Fantasy Football Waiver Hawk: Week Three

FantasyDCCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2009

How to burglarize your waiver wire before anyone gets a chance to.

The concept is simple. Grab the waiver-wire pickups the week before they become hot so you do not have to luck out on the wire. Each week I will predict NEXT week’s hot waiver-wire pickups so you can snag them before they become a hot commodity.

I will continue to focus mainly on running backs and wide receivers because that is where your bread is buttered in fantasy football. The players are listed in order of relevance, and it is up to you to decide on which one is valuable enough to fit in a league your size.

Make sure you don’t miss this article each week to become the waiver hawk in your league.

Some Highlights from Last Week's Digging Deeper

Correll Buckhalter RB, Denver Broncos 22% (28%)
Chansi Stuckey WR, NY Jets 9% (15%)
Laurent Robinson WR, St. Louis Rams 5% (23%)
Johnny Knox WR, Chicago Bears 1% (39%)

Biggest Movers from past articles

Carnell Williams, RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22% (65%)
Fred Jackson, RB Buffalo Bills 49% (84%)
Brandon Stokley WR, Denver Broncos 4% (18%)
Robert Meachem WR, New Orleans Saints 8% (16%)
Louis Murphy WR, Oakland Raiders 0% (12%)
Julian Edelman WR, New England Patriots 0% (4%)

This Weeks Pickups

Lynell Hamilton RB, New Orleans Saints (1%)

Arguably the waiver-wire darling of this week, Hamilton is a must-add if he is available. Hamilton could potentially get the start in New Orleans this week after Mike Bell suffered a MCL sprain in Week Two. The latest news is Mike Bell is expected to miss three to four weeks.

Hamilton is a very capable back that showed some elite ability in college at San Diego State. Hamilton is a good runner between the tackles and has pass-catching ability if Reggie Bush is limited. While I would hold off on putting Hamilton in your lineup immediately, he could find his way on many starting rosters after Week Four.

Jacoby Jones WR, Houston Texans (3%)

We remember Jones because of his sleeper status his rookie year. He immediately was productive and was injured and has been limited to mainly special teams since. The injury bug has found its way to the Texans receiving core and Kevin Walter should be a game-time decision. The buzz in Houston is Jones will at least steal some snaps from Walter this week. Jones is just another deep threat on a dangerous offense. This one has "upside" written all over him.

Derek Anderson (2%) QB, Mohammad Massaquoi (0%) WR, Cleveland Browns

This is more of a speculative add for deep leagues, especially dynasty leagues. Cleveland is 0-2 and has an upcoming schedule with some very tough pass defenses, including Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh in its next four games. I would not be surprised to see Derek Anderson be inserted into the lineup soon and Massaquoi be given a shot to take attention off Braylon Edwards.

Cleveland’s defense is allowing 30.5 points per game so far and shows little sign of slowing down, so the Browns should be playing from behind quite a bit. The talent between Edwards, Massaquoi, and Anderson is enough to warrant an upside claim in a deeper league.

Seneca Wallace QB, Seattle Seahhawks (2%)

I cannot see any way Matt Hasslebeck plays this week. Seneca Wallace, meanwhile, was secretly very productive last year. He completed almost 60 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions in eight games. Not eye-popping stats, but these are solid stats considering the lack of weapons Seattle had last year. Now he gets a healthy Nate Burleson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh and a dangerous pass-catching running back with Justin Forsett. Seattle plays much better at home and could surprise Chicago this week.

Nate Washington, WR, Tennessee Titans (24%)

Dropped in many leagues early on, Washington now is healthy. Nate was on the field for 93 percent of the Titans' plays against Houston compared to that of just 34 percent for Kenny Britt.

Jabar Gaffney, WR, Denver Broncos (2%)

Wait, Jabar Gaffney? What? Yes, that’s how I feel about it too, but let me explain before you hate Jabar. Many have attributed Eddie Royal’s and Brandon Marshall’s trouble to Kyle Orton’s incapability of throwing. The real problem has been Josh McDaniel’s relying on Brandon Stokley and Gaffney.

In Week Two, the only player on the field for more than 51 percent of the plays was Gaffney, at 82 percent. Denver is 2-0 and doesn’t show any real sign that things will change. As of now, it is safe to assume Gaffney is the WR1 on the Denver Broncos.

Bobby Wade (6%), WR, Dantrell Savage (0%), RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Todd Haley and McDaniels remind me of each other with their ability to completely ignore depth charts of popular opinion. We saw Wade join the team and earn the WR2 role immediately. I frankly would not be astonished to see Savage take Larry Johnson’s RB1 role as well. You just never know with guys like Haley and McDaniels. Savage is said to be being groomed by Priest Holmes himself and some claim he has the same late-round upside as Holmes.

James Davis RB, Cleveland Browns (9%)

Mentioned in previous articles, it is now Davis' time to shine. With Jamal Lewis’ hamstring injury, Davis could get the start and majority of carries.

Mike Sims-Walker Jacksonville Jaguars (25%)

He should be owned in almost all leagues as he is now the WR1 in Jacksonville.

Digging Deeper

Tashard Choice RB, Dallas Cowboys (10%)
Justin Forsett RB Seattle Seahawks (7%)
Matt Leinart QB, Arizona Cardinals (2%)
Brandon Jones WR, San Francisco 49ers (0%)
Michael Bennett RB, San Diego Chargers (0%)
Jared Cook TE, Tennessee Titans (0%)
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