Waiver Wire Hotness
LeGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The changing of the guard at the running back position in Tampa Bay is taking place before our eyes. The rookie from Oregon rolled up 72 yards on a team-high 11 carries in Week 7 vs. St. Louis and has another favorable matchup this Sunday at Arizona. Blount won’t be an every-week starter, but it’s rare you can find a running back with some upside at this point in the year.
Stevie Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills: Very quietly, Johnson has been making a big impact in the fantasy world. The third-year receiver has scored five touchdowns over his last four games and just posted a career performance at Baltimore that consisted of eight receptions for 158 yards. Johnson has been targeted frequently ever since Ryan Fitzpatrick took over at quarterback for the Bills.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo Bills: Speaking of Fitzpatrick, has anyone else noticed that this guys has thrown two or more touchdown passes (11 total) in all four of his starts this season? In addition, Fitz is averaging 242.3 passing yards per game in 2010 and plays on a bad Buffalo football team, so you know garbage time stats will be in effect. It won’t feel right inserting him into your starting lineup, but if he keeps rolling up the numbers, who cares?
David Gettis, WR, Carolina Panthers: The Panthers have been desperately searching for a legitimate No. 2 wideout ever since the days of Muhsin Muhammad and it looks like they may have found their guy. However, while it’s still too early to tell if the former Baylor standout has what it takes to produce on a weekly basis, Gettis’ eight receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns in Week 7 is certainly a good sign. With Matt Moore at quarterback, look for this offense to move the ball better and finally start scoring some points.
Jon Kitna, QB, Dallas Cowboys: With Tony Romo out for the next 6-8 weeks, owners are advised to take a good, long look at Kitna. He’ll make some mistakes, but this guy has legitimate starting experience, is surrounded by an arsenal of weapons and plays on a pass-first offense. In less than three quarters of action on Monday night against a good Giants defense, Kitan threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns.
Mike Williams, WR, Seattle Seahawks: I finally had the opportunity to sit down and study the Seattle Seahawks this past weekend and loved what I saw out of Williams. He won’t be a consistent producer (and could possibly be gone already in your fantasy league) but this guy is a big, physical target that can make plays in the red zone. Williams has been targeted 31 times over the last two weeks and has turned those opportunities into 22 receptions, 210 yards and one touchdown.
Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams: Sticking with the “how do I replace Romo” theme, Bradford could be a nice option for those of you in deeper leagues. The rookie from Oklahoma has thrown at least one touchdown pass in six of seven contests this season and is averaging a respectable 211.9 passing yards per game. As a bonus, garbage time stats are in effect with the Rams.
Jacob Tamme, TE, Indianapolis Colts: He’s been in the league for three years, but chances are you’ve probably never even heard of him. That’s ok, because with Pro Bowl tight end Dallas Clark on the shelf for the rest of the season, this guy is about to get his chance to shine. Tamme won’t roll up the numbers that Clark did, but Peyton Manning has been known to turn unknowns into household names. In addition, Tamme will play four of his next five games against defenses that rank in the top-nine in points allowed to opposing tight ends.
Blair White, WR, Indianapolis Colts: With Austin Collie and Dallas Clark on the shelf, look for the rookie from Michigan State to see a big increase in targets. So far this season, White has caught six passes for 66 yards and one touchdown on 11 targets. As we said above regarding Tamme, Peyton Manning is so good that he can turn this guy into a legitimate fantasy option.