Fantasy Football 2010: Week 1 Waiver Wire Advice

Mihir Bhagat@mihirbhagatSenior Analyst IIISeptember 7, 2010

Fantasy Football 2010: Week 1 Waiver Wire Advice

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Runningback Darren Sproles #43 of the San Diego Chargers runs the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the NFL game on December 20, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Imag
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    With most fantasy football drafts coming to a close, it's time to prepare your lineups for Week 1.

    While you should feel confident with your original picks, it's never too early to start looking for some possible gems off the waiver wires.

    In order to help you in your efforts, here's some advice on who I would think about adding to your roster. 

Derek Anderson

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 28: Derek Anderson #3 of the Arizona Cardinals drops back to pass against the Chicago Bears during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 28, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cardinals defeated the Bears 14-9. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel
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    While this may surprise some people, I'm dead-on serious about taking a strong look at Derek Anderson. 

    First off, realize that Anderon is just two years removed from being a Pro Bowler. Despite taking a sharp decline since, note that he was playing on a Browns team that had few to no reliable playmakers.

    In Arizona, he has the luxury of throwing to Larry Fitzgerald who is arguably the best receiver in the league.

    Moreover, this is a quarterback whom the organization apparently has some confidence in. Otherwise, they probably wouldn't have been so quick to cutting ties with their former No. 10 overall selection Matt Leinart. 

Jabar Gaffney

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    DENVER - JANUARY 03:  Wide receiver Jabar Gaffney #10 of the Denver Broncos makes a first down reception as Ricky Price #35 of the Kansas City Chiefs makes the tackle during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on January 3, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.
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    The opportunity to take a receiver who may end up being the No. 1 guy in Denver is too good to pass up. Even though he's not the flashiest guy around, he's consistent and can give you solid production.

    Last season, he recorded 54 receptions for 732 yards along with a pair of touchdowns. He should repeat, if not improve on it, this time around as well.

    Especially going up against a porous Jaguars secondary, this is the week to snatch him. 

Johnny Knox

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    CINCINNATI - OCTOBER 25:  Johnny Knox #13 of the Chicago Bears runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 25, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    On numerous occasions, offensive coordinator Mike Martz has proved that he can have a unique effect on an offense. With his skilled playcalling and intricate understanding of the game, he's an expert at utilizing each player to the best of their ability.

    That said, I'd keep a close eye on the Chicago Bears receiving corp. 

    In my opinion, Johnny Knox has the best chance to emerge from the group as the No. 1 guy. Contemplate picking him up now, before everyone else does.

Darren Sproles

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    SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17:  Running back Darren Sproles #43 of the San Diego Chargers runs with the ball during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New York Jets at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Mira
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    With Vincent Jackson undergoing a contract holdout, expect the San Diego Chargers to run the ball more often.

    Even though rookie Ryan Matthews was brought in, I still project Sproles to get a fair share of carries.

    If there's a week to pick him up, it's this one. Note that Sproles absolutely shredded the Chiefs defense in their two matchups last season, amassing 182 yards.

Kyle Orton

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    DENVER - AUGUST 21:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to facing the Detroit Lions during preseason NFL action at INVESCO Field at Mile High on August 21, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Lions defeated the Broncos 25-20.  (Photo
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    Kyle Orton is a solid No. 2 fantasy quarterback, as I project him to throw approximately 3,500 yards and 20 touchdowns 

    If you play in a two quarterback league or if you're No. 1 is in an unfavorable matchup, you may want to think about picking up Orton.

    He should post very impressive stats against a weak Jaguars defense. 

Greg Olsen

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 18:  Greg Olsen #82 of the Chicago Bears against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 18, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Over the years, it's been well-documented that Mike Martz doesn't utilize tight ends in his offensive schemes.

    However, with a lack of proven receivers and such a talented one in Chicago, he may decide to do so. 

    I'd definitely say Olsen's worth picking up here. If it works out, he'll be a gem. If not, just drop him the following week. 

Santana Moss

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    LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 14:  Santana Moss #89 of the Washington Redskins carries the ball after making a catch against the New Orleans Saints at FedEx Field September 14, 2008 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    I'm honestly very surprised that not many owners have picked up Santana Moss yet. He's the only reliable target Donovan McNabb has in Washington, and he's had success with similar types of receivers (think DeSean Jackson). 

    While I'm not saying Moss will have similar numbers, I'd definitely take a chance on him.

    The one downside is that the Redskins are playing the Dallas Cowboys who have a strong defense.

    Still, I'd rather take him now than risk having him gone later.

Visanthe Shiancoe

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    MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 03:  Visanthe Shiancoe #81 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on from the sideline in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants on January 3, 2010 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the G
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    Visanthe Shinacoe is a player who I really like heading into the season. Brett Favre is back, and the two really formed a nice rapport last season.

    Moreover, since the team's top two receivers have uncertainties surrounding them, I could see Favre targetting Shiancoe down the middle of the field early and often. 

    Also note that Shiancoe played well against the Saints in the NFC Championship Game last year, registering 4 receptions for 83 yards. 

    Considering safety Darren Sharper won't play in this week's game, be prepared for a potentially big game.