Fantasy owners with high waiver wire priorities will be looking to get their hands on this weekend’s hottest prospects, hoping to strike gold once again.
Mario Manningham was the hottest addition after week two of the fantasy football season. He only delivered a 55-yard performance against the Buccaneers in week three, but a semi-dud like that was kind of expected after two solid weeks. Stick with him.
Who will be this week’s waiver wire darling?
A few of the names below were mentioned in yesterday’s Daily Haze, now with more explanation of their inclusion. Good luck grabbing your targets off the wire.
Pierre Garcon [WR, Colts]
Week 3: Three receptions, 64 yards, one touchdown; 17 rushing yards
In his second week starting opposite Reggie Wayne for the injured Anthony Gonzalez, it became more apparent that the Colts are beging to develop plays for Garcon.
That is a really good sign going forward. They ran him on a reverse, in which he completely leveled a defensive back to pick up extra yards. And then Peyton Manning sent him on a fly pattern down the sideline where Garcon outraced Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for the ball and a score.
Two touchdowns in two weeks ain’t bad for the previously relatively-unknown Garcon.
Glen Coffee [RB, 49ers]
Week 3: 54 rushing yards
With Frank Gore likely to miss the 49ers next two games, Coffee steps into the starting running back role on a run-first offense.
He had an impressive preseason but an inauspicious debut as the No. 1 runner against the Vikings while filling in for Gore. However, Minnesota’s run defense is heralded as one of the best in the league.
As for the 49ers’ next opponent? The Rams. Definitely not as intimidating as the Vikings. Coffee could be a great flex play.
Mike Sims-Walker [WR, Jaguars]
Week 3: Six receptions, 81 yards
That makes two weeks in a row Sims-Walker shows up on waiver wire lists. This could be fantasy owners last chance to get their hands on the emerging favorite in the Jacksonville passing game.
David Garrard has been fairly inconsistent lately but the Jags figure to pass the ball often this year. Sims-Walker looks like the No. 1 option in the passing game right now, so the numbers should continue to exist.
Vernon Davis [TE, 49ers]
Week 3: Seven receptions, 96 yards, two touchdowns
Is this finally the coming out party for Davis?
He made the sleeper watch list before the weekend and delivered with a stellar day for fantasy owners who took a chance on him. Now he needs to show some week-to-week consistency. He certainly will be one of the hottest grabs this week, get your hands on him now before it is too late.
Nate Burleson [WR, Seahawks]
Week 3: Nine receptions, 109 yards
I have heard more than analyst say that Burleson is the best wide receiver on the Seattle offense right now. And that includes T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
Whether or not those analysts are correct remains to be seen. But what has been seen so far this season is Burleson outplaying the highly-coveted free agent acquisition. What makes this week’s performance even better is that Burleson did it with Seneca Wallace filling in for the injured Matt Hasselbeck.
Andre Caldwell [WR, Bengals]
Week 3: Six receptions, 52 yards, one touchdown
Caldwell, not preseason hero Chris Henry, has been the most impressive No. 3 receiver on the Bengals so far.
Carson Palmer’s passing yardage numbers have not been that great, but as the season progresses he should put up more in that category. Caldwell will continue to see plenty of action as it appears he has earned the trust of Palmer. Worth an add in deeper leagues.