Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wednesday Waiver Wire Acquisitions

So there are a lot of players available in most leagues that deserve being picked up this week...there are other players who should be disregarded at this point. Here are the 8 best waiver wire acquisitions for this week.

1. Alfred Morris: So there is a lot of speculation about whether this season will be a repeat of last season in terms of the Redskins running back situation, but I have to believe that this year will be different. There is so much more stability on this squad in 2012 than there was in 2011, and I think that will have a big impact on the RB situation in Washington. There is one added reason to believe in Alfred Morris: He won the job in the 3rd preseason game and then backed up that spectacular performance by being exactly what Shanahan wants in a running back. He is a guy who runs straight, but he can make a cut and accelerate. He gets the small yards when he needs it, and while he is going to lose some touches to Helu on passing downs, he is still a strong play. Don't let the nay-sayers deter you from picking this guy up.

2. Alshon Jeffery: There are different levels of success amongst wide receivers in free agency. Jeffery had the yards and a touchdown to back it up. His ypc was a little high, but there are no other true receiving options on this team outside of Brandon Marshall. Jeffery becomes a strong play against teams with weak CB2s.

3. James Jones: If you have a late waiver priority and still want to make a move this week (in my consideration, there is a definite benefit to pushing for a few amazing prospects and then waiting to get a better waiver consideration in week 2), when you should give James Jones some serious consideration. Jones had a huge snap count and looks to gain an even greater share if Jennings has to sit out this week's game Thursday night.

4. Owen Daniels: For those lacking in the TE category, Daniels managed to have a great day against the Dolphins despite only grabbing 4 receptions. The issue here is that the Texans are a run-first team. Foster looked amazing, so that won't change soon. That being said, Daniels can still be a relatively consistent scorer for your team.

5. Kevin Ogletree: I don't know how much I would read into Ogletree's performance on Wednesday night, but you can't avoid picking him up as a flier. If Austin or Bryant get injured, this guy would have a really big season. You have to like grabbing the leading WR from week 1.

6. Stephen Hill: So the Jets surprised everyone. I don't anticipate Hill being a really solid play, but I have a hard time not picking him up after the way he played this weekend. You might as well hold him to play against poor defenses.

7. Michael Crabtree: If this guy is a FA in your league, I would give him a shot. I know what I said about 49ers receivers, but he got lots of receptions in the preseason and followed it up with a nice game against the Packers. I think he should be variably good throughout the season depending on how the defense holds up.

8. Carson Palmer: After looking terrible in the preseason, Palmer looked pretty bad Monday night. The one interesting thing was his 46 attempts. It is difficult to have a bad game with 46 attempts, so Palmer should be a nice play against weaker defenses.

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