RB Alfred Blue
The Claims Report is a Wednesday feature that will analyze weekly waiver additions.
Who’s Your Haddy? claimed RB Alfred Blue ($61)
Alfred Blue is this week’s Charcandrick West. With Arian Foster suffering a torn Achilles, the Texans’ RB2, Blue, immediately vaults to the top of this week’s waiver priority.
Across 229 carries dating back to last year — most of that coming amid other Foster injuries — Blue is plodding along at a rate of just 3.3 yards per carry. This is a good time to point out that Trent Richardson has averaged 3.4 yards per carry in his career. This isn’t to say that Blue is worse than Richardson, but rather to illustrate that Blue’s value will likely stem more from volume than efficiency. He’ll also be jostling with Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes for carries the rest of this season.
When you’re 2-5 and still have a few weeks before the trade deadline, this is a great add regardless. If he blows up, you’ve got a trade chip or maybe even a keeper if you believe Foster’s days as a premiere runner are over. If he stinks, you wasted $61 of FAAB. No harm, no foul.
Beach Bums claimed RB Orleans Darkwa ($38)
The good news for Orleans Darkwa is that he spearheaded the New York Giants’ rushing attack last week. The bad news is that three other rushers, including Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen, remained involved.
The silver lining here is that Jennings, Vereen, and the absolutely awful Andre Williams have all had ample opportunity to make hay in the Giants backfield and have struggled to do so. Optimistically, one could assume that Darkwa’s sudden spike in carries — he still ended up toting the ball just eight times — is a slow, planned ascension from the coaching staff. If that’s true, averaging six yards a rush and scoring a touchdown should go a long way.
American Dream claimed WR Nate Washington ($4)
The Houston Texans lead the league in pass attempts despite starting Ryan Mallet and Brian Hoyer at quarterback. That is not likely to be the recipe for real life success, but it could certainly help out their receivers. In getting beat down by the Dolphins last week, Nate Washington cashed in on an astonishing 16 targets by racking up 127 yards receiving and two scores. He’s not a particularly good player, but the ingredients are all here for sustainable volume, at least. Foster is down, the defense is bad, and Bill O’Brien seems hell bent on chucking it a ton. You could spend a bench spot on worse.
American Dream claimed DST New York Jets ($3)
Despite having a terrific real life defense, the New York Jets’ fantasy unit has been more meh than anything. They’re just the 24th best scoring unit overall. And this week’s match-up isn’t particularly welcoming: they get the suddenly surging Raiders on the road in Oakland. Next week, however, they get the Jaguars, so perhaps this target is a week early.
Capital City FFC claimed TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins ($2)
The hope here is that Austin Seferian-Jenkins returns from injury this week, knocks the rust off, and is good to go in Week 9 when Travis Kelce has his bye. The Bucs have a very favorable slate that week too: they’re at home against the New York Giants, who have no answer for opposing tight ends. They rank 30th in receiving yards against for TEs, 23rd for touchdowns, and 29th for fantasy points as a unit. That’s dismal.
Unicorns & Glitter!! claimed DST Kansas City Chiefs ($2)
Matt Stafford loves to throw interceptions and his offensive line loves watching Matt Stafford take sacks. So this makes a lot of sense.
Who’s Your Haddy? claimed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ($1)
Fitzmagic’s upcoming schedule is about as easy as it gets, so why not? Of course, Who’s Your Haddy? also has Ben Roethlisberger coming back from injury this week, plus Teddy Bridgewater and Jay Cutler sitting on the bench, so he may never have a spot in the lineup.
Manning’s Last Stand claimed QB Kirk Cousins
This. Just… that.
Breaking Bradshaw claimed QB Alex Smith
It feels like Alex Smith gets claimed every single week.
Greased Up Deaf Guy claimed WR Chris Conley
Minus Jamaal Charles and with Jeremy Maclin banged up, rookie third round pick Chris Conley certainly belongs on fantasy radars. He’s had seven targets in three of four games and is coming off a game in which he caught six balls for 63 yards and his first touchdown. He ranked in the 97th percentile for the 40-yard dash and possesses incredible burst and a 100th percentile catch radius, so essentially every measurable is here. The big question here is whether or not Kansas City, with Andy Reid running the offense and Smith quarterbacking it, is really the best environment to foster his skill set.
Greased Up Deaf Guy claimed K Blair Walsh