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Washington Redskins v New York Giants

The second week of the fantasy football season is now behind us. At this point in time, some of you may be panicking if you have started out slow. Remember, just about every fantasy team will go through slow points in the football season.

Packers vs. Bears

Just because players like Steve Slaton, Matt Forte and Roddy White haven’t produced much, it doesn’t mean they will be horrible this season.

Below we have the top players you might want to pay attention to, for waiver pickups. Even if you don’t select a waiver (or have already done so) it’s good to keep these names in mind for the future weeks.


Ravens- Joe Flacco- Bye Week 7

If no one has Joe Flacco in your fantasy league you might consider picking him up. The second year quarterback already has 5 touchdown passes and a 300 yard passing game. Todd Heap, Mark Clayton and Derrick Mason are not awesome targets, but they are good enough to make Flacco a good option.

Bills- Trent Edwards- Bye Week 9

Buffalo Bills v Pittsburgh Steelers

I brought up Trent Edwards last week, and I’m doing it again this week. Edwards has a talented bunch around him. My only question about his production was if his offensive line could hold up. So far, so good as Edwards has produced solid numbers to begin the season.

Unfortunately, the Bills lost their right tackle Brad Butler for the season, hopefully that won’t hurt them going forward. Running Backs: Ravens- Willis McGahee- Bye Week 7 This offseason I thought Willis McGahee’s fantasy value was washed up. McGahee had two more operations on his knee and Ray Rice was entrenched as the starting running back. So far, this season McGahee’s knee is holding up fine, and he has four touchdowns already. Look for McGahee as a nice flex play option and he should produce well. This week he plays the Browns and should have another strong day. Cardinals- Tim Hightower- Bye Week 4 This week Tim Hightower had another good showing as the Cardinals starting running back. His odds of remaining the starter got a boost as the rookie Chris “Beanie” Wells fumbled the ball twice.

San Francisco 49ers v Arizona Cardinals

Look for Hightower to continue his solid play and remain the starter for the first half of the season.

Wide Receivers:

Giants- Mario Manningham- Bye Week 10

Mario Manningham is the first of two Giant receivers to discuss in this week’s pickups. Manningham had 58 yards and a touchdown in week one. In week two he had ten receptions for 150 yards and a score.

Manningham has the type of explosion that the Giants sorely need down the field. If he can continue to play like this, he will be a great every week starter in fantasy football.

Giants- Steve Smith- Bye Week 10

New York Giants v Dallas Cowboys

It’s time for the other Steve Smith to start getting fantasy love as he had a great performance this week. So far, this season Smith has 16 receptions for 214 yards and a touchdown. Look for Smith to continue his good play.

If Domenik Hixon and Hakeem Nicks miss significant time with their injuries than Smith and Manningham will be fantasy studs. Colts- Pierre Garcon- Bye Week 6 Pierre Garcon didn’t have anything going until the Colts final offensive play. On that play, he had a very nice 48 yard catch and run touchdown. This was the kind of play that will make Peyton Manning throw his way more often this season. Garcon and the Colts’ offense were hardly on the field and this would explain the lack of production until the end. Look for Garcon as a decent fill in player as long as he is a starter. Tight Ends: Eagles- Brent Celek- Bye Week 4 I’ve been talking about Brent Celek as a fantasy sleeper since May and his producing right off the bat. In week one Celek had a touchdown catch and this past week he had eight receptions for 104 yards. Look for Celek to continue his solid play no matter who is at quarterback for the Eagles. Kickers: Giants- Lawrence Tynes- Bye Week 10 Lawrence Tynes is off to a hot start and the Giants’ offense is looking strong. The Giants will move the ball just about every week and Tynes should continue to receive opportunities. If you need a kicker going forward, you could do a lot worse than this guy. Defenses: Cardinals- Cardinals Defense- Bye Week 4

Arizona Cardinals v Jacksonville Jaguars

The Cardinals’ defense has had four sacks in each of their first two games. So far, this season they have done an excellent job against, he run as they are ranked 4th overall against. Look for Arizona to continue its solid play as they are a defense that just continues to play better.

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