lead back going forward. He was already the 3rd down back and they really like him as a receiver and a blocker and he had a great preseason as a runner to make the roster, leading the league with 249 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on 42 carries. Look for him to lead a running back committee with change of pace back LaRod Stephens-Howling and former practice squad back Alfonso Smith.

RB Alex Green (Green Bay)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.8%

Cedric Benson left the Packers’ loss to the Colts with an injury and he’s now in a walking boot, so his return for next week looks very, very questionable, at the very least. He could be out a couple of weeks and Alex Green figures to be the lead back in his absence because the coaching staff really isn’t a fan of James Starks. Green looked good in limited action in relief of Benson, rushing for 55 yards on 9 carries and adding an 8 yard catch.

RB Brandon Bolden (New England)

Percent owned (ESPN): 20.3%

Bolden may be the #2 back in New England, but he’s rushed for 191 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries in the last 2 weeks combined. Suddenly a team that loves to run the football, the Patriots could continue to give him touches going forward. He’s worth a bench stash.

RB Kendall Hunter (San Francisco)

Percent owned (ESPN): 10.9%

Another team that loves to run the football is the 49ers. In the last 2 weeks, Hunter has rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in the last 2 games. He seems to be eating into Frank Gore’s work load on a weekly basis and while that’s not enough for him to be startable, Gore is not exactly the most durable player, so Hunter is worth a bench stash.

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