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  • Matt 4:51 pm on September 9, 2008 Permalink
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    The Wire: Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2, 2008 

    Here’s a look at the players to target on your league’s waiver wire this week. This list is ordered by the percentage of ESPN leagues in which the player is available; even if you’re not a ESPN user, it’s a decent indication of how likely you are to find the player on waivers in your league. We also note here how strongly we feel about this pickup with three categories: Instant Starter, Grab ‘n’ Stash, or Desperation Pickup.

    Greg Lewis, WR, Eagles (0.0% owned, Desperation Pickup) – If you’re looking for a WR3 option for week two and you miss out on the Eddie Royal sweepstakes, take a look at Greg Lewis. Behind DeSean Jackson, Lewis was the most consistent option for McNabb in the passing game, reeling in five receptions for 104 yards. Until Reggie Brown comes back and maybe even when he does, Lewis could see plenty of targets in an offense that seems to be pass first…no matter who’s running the routes.

    Matt Cassel, QB, NE (0.2% owned, Grab ‘n’ Stash) – He still hasn’t shown anything to write home about in his time as the quarterback for the Patriots throughout the preseason and now in week one, but he just has too many weapons to put up bad numbers all season long. Pick him up if you’re hurting for a backup quarterback and hope that he can properly utilize Randy Moss (he did already with Moss this past weekend) and Wes Welker at some point in the season.

    Dante Rosario, TE, CAR (0.2% owned, Grab ‘n’ Stash) – Seven receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown are numbers you would appreciate coming from any WR/TE on your team. That’s what you’ll find available on your leagues waiver wire with the Panther’s tight end Dante Rosario. He appeared to be a favorite target of Jake Delhomme (at least while Steve Smith was out…and he’s out again this weekend), and although he suffered a foot sprain, it doesn’t appear to be serious and he could be someone that can put up decent numbers from the position all season long.

    Anthony Fasano, TE, Dolphins (4.1% owned, Grab ‘n’ Stash) – Fasano, meet Sparano. Miami’s offense with Pennington at the helm involves the tight end position in a big way, and Fasano’s got the size, talent and obvious connection with his QB to take full advantage. He’s an OK start right now, but if you’ve got another decent option at TE, I’d hold off on starting him for another week to see if he continues to see so many looks. (More …)

  • Matt 7:20 am on September 9, 2008 Permalink  

    Didn't draft a decent defense? No worries… 

    …just pick up Buffalo for week 2, Indy for week 3, and Houston for week 4. What do those three teams all have in common? They’re Jacksonville’s next three opponents.

    The Jaguars’ offensive line can only be described using a favorite word of Jon Stewart’s which starts with cluster and rhymes with duck (this is a family show, OK?). They lost one starting guard for the season and another for a couple of months (and possibly also for the season) on Sunday. They’re already without their starting center for the next few weeks. One backup tackle got shot last week; the other’s been out for two years with a broken leg and just signed last week.

    Worst of all for the Jags, their offense is as dependent upon the o-line as any in the league. The Jags are the type of team that wants to pound the ball down your throat on every play. When they can’t do that, you get what happened on Sunday: Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew combined for 31 rushing yards. David Garrard was sacked seven times. The Jags scored just 10 points and lost a game they would have easily won before all the injuries.

    For the next few weeks, expect the Jags’ offense to continue to flounder, and that can only mean good things for the fantasy defenses that get to play them.

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