NFL Fantasy Football: Cam Newton and the Waiver-Wire Must-Haves of 2011
After an extraordinary Week 1 of the 2011-12' NFL season, many new faces are on the radar of fantasy football owners all over. From Cam Newton to Jabar Gaffney, many rookies and even some underrated veterans have started out the new season with a bang.
There are a ton of hidden gems still available on waiver-wires. In many leagues, that can be very valuable assets to your squad.
The following "sleepers" will have big games in the upcoming weeks. Add these individuals to your team where needed ASAP, because they will not be available for long.
WR Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams
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Weight: 205 pounds
College: Washington State
Week 1 Stats: Three receptions for 50 yards
Percentage Owned(according to ESPN): 1.7 percent
Expect Gibson to be a constant target of Sam Bradford after having a solid second season last year. In what I expect to be Gibson's breakout season, a 1000-yard season is very likely. If Bradford continues to find No.11, big things will start to happen for the St. Louis Rams.
WR Devery Henderson, New Orleans Saints
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Weight: 200 pounds
Week 1 Stats: Six Receptions for 100 yards and one touchdown
Percentage Owned(according to ESPN): 36.2 percent
Everybody knows Marques Colston is one of the premiere talents at the wide receiver position. Because of this, Devery Henderson is often overlooked as a valuable fantasy football draftee. However, after a spectacular Week 1 performance, the eight-year veteran has proven that he can still contribute in big ways.
TE Dustin Keller, New York Jets
Weight: 250 pounds
Week 1 Stats: Five receptions for 61 yards and one touchdown
Percentage Owned(according to ESPN): 45 percent
Dustin Keller has been outstanding for the New York Jets since his rookie season with the organization. With his dominating and consistent play for Gang Green, Keller's value will rise to new levels this season. Expect the Purdue-product to be one of Sanchez's favorite targets this year.
QB Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins
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Weight: 230 pounds
Week 1 Stats: Completed 30 of 49 attempted passes for 416 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, a 93.6 QB Rating and a 61.2 CMP%
Percentage Owned(according to ESPN): 17.2 percent
Chad Henne has struggled throughout his first few years in the NFL, but still shows some real promise. Although Henne threw more interceptions then touchdowns in his first two years as a starter, this season will be different. Despite losing to the Houston Texans in Week 1, Henne put up some impressive numbers against a very talented defense.
WR Jabar Gaffney, Washington Redskins
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Weight: 200 pounds
Week 1 Stats: Three receptions for 54 yards and one touchdown
%Owned(according to ESPN): 3.9 percent
Even though Jabar Gaffney has been in the league for 10 years and has played for four different teams, many football fans still have no clue who the wide receiver is. This year, you can expect that to change. Gaffney has always been a solid receiver, but has never gotten the opportunity. Now on the Redskins, I expect Gaffney to shine with his fellow Florida Alumni Rex Grossman at starting QB.
TE Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills
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Weight: 263 pounds
Week 1 Stats: Five receptions for 63 yards and two touchdowns
%Owned(according to ESPN): 15.2 percent
Scott Chandler hasn't seen much NFL playing time up to this year, but after his Week 1 performance, that is sure to change dramatically. Chandler proved to be a large, reliable target for Buffalo in the complete domination of the Kansas City Chiefs.
QB Cameron Newton, Carolina Panthers
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Weight: 248 pounds
Week 1 Stats: Completed 24 of 37 attempted passes for 422 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, a 110.4 QB Rating, and a 64.9 CMP%
Percent Owned(according to ESPN): 69 percent (Before his big performance, he was less than 20 percent owned.)
As the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers put their trust in Cam Newton as the future of the franchise. Although they got the loss, Newton did not disappoint, having one of the best games by a rookie in the history of the National Football League. Don't expect many more 400 yard performances; however, I believe Newton will finish among the top 10 quarterbacks in fantasy points this season.
WR Mohamed Massaquoi, Cleveland Browns
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Weight: 207 pounds
Week 1 Stats: Three receptions for 77 yards
Percent Owned(according to ESPN): 2.4 percent
Mohamed Massaquoi has a ton of potential but hasn't been given a real opportunity to date. Colt McCoy needs to get him more involved in the offense this season. If this happens, a 1,000-yard season is a definite possibility for Massaquoi in 2011.
TE Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
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Weight: 245 pounds
Week 1 Stats: Seven receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown
Percent Owned(according to ESPN): 56.7 percent
Aaron Hernandez has been a terrific target and last-second option for Tom Brady. Along with Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots easily have the best TE pair in the league. Having these two big bodies as receivers makes New England so dangerous because you never know if they're going to block or go out for a route. After a terrific rookie season, Hernandez will build off of that success and become one of the most productive tight-ends in the NFL.
WR Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
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Weight: 192 pounds
Week 1 Stats: Two receptions for 35 yards and one touchdown; returned two kickoffs for 135 yards and one touchdown
Percent Owned(according to ESPN): 23.4 percent
Randall Cobb was a stellar athlete in college while playing for Kentucky, and in Week 1, he exampled some skills that show he may just be as dominate at the NFL level. With Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback, you can expect Cobb to put up some impressive numbers in his rookie season.