by Will Overton
Another week full of offensive firepower and lots and lots of passing in the NFL. And just like every Monday this season I am going to be looking at some of the best performances of the day for players who might be available on the waiver wire. I will be breaking down the performance of the player and I will also give my thoughts on whether or not that player is worth buying or if you should be denying him.
Even though we are another week deep into the season, you still have to be cautious in making snap decisions. But at the same time you don’t want to sit on a guy for too long and miss out on potential free agents who can make a big splash this season.
Here are five potential waiver wire players who made a case for themselves in week two.
Matt Hasselback: There were questions about his age and there were questions about him joining a new team and what his role on that team would be, but so far after two weeks Hasselback is looking good. After throwing for 263 yards and 2 TD’s against the shetchy Jags defense, Hasselback followed it up yesterday by throwing 358 yards and a TD against a very legitimate Ravens defense. So with an average of over 300 yards per game Hasselback has to be opening some fantasy owner’s eyes. Hasselback did have a few things working in his favor yesterday though. The Titans ran a total of 71 plays and owned time of possession for 35:52 compared to 24:08. It’s going to be hard for Hasselback to have that going for him very often and you have to think at some point Chris Johnson is going to get things going on the ground and Hasselback won’t be relied on to throw the ball 40+ times in a game. I like Hasselback in deep leagues and as a backup in 2 QB leagues, but in standard leagues I would still rather have Kyle Orton, Ryan Fitzpatrick or Cam Newton. I see Hasselback on the same level as a Rex Grossman, just a bit more reliable.
Verdict: Deny ‘Em
Dexter McCluster: It certainly looks like things are pretty serious with the Jamaal Charles knee injury and the Chiefs are going to be looking a couple different places for help in filling the void. Thomas Jones is going to be the primary back and if he isn’t owned in your league he should be just based on probable workload. McCluster however should get a chance to take on a few more carries and be the compliment back to Jones bruising style. McCluster has big play potential, but he’s also a risk to be shutdownfor no points in a given week. Based on his pass catching ability McCluster is a must own in PPR leagues, the question is whether he can do enough on the ground to be worth owning in standard leagues. So far McCluster has impressed with 93 yards on 12 carries. If the Chiefs stop playing from behind so much I think Dexter will get double-digit carries and with the homerun hitting potential I think he’s at least worth stashing on the bench.
Verdict: Buy ‘Em
Roy Helu: In week one it was the Tim Hightower show in Washington and it looked like Mike Shannahan might be turning over a new leaf when it comes to his running back philosophy. Than in week two Roy Helu ended up with 10 carries and got to show off his potential with 74 yards, and another 38 receiving on 3 catches. Hightower hasn’t faltered in his role as the primary back, but that probably won’t stop Shannahan from using Helu too. I also think Shannahan would like to see Grossman as a game manager and use his ground game to keep Grossman from having to do too much. Running back looks like a shallow spot this year and Helu has a lot of potential. I think you have to take a chance on the potential and on Shannahan’s running back track record.
Verdict: Buy ‘Em
Denarius Moore: The Oakland Raiders found themselves in a shootout and when they needed a receiver to step up Denarius Moore did just that with 5 catches for 146 yards and a TD. It was an impressive performance for the rookie from Tennessee and it has to make people wonder if the Raiders finally found a legitimate receiver threat. However keep in mind that Moore literally came out of nowhere and there are questions of whether this was a fluke. The Raiders were without their top two receivers yesterday leaving Moore as one of the few options for Jason Campbell in a shootout. And I have my doubts about whether or not we’ll see Campbell throw for 300+ yards more than once or twice more this season. The playmaking ability makes him intriguing, but I need to see him do it again with other receivers healthy before I can buy in. I think there are more reliable options at WR on the wire in standard leagues, obviously deeper leagues is another matter all together.
Verdict: Deny ‘Em
David Nelson: So far in two games this season the Buffalo Bills have averaged 39.5 points. Also, Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown for 472 yards and 7 TD’s. It’s a bit premature to call the team an offensive juggernaut, but they’re certainly vastly improved from last season and the team is developing multiple fantasy relevant players, one of them being David Nelson. Nelson emerged as a number two receiver in week one with 4 catches and 66 yards. In week two he emerged as a fantasy option with 10 catches, 83 yards and a TD. The Bills seem to be committed to throwing the ball and Stevie Johnson can’t catch every pass. Nelson started to make some noise late last season (3 TD’s in the final 4 games) and the momentum has carried over. At 6’5 he could turn into a go-to-guy in the Redzone and at worst he looks to at least get a consistent amount of targets. I like what I’m seeing out of the Bills and I am buying into Nelson in standard leagues.
Verdict: Buy ‘Em
What’s your take on these guys, are you buying or denying? And who else are you buying or denying? Feel free to give your opinions and suggestions as well as ask any advice questions you might have.