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Fantasy Football: Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

DeMarco Murray owners got an early stocking full of coal this past weekend, with the news of a season-ending ankle injury to the stud running back. You know what that means?  Another busy day on the wire. Here are my picks:

Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans

Locker has been piling on the fantasy points late in games when replacing starter Matt Hasselbeck. Locker finally gets his chance to shine against one of the worst defenses in the league, Indianapolis’. Locker, like many of the rookie QBs this year, has the ability to throw as well as run it, which makes him all the more valuable.

Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Jones is coming off an impressive 100+ yard game off the bench in place of the injured DeMarco Murray. Jones shouldn’t disappoint this week either, as he gets the Tampa Bay defense, who just gave up four touchdowns to Maurice Jones-Drew. Merry Christmas!

Ryan Grant, RB, Green Bay Packers

Grant looked like the Grant of old last sunday, rushing for 85 yards and a pair of scores (his first of the year) in Green Bay’s routing of Oakland. Grant likely won’t see the endzone twice this week, but he’s a good bet on getting at least 70 yards against a bad Chiefs defense.

Jabar Gaffney, WR, Washington Redskins

Gaffney seemed to benefit the most from TE Fred Davis’ suspension. Gaffney managed to catch six balls for 92 yards and a score against a generous New England defense. This week he gets a similar defense in the New York Giants. He’s a worthy candidate to start in your lineup.

James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers

Jones hasn’t been very effective as of late, but with the injury to Greg Jennings, he should start seeing some more looks his way. Aaron Rodgers love to spread the love on sunday, so you might have to hope for a big play or two to make Jones’ totals look respectable.

 

 

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Fantasy Football: Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

The waiver wire will now be relied on heavily as the fantasy regular season is coming to an end. Unfortunately, the wire is looking sparse this week, with the only significant injury happening to my favorite player, Matt Forte. Here are my picks for the week:

Marion Barber, RB, Chicago Bears

Barber is the pickup of the week this week, as he is now the lone back for the injury-riddled Bears. With the way QB Caleb Hanie is throwing, look for Barber to be getting plenty of carries.

Maurice Morris, RB, Detroit Lions

Starter Kevin Smith’s ankle is looking iffy, potentially opening the door for the pass-catching Morris. Morris is capable of easily getting 120-130 total yards, but touchdowns have been the problem though.

Golden Tate, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Tate has scored two of his three touchdowns on the year in the past two weeks, which is a positive sign. However, his yardage totals remain alarmingly low. Keep him on the radar this week.

Chaz Schilens, WR, Oakland Raiders

Schilens may be a good play depending on the status of both Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford. If they aren’t able to go, Schilens looks like a guarantee for at least 70-80 yards and a possible score. Keep an eye out on the injury reports.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

Thomas is coming off of a spectacular week of four catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Thomas has all the skill to be a perennial fantasy play, but with Tim Tebow at QB, he’s always a risk. Tebow rarely throws over a single touchdown per game, so I recommend you keep Thomas on your radar before hurrying him into your fantasy lineup.

Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers

Floyd has now reached 100+ yards in three of his last four games, including two touchdowns. He is possibly the best WR pickup of the week off the wire. We just have to hope QB Philip Rivers keeps throwing like he did on Monday night.

 

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Fantasy Football: Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

There wasn’t a better storyline in Week 12 than Detroit RB Kevin Smith’s emphatic return from obscurity, gaining a total of 201 yards and three touchdowns against Carolina. There were also a few injuries to take note of that will sure have the waiver wire buzzing. Here are my picks:

Vince Young, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Michael Vick might be able to play this week, but if he’s not, Young looks to have a decent day against a struggling Patriots defense. He’s a good spot starter if you’re having QB issues.

Kevin Smith, RB, Detroit Lions

As stated before, Smith had one of the best days in all of fantasy last weekend. He’ll surely see the majority of the carries from here on out until starter Jahvid Best returns. He should be picked up in all leagues.

Toby Gerhart, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson went down with a high ankle sprain, opening the door for Gerhart to get the start. Gerhart will have to face a tough Falcons’ defense who doesn’t give up more than four yards per carry to opposing running backs, so Gerhart is worth a roster stash in case Peterson can’t go in Week 13.

C.J. Spiller, RB/WR, Buffalo Bills

RB Fred Jackson’s calf is reportedly very sore, so don’t be surprised if Spiller is the feature back this Sunday for Buffalo. Spiller hasn’t been impressive as a starter thus far in his career, but he has the talent to put up numbers. He’s a risky start.

Riley Cooper, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Cooper was highly effective in his first start, catching five passes for 75 yards and a score. Cooper got a lot more snaps than WR Steve Smith, and should be pretty solid until Jeremy Maclin returns from injury.

Jared Cook, TE, Tennessee Titans

Cook got targeted a total of five times in one half once rookie QB Jake Locker took over after a Matt Hasselbeck shoulder injury. If Locker gets any more time this season, Cook looks like a good option at TE.

Tony Scheffler, TE, Detroit Lions

The Scheff doesn’t get many receptions or yards, but he is fifth in the league in touchdowns at his position. Scheffler looks like another good start this week against the Packers, who give up a fair share of points against opposing TEs.

 

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Fantasy Football: Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

Week 10 of the NFL season saw a multitude of injuries at prime positions for fantasy. Matt Schaub and Michael Vick owners can’t be pleased with their injury status, so QBs are the flavor of the week in addition to RBs. The entire Broncos’ backfield nearly went down Sunday as well, opening the door for Lance Ball.

Vince Young, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

We won’t know exactly who is starting for the Eagles until closer to Sunday, but if it’s not Vick, it’ll likely be Young. Young has the skill to do a lot of damage to any defense if he has his head on straight.

Kendall Hunter, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Hunter may have to split time with starter Frank Gore this week, but I can assure you that he’ll get the same if not the majority due to Gore’s injury. The Niners won’t want to risk anything with Gore, so I’m sure Hunter will see extended time.

Lance Ball, RB, Denver Broncos

Ball is now the only runner in Denver’s backfield that isn’t injured. Although starter Willis McGahee’s injury isn’t severe, you can expect Ball to get the majority of the carries against the Jets. With Denver’s run-heavy offense, Ball is sure to get at least 70-80 yards.

Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego Chargers

I’m sure you didn’t know who he was either, but Brown has been the Chargers’ best WR over the past two weeks. Brown has nine catches for 186 yards and a score over the past two weeks and will start against Chicago on Sunday opposite of Vincent Jackson.

Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Douglas exploded last week in wake of WR Julio Jones’ hamstring injury, catching eight balls for 133 yards. Douglas should see more time on the field due to Jones’ injury, but he’s an erratic player. Start him only if you absolutely need to.

Ed Dickson, TE, Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens finally found some use for their talented tight-end last week. Dickson hauled in a whopping 10 receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Dickson is still wildly inconsistent, but keep an eye out on his progress from here on out.

Jacob Tamme, TE, Indianapolis Colts

Tamme was pretty efficient for a Colts player (six catches, 75 yards) but just can’t be trusted simply because he’s on the Colts. If this were a Peyton Manning led offense on the other hand…

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Fantasy Football: Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

Just like last week’s waiver wire, this week does not have any major pickups that will make a significant impact on your fantasy team. The good thing is that there are officially no more bye weeks, so looking to the waiver wire will not be needed as much as previous weeks. Here are the picks for the week:

Donald Brown, RB, Indianpolis Colts

Brown has been playing relatively well for a player on the Colts. He notched 70 yards on 16 carries against the Falcons in Week 9. However, he is a Colt, which means he’ll probably never get a touchdown.

Laurent Robinson, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Starting WR Austin Miles went down once again with a hamstring injury, leaving Robinson to take the starting job from him. Robinson is probably the best value on the wire right now, catching a total of 10 passes for 135 yards and two scores in the last two games. He’ll likely start for the next 2-3 weeks in place of Austin.

Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders

Making his second appearance on this list, Moore and fellow Oakland wideout Jacoby Ford have been benefitting greatly with QB Carson Palmer tossing them the pigskin. Palmer threw for a hefty 332 yards last game, which is nice looking for any suitors of the Raiders WR corps. It also helps that Moore returns punts, giving him the possibility of another way to score a TD.

Jacoby Ford, WR, Oakland Raiders

 See: Denarius Moore.

 

Earl Bennett, WR, Chicago Bears

Bennett and fellow Vanderbilt product Jay Cutler seemed to have a nice connection during last Monday’s Bears-Eagles game. Bennett caught a team high five receptions for 95 yards (also a team high) and a score. Stash Bennett for further progress.

Austin Pettis, WR, St. Louis Rams

Pettis is thrust into the starting role due to the ridiculous amount of injuries the Rams’ receiving corps has suffered this year. In addition to losing Danny Amendola earlier in the year, Greg Salas also went down with a season-ending injury last weekend. Pettis should get a fair amount of catches, but don’t expect too much out of him from here on out.

Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

Miller has a combined 158 yards on 12 catches over the last two weeks, ranking him the number three tight end over the past three weeks.

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Fantasy Football: Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

Do you really want this guy starting on your team?

While last week’s waiver wire picks were mostly on byes, this week’s look to give you that instant boost you might need if you’re on the verge of not cracking fantasy playoffs. Deals have happened upon the trade deadline Wednesday evening, and the biggest include the trading of QB Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders for a ridiculous guaranteed 1st round pick in next year’s draft as well as a conditional 1st rounder in 2013. Vince Lombardi said it best: “What the hell is going on out here!?” Jokes aside, is Palmer a worthwhile look on the waiver wire?

Carson Palmer, QB, Oakland Raiders

Palmer hasn’t played since 2010, where he put up mediocre numbers (82.4 QB rating, 26 TDs, 20 INTs), and with starter Jason Campbell out indefinitely with a broken collarbone, Palmer now has a few nice toys at his disposal. Palmer, however, since having elected not to receive Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm, has lost his arm strength and has decreased accuracy. He might be a better pure passer than Campbell, and should be a roster stash on desperate teams until we actually see him get some playing time.

Matt Moore, QB, Miami Dolphins

Yes, Matt Moore didn’t look very nice in last Monday’s matchup against the Jets, but let’s face it, he was facing one of the league’s better defenses. Moore gets to face a very weak Broncos defense Week 7 and he’ll surely be better, I promise.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Murray looks to replace the banged up Felix Jones in the Cowboys Week 7 game against a bad Rams team. He’ll probably be splitting time with Tashard Choice, but I think Murray will get the majority of carries due to his potential as well as Choice’s poor play last Sunday.

Maurice Morris, RB, Detroit Lions

The Lions may have dealt for RB Ronnie Brown from the Eagles, but I guarantee you that Morris will get the majority of the snaps for the Lions come Sunday. Morris received 25 snaps behind Jahvid Best last week, and should see a ton more considering Best suffered his second concussion of the season last Sunday against the 49ers.

Montario Hardesty, RB, Cleveland Browns

Hardesty is probably the most talented back on the list of players available, and will get to showcase it this Sunday. Starter Peyton Hillis, who may or may not be a part of the Madden Curse, has undergone hamstring surgery and could be on the shelf for a while. Hardesty should be owned by everyone, however, this week he does not face a good matchup against Seattle, one of the league’s best defenses against the run.

Greg Little, WR, Cleveland Browns

Little is now QB Colt McCoy’s prime target in Cleveland. Little had his best game of the year so far last Sunday, compiling six receptions for 72 yards. Look for him to get progressively better statistics-wise week-in and week-out.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

Thomas looks to step up into a big role since the Broncos decided to give away Brandon Lloyd for a bag of peanuts. Thomas should take over the second starting WR spot behind Eric Decker. I really like Thomas because he has the size and skill to be a Brandon Marshall type eventually. There’s a reason the Broncos took him before Dez Bryant in the 2010 NFL Draft. The only concerns about him are that he’s extremely injury prone.

Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The former Fighting Illini standout isn’t a staple on fantasy rosters just yet, but presents a good big-play threat every game. The Bucs’ offense has been quite a letdown this year, but if QB Josh Freeman picks it up at some point, Benn can be quite valuable.

Lance Kendricks, TE, St. Louis Rams

Kendricks, who played big in the preseason, finally came to light in the regular season last week, catching four balls for 71 yards. New WR Brandon Lloyd should open up more space for Kendricks to run and may surprise even more throughout the year.

Dallas Cowboys Defense/ST

America’s team looked great against the high-powered Patriots, holding Tom Brady to just two touchdowns and even intercepting him twice. If the Cowboys defense could keep up their play, you can expect huge gains from them in the upcoming weeks, as they face St. Louis this week, Seattle in Week 9, Washington  in Week 11, and Miami in Week 12.

 

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Fantasy Football: Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

Week 3 of the NFL season is almost here, and with all the injuries piling up to stud players, the waiver wire should be in full force in a lot of leagues, especially deep ones. We have already lost fantasy studs Peyton Manning and Jamaal Charles to (potentially, in Manning’s case) season-ending injuries in addition to a bunch of others getting hurt. Here are my picks to salvage your season:

Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Kansas City Chiefs

McCluster is the obvious pick-up of the week for all leagues with the loss of Jamaal Charles due to a torn ACL. McCluster fits the Reggie Bush mold in that he is a pass-catching back that stretches defenses. He already has nine receptions on the year and has racked up an impressive 7.8 yards per carry on 12 attempts.

Rex Grossman, QB, Washington Redskins

I never thought I’d see the day when “Sexy Rexy” would be considered a fantasy pickup. Seriously, did you? Grossman seems to have revitalized his career in Washington. Through the first two weeks, he is sixth in the NFL pass attempts, tied for sixth in passing scores, and ninth in passing yards. Use him as a spot starter if you absolutely need a QB.

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Tennessee Titans

Continuing surprising play at the QB position is Titans’ Matt Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck has been on fire lately as defenses have been stacking the box due to Chris Johnson. Hasselbeck is averaging 310 yards per game and currently has a 94.2 QB rating. He’ll be facing a weak Denver Bronco defense this Sunday which could warrant a nice spot start in deeper leagues. He’s also worth holding onto as a solid QB2.

Roy Helu, RB, Washington Redskins

Helu took over as the primary starter in the second half last weekend and looked impressive, averaging 6.91 yards per carry as well as catching three passes for 38 yards. Helu won’t be starting over Tim Hightower just yet, but if Hightower maintains his measly 3.73 yards per carry, expect Helu to take over the reigns as starter. He’s worth a pickup in all leagues.

Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders

Moore opened eyes last week, catching five passes for 146 yards and a score. Moore also added a 25 yard carry to his statline, showing potential owners his big-play potential. It might be a little early to say this, but Moore can be the next Miles Austin.

David Nelson, WR, Buffalo Bills

Nelson also had a breakout week last week and is bound to have many more big days with the loss of Roscoe Parrish. Nelson caught 10 passes for 83 yards and a score. Nelson may eventually emerge as QB Ryan Fitzpatrick’s top receiver if Stevie Johnson ends up going down due to his nagging groin injury.

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos

Decker has arguably been the Broncos best offensive weapon thus far. He had a career day last Sunday, racking up 113 yards and two touchdowns. Decker has long-term potential, and should be picked up immediately even if he’s not a guaranteed fantasy starter just yet.

Fred Davis, TE, Washington Redskins

Rounding out the Redskins’ pickups for the week, Davis has the look of a stud TE this year. Davis currently ranks sixth among TEs in fantasy. Grossman loves his TEs, so he looks like a safe pickup.

 

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