Fantasy Football Waiver Wire - Week 2

by Ryan R. Bonini on September 11, 2008 @ 18:50:01 PDT

 


Free Agents to Pick Up in your Fantasy Football League

If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, it is important to stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout the course of the year.

Each week during the NFL fantasy football season, KFFL brings you our Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, which breaks down players who should be on your radar to pick up in your league. Sitting on your hands and not being aggressive in picking up fantasy football free agents is not a wise move. Sometimes, even if you do not need the player for your starting lineup, it is wise to tuck the player away for depth as well as blocking others from adding the player to their fantasy football team.

Fantasy Football Free Agents: Priority Additions

The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.

Matt Cassel, Quarterback, New England Patriots

  • Cassel is available in virtually every league polled.
  • With Tom Brady (knee) out for the season, Cassel takes over the reins of one of the league's top offenses.
  • The fourth-year option has never started a game, so look for the Patriots to reel in the offense a bit and rely more on the ground game in coming weeks.

Chad Pennington, Quarterback, Miami Dolphins

  • Pennington is available in about 80 percent of leagues polled.
  • He was incredibly sharp against his former team - the New York Jets - in Week 1, hitting 60.5 percent of his passes for 251 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
  • With quarterbacks dropping like flies in Week 1, he should be considered even if you are simply trying to block a Tom Brady owner from bettering his team.

Sammy Morris, Running Back, New England Patriots

  • He's available in about 69 percent of leagues polled.
  • The vet looked sharp in Week 1, carrying the ball 10 times for 53 yards and a touchdown. He also had five receptions for 34 yards. He had as many carries as starting running back Laurence Maroney.
  • With Brady out, the Patriots will likely need to rely more on the ground game - including Morris - to take pressure off inexperienced Matt Cassel.

Pierre Thomas, Running Back, New Orleans Saints

  • Thomas (ankle) is available in about 85 percent of leagues polled.
  • With running back Deuce McAllister (knees) not at 100 percent, Thomas will continue to play a bigger factor in the offense as the power-back element paired with running back Reggie Bush's finesse.
  • He ran 10 times for 52 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards during Week 1. McAllister, in comparison, didn't touch the ball. Thomas was utilized in 20.27 percent of the team's offensive plays.
  • He left in the fourth quarter after twisting his ankle. Monitor Thomas' injury throughout the week if you pick him up.

Tim Hightower, Running Back, Arizona Cardinals

  • He is available in about 85 percent of the leagues polled.
  • He only had 13 rushing yards on eight attempts in Week 1 but vultured a touchdown from starting tailback Edgerrin James. Look for him to see additional goal line carries.

Derrick Ward, Running Back, New York Giants

  • Ward is available in about 53 percent of leagues polled.
  • He is part of the Giants' committee approach and was utilized 12 times during Week 1, including two plays within the red zone. Ward rushed for 39 yards on nine carries while adding two receptions for another 21 yards.

Eddie Royal, Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos

  • He is available in about 86 percent of leagues polled, but that is going to change quickly after his Week 1 showing on Monday Night Football.
  • Royal, a rookie, dominated the Oakland Raiders and showed a strong rapport with quarterback Jay Cutler, catching nine for 146 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed two times for nine yards and even attempted a pass! Is he a jack of all trades in the making?
  • Next week, he will have suspended wide receiver Brandon Marshall opposite of him, forcing defenses to put him in single coverage often while they focus on Marshall.
  • A word of caution though: he is just 5-foot-10 and 182 pounds. He doesn't have ideal size to be a starting receiver in the NFL. Will he be durable enough all season long? The Broncos are also deep at receiver with Brandon Stokley and Darrell Jackson. Even with these negatives, he is a must-acquire after Monday's game.

DeSean Jackson, Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles

  • The rookie is available in about 46 percent of leagues polled.
  • With receivers Kevin Curtis (hernia) and Reggie Brown (hamstring) dealing with injuries, Jackson exploded with six receptions for 106 yards in his NFL debut. He was targeted 10 times, good for 14.13 percent of the offensive plays. He saw one look inside the red zone.
  • Jackson should remain in the top three receivers when the others are healthy; plus, quarterback Donovan McNabb looks like he is a man on a mission after throwing for 361 yards and three scores.

Dante Rosario, Tight End, Carolina Panthers

  • Rosario (foot) is available in almost every league polled.
  • Having quarterback Jake Delhomme back in the lineup makes a world of difference; Rosario had seven receptions, 96 yards and one touchdown in Week 1. He was targeted eight times, including one inside the red zone.
  • Even when wide receiver Steve Smith returns, Rosario could see his chances in the middle of the field. The Panthers' ground game will be ideal in setting up play-action passing.
  • He is dealing with a sprained foot, but he should be fine for Week 2.

Anthony Fasano, Tight End, Miami Dolphins

  • Fasano is available in about 96 percent of leagues polled.
  • Quarterback Chad Pennington makes his career off the short passing game. Fasano, the team's No. 1 tight end, led all NFL tight ends with eight receptions in Week 1. He had 84 yards and a touchdown, too. He was targeted nine times in the game, including twice in the red zone and once inside the 5.
  • With a lack of experienced talent at wide receiver, the team will need to continue to make use of the tight ends and backs in the passing game.

John Kasay, Place Kicker, Carolina Panthers

  • The Panthers' offense should continue to move the ball a lot this year, as they are a grind-it-out running team with a solid passing game as a complement. This will put Kasay in position often to kick.
  • Kasay hit all four of his field goal opportunities in Week 1, while also nailing both extra point attempts.
  • He is available in nearly 61 percent of leagues polled and should be given strong consideration if you need a better kicker.

Matt Prater, Place Kicker, Denver Broncos

  • Prater is available in nearly every league polled.
  • Long-time kicker Jason Elam (Atlanta Falcons) averaged 118.6 points during the last five seasons with the Broncos and only scored fewer than 110 twice in 15 years.
  • The thin air in Denver is a potential boost in leagues that award additional points for field goals of 40- and 50-plus yards.
  • Denver's offense has a lot of developing young players, and they could be a high-scoring unit as the season progresses.

Buffalo Bills Defensive Team

  • The Bills dominated the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1, recording five sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.
  • Special teams played a factor, too, as wideout Roscoe Parrish scored a touchdown on a return.
  • The Bills D is available in 44 percent of leagues polled and they are a must-acquire if you're in need of an upgrade.

Fantasy Football Free Agents: Worth a Look

Fantasy football leagues come in all shapes and forms, so the following group of players will have higher significance in deeper fantasy football leagues. In shallow leagues, they are not as high of a priority but should be considered based on your fantasy football team's needs.

  • NEW - Brian Griese, Quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Quarterback Jeff Garcia (ankle) will not start this week due to an ankle injury, giving Griese the nod. However, it sounds as though a feud may be brewing between head coach Jon Gruden and Garcia, with the veteran quarterback insisting he's ready to go. Don't be shocked if this turns out to be a long-term switch to Griese, who is available in nearly all polled leagues.
  • Steve Slaton, Running Back, Houston Texans - Available in about 79 percent of leagues polled, Slaton had 43 rushing yards and three receptions for six yards in Week 1. He only averaged 3.3 yards per carry, but with Ahman Green (ankle) hurt again, Slaton could split carries with Chris Taylor if Green misses more time.
  • Tashard Choice, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys - Running back Marion Barber III (ribs) has ailing ribs and the team loves a committee approach at running back, which could lead to more action for Choice. He had five carries for 26 yards in Week 1 and is available in almost every league polled.
  • NEW - Jamaal Charles, Running Back, Kansas City Chiefs - Charles received seven touches in Week 1, accounting for 34 yards and looking solid in the process. Halfback Kolby Smith (back) is banged up and was inactive in Week 1, which makes Charles a suddenly attractive handcuff option for owners of running back Larry Johnson. He is obtainable in 90 percent of leagues polled.
  • Matt Jones, Wide Receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars - Injury is an ongoing theme amongst the receivers and Jones is seeing more time for just that reason. He did, however, have a strong preseason so this might be the sign of things to come. He was targeted 10 times, good for 17.31 percent of the offense, including once in the red zone. During Week 1, he caught six balls for 80 yards. Jones is available in about 94 percent of leagues polled.
  • Greg Lewis, Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles - Lewis is sharing duties with two others - Hank Baskett and Jason Avant - but still managed five catches for 104 yards during Week 1. With the Eagles' top two receivers injured, he could contribute in the short term. He is available in almost every league polled.
  • Hank Baskett, Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles - Like the aforementioned Lewis, Baskett saw more action last week due to injuries at receiver. He is one of the three rotating in opposite DeSean Jackson. Baskett, available in about 98 percent of leagues polled, was targeted three times in Week 1 and made the best of it: two catches, 102 yards and one score.
  • NEW - Logan Payne, Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks - Payne is available in all leagues polled. He will now be asked to step up with the Seahawks' top three receivers all on the sidelines with injury now that Nate Burleson (knee) has been lost for the season. He was targeted three times in Week 1. He finished Week 1 with two catches for 25 yards. 
  • Courtney Taylor, Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks - He is available in 96 percent of leagues polled. The same thought process from Payne goes here, as the Seahawks need their young receivers to step up. Taylor was targeted nine times in Week 1, including one inside the red zone. He finished Week 1 with two receptions for 19 yards.
  • NEW - John Carlson, Tight End, Seattle Seahawks - The rookie finished second on the team in both receptions (four) and receiving yards (52) last Sunday, and the player that finished ahead of him is out for the season. Carlson stands to see a lot of passes thrown his way in the weeks to come and could be an emerging threat at the tight end position. He is owned in just 14 percent of polled leagues.
  • NEW - Olindo Mare, Place Kicker, Seattle Seahawks - Seattle's offense didn't inspire much confidence in Week 1, scoring just 10 points, but they face a San Francisco 49ers club that tied with the San Diego Chargers for most field goal attempts allowed (four) during Kickoff Weekend. Former kicker Josh Brown (St. Louis Rams) totaled 17 points in two meetings with the 49ers last year, and Mare should make a solid one-week play this Sunday.
  • Jason Elam, Place Kicker, Atlanta Falcons - Elam is available in roughly 73 percent of leagues polled. He hit both of his field goal opportunities in Week 1 as well as all four extra point attempts. A vanilla offense led by a strong running game could give him consistent chances weekly.
  • Arizona Cardinals Defensive Team - The Arizona defense is available in about 75 percent of leagues polled and should be considered a one-week option for those playing defensive matchups. They had four sacks, one interception and recovered four fumbles last week and battle the Miami Dolphins this weekend.
  • San Francisco 49ers Defensive Team - San Fran's D is available in about 89 percent of leagues polled and should be considered as a one-week pickup. While they didn't do a lot in Week 1, they're going against the injury-depleted Seattle Seahawks this weekend. Seattle managed just 10 points on 252 net yards of offense last week and now has to deal with receiver Nate Burleson (knee) being lost for the season.
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About Ryan R. Bonini

Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA, received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.

His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports, NFL.com, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA.

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