Week 6: Waiver Wire Pickups

Week 6 is shaping up to be one of the more influential weeks on the waiver wire. In week 5, owners saw highly touted, former backup RB (and current starter), Ryan Williams, land on the injured reserve, as well as Cedric Benson go down for eight weeks with a foot injury.  Similarly, with Chris Johnson reassuring owners in week 5 that he is still not a worthwhile start, many owners are scrambling; particularly at the runningback position. If you one of them looking to claw your way back up the league standings, its time to pounce on these guys who are now finding themselves are starters. (more…)

Week 5: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

This season has seen many of the quarterbacks projected as “elite” fall well short of their original forecasts. Owners who spent a valuable early round pick on someone like Matthew Stafford or Michael Vick are now favoring the unexpected performers like Ryan Fitzpatrick or Robert Griffin. Similarly, we are now entering the part of the season where bye weeks are in full swing, leaving owners digging even deeper, scouring their bench and the waiver wire for talent. Heading into week 5, here are some players that should be solid starts and   and a few others would be better suited for a seat on the bench.

Start ‘Em


  • Christian Ponder (vs Ten) – Every quarterback that has played against the Titans this season has put up big numbers, including at least two touchdowns. Jerome Simpson is hopefully more acclimated after returning from suspension last week, and Christian Ponder has looked more mature, and more confident this season. Expect a good performance here.
  • Andy Dalton (vs Mia) – Miami has a good run defense, and a bad pass defense. Andy Dalton has looked like a stud so far this season. Solid matchup all around here. The only worry would be if Cincinnati builds a sizable lead, and Dalton turns into game manager. Don’t expect 400 plus yards out of Tannehill every week, but if Miami is able to challenge for this game you can expect a big return from Dalton.
  • Joe Flacco (@ KC) – Similar to the previous two QB’s on this list, Flacco faces a defense that is vulnerable against the pass this week. He is having a career year thus far, and should continue to roll this week against a shaky D.


  • Ryan Mathews (@ NO) – If any Ryan Mathews owners in your leagues are feeling anxious about Jackie Battle limiting him to a cameo, take advantage and buy him at low value now. He will be back, and it will most likely be this week against a New Orleans defense that is atrocious against the run. Don’t forget about his added value in PPR.
  • Cedric Benson (@ Ind) – If the Packers get ahead like expected, Benson should see a heavy workload. He has put up atleast 10 fantasy points in all but one week this season, and is coming into week 5 against a Colts defense that seems to give up atleast 15 points per week to the opposing RB.
  • Marshawn Lynch (@ Car) – This one could get downright nasty. Not that you were thinking about benching Lynch anyways, but he is seemingly in line to really turn some heads this game. The Seahawks heavily favor the run, and Marshawn Lynch is the only guy getting touches. The Panthers are god awful against the run. 1 + 1 always equals 2 in fantasy football… right?
  • Ryan Williams (@ StL) – Don’t be offput by his struggles in his first week starting. Last week the Cardinals played a tough Miami run defense. This week, Williams is hopefully in better shape after spending the offseason recovering from injury, and he is playing against a miserable St. Louis run defense.

Wide Receiver

  • Marques Colston (vs SD) – Colston is finally healthy, and showed what he could do last week. Coming into a favorable matchup at home against San Diego, the Saints desperately need a win, and Lance Moore is battling hamstring problems. He should put up incredible numbers again this week.
  • Malcom Floyd (@ NO) – If your players are matched up against the Saints, they’re probably a good start. New Orleans has let six receivers record over 20+ points this season, and Floyd is the prime target in San Diego.
  • James Jones (@ Ind) – With Greg Jennings on the sidelines for the majority of last week, Jones exploded. Jennings is seemingly going to miss next week with the same groin injury, and Jones has seemingly developed a much better chemistry with Aaron Rodgers after some early season struggles.

Tight End

  • Kyle Rudolph (@ Det) – Don’t let the ghost of a week 4 performance scare you off. The Titans are the worst team in the league against the tight end. I expect a nice bounce back this week.
  • Scott Chandler (@ SF) – The only spot to attack the ‘Niners defense seems to be through the tight end. Jermichael Finley, Kyle Rudolph, and Brandon Pettigrew have all hit paydirt against this tough defense, and at 6’7″, Chandler is a virtual mismatch against any defensive player he faces, linebacker or defensive back.
Team Defense
  • NY Giants (vs Cle) – Weeden has 9 turnovers so far this season, and the Browns have notably struggled to put up points. This one is highly favorable.
  • Seattle (@ Car) – The Seahawks should be able to shut down Cam Newton quite effectively, and dominate the time of possession through Marshawn Lynch attacking their garbage run defense

Sit ‘Em


  • Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ SF) – I’m not expecting a Christian Ponder-like performance against the tough SF defense, but I don’t think the Bills will roll over in this one quite like the Jets did last week. If you have a more favorable matchup, take it, but don’t expect Fitzpatrick to put up a duck in this one.
  • Cam Newton (vs Sea) – Garbage points at the end of the game might be the only thing that could save Cam’s statline in this one.


  • Chris Johnson (@ Min) – Still not sold on him. Minnesota has been playing tough this year, and allowed only one rushing touchdown.
  • Shonn Greene (vs Hou) – The Jets are now seemingly more one-dimensional on offense than ever before. Shonn Greene has looked like outright trash, and might have even lost his job to Bilal Powell.
  • Donald Brown (vs GB) – The Colts will most likely be forced to throw the ball for a majority of the game. If you play PPR, he could benefit if they work the screen pass into the offense effectively, but don’t expect huge things.
  • BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs Mia) – Has not stood out so far this season, and most likely will not post a big game against a tough Miami run defense.

Wide Receiver

  • Steve Johnson (@ SF) – The ‘Niners have managed to shut down Jordy Nelson, Calvin Johnson, Greg Jennings, and Percy Harvin. There are much better plays in a league that is very deep in WR talent.
  • Larry Fitzgerald (@ StL) – Arizona might spend alot of time on the ground this game. The Rams have surprisingly only allowed one touchdown to a wide receiver this year.
  • Steve Smith (vs Sea) – For the same reasons I wouldn’t play Cam Newton, stay away from Steve Smith. The Seahawks defense has been impressive in all aspects, and I wouldn’t expect them to deviate from that now.

Tight End

  • Jermaine Gresham (vs Mia) – This one depends on what kind of owner you are. A conservative owner would see that Miami has yet to allow a touchdown to an opposing tight end this year. A more aggressive owner might recognize the Dolphins struggling secondary, and figure Gresham to be a key factor in a game where Cincinnati’s rushing game will most likely be limited. Personally, I think he will be astoundingly average here, in the 5-8.5 point range.
  • Heath Miller (vs Phi) – Similar to Philly has been great covering the tight end. With Bear Pascoe as the only TE to post a touchdown against them, look elsewhere for a starter this week.
  • Greg Olsen (vs Sea) – Have you figured out that I like Seattle’s defense yet?

Team Defense

  • NY Jets (vs Hou) – No Revis leaves this defense vulnerable. The loss of Santonio Holmes makes the situation even more demoralizing for this struggling team.
  • New England (vs Den) – Manning is coming off of a phenomenal performance, and I would not bet against him going into New England here.


Week 5: Waiver Wire Studs and Duds

Got a few players on bye and need a temporary replacement? Injury woes plaguing your squad? Unfortunately, week 5 was relatively tame as far as “breakouts” go, but here are a some players that have a good chance of putting up quality points going into week 5, as well as a few guys that you would be better off avoiding.

Week 5 Byes: Dallas, Detroit, Oakland, Tampa Bay


Matt Hasselbeck (QB – Ten): Could Jake Locker going down be the best thing for the struggling Titans? Hasselbeck came in and managed to put up two TD’s (albeit, with  two int’s as well) against the second ranked Houston  passing defense. He was able to distribute the ball to a variety of wide receivers, but more importantly, Chris Johnson showed signs of life for the first time this season. Hasselbeck should build off this due to a combination of having a week with first team practice reps, the probable return of Kenny Britt, and the fact that he faces a far more penetrable Minnesota secondary this week. If you have someone like Romo or Stafford on bye, he should be a very solid option this week.

Bilal Powell (RB – NYJ): The Jets are going to shake things up, and most likely it’s going to be sooner rather than later. They stand at an undeserving 2-2, and are looking at going (more…)

Week 4: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em


  • Joe Flacco (vs Cle) – Rebounded nicely against the Patriots in week 3, and faces a Cleveland defense that has allowed an average of 19.5 fantasy points to opposing QB’s this season. Don’t look twice, but Joe is currently the 6th ranked fantasy QB.
  • Matt Ryan (vs Car) – Another favorable matchup here, as Ryan has posted elite numbers thus far this year, and ranks second among fantasy QB’s. (more…)

Week 4: Waiver Wire Pickups

Week 4 sees an interesting shake up in waiver wire activity, especially among RB’s. For owners of Reggie Bush or CJ Spiller, their injuries were luckily not devastatingly serious. Similarly, Alfred Morris and Mikel LeShoure owners are still sitting pretty, although Ahmad Bradshaw is coming back for the Giants this week, and has been proclaimed the starter over the highly impressive deputy, Andre Brown. Don’t be too hasty to drop Brown,  however, as he has clearly taken over the #2 spot from rookie, David Wilson, who has endured some rough performances thus far. With Bradshaw’s horrid injury record, Andre Brown remains one of the better handcuffs in the league, and will no doubt still get some work, even with Bradshaw on the field. Here are some players worth looking at on the waiver wire for week 4. (more…)

Week 3: Waiver Wire Sleepers

Daryl Richardson is, at the very least, a great handcuff for S.Jax

Slim-pickens this week on the waiver wire. We’re more looking at deeper fliers here who COULD bolster your squad one thing or two goes their way, and if you have a player or two who could be considered dead weight at this point for the roster space. Having said that, here are a few players who might help you moving forward.

Daryl Richardson (RB – StL) - Daryl Richardson came on and did nothing but impress, after Steven Jackson was removed from the game against Washington last weekend. This is where it gets dicey. The Rams reported shortly after the game that Jackson had injured his groin, and that was the reason for his removal. Despite this, many still believe that Jackson was benched because he was removed immediately after spiking the ball and earning a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty (he seemingly thought he had scored, however). What ever the case may be, Richardson made a serious case for playing time.


Week 3: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em


  • Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs Cle) – Cleveland has allowed 300 yards and at least two TD’s to each opposing QB this season, and likewise they have not been rolling over in games that they are losing whatsoever. If Cleveland hangs around in this, and it makes sense for Buffalo to pass the ball midway though the 4th quarter in this game, Fitzpatrick will have a nice day.


  • Andre Brown (@ Car) – In the wake of Ahmad Bradshaw’s perennial injury, the Giant’s have unexpectedly started giving the ball to Andre Brown instead of highly touted, first round draft pick, David Wilson. Take advantage of this while you can, as Eli is lacking Hakeem Nicks this week as well, and should be handing the ball off quite a bit. (more…)

Week 2: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Week 1 saw quite a few curve balls thrown in managers’ general direction, including a questionably healthy Adrian Peterson dominating when many owners benched him in favor of the solid backup, Toby Gerhart. Similarly, Isaac Redman was not the temporary replacement many had hoped he was going to be, and Ronnie Brown, despite the 20+ touch promises from Norv Turner, got five carries. In addition, DeAngelo Williams did absolutely nothing in Jonathan Stewart’s absence to boot. Time to pick up the pieces.

Start ‘Em


  • Jay Cutler (@ GB) – It’s no secret you can put up points against the Packers. Cutler did wonders last week with his new targets, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Would not be surprised at all to see him build on this, as the Bears have seemingly figured out how to make things click without Mike Martz. (more…)

Week 2: Waiver Wire Gems

With how thin RB’s are, make sure to snap up Alfred Morris before the next guy does.

Week 1 has brought us a few fantasy studs that were flying under the radar of many owners. Here are several guys who thoroughly impressed during week 1, and look to be in line to continue. Be quick to nab these guys up, as swift and effective waive wire maneuvering is often what gives owners that last bit of separation needed to win big.

Alfred Morris (RB – Was) – Very few people saw this coming, but Mike Shanahan has thrown yet another curve ball in his backfield, and proclaimed Morris the starter. Considering this year is very slim-pickens as far as effective RB’s go, do not hesitate on Morris. He has the starting job for now, and repaid that faith with 96 yards and 2 scores on 28 carries in week 1. Even if your starting running backs are both studs, pick this guy up as other hungry owners will be in the market for a trade. Morris has the potential to give you all of what DeMarco Murray provided owners last year, and will likely be gone in almost all leagues before this weekend.

Randall Cobb (WR – GB) – I had him ranked quite high among late-round receivers going into the draft. To restate the point, this guy has monster speed and Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball. He hauled in all 9 balls that were thrown his way on Sunday for 77 yards. He has massive potential going forwards, especially if you play in a league that rewards for return statistics too. Cobb will be returning both kicks and punts for the foreseeable future, and managed to run one back for a TD on Sunday, albeit because of a block in the back that the refs failed to penalize.

Stephen Hill (WR – NYJ) – Has some crazy raw attributes going for him in terms of size and speed. Defenses should key in on Santonio Holmes, leaving him open, especially for red zone scores as seen with his 5 catch, 2 TD performance vs Buffalo this past week. Play this one a little more conservatively though, until we can figure out whether or not the Mark Sanchez we saw this past week plans on sticking around for the remaining 15 games.

Alshon Jeffery (WR-Chi) – Another guy I was big on during the offseason… Managed to make 3 big catches for 80 yards and a TD. Like Stephen Hill, he has all the raw attributes necessary to succeed, and since I personally rate Cutler and the Bears higher than Sanchez and his Jets, I’d take this guy over Stephen Hill if both are available.

Kyle Rudolph (TE – Min) – Ponder was confident throwing to the young TE, and his performance should only improve. Made an outrageous catch late in the game to set up a field goal, and with Shiancoe gone, he will get all the snaps this season. Still owned in under 10% of all leagues.

Notable omissions: It’s going to take at least one or two more solid weeks from Mark Sanchez before I am ready to start thinking about my backup QB for him. Similarly, I feel that Ogletree’s performance will decline once the ‘boys star WR’s get their health back.

Unraveling the Nightmare That is the Jets Offense

There are a lot of “what if’s” in New York right now

No matter how much talent the New York Jets possess, which coaches are guiding them, what prognostications emanate from their camp — habitually different than what anyone else thinks, of course — all we need are two good eyes and a spec of common sense to see where Rex Ryan’s crew is heading this season. Which is to say … nowhere at all.” – Stephen A. Smith; ESPN

First of all, YES, I am a Jets fan. Second of all, NO, I won’t tell you Shark Manchez (all praise to his name) is a sleeper fantasy stud and should be started over Tom Brady. I cannot deny that fantasy-wise the Jets present an untouchable scenario for conservative fantasy managers. Even besides the “quarterback” controversies; we are presented with an offense so conflicted that a defensive back seriously believes he is a top receiver on the team, despite consistently failing to cover receivers from the rest of the league. I am a firm believer that we, as fantasy managers, should look at every bad situation on the field as an opportunity. And so I have put to words my feelings on the possible fantasy benefits to be gleaned from the Jets’ offense. They are presented with the spirit of defeatism and self-loathing that has dogged me my entire life as a fan, and so I am open to some rough criticism in the comments section.

Hey, if I’m Mark Sanchez, ‘I’m the starting quarterback and it’s great to have Tim here to help us win football games.’ That’s the statement. It’s time for somebody to stand up (and) believe in themselves if you’re a Jet.” – Joe Theismann

If Tim Tebow’s God is just, and/or the universe has a plan, Mark Sanchez will be the starting quarterback for the Jets for the entire season. This is the first of two times that I will mention Tebowmania. I believe that Rex Ryan and the New York Football Jets will not be driven to abandon Mark Sanchez due to the frenzied blathering of Tim Tebow’s cult following. The whole “quarterback” controversy, as I see it, is missing the point. The person who will actually lose his job to Tebow is Shonn Greene…

Everyone who watched the Jets last year can agree that there was an offense on the field. No one thinks it was good, or knows what it was doing, rather we accepted that it was there, and moved on. The team was somehow not awful, yet the individual stats that make fantasy managers drool were nonexistent. Points were somehow being put on the board but not with regularity. It would be easy to blame Sanchez, but the mediocre numbers the Jets were able to put up don’t support that. He was ranked the no. 10 overall QB in terms of fantasy points. His 18 interceptions, much espoused by fans as a reason for him to be replaced, is on par with other “scrubs” as Eli Manning, or Cam Newton (Hint: not scrubs) and well behind the 23 interceptions of Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is regarded by many a fantasy golden boy going into the 2012 season. Remarkably he threw the 9th highest amount of touchdowns and also had a respectable 3,500 yds despite some well documented upheaval within the Jets receiving core.

I believe the true problem was with Sanchez’s role as the goal-line back and everything that such a situation implied about the Jets offensive culture.  Mark Sanchez was tied with Tim Tebow for the second most rushing TD’s among NFL quarterbacks; it was also tied with the measly 6 rushing TD’s that Shonn Greene was able to amass, despite being hailed for a breakout season by many, and being esteemingly called a “bell cow” by Rex Ryan.

So the Jets should find a new RB right? Nope, they still have Shonn Greene. Which leaves them to address the other half of their ground attack, the QB sneak. Enter Tim Tebow, the only “QB” in the modern NFL to achieve consecutive seasons with 6+ rushing TD’s. Despite the fact there is a more than decent chance that Newton achieves this feat in his upcoming sophomore season, it is nothing to scoff at. Notable rushers as Kordell Stewart, Daunte Culpepper, and Michael Vick have come and gone over the years without reaching it.

This is the second time I will mention Tebowmania.

It is easy to see how Tebow may be inheriting the mother lode of red zone rushing attempts. Just as a reminder… Tim Tebow will play, and he will see snaps. There is no denying this and there is nothing anyone can do to change that. He has a cookie cutter role as the Jets primary guy to carry the football over that elusive goal line (it’s him or Sanchez). Shonn Green will still be the grunt in the trenches; racking up more bruises than yards on the season while taking the majority of snaps. But Mark Sanchez will never be allowed to rush for 6 touchdowns again and Shonn has proven to be a clumsy virgin on prom night when it comes to goal line work.

Put plainly, the Jets attempt at a running game was some of the worst television I have ever allowed myself to endure. Shonn Greene lacks explosiveness to such a degree that the QB sneak seemed to be preferred within the Jets system. Mark Sanchez was one of the top fantasy QBs in the league because he was their best goal-line option. Guess who the Jets picked up and is probably really good at “QB sneaking.”

…Anything relevant to fantasy football?

Shonn Greene – This man is not worth the digital ink I just used to tell you that he is worthless. He will get many attempts to run the ball in Jets territory and he will be the nose that receives the punch but (hopefully) never breaks. He will not be scoring touchdowns. His main value is as a trade commodity to people who are blinded by his job description, and his stock will never be higher than it is now before he touches the ball.


  • A better defense
  • A promising WR prospect (See: Greg Little, Titus Young, etc.)
  • Promising Handcuff (Felix Jones, Ronnie Brown, etc.)


  • Uhh… listen bro he’s a starting running back in the NFL.
  • The Jets “Ground and Pound”
  • I need to get the Yahoo trade achievement.

Overview: Try and offload him before people realize that whatever value he had that made you pick him in the 9th round is gone. He is still a starting RB I guess.

Mark Sanchez – The man may have a use in fantasy football, but his future is far from clear. Believe it or not, he was the 10th best QB in the league last year, right behind Tony Romo, but ahead of such notables as Fitzpatrick, Vick, Flacco, Roethlisberger, and many more. Despite this, much of his value derives from:

  • The fact he had 6 rushing TD’s last year, which is almost certain to not happen again.
  • (If) he can have some time in the pocket
  • He has someone open to throw to. Besides a questionably disillusioned Santonio Holmes, and Dustin Keller, the rest of his options are quite lackluster.
  • Tim Tebow will be a better “RB” than Shonn Greene, but it remains to be seen if he will be deployed in the same offensive sets along with, or instead of Sanchez.

Overview: Tebow might give Sanchez the running support a successful QB needs in “the League.” I would casually keep tabs on him over the season, his talent deserves better results than he’s gotten in NY and his results have not been bad. Just remember that talent never won your friends hard earned money. He could end up being something without his absurd run at “scrambling” “quarterback” but who knows. Keep in mind that his only legitimate targets will be Dustin Keller and a semi-loyal Santonio Holmes. Do not touch with a ten foot pole until he proves something, but do not be surprised if he is a top 15 QB without 6 rushing touchdowns.

Santonio Holmes – If you’ve got him…

Overview: Santonio should not be negatively affected by anything that I’ve mentioned above. He will be the numero uno football catcher for the Jets no matter what kind of demoralizing garbage he may have been spewing in last year’s huddle. The upside is that Sanchez will keep throwing it to him. Just remember that if Tebow were to take over he should be treated like ballast thrown off a hot air balloon. If Tebow is the starting QB all Jets WRs will become more worthless than most everyone thought they were originally.

Tim Tebow – heres a guy who understands that scoring touchdowns wins football games…

Overview:  So he’s a fullback wearing a quarterback’s number. This is difficult. I am not a Tebow guy. Just remember that his role would include but not be restricted to rushing touchdowns. In fact his greatest asset may be that, even with the promise of red-zone work, we still do not know what his full time position would include. If the Jets embrace his role as a FB/RB/TDguy, as I expect they will, he might be a major fantasy sleeper that nobody is seriously considering right now.

Similarly, 6 rushing TD’s is more than guys like Ryan Matthews, Steven Jackson, Fred Jackson, Chris Johnson, or Willis McGahee got last year.

Have you been incepted yet?

If you have room on your bench, pick him up now and hope for the best. If he doesn’t pan out drop his ass and deny you ever had him, we should know within the first two weeks what the Jets offense will look like.

He will never match Aaron Rodgers, but if your starting QB plays for the Buffalo Bills you might want to check this guy out.

I like him as a benchwarmer for the first couple of weeks; a possible spot start in case of injury; or a bye week desperation play. My bench has five spots and I think Tebow might have a seat on it, as my starting QB is none other than Michael “I will get injured” Vick.

Keep in mind that if Tebow and the Jets ultra-hyped “secret” offense manages to break out week 1, that hungry owners will be scrambling to pick him up, hoping for the next Cam Newton.

  • Benchwarmer – If everything I said above turns out to be true he will have decent fantasy performances with some huge three TD games thrown in. Maybe that big game happens right off the bat and you get to cash in on some tebowmania (ok 3rd time…). Get yourself something nice like a good QB or…
  • If that fails I’m still buying him as an injury start. I got Vick. That means I need someone to pick up the torch when the inevitable happens. Tebow is not on the same level as most starting QBs, but he could end up being a TD monster. If I’m wrong, guess what, I’m picking up a lame middling QB instead. In other words I think he may be worth holding “just in case…”
  • If Tebow is a FA and Vick has his bye week I am going to try and snag him. I highly doubt that Tebow will be both available and desirable at the bye week but there it is…

Ultimately I say this. I could be wrong. The Jets can try to use Tebow out of the shotgun… but if they use him right and exploit his potential to the fullest he could end up rivaling some top running backs TD production without much danger of serious injury (remember Shonn). If your bench has room, like mine after I drop LeShoure’s goofy ass, he is worth holding for a bit before his results come in and he actually becomes noticed by people who dismissed the Jets offense.