Ranking the Wire: Week 7

Whether your team is in need of a Starter, a Stash or Stream candidate, this is how we rank the wavier wire:

Need a Starter:

  1.  Jay Ajayi 
  2. Cameron Meredith 
  3. Hunter Henry 
  4. Cole Beasley
  5. Kenny Britt
  6. Ty Montgomery
  7. Kendall Wright
  8. Adam Thielen
  9. Jacquizz Rodgers
  10. Jamison Crowder
  11. Torrey Smith
  12. Mohamed Sanu
  13. Cameron Brate 
  14. Zach Zenner
  15. Charles Clay 

Need a Stash: 

  1. Donte Moncrief
  2. Devontae Booker
  3. Bilal Powell
  4. Dion Lewis 
  5. Corey Coleman 
  6. Tyler Eifert
  7. Alfred Morris
  8. Dwayne Washington
  9. Ladarius Green 
  10. Knile Davis
  11. Mike Davis/Shaun Draughn 
  12. Kenneth Farrow

Need a Stream: 

Quarterback

  1. Marcus Mariota
  2. Jameis Winston 
  3. Brian Hoyer
  4. Colin Kaepernick
  5. Trevor Siemian

Defense/Special Teams

  1. Bengals (If dropped because of NE in Week 6)
  2. Ravens 
  3. Titans 
  4. Giants
  5. Raiders

Notes: 

Jay Ajayi, RB, MIA – Our loyal Twitter followers likely already own him. Prior to Week 6 we raved about his film and stats not aligning: “Ajayi's tape looks better than 3.8 ypc. Awful OL play is largely to blame. Could steal touches from Foster” and “Ajayi has ran well. Picks the right run lanes, runs hard through contact, solid pad level.” No one expected 25-204-2 especially with the return of Foster but going forward Ajayi will likely retain the early-down/lead rushing role while Foster will be used largely for 3rd down/change of pace. He is worth a large percentage of FAAB but remember you’re buying future production not paying for past points scored. 

Cameron Meredith, WR, CHI – He has put up 20-243-1 on 27 targets the last two weeks. If you combine Meredith and Kevin White’s targets on the season, they rank No. 2 amongst all wide receivers. Eddie Royal came out of Week 6 more banged up than he went in and Meredith has out targeted Alshon Jeffery, 12 to 6 and 15 to 13, the last two games. 

Adam Thielen, WR, MIN – Stefon Diggs didn’t practice on the Monday after a bye week, that’s not a good sign. Thielen went 7-127-1 on 8 targets when Diggs was out in Week 5. 

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, TB –  Like Diggs, Doug Martin came off a bye week and didn't practice. If Martin can't go, Rodgers soft match up verse the 49ers would make him a RB2 candidate. He has already proven he can handle volume. 

Ty Montgomery, WR, GB – Lead the team in targets and worked out of the backfield in Week 6. With Davante Adams likely out with a concussion and Randall Cobb/Eddie Lacy not 100%, Montgomery is inline for another solid week.

Cameron Brate, TE, TB –  With Vincent Jackson done for the season, Brate may wind up being the only pass-catcher, not named Mike Evans, worth owning. He has out targeted Adam Humphries in their last two contests. 

Zach Zenner/Dwayne Washington/Justin Forsett, RB, DET – We had high hopes for Forsett's usage in Week 6 with both Theo Riddick and Washington sidelined but it was Zenner who dominated snaps 48 to 12. If Riddick is out again this week Zenner may be a sneaky flex/RB3 consideration verse the Redskins. 

Mike Davis/Shaun Draughn, RB, SF – Carlos Hyde's arm is currently in a sling so at the least Hyde owners should be looking to handcuff. Davis worked over Draughn in Week 6 out snapping him 24 to 5 so if Hyde happens to miss time, Davis appears to be the one who will get the first crack.