Fantasy owners love the waiver wire.
Other than naming their team something clever and fantasy draft day, nothing boosts a fantasy owner's ego more than scoring a waiver wire gem at some point during the regular season. With most of Week 1 in the books now, that pursuit will begin in earnest this week in fantasy leagues.
Several players caught my eye yesterday as valuable waiver wire fodder this week:
Michael Vick, QB, Eagles (175 - 1; 103 rushing yards)
Watch out, Kevin Kolb owners, there is a quarterback controversy in town!
Brandon Jackson, RB, Packers (18 - 63; 2 - 12)
Jackson did well with his opportunity on short notice; He should do even better with a week of prep for the Buffalo Bills.
Javon Ringer, RB, Titans (33 - 1)
One of the more important back up running backs in the NFL, Ringer showed he will have value if Chris Johnson goes down at any point this year.
Austin Collie, WR, Colts (10 - 131 - 1)
It is obvious that Anthony Gonzalez has fallen way out of favor in Indy with Collie's showing on Sunday.
Mark Clayton (10 - 119)
With Donnie Avery gone for the year, the Rams may have found their go-to receiver for the 2010 season.
Eddie Royal, WR, Broncos (8 - 98)
Hey, there's the Royal fantasy owners came to love two seasons ago as a rookie!
Mike Thomas, WR, Jaguars (6 - 89)
Jaguars No. 1 receiver Mike Sims-Walker failed to catch a single pass in Week 1, proving there is no true No. 1 WR on this team.
Mike Williams, WR, Seahawks (4 - 64)
It is hard to buy into preseason hype, but Williams appears to have lived up to his after just one week of real football.
Bo Scaife, TE, Titans (3 - 37 - 1)
Vince Young cannot face the Raiders every weekend, but he does love to throw to his tight end in the redzone.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals (6 - 25 - 1)
Someone to keep in mind when those bye weeks start to roll around and you need a waiver wire replacement.
Here are today's great reads:
- The story heard round the fantasy world yesterday was Arian Foster's HUGE Week 1 performance against the Colts. Obviously, his fantasy value could not be higher right now. Good time to trade him, or do you think he will be able to continue being a productive fantasy running back? [FanHouse]
- Apparently, the end of the first half of the Bengals-Patriots game was not interesting enough for Chad OchoCinco and Terrell Owens to stick around. So they missed out on an opportunity to catch a Hail Mary pass before the end of the half. Not a good start to the season for the Bengals, despite a strong second half. [Shutdown Corner]
- If you are worried about your team after Week 1, and think it is because of a bad draft, consider this guy's fantasy draft: After taking Rashard Mendenhall in the first round (not terrible), he drafted Arrelious Benn in the second round (AWFUL). It gets worse from there. [Roto Arcade]
- If you have Shonn Greene going tonight, expect to see a lot of LaDainian Tomlinson. According to some reports, the Jets will feature Tomlinson heavily in tonight's game against the Ravens. Leaning on the old veteran early in the season to keep the youngster fresh, perhaps? That would be good for my prediction that LT2 will score more TDs than Greene this year. [FFToolBox]
- Chad Henne may be the first name on this list of players in make-or-break seasons but he is not be the headliner of said list (Darren McFadden? Marion Barber? Braylon Edwards?). Still, I watched a lot of the Miami-Buffalo game yesterday and Henne did not get off to a great start. He spent most of the day staring Brandon Marshall down and looking indecisive with the football. [Pancake Blocks]
If you are a Tweeter, follow The Hazean on Twitter. If it is a good chuckle you desire, check out The Hazean's Facebook page. Remember to follow (Twitter) and become a fan (Facebook) of The Hazean on both popular social networking sites.
If it is just more solid reading material that you crave, check out The Hazean's Google Reader Shared Items page.