Week 7: Waiver Wire – Catch and Release

Week 7. The eye of the hurricane. Again, we get another week with just two teams on bye – Oakland, and New Orleans. With the exceptions of Jimmy Graham and Drew Brees, we won’t be missing very many relevant fantasy parts this week. Don’t let yourself get lulled into a false sense of security though, because a combined 12 teams will have their BYE over the course of weeks 8 and 9.

Here are the recommendations for players you either want to catch now, don’t bother picking up, or keep on your radar for the upcoming weeks.

Catch:

Andre Ellington (RB – Ari): The speedy, diminutive back continues to outplay the aging, injury prone Rashard Mendenhall. While it is looking unlikely that Ellington becomes the feature back this season, Mendenhall breaking down at some point this season isn’t exactly the longest shot you could take. Regardless, Ellington should be in line for 10-15 touches a week, and his hands and speed make him a scary pass-catching option. Right now, I would take him over guys like Joseph Randle or Zac Stacy, and he has the potential to turn into an all-around producer should anything happen to Mendenhall. Gets a big boost in PPR formats.

Keenan Allen (WR – SD): Forget DeAndre Hopkins and Cordarrelle Patterson. Keenan Allen, the 3rd round pick from Cal, is the rookie WR making waves this year. With atleast 6 catches, 100 yards, and a TD in each of his last two games, Allen should be owned (and most likely started) in all formats. 

Andre Brown (RB – NYG): Got runningback troubles? This could potentially be your answer. Brown is eligible to play week 10, and David Wilson will be out at least 4 more weeks with his neck problems. Brandon Jacobs is already banged up, which may lead the Giants to look for a free agent runner, but Brown should be in for a very nice workload upon his return. 

Harry Douglas (WR – Atl): This Falcons team, once thought of as contenders, is now in shambles. Roddy White continues to try to play at 50%, and continues to suffer setbacks. Rumors of Gonzo being traded to the Chiefs are swirling. Julio Jones out for the season. What can fantasy owners take away? Harry Douglas. By process of elimination, Harry Douglas is now the Falcons #1 WR. Expectations should be tempered, but the targets will certainly be there. You could do a lot worse on the waiver wire, and Douglas should see continued looks from a top QB for the remainder of the season.

Joseph Randle (RB – Dal): Take this one lightly; Joseph Randle will be the Cowboys starting runningback this week. DeMarco Murray is sidelined with a sprained knee and his status for this weekend is doubtful. Randle will pickup the workload by default with Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar injured and ineffective. If you are in desperate need of a starting runningback for THIS WEEK ONLY, Randle has a shot to put some decent points up on the board. He looked decidedly average filling in for the injured Murray against the Redskins, however, and shouldn’t be counted on for anything spectacular. 

Jarrett Boykin (WR – GB): Greenbay’s receiving corps. was thrashed against Baltimore, losing Randall Cobb for 6-8 weeks with a broken leg, and James Jones suffering a shin injury that leaves him questionable for the upcoming week. Boykin was literally the last remaining receiver on their roster, and turned his 6 targets on the day into 1 catch for 43 yards. In any case, he will now be catching balls from a premier QB, and could quickly turn some heads, and is worth a speculative add.

Release:

Willis McGahee (RB – Cle): McGahee continues to look old and slow with the ball in his hands. He was outplayed again this week by Chris Ogbonnaya, and continued to show that is he incapable of being a 4.0 YPC runningback anymore. McGahee is still the starter for the time being (the only justification for using a roster spot on him), but if he continues to make the absolute least out of his carries, I would expect Ogbonnaya to continue to see more work. 

Joseph Fauria (TE – Det): This one might end up coming back to bite me, but I would stay away from Joseph Fauria, despite his 3 TD effort last week. This guy is like a poor-man’s Kyle Rudolph with a better quarterback. If he doesn’t score, you’re not going to get any points from him. His fantasy production literally rests entirely on his ability to catch touchdowns, and with Calvin Johnson recovering – that window would seem to be closing. 

Scout:

Chris Ogbonnaya (RB – Cle): Ogbonnaya continues to be the bright spot in the Cleveland backfield. Outplaying McGahee again, Ogbonnaya showcased his pass catching abilities, grabbing 7 balls for 61 yards and a TD. Expect a bigger workload from the shify back if McGahee continues to struggle.

Riley Cooper (WR – Phi): Cooper could enter into the world of fantasy relevance if Nick Foles lands the starting job in Philadelphia. It would be a rash decision to pick him up based solely on his 4 catch, 120 yard, 1 TD effort against the Cowboys – but if he explodes again, you risk missing out.

 

 

Week 5: Waiver Wire – Catch & Release

Here are the week 5 waiver wire recommendations. I’m going to try out a new style this week in hopes of helping some of the trigger-happy managers I have been getting Rashad Jennings hype-emails from all week long. Below you will find why you should stay away from Jennings, as well recommendations on other polarizing, waiver wire targets.

Catch:

Alex Smith (QB – KC): Call him the poor-man’s Peyton Manning. Alex Smith makes tons of short-intermediate throws, and never turns the ball over. While game managing signal callers have never been a hot fantasy commodity, Smith continues to churn out 20+ point weeks with ease. Andy Reid is pass happy, and is going to continue to throw loads of YAC generating screens to Jamaal Charles, and Smith should continue to avoid the negative points from interceptions and sacks due to his efficient, quick passing. To date, he is scoring as a top 10 QB, and it wouldn’t surprise to see him continue.

Danny Woodhead (RB – SD): Woodhead continues to outproduce Ryan Mathews, and the Chargers continue to find interesting ways to line him up, and get him the ball. If his level of play remains high, his touches should only improve. As long as Philip Rivers continues his form, Woodhead should be a very solid producer.

Andre Ellington (RB – Ari): Ellington continues to outplay Mendenhall. This one is still more of a speculative add, but the young back’s stock should skyrocket if Mendenhall continues to disappoint. It’s worth noting that HC, Bruce Arians has already stated that he thinks Ellington is someone who can handle the everydown workload. Similarly, it’s pretty clear that Mendenhall is on his way out. 

Nate Washington (WR – Ten): Not a great play this week, but Nate Washington continues to be the most productive receiver for the Titans. With Locker injured, it is slightly unclear if that trajectory will continue, and he isn’t a great bet to produce against a dominant Kansas City defense this week, but keep an eye on him, because there is clearly still some gas left in the tank. His value is boosted by Kenny Britt being a dumbass, and more or less tweeting himself out of a job. 

Terrance Williams (WR – Dal): Here are some things you should never trust in the fantasy football world: Bill Belichick runningbacks, and Miles Austin’s hamstrings. Is it really any suprise Austin is injured again? Terrance Williams deputized, and did a nice job catching 7 balls for 71 yards. The only gripe was his goal line fumble, which HC Jason Garrett chalked up to “eagerness to score and help the team.” Austin looks set to miss another week, and Williams should be a very solid play – especially if the Cowboys get into a shootout against Denver.

Any Defense Playing Against the Jacksonville Jaguars: Seriously, people are scooping up the Jaguars opponents two weeks in advance in my league to get themselves a piece of that buttery match-up. If the Jags can limit any opposing fantasy defense to under 10 points for the rest of the season, I would actually be very surprised.

Release:

Rashad Jennings (RB – Oak): I’m really flabbergasted as to why all the top “experts” are recommending Jennings this week. I get that RBs are in short supply, and he is most likely a starter, but there are two major reasons why I think he will badly fail. One, Jennings has never been able to be anything more than a change-of-pace back. When MJD went down in Jax, he was abysmal filling in with every down touches. Two, he gets more than 50% of his production from catching screen passes – which Terrell Pryor doesn’t throw. With Matt Flynn relegated to 3rd string, Pryor will continue to huck it downfield, and poach goal line carries – effectively neutralizing any value that Jennings will have until either Marcel Reece or McFadden return. 

Kris Durham (WR – Det): Every year, whichever wide receiver lines up across from Calvin Johnson is deemed a “sleeper” because of the passing nature of the Lions offense, and the attention CJ draws from opposing defenses. Every year, we buy into it (Ryan Broyles, Titus Young, Nate Burleson…), and every year they disappoint. I’m saving myself the frustration on this one. Last week Durham still managed to lead the Lions WRs in receiving yardage and he has a favorable matchup this week to boot, but temper expectations, as Stafford historically relies on Calvin Johnson and screen passes.

Scout:

Chris Ogbonnaya (RB – Cle): Willis McGahee continued to look awful on Thursday night against the Bills, posting 72 yards on 26 carries for a gross 2.76 YPC. Additionally, the only reason he got is touchdown was from fortuitous penalties and playcalls that granted him FIVE tries to punch the ball in from within the 3 yard line. Ogbonnaya is a competent pass-catching back, and if McGahee continues to disappoint, look for him to grab a bigger role on a hot Cleveland team.

Mike Goodson (RB – NYJ): Many people think Goodson is the most talented runner on this Jets team, and Chris Ivory has seemingly been knocked down the depth chart. Not many expected Bilal Powell to hold onto the job, and Goodson should get plenty of opportunities to seize the role with the Jets top two WR’s out with injury.

Week 4: Scouring the Waiver Wire

Andre Ellington (RB – Ari): For the second week in a row, I’m recommending Ellington. Though somewhat speculative, the rookie has shown considerably more explosiveness than the aging Mendenhall (who is also nursing a toe injury), and the Cardinals seem determined to get him involved in the offense. Ellington played four more snaps than Mendenhall this past week, and having already displayed his pass-catching abilities, there is a real chance he becomes a feature back.

Donnie Avery (WR – KC): In a surprisingly thin year for wide receivers, Avery could be a very solid pickup. To date, he is having a better season than Dwayne Bowe, and he should continue to garner tons of intermediate looks with YAC potential with the ever-efficient Alex Smith at the helm.

Marlon Brown (WR – Bal): Don’t be thrown by Brown’s mediocre stat line against the Texans. Flacco continues to trust Brown, and is lacking in short-mid range weapons. Emerging as a prime red-zone target, Brown should be in for a nice ride over the next several weeks; facing the Bills, Dolphins, and Packers weak secondaries.

Coby Fleener (TE – Ind): If Fleener is unowned, grab him now. With Dwayne Allen injured and no longer poaching snaps, there is a very solid chance for the former Stanford-standout to emerge alongside his similarly Cardinal QB.

Kansas City (Defense): This defensive unit produced the most probowlers out of any team in the league last year, yet went largely unnoticed due to the horrendous 2-win ceiling of Matt Cassel. Make no mistake, they are scorching hot right now, and the only seemingly dangerous opponent on the horizon until their week 10 bye is Houston.

 

Week 3: Waiver Wire Pickups

This past few days has been relatively volatile in the fantasy football world. Check out the week 3 waiver wire recommendations

Ryan Tannehill (QB – Mia): Tannehill has been quietly having a solid season, passing for 591 yards, and 2 TDs en route to the Dolphins unexpected 2-0 start on the road. Tannehill has also gotten relatively unlucky in the touchdown department, having several receivers tackled on the 1 yard line already. Tannehill has some explosive weapons in Charles Clay and Mike Wallace, and as chemistry develops, he should only improve.

Willis McGahee (RB - FA): This one is a slightly speculative add, but one that could end up paying dividends for fantasy owners. Word is that in the wake of Trent Richardson’s departure, the Browns are looking to sign McGahee. With the only other competition on the depth chart being the inexperienced Bobby Rainey, and FB Chris Ogbonnaya, McGahee should surely get the lion’s share of work, assuming he can pass the necessary medical evaluations.

Jacquizz Rodgers (RB – Atl): With SJax out for several weeks with an injury, the brunt of the load falls to Jacquizz Rodgers. He is a smaller, speedy back that will likely catch a decent amount of passes and could rack up some quality yards, but expect Snelling to poach goal line work.

DeAndre Hopkins (WR – Hou): Last week Hopkins finally showed owners why the Texans drafted him in the first round. There have been suggestions among the Houston front office that this kid could be better than Andre Johnson. In the meantime, Johnson remains injury prone and potentially sidelined, and Hopkins should be a great playmaker for Schaub. Johnson will continue to draw the better DB’s and most likely won’t turn into a red-zone machine overnight, leaving plenty of big play opportunities and TD looks for Hopkins.

Eddie Royal (WR – SD): Don’t be mistaken, Eddie Royal is not going to continue to rake in touchdowns at this pace. Despite the inevitable regression in the TD department, with Malcom Floyd and Danario Alexander injured, and Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen not doing much of anything, Royal should remain a solid fantasy option for the foreseeable future – especially if Philip Rivers continues his sharp form.

Charles Clay (TE – Mia): Clay has earned the trust of Tannehill, and shown some explosive playmaking ability in the process. With 10 catches f0r 163 yards and an added 1-yard rushing TD, Clay should remain a solid option from here on out.

Alex Henery (K – Phi): With the effectiveness of Chip Kelly’s “blur/point-a-minute offense” it’s surprising that more owners haven’t picked up Henery. The Eagles put up 63 points in their first two games, and show no signs of slowing down. Henery should remain a very solid kicking option until Michael Vick gets injured, and/or the Eagles show signs of slowing down.

Minnesota Defense: The Vikings host a Cleveland team that has seemingly rolled over and entered the Clowney/Bridgewater sweepstakes. With Weeden injured, the Browns will look to Brian Hoyer this week. Oh, and their formerly best offensive player, Trent Richardson, now plays for the Colts. Take this one and say thank you.

Week 2: Waiver Wire Pickups

Scrambling for the waiver wire already? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season is here, leaving many owners quickly remembering how fickle the fantasy gods can be. Unsure of starting David Wilson behind his two fumble-inspired benching? Cursing Roddy White for not disclosing that high ankle sprain before you drafted him in the fourth round? Maybe you had a little too much faith in Danny Amendola’s ability to stay healthy. Regardless, here are a few waiver wire pickups for week 2 that will help your friends become reacquainted with that smug victory look of yours that they were missing.

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Julius Thomas could rival Jimmy Graham as a top fantasy TE (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Carson Palmer (QB - Ari) - True to form, Bruce Arians has continued to lean on the passing game. In week 1 against a St. Louis secondary that is no pushover, the questionably-ginger veteran completed 65% of his passes for 327 yards and two touchdowns. While Arizona’s offensive line remains shaky, and Detroit’s strong defensive front could present problems this week, there should be no lingering doubts that Carson Palmer will be a solid LOW end QB1 and about as strong a QB2 as they come.

Joique Bell (RB – Det) – Despite playing behind big money free agent signing, Reggie Bush, Bell was able to have quite the game for himself. Posting 6 carries for 25 yards and two TDs to go along with 5 receptions for 67 yards is an absolutely incredible game for a backup runningback. Moving forward, Detroit has indicated that Bell will continue to receive the majority of goal line work, and his pass-catching skills make him worthy of a borderline flex play as is. Should anything happen to Bush, expect his stock to skyrocket in a hurry. (more…)

Week 14: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em – Hot Pickups – and Other Advice for the Playoffs

There’s no going wrong with either top rookie QB

If you’re still reading this, it most likely means you are one of the playoff contenders in your league. Congratulations, yet very few leagues involving payouts will offer one for simply making the playoffs alone. You’re going to need to keep making moves in order to stay on top, as the fantasy playoffs can be a cruel mistress. With the NFL playoff picture shaping up the way it has, there is a very likely chance that owners whose teams have been driven by studs like Arian Foster, or Tom Brady will have to ready replacements for these stars, as they almost inevitably will be rested for the playoffs. Here we go.

Start ‘Em

Quarterback
  • Josh Freeman (vs Phi): The Eagles season is over; they have nothing left to play for. Their pass defense ranks 31st in the league, and they have not limited an offense to less than 28 points since former defensive coordinator, Juan Castillo, was fired.  Similarly, they recently cut their best pass rusher, and to put it simply, they can’t generate pressure, sacks, or turnovers. In the meantime, the Bucs have been pushing for the playoffs, and Josh Freeman has multiple touchdown passes in seven of his last eight games. In the words of Dave Hester, YUUUUUUUUUP!
  • Robert Griffin III (vs Bal): The readdition of Ray Lewis is not going to make up for a  hobbled Terrell Suggs. After Suggs tore his bicep against Pittsburgh this past weekend, the Ravens were incapable of generating any sort of pass rush whatsoever on Charlie Batch, who is obviously slow as hell. RG3 and the playoff surging Redskins should have plenty of time to work this injury crippled defense on Sunday.
  • Andrew Luck (vs Ten): Luck has looked downright incredible this season, and has only gotten better. The Colts are obviously looking to pass first in the redzone, offering up lots of scoring opportunities for the rookie. Similarly, the Titans’ pass defense ranks in the bottom third of the league, and Luck should have no problem putting up top numbers again this week.

Runningback

  • Trent Richardson (vs KC): Has gotten 20+ carries in each of his last five games, and continues to produce. He has emerged as one of the few true “workhorses” left in the league, and this shows no signs of letting up against a poor KC team.
  • Doug Martin (vs Phi): Its tough not to bet against the Eagles right now. Especially with a new defensive line coach shaking things up. With the way the Juan Castillo replacement went for Philly’s defense, I’d consider Doug Martin a must start this week.
  • Ahmad Bradshaw (vs NO): There are few things better in fantasy football than when your runningback’s goal line TD poacher goes down with injury. This should be a high scoring game, and the backfield is Bradshaw’s. The only competition is going to come from the shaky David Wilson, who has had a rocky first season in the NFL, and doesn’t offer enough physicality to take goal line work away from Bradshaw. The Saints present a highly favorable matchup for the Giants’ ground attack this week.
  • Steven Jackson (@ Buf): Disappointed against the 49′ers, but not much else is to be expected there. Despite this, the aging veteran has managed to put up over 100 yards in two of his last four games, and should be in for solid points here against a very mediocre Buffalo defense. The cold weather up in Buffalo should only get him more touches.

Wide Receiver

  • Josh Gordon (vs KC): I’ve been big on him all season, and those who trusted me last week on this pick learned why. Gordon has all the tools to succeed in this league, and has clearly cemented himself as the Browns #1, and Weeden’s favorite target. Continue to roll with him heading into another favorable matchup against KC this week.
  • TY Hilton (vs Ten): Hopefully you picked him up last week, as Hilton continues to impress. He on a playoff pushing team with a guy who is quickly making himself known as an “elite” QB. This week, he has another favorable matchup against a mediocre pass defense, and is riding a streak that has seen him put up three 100+ yard games, and four TD’s in his past five games.
  • Greg Jennings (vs Det): The Lions have given up 30+ points in three of their last four games. We all know what Greg Jennings is capable of, and he should be back in full force this weekend.

Tight End

  • Bradon Myers (@ Den) – Another guy I’ve been harping on for a few weeks now. Posted absolutely insane numbers last weekend for a tight end, totaling 14 catches for 130 yards and a TD. Similarly, despite Denver’s solid defense, they are  right behind the Patriots when looking at points given up to opposing TE’s. Additionally, he should have plenty of time to rack up garbage points when the Raiders find themselves in a hole midway through this game.
  • Owen Daniels (@ NE) – Despite improvements on the run defense, the Patriots are one of the worst teams in the league against the tight end. The Texans are going to have to pass in this game if they want to win, and Daniels is arguably Schaub’s favorite target in the redzone.
Team Defense
  • Seattle (vs Ari): The Cardinals can’t do anything on offense. Their offense line is bad. Ryan Lindley looks worse.
  • San Francisco (vs Mia): Expect the 49′ers to make quick work of Tannehill and co. this weekend.

Sit ‘Em

Quarterback

  • Phillip Rivers (@ Pit): Rivers has been shaky as of late, and the Steelers are offering up the best pass defense in the league, allowing under 175 yards per game. With Polamalu now back in action, there is no way they’re regressing.
  • Carson Palmer (vs Den): The only chance the Raiders, and Palmer have of putting up solid fantasy points is if they are chasing a blowout, racking up garbage points in the second half. Granted, situations like those are where Palmer has made his keep this year, but Oakland failed to even do that the first time these two teams met, getting blown out 37-6

Runningback

  • Reggie Bush (@ SF): This is virtually a no-brainer.
  • Ryan Mathews (@ Pit): The Steelers defense is still incredible, and Ryan Mathews is still a shaky fantasy back. In spite of the Chargers backfield becoming much less crowded in the offseason, with the departure of Tolbert, Mathews has only managed to score ONCE since coming back from injury. Hardly a solid return on what had to have been a high pick on draft day.

Wide Receiver

  • Larry Fitzgerald (@ Sea): I will not be starting, or drafting Larry Fitzgerald at any point when Ryan Lindley is quarterbacking for him. Five catches for 65 yards in three weeks? No thanks. Don’t forget the tough matchup at Seattle…
  • Dwayne Bowe (@ Cle): I don’t like Brady Quinn either. However, I do love Joe Haden, the DB that will almost certainly be covering Bowe this weekend. Only three TD’s on the year for Bowe, and ZERO were thrown by Quinn, indicating that they have not yet developed a solid working relationship.
  • Denarius Moore (vs Den): Champ Bailey continues to defy age, and will most likely be plastered on Moore all day. It’s worth noting that Moore had some behavioral issues in the loss to Cleveland last week, but regardless of the effect that has on him, I don’t like him as anything besides a desperate man’s flex play this week.

Tight End

  • Dennis Pitta (@ Was): Has been to inconsistent to be a solid play this year, and that is without even delving into the aspect of Joe Flacco’s apparent collapse whenever the Ravens play away from home.
  • Antonio Gates (@ Pit): For the same reasons I wouldn’t start Rivers this week.

Team Defense

  • Baltimore (@ Was): With Suggs having a torn bicep, Ray Lewis not 100% (IF he returns), and Ladarius Webb out for the season, Baltimore’s defense is truly crippled by injury. RG3 shouldn’t have much of a problem here, as the Ravens could get nothing resembling a pass rush against Charlie Batch last weekend. With the way RG3 handled the Giants’ explosive pass rush, there is a good chance he could downright embarrass the Baltimore front seven this week.
  • New York Giants (@ NO): It’s still tough to bet against Drew Brees in the Superdome.

Pickups to Bolster your Playoff Squad

Brandon Lloyd (WR – NE): I’m still kicking myself over how poorly Lloyd’s season has turned out (and possibly holding unjustifiable hope that he can turn it around.) Despite this, if you have roster space, and Lloyd is available on the cheap/waiver wire, I wouldn’t be hesitant about taking a shot on him at this point.  Julian Edelman had been emerging as one of Brady’s surer targets right in time for him to hit the season long IR. The mentality behind this move is that the Patriots simply can’t throw to Wes Welker every down. Could end up (remaining) a bust, but the guy should be available for free, or dirt cheap in leagues where roster moves can still be made.

Justin Forsett (RB – Hou): Anyone who watched the Houston game last week could tell that they are already starting to take a cautious approach with their star RB. Expect Foster’s carries and points to decline steady the closer it gets to the playoffs, and the further the Texans build their divisional lead.

Jonathan Dwyer (RB – Pit): Dwyer has officially been named the starter for the remainder of the season, and should put up solid points throughout. In the three games where Dwyer has been the official “starter” he has put up 278 yards and a TD. With Big Ben returning to take pressure off the run, that should only improve.

Week 13: Waiver Wire Grabs

In a year where the playoff pictures are more carved out than normal, owners are scrambling to fine replacements for the fantasy playoffs. Teams will have no hesitation about resting their Peyton Mannings, or Arian Fosters when the postseason picture is being laid out this early. Here are a few guys to stockpile for the playoffs, and are capable of coming in and making an immediate impact on your team.

Colin Kaepernick (QB – SF): Kaeperinick couldn’t have hoped for any better of an audition. Dismantling a top ranked Bears defense on Monday Night Football, then beating Drew Brees in the Superdome a few days later. He doesn’t have experience, but he offers an absurdly higher level of potential and play-calling options than Alex Smith. It’s looking like he will be the starter, and in for solid fantasy points the remainder of the season.

Bryce Brown (RB – Phi): WOW. Granted, the Carolina run defense is nothing spectacular by any stretch of the imagination, Brown’s 19 carry, 178 yard, two TD performance was nothing short of a breakout. McCoy is projected to miss another week, and Brown has a favorable matchup coming up against Dallas. While McCoy will almost certainly crush his value upon his return from concussion, roll with Brown in the meantime. (more…)

Week 12: Waiver Wire Watch

The QB jumble continues heading into week 12, yet don’t be too trigger happy to pick up Colin Kaepernick, regardless of whether or not he shredded what many consider to be the league’s top defense on Monday Night Football. Why? With all the fireworks, it’s easy to forget that Alex Smith still has a higher QB rating than Tom Brady 11 weeks into the season. Now, for the picks. I never thought I would write a waiver wire post with three players from Jacksonville, but when considering how easy their remaining schedule is, these may very well be the unsuspected players to lead you to the championship.

Ronnie Hillman (RB – Den): McGahee will be out for the remainder of the regular NFL  season. The remaining options Denver has to go with are: Hillman, Lance Ball, or the forgotten, Knowshon Moreno. Hillman is almost certain to get the hole shot for this starting job, and if he is able to capitalize against a porous KC defense, he should see tremendous value moving forward. (more…)

Week 11: Waiver Wire Pickups for the Playoffs

Uh oh. Week 10 was QB kryptonite for a few unlucky owners. With four heavily owned signal callers biting the dust, chances are there are more than a couple members of your league scavenging the waiver wire for temporary fixes (or more permanent ones for the cursed Vick owners). It’s important to keep remaining strength of schedule in mind while picking the trash heap. For example: Beanie Wells is projected to return to action in week 12, which many see as a light at the end of the tunnel for this injury plagued Cardinals backfield, leading them to pick him up and stash him. While he may dominate touches over the inconsistent LaRod Stephens-Howling, their schedule reads out: StL, NYJ, Sea, Det, Chi, SF. With only the Jets presenting a favorable matchup, there may be better options out there. Having said that, here are the top waiver wire pickups heading into week 11.

Russell Wilson (QB – Sea): As he is on bye this week, this is more of a recommendation for those looking for longer term replacements for guys like Mike Vick, or those who play in two-QB leagues. If you discount the defensive battle against San Francisco (fantasy stinker), Wilson has 890 yards, 10 touchdowns, and one interception in his last four games. Solid. The Seahawks offense seems to be getting better each week, and despite having to play Chicago and San Francisco in the remaining weeks of the season, he also will see Buffalo, Miami, and St. Louis, which could make for very promising spot starts if you have a non-elite starter with a tough matchup, or one who is potentially injured. (more…)

Week 10: Waiver Wire Additions

Has Russell Wilson finally figured things out up in Seattle? Despite being discounted and treated as an afterthought of a fantasy quarterback by virtually everyone, he has continued to not only turnout solid fantasy numbers over the past several weeks, but win football games as well. With the ever-changing scenario in the Steelers’ and Colts’ backfields having shifted once again, we have a fresh pair of runningbacks looking to produce for week 10, as well.

Here are the top week 10 waiver wire additions:

Russell Wilson (QB – Sea): Since week 6, Wilson has eight TD’s and two int’s. It’s seemingly only a matter of time before he gets a rushing TD or two. The Seahawks have always had a strong ground game with Marshawn Lynch, but now that Wilson is finding his feet, this offense could really click. Additionally, with their elite defense, their field position should be frequently ideal. This week, they take on the Jets, who have allowed 20 points to every team that has faced them this year, with the exception of a pre-”Chuckstrong” motivated Colts team. Looking forward into the later weeks of the NFL season – the fantasy playoffs, for most – Seattle has favorable matchups against Arizona, Buffalo, and St. Louis as an added bonus. (more…)