Its Wednesday and so its Waiver Wire pickup day. Here are some of the hot pickups for Week 2.
Brandon Jackson RB Green Bay: Jackson stands to gain the most value of anyone in fantasy football this week due to Ryan Grant missing with rest of the season with a torn ankle ligament. Jackson is a former first round pick from Nebraska who put up a lot of great numbers in college. Unfortunately that hasn’t carried over to the NFL to this point but Jackson hasn’t gotten much of a sustained look either. He did look good filling in for Grant in the second half of the Eagles game and he is a very good pass catcher so there could be solid numbers all around if he can get into a groove.
Jordan Shipley: Yes I am the president of Jordan Shipley fan club and I think he is worth the add due to his spot as the teams slot receiver. Of course the Bengals like to say there are a running club but with the great talent at WR the team possesses, look for that to change. Shipley has what it takes to be a solid PPR weapon so don’t hesitate to make the move if he is there. In TD heavy leagues he loses some appeal as he wont score as much so don’t go crazy in those leagues.
Mark Clayton: Mark Clayton on the other hand is a worth a pickup in all leagues as he got a ton of looks from Sam Bradford on Sunday. The Rams have been looking for an ace wide receiver since Torry Holt was released and Clayton has the pedigree as a former first round pick to fill the void. Bradford is a terrific talent who will have his ups and down but he already seems like he has a good thing going with Clayton.
Jermaine Gresham: Gresham caught six passes and a TD in his pro debut last Sunday and he certainly has a tremendous amount of pass catching talent. TE is deeper than in years past so the need might not be there for owners but Gresham should be picked up at the very least to see if he can be a rookie gem for the rest of the season.
Danny Amendola: Amendola is another Rams receiver who had a nice game on Sunday but I am not as hot on him as I am with Mark Clayton. In PPR leagues Amendola is worth a look but there is no way Bradford will be allowed to throw 50 times again on a consistent basis. Keep an eye on him but hold off on the move in TD leagues.
Lawrence Maroney: Maroney got traded to the Denver Broncos yesterday for a 4th round draft pick and that just shows you how far his stock has fallen. This also suggests to me that maybe Knowshon Moreno is still feeling effects from his hamstring injury and that Maroney is being brought in as a precaution or more. I wouldn’t run to get Maroney yet as there has been no reports of Moreno having a setback but monitor the developments as we go.
Austin Collie: Collie had a tremendous game catching 10 passes in Sunday’s game against the Colts. Of course they were playing catch up the entire second half which is why everyone on Indy had huge reception totals. Still I think Collie is a perfect slot receiver and is someone I would pick up due to the fact the Colts are a pass first offense and he will have his opportunities here.
Dennis Dixon: Dixon did a nice job filling in for Ben Roethlisberger in Week 1 but at this point I don’t feel he is worth a pickup in most leagues.
Sam Bradford: Bradford on the other hand I believe has some fantasy backup QB value as he is a ridiculously good thrower of the football and has the ability to turn into the next great star of the league. You could do a lot worse for your bye week fill-in (i.e Alex Smith, Matt Moore etc.)
Michael Vick: With Kevin Kolb sitting out Week 2 with a concussion, Vick gets another crack at starting against Detroit. Vick ran for over 100 yards and threw for 2 scores in a little more than a half of work against Green Bay but I don’t recommend the add unless you are a Kolb owner. Vick is still shoddy as a passer and the rushing yards cant be counted on to that level each week. Look elsewhere.
Legedu Naanne: Naanee and not Malcom Floyd got most of the attention from QB Philip Rivers on Monday and he has the height and athletic ability to be a real asset for fantasy football owners. Floyd’s work ethic has been questioned after the game and that doesn’t sit well with the ultra-intense Rivers. There could be some serious upside here.
Davone Bess: I like Bess and I think he deserves to be picked up in PPR leagues. QB Chad Henne still is a work in progress but he always seems to find Bess between 4 and 8 times a game. Sounds good to me. Let him pass in TD heavy leagues however.
Tony Scheffler: Scheffler has a good Week 1 with 6 catches but his value vanished into the thin air as soon as QB Matthew Stafford went on the shelf with his shoulder injury. Revisit this when Stafford returns to the lineup.
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