Week One: Waiver Wire Rush

FantasyDCCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2009

After completing Week 1, these are the guys you want to watch out for. Make sure to read the full article only at FantasyDC.com (Link Provided At The Bottom) to read up on 6-7 more fantasy names you need to watch!

Go For It:

Joe Flacco, BAL, QB (60 percent owned in 10 team format) – Look, the Ravens aren’t throwing 43 times every game. But they NEVER threw 43 times last year, and they must have a lot of faith in Flacco to let him toss the ball all over the field like he did Sunday. Flacco isn’t just a game manager like he was last season, so snag him up as a situational starter in all leagues. (Target: All leagues)

Steve Smith, NYG, WR (26%) – Eli Manning is still trying to find out who he can trust with no Plax, and he put a lot of faith in Steve Smith Sunday. Add to that the “3rd Year WR” rule and Hakeem Nicks going down, Smith is in line to be the Giants No. 1 target this year. He may not be a top 20 WR, but he’s not that far out. He is an easy WR3 and should be taken in all formats (Target: All leagues, PPR+)

John Carlson, SEA, TE (86%) / Brent Celek, PHI, TE (36%) / Todd Heap, BAL, TE (21%) / Ben Watson, NE, TE (6%) – Carlson will be hard to come by, but between these four players you have a 200 percent chance of getting one, and that should be all you need. Watson was targeted more Monday night than any time in the McDaniels regime. Heap looks just like he did in his all-pro seasons, and Carlson should be an easy all-pro this year. McNabb knew he had Celek as a safety net, and whoever the QB is should McNabb miss starts will use Celek the same way. There should be no TE issues the rest of the season if you pick one of these four up.

All Things Depending:
Ricky Williams, MIA, RB (32 percent) – Ricky is a solid role player in Miami, but he shouldn’t ever crack your starting line-up with the exception of 14+ team leagues. With that said, he is at the very top of back-ups, and is a necessary handcuff for Ronnie Brown owners regardless of league size. (Target: 14+ leagues, Ronnie Brown owners)

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Patrick Crayton, DAL, WR (36 percent) – Crayton had a monster game, but 80 of his 135 yards were on one play against a bad Bucs secondary allowing big plays left and right. Romo didn’t lock in to one player, and Crayton did nothing to break away from Jason Witten, Miles Austin, and Roy Williams. Don’t feel bad if you missed out, and don’t pick him up unless it is an obvious upgrade. (Target: 14 team leagues)

Hold Off For Now:
LeRon McClain, BAL, RB (50 percent) – McClain sharked a TD and caught three passes. That was good enough for 12 points in PPR leagues, and he will get some interest with that. But he shouldn’t. Ray Rice was a monster Sunday and will be so all season. Again, my philosophy is to let owners pick up players like McClain and drop a player in a better situation. Let this happen to you. (Target: TD only leagues only)

Isaac Bruce, 49ers, WR (38%) – Bruce had the best game of any 49ers WR. And really that’s the only reason people would grab him right now. Josh Morgan, Frank Gore, and Vernon Davis likely will all outplay Bruce the remainder of the year, and Shaun Hill doesn’t have enough ball to give to everyone. Look for Bruce to be average at best the rest of the year. (Target: N/A)


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