Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups
Nick Foles, QB, Eagles- Week 9 Stats: 22 of 28 for 407 pass yds, 7 pass TDs
Foles torched the Raiders secondary for an NFL record tying 7 passing touchdown in the first three quarters of Philly's 49-20 win! He more than trippled his QB rating from the week before (a dismal showing vs. Dallas) and completed close to 80% of his passes. Foles averaged close to 14 yards per attempt and his 13:0 TD:INT ratio is best in the league. Sure, you'd like to see a little more consistency out of the second year gunslinger, but after his performance on Sunday there's no question that he is a must own, and unless you have Brees, Brady, Peyton, Rivers or Stafford (assuming Rodgers will miss time with a shoulder injury), a must start this weekend verses the Packers.
Case Keenum, QB, Texans- Week 9 Stats: 20 of 34 for 350 pass yds, 3 pass TDS, 3 car, 26 rush yds
Keenum's coming out party comes on a day that saw him team squander a 21-3 lead for a heartbreaking loss to their division rivals, but luckily for fantasy owners the outcome of the game has no barring on his value moving forward. The NCAA's all time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns and completions threw for 350 yards and connected with Andre "the Giant" Johnson for three scores. It's safe to say that Matt Schaub won't sniff the field again this season, making Keenum worth keeping at the fantasy playoffs approach.
Riley Cooper, WR, Eagles- Week 9 Stats: 5 rec, 139 rec yds, 3 rec TDs
Cooper's season started out slow and under much scrutiny, but there's no denying the chemistry brewing between him and his new quarterback Nick Foles. 360 of his 453 receiving yards this season have come in the past four games and he's solidified himself as the number two option in what has become a potent passing offense. I don't think his success is a fluke and should be a serviceable WR3 option the rest of the way.
Rashad Jennings, RB, Raiders- Week 9 Stats: 15 car, 102 rush yds, 1 rush TD, 7 rec, 74 rec yds
Jennings put up great garbage time numbers against Philly's prevent defense following a hamstring injury to first string running back Darren McFadden. He racked up more than 175 all-purpose yards and found the end zone for the first time this season. Knowing Run DNP's lengthy history with leg injuries I wouldn't be surprised to see him miss a handful of games, making Jennings an enticing flex play this week in the meantime.
Tiquan Underwood, WR, Buccaneers-Week 9 Stats: 2 rec, 29 rec yds, 1 rec TD
This suggestion is really only for those in deeper leagues, but I am a fan of Underwood's under-the-radar prospects moving forward. With Mike Williams being placed on IR with a torn hamstring, Tiquan has filled in nicely as the number two wide out in Tampa. Despite their 0-8 record, this team is much improved with Mike Glennon under center and I expect their offense to continue to gel with each passing week. Once again, owners in eight and ten team leagues should have much better options to go with, but I do think Underwood has value and will put up some solid numbers the second half of the season.