Fantasy Football: Four Hot Waiver Wire Names You Must Avoid

Ralph LongoAnalyst IIIOctober 1, 2012

Fantasy Football: Four Hot Waiver Wire Names You Must Avoid

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    At this time in the fantasy season, every owner is looking for that great waiver wire pickup that they think is going to get them over the hump and turn the season around, or make the season even better. However, there's always going to be players who are receiving too much hype on the waiver wire. 

    So, here are four players that are being picked up at a high rate, but aren't worth the hype. 

1. Domenik Hixon

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    Domenik Hixon is sure to be highly sought after this week on the waiver wire, due to his big game Sunday night against the Eagles. Hixon had six catches for 114 yards on the night (Per ESPN). Hixon did look very good, making some nice catches, as he saw increased targets due to the absence of Hakeem Nicks. 

    But that's really the key to why he had a big game: Nicks didn't play. Once Nicks returns, Hixon will once again go back into relative obscurity. He only had four catches on the season prior to last night, and don't expect anything big going forward. 

2. James Jones

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    James Jones has been pretty solid this year, and has been a borderline flex option for those who've owned him. But after this week, he's going to be picked up like crazy after his two TD performance against the pitiful New Orleans defense (per ESPN). 

    Jones kind of reminds me of Hixon, in that he's benefitted from increased targets with the team's number one receiver being out due to injury. Once Greg Jennings comes back, Jones will return to his typical hit-or-miss type of production. He'll give you some ok games, but don't expect to have a legitimate starter in Jones going forward. 

3. Ryan Tannehill

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    Through three games, Ryan Tannehill only had one TD pass and four interceptions. Now, after Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Tannehill has two TD's and six picks on the year. Tannehill did have a big game in that he had 418 passing yards, but this looks like more of a one hit wonder type of deal to me. 

    Tannehill had barely thrown for 200 yards a game through his first three, and should return to that type of production from here on out. Tannehill's a typical rookie QB, so he's going to make mistakes and turn the ball over a lot. Don't fall into the trap and pick him up hoping that he'll be a quality backup, because he won't be. 

4. Brandon Bolden

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    Brandon Bolden could definitely be a decent player as the season progresses. He'd basically done nothing prior to Sunday's game, but he did have a nice week with 148 total yards and one TD. What kind of got lost in the mix though was that Stevan Ridley, the primary back for New England, had a great fantasy day as well with 106 yards and two TD's (Per ESPN)

    Bolden could maybe be a mediocre flex option if you're in a tough spot, but there's no way he keeps up this level of production. If you're going to pick him up, temper your expectations. 

     

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