This week’s Waiver Wire Pick Six for fantasy leagues features a returning Chiefs back, an improving Jaguars receiver (no, not the heralded rookie) and a potential new starting QB in Philadelphia, among others.
1. Peyton Hillis, RB, Chiefs
Hillis didn’t exactly shine in Week 8 against the Raiders in his first game back from injury, but you can’t blame him too much for only rushing for 23 yards considering he received just four carries. The Chiefs’ only way to win most weeks is to hit the ground game hard, and that should make both Hillis and Jamaal Charles usable in the right matchups. Grab Hillis now if you need a RB and monitor Thursday’s game closely to see how the Chiefs RB situation shakes out this week. He’s only a desperation start.
2. Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars
Justin Blackmon was the big draft pick and Laurent Robinson the big FA acquisition, but it’s Shorts who led the team in receptions and yards in Week 8. Over the past two games, Shorts has managed 195 yards and a TD on 12 receptions against the Raiders and Packers. Remember” He had two nice lines in Weeks 1 and 3, scoring TDs in each while picking up 74 and 80 yards, respectively. With Detroit and Indy on tap in the next two weeks, it’s worth adding Shorts to your bench to see if he can remain effective.
3. Nick Foles, QB, Eagles
There’s rumblings that Michael Vick could be replaced as the Eagles’ QB1 at anytime as Andy Reid tries desperately to hold on to his head-coaching gig. Foles is just a rookie and would likely be overmatched if thrust into the role, but he does have an impressive set of weapons at his disposal, and the Eagles have great passing-game matchups with the Saints and Redskins in two of the next three weeks. Foles should be grabbed speculatively in two-QB league while we await the news, and his upside could make him worth a look as a backup in standard leagues over low-upside QB2s.
4. Chris Givens, WR, Rams
Sure, Givens isn’t catching a lot of balls, with his three receptions on Sunday in New England matching his season high. But for the fifth straight week, Givens hauled in a pass of at least 50 yards, and this one went for his second TD of the year. Danny Amendola sounds like he’s close to returning, but Givens’s explosiveness should keep him on the field for the rest of the year. He’s likely to be a boom or bust pick as he isn’t hauling in a lot of catches per game, but since he’s boomed for five straight weeks, he should see some adds in Week 9.
5. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Falcons
After being ineffective for most of the year, Rodgers finally had a semi-breakthrough against the Eagles, rushing for 60 yards on eight carries and adding another 20 yards on five receptions. With Michael Turner continuing to look sluggish — he had just 58 rushing yards on 24 carries in the same game — Rodgers could wind up with increased playing time in upcoming games. Those in PPR leagues should particularly be sure Rodgers finds his way to a team this week. The Falcons have some good RB matchups, including two games with the Saints, ahead.
6. Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens
Pitta has crashed back to Earth in recent weeks after posting three good lines to start the year, and it led to the Baltimore tight end hitting the waiver wire in many leagues during his bye. If you’re desperate at tight end, he’s worth a look as he’s shown more upside early in the year than many available tight ends have.
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