Top 5 Waiver Wire Picks to Transform Your Fantasy Football Team

Matt KingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2011

Top 5 Waiver Wire Picks to Transform Your Fantasy Football Team

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    Not off to a great start in fantasy football? Don't worry, 50 percent of the people in this country aren't either. Fact.

    The good news is that there's something you can do about it. This first week of waiver wire pickups is crucial and there is a ton of unclaimed talent out there for you get.

    Put your requests in for these guys and thank me later.

Chad Henne

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    Chad Henne? Like the Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne?

    Maybe it was just the Patriots' defense, but Henne put up some pretty spectacular fantasy numbers on Monday night. We're talking over 400 yards, two passing TDs and one rushing TD.

    You don't get points for wins or losses in fantasy, so who cares how the game eventually ended, grab this guy because the Dolphins will be airing it out plenty this year. 

Early Doucet

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    Doucet was only thrown the ball three times on Sunday, but he made each one count, catching all three balls and going over 100 yards for the day with a score.

    Sure Fitzgerald is still the guy in Arizona, but with an actual, viable QB in the mix now and Boldin gone, Doucet should be able to step in as their number two and wrack up some quality flex points for your fantasy team if he can stay healthy.

Devery Henderson

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    This one should be a no-brainer.

    As often as the Saints throw, and with number one option Marquis Colston out for a while, Henderson's production is only going to go up, and he caught six passes for 100 yards and a touchdown to open up the season.

    Look for Henderson to have a career year with Brees looking his way often.

Randall Cobb

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    Cobb came out of the gate with a bang.

    We knew this college quarterback had speed, but we had no idea how he would do in the pros. One receiving touchdown and another kickoff returned for one later, we have our answer.

    The one issue with Cobb is that Rodgers likes to spread the ball around, so he won't see a ton of targets. But the good news is that he's a homerun threat on special teams and when he does get his chances on offense, he'll make them count.

    Cobb should be an excellent flex play for you.

Cam Newton

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    If Cammy Cam Juice is still available in your league, run, don't walk, to the computer and put in a waiver wire request for him.

    No, he will not always put up the kind of numbers he did on Sunday for his incredible rookie debut, but we should see something close.

    He seems to have revitalized Steve Smith's career, and that in and of itself might be worth a pickup for Newton. The Panthers will be behind plenty, so Cam will be airing it out early and often, and the results are looking very good so far.