Monday, September 30, 2013

Top 5 Beasts of the Week by Michael Valverde (Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups for Week #5)


Nate Washington - As solid as they come.  He hasn't missed a game since his rookie season and has stepped it up with the progression of Jake Locker.  Even though Locker went down with an injury he is an excellent fit with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Washington has 19 receptions for 332 yards and 2 touchdowns this season.  He has also put up solid numbers in the last two weeks, this week against the Jets he had 4-105-2, and last week he went 8-131-0 against the Chargers.  Available in 79% in leagues.

Matt Cassel - Oh boy, not this guy again.  After flaming out in Kansas City, and Alex Smith dominating his vacant seat, nobody wanted to come near Cassel.  But, when the Minnesota Vikings stared down at the quarterback depth chart and saw only Christian Ponder and Joe Webb, they believed that someone needed to fill the void.  The Vikings started in similar standard way,  ADP doing all the work, while Ponder doing all he can to screw things up. In the first three games the Vikings were 0-3 and Ponder had averaged 230 yards with only two touchdown passes.  In week 4, Minnesota decided to change it up a bit, by giving Cassel a tryout in London, due to a Christian Ponder rib injury.  Cassel gave the Vikings their first victory and threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns.  Now it is speculative that Cassel will continue to get the starts, but they will have the utmost tightest leash on Ponder. Available in 96% of leagues.

Rashad Jennings - Has been a veteran of the NFL now for five years now, and has been on two of the worst franchises in the last decade.  He was a seventh round draft selection of the Jacksonville Jaguars out of Liberty and signed with the Raiders this year.  He has played the role of back-up to Maurice Jones-Drew and now Darren McFadden.  Being behind McFadden has its perks, that simply is, McFadden gets hurt.  Even though this Sunday's injury is not a detriment to his season, Jennings may get a starting shot this week against the Chargers.  He had a solid game in the loss to the Redskins.  He carried the ball 15 times for 45 yards, and had 8 receptions for 71 yards, that is money ringing in the ears of PPR owners.  Available in 93% of leagues.

Garrett Graham - Continues to get his numbers even though Owen Daniels is a presence.  He had five receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown against that brutal Seattle defense, and has a total of 12 receptions for 126 yards and 3 touchdowns this season.  His disappearance against Baltimore where he didn't catch a pass adds more risk value, but you cannot ignore that he has averaged 4 receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown, in his three other games.  Available in 95% of leagues.  

Mike Glennon - Outside ten team leagues, there is little available in the starting quarterback realm.  Mike Glennon is an option for those needing a starter who is not going to lose their job.  He will not be  a standout, but he does offer some good bye week placement strategies and has great weapons in Vincent Jackson, Doug Martin and Mike Williams. If the offensive line was better he would be more of a solid option.  He is also a rookie, and had a below average game. Glennon finished with 24/43 193 yards and a touchdown.  Don't look for anything more than these type of stats.  He will have a week five bye week to gather more cohesiveness with his key offensive options.

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