This week is a waiver wire filled of veterans, and one rookie. Those that have not gotten their chance to show off their skills. Most of these players have played under the system for a while, and therefore accustomed to it, or have played under the same coach. A couple or hand-cuff worthy, or dependent on other factors, but otherwise a good group. These players fall under no certain priority order, and represented by PPR purposes.
Justin Forsett - RB Ravens
Justin Forsett came on stage when Bernard Pierce was found as a non-contributor. Forsett has been around the NFL for seven years now, and has never had the opportunity to show his skills. In his seven years, he has 358 carries in 88 games. He also has played for four teams in that span as well. Last season, he played at Houston where Gary Kubiak was head coach, and then followed him over to Baltimore, when the Ravens made him an offensive coordinator. Forsett is on the small size, he looks built more for special teams, standing at 5-8 and weighing just 197 pounds, than a full-time running back. Justin Forsett had a solid game against the Cincinnati Bengals rushing for 70 yards on 11 carries, including a 13-yard touchdown. He also caught five passes proving his worth in PPR leagues.
James Starks - RB Packers
James Starks role is directly dependent on what Eddie Lacy’s condition is. If you are a Lacy owner you’re going to want Starks as your hand-cuff. In week one against a tough Seattle Seahawk defense, James Starks ran for 37 yards on seven carries for 5.3 yards per rush. Starks also caught two passes for 11 yards. James is very familiar with the team’s offense, as he has been there since 2010, and has been very effective in it. He also is more effective in the passing game than Lacy, and a value to all PPR leagues, as he can open up the passing game for Aaron Rodgers.
Niles Paul - TE Redskins
Niles Paul came onto the field after Jordan Reed went down, and he didn’t disappoint. Paul finished with four receptions for 86 yards. The tight end is very crucial in the Washington Redskins offense, and with the variety injuries that Reed has gone through in the last two years, it is very possible that Niles Paul could become an integral part of the offense. He has been with Washington since 2011, so he is very familiar with the offense. Most likely, Paul will get a chance to start next week, so he may be a nice grab for you if you get him early enough.
Devin Hester - WR Falcons
I am somewhat surprised to put his name on this list, as he is a nine year veteran, and was already a tried receiver when he was in Chicago, and it didn’t fare very well. He finished his receiving career with the Bears, catching 217 passes for 2,807 yards and 14 touchdowns. Well, things may have changed being in Atlanta. The Falcons used him in good spots, as Matt Ryan found him five times for 99 yards, and if Hester continues with that close 20 yards per catch average, the Falcons will find more ways to get him the ball. Do I trust that he will continue this type of play? No, but stranger things have happened, and Devin Hester has the skills to be a pest to all defenses.
Derek Carr - QB Raiders
The Oakland Raiders have been looking for a steady quarterback since the end of the Rich Gannon era in 2002. The last time Oakland had a rookie quarterback be a successful one, was when they drafted Kenny Stabler in 1970. Derek Carr has a chance to be both to his new team, and on Sunday, he showed what he was made of against the New York Jets. Carr threw for two touchdowns and 151 yards passing. He was accuracy was solid as he completed 20 of 32 for a 62.5% completion percentage. The most important statistic was the fact that no interceptions was thrown. Improvements need to be made though, as 151 yards are not going to get wins on the scoreboard, and if the running game doesn’t reveal itself, it will hunting season for the rookie quarterback.