With the Fantasy season set to begin and most drafts done, owners are looking over their players and possibly lamenting a few of their later round choices. It’s time to begin surfing the waiver wires and looking for that undrafted fantasy gem, that Victor Cruz of the 2012 season. It never too early for those craving fantasy gold to start looking.
Jonathan Dwyer – He has had a strong off-season and could overtake Isaac Redman by Week 1 for the starting position. He is a hard one cut runner and a capable receiver. Even when Mendenhall returns later this season, he may not be the same as he was pre-injury leaving Dwyer a chance to be the main guy in Pittsburgh if he makes an early impact. Dwyer is starting to catch the eye of many fantasy owners and could end up being a steal of some drafts or early season waiver wire pick up of the year if he takes over the starting job. He is currently owned in a mere 14% of yahoo leagues.
Rod Streater – He has had a strong preseason and Carson Palmer has described him as “special”. There is no permanence to the starting core of Denarius Moore, Darius Heyward-Bay, and Jacoby Ford. With Moore and Ford having problems keeping healthy, Streater could make an case for early season reps. He is currently owned in a mere 2% of leagues.
Kyle Rudolph – If you missed out on Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham you probably are not as satisfied with your TE position as you would like. Rudolph has been Christian Ponder’s first or second read through most of the preseason and could be in for a big season. He is a large target at 6’6” and could see his share of redzone targets. He is currently owned in 34% of leagues.
Lester Jean – Jean was productive when given the chance during the preseason, and even saw playing time with the first team offense. He is likely slated for the number 3 wide out position, battling with Keyshawn Martin. However, he is likely to see playing time in the event that starter, and oft injured, Andre Johnson were to miss time. His value likely would be tied to a Johnson injury so owners of Johnson may want to handcuff Jean and owners wanting to 1-up Johnson owners may want to stash him in spite. He is currently owned in 1% of leagues.
Nick Foles – For those who have Michael Vick as their starting QB, you might think of opening a roster spot for Nick Foles. He is now listed as the number 2 QB on the depth chart and played very well when Vick went down in Week 2. He completed 18-28 passes for 217 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT while facing the Patriots first team defense. He looks like a solid fit for Andy Reid’s offense and would likely be the best option to replace Vick if Vick is your primary QB. He is currently available in 2% of leagues.
Anthony Armstrong – After being waived by the Redskins, the Dolphins claimed Armstrong and with the receiving core being the mess that it is, he could emerge as a starter pretty quick for what that’s worth. The Dolphins may be a slow developing team, and even if he does end up a starter his production may be difficult to predict. He will be a risk/reward player to have but may be worth rostering, especially in deeper leagues. He is currently owned in 0% of leagues.
Shayne Graham – Graham has gone largely under the radar after bouncing from team to team after being cut from the Bengals in 2009. He has now landed the starting gig in Houston where their 5th round investment Randy Bullock was put on IR due to a torn groin. Graham is now kicking for a team that made 32 FGs last season with Neil Rackers, and stands to benefit from a strong run based offense. He is currently owned in 4% of leagues.
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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.