Every week we’ll take a look at players that could be future waiver wire darlings in the coming weeks. Our goal is to identify the players that are trending in the right direction and have a possible opportunity for increased playing time in the very near future. It’s always hard to grab guys after they’ve broken out, so if you have the roster space you might want to give some of these guys a shot before it’s too late. This column is also a good opportunity to showcase one of the all time great shows in television history, HBO’S “The Wire”.
A few quick notes on this column
1. We are focusing mainly on Dynasty value when we recommend these players, although some could certainly work as popular pickups in Redraft and Keeper Leagues as well.
2. We are once again trying to predict future value, looking to see whose value could rise within the next few weeks or months, with the Waiver Wire in mind.
3. Each league is different, so don’t think you have to go and add all these players listed, but they are at least worth monitoring, especially if you have roster space.
4. Some of these players mentioned could already be on a dynasty roster, but could very well be acquired cheaply in a trade, possibly even a throw-in in a larger deal.
Tim Tebow vs. San Francisco – Yes, it would’ve been almost impossible to go through this column without at least one Tebow reference. Mark Sanchez had a pretty mediocre showing in a very close win over the Dolphins this past week, and the schedule gets significantly harder for the Jets at this point. The time to add Tebow is now, as we expect a Sanchez meltdown sometime within the next few weeks. Keep in mind that the Jets are under a ton of pressure to win now, and any slump that Sanchez goes through could end up leading to the return of Tebow to fantasy relevance. Coach Rex Ryan and his staff basically need to reach the playoffs to ensure that their jobs our safe, and keep in mind that Tebow is known for magically being able to pull out improbable wins. Here’s a fun clip of a very fired up Tebow giving a halftime speech in college.
Chad Henne vs. Cincinnati – Despite a win last week, Blaine Gabbert continues to underwhelms in Jacksonville, and his grasp on the starting quarterback job remains very slippery. It is hard to imagine that Gabbert will make it through another full season with the Jags, and I could certainly see Chad Henne getting a shot at this job, as things can’t really get much worse in Jacksonville.
Brock Osweiler – Dynasty stash – Despite some early struggles, I don’t expect Peyton Manning to have his job threatened in Denver, however it is also important to remind everyone that Manning is now 36 years old and recovering from some pretty serious neck and back injuries. At the very least, you have to like the fact that Osweiler is being mentored by both Manning and John Elway at this time, as you couldn’t really ask for better mentors than those two legendary quarterbacks. If he’s available and you have roster room, stick Brock Osweiler on your roster, and be patient for a couple of seasons, as good things can come to those who wait.
Lamar Miller @ Arizona – With Reggie Bush getting injured this past week I’m sure Daniel Thomas will be a popular waiver wire add, however it is important to remember rookie Lamar Miller as well. Miller has quite a bit of speed and play making ability, and could very well be the future at running back in Miami.
Jacquizz Rodgers vs. Carolina – Like a used car with over 100,000 miles, Michael Turner likely doesn’t have too much left in him before we will see a total breakdown. Quizz Rodgers is starting to take on a larger role in the Atlanta offense, and certainly could take over for Turner at some point this season.
Johnny White vs. New England – Injuries to both Fred Jackson and now C.J. Spiller has opened up the door in Buffalo for new running backs to step up. A couple of weeks ago we mentioned Tashard Choice as a waiver wire add in this column, who will be a very popular add this week as well. Johnny White is also expected to get more action in the Buffalo offense, and is certainly worth a look at this point.
Ronnie Hillman vs. Oakland - Willis McGahee is once again battling injuries, and is about to turn 31 years old, and Knowshon Moreno seems to be a “Know-show” in the current Broncos offense. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Hillman getting a much larger share of the work in Denver from this point forward.
Marcel Reece @ Denver – Yes this is rare, as Reece is officially listed as a fullback in the Oakland offense, but his unique skill set and receiving ability has given him much more dynasty value. The tight end situation in Oakland is still a work in progress, and Reece has been receiving work as a hybrid “H-back” type as well. Reece’s upside is certainly worth monitoring at this point as Oakland looks to establish an identity.
Chris Givens vs. Seattle – The Rams receiving situation has been a bit of a mess this particular season, but rookie Chris Givens has quietly been making progress in their system, and has become a bigger factor than fellow rookie Brian Quick at this point.
Andre Roberts vs. Miami – Arizona has been a pleasant surprise this season, and 3rd year receiver Andre Roberts has continued to develop as an NFL receiver. This past week, only Larry Fitzgerald had more targets than Roberts, as Kevin Kolb and the offense is really starting to show progress.
Steve Breaston vs. San Diego – A potentially big injury to Dexter McCluster opens up the door in Kansas City for other receivers like Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin to see more time on the field. Things may not be looking great right now in KC, but guys like Breaston can at least give your team a boost especially during bye weeks.
Titus Young vs. Minnesota – Off the field and maturity issues drove Young’s value down this offseason, but there is still plenty of upside in this 2nd year receiver. Backup quarterback Shaun Hill seemed to develop solid chemistry with Young this past week, which could be key, especially if Matthew Stafford misses any action. Young already has seemed to master the “Hail Mary” play; and now he just needs to develop the rest of his receiving game.
BIG Mike Williams – Free Agent – The “Oprah” of the NFL, “Big Mike” reportedly weighed over 270 pounds this preseason with the Seahawks, but history has shown us that the guy can shed pounds with“Jared from Subway” type intensity. I wouldn’t rule out another NFL comeback for “Big Mike”, as he is still holding out hope that he can play in 2012. Talent was never an issue with this guy; it was his case of “Jamarcus” disease that always held him back.
Jordan Cameron @ Baltimore – Cameron really turned some heads in Browns training camp this preseason, but started a bit slow in his first few NFL games. Cameron started to get more action for the Browns in week 3 and we expect this trend to continue for Jordan Cameron, as he’s been a popular sleeper pick in the DFW Forum for quite a while now.
Craig Stevens @ Houston – Admittedly, I hadn’t heard very much about this guy in Tennessee, however Jake Locker has seemed to take really target Craig Stevens this past week, especially when Jared Cook was battling injuries, it is possible this could be the start of another team utilizing a 2 tight end system. Perhaps they could also try to utilize Stevens as a running back, as that position seems be pretty non-existent right now in Tennessee.
Cardinals Defense vs. Dolphins - It was the Cardinals Defense that shut down Tom Brady the mighty Patriots a couple of weeks ago, Patrick Peterson and the sneaky Cardinal D could put up big numbers on Ryan Tannehill and the lowly Dolphins.
Bengals Defense @ Jaguars – It doesn’t really matter whether Chad Henne or Blaine Gabbert gets the start for the Jaguars this week. Whoever the quarterback is could very easily be completing some passes to the orange and black striped helmets this week.
About Last Week
Our wish for a team to sign Kellen Winslow II came true right after our column was published, as he signed with the Patriots. With Aaron Hernandez expected to be out awhile, we could see Winslow putting up a few big games once he becomes acquainted with the New England offense.
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