Hitting the waiver wire is one of the most important things you need to do to be successful in fantasy football. We will look at the best pickups (Hot Off the Grill)and guys to keep an eye on or grab in deeper leagues (Still Simmering).Their ownership should be at 60% or less in Yahoo leagues to make the list. See the names below:
Hot Off the Grill
Rivers was dead to me after the last 2 seasons, but Mike McCoy has breathed life into this offense and Phillipe. Their defense stinks, Gates looks like he’s back, and Eddie Royal is back on the fantasy radar screen. Grab him as a QB2.
Manuel looks great for a rookie and although I thought he would be running more at this point (only 36 yards in 2 games), he’s getting it done through the air.
Moreno is still available in around 54% of Yahoo leagues and should be owned in all leagues at this point. Even if you use him as trade bait, he is the guy getting the snaps in Denver right now. He finished with 107 yards and 2 TDs and until Ball is ready to take over, he should see plenty of touches each week.
Obviously this pickup will be important if Ray Rice is out. We won’t know his status until later in the week, but Pierce is available in 46% of leagues, so he’s out there. Grab him as a nice RB3/Flex option with upside if Rice is out.
I’m not going nuts for Starks this week, for two reasons. One, he faces the Bengals this week and then has his bye week. Two, he’s James Starks. If you absolutely need him this week, then he’s worth a pickup.
Powell continues to get enough work to become valuable in deeper leagues. 10 plus carries with 5-6 targets will get the job done. Throw in some goaline work and Powell is a guy to own.
He’s still Donald Brown and can’t pass block, but he’s playing behind Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard is on IR. He is getting chances and could see more as the season goes on.
After we were forced to watch a ton of Ronnie Brown in week one, Woody got into the act in week 2. He was given 9 carries and got 9 targets, which resulted in 8 receptions for 37 yards. Back on the PPR radar.
Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers
Looks like Steven Jackson may miss 2-4 weeks, so these two guys will fill in. Snelling is the better pickup as Rodgers is just a bum. Snelling should see some goaline work, but the upcoming schedule isn’t that great.
This would not be the first time Eddie Royal With Cheese has been fantasy relevant, but no one saw this coming (sorry, Nostradamus). With 5 TDs on the season in the first 2 games, Eddie should be a guy that should be picked up at this point. We shall see if he becomes the next Victor Cruz or the next Kevin Olgetree.
Woods played on 95% of the Bills’ plays this last weekend and hauled in 4/68/1 on 6 targets. The rookie has a connection with EJ and is looking like a versatile player that could make a nice stash.
Wright was a guy I really liked early this Summer, but his knee injury kind of put him on the back burner. This week he got 11 targets and ended his day with 7/54/1. Not exactly a deep threat in this offense, Wright may continue to be useful in PPR leagues.
Clay has emerged as a PPR threat with 10/163 through 2 games and he also added a rushing TD, where he was lined up at FB. He is a very versatile player and could continue to make plays in this offense.
Foles can run this offense and although he is not going to have the upside that Vick does, he could easily be a top 15-20 QB each week. I say he’s a stash since Vick is still getting blasted every week.
Ellington gives the Cardinals some juice in their backfield and could see more snaps as the weeks go on. Rashard Mendenhall is not the healthiest guy walking around, so Ellington could get a shot.
Aaron Dropson is very raw, but is the only player on the Pats offense that can take the roof off a defense. He scored the easiest TD in the history of the NFL, but also dropped too many easy passes. If he can get everything straightened out, he could be dangerous in this offense. Worth a stash.
Pettis is starting in this offense and is a threat in the Red Zone. He’s got a legitimate shot at 7-8 TDs this season, so he should be give a look in deeper leagues.
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