Before we get started with the waiver wire analysis, I wanted to touch on a few things during last night’s game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears that irked me a bit. Maybe the hand gesture displayed by Lions WR Titus Young has some significance to him, but when you are getting shut out on the road, and make a simple catch on a 10 yard out pattern, knock it off with the dramatics. Make the catch, toss the ball back to the referee and head back to the huddle for the next play. It’s that simple.
After the play antics and show-boating. I saw it continually with who I believe was Detroit Lions CB Chris Houston. He makes a routine play late in the game, is nodding his head and posturing so much I thought he was this close to breaking into the chicken dance made famous by former San Francisco 49ers safety Merton Hanks.
Come on man, you made a play. Great, now go make the next one.
Speaking of making plays, lets take a look at some suddenly fantasy-relevant options on the waiver wire this week!
QB Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – He was mentioned here last week and certainly warrants mentioning again. However this week, Freeman is really on the fantasy radar. While you can’t expect him to replicate the numbers from the past two weeks every game, he is definitely benefiting from an upgraded receiving corps and a nice schedule. Like I said last week, if you need a bye week replacement at quarterback, Freeman could really fit the bill.
QB Vince Young, FA (Arizona Cardinals?) – Ok, so he’s not as inviting as Freeman, but I must admit I am intrigued by this situation. Of course, he may not sign at all, but the news is he’s kept himself in shape, and being out of the game could have very well lit a fire under Young to come back and prove himself. Not a bad platform in Arizona where the quarterback situation is in a bit of a state of flux with injuries and ineptitude.
QB Brady Quinn, Kansas City Chiefs – I love the smell of desperation on the wire… in the morning… Move along unless you’re in an 18 team league that awards for cluelessness. Seriously, unless you are in a real spot and your league is ultra-thin at the position I wouldn’t be too gung ho on the Notre Dame alum.
RB Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars – While RB Maurice Jones-Drew was being carted off of the field on Sunday, Jennings will in all likelihood find himself carted onto many fantasy rosters this week. If Jones-Drew’s foot injury causes him to miss some time, Jennings will get his chance to shine. The Jaguars have a decent stretch of games coming up as well, so he is worth grabbing without question. If you didn’t handcuff him (one of those FF phrases I abhor) for shame.
RB LeRod Stephens-Howling, Arizona Cardinals – The coin flip went up between both RB William Powell and Stephens-Howling and there was little doubt which way the coin landed. Stephen-Howling showed plenty of burst and extra effort against a pretty solid Minnesota Vikings defense. He went a long way in solidifying his status with the Cardinals and fantasy owners should take notice.
RB Jamie Harper, Tennessee Titans – In touchdown only leagues, this guy is definitely a player to consider. He’s not a yardage monster by any stretch of the imagination, but inside the one he’s getting the looks and cashing in.
RB Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers –Yes indeed, Dwyer looked good against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night But realize his fantasy effectiveness will be reliant on the health of RB’s Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman. If they are both hobbled or limited, Dwyer is a rock solid option moving forward. If they are good to go, Dwyer is relegated to bench fodder.
RB Joe McKnight, New York Jets – If starting RB Shonn Greene misses any time, McKnight will get the rock – he’s been average at best, but any starting running back in the National Football League is worth a fantasy look-see!
WR Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets – I have to give credit where credit is due – this kid is playing incredibly well. Despite questionable quarterback play, Kerley is making plays and putting up numbers. If he is still available, he is more than worth roster consideration and a start in most circumstances.
WR Kevin Ogletree, Dallas Cowboys – Remember this week one waiver wire darling? Well actually, WR Dez Bryant might not with his recent concussion issues. Bryant was cleared to play but wasn’t overly effective, and since concussions tend to linger, might be a good idea to keep Ogletree on the back-burner just in case.
WR Donald Jones, Buffalo Bills – It certainly seems as though the Bills will be playing either from behind or in higher scoring games this season, so grabbing the guy lining up opposite of WR Stevie Johnson isn’t too bad of an idea. He’s a hit or miss proposition, but that quite honestly is the case with most waiver wire options. But if they hit and you are riding the wave, it could push you over the top.
WR Devery Henderson, New Orleans Saints – Going after a Saints wide receiver that isn’t named Colston, Graham or even Moore is a risky proposition. Henderson is a quality receiver, but it is a crowded position for the Saints as a whole. Call it an embarrassment of riches which is great for them, but makes pinpointing who will do what on any given week a difficult one. He is worth making a play for, but consistency will be hard to come by.
TE Logan Paulsen, Washington Redskins – While Redskins starting tight end Fred Davis was on crutches Sunday, Paulsen made the most of his opportunity. He proved himself to be a smart, sure-handed and reliable receiver and since word came down that Davis will miss the rest of the season with a torn Achilles, Paulsen could raise some fantasy eyebrows. Oh, and stop with the TE Chris Cooley talk – he was cut for a reason in the first place. That said, his presence could greatly help Paulsen’s development. Watch.
TE Dallas Clark, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The huge game from WR Vincent Jackson notwithstanding, a large part of the success of QB Josh Freeman was the utilization of his big tight end. The former Colt mainstay has been a forgotten man in Tampa, but that seemed to change a bit this past Sunday. It would be wise of Freeman to continually keep Clark involved in the action. With that, Clark’s fantasy viability will increase dramatically.
TE Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders – After WR Denarius Moore, it’s pretty hard to pick the next fantasy relevant reliever on the Raiders roster. Well, not really. Targeted a total of ten times and hauling in seven of them, Myers has shown he is by far the most reliable receiver in the black and silver.
Have a great week, and just make the next play!!
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