If you’re a fantasy geek like yours truly, you know that no one wins their league at the draft. The winner is usually the guy that makes the best waiver wire moves from Week 2 to Week 6. You know, the guy who knows the difference between fool’s gold (Kevin Ogeltree) and the diamond in the rough (C.J. Spiller). This week is crucial for many owners with injuries to some big name backs like Matt Forte, Ahmad Bradshaw and even Chris Johnson. Here are the moves that are recommended for this week.
Matt Cassell—This is the last week you will be able to pick him up, because he will not be available in many of the leagues you’re in. The Chiefs are not good, but they have weapons and they will score whether they are behind or in front.
Andrew Luck—Everyone is on the RG3 (Robert Griffin) bandwagon, but don’t sleep on Luck! He will wind up with 4,000 yards and 25 TDs at year’s end. If he’s available snatch him up.
Jake Locker—As much as it hurts to say this, you have to drop him. He looks lost out there right now, his offensive-line looks putrid, and somehow Chris Johnson still looks like it’s 2011. He’s a great pick long-term, but for this year there are better options.
Matt Schaub—Schaub WAS an elite quarterback for a short period of time, but that time is not right now. The Houston offense wants to run the ball it looks like Andre Johnson isn’t what he used to be. This isn’t to say drop Schaub, but against the Denver defense in Denver, sit him.
Andre Brown—Going into the season Davis Wilson looked great—until he fumbled in the opener. Now his stock is plummeting like on the Facebook curve. The NFL is a game of opportunities and Brown got his Sunday. He seemed to take advantage of it. Coughlin wants to protect the ball and as long as Brown does he will get the carries.
Mikel Leshoure—Kevin Smith is a good story and a nice guy. He is not an elite back and Detroit claims to be an elite team. They need a real weapon and they hope Leshoure is that guy. He may not get all the carries this week, but when he does he will not be available to pick up. Be proactive and take him this week.
Daryl Richardson—Steven Jackson has been great for a number of seasons, but he is getting fragile in his latter years. He’s a gladiator—but gladiators get worn down. The Rams know they are in “future” mode and Richardson is the future.
Isaac Redman—It looked like he was going to take advantage of the “opportunity”, but he just hasn’t. With Rashard Mendenhall on the mend, Jonathan Dwyer getting some carries, and Chris Rainey there, drop Redman. That doesn’t mean he won’t have a good game or two this year, but those hit or miss guys kill a fantasy football team, especially in head-to-head leagues.
DeAngelo Williams—Not quite at the DROP point, but he had his chance with Jonathan Stewart out and he just didn’t capitalize. Stewart is back and will get the majority of the touches. He should be on your bench for now with the ‘Grim Waiver Reaper’ following closely behind!
Danny Amendola—In a PPR (points per reception) league Amendola will continue to be a beast! He is going to go over 100 catches this year if he doesn’t get hurt again. He is the only “real” receiving weapon in St Louis, so if he’s available in your league grab him.
Brian Hartline—He’s a bit of a deep sleeper, but they are going to throw the ball in Miami and Davone Bess is not looking so great. He is not going to be a top-10 guy, but he could win you a few games in the upcoming weeks.
Leonard Hankerson—Hankerson will also not be a number-one guy, but with RG3 throwing bombs all year he will be the only guy capable of going deep.
Stephen Hill—If you followed last week’s advice and picked him up, our apologies. You now know his obvious downfall—he’s on the Jets! He’s also a rookie and probably had a quarter of his full season production in that one game alone.
Percy Harvin—He has definitely looked good, but you only play your elite wideouts against Harbaugh’s Niners. End of story.
Tight End is not deep, though here are three names for you to consider picking up.
Dante Rosario—He flashed a little bit in Carolina a few years back and with Gates hurt (big shocker) someone has to catch the ball in San Diego. Don’t expect three TDs and 50 yards ever again, but he will produce.
Scott Chandler—He’s not a burner and you really wouldn’t even call him overly coordinated. He is big and he gets into the end zone. In a non-PPR league he is money.
Brandon Myers—Carson Palmer is dying for a weapon out there and it might wind up being Myers. All the Heyward-Bey’s and other mediocre receivers don’t add up to much in fantasy football. If you have the injured Aaron Hernandez and need a fill in, you could do much worse than Myers.
Jim Butz and Eric Butz each have over 14 years experience of playing fantasy football and between the two they’ve played in over 170 leagues. They co-founded Suicide Fantasy Football.
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