I was 2 for 4 in my waiver picks last week; Henderson was the prime deep threat for Brees, and Eric Decker filled in nicely for Brandon Lloyd on his way to a monster fantasy day. Let’s see what low-ownership WRs in Yahoo leagues might pan out this week:
David Nelson, Buffalo Bills, 45% (NE):
Nelson was a PPR machine last week with his 10 for 83, TD performance against the Raiders. He really came out of nowhere too. This week, he gets another team that can’t defend the pass. Despite being 2-0, the Pats have given up the 2nd most passing yards in the league: 762. Who has given up the most? The Packers, which is pretty shocking news as well. Although I don’t see this Buffalo renaissance lasting much longer, the offense should be able to put up some points against the bendy Patriots. As such, Nelson should again have a solid week as Fitzpatrick’s second option: 8 catches, 65 yards, and a TD.
Early Doucet, Arizona Cardinals, 29% (@ SEA):
Doucet was hot in week 1, but not in week 2. Granted, take away his 70 yard TD against the Panthers and he has 55 yards in two games, but hey, they all count. The ‘hawks have been stout defensively through the first two, but I cannot see that lasting, especially given their woeful offense keeping them on the field for long stretches of time. Since ‘Zona will lean even more on Kolb’s arm this week, with Beanie Wells looking iffy, L-Fitzy will get his yards/TDs, and Doucet will get the scraps: 50 and a touch this week in a high scoring affair (The Cards D will make Seattle look somewhat respectable).
Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans, 22% (DEN):
Nate and the Titans shocked everyone with their upset of the Ravens last week. Washington had an impressive 7 catches for 99 yards as the compliment to Kenny Britt. He should continue being a useful WR 2/3 this week against Denver, what with Champ Bailey most likely out, and Britt surely seeing double teams on a regular basis. Give him even more consideration in PPR leagues. 6 catches, 75 yards, and an outside shot at a TD.
Deep League Special:
Titus Young, Detroit Lions, 4% (@ MIN):
My deep league friends, look to Titus for assistance as a WR3/flex play against the woeful Vikings pass defense: Minny has given up over 280 yards passing in two games. While that is a small sample size, their stout D is a thing of the past. With Matt Stafford and the high-flying Lions attack (yea, it still sounds weird) coming to town, there should be enough to go around. Since CJ, Burleson, Best, and Scheffler (and Pettigrew, if healthy) will be the focal points for the Vikings, Mr. Young could again sneak his way to an 80 yard receiving week (he was 5 for 89 last week), not too shabby for someone nearly universally unowned.