The key to any fantasy football league is picking up players on the waivers that will improve your team. It’s important to note that not every player that has a good week is worth a pickup. There are certain players that will put on a fluke performance. Other players, however, are worth snagging on your roster.
Quarterback is an interesting position. If you’re in a 12-team league then most of the starting quarterbacks are already taken. It’s hard to put much stock into a quarterback after just one performance. This week there weren’t any quarterbacks that really caught my attention.
Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (available in 45 percent of leagues)
I’m usually one to say ‘stay away from all Redskins running backs,’ but it’s tough to ignore Morris’ performance. He ran the ball 28 times for 96 yards and even had a pair of touchdowns.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is known for frustrating fantasy owners by making a guy relevant one week and then irrelevant the next. Roy Helu and Evan Royster are still in the mix in Washington.
Kevin Ogletree, Dallas Cowboys (available in 95 percent of leagues)
Ogletree came out of nowhere last week on NFL’s opening night. The Cowboys receiver put on a eight-catch, 114-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Giants secondary.
If you played fantasy football last season, you know how special the Cowboys third receiver could be (Laurent Robinson). Ogletree has the potential to be a great fantasy player this season if Tony Romo continues to target him.
Stephen Hill, New York Jets (available in 81 percent of leagues)
Hill’s stock rose considerably during this year’s NFL Combine. He didn’t have that great of a college resume, but his physical talent was enough to get him drafted in the second round.
He had an uneventful preseason filled with multiple drops, but he turned that around in week one. Hill caught five passes for 89 yards and hauled in two touchdowns in a win against the Bills. If he can continue to play at a high level, he’s worth a roster spot.
Brandon Lafell, Carolina Panthers (available in 77 percent of leagues)
Lafell only caught three passes, but he took those catches for 65 yards and a touchdown. He should serve as a nice compliment to veteran receiver Steve Smith. Lafell could be a redzone target for quarterback Cam Newton.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (available in 42 percent of leagues)
Rudolph was a sleeper tight end heading into the 2012 season and he showed why in week one. He didn’t score, but he did catch five passes for 67 yards. He also had seven targets from quarterback Christian Ponder. A player getting those kind of looks is worth having on your team.
Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars (available in 94 percent of leagues)
Lewis had a down year in 2011, but he may be back to fantasy relevancy. He caught five passes for 52 yards with a touchdown Sunday. He was being targeted often by Blaine Gabbert and he might end up as a security blanket for the second-year quarterback.