Whether it’s because of injury (Eli Manning), just plain sucktitude (Braylon Edwards) or both (Darren McFadden) you might be in search of some waiver wire help.
I’m not going to guarantee all of these guys will be available, but some should. And I’m not going to recommend any player after one good game, but there are some worth grabbing and stashing, if not grabbing and starting.
Mohamed Massaquoi – Huge game – eight catches for 148 yards – but, more importantly, even huger targets (13). Derek Anderson is the quarterback for now. Remember how much he zoned in on Braylon Edwards in 2007? I’m not saying Massaquoi is that guy, but after one game it sure looks like it. I will take a shot on him in any league where I have space. If nothing else the Browns are going to throw a lot because, well, they’re the Browns.
Austin Collie-Pierre Garcon-Anthony Gonzalez – This three-headed monster is going to be a terror for opposing defenses and fantasy owners – both the ones starting them and the ones playing against them. How do I think this will all shake out? There will be no way to determine which of these guys breaks out game to game. There’s enough passes flying that two of these guys should be decent plays every week. I’m going to say Garcon and Gonzalez have more great days than Collie, even though Collie’s got plenty of skills. I own Reggie Wayne, Gonzalez and Garcon in one dynasty league. Insane? Yes, but I have a feeling one of these four starter-worthy receivers isn’t playing for the Colts in 2010.
Hakeem Nicks – Had one catch, but it was a 54-yarder for a TD. Like the Colts situation, there are a lot of options for Manning – or if his plantar fasciitis is too bad, David Carr. This is Steve Smith’s show until further notice, but Nicks has physical skills like Manningham does. There are worse No. 5 fantasy receivers on rosters right now.
Sean Ryan – The Chiefs need a replacement for Tony Gonzalez – an ohmygodohmygodhearcomestherushbetterdumpitoff-type TE. Ryan fits the mold, at least he did Sunday catching five of seven targets for 58 yards and a TD. If you are required to keep a second TE, or if Anthony “you’re dead to me” Fasano is your starter, take a flyer on Ryan. Do you waste your waiver position on him? Not unless you’re desperate.
Cadillac Williams – Saw him available on a couple free agent wires last week. He shouldn’t be available anywhere, especially not with Derrick Ward banged up.
Marcedes Lewis – David Garrard’s been tossing the ball around quite a bit and Lewis impressed with a 4-76-1 game last week. Like Ryan, if you are trotting out a turd you hate every week, Lewis might not be a bad option. Not sure I’d waste a waiver on him though.
Kenny Britt and Nate Washington – I doubt Britt (7-105, 11 targets) is available in your league. Washington (7-66-1) might be. Neither one is going to be huge every week, but the Titans aren’t that good this year and may have to rely on the pass more. Notice how I didn’t include Justin Gage in the discussion until now, there’s a reason for that.
Justin Fargus and Michael Bush – Maybe with McFadden injured, you think, they’ll use Bush and Fargus more. Until further notice you don’t want any Raiders on your roster. I still believe Bush and McFadden have talent, but they are surrounded by talentless hacks and suffer because of them.
Kyle Orton – He’s more than likely not available in a lot of leagues, but with the apparent arrival of Brandon Marshall, Orton gains quite a bit of value. He threw for 243 and 2 TDs last week. He’ll be low-level fantasy starter every week if Marshall is, in fact, back.
Mewelde Moore – Had an interesting line on Sunday – 3 catches, 31 yards and a TD, 2 rushes for 2 yards, and was 1-for-1 throwing the ball for a 6-yard TD. Once Willie Parker comes back, I’m afraid we’re looking at a potential three-headed monster in Pittsburgh. However, Moore is a strong 3rd-down back and his TD pass (with some great velocity I might add) won’t go unnoticed by the Steelers brass. I wouldn’t ransom your team for him, or drop a player with upside (like Rashard Mendenhall or Jerome Harrison before this week), but if you’ve got someone just taking up a roster spot, Moore is a better option.
JerMichael Finley – Probably not available in your dynasty league, but Finley is a solid dynasty-type tight end ready to produce now. He had six catches (on seven targets) for 128 yards and a TD to lead Green Bay Monday night. There was much hype surrounding the rookie in the preseason, calling him one of those TEs with receiver speed. Like I said a couple updates above, many of us have worse options with less upside on our rosters. Now’s the time to change that. I will try to waste waiver position on him.
Bernard Berrian and Sidney Rice – Again, Berrian’s probably not available to you, but Rice might be. Teams have been slowing down Adrian Peterson – the Packers downright stopped him – the last couple of games. Favre is beating them by throwing the ball. So Berrian is definitely worth owning and Rice may be too as a No. 5 receiver. I wouldn’t waste a high waiver priority on Rice, but wherever Favre has been, he has turned mediocre receivers into decent receivers. Percy Harvin will be part of the mix, but the targets Monday night read like this: Berrian 10, Rice 6, Chester Taylor 5, Harvin 2 – the same as Jeff Dugan and Naufahu Tahi. There’s no reason Harvin should be owned and Rice, a third-year receiver, should be available.
Ryan Moats – Steve Slaton owners, you want to get Moats as your handcuff. I’ve stayed away from handcuffs this year, but Slaton hasn’t been super and Moats was 2008-Slaton impressive in limited work Sunday.
Shonn Greene – This one is coming folks. Thomas Jones did score a TD, I predicted he’d have 100 yards too, but that didn’t happen. Leon Washington has been meh-ish, too. Sooner rather than later, we’ll see if the Michigan State rookie will become the feature runner the Jets envisioned when they drafted him. If you have room, I’d stash Greene like we all should have stashed Rashard Mendenhall and Jerome Harrison.