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WR Waiver Gems – Week 8

Well, my picks pretty much fell flat last week. Oh well, them’s the breaks. Moving on:

Antonio Brown, PIT, 53% (NE): Brown made an appearance on this list earlier in the year, and last week Big Ben looked his way quite frequently to the tune of 7 catches for 102 yards. This Sunday, Brown gets the porous Pat’s secondary to play with (322 yards passing/game), and I think he makes a great WR2 bye week fill-in: 95 yards.

Michael Jenkins, MIN, 43% (@ CAR): Jenkins broke out last week as a favorite deep threat of Christian Ponder’s. Granted, it was against Green Bay’s sieve-like passing defense, but still, he could prove useful in this bye-ridden week, even against Carolina’s solid secondary (225 yards/game, 9 TDs). I like him as a frequent target of the Viking’s rookie QB, and maybe even to reach the end zone: 50 yards, TD.

Jerome Simpson, CIN, 25% (@ SEA): Simpson had a great game in week 6, grabbing 6 balls for 101 yards against the Colts. Seattle is not too bad with the passing D (250 yards/game, 6 TDs), but with Cedric Benson out serving his suspension, the Bengals should lean more heavily on Andy Dalton’s arm. A.J. Green is the unquestioned 1st option, but Simpson should get his fair share of looks and provide decent yardage: 80 yards.

Deep league special:

Anthony Armstrong, WAS, 2% (@ BUF): Armstrong has a total of 47 yards for the season, so why is he mentioned here? Well, with Santana Moss done for the year, he should crack the starting line-up, or at least get a couple dozen plays out of the slot, where he thrived last year. Buffalo gives up lots o’ yards through the air (284/game), so even with John Beck slingin’ the pigskin around, AA could catch several deep balls, on his way to surpassing his season total in one game: 80 yards.

 

WR waiver gems

Its early in the season, but here’s a list of wide outs owned in less than 70% of Yahoo leagues who I think could have very useful week 2 performances (standard scoring, non-PPR).

Johnny Knox, CHI, 67% (@ NO): Knox had 3 catches for 60 yards last week in a non-starting role, and Roy Williams looks like a game time decision. He has more talent at this point than Williams, but Mike Martz had a crush on Royboy all pre-season, hence the starter designation week 1. Knox should see plenty of targets in an expected shootout on the Superdome turf, and I think he’s in line for 80 yards and a score.

Devery Henderson, NO, 62% (@ CHI): On the other side, Henderson should be a co-primary option with Robert Meachem week 2, unless Lance Moore actually plays. I doubt the Saints will rush him back given the other weapons on offense. Henderson had a great week 1 (100 yards and a TD) and has teased fantasy players before, but I think he’s good for at least one more week of WR 1-2 level value. Pencil him in for 90 yards receiving.

Antonio Brown, PIT, 21% (SEA): Pittsburgh will be out for vengeance this week after last week’s drubbing at the hands of the Ravens, and I think they will come out throwing against Seattle’s woeful D to try to put the game away early, then let their defense and running game close it out. Brown could be a beneficiary, as Seattle will probably have most of their attention on Mike Wallace. Only two catches last week for 14 yards, but he is still in contention for the WR 2 slot. Brown could be the forgotten man by the ‘hawks, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he picked up 60 yards and a TD.

Really deep league special:

Eric Decker, DEN, 7% (CIN): With Brandon Lloyd iffy for this tilt due to a groin injury, Decker could have his breakout game against the lamecats. If Lloyd is out, he should be Kyle Orton’s top target – forget about Eddie Royal, and Knowshon Moreno is likely out. Decker is a big (6’3″, 218) target for Orton, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him stick as a decent WR 3 even if Lloyd gets healthy. 70 and a TD this week is in the cards.