You know that website Rotten Tomatoes which aggregates a plethora of movie reviews to conoct a “fresh or rotten” percentage? The number is pretty reliable when it comes to the worth of a movie, and that’s because receivers get to see the product in advance.
Obviously we fantasy writers don’t have the luxury of seeing games before they are released to the public, which means you should consider us all the more awesome when we provide you with waiver gems….something I hope to do right now.
(All recommended players are owned in less than 50% of FleaFlicker leagues.)
Christian Ponder, Vikings QB – Ponder sits at the 49% mark and will surely crush the 50% mark of acceptance this week. While the Vikings remain a run-first team, Ponder has found nice pockets of production, and certainly has the chops for a fluid passing game at any time. Perhaps Ponder’s best asset this week is the schedule when he gets a Redskins secondary that has given up 13 passing touchdowns and an average of 328..6 passing yards through five games.
Alex Green, Packers RB – Poor Cedric Benson. He was unwanted to start the season. The Packers brought him in, where he excelled, only to be sidelined for at least eight weeks with a Lisfranc foot injury. Enter Green, a second year back who may be worth a pickup to fill a bye week hole. But don’t get too excited about Green because a) he will lose carries to James Starks, who has been injured and John Kuhn and b) they face the Texans this week and c) if the Packers were not a passing team before, they will be now.
LaRod Stephens-Howling/William Powell, Cardinals RBs – With news of Ryan Williams season-ending Achilles’’ injury, Stephens-Howling and Powell are the go-to guys by default, and possibly just for the short term. Arizona will most assuredly look at the open market and possibly inquire about a trade with a back like Detroit’s Kevin Smith or New Orleans’ Chris Ivory. For now expect Stephens-Howling and Powell to be in a split carry situation, with the edge to be determined. I suggest watching this situation closely.
Devery Henderson, Saints WR – Henderson’s value is completely tied to the hamstring of Lance Moore. If Moore does not return this week against the Bucs, Henderson is probably the pickup of the week. He comes of an 8 catch, 123-yard and one touchdown performance. If Moore does return Henderson will return to his role of yielding a target here and there but largely staying irrelevant.
Sidney Rice, Seahawks WR – Rice has yet to break out this season, but his numbers are getting better. Last week Rice hauled in 5 passes for 67 yards after being targeted six times. The Seahawks face the Patriots, who boast an improved secondary, but still give up good yardage to opposing receivers.
Joel Dreessen, Broncos TE – Dreessen, largely used in short yardage situations, and as a compliment to Jacob Tamme, has scored in three straight games. Dreessen’s yards-per-catch are pretty disappointed (approximately 6.9 the past two games), but touchdowns rule the world.
Jeff Cumberland, Jets TE – If Dustin Keller’s return from his hamstring injury goes another week, Cumberland could be a nice bye week reflection. Besides the deflection that sealed the game for the Texans, Cumberland took advantage of his opportunity, posting 2 catches for 51 yards and a touchdown. With the Jets down to receivers most of us had not t heard of, Cumberland could be of value in two-TE sets even if Keller is back.
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