By Shawn Gallagher – DFW Writer and Moderator
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”.
Kevin Kolb @ New England – Remember this guy??? It wasn’t that long ago that Kevin Kolb had lost his starting job to John Skelton. Skelton’s week one injury leaves the door open for Kevin Kolb to step in and take advantage. This may be Kolb’s last chance at a starting gig.
Brady Quinn @ Buffalo – Another familiar face pops up here on our waiver wire list. Matt Cassel’s hold on the starting job in Kansas City is shaky at best, and Brady Quinn already has a connection with new Chiefs Head Coach Romeo Crennel. I could see Quinn getting a shot at starting sometime this season.
Colt McCoy @ Cincinnati – We have to cut Brandon Weeden some slack since he just started his 1st NFL game, but the Browns can’t put up with too many more terrible performances from Weeden. Colt McCoy has looked very sharp this preseason, so it wouldn’t be a shocker to see Colt getting another chance here if Weeden doesn’t get better.
David Garrard – Free Agent – An injury helped lead the Dolphins to cut David Garrard in favor of rookie Ryan Tannehill this preseason, but once QB injuries start to accumulate around the league, we should be hearing more and more about the possibility of Garrard landing with a new team. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Garrard land in Arizona for example, if the injury to John Skelton keeps him out awhile.
Tashard Choice vs. Kansas City – Fred Jackson could possibly miss significant time with an injury and Tashard Choice could see an increased role in the offense backing up CJ Spiller. Choice has shown potential before, this could be his big shot in Buffalo.
TJ Graham vs. Kansas City – Injuries hit Buffalo hard this past week, as one of their top wide receivers, David Nelson has been lost likely for the season with a knee injury. TJ Graham was already a sleeper this preseason and he moves further up the depth chart in Buffalo with this latest injury.
Peyton Hillis @ Buffalo – A slow start for Hillis in week one as Kansas City spent the game playing from behind and passing quite a bit. I’d expect Hillis to play a much larger role in KC’s offense going forward. Expect a big breakout week from Hillis sometime in the next few games, similar to his breakout season in 2010 with the Browns.
Mohammed Massaquoi @ Cincinnati – Once thought of as being on the roster bubble, Mo Mass has found his way to a starting WR role in the Cleveland Offense. Massaquoi was targeted quite a bit early on for the Browns, and his numbers should improve once the Cleveland offense begins to figure things out and mature as a unit.
Vick Ballard vs. Minnesota – The rookie RB remains the primary backup to Donald Brown for the Colts. Brown hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in Indy, so any further struggles from Donald Brown could vault Ballard into a much larger role in the young Indy offense.
Emmanuel Sanders vs. N.Y. Jets – Sanders quietly played a large role in the Pittsburgh receiving game in week one. Sanders’s ability to run shorter slot routes could be just what the Steelers need to keep drives going, compared to the deep receiving abilities of Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown.
Jeremy Kerley @ Pittsburgh – Mark Sanchez looked surprisingly impressive in week one for the Jets, and Jeremy Kerley emerged as a reliable outlet for Sanchez to throw to. It looked like Sanchez and Kerley were really starting to build some chemistry, as the Jets’ offense was rather impressive early on.
Alfred Morris @ St. Louis – Yes my friends, Mike Shanahan has a new flavor of the week at running back, and we all can share stories about how Mike Shanahan has given us headaches as fantasy owners for many years now. That being said, we shouldn’t fault Alfred Morris for turning in a solid performance. Nor should we fault a fantasy owner for using a waiver claim on him. Perhaps you could claim Morris in your fantasy league and then maybe trade him to an owner who has other Washington running backs like Roy Helu or Evan Royster? Another solid week could also increase Morris’s trade value, but as we know with Shanahan, it’s very difficult to trust any one of his backs.
Aldrick Robinson @ St. Louis – All of the talk in Washington is about RG3’s big breakout, but Aldrick Robinson quietly had a very good receiving day for Washington, and seems to have emerged as one of RG3’s favorite targets after newly acquired Pierre Garcon. Robinson is certainly someone to monitor on waiver wires.
Devin Aromashodu @ Indianapolis – Devin Aromashodu showed some flashes of brilliance a couple of years ago with Jay Cutler in Chicago. Now in Minnesota, Aromashodu has looked good so far, and seems to be on the same page with QB Christian Ponder. Aromashodu is worth a flyer especially in deeper leagues, as the talent is there.
Andrew Hawkins vs. Cleveland – Hawkins recently survived the roster bubble in Cincinnati, and immediately made an impact on Monday Night Football this past week. The undersized Hawkins really seems to have become popular with QB Andy Dalton.
Evan Moore vs. Dallas – Recently released by the Cleveland Browns, Evan Moore has a new chance after being signed last week by the Seattle Seahawks. With Seattle releasing Kellen Winslow Jr, only the underwhelming Zach Miller stands in the way of Moore playing a large role as a tight end in the Seattle. Since Moore was just recently signed, it may take a few weeks to get acquainted with Russell Wilson and the offense.
Dallas Clark @ N.Y. Giants - When the Bucs signed Dallas Clark this offseason, replacing Kellen Winslow II, many felt that Clark was washed up and ready to retire. All reports indicated that Clark had a great training camp in Tampa, and a breakout game could certainly be coming soon. Clark is certainly worth a look, especially if he continues to make progress with QB Josh Freeman, and resemble the Dallas Clark of old.
About Last Week
Braylon Edwards, who was featured in this column last week, went on to lead Seattle in receiving in week one. Edwards should continue to produce especially if new QB Russell Wilson continues to gain trust in him. Edwards should be one of the top pickups on the waiver wire this coming week as well.
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