Wire Tap: Best pickups of 2009
The great fantasy owners know how to shop for bargains. They work the waiver wire, picking up prospective talent and dumping the dead weight. When a fantasy owner makes a wise pickup that player often provides his team with an instant boost. Make enough wise pickups and it's a recipe for fantasy success.
The best waiver wire pickups of 2009 offered consistency, a big week or two, and filled holes for fantasy owners in need. This season wasn't packed full of bargains, but there were a few that proved to be difference-makers.
Before selecting the year's best it's important first to separate a few of the year's
Here is the Best of Wire Tap for 2009 ...
Smith has now played eight games since regaining his spot in the starting lineup, and the results have been better than expected: 1,721 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Averaged over a full season that would give Smith almost 3,500 yards and 30 touchdowns, making him a solid starter in most leagues. Best yet, Smith has been consistent (two or more touchdown passes in six of eight contests). Smith is the comeback story of the season, and fantasy owners that picked him up after Week 7 got one heck of a bargain.
Forsett has out-performed
Manningham's Week 2 performance against the Cowboys was one of the season's most surprising (10 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown). After that fantasy owners rushed in a mad panic to pick up the Giants sudden superstar. Manningham has had a few low points this season (four games with fewer than three receptions) but for the most part he's been a steady fantasy performer. He's on target to catch nearly 60 balls for 850 yards and five touchdowns -- not bad for a player who caught just four balls a rookie.
Davis has built up steam over the course of the season, offering a little more value to his fantasy owners with each passing week. It all started in Week 7 when he stepped in for an injured