Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers- Week 6 Stats: 9 rec, 107 rec yds, 1 rec TD

There's a good Allen is already owned after his week 5 coming out party in a loss to Oakland that saw him crack the century mark and get into the end zone, but if he's available in your league he is a must add. Allen caught nine balls in the Chargers 19-9 win over the Colts on Monday Night Football, meaning the cat's out of the bag on Phillip Rivers new favorite receiver. The third round rookie out of Cal is a worthy WR2 play moving forward.

Joseph Fauria, TE, Lions- Week 6 Stats: 3 rec, 34 rec yds, 3 rec TDs

Fauria defines the phrase "boom or bust", with five of his seven catches this year ending up in the end zone (3rd best among tight ends league-wide). He's a high risk, high reward fantasy play that definitely leaves you vulnerable, but the fact that he has more touchdowns this year than teammate Calvin Johnson should say something about Stafford's trust in the undrafted end out of UCLA. 

Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants- Week 6 Stats: 22 car, 106 rush yds, 2 rush TDs

Admittedly, its still a bit strange seeing Brandon Jacobs rocking #34 instead of his original #27, but when the results are the same, like they were Thursday night in Chicago, its hard to tell the difference. Jacobs came within 40 rushing yards of David Wilson's season total, and doubled his yearly touchdown count, passing the pylons twice in the Giants 27-21 loss to the Bears. Jacobs should continue to see RB1 carries moving forward, at least until Andre Brown returns. 

Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens- Week 6 Stats: 20 of 34 for 342 pass yds, 2 pass TDs

The reigning Super Bowl MVP may have started off this season on the wrong foot (a certain 5 interception performance verse Buffalo rings a bell), but the fact remains that for the first time in years the Ravens are no longer a ground and pound team, instead taking to the air early and often. He's helped turn Torrey Smith in a full-on superstar and rookie Marlon Brown is turning heads too. Flacco isn't someone I would feel comfortable starting on a weekly basis, but is a more than serviceable plug and play as bye weeks continue. 

Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, Browns- Week 6 Stats: 5 car, 24 rush yds, 7 rec, 61 rec yds, 1 rec TD

The fifth year full back out of Texas had his best game of the season in the Browns closer-than-the-score-indicates 31-17 loss to the Lions. Ogbonnaya had 7 receptions out of the backfield and scored for the second time this season. McGahee is still the #1 back in town, but there's plenty of fantasy value to go around, especially in PPR leagues. 

-fresh (@danye33)

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