by Inside the Redzone staff – Bill Seng
Week 5 has a lot of names from fantasy football waiver wire’s past. When you play fantasy football long enough, you’ll find out it’s OK to recycle some names and put a waiver claim on a guy who has done the mid season re-emergence. Remember Laddell Betts being useful in parts of several different seasons? Receivers Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson are weekly pickups AND drops.
This week, we see some guys who will make the jump from obscurity, but some old familiar names that you shouldn’t shy away from. After all, finding a lottery ticket stud like Jamaal Charles in 2009 is great, but finding a workable part on your roster helps too.
Ryan Torain – Washington Redskins – Without a doubt, he might be one of Mike Shanahan’s all-time favorites. He came out of nowhere to have a 19 carry, 135 yards, and a touchdown. Wouldn’t it be Roy Helu the more logical ‘Skins back to have such a breakout game? It’s clear to me that if Ryan Torain is healthy, Mike Shanahan would start him even more than Darren McFadden. The man love is just that obvious.
Stevan Ridley – New England Patriots – We said it since our week 3 waiver wire pickup post, that this guy was going to emerge. If he is still out there, definitely put a claim in. He’s dynamic and tough. He’s a guy Belichick wants to feature and with Danny Woodhead’s ankle injury, this guy’s timing to get 15 touches is now. Still owned in only 17% of leagues.
Isaac Redman – Pittsburgh Steelers – The power back has a similar skill set to Rashard Mendenhall, which makes him the ideal handcuff in the Pittsburgh run game. It looked like the Steelers split the load though with Redman and Moore (playing on passing plays). The upside is here, but in really large leagues, you can speculate on Moore, as he would be the sole guy if the bruising Redman got injured as well.
Possible add in deep leagues:
Joe McKnight – New York Jets – He’s got some skills and is an injury away from playing more in the new “Ground and Pound” approach
Mewelde Moore – Pittsburgh Steelers – It’s not unthinkable that the bruising Redman could get an injury too. Moore is a professional back that does a lot of things well. Like fellow running back Ladell Betts, his body has been preserved by being a career fill-in.
Steve Slaton – Miami Dolphins – He’ll have had several weeks of practice, since being picked up by the Fins. Both Daniel Thomas and Reggie Bush have been battling re-occurring muscle strains this year. The former 2008 star has the big play ability to excel in even limited play.
Jared Cook – Tennessee Titans – He only has 2 catches for 93 yards and a score. His score was an 80 yard play, so the guy is no plodder. He was a preseason sleeper and with Kenny Britt down, Jared Cook will see a definite uptick.
Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – We have talked about him every week – most recently in last week’s waiver wire pickups. He’s a big target and is getting comfortable with Andy Dalton, as indicated by his 70 yard, touchdown game against the Bills.
Kevin Boss – Oakland Raiders – Kevin Boss almost got a touchdown score. He caught the ball in the end zone with one toe out of bounds. He’s still building a rapport with Jason Campbell, which seems to be picking up steam because he caught 4 balls for 78 yards last week. Campbell loves tight ends in the red zone. Very available at 4% ownership.
Possible add in deep leagues:
Visanthe Shiancoe – Minnesota Vikings – McNabb is not the only guy playing his last year in purple. Shiancoe will probably not come back to the Vikings in 2012 either, giving way to Kyle Rudolph. However in the NFL, the future is now, and last week the McNabb and Shiancoe connection was good for 6 catches and 58 yards. If Shiancoe gets a touchdown this week and the Vikings win, the McNabb to Shiancoe connection could last for a few more games after that.
James Casey – After a big week 3, Casey follows it up with 1 catch for 8 yards. But with Andre Johnson down, the Texans could get creative.
Pierre Garcon – Indianapolis Colts – 2 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns. The big play weapon named Pierre Garcon is back! Reggie Wayne lobbied for Curtis Painter, but it was Garcon who benefited last night. A potential WR3 with upside could be on your waiver wire, owned in about 50% of leagues.
Greg Little – Cleveland Browns – Colt McCoy threw for 350 yards last week and Greg Little caught 6 passes against the Titans. I’m getting the same feeling I had about Greg Little that I had about Ridley two weeks ago. He’s getting close to breaking out. I’m not saying he’s Kenny Britt, but they are similar: raw, but athletic and catching onto the NFL game quickly.
Jacoby Ford – Oakland Raiders – Just missed a touchdown last week, if not interfered with in the end zone and looked explosive on a 30 yard run. Remember, he was a preseason favorite and has been dropped in a lot of leagues. Great upside guy at owned in only 28% of leagues.
Preston Parker – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – This guy might be Josh Freeman’s favorite go to inside receiver. After watching a few games, I think he is an up and coming slot guy. He sort of reminds me of Johnnie Morton from years past. He’s on pace for 800 yards and 6 touchdowns. Definite useful WR3 upside.
Jabar Gaffney – Washington Redskins – A perennial WR4/WR5. He’s always a threat of getting 50-60 yards a week and a score. A solid slot guy to have on your team, if you need a WR during the bye weeks.
Kevin Walter – Houston Texans – We could have put Jacoby Jones here. He has the talent, but we think Schaub has better chemistry with Kevin Walter. In 2008, Walter did have 899 yards and 8 touchdowns. The 6-3 receiver has had 4 seasons of 50 or more catches.
Jacoby Jones – Houston Texans – Could this be the year he puts it together? He definitely has more upside than Walter. I could look stupid preferring Kevin Walter over Jacoby Jones.
Possible add in deep leagues:
Laurent Robinson – Dallas Cowboys – Perennial tease talent. The Cowboy receivers have been banged up all year.
Devin Aromashodu – Minnesota Vikings – With Bernard Berrian catching nothing but flack (deservedly so), Aromashodu could be the deep threat Donovan McNabb has been looking for.
We’ll advocate the same names from last week, Matt Hasselbeck and Jason Campbell, but we’ll throw another name out: Tim Tebow. OK, before you think I’m crazy, this guy is capable of putting up good rushing yards and touchdowns in addition to any garbage time stats he’ll put up when the team is behind.
Sam Bradford may not be a bad pickup. If he is getting dropped in your league, he could be tempting. He should fatten up on an easier schedule with some divisional games coming up.