Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: 4 Pickups to Save Your Season

Yueh Ho@@YuehHoCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2011

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: 4 Pickups to Save Your Season

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    This season has shocked many fantasy owners, with a top pick such as Peyton Manning being complete busts. With breakout performances by players such as Ray Rice and the Ravens defense, many fantasy teams across the country are scrambling to fill in holes and save their seasons.

    But don't worry, if you're one of those fantasy owners you still have plenty of time to save your team. There are tons of emerging stars in the fantasy game who are likely on the waiver wire. Here are four pickups off a waiver to save a fantasy season.

1. Cam Newton

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    If you were the unlucky fantasy owner who drafted Peyton Manning, perhaps even as high as first overall (in a two-quarterback league it would be plausible), then fear not. You can still attain a very serviceable quarterback to lead your team to victory.

    With his 400-plus-yard performance against the Cardinals on Sunday, Cam Newton appears to be the real deal and can be a fantasy star.

    Critics point out that Newton will be hard-pressed to repeat his performance, and that is true. But signs show that he will certainly be a good fantasy quarterback regardless. Getting over 400 yards is a tremendous accomplishment, and it certainly shows his potential. And Newton has great receivers to throw to in Steve Smith and Jeremy Shockey. 

    Newton can be expected to continue to play well, and should be claimed through a waiver for quarterback-needy teams.

2. Robert Meachem

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    Robert Meachem is an incredibly inconsistent player. But with the injury to Marques Colston, the fantasy value of Meachem has risen considerably.

    Meachem still has great speed and can make big plays at times. Without Colston, Brees will be forced to throw to him more. A team therefore with a need of an additional playmaker at wide receiver could certainly gain a lot by adding Meachem to their roster.

3. Rex Grossman

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    Another quarterback-needy team could benefit by selecting Rex Grossman.

    Facing a great deal of skepticism when appointed to the starting role, Grossman played admirably, putting up over 300 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the New York Giants.

    While I would not say Grossman has finally emerged as a good quarterback in the NFL, it is clear that Grossman has potential to put up a great deal of yardage and score on opponents, similar to Shaun Hill in 2010. Even with interceptions and poor decisions, as a fantasy player he will be serviceable.

4. Cadillac Williams

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    Steven Jackson went down in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles, but Cadillac Williams stepped in and played well in his absence. He rushed for 91 yards for 4.8 yards per carry. Williams' best years are behind him, but the Rams have a solid offensive line and a good offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels. They have all the tools to allow Williams to succeed.

    Until Jackson recovers, Williams could step in and win a few fantasy games for a team.