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.
Kyle Orton @ Baltimore – It has been a rough time recently for Dallas qb Tony Romo! Patience is wearing thin with Jerry Jones in the Big D, and it wouldn’t be a big surprise if Orton is given a shot in relief of Tony Romo sometime this season. Orton has shown that he can be a very capable quarterback in whatever system he finds himself in, the call might come again here soon.
Ricky Stanzi @ Tampa Bay – Brady Quinn, who was mentioned in this column a few weeks ago, has emerged as the new starting qb in Kansas City! Stanzi is someone to watch, considering that he is significantly younger than the rest of the qbs in Kansas City, and the Chiefs need to figure out what exactly should be done with Ricky Stanzi for their long-term plan! It is certainly possible that KC could be drafting another qb next year, but we can’t rule out the possibility of Ricky Stanzi getting a shot at some point here.
Colin Kaepernick – Dynasty Stash – The 49ers could be well on their way to the Super Bowl this year led by the ultimate game manager Alex Smith. Smith has shown significant improvement in the past year or so in San Francisco, but it is also important to remember that the 49ers recently spent a 2nd round pick on Colin Kaepernick just a season ago. While Kaepernick may not make too much of an impact on the 49ers playoff run this year, I could definitely see a quarterback competition/controversy between Kaepernick and Smith come next season.
Kirk Cousins – Dynasty Stash – This is a friendly reminder that A. RG3 can be injury prone, especially if he’s the center of the Washington offense, and B. Kirk Cousins was also highly drafted in Washington, and could be groomed into a future starting NFL quarterback someday, much like teams have tried to do with Kevin Kolb and others. Cousins had a very productive career at Michigan State, and just might get a shot at being an NFL starting quarterback at some point.
Alfonso Smith vs. Buffalo – The Cardinals running game took a major blow this week when they lost Ryan Williams for the season. With Beanie Wells seemingly always battling injuries, carries in the Arizona backfield remain up for grabs. Last week we mentioned William Powell as a waiver wire add, and this week we can also add Alfonso Smith to the mix, who was just recently signed by the Cardinals.
Cedric Peerman vs. Cleveland – Just when I was ready to include Bernard Scott in this column, he gets a significant knee injury and lands on injured reserve. Peerman should now be the #2 guy behind Benjarvis Green-Ellis in Cincinnati, and should see a larger role in the Bengal offense along with Brian Leonard.
Jamie Harper vs. Pittsburgh – Titans backup running back Javon Ringer could be lost for the season, and starting running back CJ (Not too many yards at all but its fun to still give him a nickname) K is still struggling this season. Jamie Harper is only 23 years old, and could very well see an increase in carries and workload in the struggling Titans offense from this point forward.
Toby Gerhart @ Washington – This is a friendly reminder that despite the ability to make miraculous injury recoveries, it is still very wise to make sure you have the appropriate handcuff for Adrian Peterson. Toby Gerhart has always served as a quality insurance policy for AP owners, and despite some early struggles, could very well get to start in place of AP sometime this season, especially if the Vikings want to make sure that AP is healthy for the playoff run later on this year.
Marcus Lattimore @ LSU – In our weekly college player profile, we look at South Carolina star running back Marcus Lattimore, who is expected to be a very high draft pick in dynasty rookie drafts next season, and a future franchise back. Lattimore has recovered from a serious knee injury from last season, and possesses the mix of power and speed that NFL teams desire.
Austin Pettis @Miami – Danny Amendola is now out for several weeks and has thrown a wrench in the ongoing battle for receptions in St. Louis. Chris Givens, who was a waiver wire mention in this column a few weeks ago should receive more targets, but someone else should also step up in the Ram offense. It is certainly possible that Austin Pettis could pick up more targets and receptions for the Rams in the future.
Jordan Norwood vs. Cincinnati – The Browns wide receiver situation still remains a mystery right now, however, Jordan Norwood had 9 receptions on 9 targets this past week against the Giants. While Norwood isn’t as well-known as some of the other Browns receivers, it certainly appeared that Brandon Weeden is gaining trust in him, and could continue to see his role increased. With any luck, Jordan Norwood could become the most famous “Norwood” in the NFL since…………………..
Jason Hill vs. Colts – The Wide receiving corps for the Jets is really beat up right now, and recently lost Santonio Holmes for the season. Recent signee Jason Hill certainly now has a chance to get some serious playing time for the Jets, and could be just in time for the Tebow era to begin in New York.
T.Y. Hilton @ N.Y. Jets – The young Colts and Andrew Luck appear to be on their way to being a very pass happy team from this point forward. With Austin Collie out for the season, look for 3rd round draft choice T.Y. Hilton to have his role in the offense continue to increase. Hilton has shown chemistry early on with fellow rookie Andrew Luck, and they both seem to be gaining confidence in each other.
Kyle Williams vs. N.Y. Giants – The Wide Receiver battle in San Francisco remains wide open, and 2nd year receiver Kyle Williams has shown progress in his 2nd season. With receivers like Randy Moss and Ted Ginn Jr. on the verge of exiting the 49ers, we could certainly see someone like Kyle Williams gaining a larger role in the receiving game this season.
David Ausberry @Atlanta – Oakland has had a difficult time establishing a true tight end thus far, Ausberry is young and should at least be worth monitoring as he has shown some progress and development in the Oakland offense this year.
Tony Moeaki – Dynasty Stash - An ACL injury wiped out Moeaki’s season last year, after a promising rookie season in 2010. Problems with the KC offense and the quarterback position have caused a slow start for Moeaki so far this season, but I wouldn’t be surprising to see someone like Moeaki start to break through later on this season or next season with a new quarterback at the helm. Moeaki showed flashes as a rookie that reminded Chiefs fans of another “Tony” who played tight end there before him.
New England Defense @ Seattle – This selection is a bit tricky as the Pats haven’t been known for tremendous defense as of late. Belichick should at least be able to exploit rookie Russel Wilson at some point this week, and it is also likely Wilson could make mistakes while trying to keep up with the Pats offense as well. Looking ahead, the Patriots host the depleted Jets in week 7 which could be another juicy matchup.
Buffalo Defense @ Arizona - The Rams defense put up some big numbers on Arizona a week ago, and the Cardinals will be very shorthanded at running back this week without Ryan Williams or Beanie Wells, likely forcing Kevin Kolb to throw quite a bit. Next week the Bills have a juicy matchup when they host the Titans as well. Onward Buffalo Soldiers!!!!
About Last Week
Shane Vereen, who was mentioned here last week saw his first touchdown of the season for the Patriots. Unfortunately Bill Belichick continues to spin the roulette wheel with his running backs so the situation is up in the air right now. William Powell was also mentioned in this column last week, and is starting to see a larger role in the injury plagued Arizona backfield.
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