Fantasy Football 2013: The Waiver Wire; Edition Nine

By Adam Pfeifer

We are officially halfway through the 2013 season.

Whether you are happy or sad is entirely up to you, but it’s here, and there is nothing we can do about it now. Fantasy owners need to make moves in order to continue their push towards the postseason, and other than trading, the best way to do that is to hit the waiver wire and add more depth to your roster.

The following players are out there. Go get ’em.

Note: Ownership percentages are based off Yahoo! leagues.

Chris Ivory, New York Jets (45%): We’ve been waiting for you, Mr. Ivory. The past few weeks, fantasy owners have been seeing the production and workload that they have expected to see when he joined the Jets. Over the last three weeks, Ivory has seen 58 carries, compared to just 22 for Bilal Powell. On Sunday, Ivory exploded against his former team, rushing 18 times for 139 yards and a score. He broke a handful of runs over 20 yards, including a beastly 50-yarder. Coming into this game, the Jets were ranked fifth in rushing attempts on the season (30.4) so you know the volume will be there. I think Ivory will continue to use his punishing style to serve as this team’s goal line back. After a Week 10 bye, Ivory gets to face a historically bad Buffalo run defense. Considering the state of the running back position, Ivory needs to be added in way more leagues.

Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles (9%): Cooper is more of a deeper league add, but as long as Nick Foles is under center, he’ll have a much better chance to produce for fantasy owners. No, not because Foles will throw seven touchdown passes ever again, but because for whatever reason, Foles tends to look his way far more than Michael Vick would. On Sunday, Cooper greatly benefited from Foles record-tying seven touchdowns, as he hauled in five balls for 139 yards and three scores. Now obviously, you can’t expect this production ever again from Cooper, but during Foles’ last three starts for the Eagles, Cooper has seen a respectable 19 targets. He’s also averaged a solid 8.5 yards per target, so when he does get looks, he is looking to get down the field. He’s worth a look.

Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers (37%): Four straight touchdowns for Tolbert, who, with Jonathan Stewart back in the lineup, may be the most trustworthy fantasy back in Carolina. Tolbert found the end zone again on Sunday, and continues to get the goal line work for a run-heavy Panthers ball club. Both Stewart and DeAngelo Williams are still a bit banged up, so Tolbert should continue to see work. He’s carried the ball a respectable 26 times over the last three games, and in touchdown-heavy leagues, he gives you a strong chance at a score each and every week. Coming into this game, Tolbert had actually been playing more snaps than Williams (296, 263), so he is still going to be a part of this offense.

Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots (34%): It feels like every week I am either advising owners to drop or add Dobson, but this week, go get him. In Sunday night’s offensive explosion against the Steelers, Dobson hauled in five balls for 130 yards and two scores. Coming into this game, Dobson had recorded career-highs in snaps in three of his four last contests, and the coaching staff is beginning to come around on the rookie receiver, who has had a recent case of the drops. However, Tom Brady has been looking for Dobson lately, seeing 31 targets over the last four weeks. With guys like Danny Amendola constantly banged up, Dobson should continue to see work in a Patriots offense that will pass the football. Games like this will only help build the confidence of the rookie.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.




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