Waiver Wire Pick-Ups, Vol. III
Well, the pickings are slim, but they always are this early in the season. As time unfolds, there’ll be a clearer picture of who’s a dud and who takes over as a starter, but there are a few options out there.
Kyle Orton: WTF? (And by WTF, I mean “Wow, That’s Funny.” Get your minds out of the gutter, you perverts.) He’s still available in 55% of ESPN leagues. If you’re having QB troubles and need a new back-up or even starter, you could do a lot worse; a whole lot worse. The picture with Bronco receivers and backs is a mess, but Orton is doing pretty darn well right now; better than Favre, Brees, and Brady, fantasy-wise.
Josh Freeman: You know who else is doing better than Favre, Brees, and Brady? This kid, even without a big-name receiver; in part because of his legs. He’s available in 94% of ESPN leagues. But watch out, his bye week is in two weeks.
Mark Sanchez: He’ll be up and down, but he showed last week, that he can step up his game if the coaches put him in a position to succeed and give him a little slack on the leash. And Santonio Holmes comes off suspension soon. Available in 77% of ESPN leagues.
Shaun Hill: Recommending “Shaun of the Dead” gives me some pause because he couldn’t beat out Alex Smith in San Francisco and you know that after last week the Vikes will have enough fresh film on him to know exactly how to take away whatever he’s comfortable doing. But still, he’s done OK so far and he’s available in 99% of ESPN leagues. This week he’ll probably be passing a lot because the running game is going to hiccup a bit against the Vikes front seven.
Sam Bradford: Strictly as a back-up or bye week replacement, Bradford looks viable. He’s got more INTs than TDs, but he at least has three scores and you know the Rams will be playing from behind a lot and airing it out. Available in 85% of ESPN leagues.
Jason Snelling: Norwood tore his ACL and Turner is nicked up so he’s going to get a fair bit of spot work. If you have Turner, you definitely need him as a handcuff and if Turner misses any length of time with an injury, his trade value goes way up. If you have room on your roster, he’s not a bad speculative pick-up. Available in 94% of ESPN leagues.
Mike Tolbert: He’s basically a FB, but with Mathews nicked up and Sproles not seen as an every down back, he’s the Chargers only serious RB option, for now. But maybe Brandon Jacobs talks his way out of NYC or maybe Marshawn Lynch starts looking good enough to trade for. Available in 99% of ESPN leagues.
Peyton Hillis: I don’t think he’s going to rack up a lot of yards, but he seems to be Mangenius’ pick as a goal-line back. Available in 45% of ESPN leagues.
Mark Clayton: He seems to have hit a groove as a target for Sam Bradford since the Ravens bounced him out of town. Available in 63% of ESPN leagues.
Kevin Walter: This blankety-blank so-and-so has yanked my chain more times than I can count the last 2 years. I hate him. But he seems to be producing. Though the season is still young and he’ll probably fold at some point like he has the last 2 years. But ride that horse while he’s hot. Available in 88% of ESPN leagues.
Mario Manningham: Hey, he’s out-producing Steve Smith. I liked him in the preseason, but everybody was dissing on him. But he’s in his 3rd year, the proverbial breakout year for a WR. Available in 45% of ESPN leagues.
Mike Williams: The other one, the rookie from Tampa Bay. He seems to have gotten a rapport with Freeman. As a rookie, he’ll likely plateau out at some point, but evidently not yet. Go for it. Available in 65% of ESPN leagues.
Eddie Royal: Not great stats, but serviceable. He’s the least boom-or-bust of the Broncos receivers two weeks in. Available in 55% of ESPN leagues.
Marcedes Lewis: This pick also gives me the willies since the TE has never figured big in the Jags offense, but Sims-Walker has no other receiving help, really. It looks like maybe the Jags are finally trying to work the TE into their offense out of desperation and necessity. Available in 55% of ESPN leagues.
Aaron Hernandez: Not likely to be a consistent producer because the TE position has never been a consistent target in any season under the Hoodie. But it’s hard to ignore a 100+ yard receiving outburst. And as a minor conspiracy theory, maybe Tommy-Boy will go to the TE now that he’s got his money just to aggravate Randy Moss for being a bit of a sulker and prove he doesn’t need the Moody One. Nah! But it sounds like a good rumor, doesn’t it? Remember, you heard it here first! Available in 95% of ESPN leagues.
Tony Moeaki: Just a rookie, with OK, but not fantastic stats, but he seems to be the prime beneficiary so far of Matt Cassel’s so-so play. But, hey, all the little dump-offs to the TE add up to some fantasy value for Moeaki. Available in 98% of ESPN leagues.
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