PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — What did you say? My six bold fantasy football predictions didn’t help you because you’ve already drafted? Fine, here are six players that could be floating around on your waiver wire, that you should pick up.
Tip: If you own a top TE or top QB, you should not own a backup. It’s a wasted roster spot. Drop them now and sign one of these players.
6. Theo Riddick, RB, DET
Riddick enters his second NFL season after playing just 48 snaps as a rookie for the Lions in 2013. This summer, the speedy back—who can line up as a receiver as well—has earned a ton of praise from his coaches and teammates. Riddick is a very good pass-catching back, who has open-field speed, and if the unreliable Reggie Bush goes down, Riddick could produce.
5. Jarrett Boykin, WR, GB
The third receiver spot for Green Bay over the last five years (primarily James Jones), has averaged nine touchdowns and 900 yards per Paul Charchian on the 94WIP Mike & Ike Show.
4. Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT
The number two receiver spot in Pittsburgh over the last five years, has averaged 800 yards and six and a half touchdowns per Charchian again. Wheaton is the No. 2 wide out for the Steelers, behind Antonio Brown. Wheaton is fast, very fast (4.45 40-yard dash) and he spells his first name with a “K”, which is awesome.
3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, TB
Seferian-Jenkins is 6’5″, 262-pounds. He was heavily recruited out of the University of Washington, and even played 17 games for their basketball team his freshman year. How much does Tampa Bay love him? They just traded TE Tim Wright to New England. Yes they have Brandon Myers, but he hasn’t been productive in preseason at all (one catch, 10 yards). This should tell you how confident they are in ASJ (can I call him that?).
2. Roy Helu Jr., RB, WAS (especially in PPR leagues)
Helu is 25 and his career in trending upward. He played all 16 games for the first time in his career last season, scoring four touchdowns (also a career high). In 2011, Helu’s rookie season, he caught 49 balls in 15 games. Last season, he caught 31 passes. Under Jay Gruden in Cincinnati, Giovani Bernard caught 56/514/3 in 2013. Gruden is now the head coach of the Redskins. I have a feeling Helu catches 50-plus balls in 2014.
1. Jake Locker (and/or Justin Hunter, and/or Dexter McCluster)
New Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt has proven he is able to take quarterback’s to the next level (see: Warner, Kurt and Rivers, Phillip). With talented wide outs like Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter (bonus add!), a somewhat reliable running back in Shonn Grenn, a scat-back weapon in Dexter McCluster (double bonus add!!), and a solid offensive line, the Titans offense will surprise many people.
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