Wire Tap: Massaquoi's stock rises
This year ushered in a host of big-name wide receiver prospects, and yet the biggest splash so far was made by a second-round pick that fantasy owners ignored all summer.
Massaquoi could benefit from the fuss being made over
Playing for a team that will need to air it out each week moving forward, Massaquoi has plenty of upside as a No. 4 receiver for fantasy owners.
Here are a few other waiver wire candidates to consider...
Hard to believe, but Flacco has remained on the waiver wire in most leagues, even after notching two 300-yard efforts in the first three weeks. No one wanted to believe that a Baltimore quarterback could be viable in fantasy; the Ravens have long been a run-first team built on defense and ball control, and one that gets little excitement out of the quarterback position. On Sunday, Flacco passed for a respectable 264 yards against New England, and threw his seventh and eighth passing scores of the season. Flacco can now be believed, and fantasy owners will need to pounce this week or risk losing out.
Another week, another Colts receiver to love. Collie made a great touchdown catch on Sunday, and finished with six receptions for 65 yards -- one week after a three-catch, 47-yard effort. He got more looks than
Here is a look at this week's buy and sell candidates:
Driver has produced solid numbers in the first month of the season, but his value to fantasy owners is still very low. That said, opposing defenses have left him alone, instead opting to focus on shutting down
The Vikings' young receiver has gotten better with each passing week of the season -- two catches in Week 1, three in Week 2, and four catches and a score last week. Against Green Bay on Monday night, Rice had season highs for catches (five) and yards (70) and added a second quarter score. He is gaining the favor of
The Raiders' colorful kicker happens to be the team's lone reliable fantasy weapon so far this season. Janikowski is seven for seven on his field goals, having made one kick from 54 yards. It's the best Janikowski has performed in years, giving him fantasy relevance again. The knock, of course, is that Oakland scores few touchdowns, and thus offers Janikowski few 'gimme' points.
Time to cut and run. Slaton has put up good (not great) numbers these past two weeks, suggesting it would be a good time to test him on the market. In the next six games, Houston faces three of the top eight run defenses in football (Arizona, San Francisco and Tennessee). The Texans will rely heavily on the passing game, and Slaton's best totals will come via the pass. He'll struggle to run, and fantasy owners will struggle with him in their lineup.
Fantasy owners with Jackson needed to see what Buffalo would do once
Not trying to hate on Smith here, but the NFL's top receiver will no longer be able to fly under the radar screen. He leads the NFL in catches, yards and receiving scores, meaning opposing defenses will make him a priority to stop. That and