Waiver Wire Pickups

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    09/13/2010 7:15 AM - 

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    The first week of the regular season has come and gone. As usual, many players played better than their preseason rankings justified. Below is a list of some names that could be worth a shot on your roster. But please keep in mind that we are only one week into the regular season. This list will be updated throughout the day Monday, just in time for waiver wire openings on Tuesday.

    Legedu Naanee – Vincent who? Naanee racked up 110 yards and a touchdown off of five catches against the Chiefs, but be weary. If Kansas City hadn’t let Philip Rivers throw a 59-yard bomb to Naanee that he ran in the endzone, Naanee would have finished the game with just four catches for 51 yards. Still, that’s more than we thought he would put up. He is a nice WR3 option against the Jaguars in Week Two.

    Tony Moeaki – The Chiefs rookie TE is a guy I’ve been telling you about for weeks. I understand why he wasn’t drafted in normal leagues, but in deeper leagues where you stash away at least one TE you have to see what you can do about getting him on your roster. Moeaki played in a TE-friendly offense at the University of Iowa and has done nothing but work hard since coming to Kansas City. He has great hands and caught his first professional touchdown Monday night vs. the Chargers.

    Ladainian Tomlinson – I’ve been telling you for weeks that LaDainian Tomlinson wasn’t dead yet, although by the looks of his draft position, people thought he was one step away from the grave. Tomlinson wasn’t drafted in 30% of most leagues nationwide, but after a quick look at is Week 1 numbers, I’m starting to wonder why. Granted, I’m not saying LT is going to be the lead back all season, but he carried the ball more than twice as many times as Shonn Greene and quadrupled his yardage total. Keep an eye on this situation for the next few weeks.

    Matt Hasselback – Wasn’t Hass’ career supposed to be over with, done, finitto? I guess he didn’t see it that way after throwing two touchdown passes and running for another. If a guy can make Deion Branch score a touchdown, he should still be worth a pickup as a QB2. And those touchdowns were against what was supposed to be a much improved 49ers defense. Don’t count the Seahawks out yet.

    Michael Vick -  Kevin Kolb’s debut as an Eagle wasn’t exactly a stellar one, having passed for 24 yards before suffering a concussion that knocked him out of the second half of the game against the Packers. Vick accumulated an astonishing 278 total yards in the second half and threw a touchdown. Depending on the status of Kolb going into Week Two against the Lions, Vick could be a decent QB2 if you start two quarterbacks. At the very least, Vick is a must-have handcuff given how bad Kolb looked Sunday.

    Shaun Hill – Matthew Stafford got off to a rocky start, having passed for just 83 yards against the Bears, with not one pass going to Calvin Johnson. Stafford ended up missing the second half with a should injury and was seen with his arm in a sling in the second half. If Matthews misses time with the injury, Hill has shown in the past that he had plenty of ability to lead a team. But I only recommend him as a deep sleeper if Stafford misses time.

    Fred Taylor – Taylor had a little bit of sleeper value going into the season, but he played much better than I expected. Taylor only ran the ball fourteen times, but for 71 yards against the Bengals defense. I don’t expect him to exceed 15 carries a game, especially with the committee behind him, but he is a solid flex option as long as he stays healthy.

    Kevin Faulk — He’s only worth a flier in deeper leagues, but should something to happen to Fred Taylor, Faulk would be hard to pass up. So get him now before the rest of the hoarders start taking a chance on him. Even with him splitting touches with Taylor and Ben-Jarvus Green Ellis, Faulk will be used a ton in the passing game (4 receptions for 47 yards) and sporadically in the running game (3 for 23 yards rushing). Faulk won’t win any beauty contests anytime soon, but he’s got valuable significance, especially in the passing game.

    Peyton Hillis – Hillis ran the ball nine times, equaling Jerome Harrison’s carries, but Hillis ran for a touchdown from ten yards out against the Buccaneers. Harrison will likely keep the starting job, but Hillis will get more goal-line opportunities going forward. I like him as a flex option, especially in TD-heavy leagues.

    Brandon Jackson – Ryan Grant looked great early against the Eagles, but an ankle sprain could keep him out Week Two against the Bills. Jackson’s 3.5 ypc wasn’t great after he took over, but he could be worth a look for Grant owners if needed against a vulnerable Bills run defense.

    Greg Camarillo – Camarillo only had one catch for 29 yards Thursday night against the Saints, but the 29 yards was almost twice as much than Bernard Berrian’s and Percy Harvin’s yardage combined. The starting receiving corps looked awful, which could allow Camarillo to get a bigger role going forward. I don’t recommend him as anything more than a very low flex option as the No. 3 in bigger leagues. If Vincent Jackson winds up in Minnesota, which rumors continue to report, Camarillo shouldn’t even be on this list.

    Devone Bess - Brandon Marshall led the Dolphins with eight receptions for 53 yards against the Bills, but Bess continued to be one of Chad Henne’s favorite targets after catching six receptions for 51 yards. Bess may not start, but he doesn’t have to to be a valuable fantasy commodity. He could be a decent flex option in PPR leagues as a bye-week option.

    Mark Clayton – So much for the Rams “easing” Clayton into the offense. He led ALL receivers from the Rams and Cardinals with 10 catches for 119 yards. I knew Clayton was the most talented of all Rams receivers, but he certainly exceeded our expectations. It didn’t hurt that rookie Sam Bradford got off to a good start for his NFL career. Clayton is a must pickup in all leagues going forward. Just don’t expect 100 yards games every week. Remember, Clayton was a guy we talked about heavily in last week’s edition of “Two Feet In Bounds“.

    Mike Thomas – While Mike Sims Walker was shut down, the other Mike picked up the slack to the tune of 6 catches for 89 yards against the Broncos. He could be an okay pickup, but I expect Sims Walker to bounce back. Going up against Champ Bailey can give any receiver fits.

    Brandon Lloyd – As much as I hate putting Lloyd in here since he has done nothing in his career, his 117 yards receiving against the Jaguars is too good to overlook. The Broncos passing game was firing on all cylinders, but I can’t see Lloyd being a consistent threat every week. He is only worth a look in deep leagues.

    Eddie Royal - I know that Royal was drafted in most leagues, despite a poor 2009. But for those owners who still see Royal on the waiver wire, pick him up quick. Playing in the slot, we expect him to bounce back in PPR leagues after catching eight passes on Sunday.

    Mike Williams – Shame on you if you didn’t take Williams like we told you to. Matt Hasselbeck took his trust in Williams into the regular season to the tune of four catches for 64 yards. Williams was also one yard shy of scoring his first touchdown of the season. Hasselbeck threw the ball around, but I expect Williams to have a big role this year.

    Deon Butler/Deion Branch – Yes both players scored touchdowns, but I think this was more a product of a bad 49ers defense than anything. Both players combine for just four catches for 24 yards. If it wasn’t for the touchdowns, I would have left them off this list completely. Buyer beware.

    Marcedes Lewis – Could 2010 finally be the year owners had been anticipating regarding Lewis’ fantasy value? He was clearly the team’s redzone option with two touchdown catches. Don’t get too excited, however, with this being the first game of the season.


    Comments

    1. youngmichael3 says:

      Not sure you guys want us leaving messages on here. I wanted to know if after Week 1 you see a Def/St that might be on the WW and is now a hot item going into week 2?

    2. Greg Brosh says:

      for me, it’s really hard to gauge defenses because they vary from week to week. seattle destroyed san francisco, but was it actually seattle’s defense? or a product of how bad the 49ers offense played?

      we should have a better understanding of what defenses are worthy of a pickup after week 3 at the earliest.

    3. ken wittenberg says:

      pick up the chiefs… you have huge upside and little downside.

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