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.
I am feeling hot! Last week was a very successful week that included names such as Miles Austin, Austin Collie, Hakeem Nicks and Sammy Morris. There were some awful calls as well. I regret mentioning Kevin Curtis, but my head was in the right place.
The injury report on Curtis came out soon after last week’s article was posted/ I hope that most people assumed Maclin was the man to pickup. Gartrell Johnson never got the carries we expected because Jacobs and Bradshaw were healthier than led to believe. And Miami ran the ball too well for Camarillo’s named to be called upon. Waiver Hawk will never be 100 pervent perfect, but these high risk waiver claims will often be rewarded.
This Week's Pickups
Eddie Royal WR, Denver Broncos (57 percent)
What a long way we have come to be talking about Eddie as a waiver stash. Eddie has been on my hate list for some time. This is the week he is landing on my list of players I love and it couldn’t come at a better time.
Denver, and most importantly Orton, is brimming with confidence right now and a delicious matchup awaits them Monday night against a Charger team that can’t stop hardly anyone. He is not going to be available in many leagues, but it will be even less by next week.
Chris Henry WR, Cincinnati Bengals (12 percent)
Not Chris, again? Yep. Cincinnati seems to be shaking things up a little and giving Coles less snaps and more to Chris. Chris has the big play ability that fantasy players all know and love.
Carson is also gaining confidence and rhythm back with each snap. Chris will breakout soon it is just a matter of time. This seems like as good of week as any as the Bengals take on a porous Houston Texans pass defense.
Keenan Burton WR, St. Louis Rams (1 percent)
Bulger is back. Jacksonville’s pass defense is one of the worst in the league. Avery has been hampered by a hamstring in practice this week. I don’t love Burton as much as the other waiver hawk options this week, but Burton has lots of upside with this matchup.
Michael Jenkins WR, Atlanta Falcons (28 percent)
Something happened to Atlanta in their bye week. Mike Smith realized they will need to switch to more of a pass based offense in order to keep up with the New Orleans Saints in their division. Expect defenses to focus on Roddy White after a huge week last week. Ryan should look Jenkins way often under the bright lights on Sunday Night Football.
Dennis Northcutt WR, Detroit Lions (2 percent)
It is early in the week, but I do not expect Calvin Johnson to play Sunday. I also do not expect Stafford to play. Against Pittsburgh last week we saw Culpepper focus quite a bit on Dennis Northcutt. Detroit gets to display their second string quarterback and wide receiver combination against a Packers team that has allowed the sixth most points to wide receivers.
Brian Robiskie WR, Cleveland Browns (3 percent)
Brian very quietly received over 50 percent of the snaps last week. We don’t really know what will come out of this situation with the newly acquired Cotchery but I will gamble that Mangini will look toward his young draft picks to save his job.
Cleveland takes on Pittsburgh this week. Pittsburgh’s defense has been game planned to be beat by short quick passes. Robiskie should be the possession type of receiver that will benefit from this situation. This is just a deep league stash.
These guys should be owned in more leagues:
Leon Washington RB, NY Jets (51 percent)
Tashard Choice RB, Dallas Cowboys (44 percent)
Beanie Wells RB, Arizona Cardinals (35 percent)
Jerious Norwood RB, Atlanta Falcons (11 percent)
Julian Edelman WR, New England Patriots (2 percent)
Jabar Gaffney WR, Denver Broncos (2 percent)
Mike Bell RB, New Orleans Saints (23 percent)
Andre Caldwell WR, Cincinnati Bengals (19 percent)
Biggest Movers from past articles
The first percentatge is where I talked them up. The second percentage number is the highest percentage the players were owned.
Austin Collie WR, Indianapolis Colts (7 percent) (39 percent)
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)
Miles Austin WR, Dallas Cowboys (18 percent) (65 percent)
Jermichael Finley TE, Green Bay Packers (8 percent)(20 percent)
Hakeem Nicks WR, New York Giants (13 percent)(24 percent)
Mohammad Massaquoi WR, Cleveland Browns (0 percent) (24 percent)