Waiver Wire Targets:
Week 2 has come and gone leaving many of us saying “what now”. Either you are one of the masses that have big time players underachieving or you are looking to replace an injured player for a week or two. So many spots to fill, but finding the player to fill them is tough. That is where we come in handy, we will tell you some players to get claims in for immediately. Remember, the draft is just part of the equation, the league is won by who makes the best moves during the year. So here is positional break down of guys that should be available for claims this week.
Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers: We only have two games to go by but he has over 600 yards and 7 touchdowns in two weeks. He is the fourth best fantasy player to date in the entire NFL. I do not think you should need any more information to pick this guy up.
Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs: This guy is not going to throw for 400 yards in a single game. Heck, he might not do it in two games combined. But over two weeks of work he has scored at least 20 fantasy points or more in each game. Players in same position that haven’t are Brees, E. Manning, Newton, Luck, Kaepernick, Romo, Flacco, and Dalton. So seems worthy of an add to me.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins: Ok, maybe he is not scoring buckets of points so far but look at his numbers. He is averaging 23.5 completions per game on 36 attempts and one touchdown per game. He is collecting 8.3 yards per attempt and is close to totaling 600 yards passing. If these numbers can continue the touchdowns and points will continue to rise. He might be the spark you need when you need it.
Jacquizz Rodgers – Jason Snelling, Atlanta Falcons: I know these guys haven’t proven they can carry any of a workload, but with Steven Jackson looking like he will miss 2-4 weeks due to a thigh injury, it’s worth a shot. The opposing team will play the pass and force the run game to win it for them.
James Starks, Green Bay Packers: Eddie Lacy gets his bell rung early in the game versus the Washington Redskins and all hope of a running game is gone. Well so we thought, Starks comes in gets 20 carries and 132 yards on the ground to go with 36 in the air. He gave the Packers a balanced offense and a great way to keep the lead. Worse case scenario is that he splits carries now to a fragile rookie.
Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals: The stats on this guy do not paint a flattering picture other than a touchdown last game. When we take a deeper look we see that he plays for a team that everyone is starting to respect for their passing. They have a legit star in Larry Fitzgerald and a QB in Palmer that will sling it. So defenses will adjust and make them run more, which is great for this guy. Ellington backs up a running back that has a list of injuries in Rashard Mendenhall, who could go down on any play. He also averaged five yards a carry last game and showed he had good hands and a hard runner with the ball.
Marlon Brown, Baltimore Ravens: Has wasted no time jumping on to the scene in the NFL. He has played a game and a half pretty much and has over a 100 yards receiving and two touchdowns. He has a couple weeks at least being the fill in guy for Jacoby Jones, but by the time Jones comes back, Brown may have become the guy in Baltimore. If he still is on the waivers don’t let him be there any longer.
Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers: He passes all the tests you can give him. He goes across the middle, deep down the outside, short, or long. He has double digit receptions, over 100 yards, and five touchdowns in two games, WHOA!!! Week one we thought was a fluke but now I am a believer, he has a QB in Rivers ready to throw and a team where they might have to most games. Solid add for depth, trade, or even play.
Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots: This is a perfect player to stash and I feel good saying it. Months back I called this player making a difference this year and here he is. Getting the start in one game he had over 50 yards on only three receptions and a touchdown. He was targeted 10 times that game, which tells us Tom Brady trusts him and he can get open. A more spread offense might be in the future for this team and the injury bug is on bite away from making this player a catch.
Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins: A guy who will keep getting better and more chances as the year goes on would be a great way to describe Clay. He has five receptions in each game and over 160 yards on 13 targets. The more Hartline, Wallace, and Miller can get going the more chances Clay will have to shine. This team does not look scared to throw the ball and he is stepping up into that starting role nicely.
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers: A player that is forgotten about who will always get you something is Heath Miller. A big steady target coming back to an offense that has speedsters on the outside to open up the middle for him and his ability to catch the ball. He is a safety valve for a beat up quarterback and a nice outlet on a busted play. He could easily be a top 10 tight end before the end of the year.
So you got some ammo but you got to be the gun, so go pull the trigger and save your season or keep it going. I am Coach Mike Fabber and you can always ask me anything on twitter @Coachf22. Thanks and good luck.