Sep 24

Race to the Waiver Wire; Week Three

Here’s the guys to target in your race to the waiver wire, week three edition:


Look into this P. Manning guy on the Denver Broncos. Just a gut feeling, but I think he may be sorta good and could be a decent bye week fill-in in the coming weeks. He’s only owned in 100% of leagues too.

Go get em:

Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, New England Patriots: 60% owned in Yahoo!

– He only caught three of seven targets, but two of those were in the endzone for touchdowns.

– He plays the Falcons mess of a defense next week.

– Pick him up especially if you dropped him after the first two weeks, try to save some face in your league.

Aaron Dobson, WR, New England Patriots: 19% owned in Yahoo!

– Probably the better Patriot receiver to target. He didn’t record a TD, but caught seven of 10 passes thrown his way, thus redeeming himself in the eyes of Bill Belichek and Tom Brady.

– He plays the Falcons mess of a defense next week.

Dobson finally started to look like a receiver Tom  Brady can trust against the Bucs. (Photo: Unknown/TheBostonHerald.com)

Dobson finally started to look like a receiver Tom Brady can trust against the Bucs. (Photo: Unknown/TheBostonHerald.com)

Nate Washington, WR, Tennessee Titans: 6% owned in Yahoo!

– While the Titans are a run-first team and share the ball in the passing game, Washington is certainly the man now.

– He’s got a tough matchup next week against Antonio Cromartie, but he could be worth saving for a better matchup after catching eight of 10 for 131 yards.

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: 47% owned in Yahoo!

– 29 carries on Sunday for 149 yards

– The Jets have stayed in games thus far, and as long as they do so and get production from Powell, he’ll get the ball.

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders: 20% owned in Yahoo!

– With 281 yards through the air against the Broncos, he’s looking like the real deal.

– If he can pass a concussion test before next week he gets to face the Redskins defense.

Worth a shot:

Robert Meachem, WR, New Orleans Saints: 0% owned in Yahoo!

– While Saints receivers not named Marques Colston are a risky start on any given Sunday, Meachem did have 34 yards and a score on Sunday.

– He’s almost certain to put up a bunch of zero-point-something days but there is potential for double digits at all times with Drew Brees at the helm.

Donnie Avery, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: 11% owned in Yahoo!

– Mr. Reliable did it again. While normally a deep threat, he caught two short passes from Alex Smith and turned them into big gains. He won’t play the Eagles defense every week, but Smith like reliable, short options. He may have that in Avery.

Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions: 15% owned in Yahoo!

– Burleson waited until the return of Ryan Broyles to have his biggest game of the year, catching six passes for 116 yards.

– He was playing the Redskins and gets the Bears next, but it’s a good sign that even with Broyles dressed, he was still a common target for Matt Stafford.

Update: with Nate Burleson’s broken arm Ryan Broyles – already worth a look in standard leagues – becomes a must add.

Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: 10% owned in Yahoo!

– He’s already passed Ryan Williams on the depth chart in Arizona and Rashard Mendenhall appears to be next. Rushing for an average of six yards per carry and catching for 12, he appears to have the most upside of all the Cardinals backs right now.

If you drafted David Wilson:

Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots: 3% owned in Yahoo!

– With Ridley struggling, a window is open for Bolden in New England. He took 21 of his 26 snaps on passing plays and had five catches for 49 yards.

– While he may still be limited in the running game with Ridley and LeGarette Blount in town, there’s major upside as the passing down back in Tom Brady’s offense.

Jonathan Franklin, RB, Green Bay Packers: 10% owned in Yahoo!

– The second straight back for the Packers to rush for over 100 yards in a game

– The Pack have a bye next week, then Eddie Lacy should be ready to return from a concussion for week five, but his performance against the Bengals was better than either game Lacy turned in before getting hurt.

Kendall Hunter, RB, San Francisco 49ers: 10% owned in Yahoo!

– Only a consideration in deep leagues, but Hunter did look good on a 13 yard score in the first quarter. The Niners offense won’t be that bad every week.

– A decent pick up in keeper leagues, Frank Gore can’t play forever.


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