Fantasy Football 2013: Top 10 Waiver Wire pickups – 9/17/13

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Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs the ball New York Jets during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Week 2 in the NFL featured impressive showings by the Seahawks, Broncos, and Chargers while the Saints, Patriots, and Bears escaped upset scares. Whether your team has started off as hot as Peyton Manning and the Broncos or needs to upgrade like the Patriots, there’s always help available on your league’s waiver wire.

Getting your claims in and picking up valuable players is vital to your team’s long-term success and to help you with that each Tuesday on you can find our top 10 waiver wire pickups for the coming week.

Each week, I do my best to include at least one quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end as well as a team defense with a favorable matchup in case your streaming defenses or looking for a one-week fill in.

All players mentioned are available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues as of Monday and their ownership percentages are included in parentheses. Because of that players like Bernard Pierce and Julian Edelman aren’t on this list since they are owned in over half of ESPN leagues. If they or other stars are on your waiver wire and you want to know where they would rank let me know in the comments or send your specific question to me @ZT_Sports on twitter.

Last week’s post included Edelman as well as Carson Palmer, Terrelle Pryor, and Marlon Brown who all had solid weeks. The only one I really missed on was Daniel Thomas who continues to struggle for a spot in the Dolphins ineffective running game.

All scoring references are ESPN Standard scoring used to give a common baseline to work from. Adjust appropriately your team and league scoring system.

Here’s the hot pickups after two weeks that can offer you a boost headed into week 3:

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  • Colin Sick

    actually marlon brown is owned by over 30% of fantasy football leauges

    • Fantasy CPR

      on what site? ESPN still says 4.8% this morning (Tuesday). I agree that number seems very, very low though… do you have him?


      • Colin Sick

        i see now, i have yahoo. maybe its different. no i dont have him

        • Fantasy CPR

          it’s surprising how much availability differs from site-to-site. I use ESPN since lots of people have leagues there, but Yahoo! has great league setup too. My use of ESPN isn’t an endorsement just a common option and one that I use as a universal benchmark. Thanks for reading and GL this week!


  • Ashley Schilling

    2 questions:
    1. I have the Patriots as my defense. St. Louis as my back up. I have been sticking with the Pats. Good call?
    2. my WR option. I have two awesome WR’s I am not changing but then I have Boldin in..SF didn’t do too hot week 2. My back up is Amendola but he isn’t playing for 1-2 weeks. Do i waiver one or both of them? Or keep Boldin in and waiver Amendola or just keep both?

    • Fantasy CPR

      Hey Ashley,
      1. yes. Tampa’s offense has been pretty ugly. I like the Rams for later when New England’s schedule toughens up, but for now stick with the Pats.
      2. I suggest keeping both. They both will be solid options long term so unless there’s a pressing need stick with them. Boldin this week is in a nice matchup and I think week 2 was just a very ugly fluke for him. Hope that helps!


  • Joshua Shervinski

    Ok, I have a couple. Should I drop Ronnie Hillman for Jason Snelling? Also, should I drop Josh Freeman for Ryan Tannehill. Keep in mind, my starting QB is Cam who has his bye week 4.

    • Fantasy CPR

      Hey JJ,

      Neither Hillman or Snelling are worth that much. I’d prefer Andre Ellington of the Cardinals if available since I think he’s closer to a bigger role than the other two.

      As far as Freeman or Tannehill, it’s not close in my mind–you definitely make that move. Freeman has been a mess and could lose that job soon while Tannhill is on the upswing. week 4 the Dolphins play the Saints on MNF while the Bucs host the Cardinals. The Miami-New Orleans game could turn into a shootout, and I definitely would get Tannehill and jump ship on Freeman…

      Hope that helps! GL


      • JJ Sherv

        Thanks Zach! Unfortunately someone got their hands on Ellington early this AM, but I was able to make the switch to Tannehill. However, they did drop Michael Bush to get him, and I think hes worth a stash over Hillman.

        • Fantasy CPR

          agree that Bush is better than Hillman in case Forte goes down.