Fantasy Sports Fix: Players worth a pick-up
We’re now in the prime season for hunting the waiver wires for players to carry us through a bye week or just to replace a struggling player in the lineup. Sometimes, you just want to scour the waiver wire to see what you can find even if you don’t need any help with your team.
This past week, I did just that. I looked for a couple players who could fill in for my bye week players and still put up serviceable point totals. I really lucked out in picking up Gary Barnidge from the Cleveland Browns as he lit up the Baltimore Ravens for 139 yards and a touchdown. I also lucked out in picking up Willie Snead from the New Orleans Saints as he exploded for 141 yards receiving on 6 catches.
So, this week, I want to identify several players who have had some good weeks and are probably worth picking up in most standard size 10-team leagues.
Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns, tight end
His Week 5 projection for points was four. Well, he kind of outdid that total as he scored 19 points in Week 5 with 139 receiving yards, and he found the end zone once against the Ravens. He started out a little slow in Weeks 1 and 2, but starting in Week 3, where he scored 16 fantasy points, he’s been on a tear. He looks like a solid add right now in all leagues.
Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints, wide receiver
This unproven rookie seems to have garnered the trust of quarterback Drew Brees, as he has seen at least six targets in each of his last four games. He really hit in Week 5 where he managed to catch six balls for 141 yards and scored 14 fantasy points in standard scoring. Look for him to try and keep up the pace as the Saints play the Falcons at home in Week 6.
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Duke Johnson, Jr., Cleveland Browns, running back
Although he was drafted for his talents running the ball, he has really made his mark in the receiving game for the Browns. Johnson leads the Browns with 21 receptions over the past three weeks. He ranks third on the team in receptions and fourth in targets, so he has some value out of the backfield for fantasy purposes. I’m saying pick him up now before he actually figures out the running game, and be ahead of the game when people come rushing to pick up the latest stud running back.
Josh McCown, Cleveland Browns, quarterback
Owned in only 4 percent of leagues, this guy has had three straight weeks of solid production for fantasy purposes. 341, 356, and 457 are McCown’s passing yards totals from the past three weeks where he also scored 19, 22 and 35 fantasy points. He’s an ideal fill in for your quarterback’s bye week and may even be a good pick-up to replace a struggling quarterback right now.
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