With Week 1 complete other than the MNF double-header, odds are that your league mates are rushing to the Waiver Wire looking for the next Victor Cruz. If your league is full of irrational Giants fans, then the real Victor Cruz might be on that Waiver Wire after his 3-drop performance last Wednesday. Some of the pickups you make this week could lead you to the fantasy playoffs, and others will be dropped after Week 2, but this is not the time to sit still. If one of your late round picks (Rueben Randle, Ronnie Hillman, Felix Jones, etc.) showed no promise, don’t hesitate to cut them loose for a Week 1 stud who has the ability and situation to keep it up. You might find the next 2010 Peyton Hillis, or you might find the next 2010 Brandon Jackson, but it’s much easier to drop Jackson than it is to regret not picking up Hillis.

PPR Leagues – Coby Fleener

The biggest pickup of the week in PPR leagues will undoubtedly be Kevin Ogletree, but I view his Week 1 performance as a product of a banged up Giants secondary as well as a limited Jason Witten. Let the rest of your league waste waiver priorities and FAAB dollars on the one-week wonders, and invest your money in Fleener. If Week 1 is any indication, the Colts will need to pass a lot this year, and Andrew Luck knows Fleener better than any of his other weapons. Luck targeted Fleener 10 times for 6 receptions, putting him second in the TE ranks in both stats. Austin Collie will be returning at some point, but he should steal his targets from Donnie Avery or Reggie Wayne, leaving Fleener as a startable TE in any PPR league.

Two QB Leagues – Mark Sanchez

I’m as surprised as you are. Honestly I don’t know if the Sanchize will throw 3 TDs for the rest of the season, let alone in one game, but he’s likely the best QB available on the Waiver Wire in Two QB Leagues. I can’t tell if the Jets were pulling a fast one on the rest of the NFL during the preseason, or if the Bills defense isn’t as good as advertised, but this one came out of nowhere. The Jets face some tough defenses this year, but they get Miami twice and the Colts once over the next seven weeks, along with a Pats defense that let up the second most passing yards in 2011. You’ll have to stomach the interceptions, but without a real running game, and with much less Tebow than expected, Sanchez might be startable over the next two months.

Return Yardage Leagues – David Wilson

There’s no crying in football! Well, except if you’re David Wilson or one of his owners. After being drafted in most leagues, Wilson had a debut performance where he got exactly two carries and then was benched after fumbling. And while he was benched from the offense, Wilson still returned kicks for the rest of the game for the G-Men. No one wants to waste a bench spot on a player in Red-Faced Coughlin’s Dog House, but there is still upside with Wilson. Ahmad Bradshaw has never had to carry the load by himself, and he’s already dealt with a hand injury during the preseason, so there’s a very good chance that the Giants will have to rely on their first round pick at some point this season. With leagues that give points for return yards, Wilson is still a must-own, so either scoop him up off the Waiver Wire or make a low-ball offer to his owner while they’re still wiping away the tears.

IDP Leagues – Koa Misi

The Dolphins are going to have a Hard Knock Life of a season, but their players still have fantasy value. I’m not going anywhere near any offensive player other than Reggie Bush, but the defense has some intriguing players, starting with Misi. Drafted as a 3-4 OLB for his pass-rush ability, Misi has mostly disappointed over his first two seasons, never picking up more than 29 tackles or 4.5 sacks. With the Fins switching to a 4-3 scheme this year, Misi is playing a more traditional linebacker role, and the move paid off in Week 1, as he racked up 10 solo tackles, more than doubling his career high. He may not get the pass-rush opportunities needed for a high sack total, as Miami will be trailing in most games, but Misi should be a nice source of tackles available on the Waiver Wire.

If you have any league types that you would like to see covered in this space, please post it in the Comments.

  1. Alan Masand says:
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    Hands down worst article I’ve read to date. No redeeming qualities. Pure garbage.

    • Prezii says:
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      @Alan Masand, bye. Hope you have fun with the geeks at yahoo.. im sure youll fit right in.

  2. Prezii says:
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    Childish bastard. I guess his eyes must of forced him to read this article…

    Anyway, i like these.. my question is Mario Williams… 1 tackle?? Wassup with that? You still expect big things from him in buffalo, right? Cuz theres plenty of guys out there i can grab… Whats ur feeling on him?

    Pretty sexual towards the end there… Haha

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Prezii,

      If we were talking about a rookie or sleeper here, then I might be worried. But it’s Mario Williams. He was probably as confused about the Jets’ offensive success as most fans were. And for what it’s worth, he claims he was illegally blocked in the face throughout the game, which could have slowed him down. With his move back to a 4-3 end, I still think he’s one of the league’s top pass rushers as long as he’s healthy.

      You can hold off on grabbing other guys until you hear that he’s injured.

      • Prezii says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf, yeah i probably have to hold.. but damn 1 tackle!? that definitely deserves a c’mon man! Sheppard didnt do bad tho!

  3. Thrilla says:
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    Are we claiming Alfred Morris from Waivers in a Yahoo! 12-team PPR league?

    You see him getting 20+ attempts weekly or is Shanahan too unpredictable…

    Thanks.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Thrilla,

      Morris is likely starting Week 2, but Helu is still the best option in the passing game, and the Skins probably won’t be nursing leads all season. He’s a probably a must-add in 12-team leagues, but temper your expectations and don’t drop someone with a higher upside or more consistent playing time. You will get to have someone named Alfred on your team though, which is nice.

  4. Chuck says:
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    Thoughts on any of the following for a week 2 TE pick up after their week 1 performances?

    Also am I giving up on Micheal Turner after that upsetting 11 carries for 30 yards? or am I holding stong hoping the falcons put him to use once defenses start scheming to stop the pass? ( I have been offered R Mathews SD for Turner, its tempting…)

    H Miller Pit
    M Lewis Jac
    J Tamme Den
    K Boss KC
    M Bennett NYG

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @Chuck,

      I would take Mathews for Turner in a second. Even if he misses 2 more games, I think Turner is looking at a 50/50 split with Quizz and Atlanta is looking to air it out this year.

      As for the TE question, I would go with Tamme because it appears that the real Peyton is back.

  5. kaiser soze says:
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    First off, let’s all agree that Alan Masand is a huge D bag. Honestly… if you choose to spend your time talking shit on the internet, do you really use your full name?

    PPR question:
    Fleener over Celek?

    Gracias

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @kaiser soze,

      In PPR I would go Fleener. I don’t trust Vick even when he’s healthy, and Fleener should continue to get looks as Luck goes through his growing pains.

  6. Sky

    Sky says:
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    I would just like to say that Alan Massand’s comment is hands down worst comment on this article I’ve read to date. No redeeming qualities. Pure garbage.

  7. Mike says:
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    Pick up Mccluster or J Dwyer off of waivers?
    Standard league

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Mike,

      In PPR I like McCluster. Non-PPR it gets a little trickier. Dwyer might put up slightly more points, but McCluster is listed as RB/WR in both ESPN and Yahoo, so you get two positions covered for the price of one. If you’re already set at WR, this might not matter, but if you could use the help then McCluster makes the most sense.

  8. EK says:
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    how much for Cobb $100 budget 12 team H2H

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @EK,

      I’m shocked that he’s available in a 12-team league, so it will likely take a serious bid to get him. If you need a starter at receiver, he’s worth $40-$50 in my opinion. If you just want depth and need help elsewhere, then I would throw down $20 and hope I get lucky.

      • Tom says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf, Should I burn #1 Waiver Priority on him? My only other issue is that my #1 WR is Greg Jennings…too risky putting my WR production on one team? Even though it is the Green bay packers…

        • Kevin Kumpf

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          @Tom,

          If you are in need of depth at WR, Cobb is worth the #1 Waiver. I have no issues loading up on Packers receivers, especially with Cobb being used out of the backfield. Jennings is banged up right now, so Cobb may be startable as soon as Thursday.

  9. Tim says:
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    Mccluster or A Hawkins (Cin) off waivers?
    Standard league
    Hawkins looks great tonight ..dalton looks for him at all times it seems
    Or do u like Ogletree over all 3( not sure I can get him)
    Thanks!

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Tim,

      Hawkins is looking good tonight, but he’s got two rookies who will be fighting for the WR2 job in Cincy all year. He should be the easiest to pickup of the three, but likely has the lowest ceiling as well.

      I like McCluster a lot, and with Ogletree having the highest profile performance of the three, McCluster is more likely to fall to a lower Waiver priority. I’m targetting him in every league where he’s not already owned.

  10. Jackson says:
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    Thoughts on Flacco tonight? Vick owner who needs a solid back up QB

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Jackson,

      I don’t think he keeps it up for the whole year (see his Week 1 vs. season performance last year), but he’s a great option for a Vick backup.

  11. mark danger says:
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    Joe Flacco and Pitta, for real?
    Am I crazy or not my rb are (mccoy, Matthews, spiller, ingram and hillis) any chance in ppr you drop ingram or hillis for leshoure or mccluster e’s a rb in my league)

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @mark danger,

      I’m still not comfortable starting Flacco or Pitta in 1QB/1TE leagues, but they make for solid backups with upside.

      For your RBs, once Mathews gets back you’ll be set with your top 3, so I would look for upside. Both Ingram and Hillis aren’t involved much in the passing game so I like McCluster more than them in PPR. I’m also stashing Leshoure in multiple leagues, but I’m lower on him than Dexter.

  12. Nick says:
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    What are your thoughts on Sanchez vs Fitzpatrick vs Bradford? I’d like to keep 2 of them as backups in my 2 QB league (I have Rodgers and RG3 as starters… and they have the same bye week).

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @Nick,

      First off congrats on A-Rod and RG3, that’s a formidable duo in 2QB. Because the bye is really all you need to worry about, it comes down to the matchups for me. Fitzpatrick will be throwing all day against the Pats, and while their D is improved, this is still your best bet. As for the other one, Sanchez at Seattle and Bradford at San Fran are both scary. At this point I’d go Sanchez, but keep an eye out for other options like Gabbert, who hosts the Colts.

  13. Tom says:
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    First Place and I have managed to retain the #1 Waiver Priority. The question is, do I use it this week? I’m sort of in a need of another WR and I want your guys opinion if I should burn it on the following guys available:

    12 Team PPR
    Ogletree (most likely not doing this)
    Randall Cobb (Considering)
    Stephen Hill
    James Jones

    most of the guys left are the pretty standard guys still available in most leagues. Thoughts?

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Tom,

      #1 Waiver is nice, but often causes owners to be unnecessarily cautious. We may get another Victor Cruz/Peyton Hillis situation this year, but those are always long shots. I think you should fill your roster need and take Cobb, who the Packers are using like Percy Harvin, and who may get a start on Thursday with Jenning banged up.

  14. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Dynasty league question (and I guess maybe that’s my suggestion for league type to cover, if you guys aren’t doing it elsewhere): I took a flier on Royster as my RB6, which so far hasn’t worked out. That said, he’s a Shanny back, RB depth is at much more of a premium than WR depth in my league, and I am set at WR (we start 2 WR plus a possible Flex, and Bowe is my WR5). My question is whether you’d drop Royster for a WR given those factors – my waiver WR targets, roughly in order, would be Cobb, S. Hill, Ogletree, McCluster, Jeffery, James Jones, Streater. Drop Royster for any of them?

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @Steve Stevenson,

      In dynasty you always have the tough decision of talent vs. situation, while also considering balancing your own roster. I’m a big believer of accumulating as much talent as possible, regardless of situation, and making trades to try to balance your roster.

      In your specific case, I would drop Royster for Cobb or McCluster. I think Helu has the most talent in Washington, and Morris is currently getting the carries, so that leaves Royster as the odd man out. If your league makes a lot of trades, maybe look to package some WRs for an RB upgrade, but otherwise sit tight.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf, Thanks. Just received an interesting offer in the same dynasty league. I give S-Jax, get Matt Ryan. Currently S-Jax is my Flex and Big Ben my QB. I have a good enough roster to compete for a title this year (barely lost championship last season), and QB is my weakest spot, both this year and in terms of future value. S-Jax would likely be replaced at Flex by a top-20 WR, as I have a few on my bench, though I could also slot in Greene or Tate for favorable matchups. Make the move? It sounds good, but the idea of Greene as my RB2 during bye weeks or due to injury is hard to stomach.

        • Kevin Kumpf

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          @Steve Stevenson,

          I have Greene as RB2 in a 16-team dynasty, so I’m well aware of the digestion issues he causes.

          This trade is close for me, but it’s looking like Ryan will be The Man in Atlanta this year, and Ben has no help at O-Line. As quietly reliable as S-Jax is, for this year and the future I think Matty Ice is your man.

  15. Justin says:
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    Is there anyway to do some IDP matchup post every week. IDP leagues are rough trying to gain 10+ points a week from each starter. That would be fantastic. Thanks in advance

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Justin,

      We will have IDP posts throughout the season, but they will likely not be weekly. I can try to cover more than one player a week in this space though, what are your roster/scoring settings?

      • Justin says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf, 1 pt per tackle assisted tackle 3 pts per sack int ff and fr 6 pt per defensive td and 3 pts per safety. I appreciate you doing more coverage. I will continue to tell everyone how great razzball is.

  16. eSSduBBz says:
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    How about adding TD-only leagues? For instance, I drafted J. Kuhn and L. Blount to be my backup RB TD-plungini artists.. and neither did much Week 1. Oh, who to pluck off waivers?..

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @eSSduBBz,

      I like that idea, and I’ll look to incorporate it in the future. As for Waivers this week, if Michael Bush is not available, then I would look at someone like Knowshon Moreno, who is like available and got some redzone carries in Week 1.

      • eSSduBBz says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf,

        Unfortch M. Bush was purchased for $8 by my schooled-to-be-fantasy-savvy brother during the draft. Yes, Knowshon is available, but I can’t imagine respecting myself after that transaction. I think I’ll go for some rookie nookie in Alf Morris in what shld be a plum matchup vs. STL. Thanks anyway Kev. I’ll look forward to reading your column and the rest of Razzball Football all season long.

        • Kevin Kumpf

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          @eSSduBBz,

          Oh absolutely Morris over Knowshon, but if you want to dig deeper, I think Knowshon matches up with Peyton better than McGahee does.

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