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  • Brandon 11:26 pm on September 14, 2009 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 2: Cadillac is back! 

    Here is the first edition of The Wire, our weekly waiver wire list. The Wire is organized into four categories: Get ’em in there, Pick up and hold, Stopgaps, and Pretenders. “Get ’em in there” are the players worth of a start right away, while “Stopgaps” are the players who will get you through a short-term injury or bye week. “Pick up and hold” is just what is sounds like and “Pretenders” are those players who might have had one good week and immediately picked up in every Yahoo Public league out there…don’t waste a roster spot and waiver claim on them. As it’s early in the season, this list is fairly long at the moment because a bunch of undrafted players come away with some unexpected stats. As the season progresses though, the law of averages will come into play and the cream will rise to the top, so this list will get shorter and more useful. Anyways, here are some players to check out as we move into week two of the fantasy football season:

    Get ’em in there

    • Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, RB, Buccaneers – While he might not run for 97 yards and a touchdown every week in this running-back-by-committee system (especially once Earnest Graham decides he’s warmed the bench enough), it looks like Cadillac is healthy once again and should put up decent numbers as long as he stays that way. He makes for a good RB3 candidate to keep in rotation during tough match-ups, bye weeks and injuries.
    • Jeremy Shockey, TE, Saints – The difference between Shockey and Ben Watson is that we know Shockey is capable of putting up the kind of numbers he did this weekend on a consistent basis if he can keep his head on straight and stay healthy. He won’t get the most yardage of any tight end out there, but he’s always a threat in the red-zone, something you want from the TE spot on your roster. With the Saints passing game already running on all cylinders, Shockey makes a decent play as your teams tight end…as long as you’re not replacing Gates, Witten, etc.

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    • Squish 5:10 am on September 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Good solid list you’ve got there! You hit about every major waiver target!

      I’m still not buying into Cadillac Williams in that offense. I mean he only got 13 carries which is not enough to make him a useful back against most defenses. I’d much rather have Fred Jackson right now as he is poised to keep the starting role after Lynch gets back (if he continues to impress). Leon Washington should also be grabbed if he’s available. And keep an eye on the situation in SD. Sproles may just end up having a much larger role in that offense than anyone predicted.

      I’m not investing in the TEs quite yet. Sure Shockey had 2 TDs but they played the Lions. I have to think he won’t duplicate the feat. Ditto for Heap who basically had the most receiving yards in a game week 1 that he has ever had since 2007.

      In the same sense, the WRs aren’t really exciting me yet. Crayton only had one big play and wasn’t targeted enough for my taste. Same goes for Manningham and Meachem. I feel like Randle El won’ duplicate his performance either. He’s only hit the 7 reception mark once in his career so this week can be considered a fluke.

      Some legitimate WR pickups in my mind are Bess, Burleson, Clayton, Robinson, Gage and Henderson all who got plenty of targets. I’m still on the fence of Britt but I’d definitely pick up others before him. A pick not mentioned that I’d at least watch is Louis Murphy who is looking like Russell’s only WR target in Oakland.

      As for QBs, definitely grab Flacco if available but I doubt he will be in most leagues. Think about taking a chance on Jeff Garcia (not Kolb) who may start for the Eagles in next week’s high flying shootout against NO. Also, I think Sanchez maybe be worth watching (not picking up yet). As of right now, Sanchez schedule alone makes in useless to own him but things change quick in defenses.

      For the defense crowd, I like grabbing Atlanta for next week because they’ll be playing a Carolina offense that looked like the next Detroit Lions against the Eagles. Atlanta won’t get that kind of output but they will do well. Washington and Denver are also worth adds for their matchups next week.

      As for kickers, Prater may just be this year’s Bironas. He looked great on two long FGs this week and should be expected to put up even better numbers this week.

      Anyway, that’s my take!


    • Shirley 7:19 pm on September 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I had Anthony Gonzalez as a starter this week but with his injury, I’m thinking about dropping him for someone on the waiver wire. My other WRs are Lance Moore, Derrick Mason, Roddy White, and Earl Bennett.

      Free agents consist of Kenny Britt, Michael Clayton, Michael Jenkins, Chansi Stuckey, Devery Henderson, Louis Murphy, and all other Colts WRs except Wayne & Gonzalez.

      Or instead of dropping Gonzalez, should I consider dropping Bennett for one of the players I listed above?

      Thanks guys!

      • Brandon 8:36 pm on September 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        It looks like Gonzalez will be out for about half the fantasy season at a minimum, so it probably doesn’t make sense to keep him on your roster. Definitely don’t get of Earl Bennett at this point, as Cutler was looking his way ALL day long on Sunday. Of the free agents you mention, I’d go with Michael Clayton, who seems to be a favorite target of Byron Leftwich.

        • Shirley 9:00 pm on September 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks Brandon!

    • J 11:36 pm on September 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I am trying to find my team identity. In my 12-team league we start 1 QB, 2 RB’s, 3 WR’s, 1 TE, 1 Kicker, 1 Team D, and 1 Defensive player and have three bench spots for any position.. My team now consists of:

      QB Peyton Manning
      RB Clinton Portis
      RB Ray Rice
      WR Chad Ochocinco
      WR Devery Henderson
      WR Braylon Edwards
      TE Ben Watson
      K Rob Bironas
      TD San Diego
      D Eric Weddle

      RB Steven Jackson
      WR Justin Gage
      WR Donnie Avery

      Now, I am looking to improve my WR’s and possibly TE position.

      Notable Free Agent TE’s available are V. Shiancoe, Heath Miller, Brent Celek, Keven Boss, Robert Royal, Bo Scaife and Vernon Davis.

      Notable WR’s are:
      Michael Clayton, Earl Bennett, Antwan Randal El, Josh Morgan, Laurent Robinson, Mike Jenkins, Bryant Johnson, Davone Bess, Legedu Naanee, Marc Bradley, Issac Bruce, Pierre Gracon and Austin Collie …. Also, I have a trade offer I am contemplating where I would send Braylon Edwards in exchange for Don Driver.

      Would you add anyone on this list and drop anyone from my team if this was your squad? I have good feelings about Bennett, Clayton, Shiancoe, Collie and/or Garcon (whoever fills in for Gonzalez, really).
      Also, Dareen Spoles is available and even though I have three pretty solid RB’s in my mind and can only start two, I was thinking of grabbing him as a backup and possibly dealing Jackson or Portis.
      Thanks for your feedback.

      • Squish 12:38 am on September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        J, I wouldn’t give up on your WR situation yet. It looks fine to me. Hang onto Watson at TE too just to see if the first game was a fluke or not. Your Rb situation is fine and doesn’t need improvement.

        The one change I would make is at your defensive position. If you can play any defender, the choice should always be to go with an LB be cause they make more plays than DBs or DLs. I’d drop Weddle and try to grab one teams MLB. I’m thinking Ruud, Beason, Ryans, Willis, Harrison, Ware, or London Fletcher unless you have some wacky defensive scoring system

      • Brandon 10:44 am on September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Of the free agent wide receivers in your league, I really like Earl Bennett, as Cutler seems to love throwing his way. Davone Bess will get a lot of receptions as well, but won’t find the endzone very often, so he’s really only useful in PPR leagues for the most part. I like Bennett better than Devery Henderson, who has never been the most consistent receiver out there (and the team has plenty of other options.) You might keep Henderson around another week to see if he is indeed the real deal this year though before you make any moves with your WR corps.

        For your tight end, I like Kevin Boss more than Ben Watson, who I’m convinced is a one game wonder based on his history with the Patriots, while Boss should be a consistent target for Eli Manning.

        If Darren Sproles is available, definitely grab him. I’m not hearing anything good about Tomlinson and his injury and Sproles will get a lot of carries/catches throughout the season even if LT is healthy. I wouldn’t deal Jackson or Portis at this point unless you can get a good deal, as the other guy will probably be looking to rip you off based on their week one performances.

        Hope this helps!

    • J 2:42 pm on September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks guys!

    • J 5:26 pm on September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Curious also to what you guys think of this…. Someone has offered me Braylon Edwards for Donald Driver. I am very tempted to do so because I don’t look at Braylon as the type guy who caught 16 TDs two years ago, but still wondering if it is worth to wait it out a bit becuase he is technically a number one guy in Cleveland and still has potential I guess. On the flip side, GB has a few nice matchups against what should be weak defensive teams in the next few weeks, but is a number 2 guy.. Thanks for your advice.

      • Squish 8:43 pm on September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        That’s a toughie. Braylon definitely has more upside but Driver should still be good for 70 receptions this year. It’s really a matter of personal preference. Keep bye weeks in mind when considering the trade.

        • J 12:47 am on September 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Sorry, I have Braylon and they are offering me Driver… But yes, I agree, it is a tough one, and it may come down to personal preferance. I may just stick it out for a bit and see how Braylon does this week against Denver. Have an urge to trade one of my RB’s, maybe Jackson for Greg Jennings, but again, may wait it out.. I still feel I need that ‘dynamic’ receiver on my roster to give me a shot at ultimately competing for the title.. I did pick up Sproles as an insurance guy. Again, I only start two RB;s and I now have Portis, Rice, Jackson and Sproles. Ahh, the fun of decision making in fantasy football is great, isn’t it!?

        • Squish 12:39 pm on September 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          News out of Cleveland is that Quinn has been having all kinds of chemistry problems for Edwards and that it shouldn’t be expected that he’ll match his stats from two years ago with Anderson at the helm (who had better chemistry with him). Hang on to Driver.

  • Brandon 10:57 pm on September 14, 2009 Permalink
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    Congratulations to the Patriots, who win the game and graciously allow Buffalo to continue their long-lasting tradition of heartbreak! T.O. already wants out of that town. That’s what I’m talking about…bring on the Jets and Mark Sanchez!

  • Matt 1:22 pm on September 14, 2009 Permalink
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    Thoughts on Eagles/McNabb/Vick: There's no way in hell Andy Reid makes him the … 

    Thoughts on Eagles/McNabb/Vick: There’s no way in hell Andy Reid makes him the starter any time soon, even though many Eagles fans (the ones who aren’t paying very close attention) will surely be clamoring for it. Reid’s motivations for bringing Vick to the team, as I understood them, were twofold: 1) He genuinely believed that Vick could be rehabilitated if given enough time and the chance to be a contributor – not the star – for an NFL team; 2) He believed that Vick had a solid chance to become a dangerous weapon that, integrated into the Eagles’ already-potent offense, could make the difference in the division. Making Vick the starter in week 3 would be exactly what he and the Eagles don’t need – a spectacle that could destroy Vick’s return to the NFL and cost the Eagles a shot at a championship.

    • e-roc 2:25 pm on September 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      +1. Die-hard “Iggles” fans are not pounding their fists for Vick…. Die-hard Iggles fans are crossing their fingers hoping McNabb comes back in Week 2.

      • Matt 3:22 pm on September 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        They aren’t yet, but if McNabb comes back and struggles, or if he misses a few games and Kolb is awful…

    • Ross 5:36 pm on September 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Appears that they’re bringing in Garcia to take over while Mcnabb is injured.

      • Squish 5:15 am on September 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yep, and Garcia’s a crowd favorite there already. He should do just fine if he has to start a few games. If McNabb can’t go next week, look for Garcia to get the start and consider starting hims again NO in what should be a high flying game.

  • Brandon 8:58 am on September 14, 2009 Permalink
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    Just a few thoughts off the top of my head based on the performance of my fantasy teams (and those that were against me)…

    • Drew Brees is ridiculous. This was one of those match-ups that seemed too good (or bad, if you were playing against him like I was) to be true, but in the end somehow Brees played even better than expected and pretty much won the week for a team that had him playing.
    • With Pierre Thomas out, Reggie Bush ran the ball just seven times. What?
    • After his awful first half performance, Jay Cutler looked 200% better in the second half (besides that last interception!) I was regretting having drafted him for most of the game, but I was able to sleep a bit better after he at least threw one touchdown pass.
    • Devin Hester and Earl Bennett should have solid seasons with Cutler…but what happened to Greg Olsen?!
    • Felix Jones underwhelmed in the first game of the season.
    • Carson Palmer couldn’t throw a touchdown pass against the Broncos?
    • Is Julius Jones that good? Or is St. Louis that bad?
    • Jake Delhomme is making my Steve Smith draft pick look pretty scary right now.
    • While the Jets defense looks solid, the Eagles defense went crazy. (In one of my leagues, my opponent had Philly DEF, Drew Brees and Julius Jones. I lost.)
    • Randy Moss needs to go HUGE tonight so the Patriots can beat T.O. and the Bills…and I can pull off the win in my other league!
    • Matt 1:06 pm on September 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      St. Louis is still that bad. Julius Jones is officially a “sell high” candidate after just one week.

    • Matt M 1:49 pm on September 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Opponent had Brees too. Jake Delhomme cost me wk 1. He can’t make Steve Smith look bad all year right?

      • Brandon 1:55 pm on September 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        The unfortunate part is that no matter how Delhomme does, he usually still finds a way to get Steve Smith 100 yards and a score. The fact that it didn’t happen yesterday makes me a bit nervous. I’d give them another week before going into panic mode though…just cross your fingers!

        • Squish 5:23 am on September 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          10-4 this week for my teams with an all important win in my cash league.

          All I can say is that the Eagles defense and John Carlson, both of whom I specifically targeted, can go a long way towards a winning week 😉

          Then again so does having Brees, Flacco, AP and Thomas Jones in a keeper league. Too bad they weren’t on my team 🙁

          Now to decide what to do with Benson and J. Jones now that they got their one good week of the year out of the way…

        • Brandon 9:28 pm on September 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          You could try trading Benson and Jones to some unsuspecting team manager in your league…depends on who you play with I guess.

  • Brandon 8:33 am on September 14, 2009 Permalink
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    Here's a good recap of the games from week one (through Sunday) by the Bruno Bo… 

    Here’s a good recap of the games from week one (through Sunday) by the Bruno Boys in case you were interested.

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