Big-Time Fantasy Football Sleepers and Waiver-Wire Watch: Week Two

Corey KoehlerSenior Analyst ISeptember 7, 2008

I hope you had a solid opening day. Lots of surprises, disappointments, and head-scratchers. Either way, football's back baby, and it is time to start looking at next week!

Other than Brady going down, and Atlanta’s domination of the Lions, the biggest surprise this week was the amount of tight ends on the list below.

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May be available now…

Matt Cassel QB (NE) - I am sure that if you have Brady, you are on top of this. If not, get on it. If you don’t have Brady, look anyway and see if you can steal him. He is not Brady, but he didn’t look too bad, and he does have Moss and Welker.

Also, stay tuned on this one. There are many rumors already floating around about Chris Simms and even Dante Culpepper.

Chris Johnson RB (TEN) - If by some chance you or nobody else has this guy, GRAB HIM NOW. So far he looks like the rock star everyone is making him out to be. A solid 93 yards on 15 carries to go along with three catches for 34 yards and a TD. With Cincy up next, he should be a shoe in for another big performance.

Felix Jones RB (DAL) - He looked very good. His first NFL carry was a very determined 11 yard run (62 yards and a TD overall). A must-handcuff to MB3 and possible spot or flex starter in deeper leagues. UPDATE: MB3 has a rib injury.

Pierre Thomas RB (NO) - Looks like they may be rolling with Thomas instead of Deuce. Only had 10 carries for 52 against a decent Tampa D but is an excellent handcuff or even a decent play against lesser opponents in a crunch.

DeSean Jackson WR (PHI) - Can a rookie wide receiver get it done? So far, I think we have an answer. Six catches for 106 yards. If by chance he is laying around out there, grab him.

Dante Rosario TE (CAR) - Best thing to hit Carolina since Wesley Walls? Not sure about that, but he had a HUGE game, grabbing the game-winning catch with time running off the clock. Seven for 96 and a TD.

Anthony Fasano TE (MIA) - One of my preseason sleepers goes for eight for 84 and a TD in a loss to the Jets.

Robert Royal TE (BUF) - Another one of my preseason sleepers goes for six for 52 and a TD. Edwards seems to like him, and if you need a TE, maybe you should too.

Jon Kasay K (CAR) - I don’t talk about kickers much, but I get the feeling Kasay could be a nice addition if you are looking for a solid kicker. Carolina showed they can move the ball and will be playing in some tight games. Four FGs and Two PATs against San Diego.

Carolina's D - Are at home against the Bears.

Buffalo's D - Five sacks, two turnovers, one PA, and a kickoff return by the solid, fairly unknown returner Roscoe Parrish. A performance like that and a fairly easy schedule after Jacksonville next week means that they would make a nice pick-up, if available.

Keep an Eye on…

Chad Pennington QB (MIA) - Didn’t look to bad with 251 and two TDs. Let's see how he does on the road in Arizona next week.

Damon Huard QB (KC) - He couldn’t win it in the end—although Bowe did drop the tying touchdown—but he will be the guy if Croyle is out. DEEP LEAGUES ONLY for now.

Kerry Collins QB (TEN) - If Vince Young can’t go, Collins might be alright in deeper leagues. Good matchup versus the Bengals next week.

Sammy Morris RB (NE) - Seems to be a favorite of the coaches in the red zone. And if Brady is out, there could be more of a commitment to the run.

Tim Hightower RB (ARI) - TD only or handcuff to Edge.

LaRon McLain RB (BAL) - All the talk about Ray Rice only to have this guy come in and outperform him with 19 carries for 86 yards on the ground and two for 24 in the air. If McGahee continues to worry you, you may want to add this guy.

Notable performances…

Matt Jones WR (TEN) - I am not willing to go all in with him due to his track record—and the fact that Jerry Porter has yet to suit up for the Jags—but a solid six-for-80 performance.

Bo Scaife TE (TEN) - Six catches for 105 yards. He is a favorite of Vince Young (possibly out) and has Crumpler around, so I’ll take a wait and see. Besides, there are plenty of tight ends help available above.

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Before you go…

If you haven’t had your fill just yet, the Fantasy Football Librarians will have a waiver-wire report you will want to check out, and I will keep an eye out for a few others.

Also, stop back because I will be updating throughout the week if and when anyone jumps out at me. Also, I know many of you see things that I don’t so feel free to throw down some of your thoughts below in the comments.


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