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.
There's really no one waiver-worthy to start the season here. On the bubble is WR Roy Williams, but with Austin, Witten and Bryant in the mix, it's too early to tell if he'll have fantasy value. For IDP leagues where return yards are worth points, the guy to grab is Akwasi Owusu-Ansah. With Patrick Crayton and Brian McCann gone, he is the team's return man.
New York Giants:
The worthy waiver pick-ups for the G-men are all on the defensive side of the ball. With LB Keith Bulluck moving to strong side, Jonathan Goff moves into the middle, making him a late round flier for IDP teams. CB Terrell Thomas is not getting enough love for a top 10 performer last season. Safety Kenny Phillips is poised to pick up where he left off last season before getting injured. One offensive player worth adding to your watch-list is RB Danny Ware.
For the Eagles, RB Mike Bell is a certain handcuff to LeSean McCoy, and a definite bench grab for deeper leagues, especially TD heavy leagues. He is the team's goal line back, and if McCoy struggles it could be far more than that. For IDP players, veteran LB Ernie Sims is getting overlooked this draft season, and he should be a solid LB3 in fantasy leagues. A good name to watch-list or grab in deeper leagues is rookie Nate Allen who has won the team's free safety spot.
RB: The Redskins are a mess for fantasy owners, but we now know RB Clinton Portis is healthy and will start week one, and Larry Lohnson will back him up, but I would still watch-list Keiland Williams. The team did cut Willie Parker and Ryan Torain.
WR: While Santana Moss and Joey Galloway are locked in at WR 1 and 2, most thought Devin Tomas was WR3. Not so. Anthony Armstrong has locked that role up and will play in all 3 receiver sets. Unless your league is very deep he's still nothing more than watch-list material.
K: 23-year-old Graham Gano will be the team's kicker this season. Gano drilled 19-of-20 field goals Saturday, with the only miss the result of a bad snap. "I was impressed by Graham," coach Mike Shanahan said. "He's done a great job since I’ve been here." He should get plenty of opportunities in D.C. as the team struggles to put TDs in.
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