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Week Three Waiver Wire Pickups

The waiver wire is a difficult place to manage.  One one hand, you don’t want to react too much to one week’s worth of stats.  On the other hand, you want to be one step ahead of the other teams in your league and grab the hot player a week before he becomes white hot.  A case in point is Anthony Fasano.  After an incredible week one performance, the fantasy owner could not ignore the numbers and had to react.  Like myself, many went out and grabbed him, in many cases in favor of a pretty good tight end.  Luckily in my case, I only dumped Todd Heap for him, I’ve seen the sad stories of those that gave up on Tony Scheffler for him.  All I can say is, it’s better to have taken a chance on the waiver wire and lost, rather than not having taken a chance on the waiver wire at all.  If you were burned last week, get back on your horse and take a look at what might be available to you this week. 

Smokin’ Hot

RB Darren Sproles, San Diego

Sproles has not only clearly claimed the backup role to LaDainian Tomlinson, but in his absence in week two, all Sproles did was gain 125 yards from scrimmage, including a tremendous catch and run for a touchdown.  Oh, and he returned a kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown as well.  Sproles, if he isn’t already owned, should be the top player selected off your waiver wire this week. 

PK Matt Prater, Denver

Last week we had kicker John Kasay on the ‘hot’ list, this week we discuss Matt Prater.  The Broncos offense is scoring points in bunches, and Mike Shanahan hasn’t shown any fear in allowing his kicker to attempt from more than 50 yards.  Take a long look at your kicking situation and if Prater is available, consider upgrading. 

TE Tony Scheffler, Denver

I’m hoping that Scheffler isn’t available in any of your leagues, but if the Scheffler owner got antsy and dropped him last week, grab him immediately.  Sheffler was on the injury report prior to week one, so his playing time was limited, one catch for 72 yards (pretty good).  A healthy Scheffler in week two?  Six catches, 64 yards, two touchdowns.  That’s starting fantasy TE material.  The waiver wire is a difficult place to manage.  Last week we had Anthony Fasano exploded on the scene, which prompted many TE starved owners to grab him, some even in favor of Sheffler.  Fasano put up a goose egg in week two.  Does that mean his owners should drop him this week?  I’m not so sure.  One thing I am sure of, is that Scheffler is here to stay as a fantasy force, get on board if you can. 

Solid Pickups

QB JT O’Sullivan, San Francisco

San Francisco isn’t going to win many games, which means they will be playing from behind and passing a lot.  O’Sullivan backed up a decent week one performance with an excellent week two performance that saw him throw for 321 yards, as well as rush for 32.  He’s taking a beating, but he’s performing.  Consider grabbing him as your backup QB to fill a bye week. 

TE John Carlson, Seattle

Carlson gets the call up from the ‘deep’ list last week, to the ‘solid’ list this week.  Seattle has no one else to throw the ball to, Carlson caught 6 passes for 78 yards in week two.  After 52 yards in week one, Carlson looks like a decent fantasy TE. 

WR Bryant Johnson, San Francisco

With the rise of JT O’Sullivan and the 49ers passing offense, comes the rise of a couple of WRs.  Yes, Isaac Bruce had double the yards in week two, but he’s still Isaac Bruce, his hamstrings can’t have more than a couple more weeks left in them, can they?  In all seriousness, I see Johnson as being the better of the WRs on San Francisco, definately worth picking up if you have the room.

WR David Patten, New Orleans

Of all the WRs I’m going to talk about this week, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that behind Bryant Johnson, Patten has the most staying power.  I like the Saints passing offense, and though 5 catches for 55 yards isn’t great, Drew Brees looked to Patten in all the tough situations.  I look for Patten to become a guy that gets around 7-70-TD on a weekly basis. 

WR Justin Gage, Tennessee

Gage is another guy that didn’t have a great week two, but with Kerry Collins at the helm, Gage also got 5 catches for 59 yards and a TD in week two.  As long as Collins is behind center, like Patten, Gage could become a possible WR3/Flex on your team.

RB Warrick Dunn, Tampa Bay

After rushing for 54 yards in week one, Dunn backed that up in week two with 49 yards on the ground and a touchdown.  Add in three catches for 21 yards, and no matter what Jon Gruden is saying, his confidence in Dunn is growing.  And along with confidence from the coach, comes playing time.  Earnest Graham owners would be wise to hedge their bets and find room for Dunn on their roster. 

On The Radar

WR Isaac Bruce, San Francisco

I have a hard time adding Bruce to the waiver list, I can’t imagine his time not on the injured list will last too long, but you can’t ignore 4 catches for 153 yards in week two.  If you are in need for week three, Bruce has a great matchup against the Lions, but I don’t see this kind of production lasting too long. 

QB Brian Griese, Tampa Bay

With each passing week, and don’t laugh out loud too hard when you read this, but with each week of mild success, that’s one step closer to Griese claiming the starting QB job full time in Tampa.  Now that you’ve picked yourself off the floor, yes, I believe it to be possible.  A healthy Jeff Garcia isn’t walking through that door anytime soon, so if you are in need of a starting quarterback for your fantasy team, Griese should put up average numbers to keep your team afloat. 

RB Michael Pittman, Denver

The Broncos backfield is plenty crowded, Selvin Young, Andre Hall, etc., but when a team is putting up 30+ points a game, then there should be plenty of fantasy points being spread around.  Pittman has seen a decent amount of action on the field, enough to put up 30 yards and find the endzone in week two.  If you have room at the end of your bench, grab Pittman and see if Denver’s backfield situation gets cleared up. 

Deep and/or Dynasty Only

RB Michael Bush, Oakland

With Justin Fargas dinged up a little bit, Bush becomes the primary backup to Darren McFadden.  Sure, we’re reaching here, but keep in mind that rookie RBs rarely make it through an entire season healthy, Bush could be the guy to get the call should McFadden need some down time. 

WR Chansi Stuckey, New York Jets

Yes, still reaching deep into the waiver pool this week, all Stuckey seems to do is score touchdowns.  A guy like that can become a quarterback favorite, those in deep leagues might want to take a look at the youngster, especially since he has touchdowns in each of the first two games this season.

WR James Jones, Green Bay

Aaron Rodgers seems to have settled into the starter’s role, and his week two performance was outstanding.  After missing week one with an injury, Jones returned to the Packer lineup and caught three passes for 29 yards and a touchdown.  Consider finding room at the bottom of your roster as I see Jones improving on these numbers, and considering Donald Driver‘s injury history, if Jones gets into the starting lineup, he will be worthy of a start on your fantasy team. 

RB Jacob Hester, San Diego

Finally this week, we reach to the literal bottom of the barrel.  With LaDainian Tomlinson’s health in question, if he should miss any time, then Hester would see some action backing up Darren Sproles.  Right, Sproles is definately the backup, but Hester could steal a few goal line carries during a game that Tomlinson doesn’t dress. 

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