Toss in some ineffective play and a suspension and the waiver wire will be burning up once again. I think there are a lot of attractive options on the wire this week that have a chance to be long-term fantasy factors if things break the right way.
On the other hand, a couple of players who had big games likely won’t duplicate their performances again this season. Now let’s take a look at the names people will be targeting on the waiver wire after Week 3:
Tim Tebow, QB Broncos
The fans in Denver have been for calling for Tebow for the past two years. Be careful what you wish for because you may get it.
I’ve been on record saying I don’t believe Tebow will ever be a great starting quarterback in the NFL. However, his style is made for fantasy football. Tebow will always get rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, which makes him valuable to fantasy owners, as we saw at the end of last season.
I don’t think it’s all Kyle Orton’s fault in Denver but sooner or later the Broncos have to find out what they have in Tebow. I know reports surfaced this summer that Brady Quinn is ahead of Tebow on the depth chart but I’m not buying that for a second. Even if he is, Quinn won’t stay there for long.
Tebow will most likely be under center for the Broncos at some point this year. It’s only a matter of time. As Tebow showed last season, when he plays he has fantasy value.
The Final Call: Tebow is worth an add and stash in deeper leagues and two-quarterback leagues if you have the room on your roster.
Bernard Scott, RB Bengals
With word coming down that Cedric Benson will be serving a three-game suspension; Scott will take over as the starting running back in Cincinnati.
Scott averaged 4.9 yards per carry last season and he’s always done well in relief of Benson. However, there are a couple of things standing between Scott and fantasy success.
The Bengals don’t have the most explosive offense in the world. With rookie Andy Dalton under center, the Bengals are going to struggle some weeks, as we saw on Sunday against the 49ers. In games where Dalton isn’t playing well, the Bengals aren’t going to run the ball regardless of who’s in the backfield.
Also, expect Brian Leonard to see some snaps while Benson is out. One thing Scott has struggled with in the past is pass protection, an area where Leonard excels. Leonard is also an excellent receiver, so he’ll see time on third downs and could also emerge as the short-yardage back.
Scott will be the main man while Benson is serving his suspension but he’s likely going to be hit or miss during that three-week span.
The Final Call: Scott deserves to be owned in most leagues, especially if you have Benson. Just don’t expect him to put up huge numbers playing in that offense. I wouldn’t go nuts trying to get him personally.
Kendall Hunter, RB 49ers
Hunter did in one half on Sunday what Frank Gore has been able to do just once in two and a half games; he found the end zone.
Gore sprained his ankle on Sunday, opening the door for Hunter to get some touches. Now Gore is uncertain if he’ll play against the Eagles this week but whether he does or not, expect Hunter to start seeing more carries.
The 49ers gave Gore a new contract just before the start of the season but he hasn’t looked good running behind a porous offensive line. To be fair, there haven’t been a lot of holes for Gore to run through. Still, I can’t help but think Hunter looks like he has a little bit more juice when he’s in the game.
The Eagles have been very generous against the run so far this season, so Hunter will have a favorable matchup if he gets the call on Sunday. Either way, expect Hunter’s touches to increase in the coming weeks.
The Final Call: Hunter will be one of the most sought after players on the waiver wire this week. He will likely start at least one game and with Gore’s history of injuries, Hunter is a player we will likely hear a lot more from as the season goes on. Grab him if you can.