Here are some of my early thoughts on possible waiver wire types. Take a look see –
Demaryius Thomas: I was high on DT (not DDT) coming into this season, but of course he was injured all preseason. But he sure looked healthy against the Seachickens. He had 9 targets and 8 receptions for 97 yards and a TD and looked good in doing so. Grab him for Naanee, Gaffney, Amendola, McCluster, Bess, Edelman, M. Williams (SEA), L. Robinson, Breaston, and Camarillo and anyone else who isn’t as good as him.
Jason Snelling: With Michael Turner on the sideline Snelling had a huge game with 3 TDs and 186 total yards. Turner should be fine and if the Falcons hadn’t been killing the Cards he probably would have come back in, but Snelling is the clear backup and is even a better receiver. For those of you who paid a lot for Brandon Jackson, you know the upside of owning an upside backup.
Donald Brown: The Colts established the run against the Giants which gave Brown some work, including a TD. Joseph Addai also had a good game and is the starter, but Brown is probably a better bench warmer than someone like Leon Washington.
Louis Murphy: He caught 6 passes for 91 yards and a TD. Even though DHB was targeted more, Murphy is easily the best receiver on the team. With the QB problems in Oakland it will be hard for him to be consistent, but he will have some good games like this one.
Devin Aromashodu: He didn’t play because, well, I don’t know. But I am guessing it is because they like Earl Bennett more for the underneath possession stuff. If you are in a PPR league, Bennett might be worth grabbing. But Aroma is very droppable now.
Mike Tolbert: After Ryan Mathews left the game Tolbert averaged over 5 yards a carry. And before Mathews left the game, Tolbert vultured a TD from him. It looks like Mathews will be ok and was just held out because the Chargers were killing the Jags, but there is no doubt Tolbert is getting the goal line looks. So I wouldn’t race to pick up Tolbert, but I wouldn’t be happy if I was a Mathews owner.
James Jones: Amazingly he was targeted 7 times to Jennings and Driver’s 5 each. He didn’t do a ton with those targets, but it is interesting, especially because many of those targets came in the endzone. I’m not sure if this will become a trend or not. I’m holding off for now, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.
Aaron Hernandez: He had 6 catches for 101 yards. He relinquishes most of the end zone targets to Gronkowski, but continues to be a big target in the middle of the field. He’ll be inconsistent, but so will most lower end TEs.
Tony Moeaki: He was targeted 10 times and caught 5 balls for 58 yards. He’s not the savior at TE with Matt Cassel being just south of serviceable, but he has potential. If you are in a deep or 2 TE league he is a must add.
Dustin Keller: Keeping with the TE theme, Keller had a huge day against the Pats and Mark Sanchez looked like a completely different QB than last week. If Keller is on the waiver wire, grab him.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: He had 10 carries to Fred Taylor’s 5, but of course The Law Firm only totaled 19 yards. This is why you don’t own any RBs under Belichick’s tutelage.
Kevin Walter: 11 targets, 11 receptions, 144 yards and a TD. Walter will be picked up a lot and there are plenty of receivers that I would drop for him, but this game was a bit of an anomaly. I’d rather have Demaryius.
Mark Clayton: He had 2 receptions and 2 TDs! That, I promise, won’t happen again. If you can throw him in a 2-1 trade for an upgrade. Try it.
Legedu Naanee: Malcolm Floyd beat him out this week, but Buster Davis had the most WR targets. Floyd salvaged a nice fantasy game with a late, long TD. Gates is the #1 target and Sproles/Mathews cut into that number as well. I’d feel ok dropping Naanee, but Floyd looks like he’ll be more of a matchup play than an every week starter in 2-3 WR leagues.