Probably the most important waiver wire period of the season takes place this week. Don’t miss out! With only one week in the books, we’re seeing some starters already on the injury reports (some for significant amounts of time), and other third or fourth string guys start to work their way up the depth charts. If you have some room on your roster, take a close look and see what is available in your league.
So good luck and let’s get right into it!
RB Derrick Ward, NY Giants
Brandon Jacobs didn’t waste any time disappointing his owners, as it looks like he’ll be missing at least a few weeks. The Giants have established Reuben Droughns as their fullback, and last week against the Cowboys Ward was very busy, rushing for 89 yards. He was also involved in the passing game where he was able to find the end zone. Starting running backs, if even for a few weeks, don’t often become available so grab him if you can.
WR Patrick Crayton, Dallas
Filling in for the injured Terry Glenn, Crayton has stepped into the Cowboys starting lineup. While he only tallied three catches for 51 yards in week one, we think that as Crayton becomes more comfortable in the offense (with Terry Glenn continuing to be on the sidelines), he has the potential to be a starting fantasy WR3 and viable bye week filler.
WR Antwaan Randle El, Washington
The Brandon Lloyd experiment for the Redskins seems to be over, and Randle El’s week one performance (5 catches for 162 yards) should entrench him as the starter. Jason Campbell is young and has a strong arm, Randle El is fast, a good fantasy combination especially with Santana Moss drawing double teams on the opposite side of the field. While we don’t see 100+ yards as his weekly total, he should be considered a fantasy WR3 and bye week filler.
RB Michael Pittman, Tampa Bay
Perhaps a bit of a reach to have Pittman in this category, but with running backs so hard to come by, I think the status here is warranted. The oft injured Cadillac Williams could miss next week, and though Pittman didn’t get much action on the ground in week one, he was much involved in the passing game. Should Williams continue his injured ways then it would be Pittman that would see the bulk of the action in the Bucs backfield.
WR James Jones, Green Bay
I came very close to having Jones on last week’s list, and this week he jumps right into this category. Though Jones only ended up with four catches on the day, watching the game it appears that Brett Favre already has confidence in the youngster. The longer that Greg Jennings continues to be slowed with a bad hamstring, the more time that Favre and Jones will be able to hook up and establish themselves as a decent fantasy combo.
WR Shaun McDonald, Detroit
Yes, I know that McDonald is fourth on the depth chard for the Lions, but in a Mike Martz offense, that can be better than the top WR on other teams. The Lions are going to throw the ball and Jon Kitna proved in week one that he is a top fantasy quarterback. McDonald was the top receiver for the Lions as they shredded Oakland’s pass defense, worthy of a look in any fantasy format. And don’t forget that McDonald is familiar with the Martz offense from their days in St.Louis so the coach certainly has confidence when McDonald is on the field.
K Mason Crosby, Green Bay/K Shaun Suisham, Washington
Generally I will do my best not to list the same guys from week to week, but last week we had both of these guys in the ‘On the Radar’ list and based on week one performance, they deserve a promotion to the ‘Solid Pickups’ list. Within the span of a few minutes, both of these players were clinching late victories for their teams so they have both quickly earned their coach’s confidence with the game on the line.
On the Radar
WR Drew Carter, Carolina
Another guy that is a bit down on the depth chart (at three), but when a guy notches two touchdowns in only three catches, that’s an eye opener. I’d consider stashing Carter on your roster in deep leagues if you have the room.
TE Desmond Clark, Chicago
While everyone was hyped up about rookie Greg Olsen, Clark flew under the radar at many fantasy drafts. With Olsen out for week one, Clark put in a business like effort, a very quiet three catches for 38 yards. Nothing to write home about, but should Olsen’s injury linger, Clark would continue to see playing time and an increase in output.
TE Zach Miller, Oakland
Though Miller only recorded three catches for 23 yards, Miller appears to have locked up the starting job for the Raiders. If and when JaMarcus Russell takes over, he’ll be looking for a friend to dump the ball off to so Miller’s output should be on the rise. In the meantime, Miller’s numbers should rise slightly as the Raiders passing game gets going.
RB Sammy Morris, New England
The Patriots play everyone on their roster (which may or may not include the guy holding the camera on their sideline). Laurence Maroney is obviously the featured back in New England, but Morris rushed eleven times (for 54 yards) and even caught a couple of passes. Morris looks like he will be more than a backup and should be owned in all leagues.
RB Musa Smith, Baltimore
With Mike Anderson out of action in week one, Smith went ahead and found the endzone as Willis McGahee’s backup. We’re not sure why Anderson was ahead of Smith on the depth chart in the first place, so those of you dynasty guys looking to vulture a deep backup RB, look no further that Musa.
RB Ron Dayne, Houston
As with Smith/McGahee in Baltimore, Ron Dayne has emerged as Ahman Green’s top backup for the Texans. Though much of his week one action was with the result no longer in doubt, Dayne ended up with 13 carries as compared to 16 for Green. Mr. Green hasn’t been the poster child for durability in the past couple of years, so Dayne wouldn’t be a bad guy to stash on your lineup ‘just in case’.