Wire Tap: Coffee is warming up
Moving forward, San Francisco's schedule gets easier on the ground: St. Louis, Atlanta and Houston in the next three weeks (all three rank 24th or lower against the run).
With Gore out a minimum of three weeks, Coffee will get the nod in the next two games and possibly Week 7 after San Francisco's bye week. That fact alone makes him an appealing pickup for fantasy owners. Also to be considered: Coffee's encouraging play this preseason (42 carries for 249 yards).
Here are a few other waiver wire candidates to consider ...
Last season Harrison averaged 7.2 yards per carry but saw very little work. On Sunday, the fourth-year back led the team with a career-high 16 carries, albeit for minimal yardage. Cleveland's offense is a mess right now (the quarterback job is again up for grabs) so who can say whether Harrison will remain in the rotation once
The second-year wideout caught three balls in Sunday evening's win over Arizona, including a 53-yard scoring strike near the end of the first half. It was his second straight week with a touchdown, and with a reception of 45 or more yards. The Colts seem interested in finding ways to get their newly-found playmaker the football (17-yard carry against Arizona) and that could continue with
Rosario has registered three catches and one touchdown in each of the past two weeks. On Monday, his late first half 25-yard score gave Carolina a boost; by game's end, the tight end had the team's most receiving yards against Dallas (58). The Panthers offense is in a funk, but Rosario may be the only consistent performer it's had these last two games. Fantasy owners may want to consider picking him up now as a backup to see if
Here is a look at this week's buy and sell candidates:
For the first time this season, Brown was given more carries than backfield mate
It's always good practice to chase star players after cold starts. This is especially true in the case of Owens, who has just five catches through three games, and who didn't register a single grab Sunday despite being targeted five times. Coach
Look, just because Detroit won a game doesn't mean fantasy owners should pounce on Lions players all of a sudden. But Johnson can be had for cheap, and Sunday's numbers show his game may be on the rise. He caught four balls for a team high 73 yards (including a 21-yard score in the first quarter). The most telling stat:
By scoring six touchdowns in three weeks McGahee has hopped back into the fantasy limelight. On just seven carries against Cleveland on Sunday the soon-to-be 28-year-old back gained 67 yards (9.6 yards per carry). Everything is beautiful in Baltimore, right? Well, no. McGahee owners can trust these words: It won't last. McGahee has had spurts of greatness surrounded by mediocrity in each of the past three seasons, and he has missed time in each of the past two years. He's a ticking time bomb. If an acceptable offer is on the table, take it and run.
Great player, bad environment. Bryant was thrown to four times on Sunday, but caught just one pass for six yards. That trend could continue now that the team has opted to play musical quarterbacks (Josh Johnson in, Byron Leftwich out). Johnson's inexperience will hurt the wide receivers, as fresh quarterbacks tend to go through growing pains and rely heavily on their safety nets (backs and tight ends) early on. Bryant was made a No. 2 fantasy wide receiver pick in most leagues -- a label he'll have a difficult time living up to the rest of this year, at no fault of his own.
The road ahead is a bit disturbing for Oakland's passing offense. In the next five weeks, the Raiders will face four of the league's top six rated pass defenses: the Giants, Jets, Chargers and Eagles. Miller has been a bright spot for a struggling Oakland offense, but even he won't be able to weather the upcoming storm.