Green Light, Yellow Light, Red Light – STOP!!! There are some
appealing names each week on the waiver wire, I supply my weekly take
on whether these players should be considered or not.
J.T. O'Sullivan (SF) - OK, somehow the Niners' quarterback is still available in nearly 25% of the leagues out there. He's benefiting greatly from playing in Mike Martz's offense and is a must have if he's still lingering on your league's waiver wire. He's averaging 235 yards and a TD per contest early on this year. I like his upside. Don't confuse him with a weekly line-up lock, but a backup worth playing in the right match-up.
Brian Griese (TB) - I had the yellow light next to his name last week, but after tossing up 67 passes against the Bears and having a fantasy gem. I am ready to give you the green light on this guy. He will turn the ball over, but as I stated all along he's the better fit in the Bucs' system and should keep the starting job over veteran Jeff Garcia. Officially worth a look in larger leagues as a backup option.
Rudi Johnson (DET) - After taking a couple of weeks to settle into the offense, Lions' running back Rudi Johnson started to emerge in Week 3's loss to the Lions. He ran the ball 14 times for 83 yards and caught 3 passes for 48 yards and a TD. Kevin Smith has not gotten off to the start the team was hoping for and with a bye week ahead Johnson should have even more time to adapt to his new team. He's off this week, but still worth a grab to add RB-depth to your team.
Steve Slaton (HOU) - He got his first start on Sunday and the Texans' running back made the most of it, breaking out for a 100-yard day. Slaton should hold a firm grip on the Texans' starting job as Ahman Green is always hurt and shouldn't be much of a factor. His value goes up in points-per-reception leagues as he is a more-than-capable receiving back. He's available in 29% of the leagues played on CBSSports.com, but won't be after this week.
Le'Ron McClain (BAL) - The Ravens' bruising back is showing up the fantasy radar as he continues to be a weekly part of the Ravens' attack. He's 18 rushing attempts per game so far this year. He is averaging 76 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, 1.5 receptions and 14 receiving yards per game through two weeks. Still, its only two weeks and those games were against the Bengals and Browns. Keep your eyes on him, but I wouldn't rush out to get him just yet.
Robert Meachem (NO) - Drew Brees is seemingly losing targets by the minute in New Orleans with Marques Colston and now Jeremy Shockey sidelined with injuries. Meachem followed up his Week 2 touchdown with 86 yards receiving on Sunday. He's a homerun hitter that has big time fantasy upside. Don't expect a ton of receptions, but the targets will only increase. Meachem is my favorite receiver option currently healthy for the Saints from a fantasy prospective.
Brandon Lloyd (CHI) - I am not getting sucked into the hype that starting surrounding the Bears' wideout. OK, he may his team's No. 1 receiving option (at least for now), but that says more about the state of the Bears' offense than it does about Lloyd's fantasy value. You can't ignore the fact that he's averaging 4.3 catches for 73 yards per game, but I can't get exctied about a wideout on the receiving end of Kyle Orton passes. Let someone else waste a waiver claim on him.
Antonio Chatman (CIN) - One of the few bright spots from the Bengals' loss to the Giants on Sunday was the emergence of No. 3 wideout Antonio Chatman. He grabbed six balls for 70 yards and looked to be in sync with Carson Palmer. With Chad Johnson struggling and Ben Uetecht out of the lineup Chatman should keep getting chances to produce. However, with Chris Henry still in the mix following a suspension and two rookies in the wings in Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell, the odds are stacked against Chatman becoming relevant for owners.
Billy Miller (NO) - With Jeremy Shockey now out 3-6 weeks following a sports hernia, the natural inclination is going to be to jump on his backup, but hold your horses. He could have limited short-term success, but it will be short lived and is far from being a guarantee. You should be able to find a more reliable option.
Matt Prater (DEN) - The Broncos' offense is putting points on the board faster than any other team and their young kicker is benefting greatly from it. Somehow though many leagues still have him out there on the waiver wire. Kickers seldom make a difference but if he keeps scoring at this pace there's no doubt that Prather can become a force.
Falcons (ATL) - Don't get too carried away with the three turnovers and two sacks they had last week or the team's fast start. Remember, they've played the Lions and Chiefs to get those wins and most of those stats. This team is much-improved, but far from being playoff caliber. Stay away from their defense unless you have few choices.