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Week 4 Waiver Wire

September 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Here are some guys you should have added last week. But on the off chance that they are still available in your (bush) league, go grab them now:

QB Kevin Kolb (PHI): It is still unclear how much longer QB Donovan McNabb will be out, but Kolb has shown that he can play. Now that bye weeks are hitting, he is a very serviceable option.

RB LeSean McCoy (PHI): He will perform very well any time RB Brian Westbrook is out. And it only took 2 games for that to happen.

RB Tashard Choice (DAL): He did well this week with RB Marion Barber out. And now that RB Felix Jones is also hurting, he could end up getting a lot of touches.

WR Pierre Garcon (IND): With WR Anthony Gonzalez out with a knee injury, Garcon has stepped in and been very productive.

WR Johnny Knox (CHI): He seems to be Cutler’s favorite target, making him worthy of a WR3 play in most leagues.

WR Mike Sims-Walker (JAX): After disappointing me with a zero catch performance in week 1 after I touted him as a sleeper, he has performed pretty well in weeks 2 and 3. He seems to be the No. 1 option in JAX at WR.

WR Julian Edelman (NE): As long as WR Wes Welker is out with injury, Edelman makes a solid play as a WR3.

TE Brent Celek (PHI): I added this guy in two of my leagues last week. He is currently the 2nd best TE in fantasy. But for some reason, he was still available.

And here are some names of guys who you should add to your roster this week:

RB Glenn Coffee (SF): It sounds like RB Frank Gore is going to miss a few weeks. Coffee should be a great fill-in.

RB Fred Taylor (NE): He seems to have emerged as the main RB in NE — at least for one week. It’s hard to trust him, but he’s definitely worth a roster spot given injuries and bye week issues that are likely to hit soon enough.

WR Kevin Walter (HOU): After missing the first 2 games, Walter came back and had 7 catches for 98 yards and a TD in week 3. He is a very solid WR3 play and he is probably available in many leagues due to his whiteness and his injuries.

WR Nate Washington (TEN): Not a ton of yards, but in 2 games he has 2 TDs.

WR Kelley Washington (BAL): He has picked up the slack and emerged as the WR2 in BAL.

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Week 2 Waiver Wire

September 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Here are some names to consider adding to your roster if they are available in your league:

QB Trent Edwards (BUF): He has OL issues, but he also has weapons. A solid backup.

QB Joe Flacco (BAL): Flacco looked sharper than expected in his first action of 2009. He could surprise some people this year.

RB Cedric Benson (CIN): He is the main ball carrier in CIN. Which is worth something.

RB Mike Bell (NO): His value depends on the health of RB Pierre Thomas, who could be back as soon as this week. But if Thomas misses any more time, Bell is a good short-term fix.

RB Michael Bush (OAK): The Raiders love to run the ball, and Bush looked pretty good against SD. He is in a RBBC with RB Darren McFadden, but he appears to be the goal line RB.

RB Cadillac Williams (TB): I love Cadillac for coming back from not one, but two patella tendon injuries and still looking like a real NFL RB. But I hate the fact that this means I will have to deal with awful car-related puns and jokes all season.

RB Tim Hightower (ARI): Hightower fell in drafts and even went undrafted in many leagues due to concerns that RB Beanie Wells would steal his carries. But ARI used him extensively, especially in the passing game, in week 1.

WR Chaz Schilens (OAK): Schilens probably will not be back this week, but he could be back next week. I think he has the potential to be a solid WR3 once he works his way back into game-shape.

WR Kenny Britt (TEN): Britt made a pretty good showing in week 1 for a TEN team that threw the ball surprisingly well.

WR Steve Smith (NYG): Smith is a solid possession WR that should get consistent looks — he had 8 in week 1 — but likely will never have a blow up game.

WR Justin Gage (TEN): Yeah. Two TEN WRs. Who knew? Gage had 7 catches for 78 yards and a TD in week 1.

WR Austin Collie (IND): Collie should get quite a few more looks with WR Anthony Gonzalez sidelined.

TE Jeremy Shockey (NO): After having zero TDs last year, Shockey had 2 TDs in week 1. I think he will have a solid year.

TE Zach Miller (OAK): Based on the game against SD, QB Jamarcus Russell, Miller could get a lot of looks. Which might even turn into a few catches.

TE Brent Celek (PHI): As expected, Celek was a big part of the passing game in PHI. If McNabb is out for any extended period of time, Celek could become even more valuable, as any backup QB will likely look for an outlet.

Did I forget anyone? Probably. But this is good enough for now.

[Pre]Week 1 Watch List

September 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Here are some guys to keep an eye on as the season starts:

QB Mark Sanchez (NYJ): Will he follow in the footsteps of QB Matt Ryan and post respectable numbers? Or will he struggle and sit on the waiver wire all year?

QB Matt Stafford (DET): Stafford was (not surprisingly) named the starter over QB Daunte Culpepper. Although the DET OL is not great, Stafford does have WR Calvin Johnson to throw the ball to. But I suspect he will also throw the ball to the other team quite a few times.

RB James Davis (CLE): Davis is available in many leagues, and could get a significant amount of touches in CLE. RB Jamal Lewis will likely start the season at RB, but I expect Davis to get some carries and eventually take over.

RB Willie Parker (PIT): Allegedly, he is the starter, the full-time RB, and the goal line back. Does any of this matter? It could. FWP is on the downside of his career, but he is not quite done yet. The PIT OL is suspect, but they do like to run the ball. If FWP can stay healthy, he is a great value.

RB Michael Bush (OAK): Bush is a very talented RB, but is stuck in a RBBC in OAK with RB Darren McFadden and RB Justin Fargas. If Bush could get more touches, he could be productive. But we will have to wait and see how they use him.

RB Jamaal Charles (KC): Many expect a (slight) resurgence of RB Larry Johnson this season. Which could happen. But given his past, I am not all that confident. Which means Charles could be in a position to get some extra touches. Especially if KC is losing and has to throw the ball often.

WR Chris Henry (CIN): He caught a TD in each preseason game. I know it is only preseason, but I am excited about Henry. Let’s see what he can do when it counts.

WR Marko Mitchell (WAS): I wrote about this super-duper-hella-deep sleeper a week or so ago. And he has not shaken that status yet. But he could end up being productive, if the other WRs in WAS cannot get the job done. Keep an eye on him as the season goes along.

TE Anthony Fasano (MIA): Fasano had a solid year in 2008, and now he is no longer sharing time with TE David Martin, who was placed on IR. He could increase his yardage totals, although I would be surprised if he matched or exceeded last year’s TD total.

TE Jermichael Finley (GB): Finley was a focal point of the GB offense in the preseason. But he is still listed as the backup behind TE Donald Lee. Either way, the guy is super-talented and creates mismatches when he is in the game. So I expect GB will find ways to get him involved.

Week 15: Waiver Wire

December 9, 2008 Leave a comment

Here are some names to consider adding to your roster:

QB Matt Schaub: He played well against Green Bay, but the Texans play Tennessee next week. This is not a good matchup for him. But he looked sharp in his first game back from injury.

QB Kyle Orton: You could do worse. He plays the Saints, Packers, and Texans during the last three weeks of the season.

RB Tashard Choice: The rookie piled up 170 total yards in place of injured RB Marion Barber (toe, calf) against a very stout Steelers defense. Keep an eye on Barber’s status, though. If he is back next week, Choice has very little value.

RB Tatum Bell: Bell will take over the starting RB position in Denver now that RB Peyton Hillis is on IR with a hamstring injury. Be careful, though. RB Selvin Young could also get some carries, and you just never know what will happen in Denver.

RB Pierre Thomas: Oddly enough, he is still available in some leagues.

RB Ladell Betts: It seems like RB Clinton Portis is still banged up and the Skins are going to give Betts a chance to rack up some yards. He had 60 total yards against a tough Ravens defense, but keep an eye on the status of Portis. It is unclear how much work each will get, at this point.

RB Cadillac Williams: Cadillac scored a TD in his second consecutive game. Although he has only averaged 23 rushing yards since returning to the lineup, he might be worth adding to see how the Bucs use him down the stretch.

WR Domenik Hixon: He was the hot waiver wire add last week, so I doubt he is available. But he had a fairly poor showing (although he dropped a long pass that could have turned into a TD), so maybe someone dropped him again. He should do well against Dallas this week.

WR Devin Hester: He is actually playing pretty well lately, and he has some very easy matchups down the stretch (Saints, Packers, Texans).

WR Deion Branch: He had 2 TDs last week and looks to be (mostly) healthy. Plus, he has some favorable matchups coming up (Rams, Jets, Cardinals).

Week 14: Waiver Wire

December 2, 2008 Leave a comment

RB Brandon Jackson (GB): Jackson will get the start if RB Ryan Grant misses any time with a sore thumb. I like Jackson better than Grant, so grab him and hope for the best (worst?).

RB Tashard Choice (DAL): Choice might see some action if RB Marion Barber misses any time due to his dislocated toe. However, early reports indicate that Barber will try to play with a plate in his shoe, much like McFadden did earlier in the year (yeah, that worked great for him).

RB Kevin Faulk (NE): Surprisingly, Faulk is available in many leagues. He is not going to score you 30 points, but he consistently gains over 100 total yards and is worth a roster spot.

RB Sammy Morris (NE): Morris is finally healthy and gets enough carries and TD opportunities to make him worth owning.

RB Peyton Hillis (DEN): I doubt he is still out there, but grab him if he is. He is clearly the main RB in Denver and has played very well. He is the only player to rush for more than 100 yards on the Jets this year.

RB Pierre Thomas (NO): I know RB Reggie Bush is back, but Thomas looks better when he touches the ball, and Bush only had a few opportunities last week. I think Thomas will continue to get his chances. UPDATE: The NFL has suspended RB Deuce McAllister, which means Thomas will get even more chances to touch the ball. He is definitely worth an add if he is available in your league.

WR Domenik Hixon (NYG): The Giants are actually better without Plaxico. And Hixon is the man who will get more targets as a result of Burress being sidelined. Grab him now.

WR Davone Bess (MIA): Pennington only threw for 166 yards last week, but Bess had 84 of them. With Camarillow out, Bess is getting more looks.

Week 13: Waiver Wire

November 25, 2008 Leave a comment

The playoffs are right around the corner, so it is time to make some moves to set yourself up for a championship run.

When the playoffs are close, I like to adjust my strategy. Earlier in the year, I like to pick up some flyers (i.e. “sleepers”) and see if they work out and can help my team win some games. But later in the year, I usually avoid taking those chances. Not only are most so-called “sleepers” already on someone else’s roster, but the potential value is outweighed by the opportunity costs associated with losing a roster spot you could otherwise use for depth.

So, when the playoffs are near, I usually try to add the real-life backup to my key players. For example, I have Marion Barber in one league, so I am going to add his backup, Tashard Choice. If Barber happens to get hurt, Choice should perform fairly well in his place, which means my chances of winning in the playoffs are not completely destroyed, even though I lost my best player.

By now, your rosters should be set up pretty well, but here are some names to consider adding if they are available in your league:

QB Tyler Thigpen (KC): I have talked about him before and he continues to play well.

RB Warrick Dunn (TB): Starter RB Earnest Graham is gone for the year, and Dunn performed well in his absence last week. He could be a good option going forward.

RB Peyton Hillis (DEN): Even with RB Tatum Bell in the mix, it was Hillis who got most of the yards and the TD. He should do well enough down the stretch to warrant a roster spot, and is worth a start against weaker defenses.

RB Darren McFadden (OAK): In his first real action back since his toe injuries kept him sidelined, McFadden scored 2 TDs. Although RB Justin Fargas got more carries and more yards, McFadden was definitely involved.

RB Kevin Faulk (NE): It is tough to predict who will do well in New England, but Faulk remains involved enough in the passing game to make him worth a roster spot.

RB Leon Washington (NYJ): He does not get many carries, but he is explosive and is a threat to score each game. Add him, but be judicious with when you put him in your lineup.

WR Mark Bradley (KC): I have talked up Bradley before in this space, and he continues to perform pretty well in KC. WR Dwayne Bowe is still the main guy, and TE Tony Gonzalez is always involved, but Bradley still gets enough looks to be worth a roster spot.

WR Ted Ginn (MIA): The Dolphins lost WR Greg Camarillo for the year, which means Ginn should get more looks.

WR Davone Bess (MIA): See Ginn, Ted.

TE Kevin Boss (NYG): After posting zero catches last week, he came through this week with another TD (giving him 4 in his last 5 games). Considering last week was against the Ravens, we will give him a pass. He should do well down the stretch.

TE John Carlson (SEA): Although he has not looked that great, QB Matt Hasselbeck is back, which does improve the value of Carlson.

Week 11: Waiver Wire

November 11, 2008 Leave a comment

Here are some players you should consider adding to your roster if they are available in your league:

QB Joe Flacco (BAL): Flacco has played very well over the past 4 weeks, throwing for 6 TDs and zero INTs. His matchups get a little tougher, with the Giants and Ealges up next, but he is still worth a roster spot given how well he has been throwing the ball.

QB Tyler Thigpen (KC): Thigpen has thrown for 6 TDs and zero INTs over his past three games, and faces some pretty easy pass defenses at the end of the season.

QB Brady Quinn (CLE): Quinn played pretty well in his debut against the Broncos. Do not get too excited, though. The Broncos are awful against the pass. But he did look sharp, and is worth a roster spot if you need depth at QB. I would not expect him to be your starter, though. He has a pretty tough schedule ahead of him.

QB Matt Hasselbeck (SEA): After missing most of this season with a knee injury, Hasselbeck is expected to return to the lineup this week. ALthough the Seahawks are struggling in general this year, Hasselbeck could be an option if you are struggling to find a QB.

RB Kevin Smith (DET): It looks like the Lions’ coaches finally realized what everyone else seemed to know already: Smith is a better option than RB Rudi Johnson. If he continues to get 20+ carries, he could be a serviceable RB2 going forward. But do not get too excited; he faces Carolina, Tampa Bay, Tennesee, and Minnesota in his next four games.

RB Peyton Hillis (DEN): Someone has to run the ball in Denver, right? Torain, Pittman, and Hall are all on IR. And RB Selvin Young is still struggling with a groin injury. The Broncos signed RB Alex Haynes this week, but it is not clear if he will be ready to go this weekend. I think Hillis will continue to be involved either way.

RB Julius Jones (SEA): Jones appears to be the main RB in Seattle (at least for the time being), getting 16 carries compared to only 1 for RB Maurice Morris. Jones could give you some RB depth going forward, but do not expect too much from him, although the return of QB Matt Hasselbeck could certainly improve his stock.

RB Dominic Rhodes (IND): Although RB Joseph Addai is back in the lineup, it is clear that Rhodes is still going to be involved. He had 7 carries (Addai had 12) against the Steelers, and he 2 passes for 24 yards and a TD. He is not going to be a starter for you, but if you are looking for depth, you could do a lot worse.

WR Mark Bradley (KC): Since arriving in Kansas City, Bradley has increased his yardage totals each week. And he has scored 2 TDs. I think QB Tyler Thigpen — who is playing pretty well himself — might have found another WR to throw to other than WR Dwayne Bowe.

WR Michael Jenkins (ATL): After catching 2 TDs last week, Jenkins caught 6 balls for 72 yards against the Saints. If you need a WR — even if just for next week, when Jenkins faces Denver — consider adding Jenkins, who appears to be developing a report with QB Matt Ryan.

TE Kevin Boss (NYG): Boss had his best game of the year against the Eagles, and has scored a TD in three straight games. Manning seems to be gaining trust in the second-year TE. He could be solid over the last few games of the fantasy season, although the Giants have a tough matchup next week against the Ravens.

TE Billy Miller (NO): Over the past 5 games, Miller is averaging 63 yards. Much of this is because RB Jeremey Shockey has been out, but Shockey is not a very popular guy in New Orleans these days, and he may have suffered an ankle injury last game. Consider adding Miller if you need help at TE,

TE Tony Scheffler (DEN): He finally returned from a groin injury last week and ended up with 92 yards. Someone in your leauge might have dropped him, since he has been out for a few weeks. See if he is available.