Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: TE - Week 2

by Cory J. Bonini on September 14, 2011 @ 07:26:29 PDT

 


If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout the year.

Each week during the NFL fantasy football season, KFFL brings you its Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, which breaks down players to pick up. Be aggressive when picking up fantasy football free agents. Even if you do not need a player, you can tuck him away for depth or block others from adding him to their fantasy football team.

Note: Percentage of polled leagues in which player is available in parentheses

Fantasy football free agents: Priority additions

The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.

Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals (75 percent)

Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham
Gresham: a missed sleeper for most

All offseason long we told you to draft Gresham, but judging by his availability, not too many folks listened. He was targeted eight times in Week 1, hauling in six passes for 58 yards. He added a touchdown reception from two yards out. Both Andy Dalton (wrist) and Bruce Gradkowski looked to him. Cincy's receiving corps leaves a lot to be desired, and a tight end is a young passer's best friend. Get Gresham on your roster before a league mate does!

Fantasy football free agents: Look to acquire

The following players will have greater significance in deep fantasy football leagues. In shallow fantasy football leagues, they are not as high of a priority but should be considered based on your fantasy football team's needs.

Lance Kendricks, St. Louis Rams (63 percent)

He's already widely owned, but if you're slacking in the TE department, it doesn't hurt to remind you that Danny Amendola (elbow) will miss at least a few weeks. Kendricks could be another possible beneficiary - midrange targets usually reserved for the slot machine could go to Kendricks; he was sought out five times Sunday but only caught one against a tough Philadelphia Eagles D.

He isn't the typical TE that will be squandered in a Josh McDaniels system; he's being utilized as a move option. A dinged Sam Bradford could rely even more so on the short passing game, and, regardless of QB, the Rams have a favorable Week 2 dance with the defensively weakened New York Giants.

Fred Davis, Washington Redskins (97 percent)

It sure looked like Chris Cooley (knee) wasn't healthy enough to be Washington's No. 1 tight end option Sunday. In Week 1, the 'Skins used a ton of two-TE sets, with Davis snaring five of his six targets for 105 yards. Cooley mustered a 2-21-0 day on three looks.

Cooley is probably the better all-around football player (read: blocking), but that means he might have to help the O-line more. At this stage Davis presents more offensive upside, especially if this chemistry he has with Rex Grossman is for reals. There's no set plan for his role, but expect Davis to be on the field with Cooley often. In leagues where carrying two TEs is ideal, Davis is at minimum a high-upside backup. His talent could easily thrust him into fantasy lineups on a near-permanent basis as the season wears on.

Fantasy football free agents: Watch list

These fantasy football free agents shouldn't be on your immediate list. They may have had a big week. They may have talent but are buried on the depth chart and merely awaiting an opportunity. Still, fantasy football players must know who they are for their potential contribution in the future.

Evan Moore, Cleveland Browns (93 percent)

Benjamin Watson (seven targets Sunday) is the top option at the position, but by how much and for how long? The Pound has raved about Moore (six), whose embracing of Pat Shurmur's West Coast-type offense and chemistry with Colt McCoy can't be written off, especially with McCoy being a prime candidate to take a step forward offensively in 2011. Also, the Browns' wideouts are hardly etched in the passing hierarchy.

Moore will hardly be someone to count on every week, but his athleticism makes him an intriguing stash for those in need at the position. He'll often boast flex potential.

Fantasy football free agents: Watch list

These fantasy football free agents shouldn't be on your immediate list. They may have had a big week. They may have talent but are buried on the depth chart and merely awaiting an opportunity. Still, fantasy football players must know who they are for their potential contribution in the future.

NEW - Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills (79 percent)

One-week wonder? Maybe, but the Bills could use another jolt in their offense given the unknowns at wideout. Chandler's big Week 1 (5-63-2 on five targets) spells fluke, given his position and offensive history. However, on both of his scores, Buffalo lined him up in the slot.

This could've merely been an opportunity to take advantage of shaky defensive backfield components, but Chandler has notable athleticism for a 6-foot-7, 263-pounder and could be an off-beat offensive weapon for a team looking for more options in the passing game. If this turns out to be a trend, give him a go as a backup with flex potential. If you believe he is legit, snatch him now before another owner does

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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