Fantasy Files: Waiver Wire Week One

There are times when the best move is not to move. And in other situations when your waiver wire is full of a plethora of players, the decision is which direction to take.

In my keeper league, I’m hamstrung by a few details. We have to hold onto four wideouts and running all year. It’s tough to have a speculative player at those positions. I drafted a speculative tight end and won the lottery with Julius Thomas. With Golden Graham as my every-week starter, the question now is whether to use JT Superstar to improve my team at another position or use his value by ensuring that nobody else can play him. I’ll pause on this one.

I hoped that a major player would be cut because Week 1 waivers is about panicking. The choices weren’t as great as I hoped.

WRs dropped: Kendall Wright (boy his value has tanked), James Jones (intriguing but not a step up from what I have), Ryan Broyles (can’t be rostered until he’s healthy)

RBs dropped: Bernard Pierce (hmm), Jacquizz Rodgers (blah)

Pick up Pierce and drop Moreno? That’s the only move I see at the moment.

The dynasty league, with the 53-man rosters and IDP, always leads to a deeper pool of waiver players. Because auctions end well before Week 1, this is our first shot at fresh players in a couple of weeks. The question is whether to go after that offensive guy at the bottom of the barrel or reinforce the defensive side.

Last year I added Stevie Brown and he became an every-week starter. It made sense to pick up his backup, Ryan Mundy, who scored 18 points last week. Even though my defensive backfield is deep, sometimes you take the best player.

I’ve heard Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom extol the virtues of one C.J. Anderson of the Broncos this summer. Despite Anderson’s recent sprained MCL, the Broncos kept the undrafted free agent out of Cal on the 53-man roster. He might be the guy to end the running back madness in the Mile High city. He was my first pickup even though I’m stacked at RB. Keep good players out of the hands of your opponents.

Week 1 results: Lost in AUFL 172-99. My opponent started the week with Peyton so I had little chance of a rally. Outside of the QB position, I still lost 112-70. The only skill position I played who was even decent was Eddie Lacy, and Jimmy Graham’s 14 points, half of Julius Thomas’s output, was a downer as well. It was a down week for RBs and my team was full of the worst. My QB drafting worked out, as Vick, Manuel, and Palmer all reached 20 points, although about 20 QBs reached that mark. I believe I’ll give Lamar Miller one more shot, although the WR2 spot will be hotly contested between Bowe, Shorts, and Mike Williams who scored a TD.

In my dynasty matchup, I won 204.60 to 165.66. My opponent was less than a point short of being the league’s #2 scorer. The score was more about consistency, with few “stinkers”, than a bunch of eye-popping totals. Victor Cruz’s 29.8 points was nice, naturally, and my Nicks/Cruz duo paid off, which didn’t happen very often last year. Greg the Leg was worth the investment. I was really unsure about my linebackers but all three scored in double digits with Zach Brown doing so on my bench as well. I heart Peanut Tillman. Two interceptions in the opener = hard to beat. Kenbrell Thompkins was going to the bench before the injuries gave him a reprieve. Having Joique Bell in reserve is nice.

In Week 2, it’s time for team Weasel-Faced Arses to step up.

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