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  • Brandon 2:50 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , demaryius thomas, , , , , , mark clayton, , , ,   

    The Wire – Week 3 Pick-ups: Revenge of the Back-ups 

    With only the Saints and 49ers left to play in week two, I figured it was about time to get out the waiver wire recommendations for the upcoming week. To be honest though, there aren’t a whole lot of players on the list that get me all that excited (there are no Brandon Jackson’s this week!) Unless you’re a Michael Turner or Ryan Mathew owner and really need their backups, the most promising players on the list are probably Kyle Orton, Demaryius Thomas and Aaron Hernandez. Anyways, I hope everyone did a lot better this week than yours truly, because I got beat up pretty bad in most of my leagues πŸ™

    Running Backs

    • Jason Snelling (ATL): With Michael Turner suffering a mild groin injury and the game already in their hands, the Falcons turned to backup Snelling, who delivered in a big way. I’m pretty sure he wasted a lot of fantasy points on your league’s waiver wire with his combined 186 yards and three touchdowns and who knows how much he’ll play next week, but he’s a MUST pick-up for Turner owners.
    • Mike Tolbert (SD): Starter Ryan Mathews hurt his ankle and had to be carted off the field on Sunday, but apparently was healthy enough that he could have played later in the game if they needed him. However, they were dominating the Jaguars, so Tolbert (not Darren Sproles)Β was sent in and put up solid numbers. There’s no word yet on if Mathews will be available for week three and if you have him on your team, you should make Tolbert your #1 waiver priority.
    • Peyton Hillis (CLE): Seems the Browns are perfectly comfortable splitting carries between Jerome Harrison and Hillis, but they seem to lean towards Peyton when it comes to the goal-line. He has two touchdowns in two games, while Harrison has zero. (More …)
     
    • steve 6:03 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      should i drop Jabar Gaffney for Demaryius thomas

      • Bob 12:37 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m going to. Thomas has much more upside and can stretch the field. I think he’s going to be Orton’s go-to guy going forward.

        • Dan 3:32 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I’m doing the same thing this week… I feel like I might be wasting my Waiver Priority but I think he could possibly have a lot of upside.

      • Brandon 8:39 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I already recommended someone do something similar. I debated it temporarily, but the upside of DT is much higher than Gaffney and the other Bronco receivers. In a keeper league it’s a no-brainer πŸ™‚

    • Robin palm 6:19 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys. Wondering who I should pick up on the waiver this week. Got beat up real bad and get #1 pick. 12 team standard league
      I have kolb/farve
      traded vick for a.foster straight up.
      R.Mathews, mendenhall
      boldin, d Bryant, p garçon, m Williams (tb), m Clayton, s breaston
      j witten

      wittens been a chump and my qbs aren’t looking good now that vicks gone, but I doubt Orton or TEs will be waiver priorities.

      Thoughts?

      • Kyle 9:50 am on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        i’m in almost the exact same position. my recievers are currently Crabtree, Welker, Garcon, and Gates, with Meachem and Naanee on the bench. Crabtree and Garcon has done nothing for me, and while i’m tempted to keep move them to the bench for a bit, i’m also in desparate need of a reciever who i can count on for a few more points. i’ve actually been eyeing Mark Clayton or Kevin Walter.

      • Brandon 8:41 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Not sure what you mean about Orton not being a waiver priority? I actually like him more than Favre and Kolb at this point, especially if Demaryius Thomas proves to be the real deal. I’m losing my patience with Pierre Garcon. As for Witten, I would hate to drop him outright unless there was some crazy good option on the waiver wire. Maybe you can trade him to a Cowboy fan or something.

      • Brandon 8:53 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        ALERT: Mike Vick is the new starter for the Eagles…so Kolb isn’t an option for week 3. Grab Orton if you can.

    • Shirley 6:45 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I already have Mark Clayton on my bench. How would you rank the other three (or even adding in Clayton) as far as who to target on the wire?
      Mike Williams seems like he’ll give you consistent points but nothing too flashy.
      I’m worried about Demaryius Thomas being in a group of so many WRs, not exactly the clear cut #1 yet.
      Schaub threw A LOT yesterday and with a limited Owen Daniels and defenses having to worry about Andre Johnson, I think I like Kevin Walter a bit better than Mike Williams.
      And Mark Clayton… doing well with Bradford but it IS St. Louis…
      What say you? Please give me your two best.

      • Brandon 8:43 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hopefully I’m not too late, but my two favorite (at least this week :-)) are Mark Clayton and Mike Williams. I worry about the other two because it’s not confirmed that they will be the go-to guy. At least with Williams and Clayton you know the QB will be looking their way often. They’re all about equal though, so hopefully you make the right picks…no pressure!

        • Shirley 9:03 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          You are not too late. Thank you for your input, good reasoning.

    • Squish 7:58 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Reports indicate that both Turner and Matthews could have returned to their games this week. Turner was held out because it was a blowout. Matthews was held out for precautionary reasons. Both will start next week. Snelling might be worth an add in deep leagues to handcuff but I see no reason to add Tolbert considering he’s not even guaranteed to be the starter if Matthews were to get injured.

      • Brandon 8:51 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m hearing that Mathews injury was a high ankle sprain and the word on the street (e.g. Twitter) isn’t that optimistic as to him being 100% this week. Maybe Tolbert is worth a pick-up, if only for one week, but we’ll see when it gets closer to game-time!

        • Squish 4:57 pm on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Christ! When did they decide that it was a high ankle sprain πŸ™

          If the report is true, he’ll be out for ta least 3 weeks. It’s Turner from last year all over again.

    • Mal 9:14 am on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Going to rest GB DEF this week vs a pretty destructive Bears Offensive. Waiver Options…

      @MIA (NYJ)
      SD (@SEA)
      WAS (@STL)
      TEN (@NYG)

      I’m was gonna dump ARI DEF but I’m questioning having Fred Taylor on my bench too considering he’s along side McFadden and LT already there with DeAngelo and Forte starting. Was a bit hard to evaluate Taylor against a tough Jets D this week.

      • Brandon 8:52 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not so sure I wouldn’t stick with Green Bay, who has done a great job two weeks in a row now. I like Arizona against the Raiders as well, but of the ones listed, I guess Miami would be my favorite. Hopefully the Jets play more like the week one version and less like they did against the Patriots!

    • TJ 11:12 am on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys,
      What do you think of the following trade offer to a desperately WR-needy owner:

      Garcon (from me) for Crabtree (who I think will pick it up later in the year) and possibly one of her D/sts if I can get her to throw it in (TEN or PHi).

      My current WRs, start 2: Roddy, then Collie (he’s more consistent than Garcon, and I don’t want 2 Colts), M Clayton, M Floyd. I thinking of dropping Garcon for J Knox anyway, I thought Crabtree might be a better bet for later, especially if I can get a Def thrown in.

      Thoughts?

      • Brandon 8:53 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m in favor of you trading for Crabtree AND picking up Knox. Is there a way you can do that?

        • TJ 9:55 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Only if I can drop someone else for Knox….. Knox might be unavailable after this week if he scores this weekend, prob can’t trade Garcon until he has a great game, so might need to just drop Garcon for Knox. Very tempted by FA Dem Thomas too, but who to swap? Clayton is looking like my best WR2 this week, but I’m not convinced he’ll keep it going all year with a rookie qb on a weak team.

    • Kate K 2:23 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I know you guys aren’t psychic but what are your thoughts on Jason Witten being able to play this week? I know the NFL is taking concussions really seriously so I’m tempted to pick up Aaron Hernandez (NE) but I’m pretty happy with my team and would prefer not to mess with it.

      • Brandon 8:54 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        If you can drop someone crappy, go with Aaron Hernandez and feel pretty confident starting him this week against the Bills. Hopefully he has a repeat of last week.

    • TJ 4:48 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      If you guys could pick up one between DThomas, Walter, Clayton, or Knox, who would it be?

      • Brandon 8:56 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        With the sample size that we have, i like Mark Clayton right now. He is obviously the receiver Sam Bradford is the most comfortable with. The other receivers aren’t really the go-to guys in the passing game at this point and will be less consistent. Demaryius Thomas could prove me wrong though. If you just want pure upside, go with him. If you need a WR3 for this week, Clayton is probably your man.

    • Brian 9:24 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thinking of dropping Maclin or Crabtree for one of the following:

      D. Thomas, M. Clayton, M. Williams (TB), K. Walter

      What would you do?

      • Brian 9:35 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Nevermind the pickup, as I didn’t see the above question. I’m picking purely for upside, and like Demaryius the most. It’s down to which one I drop (neither of them start).

        • Brandon 8:58 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          If you’re going to drop one of the two, I’d go with Crabtree. It’s hard to drop him though considering his expectations coming into this season. Can you wait another week and see how they all do?

    • Dan 10:47 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve got a tricky situation – I have Cutler and Matt Ryan as my QBs, my WRs are R. Moss, C. Johnson, S. Moss, P. Harvin, and D. Bowe, and I have an open slot on my roster. Cutler and Ryan have the same bye week, and after last week’s performance, I’m a believer in Cutler (though I know he’s got some tough sledding this week vs. GB). R. Moss and C. Johnson are obviously my studs at WR, but I’m not comfortable cycling between S. Moss, P. Harvin, and D. Bowe for my WR3. I’m happy with all my other positions.

      My questions: Roethlisberger is becoming available on the waiver wire this week in my league. Would you give up Ryan (who has the same bye week as my starter) to get him, or should I use my waiver priority to grab a WR and see who I can pick up at QB as a free agent (Orton, maybe)?

      Speaking of WR, I am sure I want to use my empty roster slot to pick up one, and I am 90% sure I want to drop Percy Harvin to get one as well. Kevin Walter is available and seems like a good choice for the empty roster spot for the long haul, but I’m trying to figure out who, if anyone, I should try to get to take Harvin’s spot on my roster – Clayton isn’t getting a lot of targets, Nate Washington is a good receiver with a bad QB, Demaryius Thomas seems like a bit of a risk due to the week 1 injury. Given that I’m not optimistic about Favre’s ability to deliver a good season, would you swap any of these guys for Harvin? If so, which one do you think could compete for a WR3 job with S. Moss, D. Bowe, and potentially Kevin Walter in a standard (not PPR) league?

      • Brandon 9:29 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m actually pretty high on Kyle Orton this year, especially if Demaryius Thomas turns out to be the real deal.

        Just a note, Mark Clayton is currently the 8th most targeted WR in the league right now. He might not catch every ball, but at least the quarterback is looking his way…especially in the red zone.

        Your quarterbacks don’t have a bye for a while, so I don’t see the rush to drop them right now. What if one gets hurt between now and week 8?

        I’d use the empty roster spot on a wide receiver like Kevin Walter and hang on to Percy Harvin for at least another week. This will allow you to see how Demaryius Thomas does in his second game as a pro as well and see if he’s consistent at all.

        Not sure this answered all your questions, but hopefully it helped!

        • Dan 11:09 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks, this helps a lot – I’ll hold off on making a QB move and I did use my free roster spot to pick up Kevin Walter.

          I really don’t WANT to give Harvin another week, but I guess the upside potential for Harvin is much bigger than it is for Clayton if Favre manages to get his act together… so that’s good advice too. I take it from your comments that you’d rather have Thomas than Clayton, provided that Thomas shows any consistency over the next week or two.

          Thanks again!

    • sam 11:01 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Alright I’m in a 16 team league ppr.
      My tight end is tony gonzalez who has failed me. I’m 0-2 with some bad starts to some good players.
      Qb:Joe flacco
      Rb:Brandon jackson (number 1 waiver last week and this week)
      Rb:Steven jackson
      Wr:Anquan boldin
      Wr:Mike sims walker
      Te:Tony gonzalez
      Flex:Jabar gaffney

      Bench: peyton hillis, willis mcgahee,legedu naanee,anthony armstrong, 2 free roster
      I don’t know if I should pick up aaron hernandez or jason snelling with my waiver pick. I think I should go with the te pick since I’m struggling with tony gonzalez.

      • Brandon 9:00 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’d grab Aaron Hernandez over Snelling. If Michael Turner returns this week, Snelling will return to being the back-up.

    • oak 11:33 am on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      my receivers are moss, dez bryant, clayton and sims-walker which two should i start week 3 and should I use one of them at flex instead of Buckhalter ?

      • Brandon 12:49 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’d start Moss and Clayton and leave Buckhalter in there. Good luck!

    • DFonz001 12:44 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Having trouble on weather to start D-Thomas, Michael Turner, or Snelling for my flex spot.

      • Brandon 12:49 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Turner. Practiced in full and should be ready to go!

        • DFonz001 12:52 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Ok ill stick with him thanx B

    • DFonz001 12:52 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      By the way its nice to see your back this year.

  • Brandon 9:31 am on September 13, 2010 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 2 Pick-ups: Austin Collie the new Pierre Garcon? 

    With week one of the fantasy football season almost in the books, it’s already time to start looking ahead to week two (especially in leagues where there is no waiver system for free agents.) Here are the players to consider on the waiver wire for week two. I’ll try to elaborate on this list after tonight’s games, but this should get you started…

    Wide Receivers

    • Austin Collie (IND): 10 catches, 131 yards, 1 TD. While a lot of the stats came on a single, 73-yard touchdown bomb late in the fourth quarter, the fact that he had 10 receptions means he was being looked at a lot over the course of the game. His primary competition for WR2 on the team, Pierre Garcon, finished with four catches for 75 yards. It’s still early, but it looks like it might be a crapshoot each week to figure out which guy does better.
    • Mark Clayton (STL): Was NOT expecting this one! Ten catches for 119 yards by a guy who was traded to the team just a week before and FROM a rookie quarterback. Looks like he’s the legit #1 in this passing game and while he may not rack up the touchdowns, he’ll definitely get a lot of looks.
    • Mike Thomas (JAX): It could end up being Thomas, not Mike Sims-Walker, who is the top receiver in the Jaguars offense this season. We’ll have to wait and see. He was one of my top sleeper picks this year though (got him on almost all of my teams!)
    • Legedu Naanee (SD): Looks like it could end up being Naanee, not Malcom Floyd, that benefits the most from Vincent Jackson’s absence. He finished Monday night’s game with 110 yards and a score, while Floyd only had 48 yards. Either way, Antonio Gates could end up having the best numbers of any pass catcher on the team, but Naanee could make a solid WR3 play most weeks if he keeps this up.
      (More …)
     
    • Fit 6:53 pm on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      FFGeeks:

      I have Roy Williams (DAL) as one of my back-up WRs. Both Clayton (STL) and Lloyd (DEN) are FA’s in my league. Should I keep Williams or get rid of him for one of these guys?

      • Brandon 11:01 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        That’s a tough one. If you don’t pick up Clayton, I’m sure someone else will snag him in your league. However, it’s only been one week and it’s tough to give up on a player (even if it is Roy Williams) so soon. I guess I’d drop him to grab Clayton though. He has much more upside, considering he’s the #1 target on the team, as opposed to Williams being the 4th target in the passing game. I wouldn’t drop him for Brandon Lloyd though. I think he just got lucky.

    • Chris 8:50 pm on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Does anyone know a good site to see WR targets? Instead of just receptions?

      • Brandon 9:05 pm on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        This one seems to do the trick. You have Roddy White on your team by chance? πŸ™‚

        Wide Receiver targets

        • Chris 12:32 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          No but I was thinking of trading for him…moreno and terrell owens for white. Moreno was my back up, I’m starting Mathews and Foster. Mcfadden will be my backup.

        • Squish 1:04 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Yep, FFtoday is one of the better sites for tracking stats especially targets. Question:

          Do you think TO’s targets were a fluke or do you expect him to get thrown to that much every week?

    • Squish 9:14 pm on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Concussion Party!

      Nice list of guys but isn’t Ryan Grant injured because of a concussion, not an ankle injury? I suspect Grant will play this week as one concussion doesn’t usually keep a guy out for long (though two is another story). Either wya, whoever is playing definitely deserves a start this week.

      • Squish 9:51 pm on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Disregard the part about grants concussion. That was last month lol! I read the wrong report by accident. One things for sure, Grant appears as fragile as ever this year.

        • Brandon 10:51 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Hah, yeah I’m pretty happy I don’t have him on any of my teams.

    • Shane 2:37 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I know it early but…..
      Help with next week please.
      Start 5:
      Wayne @ NYG
      Austin @ Chi
      Boldin @ Cin
      Rice @ Cin
      MJD @ SD
      Thomas (NO) @ SF

      • Brandon 10:54 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Not sure how you ended up with all those players, but kudos to you πŸ™‚

        Anyways, go Wayne, Austin, Boldin, Rice and MJD. The only consideration might be PT over Boldin, but considering what Anquan did to the Jets defense, I’d say he’s a pretty safe bet against a Bengals squad that got lit up by Tom Brady.

        • Shane 12:31 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah i got lucky in the draft. i had alot of key players that other people needed so i traded for their good players.
          Mcnabb for MJD preseason
          Slaton, Spiller for Wayne preseason
          and i just got ronnie brown in a trade.

    • e-roc 12:42 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Should I pick up Collie in exchange for V.Jax? I think it’s time….

      Also, please help me pick three starting this week:
      > D. Jackson @ DET
      > S. “Little Giant” Smith @ IND
      > H. “3 TD” Nicks @ IND
      > D. “My Favorite” Driver v. BUF
      > A. “if I pick up” Collie v. NYG

      Thanks!
      p.s. I’m kicking myself SO hard for not drafting Roddy White right now…. *kick kick kick* /wrist.

      • Brandon 1:40 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        That’s a tough one with V-Jax. If you don’t grab Collie now you’re not going to have a chance to the rest of the year I assume. However, I doubt he has many more games like the one he just had. Looking at your roster, it doesn’t seem you’ll really need to start either Jackson or Collie anyways though, so maybe it makes sense to just pick up Collie so you have someone dependable who will at least play.

        As for your wide receivers, ask me again once I have the User Requested Week 2 Rankings up πŸ™‚

    • Austin 2:23 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      im thinking steve smith and hines ward as my 1 and 2, but for my 3rd…

      austin collie, mike williams (seattle), or meachem?

    • kyle 5:18 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Should i trade Moreno for Brandon Jackson??? i’m in a TD only league

      • Brandon 10:06 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hmm, in a touchdown only league I don’t think I’d do this. Jackson will have value because he’ll be the first option in the running game for the Packers, but when it comes to the red zone, there are a lot of other targets on the team. Moreno had 7 touchdowns and doesn’t have a whole lot of competition when the team gets inside the five yard line or so.

        I’ve actually never done a touchdown only league, but I assume Moreno isn’t one of your starters? Who do you start at running back?

        • kyle 10:23 am on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          In the league I’m in we have two running backs and they always start. Mine are Moreno and D. Williams. They get 6 pts for a td and 6 pts if they break 100 yards

    • Jo 10:45 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      F. Taylor or Brandon Jackson?? I have Ryan matthews, Caddy, and Bradshaw and T

    • Jo 10:46 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      F. Taylor or Brandon Jackson?? I have Ryan matthews, Caddy, and Bradshaw. Non ppr

    • TJ 2:11 am on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys, lots of questions:
      -Still looking to improve my WR group (need one to start with Roddy White), wondering if you think any of these guys is worth trading in for the FAs below – I’m not thrilled with this group. We start 2, non-PPR.

      My team: Knox (but you never know who Cutler will throw to), Floyd (Brandon, you were absolutely right about him this week!), Garcon, Jac Jones
      FAs: It’s a 10 team league, so pretty much most of the mid and below guys went undrafted: What do you think about Clayton (a true #1WR?), Collie (I think I like him better than Garcon, but it’s just a tossup between those 2 every week), Mike Thomas, the Mike Williamses, Manningham, DEN wrs……too many to name.

      – D/ST – whose you’re favorite flavor of the week? I’m thinking about NE, Oak, Car, KC…. Our league scores 6pts for a return TD and a point for every 25 return yards.

      – I picked up Brandon Jackson for Ryan Grant today. Seems you guys and most people are not that impressed with him, but Yahoo Sports (Behrens) just loves the guy. McFadden is also available…… neither one likely to unseat Rice & Foster on my team, but I will need someone for byes.

      Thanks

      • TJ 2:25 am on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Also – I’m carrying 2 QBs at least through the byes, have Schaub with Alex Smith on my bench. What do you think about Mike Vick to replace Smith?

      • Brandon 10:25 am on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll work from the bottom up: I like Jackson over McFadden as your bye-week filler. I like New England and Carolina defenses this week.

        At wide receiver, I like Clayton more than Jacoby Jones, only because he’ll be the first option in the passing game all season. I like Thomas and Collie too, but Thomas is probably too deep for a 10 team league and you already have Garcon, so adding Collie would just add headaches when it came to deciding your line-up. I’d give Floyd another week to prove himself, but if he doesn’t do much, you may drop him next week as well.

        Hopefully I answered all your questions!

    • nick 5:48 am on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      looking for weeks 2 starting advice going out of town so wanna get it soon if possible.
      ppr league with 1 pt per catch and 1 per target as well rbs get 1 pt per rush attempt.
      need to start 2 rbs and 2 wrs as well at a flex spot.

      rbs- [email protected] cin, gore vs no, bradshaw @indy, portis vs huston, b. jackson vs buf
      Wrs- white vs ari, wayne vs nyg, austin vs chi, naanee vs Jac, gaffney vs seattle.

      also for QB orton or shaub this week?

      appreciate any thoughts

    • ThatGuy 2:39 pm on September 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Garcon or Ronnie Brown in the flex this week?

  • Brandon 9:52 am on December 1, 2009 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 13: The Hunt for the Playoffs 

    Here are our waiver wire candidates for week thirteen. As usual, you’ll find players who are either [Startable], a [Stopgap] to get you past a BYE or injury, [Worth a look] and spot on your bench, or [One-week-wonder]s who don’t warrant a roster spot, so you make your roster moves accordingly. You’ll also see the percent owned in parenthesis. With the playoffs rapidly approaching (only one week of the regular season left in my two main leagues,) many teams out there are probably in a “must win” situation this week. Hopefully some of the players below can get you a much needed victory and give you a chance at that championship trophy (or pride, cash, whatever else you get for winning a fantasy football league.) Anyways, let’s get to the waiver wire picks for this week, starting with a few wide receivers that could help your cause… (More …)

     
    • TJ 11:17 am on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Wondering what you guys think about:
      – swapping Rock Cartwright for Fred Jackson (other RBs are Sjax, Wells, Forsett, Charles). I like Jackson, Rock has OAK in wk 14, but…not impressive Sunday, and unless Jackson is hurt vs TEN, probably wouldn’t start him then anyway….
      – Swapping one of my receivers (SmithNYG or Ochocinco?) for Chambers (also have Welker, Austin, SimsWalker). Now questioning whether to even start Ocho vs DET, he’s really stunk lately.
      – Which D/ST(s) are best to hold for rest of season, playoffs start wk14, can hold 2 if necessary: CIN, BAL, GB, DEN, BUF, ARI, ATL, SEA

      – we start 2 RB/WR, no flex, non ppr. Thanks, guys, your advice is always stellar.

      • Shane 6:13 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Keep Cincinatti and Green Bay on Defense.
        For this week stay in the NFC West and start Sjax and Forsett. They have both been solid lately. At WR start Austin and SimsWalker.
        Chambers wont pan out long run and FJack is more reliable moving forward. Anyone on Was is a tough start every week.

        • TJ 8:52 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks Shane, I didn’t have much faith in Rock, nice to hear it from someone else.

      • Brandon 8:38 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d grab Fred Jackson for sure, as it looks like he could get the bulk of the carries for Buffalo down the stretch. Cartwright plays for a Redskins offense that is just too terrible to rely on.

        For your receivers, I’d stick with Ochocinco and Smith and start Ochocinco this week. He just complained about the offense not passing enough and I figure that will be worth at least a few extra looks.

        Finally, for defense I agree with Shane, go with Cincinnati and Green Bay.

        • TJ 9:02 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I guess you guys don’t think much of Welkers this week…… Now do you really think Cincy’s going to actually try to pass the ball vs Detroit Lately they seem to be saving Palmer’s arm for the postseason. MSW, Austin, and Ocho all look good this week, I can start 2…

        • Brandon 9:12 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Oops, I was confused there. I thought you meant you were going to drop Ochocinco or Smith for Chambers. If you can only start two of those receivers, I’d go with Steve Smith and Mike Sims-Walker.

    • Rom3o 4:14 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Who do you think to start this week? Laverrneous Coles,Jason Avant, or Marrio Manningham? I already got Welker and Burleson starting

      • Brandon 8:35 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Jason Avant, who should have a big day with DeSean Jackson possibly sidelined. If Jackson plays though, go with Manningham.

    • Dennis 9:52 am on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Need help have two weeks left to clinch playoffs and this week is my toughest match up. I need 3 WR, 2 RB, and 2 FLEX. Here are my players; Sims-Walker, Roddy White, Smith (NYG), Smith (Car), Crabtree, TO, Chambers, Hightower, Pierre Thomas, Norwood, and Larry Johnson.

      Please help me out. With TO finally putting up good numbers and Chambers becoming KC’s number 1, I’m not sure who to start.

      • Dennis 9:55 am on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I also have Antonio Bryant.

      • Brandon 8:43 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        At running back, go with Pierre Thomas and Jerious Norwood. For your receivers and flex, go with Mike Sims-Walker, Steve Smith (NYG), Roddy White, Michael Crabtree and take the gamble on Steve Smith (CAR). I know he was shut down last week, but he gets a match-up with Tampa Bay and even if Delhomme is out, backup Matt Moore has experience throwing to Smith and should look his way often.

    • Duncan 1:02 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I need to start two: Steve Smith (NYG), Chris Chambers, and/or Jason Avant.

      It’s tough because while Avant has been putting up reasonable numbers and has great sleeper potential with DJax out it’s hard to start him over Smith or Chambers. On the other hand, Dallas’s pass defense has stepped up over the last few weeks (not to mention Eli’s struggles) and I’m still not sold on Chambers especially against a decent defense in Denver coming off a strong game and a few extra days of rest.

      Any thoughts?

      • Brandon 8:34 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Last time the G-Men played Dallas, Smith had a huge game, so I’d leave him in there and hope he can do the same. For your other receiver, I like Jason Avant this week as it appears DeSean Jackson will sit this one out.

    • e-roc 2:00 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m sharing in Duncan’s dilemma…

      To all: would you pick up D.Bowe or Meachem in exchange for S.Smith (NYG) or Cotchery?

      • Brandon 8:32 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Meachem is higher risk, but has a potential for higher reward over Cotchery. However, I’d stick with what you have just because Jerricho is still a number one receiver in the Jets offense. Also, what are the odds that Meachem, the teams third receiver, keeps catching touchdowns every game?! Stick with what you got.

    • Ashley 11:26 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, I would really appreciate some help….

      Steelers or Saints Defense?
      I need three: Benson, Slaton, Norwood, Pierre Thomas, Chris Brown
      I need two: Calvin Johnson, Marques Colston, Pierre Garcon, Hakeem Nicks

      Also I have Kurt Warner….if he cant play who makes for a better pickup Chris Redman, Vince Young or David Garrad?
      Thanks for the help!

      • Brandon 2:59 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with the Saints for your defense. They’ve been good and have a great match-up with a terrible Redskins offense. At running back, go with Thomas, Benson, and Norwood. For your receivers, start Calvin Johnson (as long as he’s playing, which it appears he should be at this point) and Marques Colston. Finally, for your quarterback, if Warner is a no-go, your best bet is probably Garrard against the Texans. Good luck!

    • Sal 5:00 am on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Need to start 3: SmithNYG, Sims-Walker, Burleson, Garcon, Avant and Crabtree.

      Thanks for the help!

    • Dennis 9:44 am on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Cartwright or Norwood?

    • Mark 11:00 am on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Not sure who to start. I need to start 1QB, 2 WRs, 2RBs, 1 TE and a flex. Please help. Here is my roster

      Cutler
      Garrard
      Sims-Walker
      Andre Johnson
      Larry Fitzgerald
      Sid Rice
      Ray Rice
      Rashard Mendenhall
      Joseph Addai
      Jamaal Charles
      Visanthe Shiancoe
      Antonio Gates

      • Brandon 3:06 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Cutler (I know it’s tough, but bear with him for at least this one week!), Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Sidney Rice (flex), Ray Rice, Rashard Mendenhall, and Antonio Gates.

        Great team (besides Cutler,) by the way.

    • Natalie 11:39 am on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Brandon!

      Running Short on RB’s this week due to Bernard Scott’s turf toe and Cedric Benson now playing. Should I drop him or does he still warrant a roster spot? My other RB’s are Ricky Williams and Brandon Jacobs, but I really think I need to bench Jacobs because he hasn’t done anything worth starting him so far. With Dallas as a matchup this week it isn’t worth the risk in my opinion. As far as RB’s available to pick up in my league, I have a choice between Felix Jones, Chris Brown, or Sammy Morris. I could drop Scott and pick up any of these RB’s for this week. What do you think? I need to start two RB’s Sunday and Ricky Williams will obviously be one of them.

      BTW- Thanks for the advice on picking up Avant, Meachem, and Henderson last week as well as starting Donald Driver! Started Henderson and Driver which was good, but wish I would have started Meachum too! Breaston didn’t get crap and I forgot to check if Warner was out- oops! This week I think I will start Avant, Driver, and Meachum. Do you agree?

      I won in my league last week too and beat the guy in 1st place! YEAH! Thanks!!!!

      • Brandon 2:33 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Natalie, congrats on the victory! It’s probably safe to ditch Bernard Scott at this point. In terms of who to start at running back, he’s a bit of a risk, but I like Felix Jones. The Giants run defense isn’t that great and Jones has played very well the past few games when given the chances.

        As for your receivers, it’s hard to guess between Henderson and Meachem, but go with what you have there (Avant, Driver, and Meachem) and you should do alright.

    • Patrick 4:16 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have a big week this week and team is in shambles. I have to chose a WR and a WR/RB flex option. Players to choose from are cadilac williams, rock cartwrite, pierre garcon, and donnie avery. Not sure on which two should play here. Any help is appreciated

      • Brandon 10:19 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d go with your two wide receivers, Garcon and Avery, who have much higher potential than the other two, who will be lucky to run for 80 yards or so.

  • Brandon 1:31 pm on December 2, 2008 Permalink
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    The Wire: Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 14, 2008 

    As we head into the playoffs, there’s a pretty good chance that your team is already set and you are not in need of any desperation picks. Just in case though, 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, but 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.

    Domenik Hixon, WR, Giants (7.0% owned, Desperation Pickup) – With Plaxico’s accidental gun shot wound, combined with his legal troubles now, I think it’s safe to write him off for at least the fantasy football playoffs. His backups are seeing immediate dividends, including Domenik Hixon, who has caught 11 balls for nearly 130 yards over the past two games.

    Devone Bess, WR, Dolphins (7.1% owned, Desperation Pickup) – With starter Greg Camarillo out for the season, it’s been Bess who is filling in for him and he has done pretty well lately. Over the past two games he, like Hixon above, has 11 catches, with his going for over 170 yards.

    Mark Clayton, WR, Ravens (7.8% owned, Desperation Pickup) – More so than Davone Bess or Domenik Hixon above, Clayton has been a wild man the past two games, turning just seven receptions into 240 yards and two touchdowns. While you shouldn’t expect this kind of production each week, he could be worth a chance if you need some big time luck to win you a playoff game. (More …)

     
  • Brandon 11:39 am on December 1, 2008 Permalink
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    Week 13 Wrap-up: Do we have to watch the Lions? 

    Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! If you were wishing that the football games would give you reason to ignore your family members and sit on the couch all afternoon, you were probably a bit disappointed with what transpired this past Thursday. In my opinion, this had to be one of the worst weekends of football in a long time, as eight of the fifteen games were near-blowouts, seven were missing a 30 point effort from either of the contestants, and three games featured teams whose leading rusher was either their quarterback or Jacob Hester (who needed one attempt to best LT!) Anyways, it was one of the most important weeks of football from a fantasy perspective, so let’s hope that the right guys had big days for your team, starting with the action from Turkey Day…

    • Tennessee 47, Detroit 10 (Thursday): Is it time to remove Detroit from the Thanksgiving Day football schedule? After another pathetic performance from a team trying its hardest to go 0-16, do they really deserve a national audience every Turkey Day? Either way, the Titans got back to what got them to 10-0 a few weeks ago…the running game, as both Chris Johnson (125 yards, 2 TD) and LenDale White (106 yards, 2 TD) had a field day against the Lions. (More …)
     
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