I find myself dragging my feet with this week’s Waiver Wire article. I researched available fantasy football talent, I looked at upcoming NFL match-ups and even looked into many nagging injuries to some of the NFL’s most elite players. Yet the way this season has unfolded, I don’t see any must-have upgrades that would be extremely helpful for a fantasy owner. No major injuries have occurred after three weeks in the NFL (knock on wood) to create an opportunity for a backup to start and succeed with the exception of Jacquizz Rodgers. Who by the way, played extremely well considering his Wikipedia page says he stands tall at 5-foot-6. The speedy Atlanta Falcon RB does hold some value in PPR leagues but is likely to have all goalline opportunities vultured by Jason Snelling. Snelling is 5 inches taller and is 40lbs heavier than Rodgers. In a bind, both RB’s have some value depending on what you’re looking for, but being such a pass happy team, both come with very high risk.
Last week’s waiver wire article was more about fantasy advice moving forward that was about recommending a certain criteria of talent you should add to your bench. I created a waiver wire list of rules to live by which seemed to be very helpful, so I’ve decided I’m going to add them to every article this season just in case you missed out.
Waiver Wire Rules to Live By:
- Ask yourself: “Will I ever start him?” If the answer is no, then don’t bother picking that player up.
- Try to avoid dropping talented RB2’s. Injuries can create starters overnight.
- The Drop can sometimes end up being better than the pick-up. Fantasy Noobs will drop great talent all the time, read over the transaction log regularly.
- If you have a winning record, why mess with the Wire?
- The less you pick up, the higher your waiver claim. Patience is a virtue.
In last week’s waiver wire article I ranked Bilal Powell as the top RB I recommend you pick up. Powell’s performance against the Buffalo Bills helped the Jets lockup a huge divisional win with his 149 rushing yards on the ground. Powell also made two catches for 9 yards, bonus points for those of you in PPR leagues.
I also added Eddie Royal to last week’s waiver wire pickup article …sort of. I have been very vocal about him being a fluke or two-week wonder and warned many of you that he’d be a complete waste of your time. Jody Smith and I kicked off our 2013 Gridiron Experts video hangout last Friday, where I had mentioned I was eager to tweet out the hashtag #EddieSpoil after a flop week against the Titans.
Before I jump into this week’s collection of waiver wire gems, I recommend you do yourself a favor and look beyond week four as the bye weeks hit us fast and furious in October. This week Carolina and Green Bay are on a bye, but the following week features four NFL teams on bye weeks, including: Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, and Washington. If you can get the jump on a replacement player or defense in advance for week five, you’ll be thinking like a champion and thank yourself later.
Waiver Wire Pickup: Quarterback
Other QB’s: Terrelle Pryor (OAK)
Waiver Wire Pickup: Running Back
Other RB’s: Ronnie Hillman (DEN) Willis McGahee (CLE)
Waiver Wire Pickup: Wide Receivers
Other RB’s: Brandon LaFell (CAR) *Bye*