Waiver-Wire Pickups, Week 7
All three of last week’s pickups posted very nice games and are still great to claim if they’re available (same with Alshon Jeffery and Justin Blackmon from the week before). However, I’ll come up with 3 fresh names for week 7 to give you the best chance to win. Without further ado…
1. Percy Harvin, WR, Seahawks – Remember in week 5 when I told you to pick up Blackmon before he even played a single snap? Well, grabbing Harvin now is a similar ordeal. The star receiver has been out all year with a hip injury, but he can be activated from the PUP list for this week’s game. That won’t happen, but I could easily envision Harvin playing soon after (week 8 against the Rams?). I know roster spots are at a premium, but being proactive and picking up Harvin now will pay huge dividends down the stretch come fantasy playoff time. Any time you can get a number 1 wideout on the waiver-wire, you gotta do it.
2. Harry Douglas, WR, Falcons – First, the obvious: Julio Jones is out for the season and Roddy White did not practice on Tuesday and has a 50-50 shot at best to play on Sunday which leaves Douglas as the best receiver left. Not hard to figure that one out, but Douglas has been somewhat of a disappointment when he has been counted on most. However, I think that will change this week. In 2013, Matt Ryan has completed an average of 30 passes per game, Roddy White has caught an average of 2 balls, and Tony Gonzalez has reeled in an average of 7. Assuming Gonzalez has a stellar game (let’s just say 10 catches) and White plays at less than 100% and catches his usual 3, then there’s still 17 balls to be had by Falcons receivers. The majority of those looks will be going to Douglas who has both the speed and athleticism to make something good happen.
3. Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals – Is the Cardinals starting running back Rashard Mendenhall or a zombie? I can’t tell, but either way it’s not good. This is where the rookie Ellington comes in. The Arizona coaching staff has clearly been impressed with what Andre has been able to do because they have given him double digit carries the past 2 weeks. The rookie has turned those chances into a 7.0 YPC average on the season including his first ever touchdown last week. Ellington is also a lethal weapon in the passing game which allows him to get extra value for your team if you pick him up. If his workload continues to increase as expected, the former Clemson stud will be a great addition to your team at a time when running back is very thin.