NFL Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pick Ups
I'm pretty sure that there is enough advice out there for everyone to determine their pre-draft rankings. So I'm not gonna help you with that. Plus none of that advice ever takes into account the crazy rules your commissioner is devoted to shoving down your throat.
Also, I'm sure you've already figured out where you want to go with those last, few, almost meaningless picks as well, because someone tipped you to a great sleeper. How many of those sleepers worked out last season, anyway?
What you don't see is advice to help you find that one waiver wire pick up to get you through the season and to the playoffs.
Here are ten players who are likely to be undrafted, but could find their way to the playing field and put up good fantasy numbers. Or maybe even become the next Mile Austin!
Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones
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With more coverage being shown to Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels still battling back from injury, and the Texans running game stalling for a second straight season, these two are likely to see more targets than last season. Walter had a down year with injuries but should be back and if not Jacoby Jones is ready to step in.
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After a good season in Seattle, Burleson does not plan to disappear on his new team. The Lions will be behind a lot, which means they will be passing and Burleson will be getting more targets as Calvin Johnson finds more coverage.
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After spending last season on IR, Douglas is poised for a breakout year playing in the slot of the Atlanta Falcons offense. He was the missing piece to the offense last season as he was ready to steal the No. 2 WR spot. In 2008, he didn't light the world on fire, but he allowed Matt Ryan to spread the field and find Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, and Tony Gonzalez. This year, he should take a lot of Jenkins and Gonzalez's targets and finish with 50+ catches.
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Deion Branch might finally look healthy and Mike Williams might be threatening to become a wide receiver, but those are big mights. In cutting T.J. Houshmendzadeh, the Seattle front office is demonstrating a lot of confidence in the rookie wideout. Pete Carroll is a run-first coach, but he will be behind often. Spreading the field, most defenses will take away Branch and Williams yet leave Tate in favorable situations.
I am expecting big things from him. Remember Anquan Boldin's first season? OK, maybe a little too much, but 60-70 catches is very possible.
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With Derek Anderson at the helm, the Cardinals will be able to stretch the field. This is good for Breaston and probably bad for the Cardinals. Look for him to get a lot more targets than he would have with Leinart behind center.
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He finally found some rythym with Kansas City last season. I think the new environment will continue to be good for him. Not only that, but he married his psyco stalker! Only good things can come of this, right?
The Chiefs will be a run first team that needs to score a lot of points to win. They will be throwing a lot in the fourth quarter with Dwayne Bowe seeing the majority of the double teams.
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After 211 carries last season and not breaking down, I believe he is due for a couple of monster weeks when the Buccaneers draw weak opponents in the middle of the season. If you have an injury at RB, Williams could win you a couple of weeks.
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The No. 2 TE in New England right now, Gronkowski will not have to do much to pass the aging Alge Crumpler on the depth chart. Tom Brady likes a good TE and Gronkowski has a knack for getting open. Time can only tell if they can connect and make it a red zone marriage to fear as Gronkowski is a rookie.
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After only getting 74 carries in his rookie season, expect the Bengals to lean on him a bit more to ease the work load off of Benson. I'd wager around 150 carries. Plus return yards and receptions if you are in one of those leagues.
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The addition of Brandon Marshall will mean a lot more passing by the Dolphins. He only had 31 catches last season, but this season he will be a favorite hot route for Chad Henne as Marshall draws heavy coverage and the pass rush beats up the struggling Miami offensive line. I expect 60 catches and to turn a bunch of those into touchdowns in the red zone.
Well, that will do it. With team's focusing on more running back by committee philosophies, you'll find a lot less value is there on the waiver wire as more of them will be taken in the draft. Look to the wide receivers to play a bigger role in filling your flex position, especially in PPR leagues. Good luck this season!