Fantasy Football: 10 Waiver Wire Guys to Keep an Eye On This Season
Fantasy football season is in full effect and everyone is looking for this year's version of Arian Foster, the player who proves to be much better than anyone thought. There are several players who could be much better than their draft position and they are the glue guys that lead their teams to the championship. Read on to see 10 lower or undrafted players who could help lead your fantasy football team to the elusive league championship.
Colt McCoy QB
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Colt McCoy won't be the leader of your team but he wouldn't be bad for a spot start or two. He might not have the weapons that other starters have, but he has Madden 12 cover boy Peyton Hillis to take pressure off him. Don't expect McCoy to give you monster points but lower double digits would be nice for the week or two you sit your starting QB.
Jason Campbell QB
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Jason Campbell always seems to play below his talent level and he's had problems keeping his starting role but new Raider head coach Hue Jackson is firmly behind Campbell as the starter, and Campbell should have a decent all around season. He has speed on the outside and a good running game, but the biggest addition is the pickup of Kevin Boss. After the Raiders lost Zach Miller, they were very lucky to sign Boss. Campbell has weapons to play with and can be a decent backup QB on your team.
Kyle Orton QB
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Kyle Orton was almost on his way out of Denver this offseason but the deal fell through and he is still a member of the Denver Broncos. Fans have long wanted for Tim Tebow to be the starter but, all the while, Orton continues to be a reliable starter. He was one of the better quarterbacks, when healthy, and I see no reason why that should stop. He is the definite starter but isn't a very popular draft choice, this allows for him to be acquired in a waiver transaction and gives your team the backup QB you need.
Danny Woodhead RB
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Danny Woodhead came out of nowhere to perform well for the New England Patriots last season and his role on the team should expand this year. He scored a good amount of touchdowns last year and is a good bench option. Woodhead also brings a good pass catcher and a smart runner. If help at running back is needed, it wouldn't hurt to pick up Woodhead.
Rashad Jennings RB
Rashad Jennings is Maurice Jones-Drew's backup in Jacksonville but he still has good fantasy value. He stepped in when Jones-Drew was injured and had some good games down the stretch and with Jones-Drew coming off another leg surgery, Jennings has high value and will be counted on to perform. I expect Jennings to have a higher workload in the start of the year and as Jones-Drew gets used again to the workload of a starting RB, his carries will go down. Regardless, he is worth having just in case Jones-Drew gets injured again.
Mike Sims-Walker WR
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Mike Sims-Walker signed with the Saint Louis Rams this offseason and brings his game to a team deprived of receivers. He has Sam Bradford throwing to him and Steven Jackson running the ball, so the pressure on him won't be as high. He proved he can make plays in Jacksonville and he should make even more in Saint Louis. Sims-Walker is a very good bench option and he could provide quality spot starts.
Steve Breaston WR
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Steve Breaston left the Arizona Cardinals to become the second string WR in Kansas City and is being reunited with his former offensive coordinater, and current Chiefs head coach, Todd Haley. Breaston had his best season as a pro with Haley as his coordinater and I expect Breaston to perform much better than he did last season in Arizona. He isn't one of the highly touted receivers, so his value will be very good and he will definitely bolster your bench.
Derrick Mason WR
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Derrick Mason had a string of good games down the stretch last season, and he is now a member of the New York Jets. He joins Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress as the top receivers and Mason figures to have a big role in the passing game. Mason has looked good, so far, in the preseason and is a good bench option for your team.
Todd Heap TE
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Todd Heap was supposed to be washed up last year but finished as one of the better tight ends in the league and proved he still has game. This offseason, he signed with the Arizona Cardinals and should be a big part of the passing game. Arizona hasn't been a big supporter of tight end play in recent years but Heap brings something they haven't had in a long time from the TE position, a reliable pass catcher. Look for Heap to be a good spot starter and a reliable backup TE.
Jared Cook TE
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Jared Cook is one of the faster tight ends in the league and should be the featured tight end in Tennessee. Cook had a couple good games towards the end of the year and showed he can be a playmaker from the tight end position. With Matt Hasselbeck slated to be the starter, Cook could emerge as a top target and a good option when in need of a backup TE or a spot start.