Pickings are getting slim on the waiver wire. Owners have scoured the available players in hopes of boosting their squads, and now only knowledge and years of experience will help you. Luckily, you have The Commish in your corner. Here are the Best Available Waiver Wire Players with the Biggest Upside:
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Based on Standard Scoring 12-Team League, players must be 30% or less Yahoo Owned
Jeremy Kerley, Jets (22% Owned)
Why Jeremy Kerley is not widely owned is beyond me; he is currently 10th among WR’s in scoring . In three games he has 3 TD’s, one of which came on a 68 yard punt return. Kerley is in only his 2nd year in the NFL so his potential is still untapped. He won’t catch 6 balls a game, but obviously has explosiveness and a nose for the endzone fantasy owners should embrace.
Andre Roberts, Cardinals (7% Owned)
There was a lot of hype around the Cards drafting Michael Floyd out of Notre Dame, but its 3rd year man Andre Roberts who has been most impressive thus far. Roberts has 2 TD’s in 3 games and the Cardinals look much better with Kevin Kolb at QB. Fitzgerald will draw constant double teams leaving the talents Roberts in single coverage on a regular.
Ramses Barden, Giants (18% Owned)
Barden had a breakout game similar to the kind of breakout Victor Cruz had for the Giants just a year ago. Barden had 9 catches and 138 yards in the drubbing of the Carolina Panthers. Barden will have to compete with Cruz and Nicks for catches, but they were both on the field when he did his work in week 3. Barden is a freakish 6’6” 224lbs and could easily turn into E. Manning’s favorite redzone target.
Golden Tate, Seahawks (8% Owned)
If you like acrobatic leaping catches…you will like watching Golden Tate. He has tremendous body control, leaping ability, and wonderful hands. He has polished his route running and caught a beautiful ball down the seam in the now infamous MNF game against the Packers. Tate’s success will rely heavily on the maturation of rookie QB Russell Wilson. Wilson is looking more and more like the real deal so it may be time to get Tate on your roster before he has another breakout performance.
#1 Scott Chandler (26% Owned)
Through the first 7 games of 2011 Scott Chandler had 6 TD’s. This year, through 3 games, the 2007 4th round pick out of Iowa has 2 TD’s. If you don’t have an elite TE the next best thing is one who consistently catches TD’s. Chandler is not a sexy pick but is currently 10th in scoring among TE’s ahead of players like O. Daniels, J. Gresham, and J. Finley. Chandler is Fitzpatrick’s favorite target in the redzone and the Bills look much improved.
#2 Brandon Myers, Raiders (6% Owned)
TE’s from Iowa come in #1 and #2 on our list as Brandon Myers has put up some very nice numbers with a high volume of target through 3 weeks. Myers is averaging 5 catches a game and nearly 70 yards for the Oakland Raiders. If he finds a way to score TD’s he could be a no-name player who ends up with significant fantasy value.
#3 Kellen Winslow, Patriots (14% Owned)
Winslow only caught one ball in his debut with the Patriots, however he may be worth taking a shot on. If there’s anything we know about the Patriots, it’s that Tom Brady can make any WR look good. When—and if— Winslow gets up to speed with the Pats offense, he could turn into the new Aaron Hernandez. That prospect alone makes him a very intriguing acquisition.
***Winslow was cut 9/27 as it looks like A. Hernandez is on the mend***