Thursday, September 23, 2010

Week 3: Working the Waiver Wire

Injuries are starting to effect fantasy football rosters and then there are the players who just aren't living up to their preseason potential. If you have a player that fits in one of these two categories, take a look at some of the free agents that may be worth a roster spot in week three.

Demaryius Thomas – WR Denver
In his rookie debut, Thomas caught eight balls for 97 yards and a TD. It’s hard to call him a sleeper anymore and he is definitely worth a roster spot. Denver is a passing team this year and Thomas is their best red zone option.

Kevin Walter – WR Houston
Before the season, many people thought WR Jacoby Jones was the man to grab in Houston, after Andre Johnson of course. While Jones has been a good fantasy football WR, Walter has been better. Two TDs in two weeks should be enticing enough for owners to grab Walter.

Mike Tolbert – RB San Diego
With Ryan Mathews nursing a high ankle sprain, Tolbert is this week’s hot free agent pick-up. Tolbert is coming off a two TD game and looked solid in gaining 95 total yards. Given Tolbert’s success around the goal line, he will be a good fantasy football option even when Mathews is healthy.

Louis Murphy – WR Oakland
What intrigues me about Murphy is the change at QB for the Raiders. Bruce Gradkowski is now at the helm for Oakland and that change could be the spark the Raiders offense needs. Gradkowski and Murphy connected on a TD last week and really seemed to click. Gradkowski isn’t going to turn the Raiders into an offensive juggernaut, but he might just improve the value of Murphy.

John Kuhn – RB Green Bay
The Packers came out this week and said Brandon Jackson is not a “Carry the load” type of back. That is bad news for fantasy football owners who over bid for Jackson, but good news for John Kuhn owners. Some owners did target Kuhn last week after Grant went down for the year. If you’re desperate for a RB and Kuhn is available, take a chance on the big RB.

Aaron Hernandez – TE New England
If you’re in a TE mandatory league, Hernandez is an excellent option. Even if you’re not required to carry a TE on your roster, Hernandez is a good option going forward. In his second career game, Hernandez hauled in six balls for 103 yards. The rookie has quickly established chemistry with Tom Brady, which is a very good thing. Look for Hernandez to become even more involved with Kevin Faulk down for the year with a knee injury.

Keiland Williams – RB Washington
The RB who backs up Clinton Portis is always in demand. This week the Redskins cut ties with Larry Johnson meaning Williams is Portis’ primary back-up. Williams looked very good in the preseason, often times working with the first team offense. Feel good about grabbing Williams, especially if you have Portis.

Jason Snelling – RB Atlanta
After a strong finish to the 2009 season, I had a feeling Snelling would eventually have value. I had no idea he would score three TDs with a gimpy Michael Turner (groin injury) on the sidelines. Snelling will return to his role as a back-up this week, with Turner healthy enough to play. Snelling has proven his worth in Atlanta, and with Turner’s injury history Snelling is worth a roster spot. Grab him if you have Turner, or if you need a RB in a deeper league.

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