Major stories are a bit lacking this week on the fantasy football waiver wire. Kenny Britt went down in Tennessee, but it’s unlikely that his replacement will rock the fantasy world (though he will have some value). Michael Vick amazingly recovered from his “broken” hand in less than 24 hours. Nonetheless, while they may not make or break your fantasy year, several players merit consideration.
Daniel Thomas, Miami, RB – Help at running back is pretty slim right now. Thomas is not racking up huge fantasy tallies, but he has come in around 100 yards two weeks in a row. His Y/A is hitting a solid 4.9 and he appears to have established himself as the primary option in Miami. He is not available in all leagues, but is still available in some.
Nate Washington, Tennessee, WR – A Fantasy Café contributor suggested Washington as a pickup last week and I hope you were listening to him, not me. At the time, I was primarily concerned with Washington’s lack of consistent production over the course of his career. Now he has managed to produce two solid games in a row. More importantly, Kenny Britt is done for the season and somebody in Tennessee will need to step up and catch passes. Washington has the hot hand and appears likely to be the main target in Tennessee going forward.
Denarius Moore, Oakland, WR – Last week, Moore made our list of long-term projects. Moore had another solid fantasy week, showing off his skills in the rushing game. Given New England’s shaky passing defense, Moore appears to be a solid start this week and is still available in many leagues.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh, WR – Brown is slowly starting to fulfill the promise he showed in the pre-season. He has caught roughly four passes on average for about 70 yards each of the past two weeks. This is not exactly stellar (yet), but he appears to have established himself as the number two option in Pittsburgh. As the season progresses, he could become more valuable.
Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit, TE – I had been looking for Pettigrew to break out this season and it looks like things might finally be clicking. He is now more than one year removed from an ACL tear and ready to show the athletic talent that made him a first round pick in 2009. Pettigrew started slow but caught 11 passes on Sunday. Once he finds the end zone, he should be a valuable contributor.
Torrey Smith, Baltimore, WR – Smith had a ridiculous breakout in the first quarter of Sunday’s game, going for three touchdowns on his first three receptions. While I do not expect Smith or anyone not-named Clark Kent to repeat that production anytime soon, Smith has the talent and athleticism to be a very good WR. He also has the opportunity in Baltimore, since Lee Evans has done little to distinguish himself. If Evans is not set to go against the Jets, Smith is a potential start this week, though he will certainly not be facing the best possible matchup.
Victor Cruz, New York Giants, WR – Cruz had a very solid performance on Sunday and has been snapped up in many leagues. However, he is still only the third WR in New York and will return to that role once Mario Manningham is healthy. While Cruz merits watching, I would not bank on him approaching Sunday’s production on a consistent basis.
Kendall Hunter, San Francisco, RB – Kendall Hunter is not an obvious pickup candidate. He really has not done much to distinguish himself on the field. However, rumors seem to be floating around the web that he may have some opportunity to supplant (or at least take some carries from) Frank Gore, who has been putting up a lackluster 2.5 Y/A this season. I would not waste a bench slot on Hunter, yet, but I would keep an eye on the news coming out of San Francisco. Gore owners might want to start considering a handcuff with Hunter.
Ryan Grant, Green Bay, RB – Grant appears to be staking his claim to a larger share of the Green Bay platoon. Grant carried 17 times for 92 yards on Sunday. Unfortunately, he was also injured, which makes his valuable questionable in the short-term.
James Casey, Houston, RB/TE – Casey is in an interesting situation in Houston. He has been playing fullback for Houston this season. However, in some fantasy leagues, such as Yahoo! leagues, he qualifies at both RB and TE. Sunday, he caught five passes for over 100 yards and a TD. If he continues to see more involvement in the passing game and possibly some more carries at RB, he could be a valuable stealth option at TE in some leagues.
Marshall has over ten years fantasy football experience and maintains a fantasy football blog over at Sunday Morning Legend (In My Own Mind).
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