How to burglarize your waiver wire before anyone gets a chance to.
The concept is simple. Pickup the waiver wire pickups the week before they become hot so you do not have to luck out on the waiver wire. Each week I will predict NEXT week’s hot waiver-wire pickups so you can snag them before they become a hot commodity.
I will continue to focus mainly on running backs and wide receivers because that is where your bread is buttered in fantasy football. The players are listed in order of relevance, and it is up to you to decide on which one is valuable enough to fit in a league your size. Make sure you don’t miss this article each week to become the waiver hawk in your league.
In the early weeks of the season there are a vast number of options on the waiver wire. Options are scarce these days and the results show it. Do not expect to come up with as many gems in the middle part of the season as the early part of the season. The middle part of the season is where championships are won. It is time to buckle down and do your homework to snag the irrelevant players that are winning championships for teams in the later weeks.
This Week's Pickups
Muhammad Massaquoi WR, Cleveland Browns (24 percent)
When we were targeting Massaquoi to emerge as a threat with Derek Anderson in previous weeks, writers such as Matt Berry were targeting Josh Cribbs. Eight catches, 130 yards, a Cleveland club fight, and a giant midseason trade later and Massaquoi is arguably more valuable than Braylon Edwards himself. If you haven’t picked up Mass yet and he is available, find room for him.
Greg Camarillo WR, Miami Dolphins (3 percent)
One phenomenon rarely mentioned in fantasy football is the production of wide receivers lower on the depth chart that get playing time with second-string quarterbacks. It is only logical that quarterbacks will be more comfortable throwing to receivers they have had more reps with in practice. Offensive coordinators will also be more likely to call their number. So it should be no shocker that Camarillo led Miami in catches and Brian Hartline caught a touchdown pass when Chad Henne started. Camarillo has limited upside but could be viewed as a deep-league play on Monday night as Miami will be passing a lot against a tough Jets defense that will stop the run.
Austin Collie WR, Indianapolis Colts (7 percent)
Another phenomenon rarely mentioned in waiver articles is the waiver love fest owners show to players in prime-time games. There are an estimated 30 million people that play fantasy football and most are watching games Sunday and Monday night wondering how to make their teams better. Take advantage of this. This week Indianapolis plays a Tennessee team on Sunday night that ranks last defending the pass. Sure Peyton largely relies on his veterans but he showed last week he is not shying away from Collie (seven targets for six receptions). Yes, I love the Colts' offense enough this year to warrant three Colt receivers own-able in almost all formats.
Sammy Morris RB, New England Patriots (13 percent)
I hate to talk about New England running backs for obvious reasons. But, Sammy has looked great recently and is lining up in some surprising places. He is getting a lot of time in shotgun formations and has even been split out in the slot on occasion. Fred Taylor will undergo surgery and should miss most of the rest of the year. Be hesitant with this add because New England has a tough schedule against running backs in the upcoming weeks (Denver and Tennessee). But through this tough stretch, Sammy could be the guy that emerges as the main running back in New England which would payoff nice in New England’s easy playoff run in weeks 14-16.
Kevin Curtis WR, Philadelphia Eagles (10 percent)
He is back, Brian Westbrook is back, and Donovan McNabb appears to be back as well. Philadelphia plays at home against a Tampa team that has allowed nine passing touchdowns in four games. I do think that Curtis will see limited snaps coming back from injury so his upside will be limited. But, he should definitely be rostered in way more than 10 percent of leagues.
Gartrell Johnson RB, New York Giants (0 percent)
Bradshaw has been in a boot the past two weeks and Jacobs has lingering knee issues so… let’s get to know Gartrell. Gartrell was a fourth-round pick in the 2009 draft from Colorado State widely known for his 285-yard performance against Fresno State in a bowl game his senior year. He is a bruising-type runner that many compare to Marion Barber without the speed. He definitely has NFL size and talent (and dreadlocks) and should find relative success in New York should he need to be called on. New York has shown that their system will produce successful runners. Don’t be surprised if Gartrell gets some extra carries this week as New York trounces the Oakland Raiders. Don’t expect another Brandon Jacobs but another Tim Hightower? I don’t see why not.
These guys all should be owned in more leagues:
Julian Edelman WR, New England Patriots (2 percent)
Jacoby Jones WR, Houston Texans(18 percent)
Daunte Culpepper QB, Detriot Lions (2 percent)
Michael Bush RB, Oakland Raiders (21 percent)
Deion Branch WR, Seattle Seahawks (19 percent)
Kenny Britt WR, Tennessee Titans (21 percent)
Miles Austin WR, Dallas Cowboys (18 percent)
Jermichael Finley TE, Green Bay Packers (8 percent)
Michael Floyd WR, San Diego Chargers (2 percent)
Josh Morgan WR, San Fancisco 49ers (7 percent)
Hakeem Nicks WR, New York Giants (13 percent)
Biggest Movers from past articles:
The second percentage number is the highest percentage the players were owned.
Carnell Williams RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22 percent) (65 percent)
Fred Jackson RB Buffalo Bills (49 percent) (85 percent)
Correll Buckhalter RB, Denver Broncos (22 percent) (42 percent)
Laurent Robinson WR, St. Louis Rams (5 percent) (23 percent)
Johnny Knox WR, Chicago Bears (1 percent) (63 percent)
Mike Bell RB New Orleans Saints (30 percent) (46 percent)
Mario Manningham (9 percent) (88 percent), Steve Smith (28 percent) (93 percent) WR, New York Giants
Tashard Choice RB, Dallas Cowboys (10 percent) (46 percent)
Jerome Harrison RB, Cleveland Browns (2 percent) (38 percent)
Pierre Garcon WR, Indianapolis Colts (8 percent) (69 percent)
Mike Sims-Walker Jacksonville Jaguars (25 percent) (79 percent)
Mohammad Massaquoi WR, Cleveland Browns (0 percent) (24 percent)