The waiver wire still has plenty of potential. Monitor what is out there versus what you have in your final few roster spots. Even if there’s a player out there that you can’t use, if it is an upgrade to your roster and you can keep a player off your opponent’s team, then make the move.
We’ve got a couple of running backs listed that are in line to see be starters for their team this week. A couple of tight ends for those that are hurting at that position. Wide outs continue to get a lot of play here, one in particular will have an immediate short term and long term impact. We’ve even got a kicker listed in this week’s “Hot List”.
On to this week’s wonders…
WR Nate Washington, Tennessee
With Kenny Britt done for the season, Washington moves into the starting lineup, a place he will occupy for the rest of the season. He responded this week with eight catches for almost a hundred yards and a touchdown (this coming off a performance of seven catches for 99 yards in week 2). Matt Hasselbeck clearly had no trouble throwing in Washington’s direction, targeting him early and often. Look for this to continue as Washington is a player that will have an immediate and long term fantasy impact.
PK Jason Hanson, Detroit
That’s right, we’re listing a kicker in this week’s hot list. I debated on dropping Hanson into last week’s story, this week he makes a splash in the top section as he’s still available in many leagues. Fantasy points are so precious, when you have the opportunity to grab one of the hottest kickers in the game, then you have to make the move. The Lions’ offense has been potent all season, and Hanson added four kicks this past week to push his season total to eight (three of them have been 40 yards or more).
TE Randy McMichael, San Diego
With Antonio Gates lining up foot specialists all over the country “just to be sure”, that’s a pretty big red flag that something isn’t right. McMichael made an immediate impact when pressed into service this past week, catching four balls for 51 yards. The Chargers starting tight end is always an active participant in the offense, McMichael is an excellent short term solution for those in need at the position, and could have long term potential if Gates is out for an extended period of time.
RB Bernard Scott, Cincinnati
Owned in a shade over 50% of leagues, that number is sure to skyrocket with the news that Cedric Benson has been suspended for a handful of games. Scott will be the starter for the Bengals, a rare commodity on the waiver wire. We expect Scott to generate yardage totals just a shade under a hundred and a touchdown in Benson’s absence.