As we sit and wait for the regular season to begin, we will frantically check back to our fantasy football league pages to check and see who has been picked up off of waivers.
I am no different. As I have perused the waiver wire throughout all of my leagues (way too many? Or not enough? I can’t decide), I have noticed there are some solid players sitting around with no team to call their own. Be sure to keep an eye on these “Waiver Wire All-Stars” as the season progresses.
The Early “All-Waiver Wire Team”
Stafford is one of the better young guns of the NFL, and perhaps the best passer of his draft class. I may not believe in too many so called “curses,” but the sophomore slump is one that I believe in.
Although I only believe in it for sophomores with pressure to perform, i.e. Mark Sanchez. There is no pressure on the Detroit Lions, and Stafford will do better with a season under his belt and a year of pitch-and-catch with the man they call Megatron. Add an improved running game with Jahvid Best, who will also help as a receiver out of the backfield, and Stafford could be a starter with right matchup come year's end.
McGahee has been a solid fantasy player since he came to Baltimore, even after falling second fiddle behind Ray Rice.
Still, McGahee could end up stepping in to help a powerful Ravens offense.
The word on the street is that the Ravens are shopping McGahee, too. A few teams have inquired with the Ravens about McGahee's availability, which means it could be either from a team in need of a back thanks to injury or just poor performance. If the rumors are true and McGahee is moved, he could end up getting more chances to carry the ball.
Starter: Malcolm Floyd, San Diego Chargers (63)
Philip Rivers has been elevating his game every year since Drew Brees left for New Orleans. Rivers' top wide receiver from last year, Vincent Jackson, will miss the first four games of the season, if he doesn’t sit out the entire year. This elevates Floyd to the most proven receiver on the team, and could be a bona fide fantasy stud in the first few weeks.
Starter: Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers (73)
As soon as we all thought Dennis Dixon would be the clear-cut favorite to start the season, he lays an egg against the Broncos. However, due to a Byron Leftwich injury, Dixon was named the starter for Week 1.
As a mobile quarterback, look for Dixon to find his big target in Miller down the field when he is flushed from the pocket. In the first three games the Steelers play, they will be going up against three of the easiest defenses for a tight end to face in fantasy.
Backups: John Carlson, Seattle Seahawks (40); Dustin Keller, New York Jets (20)
Starter: Whoever has the best matchup
I am not going to disgrace my good name by writing a fantasy article about the best kicker available. True, on occasion, a kicker can win you a week… which is utterly despicable. Your best bet is to choose a kicker with the best matchup every week if you don’t grab one of the top three (Kaeding, Akers, Longwell).
Starter: New York Giants (45)
The knock on the Giants last year was that they gave up so many passing touchdowns, but somehow were great in total yardage allowed. The Giants had one of the biggest offseason acquisitions that no one talks about: Hiring former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator and interim head coach Perry Fewell.
The Bills have had one of the best secondaries in the league over the past four years despite playing the Patriots twice a year, all thanks to Fewell’s coaching. Add Antrel Rolle to the secondary, and the Giants should be much improved.
Denver Broncos (62); San Diego Chargers (17)