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Waiver Wire: Jags RB Jennings among top fantasy pickups

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Justin Boone, TSN.ca
10/23/2012 4:08:34 PM
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TSN.ca NFL Editor Justin Boone runs down the top waiver wire pickups with a focus on the coming week and the rest of the season.

QUARTERBACKS

Josh Freeman (at Vikings)
When a quarterback throws for 420 yards and three touchdowns, even if it is against the Saints' embarrassingly generous defence, you have to take notice. Freeman almost had a fourth touchdown at the end of the game, but it was called back. With two good receivers in Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, as well as a talented pass catching back in Doug Martin, Freeman has the tools to put up excellent fantasy days. This week, he gets the Vikings on a short week, so expectations should be lowered slightly, but he is still a strong QB2 the rest of the way.

Sam Bradford (vs. Patriots)
It's great to see the effect that a veteran coach like Jeff Fisher can have on a team. The Rams have played every game tough, while battling through offensive line issues and the loss of their top receiver Danny Amendola. Bradford has shown that he will be a solid quarterback in the NFL and has managed to put up decent stats this year amidst the injuries around him. Now he faces a New England defence that just let Mark Sanchez torch them for 328 yards.

Others to consider - Christian Ponder (vs. Buccaneers), Carson Palmer (at Chiefs), Brandon Weeden (vs. Chargers)

RUNNING BACKS

Rashad Jennings (at Packers)
While we await word on whether Maurice Jones-Drew will be out for a few games or the rest of the season, Jennings becomes the top waiver wire target this week. Jennings has shown the ability to be a three-down back and will be the new focal point of the Jaguars' attack. This also good timing for Jennings, who becomes a free agent at year's end.

LaRod Stephens-Howling (vs. 49ers)
The matchup with San Francisco isn't what you like to see, especially if you're picking up Stephens-Howling for a bye week fill-in. However, after looking overwhelmed two weeks ago, LSH was comfortable in Week 7, rushing for 104 yards on 20 carries, while adding four catches for 45 yards and finding the end zone once. With no one else establishing themselves in the Cardinals' backfield, LSH is definitely worth an add. 

Others to consider - Daryl Richardson (vs. Patriots), Jonathan Dwyer (vs. Redskins), Shane Vereen (at Rams), Montario Hardesty (vs. Chargers), Kendall Hunter (at Cardinals)

WIDE RECEIVERS

Chris Givens (vs. Patriots)
Givens has been dependent on the big play, but that's worked out just fine the last four games as he's hauled in at least one pass of over 50 yards each week. In his last two games, he posted six catches for 158 yards combined. You're rolling the dice with a player like this, however a skilled deep ball receiver is always a threat to score, making it a worthy risk.

WR Santana Moss/WR Leonard Hankerson (at Steelers)
We don't have any more clarity when it comes to the Redskins' receiving corps without Pierre Garcon. Robert Griffin III has been making plays with all his pass catchers, including Moss who caught three passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns on limited snaps out of the slot. Hankerson had six catches for 70 yards, but was held out of the end zone. With Garcon not likely to return for a few more weeks, both receivers are good bye week options.

WR Titus Young/Ryan Broyles (vs. Seahawks)
In a similar situation to Washington, the Lions have lost Nate Burleson to a broken leg and now two receivers will battle it out to fill his production. The Lions' offence hasn't found its form yet, but with Calvin Johnson drawing double teams, whoever plays across from him stands to benefit. Both Young and Broyles are talented young receivers and either could emerge down the stretch.
 
Others to consider - Brandon LaFell (at Bears), Cecil Shorts (at Packers), WR Vincent Brown (at Browns)

TIGHT ENDS

TE Dustin Keller (vs. Dolphins)
Welcome back Keller. There isn't much on the waiver wire when it comes to tight ends in the middle of the season, but Keller has battled injuries and he may still be available. In a wild game that nearly saw the Jets upset the Patriots, Keller had seven catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. The Jets' passing game isn't always going to be that efficient, but Keller is a streaky player that can put up TE1 stats any given week.

Others to consider - Coby Fleener/Dwayne Allen (at Titans), Brandon Myers (at Chiefs), Dallas Clark (at Vikings)

Rashad Jennings (Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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