Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Preseason Pickups You Need

Nick SeroCorrespondent IIISeptember 6, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 19:  Greg Olsen #88 of the Carolina Panthers is tackled by Karlos Dansby #58 of the Miami Dolphins during a Preseason NFL game  at Sun Life Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Fantasy Football Season is about to begin, and you need to get the right players on your roster. Some players have gone unnoticed in drafts and are sitting on the waiver wire prior to the first week of the season.

We can almost guarantee that these players won’t be there this upcoming Tuesday, however, so pick them up now.


Colt McCoy, QB, Cleveland Browns (25.8% ESPN, 38% Yahoo)

McCoy has had his ups and downs in the preseason, but there are definite reasons to believe that the Browns’ starting QB will make a significant leap in his second year.

We don’t expect him to be more than a QB2, especially with games against Baltimore and Pittsburgh on the schedule.

McCoy is going to surprise some weeks, however. The biggest question mark for McCoy will be how he handles defensive pressure. He’s got some wheels but usually makes the wrong decision throwing the ball when on the move.

In the right matchupwhere he faces a lackluster defensive line, for exampleMcCoy could be a very solid addition to the starting lineup.


Willis McGahee, RB, Denver Broncos (95.9% ESPN, 55% Yahoo)

McGahee isn’t worth a look in PPR leagues, but in a standard-scoring league he will certainly have value on your team.

He won’t rush for a ton of yards or catch a ton of passes, but he will be getting the goal-line touches and will be asked to come in on short-yardage downs.

McGahee is a very decent RB3 in deeper leagues and could be a very strong flex option for your squad. We all know that John Fox likes to run the ball, and his former goal-line back, Jonathan Stewart, was pretty darn valuable in previous seasons.


Davone Bess, WR, Miami Dolphins (43.2% ESPN, 55% Yahoo)

Bess is a good pickup for those of you in PPR leagues. He caught a very quiet 79 passes last year and could easily break 80 this season.

The demotion for Daniel Thomas at running back means that Reggie Bush probably won’t be a receiver as often as once thought. That means Bess continues to be the best slot/speed option at receiver for Chad Henne.


Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams (33.6% ESPN, 73% Yahoo)

Amendola has been the most productive wide receiver in Rams’ practices this offseason and should continue to be the leading pass-catcher for the Rams.

Well, he should at least lead the team in catches. His YAC potential isn’t great, and he won’t score a ton of touchdowns. He could improve on his 85 catches from a year ago, however.

So if you are in a PPR league, give Amendola a chance to be a WR3 or FLEX option. He won’t shatter the world with his weekly points, but he should bring a nice level of consistency with his added PPR value.


Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (19.5% ESPN, 28% Yahoo)

Brown was the most dynamic Steeler in the preseason and is a lock to be the No. 3 receiver to open the season. Emmanuel Sanders is a more polished receiver but has had a very slow recovery time from his offseason foot surgeries.

Brown is a true home-run threat and could be a forgotten man by opposing defenses. With added attention on Mike Wallace going deep and Hines Ward making clutch catches underneath, Brown could be left open for big gains.

In the preseason, Brown has scored on passes of 29, 77 and 44 yards. So in standard scoring leagues, he could be the guy to put you over the top in a weekly matchup.


Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers (96% ESPN, 68% Yahoo)

Olsen could end the year as the best pass-catcher for the Panthers. He has truly shone so far in the preseason and is playing in one of the most TE-friendly offenses there is.

There are certain players we will avoid totally because they have burned us in the past. Olsen could be one of those players, because he had great skill but never lived up the hype in Chicago. Look for that to change, as he will be Cam Newton’s top check-down option.


Lance Kendricks, TE St. Louis Rams (15.8% ESPN, 32% Yahoo)

He’s an untested rookie playing with a quarterback who will no doubt spread the ball around.

I get that some of you out there are skeptical, but don’t be. Kendricks was Bradford’s favorite target in the preseason and looked almost unstoppable.

Sam Bradford targeted Kendricks early and often in their preseason games, and with the injury risks at receiver, he could continue that trend all season long.



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