Waiver Wire Hot List
Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions: After missing two games with an injury, Burleson stepped up admirably on Sunday as the veteran wideout hauled in four passes for 56 yards and one touchdown. His upside is somewhat limited, but Detroit currently ranks sixth in the NFL in passing offense and Pro Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson suffered a shoulder injury in Week 5 that the Lions are keeping somewhat quiet.
Roy Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Williams has taken a lot of flack from me in the past, but he’s been making plays as of late and that deserves to be mentioned. Williams is averaging seven targets per game and has racked up 204 receiving yards and three touchdowns over his last two outings. I doubt he’ll be an every-week producer, but Williams currently has some nice upside.
Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars: Lewis ranks just 18th in receptions among tight ends, but he’s already scored five touchdowns and currently ranks fourth in scoring among fantasy TEs. He doesn’t see a ton of targets and won’t be a big-time producer in PPR leagues, but Lewis has become quarterback David Garrard’s go-to-guy in the red zone.
Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans: After a slow start, Britt has now found the end zone in each of his last three games. He’s not a big-time receiver and won’t rack up a ton of receptions or yards, but he’s a nice WR3/WR4 who can provide some quality depth on your fantasy bench.
Atlanta Falcons, D/ST: If this unit is sitting on waivers, it’s time to pounce. The Falcons currently rank sixth in fantasy points among defenses and second in the NFL in points allowed (14.0 pts/gm). In addition, these guys lead the league in interceptions, with 10. I recently spoke with a member of the Cleveland Browns who told me that this defense is a lot faster than advertised. He also said he was happy as hell that the Browns played Atlanta on grass and not on turf.
Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams: Now that No. 1 target Mark Clayton is out for the season, Amendola has an opportunity to emerge as the No. 1 receiving option in St. Louis. He’s not a big-time playmaker, but he’s consistent, hard-working and very focused. Amendola currently ranks sixth in the NFL in targets (50) and is likely to see that number keep rising now that Clayton is done for the year. However, keep in mind that Amendola has yet to score a touchdown this season.
Max Hall, QB, Arizona Cardinals: Hall is only recommended for owners who play in either A) 2 QB leagues or B) very, very deep leagues. He’s a rookie that will post some bad games this season, but he’s surrounded by talent with Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald stretching the field on the outside. After knocking off the Saints, the job is his for the foreseeable future. We have to advise owners that this is not the most reliable of options, but over the last few weeks we have already recommended that you pick up any other decent QB option that was on the market.
Anthony Armstrong, WR, Washington Redskins: He’s the No. 2 in Washington and while Armstrong has only caught seven total passes on the year, keep in mind that the 27-year old has big-play potential (26.9 YPR). Think of him as a poor man’s version of Mike Wallace (but not as fast). Armstrong is only recommended for owners in deeper leagues because he doesn’t make enough catches to contribute on a fantasy team in a smaller league.
Michael Jenkins, WR, Atlanta Falcons: He’s missed all five games this season with a shoulder injury, but Jenkins is on the verge of returning to action in the very near future. Keep an eye on him. With Roddy White forcing opposing defenses to roll coverage in his direction, Jenkins will find himself in a favorable position to rack up some statistics.
Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis Rams: With Mark Clayton out for the year in St. Louis, Gibson (like Amdendola, above) will have the opportunity to cash in on an increase in targets.
Mike Thomas, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Question: Who is the Jaguars leading receiver this season? If you answered Mike Sims-Walker or Marcedes Lewis, you are wrong. Thomas is averaging 6.4 targets and 4.2 receptions per game for Jacksonville this season. Those numbers won’t win you a fantasy title, but they will add some decent depth to a deep-league bench.