Well, week of the NFL is in the bag, and now we can take a look back at our fantasy drafts and begin to deliberate on the quality of our picks. Along with that we can decide which players we should scrap for some hot players on the wire. The first few weeks of the season are pivotal in waivers when your looking for that breakout star for the year. Here are some names to consider.
Fred Davis – A player I picked as a sleeper jumped out a little earlier than I anticipated. Davis hauled in 5 receptions for 105 yards, and was targeted 6 times to Chris Cooley’s 3. Cooley isn’t the same player he was in the past and a lingering knee issue will likely cause him to be out at some point this season. Davis is also noticeably thinner and quicker than he has been over the past few seasons. He’s been terrific before when given the starts, he is in a contract year and the Redskins are looking to see what he can be for the team. Breakout written all over him. Available in 96% of leagues.
Carnell Williams – The Cadillac will be rolling, at least for next week. Steven Jackson strained his quad during the first play which was for a 47 yard touchdown, salvaging a unfortunate turn of events for most fantasy owners, but more importantly was that he was able to come back out and was ok to walk get on the bike. Williams will likely be best used as a spot start for Jackson owners, or owners wanting to stick it to Jackson owners. Whatever the case may be he will face a pretty decent run defense in the G-men, and will have value if Jackson’s injury lingers. Available in 88% of leagues.
Ed Dickson – Joe Flacco hooked up with Dickson on all targets (5 of them) for 58 yards and a touchdown. He’s worth a stash if you can spare a spot on your roster and Fred Davis isn’t available. He’s got decent upside for a stash and see. He is available in 95% of leagues.
Willis McGahee – With Moreno coming up gimpy in the 4th quarter of Monday night’s game, fantasy owners should be looking to add McGahee as quickly as possible. McGahee fits the system John Fox wants to run a little better than Moreno, and if Moreno is out for a significant amount of time is well worth the add. Available in 45% of leagues.
Cam Newton – After 422 yards and 3 touchdowns in his rookie debut, Newton is worth a flier in most leagues where he is owned in about 54% and rising. I can’t go out on a limb and say he will continue to put up numbers like he did against Arizona, because it’s important to point out that it came in week 1 where a lot of defenses are behind the curve due to the lockout and shortened off season. He’s worth a stash and see though.
Jacoby Jones – With Kevin Walter out at least 1-2 weeks, though some sources reported a broken shoulder 10-12 weeks, Jones will be looking at starter’s snaps. Though he will likely be the 3 or 4th target in progressions, the Texans have shown faith in Jones in some pre-designed plays set to take pressure off of Andre Johnson. If your in a pinch due to a Marques Coltson injury or the like, Jones is worth a look. Available in 77% of leagues.
Rex Grossman – In Washington’s opening day win, Grossman looked good in Mike Shanahan’s system and continued to play well, as he did in his late year starts from last season. He is another QB who could be a good BYE week filler or another QB in line to try and patch up your Peyton Manning hole.
Some other players of note Jordy Nelson, AJ Green, Robert Meachem, Aaron Hernanez, and Devery Henderson are hot commodities, though I’m not seeing them available in as many leagues. Also Dominick Hixon, Randall Cobb, Jermaine Gresham, and Mohamad Massaquoi are some other names to consider.
Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Dez Bryant throughout the week after he suffered a bruised quad on a return against the Jets. All signs point to Bryant being ok, but owners should be cautious.
Nate Kaeding, fantasy’s top projected kicker is out, and will be replaced by Nick Novak in San Diego, who may be worth a look just based on possible attempts.
I also have received a good deal of questions pertaining to whether Peyton Manning will return this season or not and if it’s worth holding on to him in case he could return. As a current owner of said QB, let me say this. The panic button was hit last week, and his season is all but lost. Keeping him may be good if he really wants to return, but in all likelihood he won’t return. IF he were to be declared fit to play, the season will likely already be lost for the Colts by that time and a return would serve no purpose in prolonging his career. In fact, it would only serve to pad stats. I have heard that the procedure that he underwent was one that promoted a quicker healing process, though subjected him to significantly more pain, however, even with that procedure most doctors wouldn’t clear him for 4 months. I know it’s tough to bail on a QB of his stature if your in a league, but unless your in a keeper league, keeping Manning is making less and less sense.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.