Even with the midpoint of the season approaching, there are still some solid players that are lying around on the waiver wire who can help you get closer to your goal. Here are a few of this weeks hot prospects.
May be available now…
Matt Schaub QB (HOU) - Finally, Houston gets a W. Schaub had 2 picks but had 379 yards, a passing touchdown and a 1 game winning rushing touchdown. This offense is really starting to heat up and with home game against the Lions this week, he will be an excellent option for you if he is available in your league.
Matt Ryan QB (ATL) - I think it is time to drink the Kool Aid. He has been solid all season and this week he was able to post 300 yards with a touchdown against the Bears very solid defense. I think he has earned the title of QB2.
He will be on a bye this week but after that he gets the Eagles and then three very favorable match-ups in Oakland, New Orleans, and Denver. If you have a player on a bye one of those weeks, you might want to grab him and stash him now.
Jeff Garcia QB (TB) - Nothing stellar fantasy wise about this weeks performance but - because he won and didn’t turn the ball over - he has already been named starting QB for next weeks game. If you need a warm body to throw in the week, he could be a mild sleeper against a struggling Seattle team.
Dominic Rhodes RB (IND) - Joseph Addai went out of the game with a hamstring injury and Rhodes went for 73 and a touchdown against the Ravens. We don’t know the severity of Addai’s injury at this time but hamstring injuries are nagging. If you have Addai, you better have Rhodes. If nobody has Rhodes, you would be wise to grab him. The Colts are heating up and having their running back - whoever it is - is a good thing.
Warrick Dunn RB (TB) - I almost don’t believe it but Dunn could be a decent addition to your squad as a spot RB2, RB3 or flex player. He was able to post 115 yards against a solid Carolina defense and is gaining the favor of Coach Gruden.
Vincent Jackson WR (SD) - Looking great in the absence of Chambers. If Chambers continues to miss he is a great pick-up, if not, he still is worthy of a roster spot.
Brandon Stokley WR (DEN) - Only had 3 catches for 29 yards but he did score. If Royal misses against next week - which as of now seems likely Stokley still has some value.
Devin Hester WR/KR (CHI) -Each week he seems to improve his offensive performance. This he pulls in 6 catches for 87 yards. In combination with his dangerous return abilities he could be a decent play against the Vikes next week.
Mercedes Lewis TE (JAC) - He has been getting plenty of targets over the past few weeks but was having trouble holding on to the ball. Sunday he held on to 3 of them for 64 yards and his second TD in as many weeks. He has a bye next week but a bunch of favorable match-ups - Cleveland, Cinci and Detroit - after that.
Houston D -They haven’t completely shut teams down but they are getting sacks, turnovers and big plays on special teams (Jacoby Jone ran a punt back for a TD against Miami). They could come in handy for you this week against a Lions team that likes to turn it over.
Keep an Eye on….
Michael Pittman RB (DEN) - Hard to say what the story at running back is from week to week in Denver but Pittman posted 109 yards on 20 carries. Also of note is the fact that he was the only running back to get any carries. If Young misses any more time it will be interesting to see if Pittman remains the man. Also, keep in mind that the Coaches favorite, Ryan Torain, will be returning soon which muddies the water a bit.
Steve Breaston WR (ARI) - He is just lighting it up lately. This week he gets 8 catches for 102 and a touchdown.The only reason he isn’t a “must pick up now” is because he will be on a bye this week and the return of Anquan Boldin will cut into his playing time and his stats.
Bernard Berrian WR (MIN) - Don’t look now but a Viking reciever has two 100 yard performances an two touchdowns in as many weeks. It hasn’t been pretty but he and Gus seem to be gellin. I’m not ready to buy yet but he is worthy of a look if you like to gamble or need his services in a deeper league. He could be a sleeper against his old team - the Bears - next week.
Patrick Cobbs RB (MIA) - 3 catches for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns. Great day but don’t expect this to happen on a regular basis (if even ever again).
Vernon Davis TE (SF) - I see it but I don’t believe it; 6 catches for 75 yards for Vernon Davis. It will take a few more of these type of games to get me to recommend him.
Remember the bye weeks…
This upcoming week: Cardinals, Falcons, Jaguars, Eagles
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Before you go…
If you haven’t had your fill just yet, the Fantasy Football Librarian will have her post listing waiver wire reports from all over the net. Also, The Hazean offers up his picks in his weekly “Grab Bag.” And last - and definitely not least - we have FootbalJabbers Weekly Waiver Wire Buffet.
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