The Welp Report II: Looking for Help on ESPN, Yahoo, and NFL Waivers


Yesterday I took a look at some players available on the Fleaflicker waiver wire that might offer something to an injury depleted or under performing lineup. Many of those guys are also readily available at other fantasy sites so make sure to check out the first installment of the Welp Report.

I scanned the ownership percentages at ESPN, NFL, and Yahoo to find guys that are available in at least 25% of leagues, and that have a good chance of offering some meaningful short term production. Here we go:

Matt Schaub, QB

Off to a great statistical start, he’s still a sleeper. And he boasts a rock-solid 19.5 point projection for week three (6pt TD scoring). He’s also got an affordable salary at daily sites, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Alex Smith, QB

Also having a sneaky good season so far, A-Smith gets to face the porous Philly defense in week 3. He’s got 4 TDs already, and has shown some ability to get yards running as well as passing. He hasn’t been terribly efficient (5.7 YPA), but should have plenty of opportunity to make it up in volume against the Eagles.

Knowshon Moreno, RB

Surprisingly available at Yahoo and NFL. He’s the Bronco’s #1 RB for now, and boasts a solid projection for week three: 11 points standard scoring, 15 points in PPR.

Bernard Pierce, RB

Rice is considered day to day with his hip injury, so there’s a good chance Pierce will get significant opportunities in week three. Houston’s defense is a tough matchup, but Pierce is a capable runner if you need him, and would have great value going forward if Rice misses any games.

Julian Edelman, WR

Basically he is the NE passing game right now. Amendola is still on the shelf, and Thompkins and Dobson aren’t yet reliable. He leads the team with 27 targets and has posted a very Tom Brady Confidence Inspiring 74% catch rate.

Deandre Hopkins, WR

It’s hard to say yet whether Baltimore’s pass defense is good or bad. They looked awful against the brilliant Peyton Manning, and looked pretty good against the not so brilliant Brandon Weeden. One thing we do know is that Deandre Hopkins will be heavily involved in the Texans passing game, particularly if Andre Johnson misses the game. If he’s available he’s definitely worth adding. After Baltimore he faces two tough defenses in San Francisco and Seattle, but then gets St. Louis, Arizona, and Indianapolis in three of the next 4 games.

Charles Clay, TE

A Davis Mattek favorite, Clay has 13 targets through two games, and has shown very reliable hands. He gets the defensively challenged Falcons and the high scoring Saints in the next two weeks, so there’s a pretty good chance he continues to rack up significant targets.