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WR Waiver Gems – Week 11

Oh, did I miss the Jets/Broncos candidates? Wasn’t exactly an aerial showdown, so no harm done.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, OAK, 28% (@MIN): Bey hasn’t done much of late, ever since Carson Palmer took the helm, with zero catches the past two weeks. However, with Jacoby Ford out, and Minnesota’s horrid pass D on tap  (272 yds/game, 18 TDs), look for DHB to get a few deep looks on his way to a respectable line and a possible score: 60 yards, TD.

Damian Williams, TEN, 29% (@ATL): Williams has turned into Matt Hasselbeck’s #1 WR the last few weeks, with 13 catches, 201 yards, and 2 TDs the last three weeks. He gets Atlanta’s so-so pass D this week (253 yards/game, 12 TDs), so look for him to be a solid #3 WR/flex play: 80 yards.

Vincent Brown, SD, 15% (@CHI): With Malcolm Floyd out, Chicago’s bend but don’t break pass D (269 yards/game, 12 TDs) and the likelihood that SD plays from behind in this one, look to Brown if you have an injury hole to fill for that 3rd WR spot (I did in the 4thandhome league; classic jinx situation, but I’m desperate): 80 yards.

Deep League Sleeper:

Donald Jones, BUF, 2% (@MIA): – if either David Nelson or Stevie Johnson are out – not out of the realm of possibility – Jones could have a big day against the subpar ‘Fins pass D (254 yards/game, 14 TDs). Buffalo is not the same team it was weeks 1-4, but the quality – or lack thereof – of the competition this week should allow Ryan Fitzpatrick to find a good amount of holes to throw through. Even if the above two WRs start, Jones could still give you decent yardage as the 3rd down/possession WR: 70 yards, TD if either Nelson/Johnson out, 60 yards if they play.

*Wow, complete whiff on each of these, sorry folks. And the Brown jinx was fully enforced. 

WR Waiver Gems – Week 4

I was 2 for 4 last week, hitting on David Nelson (6 for 84) and Nate Washington (8 for 92, TD), and missing on Early Doucet (5 for 50), and Titus Young (4 for 51), though the two misses still provided good PPR totals. Washington obviously should benefit from Kenny Britt being out for year, and has an outside shot at a thousand yard season. Ok, enough banter, on to this week’s lightly owned WRs who could provide a boost to your fantasy score:

Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders, 68% (NE): Yea, Moore is pretty well known by now, after his breakout game against Buffalo in week 2, but still, he is available in almost a third of all yahoo leagues, and is facing the sieve-like Patriot’s D (377 yards given up per game, most in the league). Given that NE will also be justifiably focused on trying to contain DMC, and Oakland should be involved in a shootout, Moore could be a WR1 in WR3 clothing this week, even if Jacoby Ford plays. A hundred yards and a touch? Definitely doable.

Victor Cruz, New York Giants, 32% (@ARIZ): The second option in the Giant’s passing attack last week had a career game, with the Eagles too focused on Hakeem Nicks and the running game, and Mario Manningham out. This week, Mario is probably back, but I still would consider Cruz a solid WR2-3 option. Even when healthy, Manningham can look lost at times, and it is clear that Eli and Cruz developed some chemistry against Philly. Arizona’s D doesn’t scare anyone and has given up 275 passing yards/game thus far. Victor should be good for 85-100 of those.

Jabbar Gaffney, Washington Redskins, 19% (@STL): Gaffney has been a consistent possession target for Rex Grossman, tallying at least 50 yards a game the first three weeks, with 5 catches each of the past two weeks. Although he doesn’t have a TD, that could change this week against St. Lou, who have given up 7 passing TDs thus far, to go with 252 yards/game. Gaffney is a sneaky deeper league play who could net WR2-3 numbers of 50-60 yards and a touch.

Deep League Special:

Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams, 7% (WAS): Gibson had a nice week against Baltimore in week 3, with 55 yards and a TD. Given the Rams’ fluctuating WR situation, as well as the likelihood of them playing from behind, he could be a sleeper for about 80 yards against Washington; a TD might not be in the cards though, as the ‘Skins have only allowed 2 passing TDs thus far.

WR Waiver Gems – Week 3

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.