Wire Tap: Maclin making moves
When he slipped to Philadelphia in the middle of round one, it was a surprise. But keen fantasy owners knew his day was going to arrive sooner rather than later, and in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay, Maclin didn't just arrive ... he launched.
Playing for an injured
As for the rest of the 2009 season, the Eagles have no choice now but to continue to give their top choice opportunities in the gameplan. Fantasy owners should expect Maclin to be up and down, offering value mostly as a fill-in option in traditional leagues.
Here are a few other waiver wire candidates to consider...
Before any fantasy owners fall hard for Henry, consider his rap sheet: He has a history of making poor off-the-field decisions, he is not a full-time starter (or contributor) and his yards come in bunches. On Sunday, most of his 92 yards came on one play: a 73-yard pass in the second quarter that helped to set up Cincinnati's first points of the day. Even so, the reason fantasy must consider Henry is because of his raw talent. Still just 26 years old, no one can say what the future holds for Henry. What we do know is that he is slowly working his way up the Bengals depth chart, and that
Wade has shown signs of encouragement the past three weeks. He scored touchdowns in Weeks 3 and 4, and against Dallas on Sunday he caught four passes for 42 yards. Even better news: only primary Chiefs receiver
This summer nobody wanted anything to do with Detroit's 39-year-old kicker. Now he's one of the hottest legs in football, much thanks to the Lions' many stalled drives in enemy territory. Hanson is presently tied for fifth among kickers in points (37) and has averaged a respectable 7.4 points per contest. Most important, he's been consistent (no games with fewer than six points). He has made nine of 10 attempts, four of those successful tries coming from beyond 40 yards.
Here is a look at this week's buy and sell candidates:
Last week wasn't pretty for the Panthers rushing attack (86 yards on 32 carries) but one thing that can be said is that Stewart out-performed
The Eagles are bringing Westbrook along slowly, evident by the six carries the team gave him in their win over Tampa Bay. Westbrook has said his ankle is fine, and with the games the Eagles have on tap, fantasy owners should hope they can believe him. This week Philadelphia will visit an Oakland run defense that just allowed
Too late to get in on Davis? Hardly. He is having a great season but his numbers have not put him into the elite tight end category -- yet. Since his Week 3 explosion (96 yards, two touchdowns) he has cooled some, but nonetheless has produced viable fantasy totals (five catches for 51 yards on Sunday). In two weeks he gets to face the league's worst pass defense (Tennessee) and no team in the next two months should be able to contain the 49ers top target. At his current pace Davis will reach 70 catches and 10 touchdowns. Sound appealing? Time to make a bid.
The old man's right shoulder has given the Cardinals coaching staff reason to admit they will try to run a more balanced offense to cut down on Warner's passing workload. On Sunday it didn't seem to matter (302 yards and two touchdowns), but looking ahead, Warner could be in for trouble, healthy shoulder or not. After this week the Cardinals will face three straight top 10-ranked pass defenses, including the top-ranked Giants in Week 7, and No. 2-ranked Carolina the following week. The Giants game should especially worry fantasy owners, as New York will bring pressure on the 38-year-old quarterback all evening. Start asking those owners in need at the quarterback position about what they'd be willing to give up for Warner.
Who cares what the road ahead looks like, or how well Lewis ran in Sunday's win over Buffalo (31 carries for 117 yards), this guy is trouble. Fantasy owners have never been able to get a feel for the bruising back -- not during his time in Baltimore or since he's been on board in Cleveland. He's a tough read. Coming off of his most recent performance, in which he put to rest concerns about his bum hamstring, Lewis now can be shopped on the market for something worthwhile. For those holding on to him, it's advisable to put out a sign seeking interest.
Austin could very well be the big-play guy Dallas' offense is lacking, but too much going on in Big D suggests Austin will not develop into someone fantasy owners can rely on this season.