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Fantasy Football 2011: Week Two Waiver Wire

09.13.11 at 8:11 am ET

Here are some players that are available in typical leagues. If any of these players are available in your leagues and you have need at the position, they are recommended pick ups. If you play in a deeper format, please feel free to join us at throughout the day as we add more and more targets for deeper leagues and long term formats.

Cam Newton, QB, Panthers

Here’€™s what we said about Newton in our rookie rankings….

‘€œA great dynasty pick for the risk-takers. We love this guy and in time, we think he’€™s going to be a fantasy monster. He could be a fantasy option as soon as this season. Once he is settled in and gets a relationship with the offense and his receivers, look out. Like we said, there is risk when you look at some of his decisions off the field, but we think his competitive nature wins the day. The bottom line is that he has otherworldly physical ability. He has exceptional feet. He has an exceptional arm and he is very physically strong for a QB. Upside personified.’€

If you need a QB, and he is available, get this guy.  If you have a way to clear a roster spot, get this guy.  If you have anything short of an elite QB, find a cut so you can get this guy.

I’€™ve already read more than a few columns that are warning folks not to get too excited.  Don’€™t listen to these people.  Get excited.  The kind of upside exhibited by Newton on Sunday is as rare as it is valuable.  For those who listened to us and waited on QBs in your draft–Cam could be your reward.  Yes, Green Bay could expose the kid in ways Arizona could not.  Green Bay does that to a lot of people.  Guess what, he won’€™t have to play them twice.  And, once the Panthers clear the Bears off of their schedule in week four, we see no reason Cam can’€™t be your weekly starter.

For the same reasons we’€™ve told you to keep your head on a swivel with Tebow, and for the same reason we told you in keeper leagues to draft Vick last August, you need to move for Newton if he is available.  Quarterbacks who give you consistent high-end ‘€œfoot points’€ are fantasy monsters or at least have the potential to be.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Bills

If he can keep playing this way, he is going to force some people to redefine their terms, and that includes us.  The Ivy Leaguer has a lot of heart.  That we knew.  But he also has a nice array of weapons and he uses his smarts to find the path of least resistance.  He is looking like a nice pickup if you need some help.  He looked a lot more comfortable than last year and used all of his receivers.  He’€™s got a tough schedule, but he is a guy you could play match-ups with.

Mike Tolbert, RB, Chargers

This is an obvious one for sure, but he is available in a few of my leagues, and his late-game injury appears to be minor.  His role is fairly well established and seems to have gotten even bigger with Darren Sproles out of the picture.  Tolbert is now flirting with RB2 value.  While it’€™s tempting to worry about Ryan Mathews breaking out, Tolbert has simply played too well in their system to be pushed aside, especially when you consider Mathews’€™ fragility, which is well documented.  He’€™s a must add player if he’€™s available in any format.  If you can have him as your 3rd back, you are in good shape.

Ben Tate, RB, Texans

We warned folks about Foster’€™s value going down due to Tate’€™s presence, and now you know why.  He wasn’€™t even at his best as he racked up over a c-note on the ground.  As we have said for over a year now, he’€™s got more natural talent than Arian Foster.  He won’€™t just push Foster out.  It wouldn’€™t be prudent or fair based on what the big back did in 2010, but Tate is going to be a factor.  The days of Foster totally dominating the touches could be over.  Tate could possibly carve out flex value once Foster is back, and he has RB1 potential if Foster cannot suit up.  He is a must-have for Foster owners.  Overpay a little if you have to.

James Starks, RB, Packers

As we said through August, he is probably going to have more value than Grant.  He is available in a good many leagues and he should not be.  Roster him.  Once you do, keep an eye on Alex Green, who has more talent than Starks or Grant.

Cadillac Williams, RB, Rams

He’€™s a pickup in any format if Steven Jackson is going to miss time.  He looked good running the ball on Sunday, and we know he is great catching the ball out of the backfield.  He is a must-add player for all Jackson owners.

Robert Meachem, WR, Saints

We liked him before Colston’€™s injury.  Suffice to say that we like him even more now.  He should be owned in all formats.  Pick him up and use him as a strong WR3.

Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers

He’€™ll be a little inconsistent, as will all Packers not named Rodgers, but he looked great out there.  He’€™s a WR3 now.  Pick him up if you have space and need.

Johnny Knox, WR, Bears

He’€™s still the best receiver in Chicago.  It was evident on film.  Grab him if he gets dropped in all leagues.  He has the potential to be a WR2 for you.  It just may take a few more weeks.

Aaron Hernandez, TE, Patriots

We bumped him up our boards after his impressive preseason display and the production continued in last night’€™s opener. While Rob Gronkowski is owned in nearly every league we’€™ve seen, you can still get Hernandez in most league types.  We suggest picking him up if you have a need at the position.  He scored, received ten targets and turned seven of them into receptions while going over 100 yards on the day.

Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers

He’€™s available in a few of my leagues, so I am throwing him out there.  We liked him before Newton’€™s bust-out performance and we definitely like him now.  He’€™s a player to add in all formats.

Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals

We were worried about his QB, but his talent has always been obvious.  Well, Dalton looked ok before getting hurt and Bruce Gradkowski looked healthy when he went in.  This is good news for anybody who owns Bengals receivers.  Gresham has legit TE1 potential if you are in need.



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