The final preseason games are over. Most drafts are over. Final roster cuts are being made. More injuries have occurred. This seems like a good time to get our first look at the best waiver wire pick-ups of the preseason.
Every position and every team has had some interesting twists and turns over the preseason’s four games. So let’s go around the league and take a look at each team’s standouts and potential waiver fodder, plus Watch-list candidates.
RB: With Knowshon Moreno being as fragile as he seems to be, and Lendale White out for the season, make sure you cuff Correll Buckhalter or stash him on your bench in case Knowshon goes down, if you have the room.
WR: Despite the knowledge that Jabar Gaffney is the team's number one wide receiver this season, league owners are passing him over, which is a huge mistake. He's going to have a solid fantasy impact in 2010 and he's less than 20% owned. He's an immediate waiver grab.
IDP: Interesting guys to keep an eye on or draft in deeper leagues-- DE Robert Ayers is going to be the team's outside linebacker this year, which means you get linebacker numbers with Defensive Lineman eligibility. If your league counts return yardage then you want to nab DB Perrish Cox who is now the team's primary return man.
Kansas City Chiefs:
There is one fantasy name that has been on everyone's lips this summer, but yet he's still owned in only about 15% of leagues, and that's rookie Dexter McCluster. Every word about him has been positive and glowing, and the team is using him as a living utility knife; rushing, receiving, returning, and even at QB in wildcat formations. If you have room for him on your bench, he is a recommended waiver grab, especially in PPR leagues. He should end up with WR and RB eligibility this year.
The Raiders are a team of under-the-radar waiver possibilities. Most notably WR Louis Murphy. Despite being the team's best receiver in the preseason and the team's #1 on the depth chart he's still less than 25% owned. On the IDP side of the ball, Trevor Scott is playing linebacker this season but qualifies at DL in Yahoo and ESPN leagues. He has looked good this summer and the team is high on him.
San Diego Chargers:
Don't waste your time jumping on Patrick Crayton now that he's been traded to the Chargers. His fantasy relevance is minimal. Beyond Malcolm Floyd, Legedu Naanee is the waiver pick up to have on your roster at WR. He will line-up alongside Floyd and should put up respectable WR3/4 numbers. He's only owned in about 12% of leagues so far.
Next up: NFC West