The Wire – Week 3: Plaxico who?

Here’s our waiver wire recommendations for week two, starting with a pair of receivers who seemed to have solved the questions the Giants had at the position. As I mentioned last week, 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. This week I’ve added the Yahoo! ownership rank (in parenthesis) for each player so you know which guys have a better chance of being available in your league. Anyways, here we go…

Get ’em in there

  • Mario Manningham, WR, Giants (58%) – He’s rocketed up from being a “Pretender” to having me believe he and Smith will be the Giants top receivers this season.
  • Steve Smith, WR, Giants (70%) – Looks like he’s become Plaxico Burress’ replacement and should be Eli’s top target all year.
  • Correll Buckhalter, RB, Broncos (48%) – As long as he stays healthy, it looks like Buckhalter is the man in Denver. He’s worth starting as a borderline RB2 or flex play based on the match-up.
  • Brent Celek, TE, Eagles (49%) – Celek showed some skills last season and it has apparently carried over, as he’s now put up solid numbers in two straight weeks. If you’re not getting production out of your current tight end, give Celek a try.
  • Ted Ginn, WR, Dolphins (72%) – He’s the Dolphins deep threat and won’t always catch 11 passes, but he’s worthy of a WR3 start each week.
  • Mike Bell, RB, Saints (72%) – As long as he’s healthy and until Pierre Thomas comes back and proves he’s reclaimed the starting role, Bell is worth a RB2/Flex start in most leagues as the Saints offense continues to roll.
  • Devery Henderson, WR, Saints (87%) – He’s trying his hardest to shake the “inconsistent” tag and as long as Brees is throwing loads of touchdowns each week, Henderson has a chance to find the endzone.

Stopgaps

  • Denver DEF (13%) – Talk about a complete turnaround! Denver was one of the worst defenses in the league last year and now they’re one of the best through the first two games of this season. They make a good spot-start as long as the match-up seems alright…such as this week against the Raiders.
  • Brandon Stokley, WR, Broncos (16%) – After his week one circus catch, Stokley put up a solid game last weekend. The Broncos passing game sees pretty random at this point and you should only start Brandon if you’re really in a pinch for a WR.
  • Antwaan Randle El, WR, Redskins (29%) – He’ll get a few receptions a game for anywhere from 40 to 90 yards or so…nothing special, but maybe that’s all you want from a WR3.
  • Todd Heap, TE, Ravens (55%) – He’s had a touchdown in each of the first two weeks, but the yardage consistency is a bit worrisome, as he’s not going to score every week.
  • LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles (72%) – Westbrook is always an injury risk and the team might want to lean on McCoy more heavily in the upcoming weeks to keep their starter as fresh as possible. LeSean is a mandatory handcuff for Brian Westbrook owners at this point.

Pick up and hold

  • Justin Forsett, RB, Seahawks (5%) – Forsett played well in relief of Julius Jones and if JJ’s injuries cause him to miss any time this season, Forsett could step in and take over the starting gig in Seattle.
  • Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars (15%) – With Troy Williamson out for the season, Sims-Walker will start opposite Torry Holt. He’s not start-able until he can prove that he is somewhat consistent, but he’s worth keeping an eye on.
  • Johnny Knox, WR, Bears (22%) – The rookie has possibly over taken Earl Bennett for the starting role alongside Devin Hester.
  • Louis Murphy, WR, Raiders (23%) – He’s still the most targeted receiver in the offense…but it’s the Raiders offense we’re talking about.
  • Laurent Robinson, WR, Rams (25%) – One more solid week and this guy moves into the “Get ’em in there” category.
  • Donald Brown, RB, Colts (77%) – Brown should be handcuffed to Joseph Addai, but in case he’s chillin’ on the waiver wire, scoop him up and see his carries increase all season long.

Pretenders

  • Robert Meachem, WR, Saints (31%) – Looks like this will not be the year that Meachem becomes a consistent fantasy force. You might keep an eye on him to see what he does in week three, but don’t start him.
  • Pierre Garcon, WR, Colts (10%) – The rookie had one catch in last night’s game and while it was an important catch, it was just one catch. Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark are the main targets in the Colts passing game.
  • Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jaguars (4%) – Don’t bother with his inconsistencies.
  • Jacoby Jones, WR, Texans (1%) – One week wonder.
  • Jason Avant, WR, Eagles (1%) – Only saw action in garbage time because DeSean Jackson came out late to rest his injured groin.