Fantasy owners love to shop for bargains. Reeling in a cheap prospect on the waiver wire is one way a fantasy owner can demonstrate his superior knowledge to that of his peers. Anyone can draft a proven superstar, but only the very best fantasy eye can spot a spec of gold in a pile of rubbish.
But waiver wire pickups are not designed to be fantasy saviors, and treating them as such can have damaging results.
Here are the worst Wire Tap finds of 2008:
Following Green-Ellis' Week 7 performance (65 yards and a touchdown), a number of fantasy owners pounced on him, only to be disappointed the following week (nine carries for 16 yards and a score). Green-Ellis had one last hurrah against Buffalo in Week 10 (105 yards) but faded into oblivion after that. Those fantasy owners hoping the former SEC stud back would bring stability to the Patriots running game were left disappointed, if not bitter.
It's official -- Johnson's career is toast. But following a Week 3 performance against San Francisco (83 yards rushing, 48 yards receiving) fantasy owners weren't so sure. In fact, many thought Johnson would force rookie
His 102-catch Week 1 performance got everyone to jump on his bandwagon, but other than a respectable Week 3 effort (eight catches for 85 yards) Baskett's year was an absolute dud (well, excluding his engagement to a Playboy playmate, that is).
This is the reason fantasy owners get sour about sifting through the waiver wire. Each week it seemed someone new in Chicago was showing promise. First
Considering how much the Cardinals like to pass the ball it seemed only natural that the team's tight end would have a big year. Fantasy owners showed favor for Patrick over
Undrafted in most leagues, Nedney was snapped up as a free agent after his 15-point effort in Week 2. A few weeks later he posted 14 points against Philadelphia. But for the most part Nedney has been a bust; he's scored six or fewer points in seven games this year, and he ranks 16th among kickers in scoring.