Week 7 is in the books and fantasy players are combing the waiver wire looking for injury and bye week replacements. We bring you the list of top 5 players who could be waiver wire duds.
WR Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers
James Jones is getting close to returning and Jarrett Boykin has been inconsistent in the past. Still, his stat line from Sunday was certainly impressive. Boykin had 8 catches (10 targets) for 103 yards and a touchdown. Aaron Rodgers is a fan of Boykin and his first game as a big part of the offense was a success. I'm here to point out the downside of picking up a player who has been inconsistent in the past. Going into that game Boykin had a catch rate of 17%.
RB Roy Helu Jr., Washington Redskins
Roy Helu Jr. was the red zone threat for the Redskins on Sunday but don't expect him to supplant Alfred Morris as the feature back. Helu had 11 carries for 41 yards and 3 touchdowns in Week 7 as Washington went into the no huddle and never took him off the field. He wasn't a factor in the passing game this week. On the year, Morris has 91 carries for 472 yards and 3 touchdowns (5.2 YPC). Helu has 31 carries for 129 yards and 4 touchdowns while adding 12 receptions for 131 yards (4.2 YPC). Helu will be most relevant in PPR leagues but Morris will continue to be the guy.
RB Mike James, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike James assumes the starting role in Tampa with the season ending injury to Doug Martin but don't automatically assume that will spell instant production. Martin was averaging 3.6 yards per carry and had only 1 touchdown on the year running behind a leaky offensive line. Martin carried the ball 127 times for 456 yards before going down. On the year, James has 17 carries for 57 yards for a 3.4 yards per carry average.
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Indianapolis Colts
With the loss of Reggie Wayne to a season ending ACL injury, Darrius Heyward-Bey has seen his stock is rising. I do this too it's easy to forget that an injury to one player doesn't equate success to the "next man up." DHB's career average is a little less than 50% and in 2010 his catch rate was 41%. Still, he should get targets so there is that.
RB Peyton Hillis, New York Giants
I like Peyton Hillis in a Giants uniform and the performance on Monday Night Football shows why but he isn't assured of a roster spot and Brandon Jacobs could return at any time. The Giants backfield has been kryptonite to running backs however as the Giants are currently on their 5th and 6th running backs of the year with Hillis and rookie Michael Cox. For the record, Hillis rushed 18 times for 36 yards and a touchdown while catching 5 passes for 45 yards. He was far more effective than Cox in the passing game. Not a great stat line but he was just signed. If Jacobs isn't healthy, he should see the field over Cox based on pass protection issues.