Mr. T’s Top Five Fantasy Football Waiver Pickups of the Week
If guys aren't on the list, I'm either assuming they're already owned or they're not worth looking at. If you have questions about any players, feel free to drop then in the comments section. I've also included the appropriate amount I think people should bid on the player in a FAAB system.
Just don’t go nuts on anyone this week. The best is yet to come.
1. Alfred Morris (RB – Washington) – Available in 80.8 % of ESPN Leagues
If a Redskins' RB leads the list of pickups, you know it wasn't the greatest week. I urge you to express caution when going after Alfred Morris in free agency. He may not even be Washington's starter in a few weeks, because Mike Shanahan is not a rational man. Morris' effort last week also wasn't that spectacular. It was more that he accumulated yards because of a heavy carry load rather than showing great skill. But yards are yards and touchdowns are touchdowns. He is worth owning, and he can help the Fred Jackson owners out there. (FAAB spend: $15)
2. Randall Cobb (WR – Green Bay) – Available in 86.6% of ESPN Leagues
Cobb was on the fantasy radar before the season because of his play-making ability. The Packers moved him all over the field in their loss to San Francisco, specifically using him as their third down back. Cobb may never become RB eligible, but the Packers are obviously trying to make use of him in the offense. Greg Jennings is banged up and James Jones is further down the pecking order. If Cobb is as involved every week as he was this week, he's certainly worth owning—even if he is the third WR on the team. (FAAB spend: $13)
3. Stephen Hill (WR – N.Y. Jets) – Available in 92.6% of ESPN Leagues
Rookie receivers are a tough thing to own. Unlike Justin Blackmon, Hill was not someone seen as relevant entering the fantasy season after a poor preseason. He does, however, have certain skills that work well for the Jets' offense: speed and size. There aren't any other players on the roster who offer that, and Hill will be running out there as the team's #2 receiver. He'll probably never put up as strong an effort as he did in Week 1, but he's worth rostering for upside. (FAAB spend: $9)
4. Dexter McCluster (WR – Kansas City) – Available in 96.1% of ESPN Leagues
Continuing with play-making WRs, Kansas City did the same thing with Dexter McCluster this past week. The Chiefs will never score like the Packers can, but they also don't have as many weapons. McCluster is realistically the #2 or #3 option in the passing game and will be used heavily in the team's passing sets. Jon Baldwin obviously isn't ready to be a factor after his bagel this past week. (FAAB spend: $7)
5. Coby Fleener (TE – Indianapolis) – Available in 76.7% of ESPN Leagues
Targets never lie. Fleener saw 10 targets from Andrew Luck in the Colts' first game. He's a safety blanket and has the relationship with Luck from Stanford. If you're in need of a TE, he should very much be on your radar. (FAAB spend: $5)
Kevin Ogletree (WR – Dallas) – Available in 50.2% of ESPN Leagues
Don't blow your waiver wad on this guy. He's the #4 receiving option on the Cowboys. Let him prove himself as the next Lauren Robinson first. It's only one game.
Dennis Pitta (TE – Baltimore) – Available in 97.5% of ESPN Leagues
Pitta took advantage of the middle of the field against Cincinnati last night. He's a high-upside TE if you're desperate.
Brandon LaFell (WR – Carolina) – Available in 80.8% of ESPN Leagues
With Steve Smith drawing attention on one side of the field, LaFell will continue to succeed on the other.