Fantasy Football 2012: WRs Who Are Worth a Waiver-Wire Move

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 3, 2012

Aug 25, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Keshawn Martin (82) carries a pass into the endzone for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during first quarter of their preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE
John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

By now, your fantasy football draft is probably over. However, that doesn't mean that your work is done.

Week 1 will pass. Waiver wires will open up, and fantasy football owners will scramble to acquire any players they may have been wrong about.

Players like this can make or break a fantasy owner's season. Anyone can pick Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald, but who can find that hidden gem?

Let's take a look at three wide receivers you must pick up once waiver wires open.


Keshawn Martin

Martin had seven catches for 72 yards and a touchdown in the preseason, and he will be productive with Houston in the regular season as well.

He's going to start in the slot at first. Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter can man the outside, but don't be surprised if he overtakes Walter as Houston's No. 2 option.

Martin is only 5'11'', but his speed gives him the chance to stretch the field. He's a solid route runner, and he has consistent hands.

The Texans desperately needed a second option last season, and Martin's athleticism makes him a perfect fit for that role.

Maybe someone took him in your league, but I doubt it. If he's there, scoop him up.

Martin will have a very solid season in Houston's offense this year.



Mohamed Sanu

I'll stick with another rookie in the AFC. Sanu will emerge as a very capable threat over the middle for Cincinnati.

If you play in a PPR (points per reception) league, you will want to scoop him up. He caught 115 passes with Rutgers last season, and his production and value will be similar in the NFL.

As good as A.J. Green is, someone else will have to catch passes for the Bengals. Armon Binns and Marvin Jones haven't proven themselves, and Sanu had a very good preseason.

He may never be a down-field threat, but he's an excellent route runner. He's physical, has good hands and isn't afraid to go into the teeth of the defense.

Sanu is going to catch a lot of passes, and he will be a red zone threat as well.


James Jones

Jones is a "handcuff" of sorts because of Green Bay's offense. Aaron Rodgers likes to find all types of open players, and that takes away from some players' fantasy value.

However, Jones is a dangerous red-zone target. He caught seven touchdowns last year, and he will find his way onto the field again in 2012.

It's hard to pick receivers on teams like this, but Jones will be worth the pickup. He has good hands, and Rodgers seems to trust him.

Look for Jones to be a capable bench option and worth a spot start here and there.