Waiver Wire - Week 3

by Matthew Wilson and Ryan Dodson on September 19, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 


WAIVER WIRE LEGEND

Acquire - Look to pick up immediately.

Look To Acquire - If you're hurting at the position, this player is worth picking up.

Watch List - This player has upside potential, but keep an eye on him for now.

QUARTERBACKS

Rex Grossman, Chicago Bears - After two surprisingly strong performances - his 289 passing yards and four touchdowns in Week 2 were both career-best marks - the fantasy football world can no longer ignore Chicago's designated franchise signal caller. Since Week 1, Grossman has averaged 276 passing yards, 2.5 touchdowns and 0.5 interceptions per outing, and he has been sacked an average of just 0.5 times per game. Scrambling is not his forte; he has averaged just one rush for one yard per contest. As you probably know, Grossman has been extremely injury prone - he has started only 10 total games since 2003. The Bears have been throwing a lot so far this season, because opposing teams have been stacking the line to stop their running game. Admittedly, we are somewhat skeptical of Grossman, because he has amassed his numbers against two soft defenses. He is available in 76 percent of all leagues. KFFL Recommendation: Look To Acquire

Alex D. Smith, San Francisco 49ers - We tipped you off about the second-year pro last week. Smith's solid play in 2006 has made everyone forget about how badly he struggled last year. In two games played this season, he has averaged 261 passing yards and one touchdown per contest without throwing an interception. Smith's offensive line has done a good job protecting him; he has been sacked only one time this year. Smith is not a running threat, having rushed just three times for minus one yard. He currently is owned in 48 percent of all leagues polled. KFFL Recommendation: Look To Acquire

PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON... QB WATCH LIST

David Carr, Houston Texans - He has been quietly producing some good numbers in new head coach Gary Kubiak's offense. Since Week 1, Carr has averaged 214 passing yards and two touchdowns per game without throwing an interception. He also has averaged four rushes for 17.5 yards per outing. Carr's offensive line still struggles in pass protection as he has been sacked an average of 4.5 times per game. Carr currently is available in 49 percent of all leagues polled.

RUNNING BACKS

KFFL NOTE: Since running backs are extremely valuable, debating whether one should be acquired or just watched is unnecessary. We strongly suggest grabbing a particular back immediately before somebody else does.

PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON... RB WATCH LIST

Ron Dayne, Houston Texans - After the Denver Broncos released Dayne, he signed with the Texans and was reunited with his former Broncos offensive coordinator and current Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. Dayne saw his first action with Houston in Week 2, carrying 11 times for 37 yards against the Indianapolis Colts. He was utilized 11 times (10 percent of the offense) overall. Here is what grabbed our attention: The number of carries that Dayne received (11) was higher than the number of carries that both starting running back Wali Lundy (six) and backup running back Samkon Gado (three) received. Dayne obviously knows Kubiak's offensive scheme, and he could continue to steal carries from the less-experienced Lundy and Gado. Dayne currently is owned in 32 percent of all leagues. 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Amani Toomer, New York Giants - Some fantasy owners shied away from Toomer, because they thought rookie receiver Sinorice Moss would steal his starting job or at least vulture a decent number of his receptions. It doesn't look like that will happen this year. Toomer, an 11-year veteran, no longer possesses big-play skills, but he is excelling as a possession receiver for quarterback Eli Manning. During the first two weeks of the season, Toomer has averaged nine receptions, 89 receiving yards and one touchdown per contest. He has been targeted a team-high average of 10 times per game (14 percent of the offense) overall with no targets inside the red zone. Toomer currently is available in 38 percent of all leagues. KFFL Recommendation: Acquire

Jerricho Cotchery, New York Jets - Cotchery has staked his claim to a starting job thanks to some unexpectedly strong play and earned himself a well-deserved spot on our list for the second straight week. We can't help wondering why he rarely got on the field under the previous coaching staff. Since Week 1, Cotchery has averaged six catches for 93 yards and one touchdown per game. He has been targeted an average of nine times per outing (13 percent of the offense) overall, which includes an average of two targets per game (15 percent) inside the red zone. Cotchery currently is owned in 34 percent of all leagues. KFFL Recommendation: Acquire

Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints - We know our recommendation of Colston last week drew some skepticism because he is a rookie. However, Colston, a seventh-round pick out of Hofstra, has posted some surprisingly solid numbers so far this season. He has averaged four catches, 54 receiving yards and one touchdown per contest. Colston has been targeted a team-high average of nine times per contest (14 percent of the offense) overall, which includes an average of one target per outing (12 percent) inside the red zone. Colston has created matchup problems for opposing defenses, because he is 6-foot-4, 230 pounds. He currently is available in 66 percent of all leagues. KFFL Recommendation: Look to Acquire

PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON... WR WATCH LIST

Bernard Berrian, Chicago Bears - The play of Berrian, who is the new designated deep threat in the Bears' passing game, has been a huge surprise. He has averaged three receptions for 69 yards and one touchdown per game. Berrian has been targeted an average of five times per contest (8 percent of the offense) overall with no targets inside the red zone. We have our doubts about whether Berrian will continue to produce solid numbers each week. The Bears' impressive passing numbers came against weak defenses, and it looks like Berrian is the team's third receiving option behind wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad and tight end Desmond Clark. By the way, this is Berrian's third year in the league. In case you're wondering, he notched just 13 catches for 246 yards without scoring in seven games played last season. He currently is owned in 5 percent of all leagues.KFFL Recommendation: Watch

Kelley Washington, Cincinnati Bengals - With receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (heel) missing the early part of the season, Washington has performed reasonably well. Now receiver Chris Henry (groin) is banged up. Washington has averaged four targets per game along with three catches for 44 yards and reached the end zone last week. Washington is a player worth watching or using this week as a one-week play as a No. 3 receiver or a bye-week fill-in. KFFL Recommendation: Watch

TIGHT ENDS

Desmond Clark, Chicago Bears - Clark exploded in Week 2 with five catches for 85 yards and one touchdown in Chicago's thrashing of the Detroit Lions. The Minnesota Vikings, the Bears' Week 3 opponents, have held the tight end position under wraps, as Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley caught two passes for minus-three yards in Week 1. No Carolina tight end was in the stat column in Week 2 against the Vikings. However, with the Bears' upstart passing attack through the first two weeks, grab Clark now and wait for the appropriate matchup. KFFL Recommendation: Watch

PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON... TE WATCH LIST

Bryan Fletcher, Indianapolis Colts - Fletcher has been on the field more often with the Colts using more two tight end sets. In Week 2, he hauled in two catches for 15 yards and a touchdown. The Colts will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3, and they've been up to the task against tight ends. They held Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten to three catches for 33 yards in Week 1, and they kept Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller to one catch for 11 yards. With Fletcher being utilized in a potent offensive attack, he's worth keeping an eye on, especially if wide receiver Brandon Stokley (ankle) misses more time after aggravating his sprained ankle in Week 2.  

PLACE KICKERS

Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears - Gould has nailed all six of his extra point attempts over the past two weeks, and he has also connected on all six of his field goal tries. Gould worked hard in the offseason to improve his range and accuracy; we have a feeling it is paying off for him! So far in this young season, the former Penn State place kicker has a long of 45 yards, which is tied for his career best in the pros. Given the Bears' efficiency moving the ball through two games, look for Gould to be a viable place kicking option for you. KFFL Recommendation: Acquire

Nate Kaeding, San Diego Chargers - The Chargers have given their place kicker, Kaeding, seven attempts at extra points and six attempts at field goals after two weeks; he has not disappointed. Kaeding has connected on all of his attempts so far, and the offense of the Chargers looks primed to give him ample opportunity for fantasy production. Kaeding was responsible for four extra points and four field goal attempts in Week 2 alone. With Week 3 a Bye week, we only advise acquiring Kaeding if you can stash him away for the week and play him starting Week 4. KFFL Recommendation: Look to Acquire

DEFENSIVE TEAMS

Buffalo Bills - After two games, the Bills' defense has been a pleasant surprise for many fantasy owners, although the team isn't owned in enough leagues to lead us to believe many owners actually started them. So far, the team has allowed 23 offensive points, has recovered a fumble, which was returned for a touchdown, picked off two passes and rank second in the league with 10 sacks. With a strong matchup against the New York Jets this week, look to snatch the Bills off of your waiver wire in a hurry! KFFL Recommendation: Acquire

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About Matthew Wilson

Matt Wilson is a lifelong college and pro football fan who proudly touts the Michigan Wolverines and the Chicago Bears as his two favorite teams. Matt discovered fantasy football in 1999 and has been addicted to it ever since. His professional background includes a four-year stint as a news reporter for a Chicago-area radio station. Matt was sports director for his college television station at Northern Illinois. Seeking a new challenge, Matt joined KFFL in 2004.

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