Waiver Wire Work
Bubba tips on who to consider on the free agent market
|QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick||
If you were napping at the wheel last week and didn't stake your claim, chances are someone else did. However, if the slumber encompassed your entire league, and you are fortunate enough to grab the Buffalo signal caller, DO IT NOW. It is still early yet, but his performances over the first two weeks of the year rival many that you grabbed at the position on draft day. That doesn't happen very often.
|QB - Colt McCoy||While I readily admit that you won’t blaze a trail to your league Championship with McCoy at the helm, with his recent performances, he is worth mentioning. If you are in a pickle during a bye week or due to an injured starter, McCoy could very well step in and put up a serviceable performance. Note the word - serviceable.|
|QB - Jon Kitna||Granted Tony Romo was able to return to the game despite the fractured rib, but should Romo miss any time, Kitna is more than capable of running the Cowboys offense. Keep a close eye on Romo's status as the week progresses and if need be, grab Kitna as a temporary replacement.|
|QB - Mike Kafka||Sure I expected Michael Vick to get his bell rung or something similar, but not this early. That said, Kafka wasn't a complete trainwreck. How is that for a glowing endorsement? I all seriousness, I would be more confident in Kafka given the weapons at his disposal if I was absolutely sure that Vince Young wasn't playing. Until then the cloud of uncertainty looms - that said, whoever is named the starter might be a solid fill in, especially against a patchwork New York GIants secondary in Week 3.|
|QB - Andy Dalton||I have to give this guy his due. Consider stepping in for a veteran. Stepping in for a team challenged offensively, with question marks and youth abound. That said, Andy Dalton has taken his lumps amnd still come through with some solid performances, despite exiting week one early with an injury. I wouldn't recommend throwing him in your lineup like the Bengals have chosen to, but if you have the roster space, he is worth grabbing and playing the "wait and see".|
|RB - Willis McGahee||He is worth a roster spot for a few different reasons. Firstly, even if he doesn't get the lion's share of carries, he is the guy that trots out on the field when his team has a goal line try. Also, was a valuable insurance policy to Ray Rice, and now filling that same role for Knowhson Moreno. That was never more evident than yesterday, when McGahe stepped in for the injured Moreno and rushed for over 100 yards and scored a touchdown.|
|RB - Dexter McCluster||Here is a guy listed as a WR in many leagues and formats, who will be used at RB to help Thomas Jones in replacing Jamaal Charles now lost for the season. McCluster is only 5' 8" 170lbs, but remember with his receiver experience brings solid pass catching skills to the equation. He won't carry a full workload, but possesses the hands and the speedy to be a nice option. Many may ignore him or completely write off the Chiefs as a lost cause - don't make that mistake.|
|RB - Delone Carter||The rookie gained some attention in the pre-season with some solid performances, so while he may not be completely off the radar, if the Colts continue to soil their sheets every week, expect Indianapolis to start looking long and hard at their young talent.|
|RB - Isaac Redman||
Most will take notice of Redman because of his noce 20 yard scamper for a touchdown in yesterdays game. Many will be infuriated Mendenhall owners! Well Mendenhall owners take heed - make sure you take out and insurance policy on him and add Redman to your squad. "Like A Good Owner, Redman is There…;"
|RB - Roy Helu||
If you are not already aware of this you should be - head coach Mike Shanahan is notoriously maddening to fantasy owners, especially at the running back position. It is for that very reason that I suggest you take a look at RB Roy Helu. Sure, Tim Hightower has looked pretty solid. Doesn’t matter. Helu is a talent - when you average 7.4 yards a carry, expect that to work it's way into the game day planning of Shanahan. Not too mention annoy Hightower owners to no end.
|RB - Tiki Barber||Call me silly, but with some injuries and some miserable performances, don't be surprised if the ex-Giant again gets a call and a work out now that the season is in full swing. It's a long shot, but if you have the room, why not?|
|WR - David Nelson||With Lee Evans in Baltimore, look for Nelson to make some waves running opposite Stevie Johnson. With Ryan Fitzpatrick really coming into his own at the quarterback position, signs are pointing up for Nelson in 2011 and beyond. Nelson came through with 96 receiving yards and a touchdown and was targeted a whopping 13 times.|
|WR - Eric Decker||Another player who raised some eyebrows with his pre-season play, Decker raised them right off of the faces of many yesterday. Decker did his very best Ed McCaffrey performance for Denver yesterday, with 5 receptions for 113 and two touchdowns. He was obviously has QB Kyle Orton's attention, with a total of nine targets. Keep an eye on Decker and grab him if you can, he could be special.|
|WR - Titus Young||Someone to keep on the radar not only as he is a young talent, but with the Lions scoring points with reckless abandonment, he will get looks, yards and eventual touchdowns. In keeper and dyansty leagues he is a very wise choice - if the offense continues, he'd make sense in all formats!|
|WR - Nate Washington||As QB Matt Hasselbeck continues to build his comfort and confidence with his new team, his wide receivers will be the benefactors. We have already seen this with Kenny Britt, and as long as Britt draws the bulk of the attention, look for the fella lining up across from him to start to put up real solid numbers.|
|WR - Jesse Holley||Someone you'll want to keep in mind, especially if injuries continue to nag starters Miles Austin and Dez Bryant. He made a name for himself for a deep catch in overtime to set up the Cowboys winning field goal and should at the very least be on your radar.|
|TE - Fred Davis||
I held off mentioning him before because of the existance of Chris Cooley. But upon further review, Washington QB Rex Grossman only sees one TE out there and it is Mr. Fred Davis. Sure he sound like a guy that just sold you your homeowners policy, but the fact is Grossman targets him early and often and the results are there.
|TE - Jeff King||
Another guy I was hesitant to mention to the existance of another. In this instance, it Jeff King, and that "other guy" is former Raven Todd Heap. Well, it turns out that Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb has found his AZ Brent Celek in one Jeff King. He's reeled in his second touchdown in as many weeks, and that is hard to ignore especially when considering the enigma that is the fantasy football TE.