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September 7, 2009 9:55 AM

Fantasy Football's Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

By John Arias.


Fantasy Football's Waiver Wire pickups are back! With Week One fast approaching, it's imperative to have the right players in your fantasy lineup and on the bench.

Waiver wire players are those that are available in most fantasy leagues and should be considered for immediate use when an injury to a starter occurs, or for future use if a favorable matchup is on the horizon.


Quarterbacks:

David Garrard: He finished 2008 with 3,620 yards, yet only had 15 touchdowns. The Jaguars brought in veteran WR Torry Holt to help the passing game. At 33-years-old, he still has at least two quality years in him. Another emergence in the preseason has been the play of WR Troy Williamson. He led all Jaguars' wide receivers in yards in preseason with 232 securing a starting spot for the Jaguars as the No. 2 wideout.

The Jaguars will face a tough Colts defense in Week One, and then face the Cardinals and Texans the following two weeks. The Cardinals last year ranked dead last in passing touchdowns allowed with 36 and the Texans ranked 27th with 24. When looking at matchups, one should consider grabbing Garrard and use him for Weeks Two and Three.

 

Running Backs:

Jerome Harrison: He enters his fourth year in the league and it is an important one. He is a pending free agent and is in competition with rookie RB James Davis for the No. 2 spot. Every indication from Browns camp is that Harrison will get the first shot if veteran Jamal Lewis falters early on. His ankle injury is not severe and though the Browns host Minnesota in week One, they will travel to Denver in week Two.

The Broncos last year ranked 27th in the league in rushing yards allowed (146.1) and ranked tied for 30th in rushing touchdowns allowed with 26. Look for Lewis to struggle opening day and for Harrison to get an extended look and to possibly even start in Week Two.

Glen Coffee: The ultimate handcuff for 2009, the rookie has impressed every week. He led all RBs in preseason with 230 yards vaulting him to the No. 2 running back spot in San Francisco and should see significant time all year. With RB Frank Gore's past knee problems, Coffee might benefit early on and any Fantasy Owner should be ready to pick up the rookie and stash him away.

 

Wide Receivers:

Malcolm Kelly: After a rookie season to forget, his second season could not have started any better. After an impressive preseason, The Washington Post reports that when the Redskins begin practicing in preparation for Week One at Giants Stadium, the second-year receiver is expected to practice with the first-team offense as the starting flanker.

The coaches are ecstatic about his size and speed and Week Two should be a breakout game for him when the Redskins face the rebuilding St. Louis Rams at home. Last year, the Rams gave up 20 passing touchdowns. The running game should open up play action and Kelly should benefit with big plays.

 

David Clowney: Once again Clowney has had an impressive preseason. In 2008, he ended the preseason with eight catches for 222 yards. In 2009, he did even better with seven catches for 243 yards and three touchdowns. Entering his third year, Clowney is in competition for the No. 2 position, and with Rex Ryan saying the Jets will fill their No. 2 receiver spot "by committee," he should definitely get considerable playing time and worth a waiver flyer in Week One.

 

Tight Ends:

Visanthe Shiancoe: He ended last year with 42 receptions for 596 yards and seven touchdowns, which were all career-highs. Those numbers were achieved with Gus Frerotte and Tarvaris Jackson at QB. With Brett Favre at the helm now, Shiancoe numbers' should rise in 2009, as the future Hall of Famer relies often on his tight end.

The Vikings will play the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers in their first three games of the season. The Browns gave up 18 passing touchdowns last year, the Lions ranked tied for 30th and 49ers ranked 23rd in passing touchdowns allowed. Look for him to be a vital fantasy player.


Also check out our Week 1 Sleepers/Busts and IDPs Start/Sit


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