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NFL Fantasy Fixer-Uppers October 27th 2015
Another week is in the books and another big name player is out for the year. This time it is Arian Foster of the Houston Texans who suffered a torn achilles tendon during Sunday's loss to Miami. While it's safe to say there will be a lot of waiver claims put in on his presumed backup whom I will talk about below there are also other players worthy of a claim. Let's take a look.
Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals (56% owned standard ESPN leagues)
Michael Floyd is healthy and commanding targets again in Arizona. He has now scored in back-to-back weeks and seems to be finding his rhythm after a slow start to the season. Floyd is the number three received in Arizona with Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown on the roster but Carson Palmer is performing at an elite level this year and Floyd figures to benefit from that. Any of the three receivers the Cardinals deploy is capable of having a huge game and I would be comfortable running any of them out in one of my lineups.
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys (43% owned)
Figuring out which Dallas running back to plug into your fantasy lineup has not been an easy task this year. Now due to injury it might be a bit clearer. Joseph Randle left Sunday's game early with back trouble and his status for this week's game is unclear at the moment. That could mean that Run DMC will get the lion's share of carries. He showed what he can do after Randle went down by piling up 152 yards and a score in the loss to the New York Giants. If Randle misses this week's game McFadden is at least a solid RB2 with RB1 upside. Either way McFadden is worth at least a spot on your team. Whether or not he is worth a start will become clearer as the week goes on.
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins (42% owned)
He's always had the talent but the problem with Reed is health. Whether or not he is going to be able to suit up every week is the biggest reason he is available in more than half of standard ESPN leagues. That may change after his most recent performance. He had a career-high 11 catches and two of those were for touchdowns. In just five games he has led the team in receiving in three times and that usage figures to continue as long as he can stay on the field. Reed and the Redskins have a bye this week but Reed is certainly worth an add if you are looking for help at a thin position.
Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans (19% owned)
As I mentioned in the lead it appears that Alfred Blue will be Houston's starting running back the rest of the way due to an injury to Arian Foster. If you have Foster on your team I hope you had Blue as a handcuff. If not, well, good luck getting him now. Blue figures to be the hottest waiver wire add this week as all starting running backs should be owned in all leagues. In an earlier start this year Blue racked up 139 yards on the ground with a score. That is ace-like production that is welcome in any fantasy lineup. If he is available in your league I would recommend using your top waiver priority to snag him.
Brian Hoyer, QB, Houston Texans (13% owned)
The quarterback controversy in Houston is over. Ryan Mallett was released which means the job belongs to Brian Hoyer. Over his last two games he has thrown for 566 yards and six touchdowns against one interception. Not too shabby. It doesn't hurt that he also has the league's leading receiver DeAndre Hopkins to target. The Texans are a bad team and figure to throw the ball a lot. That should mean Hoyer will be slinging it and as we all know garbage time stats count the same in the fantasy world. If you need a bye-week fill-in you could do worse than Hoyer.
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