The Waiver Wire should still have some nuggets of gold out there for you. Any time a starter goes down, that bumps up everyone on that team’s depth chart. This creates opportunity for the fantasy owner. While the player that is RB3 on an NFL team may not be worth a roster spot on your fantasy team, if the starter goes down, suddenly RB3 is now RB2, one step away from the promised land of RB1. The savvy fantasy owner will scoop up the players that will be potential starters, already having them on their roster when he does become the starter. Be that guy, and this will help you on the way to becoming the guy that wins the Championship.
Here are some guys that can help you on the road to your Championship!
RB Brian Leonard, St.Louis
By now it’s not a secret that Steven Jackson is going to miss at least the upcoming week. If Jackson’s owner wasn’t smart enough to backup his stud with Leonard, then get out there and grab him now if possible. Leonard will have the job for at least one week, possibly a little longer.
QB Brian Griese, Chicago
The Bears simply HAVE to make a change at quarterback. This fact has been obvious to everyone except Lovie Smith, and based on yesterday’s press conference, Lovie seems to FINALLY be coming around. The starting quarterback for the Bears has some weapons at his disposal, and Griese has proven he can start in this league so picking up Griese is a good idea, especially if you own Grossman, Delhomme, et. al.
QB David Carr, Carolina
Carr makes the highest level on this list because, much like Griese, he will be the starter for the next couple of weeks. Jake Delhomme will be on the shelf for a couple of weeks, and let’s be honest, Carr really needs to step up and prove that he’s an NFL quarterback. Look for him to get Steve Smith involved in the offense so Carr has the potential to put up decent fantasy numbers in Delhomme’s absence.
RB Kenny Watson, Cincinnati
Rudi Johnson is having a great year, but we’re hearing that he’s got a bad hamstring. This is something that could linger for a while, or at the very least, it could give the coach a good reason to get other guys involved in the offense. Watson is waiting in the wings as Johnson’s backup, Rudi owners would be wise to make sure Watson is on their roster as insurance.
WR Roddy White, Atlanta
The Falcons offense is slowly showing signs of life, albeit, very slight signs of life. That said, White has been the beneficiary of the Falcons air attack as he’s averaging almost 80 yards per game this season. Not a bad player to pick up in case the Atlanta offense finally gets its act together on a consistent basis.
PK Jeff Reed, Pittsburgh
That’s right, we’re boldly putting a kicker on the Solid Pickup list this week. Reed has been averaging three FG chances per game, and with three games worth of statistics, that should be a pretty good indication going forward of what you can expect from the Steeler kicker. And by the way, he hasn’t missed a FG yet. Yes, Pittsburgh is a difficult place to kick in the winter, but Reed has proven that he belongs as one of the elite fantasy kickers this season. Dump your preseason kicker stud for Reed and you won’t be disappointed.
On the Radar
WR Nate Washington, Pittsburgh
We stay in Pittsburgh to talk about the Steelers third WR. Normally that wouldn’t be something worth talking about, but with Hines Ward potentially on the shelf, Washington might be a guy that could fill in for you in a pinch.
WR Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City
The Chiefs are another team that, like the Falcons, their WRs are usually not worth a roster spot on any fantasy roster. In his first year, Bowe is looking to change all that as he has quietly emerged as the go to WR in Kansas City. Averaging 45 yards this season, if you have a roster spot and a need at WR, Bowe wouldn’t be a bad player to pickup for some long term help.
RB Alvin Pearman, Seattle
It seems like Shaun Alexander is on the injury report every week, and each time it is more serious than the last. While the Alexander owner in your league holds onto Maurice Morris, thinking that he will inherit the throne should Alexander the Great go down, those in the know will grab Pearman, who would become the man in Alexander’s absence.
RB Aaron Stecker, New Orleans
With Deuce “Duece” McAllister possibly out for the season, the Saints will be relying heavily on Reggie Bush. Any time a starter goes down, that bumps up every player on the depth chart up a notch, thus Stecker moves up to be the backup to Bush. The Saints had been using both McAllister and Bush at the same time, so it isn’t out of the question that Stecker might get a few touches to keep Bush fresh.
RB Earnest Graham, Tampa Bay
A bit of a stretch here perhaps, but 75 yards and two scores in week three? That’s worth a flyer in my book. Cadillac Williams is injury prone and Michael Pittman is the fullback. Hmmm.
RB Samkon Gado, Houston
Noticing a trend here? It’s very difficult to find help at RB in a dynasty setting, so we’re digging deep. As was the case with Stecker, the depth chart is crumbling above Gado. Ahman Green and Ron Dayne are both hurt or hurting, could open the door for Gado to get significant amounts of playing time.