Some serious injuries this past week have created some great opportunities on this week’s waiver wire. Shonn Greene stepped in for Leon Washington and the Jets running game didn’t miss a beat. Over in Washington, the Redskins sole fantasy option Chris Cooley will miss the rest of the season, which opens up the door for Fred Davis to step into that starting role. While I hesitate to use the phrase “did not miss a beat” when talking about the Redskins offense, Davis picked up right where Cooley left off.
In addition to the obvious choices, we’ve got a couple guys deep down that may be of some help for those that are desperate for some fantasy points. As always, the recommendation is to get out there and take a chance on what’s available.
Though I don’t specifically discuss defenses in this space, I encourage you to take a hard look at the defensive unit you are riding with on a weekly basis. The defense that has been your automatic starter regardless of the matchup up to now, may not be that great for the next couple of weeks. Make sure you look ahead, not only one week, but two or three weeks. If you have the room at the bottom of your roster, be the owner that grabs a defense off the waiver wire because they’ll be playing either the Browns or Rams two weeks from now. Every point is precious, don’t miss an opportunity to stay one step ahead of the other owners in your league.
On to this week’s waiver wire wonders …
RB Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Greene is this week’s “obvious choice for top FA pickup”. He’s also an obvious choice of a name that will trip up my spell checker! Leon Washington‘s gruesome injury opens the door for Greene to see immediate and significant time on the field. A couple of touchdowns and 144 yards this past week aren’t numbers to be expected every week, but 75 total yards and a touchdown are not out of the question on a weekly basis going forward.
TE Fred Davis, Washington
Adding injury to the insulting Monday night performance of the Redskins, Washington lost Chris Cooley for the season to a broken foot. While I hesitate to use the phrase “did not miss a beat” when talking about the Redskins offense, Davis picked up right where Cooley left off in this week’s Monday night game, catching eight passes for 78 yards. More importantly, when Jason Campbell missed him in the end zone, he went right back to him on the next play for a score. Cooley owners, and other TE starved teams would be wise to grab Davis as he will put up Cooley type numbers on a weekly basis for the rest of the season.
RB Chris Wells, Arizona
I am seeing that Wells is still available in many leagues, he should be owned in all formats. Every week he gets more touches than Tim Hightower, though Arizona won’t name a ‘starter’, Wells’ increased role is a great sign for those that already own him. Love the increased role in the passing game this past week as well as him finding the end zone for the first time this season.
RB LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia
McCoy is another guy that shouldn’t be available, but I do see that in some leagues he is out there on the waiver wire. With Brian Westbrook‘s status for next week against the Giants in question, McCoy is ready to step in as the Eagles starter if called upon. Given Westbrook’s age, McCoy should be owned in all formats for the duration of the season.
WR Sam Aiken, New England
Very quietly, Aiken has moved up to third on New England’s depth chart. Given that the Patriots are a pass first offense, and a pretty good one, that gives Aiken good fantasy value. Earlier in the season, it was Julian Edelman that was the waiver wire wonder, but he’s out indefinitely. The Patriots have a bye this week, but don’t be afraid to grab him and stash him on your roster for future use.
WR Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh
In a season where it has been so difficult to find consistency from a wide out on the waiver wire, Wallace is a player that has shown that consistency. Not huge numbers, but he’s averaging 55 yards in the last four games, scoring touchdowns in two of those games. The Steelers are another team on the bye next week, but those in deep leagues that are struggling to get any points from their WR3, Wallace is worth your consideration.
QB Alex Smith, San Francisco
The Niners have returned the starting role to Smith, but only those of you in deep leagues that are in desperate need of a starter need apply here. San Francisco won’t be airing it out anytime soon, so this week’s 200 yards passing is going to be the norm. Nice to see the Titans on the schedule in a couple of weeks, but they are in between games against the Colts, Bears and Packers.
On The Radar
As we’ve mentioned, the savvy fantasy owner sometimes needs to look a couple of weeks forward when using the waiver wire, taking a chance on a guy that is about to see an increase in playing time before he puts up the numbers on the field. This is a classic example of this in action. Ted Ginn hasn’t been performing up to Miami’s liking, look for Hartline to start digging into Ginn’s playing time. Three catches for close to a hundred yards last week will put him on the radar, but it’s Ginn’s ineffectiveness that will give Hartline continued success on the field going forward.
Hart gets a mention this week given that Donald Brown came up with a sore shoulder. Hart looks to finally be healthy, and the reports are coming out that the Colts aren’t afraid to use Hart should Brown not be able to go.
Deep and/or Dynasty Only
WR Sammie Stroughter, Tampa Bay
In an effort to appease my dynasty friends that claim I only dig for RBs in this last category, I’ve got a couple wide outs listed this week. Two weeks in a row with 60+ yards, three weeks in a row with three catches. As the category infers, only very deep and/or dynasty leagues need apply here, but Stroughter is showing signs of life for the Bucs.
WR Danny Amendola, St. Louis
Due to injury and ineffectiveness, Amendola has moved up to third on the Rams wide out depth chart. On some teams (ie. New England), that gives a player value, on others (ie. St. Louis), that gives a player, well, it puts him in the final category in this week’s writeup for those deep leagues. He’s had a consistent stretch of three weeks, five-three-five catches. This is a good sign for seasons to come for his production.
RB Chad Simpson, Indianapolis
Though I already have Mike Hart in this week’s writeup, it was Simpson that grabbed a garbage time touchdown in this past week’s destruction of the Rams. I like Hart as the better option of the two, but his health and durability are a question. Dynasty leaguers in desperate need of RB help may find a weak lifeline in the Colts backfield.
RB Danny Woodhead, New York Jets
The injury to Leon Washington shuffles players up a notch on the Jets depth chart. Woodhead finds himself as RB3, not a lot of action, but if Thomas Jones or Shonn Greene get hurt, Woodhead moves even closer to being on the field.