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Week One Waiver Wire Pickups

We’ve shuffled things around a bit this year, I’m moving from the Week in Review over to the Weekly Waiver Wire.  As always, any comments are welcome and appreciated. 

Each week we’ll attempt to talk about some players that either thru performance or depth chart moves, warrant at least a check of your league to see if they are available to be picked up.  Winning a fantasy football title doesn’t end on draft day, and it certainly is more than submitting a weekly lineup.  You have to be active every week to make sure you have an edge over your competition.  Each waiver wire selection is crucial, especially this time of year!

We’ll also attempt to dig deeeep thru the depths and point out a few players to you dynasty leaguers that might be worth adding to your roster.  In a dynasty league, you need to be looking very low on the NFL depth charts, we’ll see if we can’t find a few diamonds in the rough that might help you out in the future. 

So good luck and let’s get right into it!

Smokin’ Hot!

RB Selvin Young, Denver

You knew it was going to happen at some point, Mike Shanahan being, well, Mike Shanahan.  The latest news out of Denver is that the undrafted rookie has been moved all the way up the depth chart to #2.  And let’s be honest here, Travis Henry hasn’t exactly been the poster child for durability.  Young will stand waiting in the wings should anything happen to Henry.  The modern version of fantasy football dictates that nearly every backup RB be owned, so Young should be picked up and put on your roster if at all possible. 

RB Kenton Keith, Indianapolis

The release of both De De Dorsey and Clinton Dawson was a clear signal that the former CFL star has won the backup job for the Colts.  As is the case in Denver, the backup RB on Indianapolis should be owned in all fantasy leagues, so clear some space at the bottom of your roster and stash him in case anything

happens to Joseph Addai. 

Solid Pickups

QB Joey Harrington, Atlanta

I am a little surprised that Harrington is available in many fantasy leagues.  No, I’m not saying that Harrington is going to light the world on fire this season, but I do see him as a very capable backup and bye week fill in.  Like much of the players on the Falcons, Harrington has been flying under the radar.  While I normally don’t like to have players in their first year on a new team, especially quarterbacks, I think the change in scenery for Harrington will bode well for his fantasy production. 

QB Daunte Culpepper, Oakland

Come on and admit it, like me you are a little intrigued by Culpepper.  And what better place to rejuvenate oneself than with the Raiders.  While it hasn’t been officially announced, my sources are telling me that Culpepper has won the starting job.  Though these sources are bound to be suspect, even if he’s not named the starter, it’s only a matter of time before he would take over for Josh McCown.  Of all the positions, quarterbacks get hurt the most and are the most difficult fantasy position to replace when that happens.  I recommend stocking your roster with three starting NFL quarterbacks, or two and a close backup, so Culpepper would be a perfect candidate to be your QB3.  Nothing to lose by owning him, everything to gain should he claim the comeback player of the year. 

On the Radar

K Mason Crosby, Green Bay

Nothing terribly exciting here, but it looks like Crosby has won the kicking battle for the Packers.  Green Bay is a team that should put up a decent amount of points, so Crosby should benefit.  Possible bye week filler here. 

K Shaun Suisham, Washington

As with Crosby, nothing to get overly excited about, just another guy that has won a kicking job.  Suisham’s hold on the job could be tenuous as there is already talk about bringing in some of the other flotsam and jetsam that is currently on the market as “competition”.  Keep an eye on Suisham as the Redskins are another team that should score a lot of points. 

Dynasty Only

RB Pierre Thomas, New Orleans

As we all know, the Saints are pretty stacked at RB with both Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush.  The undrafted rookie Thomas has claimed the RB3 spot on the depth chart, which doesn’t mean a hill of beans to you re-draft league players, but to the dynasty team owner, it means if you can spare a roster spot it might not be a bad idea to lay a claim to Thomas.  New Orleans sees something in the rookie, maybe he could turn into something in a couple of years. 

QB Sage Rosenfels, Houston

The Texans thought highly enough of Rosenfels that had he not gotten hurt last year, he’d have been given a couple of starts.  Then again, they didn’t think highly enough of him to start him this year so they picked up Matt Shaub to be their starter.  Rosenfels sits in the desirable position of backup QB so should Shaub falter or get hurt, he’d become the starter.  Quarterbacks are tough to come by in dynasty, and Rosenfels is a guy to keep an eye on for this year and next. 

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