It's weird how the waiver wire works. One week the wire looks like there's a new crop of receivers and another will have running backs go down left and right to cause all sorts of backups to emerge. The latter took place this week and running backs are widely available to fantasy owners. Some of them need to get their feet wet, but when it comes to fantasy it's all about opportunity.
There are a lot of repeat scoops this week, so I guess it's a good thing. Let's take a look at which guys can help this week:
Christian Ponder, Vikings - Ponder is kind of old news and he hasn't disappointed all season. He is completing 69 percent of his passes -- mainly because Percy Harvin has caught 38 of his 48 receptions. Percy is so good that he makes Ponder almost a must-own QB. He has a Megatron-like influence on a QB's value.
Tim Tebow, Jets - It's about that time.
Jahvid Best, Lions - Best could be coming off the PUP list for Week 7's game against the Bears and the Lions sure could use him. Mikel LeShoure has been inconsistent and he doesn't really fit the scheme like Best does. Best is one of the better backs in the passing game and his speed is a plus too because the Lions have trouble creating holes between the tackles.
Bottom line: Best should be owned in all leagues.
Brandon Bolden, Patriots - If Tom Coughlin taught us anything, it's that fumbling the ball is something that will not be tolerated. Stevan Ridley coughed it up twice on Sunday and one would think that the Patriots might be a little hesitant to give him the ball in the second half with a lead. That game shouldn't have been that close. Bolden and the Patriots' new running scheme was discussed last week and they actually ran the ball even more this week. They ran the ball 54 times on Sunday. For context purposes, 16 teams didn't even run the ball half that total in Week 5. They're the leader in carries in the NFL and there should be some work to go around for Bolden.
Bottom line: Echo from last week just got a little bit louder. He's almost a must-own back in 10-team leagues.
William Powell, Cardinals - Ryan Williams was the second starting back to go on IR for the Cardinals (Beanie could come off IR in Novemeber, though). Powell is likely going to split the load with Alfonso Smith, but his play-making skills should translate into bigger fantasy production. It's worth mentioning that Beanie Wells should be stashed in deeper leagues.
Bottom line: Powell should be owned in most 12-team leagues.
James Starks and Alex Green, Packers - Cedric Benson is going to miss eight weeks with a Lisfranc injury and there's a good chance he's out fort the year. Alex Green got the first crack and he didn't really look like a starting-caliber back. Most NFL backs would have scored on his 41-yard TD. Starks hasn't been in the good graces really since his rookie year, so it looks like Green gets the edge for value.
Bottom line: This has time-share situation written all over it and owners probably shouldn't bend over backwards to add either. Green gets the nod for better add of the two.
David Wilson, Giants - Wilson has skills and they were on display on his 40-yard TD on Sunday. He was in the end zone in about five seconds and it looked like he was at top speed just as he got through the hole. Ahmad Bradshaw said on Tuesday that Wilson is almost ready to break out. He just needs to keep the ball from hitting the turf.
Bottom line: If Bradshaw goes down, Wilson might get another crack at touches.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders - It sounds like DHB is going to be back soon and the Raiders have nobody else at WR. The Raiders are passing the ball a ton and DHB should see his fair share of targets.
Robert Meachem, Chargers - The former Saint had a coming out party with two TDs on his four catches. He has been remarkably quiet up until Sunday, so perhaps this was due to him facing his old team. On the other hand, there's huge upside and Malcom Floyd hasn't really been a true WR1. Owners might want to beware of Vincent Brown and he's also a possible player to add.
Bottom line: It's not party time yet. It could be coming though and he's worth a look in some 12-team leagues.
Reuben Randle, Giants - Randle is the only guy that really came out of the blue this week. The LSU product led the Giants in targets, receptions and yards on Sunday. He's more of a stop-gap option until Hakeem Nicks gets back. Not to mention Nicks might aggravate his knee or foot injuries. It does sound like Nicks is good to go for Week 6, though.
Bottom line: Randle is really for only deep league owners or for someone that wants to handcuff Nicks.
Josh Gordon, Browns - Gordon was covered twice and now he's actually starting to blossom. He had two catches for 82 yards on nine targets. He is lining up in slot and on the outside and is getting a little more polished in route running. Greg Little is losing his luster and he didn't have a catch all year. Surprisingly, Brandon Weeden is 10th in passing yards after his hideous start.
Bottom line: Gordon is someone to think about now that the Browns are getting it together on offense.