Last week I did not post a Top Waiver Adds after Week 6. My suggestions after Week 5 weren’t too bad though. I got about 2 out of 3 correct. Branden Oliver has been lights out along with Ronnie Hillman. Andre Williams not so much, he is set to lose his starting role to returning Rashad Jennings after the Giants Week 8 bye. On to my suggestions after Week 7:
Bryce Brown / Bills / RB
Bryce Brown was traded from the Eagles to the Bills for a 2015 conditional 4th round pick that could become a 3rd rounder. In real life football terms that is quite a hefty price. At only 23, Brown has a career 4.62 YPC while with Philadelphia. He’s had issues of turning his runs up-field but is young enough to be able to correct that. He’s been inactive all year, clearly behind CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson. Even Anthony Dixon has been active over him but that is mostly because he plays special teams. With Spiller out for the year and F-Jax out for a few weeks, this could be the chance he needs to make a statement. As a 223 lb back he ran a 4.48 40-yard dash at his pro-day. As a workhorse his rookie year filling in for LeSean McCoy he ran for the lines 19-178-2 and 24-169-2. He has the talent and possible now the opportunity. Dixon will work in as well but the more talented back is Brown.
Tre Mason / Rams / RB
Tre Mason from Auburn burst onto the scene in a big way Week 7 rushing for 85 yards and a touchdown on 18 caries against the Seahawks. The snap breakdown was 27 for Mason, 19 for Cunnginham, and Stacy with only 1. Jeff Fisher will likely still ride the hot hand going forward so I wouldn’t be banking on Mason to be a workhorse right away. That being said, he clearly looked to have the most explosion in the St. Louis backfield on Sunday. He is worth a look for RB needy teams and Stacy owners. Stacy’s arrow is definitely pointing down. Here is what I said last week:
“Zac Stacy could be getting Zac Stacy’d. Last week versus the Cowboys Stacy only saw 34% of offensive snaps. Cunningham outsnapped Stacy, recording 38% of snaps. Not only that but the rookie Tre Mason on only 9 snaps looked pretty impressive himself, showing more explosion than both other St. Louis runners. Not only is Stacy not seeing a ton of snaps, he also isn’t doing very much with them. To put the cherry on top – this week they face the Seattle Seahawks who are still stout against the run.”
Denard Robinson / Jaguars / RB
I will admit I have been skeptical of Denard “Shoelace” Robinson. Although exciting and dynamic in college transitioning from quarterback just seemed difficult for him. An undersized back, Robinson got his first chance to be a starter last week against Cleveland he rushed the ball 22 times for 127 yards and a touchdown. I wouldn’t be expecting him to put up those type of number each week though. Jacksonville is still not very good an running the ball has been one of their worst traits. For those RB needy teams he is worth a stash.
Doug Baldwin / Seahawks / WR
I always liked Doug Baldwin as a receiver. Not big or particularly fast, the UDFA out of Standford just does everything well and plays the game intelligently. He has had two years with over 700 yards and has been a chain mover his whole career. Now with Percy Harvin traded to the New York Jets the team is in need of a receiver to step up (not that Percy was really doing a whole lot anyways). Doug Baldwin is their most complete receiver right now and will be used a lot of different ways. In their first week without Harvin, Doug Baldwin caught 7 catches for 123 and a touchdown. If you are in need of a WR3/4 type with a nice weekly floor – Doug Baldwin is your guy.