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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.
This Week's Pickups
LenDale White RB, Tennessee Titans (28%)
Most have given up on LenDale and deservedly so. LenDale has been healthy all year and only has 1 TD on just 56 carries. This is the week that LenDale returns to fantasy relevance. Why now? What most people do not realize about Smash and Dash’s 2008 season was that a lot of Tennessee’s run dominance came against poor teams.
In 2009, the Titans' schedule has been much harder, and their defense has caused them to be down in games and has hurt their running game.
This week, Tennessee takes on a Buffalo team that has the worst run defense in the league in 2009. Expect LenDale to get much more carries and return close to the same form he had in his 10 TD 2008 performance.
Antonio Bryant WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (55%)
Wow, does this week’s Waiver Hawk seem like a 2008 flashback or what? Much like LenDale, Antonio is a big fantasy disappointment after a great 2008 season.
Bryant actually wanted to play last week but was benched against his will. Stovall, who replaced Bryant, received seven targets in Antonio’s replacement. Surely, Antonio will get to see the field this week and play against a solid matchup with the Miami Dolphins that is starting two rookie corners.
Rookie quarterback Freeman was very effective in his first start, and the Tampa Bay offense seemed to wake up.
Sammie Stroughter, Kellen Winslow and also Derrick Ward’s value has increased with the emergence of Freeman.
Darren McFadden RB, Oakland Raiders (33%)
Darren returns from injury to a great matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs. He should be owned, and yes, started in almost all leagues this week.
I would look to trade Darren after this week as Oakland’s schedule gets much harder in the upcoming weeks.
James Jones WR, Green Bay Packers (4%)
Yes, I talked about him last week, but people don’t seem to be listening to me as you can tell by James' ownership percentage. Jones is in the top 15 in WR scoring over the past three weeks and has outscored Greg Jennings. Green Bay actually has three receivers in the top 15 in scoring over the past three weeks.
As long as Finley and Nelson are out, James has great value in this high scoring pass happy offense.
These guys should be owned in more leagues
Mike Wallace WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (41%)
Correll Buckhalter RB, Denver Broncos (38%)
Ladell Betts RB, Washington Redskins (19%)
Robert Meachem WR, New Orleans Saints (18%)
Jermichael Finley TE, Green Bay Packers (11%)
Biggest movers from past articles
The first percentage is where I talked them up. The second percentage number is the highest percentage the players were owned.
Austin Collie WR, Indianapolis Colts (7%) (70%)
Carnell Williams, RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22%) (65%)
Fred Jackson, RB Buffalo Bills (49%) (85%)
Correll Buckhalter RB, Denver Broncos (22%) (42%)
Laurent Robinson WR, St. Louis Rams (5%) (23%)
Johnny Knox WR, Chicago Bears (1%) (69%)
Mario Manningham (9%) (88%), Steve Smith (28%) (93%) WR, New York Giants
Tashard Choice RB, Dallas Cowboys (10%) (46%)
Jerome Harrison RB, Cleveland Browns (2%) (38%)
Pierre Garcon WR, Indianapolis Colts (8%) (69%)
Mike Sims-Walker WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (25%) (85%)
Miles Austin WR, Dallas Cowboys (18%) (94%)
Jermichael Finley TE, Green Bay Packers (8%)(27%)
Hakeem Nicks WR, New York Giants (13%)(76%)
Mohammad Massaquoi WR, Cleveland Browns (0%) (24%)