It's difficult to believe how many quality players can be found on the fantasy football waiver wire each week.
This is especially the case near the middle of the season, as so many developments are influencing fake football. Some stars have emerged, while other players have gone down with injuries or simply been disappointments.
For a sport (it qualifies!) that relies so heavily on the initial draft, many don't realize there is a draft each week in the form of the waiver wire.
Nail this week's draft, because it's the best to date. Keep in mind that the best waiver-wire adds will be consistent in the long term, not for just a few weeks. Here are the top names that should be available for you to grab this week.
Nick Foles, Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles
Believe the hype around Philadelphia Eagles second-year quarterback Nick Foles.
Foles went off last week in Michael Vick's place, abusing the Tampa Bay pass defense on the way to 296 passing yards and four total touchdowns (one rushing) as the NFL's second-highest scoring fantasy quarterback.
According to reports from Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia and Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Foles is receiving all of the first-team reps this week, as Vick's injury is all but guaranteed to hold him out of Week 7:
Drills are same as last week: Foles first, Barkley second, Vick third. #EaglesTalk— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) October 15, 2013
Spoke to Michael Vick short while ago. Said it's very unlikely he plays Sun. So unless there's a drastic change Nick Foles will start again.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) October 15, 2013
The best part? Foles is just getting started.
I lied. The best part for Foles is that Week 7 sees Foles with a date against the No. 30 Dallas pass defense, which surrenders 308.2 passing yards per game.
Honorable Mentions: Andy Dalton (CIN), Mike Glennon (TB)
Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants
No, it's not 2007, but Brandon Jacobs is fantasy relevant against.
Jacobs and the New York Giants are in the middle of a major break from the field after participating in Thursday Night Football last week. With a date on Monday Night Football in Week 7, the bruising back has plenty of time to rest.
With starter David Wilson out of the picture for three to four weeks, per ESPN's Dan Graziano, Jacobs needs to be fresh as possible for his matchup with a Minnesota defense that allows 110 rushing yards on average.
Last week against Chicago, Jacobs saw his heaviest load to date at 22 carries, which turned into 106 yards and two touchdowns. That won't happen every week, but Jacobs will see the end zone enough to warrant a roster spot.
Honorable Mentions: Mike Tolbert (CAR), Khiry Robinson (NO)
Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Don't look now, but Harry Douglas is the No. 1 receiver in Atlanta.
As plenty of owners are likely aware, Julio Jones is lost for the season, per ESPN's Chris Mortensen:
Julio Jones will have surgery next week after Dr Robert Anderson confirmed his fractured foot . Out of year— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 9, 2013
It gets worse for Atlanta, as star receiver Roddy White is also reportedly fighting an injury that could hold him out a few weeks, per ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Rain it pours: Falcons concerned WR Roddy White could miss at least one game, possibly more, due to left hamstring he pulled Monday night.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 9, 2013
While Douglas has failed to record over 50 yards in three of five games this season and has been held out of the end zone, those numbers are a product of one or both of the aforementioned receivers being on the field, along with Tony Gonzalez.
With Jones and White out of the way for various amounts of time, Matt Ryan will look to his fifth-year receiver often as teams double the future Hall of Fame tight end. Douglas is Jones' direct backup schematically, so he's a starter for the next 11 weeks.
Honorable Mentions: Jerome Simpson (MIN), Kris Durham (DET)
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings
The tight end position is difficult to pin down, but last year showed that Minnesota's Kyle Rudolph has a knack for the end zone, as he had nine touchdowns on 53 receptions.
Touchdown-based production is a dangerous way to live, but Rudolph is consistent. Last week, Rudolph had his coming-out party for the 2013 season with nine catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. As Chet G. of Rotoworld points out, those were career highs in receptions and yards:
Kyle Rudolph's 9 receptions for 97 yards against Carolina were two more receptions and 30 more yards than he’s ever had in a game.— Chet (@Chet_G) October 16, 2013
Rudolph obviously won't post those numbers each week, but his quarterback situation continues to improve. Those numbers came with Matt Cassel under center, and it sounds like Cassel is about to be bumped for Josh Freeman, per Fox Sports' Jay Glazer:
Vikings are seriously considering starting Josh Freeman this weekend— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 16, 2013
That's huge news for Rudolph, as Freeman is a clear upgrade. Rudolph is now worth a roster spot and a start based on his matchup, which is a favorable in Week 7 against a shaky New York Giants defense.
Honorable Mentions: Joseph Fauria (DET), Timothy Wright (TB)
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