We’ll be covering some of the hot names on the majority of dynasty league waiver wires each week for our premium content members. These players will likely be owned in a great minority of dynasty leagues. We won’t waste your time with bigger names who are likely owned in your league like Alfred Morris, or the likely one week wonders like Dante Rosario because you guys are just too good for that. We’re simply going to cover some players who could be targets this week if you have an open roster spot and are willing to throw a dart and hope to get lucky.
Just remember one very important thing – you’re in a dynasty league, not a re-draft league. Don’t get too enamored by the one hit wonders and drop your young projects in a quest to find lightning in a bottle. Savvy dynasty league owners will tell you the best players on the wire each and every year end up being the ones dropped by impatient owners, not the ones who suddenly break out. We won’t repeat any names here, so check out the names we’ve already mentioned at the bottom of this list.
Some interesting injuries occurred this week, perhaps opening the door for some key younger players.
With that being said, here are this week’s picks in order of priority:
Montario Hardesty, RB CLE
It doesn’t appear that Richardson’s injury (rib) is serious but Hardesty did show some ability as an inside runner when called upon. Should Richardson miss any time, he makes for a possible RB3 against Indi in week seven.
Cedric Peerman, RB CIN
Peerman only got a single carry against Cleveland, but he chipped in with eight receptions for 76 yards. BenJarvus Green-Ellis isn’t exactly Arian Foster and Bernard Scott is done for the year. Maybe, just maybe, Peerman can establish a role this time?
Felix Jones, RB DAL
While we await the MRI to come back on DeMarco Murray, Jones turned in a nice performance as Murray’s back-up, notching 14 rushes for 93 yards. Don’t expect him to be anything other than he has been since coming into the league, but he could be a starter if Murray’s sprain is of the high ankle variety.
Phillip Tanner, RB DAL
Tanner received 9 carries (31 yards) as Felix Jones’ backup. If Jones were to miss any time, Tanner would get the bulk of the work. With the trade deadline approaching and Tanner possessing both youth and good size, anything is possible.
Derek Hagan, WR OAK
Nothing to get overly excited about but the 28 year old receiver did have four receptions for 85 yards on Sunday and gave the Raiders a spark. He seems to have the ability to come up big when needed. Oakland receivers leave a lot to be desired but Hagan is making a case for more time.
Marlon Moore, WR MIA
Looking for a virtual unknown with a little upside. On a team looking for receivers, enter Marlon Moore. At 6’0″ and 190 pounds, Moore isn’t a physical specimen but he made a little noise in the pre-season and caught his first three balls of 2012 for 46 yards and a touchdown. He’s worth a shot in deeper leagues.
Josh Cooper, WR CLE
Cooper made his seasonal debut on Sunday and caught two of his three targets for a total of 39 yards. Weeden’s OSU teammate has prototypical slot receiver size and potential and the chemistry between the two is obvious. He’s a long-shot for sure, but the Browns need a quality underneath target.
Ricky Stanzi, QB KC
Someone has to start in Kansas City … I think.
Ray Lewis’ Backup, LB BAL
Ray Lewis will end the season on IR and likely so, too, ends his fantasy career. As someone that has ownedLewis from the first year in my longest running dynasty league, I’ll likely be dropping him with a heavy heart. In his place, look for either Jameel McClain and Dannell Ellerbe to fill in. Odds on favorite for the most snaps will be McClain but neither likely warrants immediate addition. If you’ve got the space, take a chance on McClain but don’t break a finger doing it, it’s just not that important.