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Week 3 Waiver Wire Report


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QB Daunte Culpepper - MIN

Oh boy, where do we start? Anyone who isnít concerned about the poor start to C-Pep and the Vikingsí season is in denial, or they are still shell shocked by the ridiculous number of turnovers. At this point, we would love to be talking about the Randy Ratio instead of the TD-to-turnover ratio. In many leagues, Culpepper owners are ready to bail on Culpepper. Whether they cut or shop him via trade, his value will never be lower than right now (we hope). There is certainly risk involved in acquiring Culpepper, but look for a rebound next week at home vs. the Saints. Now is the time to pounce on him if the price is right.

QB Trent Dilfer - CLE

After two weeks, Dilfer is hanging around the waiver wire in many leagues. Granted, the Packers defense may not be the greatest measuring stick, but Dilfer performed well on the road and for the second consecutive week. He completed 21-of-32 for 336 yards and three TDs Ė including a quick slant to Braylon Edwards that went for 80 yards. Dilfer put the ball right on the money hitting Edwards in stride as he outran the Packers coverage to the end zone. His two game totals look like this: 47-for 75 (62.7%) for 614 yards with 4 TDs, 2 interceptions and a lost fumble. Three of his next four matchups appear to be tough (at Indy, bye, vs Chicago, at Baltimore). If he continues to produce at this clip through these games then he could end up being a solid contributor this year. Otherwise, it looks like there is a reasonable chance he will fall back to the pack during the next month.

QB Ben Roethlisberger - PIT

If fantasy rankings were modeled after the NFLís pass rating then Big Ben would be right at the top of the list. It is doubtful he is a free agent in standard 12 team leagues, but in smaller leagues, he may be hanging around the waiver wire. Roethlisberger has thrown only 32 passes through two games, but he is making the most of his opportunities. He has completed 23 passes for 472 yards with 4 TDs and no turnovers. This week, he paced the Steelers with 254 yards on 14-of-21 passing with a pair of touchdowns to Hines Ward. The main drawback with Roethlisberger is trying to get a full gameís worth of stats in two of three quarters. Armed with an excellent defense and running game, Big Ben does not need to throw much (if at all) in the second half if the Steelers have a lead (like their first two games).

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QB Drew Bledsoe - DAL

Tonightís game against the Redskins will be a barometer for Bledsoeís fantasy value. Bledsoe was sharp in the season opener going 18-of-24 for 226 yards with 3 TDs. If he performs well against the Redskins defense, then Bledsoe should be right near the top of free agent QBs worthy of adding to your roster (assuming he is available). The primary concern with Bledsoe is his protection. If the Cowboys running game is productive and the offensive line protects Bledsoe adequately, he has the weapons in Jason Witten, Keyshawn Johnson and Terry Glenn (not to mention Patrick Crayton and newly signed Peerless Price) to be a solid middle-of-the-road fantasy QB.

QB Mark Brunell - WAS

Brunell is almost certainly on the waiver wire in most leagues. Weíll see how the Redskins perform tonight against a seemingly improved Cowboys defense. Brunell does not have much (if anything) left in the tank, so it would be a mild surprise if he hangs some solid numbers on the board tonight. Use his performance tonight as a barometer for whether he is worthy of a roster spot. He is not a great bet to remain the Redskins starter for the rest of the season, so if youíre possibly eyeing him for a bye week later in the year, then you may just want to see what else is available in the coming weeks.

QB Gus Frerotte - MIA

After a big week one, Frerotte and the Dolphins made like water and found their true level. Frerotte completed 20-of-43 for 177 yards with a TD and an interception on the road against the Jets. Frerotte faces the Carolina Panthers in Miami next week and then the Dolphins are off during week four before returning to a pair of tough matchups against Buffalo and Tampa Bay. Frerotte is 44-for-79 (55.7%) for 452 yards with three TDs and two interceptions after two games. Frerotte is not going to lead your team to any fantasy titles, but he could be useful as a bye week replacement if the matchup makes sense.

QB Chad Pennington - NYJ

There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical of Pennington. His shoulder is obviously the primary concern. After two games against the Chiefs and Dolphins, Pennington has been reasonably productive. He has played against two tough defenses (Chiefs played rather well at home) and he is still learning the nuances of Mike Heimerdingerís offense. Pennington is 40-of-64 for 454 yards with two TDs and two turnovers (one INT). His passer rating is a respectable 87.6. The Jets rebounded nicely at home after a shaky start in KC. This week, Pennington was 19-of-30 for 190 yards with two TDs. Donít expect Pennington to become a guy you can count on week in and week out, but he has the makeup to be a solid fantasy backup in most leagues and a strong bye week fill-in if the matchup is worthwhile.

QB Kurt Warner - ARI

Warner is producing solid yardage but heís not getting the Cardinals offense into the red zone. Through the first two games, Warner is 56-of-88 for 591 yards. Heís still throwing a high completion rate (63.6% with a 65.8% career mark) but in his last 18 starts dating back to 2002, Warner has just 11 passing TDs compared to 18 interceptions. This year, heís thrown one TD and two interceptions. On a positive note, Warnerís less likely to lose the starting job this year. Heís strictly a fantasy backup until he regains some of his lost touch for throwing TDs.

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QB Dan Orlovsky - DET

It canít get much worse for the Detroit Lions than this week after losing in embarrassing fashion to the divisional rival Bears 38-6. Joey Harrington threw *5* interceptions and has a passer rating of just 52.3 after two games. The Lions inserted their rookie backup Dan Orlovsky late in the game after the outcome was clear. The next two weeks donít look much better for Harrington either. They travel to Tampa Bay and then welcome the Baltimore Ravens to Ford Field in weeks 4 and 5 following their week 3 bye. Jeff Garcia is about two months away from returning to the field, so if Harrington doesnít rebound then Mooch may be forced to look at Orlovsky and hope he can give the team a spark.

QB Philip Rivers - SD

If the Chargers continue to lose football games, then we could be closer to seeing Philip Rivers on the field than we expected heading into the season. Brees is 33-for-58 in the first two games for 384 yards with two TDs and three interceptions. Against the Broncos, he was 15-of-23 for 175 yards and an interception. Itís too early to make a move for Rivers right now, but monitor this situation and bear in mind that if the Chargers regress this year and donít get back on track, then Rivers will almost certainly play at some point. Right now, letís assume the Chargers right the ship next week at home vs. the NY Giants.

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QB Matt Schaub - ATL

Itís too early to tell whether Schaub will replace the injured Michael Vick or not in week 3. Vick left Sundayís game with what appeared to be a hamstring injury as Schaub replaced him on the field. If Vickís injury is enough to sideline him next week, then perhaps Schaub is worth adding for the short term either as Vickís injury replacement on your roster, or if you simply need a bye week QB yourself. Next week, the Falcons have a tough game in Buffalo. Thatís a tough road game to count on anything from a young, untested QB like Schaub, but in deeper leagues, there may be few options otherwise. If Vick misses a few games (not likely), the matchups look better as they face Minnesota, New England and then New Orleans in weeks four through six.

Running Back

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RB Ron Dayne - DEN

Dayneís opportunity came this week when Tatum Bell pulled up lame on special teams with what appeared to be a hamstring or leg injury. The details of his injury and the extent of it are not clear yet. The important thing to note is that his injury opened the door for Dayne to contribute on Sunday. Dayne took advantage and gained 44 yards on 8 carries (compared to 49 yards on 15 carries for Mike Anderson). Dayne wonít be starting anytime soon for the Broncos, but at this point heís emerging as the better backup option behind Anderson due to Bellís injury. If Dayne is lingering on the waiver wire, you will likely need to move on him, as he wonít last long knowing the Broncos running game garners so much attention. Heís strictly a growth stock at this point, but if the opportunity comes, then Dayne could cash in.

RB Brandon Jacobs - NYG

Jacobs had a strong debut for the Giants and tonight against the Saints, he could catapult himself to the top of the backs that might be available in some leagues. Jacobs is fast for a big back, but his bread and butter for now is limited to short yardage and goal line opportunities and the occasional change of pace duty behind Tiki Barber. If Barber gets hurt, Jacobs would likely become the Giants featured back and hold considerable value.

RB Mewelde Moore - MIN

The Vikings backfield is one of the most talked about subjects in football, not just fantasy football. Unfortunately, even if Mewelde Moore FINALLY gets an opportunity to produce as the Vikings lead back, itís hard to predict what to expect. The Vikings offensive line is horrendous right now. Losing left tackle Bryant McKinnie hurt the team badly. Losing Randy Moss hurt them equally as bad. Michael Bennett was benched this week after losing two fumbles. Still, with Mike Tice we have no clue what might go down in week three. Tice has proven to be thorn in the side of fantasy owners since he became the Vikings head coach. Expecting that to change might be a foolish proposition. Moore has the ability to be the Vikings best dual purpose RB and most productive back from a fantasy perspective. Itís just about getting an opportunity. If he or any Vikings back is to have any considerable value, then the Vikings offensive line must improve first.

RB Chris Perry - CIN

No matter what kind of league you are in, if Perry is on the waiver wire, then grab him. Rudi Johnson is healthy and performing very well, but if anything happens to the Bengals bell cow, then Perry immediately become a potentially elite fantasy RB. Perry is a versatile two-way threat who can run equally effective inside or outside. Heís also a dangerous receiver who can break tackles and make people miss in the open field. Heís the back of the future in Cincinnati, even though we know the Queen City has a love affair for Rudi (and for a good reason). The truth of the matter is that Perry is probably more talented than Johnson is. If he gets an opportunity to be the featured back due to injury, then heíll have a significant impact in fantasy leagues regardless of the scoring system or format.

RB Marcel Shipp - ARI

J.J. Arrington was inactive this week allowing Marcel Shipp to get the starting nod against the Rams. Shipp didnít kick any doors in nor take any names, but he did manage to produce some solid numbers. Shipp ran 12 times for 54 yards and caught 5 passes for 39 yards. Arrington will return next week. That means he and Shipp will likely split carries in a RB-by-committee arrangement. Arrington looked overwhelmed in week one, and while Shipp performed better this week, the Cardinals running game is a long way from being productive. Even so, heís likely the top back on the waiver wire; however, in most leagues heís probably not available.

RB Lee Suggs - CLE

If an owner in your league bailed on Suggs irresponsibly, or youíre in much smaller leagues (like 8 teams), then grab him if you can. The truth is that Suggs shouldnít be on the waiver wire in any league, but he very well could be due to many owners having a short memory. Suggs was close to being active in week two and could be back in the lineup in some role within the next week or two. Droughns has earned significant time in his stead, but thereís nothing written in stone that says Droughns will continue in a featured role. For Suggs, it has always been just a matter of staying healthy. If anything, the Browns will have a solid 1-2 punch with Suggs being a quicker change-of-pace back thatís also a reliable receiver out of the backfield for third down duties.

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RB Ladell Betts - WAS

Betts carried the ball 12 times for 41 yards in the opener against Chicago. He was expected to play a larger role in 2005 because the Redskins want to keep Clinton Portis fresh and healthy for the long haul. Betts is a bigger back that can make linebackers miss with his shifty feet. He catches the ball reasonably well and offers the Skins a nice change-of-pace option to the smaller, faster Portis. Letís see how he is used tonight before we raise or lower his expectations moving forward. However, if you own Portis, then you should carefully consider adding Betts as an insurance policy.

RB Lamar Gordon - PHI

Gordon didnít take long to carve himself a niche in the Eagles offense. Heís effectively playing the Correll Buckhalter role along side Brian Westbrook. Gordon carried 12 times for 40 yards and scored his first touchdown as an Eagle on a 6-yard run in the 4th quarter. In TD-heavy leagues or deeper leagues, Gordon is a nice pickup. It looks like he will get more opportunities near the goal line moving forward while also getting 5 to 10 carries a game.

RB Michael Pittman - TB

In week one, Pittman didnít touch the ball at all. In week two, Pittman carried seven times for 46 yards (including a nice 24-yard jaunt) and caught three balls for another 20 yards. Itís hard to say which one to use as a measuring stick for Pittmanís role moving forward, but the later seems a bit more likely than the former. Pittman, of course, is a talented receiver as well as a reliable blocker in the backfield. Carnell Williams is doing just fine, thank you, but the Bucs would be wise to spell him with Pittman and keep their young buck healthy. Williams turned his ankle this week, but seems to be fine as he returned to the field and finished with over 100 rushing yards for the 2nd straight game. Pittman wonít be of much use in TD-heavy leagues, but if your league is weighted more heavily towards yards and receptions, then Pittman certainly has some value.

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RB Ciatrick Fason - MIN

Letís be clear. The Vikings running game is a mess. If anyone has any value what-so-ever maybe itís Moe Williams. Michael Bennett canít stay healthy nor can he hold onto the football apparently. Mewelde Moore seems to have the right combination of running and receiving skills to thrive as the Vikings featured back, but Mike Tice seems unwilling to give him the opportunity to succeed. Moe Williams just does whatever heís asked to do and generally does it well, but heís also on the wrong side of 30 years old and doesnít figure to be a long-term option either way. That leads us to Fason, the teamís 4th round pick. Heís far from seeing significant action this early in the season, but the way the Vikingsí season is unfolding, donít be surprised if heís on the field at some point.

RB Frank Gore - SF

Itís hard to get overly excited about any of the 49ers quite honestly. After a big win over the Rams, they were shell shocked by the Eagles in week two. Kevan Barlow managed only 34 yards on 10 carries, but caught three passes for 34 yards. Itís speculative to think that Barlowís job may be jeopardy, but clearly Barlow isnít producing as well as the 49ers would like. In the mean time, Gore is the primary backup. He carried four times for 15 yards this week. He didnít catch a pass, but heís a solid receiver out of the backfield and the team is utilizing him in that capacity as well. If Barlow is benched or hurt, then Gore will shoot up the rankings quickly. If you own Barlow, itís a tough sell using two roster spots to secure an unproductive 49ers backfield, but the truth is, if Gore gets a shot then whose to say he wouldnít help them turn things around.

RB Anthony Thomas - DAL

Thomas only carried the ball three times in the season opener for 9 yards, but heís clearly the Cowboys backup to Julius Jones. That means heís worth handcuffing if youíre a Jones owner, or if you have deeper rosters and can afford a roster spot. Thomas isnít flashy and heís not going to win many foot races, but heís still a guy who can produce consistently in a starting role, especially for a Parcells coached team that will rely on the run as much as possible. Thomas has two 1,000-yard seasons under his belt and would immediately become a strong RB2 if he were starting in place of an injured Jones. Barring injury, Thomas is simply a back-of-the-roster player with good potential if the opportunity strikes.

RB Ricky Williams - MIA

Itís doubtful that Reggae Ricky is available in most leagues. That said, heís now served half of his four game suspension and the Dolphins running game is struggling. Ronnie Brown is without question the teamís back of the future. However, if he struggles or gets hurt, then Williams is waiting in the wings for the opportunity to reclaim his stature among the leagueís best backs. Heís in great shape and looked solid in the preseason.

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RB Najeh Davenport - GB

The Packers running game doesnít look that healthy through the first two games. The Packers offensive line is struggling a little and the defense is having a difficult time stopping opponents. That combination doesnít bode well for the Packers. Ahman Green remains the teamsí unquestioned starter, but if he misses any time due to injury, then Najeh Davenport becomes a potential high impact free agent. Davenport carried eight times for 36 yards against the Browns. For now, heís just a high profile backup with a lot of talent waiting for an opportunity

RB Nick Goings - CAR

Just a reminder to note that Goings is probably on the waiver wire in many leagues. Stephen Davis is clearly the teamís starter right now and DeShaun Foster the backup. However, it doesnít take much research to understand how quickly that could change. Neither Davis nor Foster are poster boys for durability. If you are in a league with deeper rosters or 14 teams, then grab Goings as a speculative pick knowing how much the Panthers coaching staff trust him if Davis and/or Foster get hurt again.

Wide Receiver

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WR Arnaz Battle - SF

Battle didnít find the end zone this week nor did he produce any extraordinary stats, but he did lead the 49ers in receptions and yards while being targeted seven times. He caught four passes for 44 yards and ran the ball twice for 6 yards Ė once taking a direct snap. Depending on how well the 49ers fare offensively each week, Battle may be as good as a solid WR2 or as ineffective as a WR4/5. Heís clearly the teamís No. 1 receiver and heís being targeted frequently. He was probably claimed off waivers after week one, but if heís still out there, then add him to improve your WR depth or utilize during the bye weeks as a spot starter.

WR Braylon Edwards - CLE

Edwards didnít take long to score his first TD in the NFL. He caught a perfectly thrown Trent Dilfer pass on a quick slant and outran the Packers coverage for an 80-yard score. Edwards caught three balls on the day for 107 yards. Heís not even starting for the Browns yet, but itís only a matter of time before he ascends into the No. 1 role for the team. Edwards is an elite talent with an equally impressive work ethic. Rookie receivers can be dicey, but Edwards might be one of the few exceptions who hold value in their first year.

WR Bobby Engram - SEA

Engram caught five passes for 77 yards this week (but he lost a fumble, too) giving him 13 receptions and 156 yards in two games. Heís clearly being targeted frequently by Matt Hasselbeck and as long as he remains healthy looks like a solid player to own, and possibly start. If your league rewards pts-per-receptions than Engram is even more intriguing as a possible 3rd WR or spot starter.

WR Robert Ferguson - GB

Chances are, Ferguson was among the most targeted waiver wire players last week and is no longer available. Javon Walkerís torn ACL thrust Ferguson into the starting role opposite Donald Driver, so heís obviously in a good position to score fantasy points. In his first game as the teamís starting split end, Ferguson caught four passes for 47 yards including 19-yard TD.

WR Antwaan Randle El - PIT

Randle-El was drafted in most leagues, but in 8 or 10 teamers, thereís a good chance he could be available. Heís playing the position vacated by Plaxico Burress meaning heíll be the teamís featured deep threat more often than not. He probably wonít be targeted as often as Hines Ward, but he might produce nearly as many yards, possibly more.

WR Travis Taylor - MIN

Taylor caught seven passes for 75 yards against the Bengals and could be thrust into a bigger role if Nate Burlesonís sprained knee sidelines him for any length of time. Taylor appears to be one of Culpepperís primary targets even with Burleson healthy. The Vikings ground game is nonexistent and the offensive line wretched. That means Culpepper will likely be relegated to shorter, quicker developing pass plays, which is where Taylor could shine.

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WR Troy Brown - NE

Brown had a strong outing in the teamís first game and continued his good start catching 3 passes for 87 yards against the Panthers. After two games, heís caught 9 balls for 138 yards (15.3 yds/catch). The caveat to Brown (and any Patriots receiver) is that Tom Brady and the Patriots spread the ball around to all of their players. While Brown may be productive in each of the teamís first two games, heís just as likely to disappear in the coming weeks while Deion Branch, David Givens and Ben Watson take center stage.

WR Samie Parker - KC

Parker made a few nice plays on Sunday night against the Raiders. He also made a critical mistake losing the football after making a nice catch in the fourth quarter. Parker finished with 86 yards on three catches while being targeted six times. He is starting opposite Eddie Kennison, so he should continue to see a fair amount of targets, which means opportunity to produce fantasy points. He may not ever be consistent enough to warrant consideration as a starter, but at least heís starting and has an opportunity to do something in only his second year as a pro.

WR Reggie Williams - JAX

After a strong preseason, Williams was on the short list of last weekís waiver wire candidates. In most leagues, he was drafted in the later rounds, but in 8 or 10 team leagues, he could be hanging around. In week two, Williams caught four balls for 38 yards but more importantly looked impressive in the process. Heís a big, strong receiver and heís quicker than last year after getting into better shape. While he hasnít put up spectacular numbers yet, heís only going to get better and could be a player whose stock climbs in the second half of the season.

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WR Chris Henry - CIN

After being inactive in the teamís first game, Henry saw significant action in this weekís game against the Vikings. Henry caught four passes for 45 yards this week on four targets. Heís a big, fast receiver whose talent far surpasses where the Bengals drafted him. It looks like his off-the-field problems are behind him (for now). If he stays focused and out of trouble, he could be a productive player by the end of the season as the Bengals No. 3 WR.

WR Brandon Jones - TEN

Jones is developing quickly as a reliable possession receiver for the Titans. The opportunity is wide open for Jones to grow into a bigger role, but right now heís making the most of what heís given. He caught two passes for 29 yards this week, but he was targeted six times indicating that he could produce better numbers in the weeks ahead.

WR Terrence Murphy - GB

Murphy is expected to emerge as the teamís third receiver. There was talk that the team would put him in that position against the Browns, but Antonio Chatman continues to fill that role for now. Chatman had problems getting up after a few plays late in the game, so maybe Murphy will ascend into the No. 3 spot sooner rather than later. Murphy has a good size/speed combo and long-term could emerge as a starter. This year, heís strictly a deep sleeper with an opportunity to earn a larger role because of injury.

WR Koren Robinson - MIN

Robinson was inactive this week, but is expected to be active in the coming week or soon there after. His agent claims heís not subject to a league-mandated suspension, but that remains to be seen. If Robinson manages to stay away from alcohol and other trouble off the field, then he could become useful in a couple weeks. He struggled in the past couple years with dropped passes, but thereís no question that he has the physical tools to be a very good receiver. The question becomes if anything else gets in the way, or not. The Vikings need a playmaker to help get their offense back on track and maybe Robinson can help.

WR David Tyree - NYG

Tyree is the Giants third receiver. He has the potential to make big plays with his running ability after the catch and if anything happens to Amani Toomer or Plaxico Burress, he would become a starter. He looked great in the pre-season, but right now, heís merely a player to look at as a growth stock with potential to do something down the road.

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WR Joe Jurevicius - SEA

For the second straight week, Jurevicius scored a TD. While he may have limited upside in most leagues, Jurevicius is particularly attractive in TD heavy leagues or those with 14-or-more teams. His only catch this week was for a 6-yard score. With Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram starting, Jurevicius wonít see enough targets to be a consistent scoring option, but he will be targeted frequently in the red zone judging by the teamís first two games.

Others to Keep an Eye On

WR Mark Bradley - CHI

Bradley is starting opposite Muhsin Muhammad now, but he only caught one pass for 9 yards against the Lions (the only time he was targeted, too). Bradley has a great work ethic and will only get better, but right now heís still a bit inconsistent. Obviously, if heís starting then heís someone to keep an eye on, but heís just not productive enough to warrant a roster spot in most leagues. For now, keep him on the fantasy radar and if his targets increase each week, then weíll move him up the list.

WR Taylor Jacobs - WAS

Jacobs is getting healthier and is expected to play tonight against Dallas. Depending on how he performs you might bump him up the list of waiver wire candidates or not. The Redskins passing attack doesnít have a ton of promise in the early stages of the season, but things could change. Jacobs hasnít produced anything noteworthy since being drafted but this year he should have a better opportunity to show what he can do.

Tight End

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TE Jerramy Stevens - SEA

Itula Miliís loss is Jerramy Stevensí gain. He caught a 35-yard TD pass this week and finished with three catches for 49 yards. In two weeks, he has six catches for 90 yards. While Mili is technically the starter on the teamís depth chart, itís hard to imagine why they would relegate Stevens to backup duty given his superior skills and ability. Stevens could emerge as a solid fantasy TE worthy of starting in many leagues.

TE Ben Troupe - TEN

Troupeís second game wasnít as attractive as his first. He was targeted twice and produced one catch for five yards. He proclaimed himself 100% last week, but realistically heís probably not quite there yet. Donít worry. Heís as talented as they come at the tight end position and the Titans will feature him as they get settled into Norm Chowís offense. If heís still available in your league, and you have a roster spot worth burning, then add him if you can.

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TE Ernie Conwell - NO

Conwell will be a player to watch tonight in the Monday Night Football double header. He was surprisingly quite productive in week one, at least until he was sidelined with an injured jaw. Conwell is expected to play tonight and if heís targeted as frequently in the second game as he was the first, then heís worthy of a roster spot if nothing else.

TE Steve Heiden - CLE

Itís probably safe to say that Steve Heiden will never have a game like he had on Sunday. The Browns tight end caught six passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. His second TD came on a 62-yard play where he broke free from the coverage and somehow outran the defense to the end zone. Like Frisman Jackson a week ago, Heiden might be a ďone week wonderĒ, but as tight ends go, heís worth looking at if heís on your waiver wire. The Browns threw 8 TDs to their tight ends last year and Heiden caught 3 passes for 32 yards last week. Heís going to be used, but once Aaron Shea returns from injury, he might not be as consistently productive as he is right now. For the short term, Heiden isnít a bad gamble in deeper league or TD-heavy leagues, but thatís probably his ceiling, too.

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TE Adam Bergen - ARI

Bergen has emerged as the Cardinals starting tight end. He appears to be the teamís best pass-catching tight end for now, but has very little production under his belt to warrant much consideration except in the deepest of leagues. The Cardinals also signed former Raider Teyo Johnson, who could emerge as a threat to Bergen for playing time and possibly the starting job at some point.

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TE Kris Mangum - CAR

Mangum has been reasonably productive during the first two games. This week, he made an exceptional play after the catch hurdling/running over a defender for the first down. Heís been targeted >>>>>>>> times now in two games. While he probably wonít ever be a consistent fantasy contributor, heís a decent gamble as a plug-in starter for a bye week if the matchup is decent.

TE David Martin - GB

Bubba Franks was injured in this weekís game. Itís not clear if heíll miss any time, but judging from how he looked on the field, it didnít look good. Martinís been long on potential and short on production, so anything might happen here Ė including fellow backup and former Dolphin Donald Lee earning


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PK Neil Rackers - ARI

Nailed four field goals in as many attempts this week. The Cardinals lack the ground game and offensive polish to finish off drives, but have an improving defense that may keep them in more games this year. All of that tends to work in Rackersí favor. So far, so good. Heís 6-for-6 in two games and could be a solid and consistent scoring option as far as kickers go this year.


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TD Indianapolis Colts - IND

The Colts defense is off to a fast start. They beat the heck out of Byron Leftwich on Sunday and held the Jags to just a field goal. They sacked Leftwich six times, forced three fumbles and hit him countless other times. If they are on the waiver wire, you had better run (not walk) to get them. They wonít be there long.

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TD Cincinnati Bengals - CIN

The Bengals defense is quickly improving under Marvin Lewis, but they are young and may not be as consistent from week to week (especially on the road). As such, if the matchup is decent and they are at home, then you might consider them as a solid spot starter during the bye weeks. If youíre lucky, they may emerge as a potential starter on a more consistent basis this year.

TD Arizona Cardinals - ARI

The Cardinals defense probably wonít be a top 10 unit this year, but they have a solid pass rush and an improving secondary led by rookie corner Antrel Rolle. The Cardinals sacked the Rams four times, had one interception and generally did a fine job against a good offensive team. They are a decent option playing in the desert, particularly early in the year like this, so if you need a bye week defense for a spot start, give the Cardinals some consideration.

TD New York Giants - NYG

The Giants defense scored a ton of points in week one. They were helped largely by a special teams unit that scored two TDs. If they are able to get after Aaron Brooks consistently tonight and put up two good games in a row, then it is definitely time to make a move on them.

TD St. Louis Rams - STL

The Rams have put consistent pressure on opposing QBs and rebounded well after their embarrassing loss in week 1 to San Francisco. Through two games, the Rams have seven sacks, four turnovers and 116 rushing yards allowed. That's worthy of consideration of a roster spot. If they continue generating a solid pass rush, they could come in handy.

TD Tennessee Titans - TEN

The Titans arenít as bad as originally thought. Their defensive line play looked good and they did a solid job stuffing the run against the Ravens. If they continue to improve and Albert Haynesworthís injury doesnít keep him off the field, they could be useful.

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