We didn’t discover many new talents this week, but injuries continue to open doors.
Who would I go after this week? Here’s your list, in order of preference.
Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers
If you didn’t get him last week, be prepared to pay a much higher price for his services after his Monday Night Football debut against the Colts.
FAAB budgets will be depleted on this one as I expect you won’t be able to get Allen for less than 50 percent of your budget now. He’s probably going to be worth it.
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
I’m not afraid of Michael Vick losing his starting job to Foles because I do think Chip Kelly likes Vick’s running ability more than Foles decision-making. But that’s just an opinion. Regardless, Foles should see at least one more start against the Dallas Cowboys while Vick heals up, and he could be in line for another big week with the Cowboys defense losing pass rushers left and right in Week 6.
Foles may carry a high price tag, but I wouldn’t spend more than 10 to 15 percent of your FAAB to get him. I view him as a temporary fill, and the quarterback position isn’t too scarce.
Reuben Randle, WR, New York Giants
The Giants are terrible, but it certainly seems like they’re committed to getting the ball to Randle. He’s worth owning in all leagues, especially while these rumors circulate about the Giants taking offers for Hakeem Nicks’ services.
Randle would step in after a Nicks trade as the Giants’ No. 2 and a strong candidate to produce at a WR2 or better level the rest of the way.
Randle is probably now worth 20 percent of your FAAB, but there’s no shame in trying to bid on him at a discount.
Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants
He’s not crazy exciting, but it looks like we’re stuck with him.
Can you get away with only spending 15 percent of your FAAB on him? Maybe. I wouldn’t spend much. Andre Brown is returning in Week 10, and David Wilson will only miss three or four more weeks.
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals
He’s coming on strong, and despite what Bruce Arians says about his limitations, Ellington’s play may demand he start to see the field more than Mendenhall sooner rather than later.
Ellington’s worth 20 to 50 percent of your FAAB to stash. You may be able to get him for much less if no one else in your league is paying attention.
Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Douglas stands to benefit from Julio Jones’ absence and Roddy White’s continued injury woes, but I just don’t know that the Falcons offense will keep moving without those two in the mix. Douglas was already getting looks in the red zone, so there’s that.
If you’re chasing after him this week, you’ll probably need to spend at least 25 percent of your FAAB, but I’d bid no more than 10 percent if you can get away with it.
Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams
Stacy provided “the spark” that the Rams needed in Week 6, and he should continue to do so. Is he the best back on the block? Maybe not. But that’s why you can get him off the waiver wire, if you haven’t already.
As running backs are scarce, you probably need to spend 25 percent to 50 percent of your FAAB to get Stacy, but keep it reasonable.
Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys
At the bottom of the pile this week, Randle should carry the rock in place of the injured DeMarco Murray this week against the Eagles, but he’s not the named backup.
When Lance Dunbar recovers from his hamstring injury, we should see him in the Dallas backfield instead of Randle. And, of course, that’s only if Murray’s injury keeps him out multiple weeks. So view this as just a one or two-week rental.
As such, I wouldn’t spend more than 10 to 15 percent of your FAAB for Randle’s services.
As many have said this week, there’s no guarantee the Cowboys stick with the run game in Week 7. They may have suffered too many injuries on defense to handle the Eagles.
The Chargers make for a risky but nice matchup play this week, and they didn’t look too shabby against the Colts.
The Vikings are another popular pick, but I just have a feeling the Giants will rise up and destroy them in this one. Take them at your own risk.
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Stash and grab, and good luck in Week 7.