Case of the Mondays: Waiver Wire Adds Week 3 and Fantasy Recap

Author: Kevin Nelson

First thing is first... GO HAWKS!

Ok, now that that is out of the way we can get started.

 

Week two is typically the collective breath week. Perhaps that collective gust added to some of the storms we experienced across the country. Lightning delays in two separate cities, and could not get much further away from each other being in Tampa and Seattle. Teams across the league are accusing others of faking injuries to slow down these offenses, maybe someone hired mother nature to achieve the task.

 

Is it just me or does anyone find the whole Russell-Kaepernick eyebrow thing stupid? Kaepernick’s smile is super corny in some fake video, recorded months ago probably, with completely different hair length and facial hair design. I watched Kaepernick in last night and the last thing he will be doing for awhile is smiling around Russell Wilson. He didn’t even want to shake hands after the game, much less shave his eyebrow off. Great idea Madden, but in my opinion, poorly executed.

 

At least my guy won. Did I say go Hawks yet??

 

Let’s get to some week 2 notes....

 

Note 1: Welcome back RBs

-  Week 1 saw two running backs break the century marks and while neither of those two did it again this week, a much healthier number decided to step up like Channing Tatem.    Six runnings backs hit or went over the 100 yard barrier with multiple more just missing it in the 90s. A sign that the football apocalypse is not quite upon us. Running backs are hard to find, but the fact that James Starks and Knowshon Moreno find themselves in the top 5 reveal there are exceptions from week to week. Funny what happens when you play for your job, ahem James Starks, ahem.

 

Note 2: The QB carousel continues

-  Michael Vick, Philip Rivers, Sam Bradford, Alex Smith, Matt Schaub, and Jay Cutler. None of them with an ADP higher than 8ish and yet they all fell in the top 10 this week in standard scoring. Giving even greater defense to arguing how deep QB is as another three threw for 400+ yards, 10 throwing for 300+ and another four with at least 290. It might be a match ups year for most teams this entire year.

 

Note 3: Seahawks Defense

James Starks Tops 100-  People say don’t draft defense early as it is very rare for the number 1 rated defense to finish number 1. Well, that is going to happen folks. the 7 remaining games at Centurylink field are bound to be great fantasy defensive performances as really only the Saints look extremely threatening and the defense proved in Carolina it can travel. Just think, it will only get better when the Hawks get Chris Clemons, Brandon Browner, and Bruce Irvin back. This defense could go in the record books folks.

 

Note 4: Texans

-  Bad news for Arian foster owners. Ben Tate was thought to be one of the most powerful handcuffs in fantasy. While still true, he is becoming so much more. Tate has 18 rushes this season for 148 yards. That is over 8 yards per clip. Foster was grinding out a solid performance to the tune of 19 carries for 79 yards but Tate has looked far more explosive this season. The tide might be turning slowly in Houston as the Texans have no reason not to split carries more to keep these two fresh for what they have to be planning as a long Super Bowl run. A true split would be Foster owners worst nightmare, selling could be a consideration.

 

Note 5: Wounded Raven

-  Ray Rice went down on Sunday giving one of the other most sought after fantasy handcuffs, Bernard Pierce, a chance to shoulder the load. 19 for 59 with a touchdown certainly isn’t awful from a fantasy perspective but it certainly doesn’t say he will be a star. Personally, I think Pierce can do much better than what he showed this last week. The Browns have shown through two games to have one of the best front 7s in football and will most likely give plenty of running games fits before the season has ended. Rice’s injury is not considered serious, but if the injury lingers or worsens, I like Pierce’s chances to produce at elite levels.

 

Note 6: Beast Mode Beast Mode Beast Mode

-  That is all.

 

Note 7: Buckin Broncos running backs

-  You were warned that John Fox does not like rookie runners. He likes them even less when they fumble in the red zone. Knowshon Moreno is trusted more in pass protection, by far right now, which is a must in Peyton Manning’s offense. And we say it all the time, crazy things happen to players when their job is threatened. A former first round pick, Moreno now has 121 yards on 22 carries this season and scored two touchdowns. He is certainly trending upwards as the Denver running back to own, and finally feel comfortable starting.

 

Note 8: Touchdown Leader

-  Guess who leads the NFL in touchdowns this season? Go ahead, I’ll wait. How many of you said Eddie Royal? Royal now has 5 touchdowns through two games for San Diego and has clearly become the San Diego receiver worth owning. He already matched his career high in touchdowns, 5 he also got his rookie year when he was helping numerous fantasy teams for the Broncos, and Rivers looks to trust him. Touchdowns can certainly be flukey and Royal does only have 114 yards through two games, but somebody has to get stats and be healthy for the Chargers. Rivers seems to be telling us its Eddie Royal right now. Listen up.

 

Note 9: Tight end trend

-  Well another week in which we saw a plethora of tight end touchdowns. 12 different tight ends found the end zone this week further proving those who believed in not taking one early. 5 of those 12 were repeats offenders and the most interesting for me was Julius Thomas again. The guy we were all curious about if he could repeat, well along with Jared Cook and Jordan Cameron, did just that. Cameron looked good again as well while Cook went back to his Tennessee days. I still have confidence in Cook going forward, I just think the defensive focus shifted completely to him in game two and now the Rams will learn to game play with that in mind.

 

Waiver Wire Adds Week 2:

 

QBs

 

Philip rivers ****

 

RBs:

 

Knowshon Moreno*****

James Starks***

 

WRs:

 

Eddie Royal*****

DeAndre Hopkins*****

Aaron Dobson****

Marlon Brown****

Austin Pettis***

 

 

 

 

 

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