Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business,
but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious
selections to help your team from week to week while you strive
to collect fantasy wins, reach your league playoffs, and win the
elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp. While
I’m a big proponent of making trades to bolster your roster,
the waiver wire can be a limitless resource when it comes to discovering
fantasy value. Each week, I’ll target both offensive and defensive
players — sometimes breakout stars that eluded your team’s
draft — as well as players who can help your squad that may
be lurking in deeper leagues.
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Off the Top - Includes my premier
recommendations. These are sometimes players available only in more
shallow leagues, and occasionally guys who are more readily but
are thrust into the fantasy spotlight because of opportunity or
Digging Deeper - Covers the next
tier of quality waiver wire specimens, usually players available
in a majority of online leagues. There are a lot of gems in this
range who can be plucked rather easily.
Scouring the Barrel - Chronicles
the deepest of fantasy adds — and sometimes highlights players
being tacked onto fantasy squads who I don’t have much confidence
in. Make sure you read the fine print.
Each week, I’ll also provide a brief update on the 20-30 players
I covered the previous week. It’s the most accurate, comprehensive
one-stop waiver-wire column available on the Internet, and it’s
only available here at fftoday.com.
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Note: Each player’s
next four matchups are listed in parentheses ()
Editor's Note: This
column will be updated tomorrow after the conclusion of Week 2.
Off The Top
Palmer, OAK (PIT, @DEN, BYE, @ATL) – When his receivers are
all healthy, Palmer could impress. It doesn’t hurt that he’s got
Darren McFadden, one of the best receiving running backs in the
Bradford, STL (@CHI, SEA, ARI, @MIA) – Bradford’s rapport
with Danny Amendola is developing exponentially, although the
next few matchups won’t be quite as peachy as the tilt with Washington.
If the young QB can develop more consistency, he’ll be an excellent
QB2 with QB1 upside in the right matchup.
Scouring The Barrel
Kevin Kolb, ARI (PHI, MIA, @STL, BUF) – He’s got
a live arm and he engineered a win over the Patriots. What more
do you need to know?
Griffin III, WAS (CIN, @TB, ATL, MIN) – Griffin turned in
another fantastic performance Sunday (206-1-1, 82 rushing yards,
two rushing TDs) and I had him benched in one league where my
starter is Drew Brees. Time for a trade!
Mark Sanchez, NYJ (@MIA, SF, HOU, IND) – Sanchez came back
down to earth in the loss to Pittsburgh (138-1-0), but his value
has ascended since the preseason.
Gabbert, JAC (@IND, CIN, CHI, BYE) – The Texans clamped down
on Gabbert Sunday, holding him to just 7-for-19 passing for 53
yards and a TD. He left the game with an injury to his glute (originally
thought to be hamstring and toe injuries), but could still play
Sunday against the Colts.
Off The Top
Thomas, NO (KC, @GB, SD, BYE) – Thomas had nine carries for
110 rushing yards and 4-33-0 receiving in the loss to Carolina.
Both he and Mark Ingram are getting carries, with Darren Sproles
racking up the catches (13-128-0 on Sunday). Thomas has always
been an excellent between-the-tackles runner, and he’ll continue
to fill that role in New Orleans when called upon.
Brown, NYG (@CAR, @PHI, CLE, @SF) – If there’s anything
wrong with Ahmad Bradshaw’s neck, it appears that Brown
(2 percent owned), and not David Wilson, will be shouldering most
of the immediate load. Brown filled in for the injured starter
in Week 2 and contributed 71 rushing yards and a TD on 13 carries,
as well as a couple catches for 19 yards. Bradshaw missed the
Monday walkthrough, and it’s probably a long shot for him
to play Thursday night.
Scouring The Barrel
Richardson, STL (@CHI, SEA, ARI, @MIA) – Steven Jackson (groin)
may not miss any time but if he does, Richardson (83 rushing yards,
2-19-0) will get a lot of work. The rookie out of Abilene Christian
played well in the veteran’s stead in the second half Sunday
and was a large part of edging out the Redskins. He’s universally
C.J. Spiller, BUF (@CLE, NE, @SF, @ARI) – Spiller stepped
up with 123 rushing yards and two TDs on just 15 carries and 3-47-0
receiving. He’s the obvious focal point of Chan Gailey’s
Alfred Morris, WAS (CIN, @TB, ATL, MIN) – Morris continued
his production with 89 yards on 16 carries Sunday, although it
was RGII who scored the rushing TDs.
Shaun Draughn, KC (@NO, SD, BAL, @TB) – The unheralded back
tallied 56 yards on just five carries with one catch for 23 yards
in the embarrassing loss to Buffalo.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Off The Top
Amendola, STL (@CHI, SEA, ARI, @MIA) – The clear WR
pickup following Week 2, Amendola lost a fumble but tallied 15-160-1
receiving and now has 20 catches in two games. He should be owned
in all formats, but he’s still out there in about 33-50
percent of fantasy leagues, depending on the format.
Hawkins, CIN (@WAS, @JAC, MIA, @CLE) – The undrafted Toledo
product had his second straight solid performance Sunday, catching
two passes for 56 yards, including a 50-yard TD strike in the
fourth quarter that put the Bengals in control. While Hawkins
can’t be counted on to be an every-week contributor, he’s a favored
No. 2 option after A.J. Green and will benefit from the sophomore’s
frequent double-teams. The next few matchups look golden.
Bennett, NYG (@CAR, @PHI, CLE, @SF) – Eli Manning certainly
enjoys having Bennett around, and the 6-6, 270-pound TE now has
two consecutive games with a TD reception. He’s owned in fewer
than half of fantasy leagues.
Scouring The Barrel
Rosario, SD (ATL, @KC, @NO, DEN) – I’m not a huge believer
in Rosario, but I can’t ignore three TD receptions in one week.
This could very well be an aberration, but it’s worth noting as
the injury-prone Antonio Gates approaches the end of his career.
Avery, IND (JAC, BYE, GB, @NYJ) – Avery had a career-high
nine catches for 111 yards in the win over Minnesota. Targeted
11 times by rookie Andrew Luck, Avery has enjoyed fantasy relevance
in the past and could be a huge part of the burgeoning Colts offense,
which is a pass-heavy system.
WR Lance Moore, NO (KC, @GB, SD, BYE) – Moore followed
up his auspicious Week 1 with a 2-30-0 stinker in Week 2.
WR Randall Cobb, GB (@SEA, NO, @IND, @HOU) – The Bears won
the battle by shutting down Cobb (28 yards rushing, 1-20-0 receiving)
but lost the war as the Packers used a dominant defense to win
on Thursday night.
TE Coby Fleener, IND (JAC, BYE, GB, @NYJ) – Fleener only
saw a few targets on Sunday and finished with a couple catches
for 16 yards, but I still believe he’ll be a monster in
the red zone this season.
TE Marcedes Lewis, JAC (@IND, CIN, CHI, BYE) – Goose egg.
The Texans didn’t give Jacksonville much in this game.
WR Stephen Hill, NYJ (@MIA, SF, HOU, IND) – Ditto. Ryan
Clark and the rest of the Steelers secondary were all over Hill,
who was nursing a calf injury.
WR Kevin Ogletree, DAL (TB, CHI, BYE, @BAL) – Yikes! Even
the shifty Ogletree wasn’t immune to the Week 2 drop-off,
catching just one pass for 26 yards.
WR Andre Roberts, ARI (PHI, MIA, @STL, BUF) – Roberts only
caught one pass as well, but it was a 2-yard touchdown from Kolb.
So there’s that.
WR Jeremy Kerley, NYJ (@MIA, SF, HOU, IND) – Kerley had
67 yards on two receptions, but lost a fumble. Not good.
Robinson, WAS (CIN, @TB, ATL, MIN) – Robinson had 2-40-0,
as it was Leonard Hankerson who did most of the damage via the
pass with Pierre Garçon (foot) sitting out.
Off The Top
DB Dawan Landry, JAC (@IND, CIN, CHI, BYE) – He’s
been quietly consistent the first two games, and I love the next
LB Mason Foster, TB (@DAL, WAS, BYE, KC) – The sophomore
LB had the first huge game of his career on Sunday, racking up
12 solos and an assist, a PD and INT in the loss to the Giants.
DL Matt Shaughnessy, OAK (PIT, @DEN, BYE, @ATL) – The word
is out that Shaughnessy is talented, but he’s still available
in plenty of IDP leagues. He’s got eight total tackles and
1.5 sacks through two games.
DB Patrick Peterson, ARI (PHI, MIA, @STL, BUF) – Not universally
available by any means, but Peterson is a big-time playmaker with
favorable matchups on the docket. He’s a risk/reward play
in the coming weeks.
Scouring The Barrel
LB Jerrell Freeman, IND (JAC, BYE, GB, @NYJ) – For two straight
weeks, Freeman has posted great numbers. He had 13 total tackles
and sack in Week 2. It’s time to jump aboard while Pat Angerer
is still out.
DL Tyson Alualu, JAC (@IND, CIN, CHI, BYE) – He’s
developing into one of the better all-around DL in his division,
and the next three matchups are favorable. Alualu is definitely
worth a flier in deeper leagues.
Hightower, NE (@BAL, @BUF, DEN, @SEA) – Five tackles
in the loss to Arizona. Methinks this game didn’t go as
Ward, CLE (BUF, @BAL, @NYG, CIN) – Ward had nine tackles (six
solos) in the loss to Cincy. He remains a solid DB2 with upside.
Hardy, CAR (NYG, @ATL, SEA, BYE) – The talented young DL had
four total tackles. Even with the sacks, he’ll have some decent
Morgan, TEN (DET, @HOU, @MIN, PIT) – Another monster game
from Morgam, who had seven tackles (four solos) and a sack against
Finnegan, STL (@CHI, SEA, ARI, @MIA) – The top scoring DB
through two weeks, Finngean had five solos, an INT and a PD in
the Week 2 win.
Woodyard, DEN (HOU, OAK, @NE, @SD) – Woodyard had five tackles
and an assist on Monday night, but he could be in for a bigger
role if Joe Mays misses any time.
Nicholas, ATL (@SD, CAR, @WAS, OAK) – The Falcons SLB played
in every defensive package available and was flying all over the
field on Monday night. He finished with eight total tackles.
Powers, IND (MIN, JAC, BYE, GB) – Powers might be the safest
CB to own in the AFC South. He finished Sunday with nine tackles
(seven solos) and two PD. Expect plenty of opportunities for him
Wolfe, DEN (@ATL, HOU, OAK, @NE) – Wolfe never even sniffed
Matt Ryan in the loss to Atlanta as the Falcons’ offensive
line kept all Broncos defenders off the poised QB.