With many owners in full-blown panic mode due to high-round picks such as Tom Brady, LaDainian Tomlinson, Matt Forte and Roddy White coming up extremely short, it’s imperative that you visit your league’s Waiver Wire every few days. Donovan McNabb is nursing his ribs, again, Tom Brady looks more like Greg Brady these days, LT is nursing a sprained ankle and might have to share touches with highly productive Darren Sproles (If Sproles is available in your league … he shouldn’t be), Forte is averaging a meager 2.2 YPC and Wes Welker pulled a disappearing act courtesy of coach Bill Belichik Sunday. I’m not suggesting that your league possesses the village-idiot who waives one of the above, but losing does funny things to people. Dropping two consecutive weeks just might drive an owner to cut a usable part, but you won’t know unless you check. That’s how leagues are won… and lost.
In most leagues, the Waiver Wire is starting to look like a Turkey three days after Thanksgiving … picked clean. Nevertheless, keep an eye out for;
Joe Flacco: Now here’s a pleasant surprise! The Ravens came into the season bragging a two-headed running game of Willis McGahee and Ray Rice, and while the offensive mentality is not going to change it is important to know that Flacco is capable of putting the team on his shoulders. His 307-yard, 3-TD Week 1 effort against the Chiefs proved as much. Granted, that’s the Chiefs … as in the Kansas City Chiefs, but Flacco is a worthwhile spot-starter who is developing into a fine NFL signal caller.
Kerry Collins: What you lose in youth you gain in experience. Collins isn’t going to hang gaudy digits, that’s RB Chris Johnson’s job. But someone has to get Johnson the ball, and that’s where Collins comes in. In conjunction, the Titan QB is building a rapport with budding rook’ receiver Kenny Britt (definitely worth a look if you need a wideout) and it doesn’t seem as if Vince Young will claim the starter’s role anytime soon.
Matt Leinart: Leinart was 3/6 for 22 yards in mop-up duty Sunday. You’re not grabbing him for now, you’re grabbing him for the future. Behind a 38-year-old Kurt Warner, that future could come any day. The Arizona O is too potent to leave the backup QB unclaimed and Warner can’t be expected to remain intact for another full slate.
LeSean McCoy: Being groomed as RB Brian Westbrook’s successor, McCoy tallied 55 total yards on 9 touches Sunday. A nifty runner with good hands out of the backfield, McCoy should see double-digit touches as soon as Week 5. Much like Leinart, McCoy could be called to full-time duty at any point and Westbrook is currently nicked-up.
Michael Bush: Darren McFadden is the unquestioned feature back, but Oakland coach Tom Cable has shown a willingness to put the rock in Bush’s hands on those rare occasions the team gets inside the 10. A 6-1/245 nightmare in cleats, Bush has totaled 90 yards and a touchdown over the last two weeks.
Justin Forsett: A deeper sleeper… and I had to pick one. Forsett stacked quality yardage Sunday; 5 rushes for 35 yards and 6 receptions for another 57 yards. To put Forsett’s production into more graphic terms, Seattle lead back Julius Jones tallied 8 total yards on 11 total carries. That’s putrid production from Jones, who is simply not a productive runner under the best of circumstances, and I anticipate that the smaller, faster Forsett has slipped past venerable Edgerrin James on the ‘Hawk depth chart.
Mario Manningham: I pushed Manningham last week like he was the ice cream and I was the Good Humor man. This week, the second-year Giant receiver saw his stock rise faster than … something really fast. After a rock-solid 3/58/1 opener against the Redskins, Manningham put on a pass catching clinic against the Cowboys Sunday night, banking a ridiculous 10/150/1. Big Blue QB Eli Manning held an open audition for Plaxico Burress’ replacement … Mario Manningham answered the call. Not as physical or as imposing as his pass catching predecessor, Manningham is willing to go over the middle, is fast out of his breaks and makes things happen post-catch. A no-brainer ‘Wire grab and a likely WR2 for our purposes by Week 5.
Johnny Knox: Another sleeper who will remain such for perhaps another week at best, Knox hauled in 6 balls for 70 yards and a TD Sunday. Knox is emerging as Chicago’s go-to wide receiver, elbowing Earl Bennett out of the way in the process, and any wideout that has Cutler’s attention warrants ours as well.
Laurent Robinson: Look, no Ram skill position player should be all that appealing, the team is flat-out bad. Nevertheless, over the first two weeks of the season Robinson has 11 grabs for 141 yards and a TD. Worth a look if your receiving corps is scary thin.
Brandon Pettigrew: “Contributor” … “Detroit Lions” … With the exception of WR Calvin Johnson, the terms are almost mutually exclusive. Nevertheless, stud pass-catcher Johnson can’t be rookie QB Matt Stafford’s only receiving weapon. Towards that end, the Lions drafted Pettigrew along with their franchise signal caller. With four receptions for 40 yards Sunday Pettigrew isn’t exactly putting the Roto World on notice, but it is a promising start and more significantly, Calvin Johnson will draw the coverage away from Pettigrew, leaving the big tight end open. Or at least, that’s the plan.
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