Waiver Wire Wonders: Peyton Hillis Express, Now Boarding
Peyton Hillis (RB, Browns) - Viva smash mouth football. Somebody get Tecmo on the phone. Peyton Hillis just summoned the ghost of Okoye. We've all had our eye on Hillis as a potential fantasy breakout, but he solidified his relevance once and for all in Week 3, notching a massive 144 yards rushing, 36 yards receiving on seven catches, and a touchdown. If there was any doubt about Hillis becoming the clear-cut No. 1 in Cleveland, there isn't anymore. Under any circumstances, Hillis makes a great add if you have the waiver priority in your favor. One thing to consider though is Hillis' stock can't really get any higher, so a blockbuster trade will likely work in your favor. We need to get this guy a plain, train or automobile nickname, like yesterday.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (RB, Patriots) - At the risk of recommending getting into bed with the Hoodie, BenJarvus Green-Ellis looks like a pretty good pickup for running back depth this week. Sure, the Patriots running game is as hard to predict from a fantasy perspective as any backfield Mike Shanahan ever assembled, but with Fred Taylor's toe injury, the Pats are officially running thin after dumping Laurence Maroney and losing Kevin Faulk to injury. Green-Ellis made good on his first opportunity, gaining 98 yards on just 16 carries and scoring a touchdown. The wild card is the popular Danny Woodhead stealing carries and of course Taylor bouncing back quickly (hah).
Aaron Hernandez (TE, Patriots) - Folks in need of some tight end depth should look no further. The tight end bye weeks will be sneaking up on us, and as this is the spot nobody ever prepares themselves for, I'd give this guy some thought. Hernandez is a giant physical presence who moves extremely well and saw his playing time skyrocket this week against the Bills. The Boston fans have been really excited about him for weeks, and his six catches for 65 yards indicate that he's actively being worked into the game plan. He's basically a wide receiver playing the tight end position and possesses the ability to put up numbers like a wideout.
Dexter McCluster (WR, Chiefs) - You know you want to hop on the Chiefs' party bus. At 3-0, everything seems to be going right for Kansas City and its spark-plug rookie Dexter McCluster looks to be one of the drivers. This week he only caught three balls, but made them count as he amassed 69 yards and a touchdown. He also got a couple of carries, which resulted in nothing, but it shows that the coaches definitely want the ball in his hands.
Tony Scheffler (TE, Lions) - While nothing can go right for the Lions who now have an injured Jahvid Best to add to their laundry list of mishaps in this short season, Tony Scheffler has clearly emerged as a bright spot. He wasted little time escalating himself above Brandon Pettigrew as the top pass-catching tight end, hauling in seven balls for 60 yards and a score in Sunday's loss to Minnesota. In an offense that reeks of inconsistency, this is one guy that gives me confidence that he can post numbers every week.
Lance Moore (WR, Saints) - Ah yes, I remember Lance Moore. We've been joking that it's "resurrection week" here at Fantasy FanHouse, and you can add Moore to the list that includes Mike Wallace, Roy Williams, Dwayne Bowe, LeGarrette Blount and Danny Woodhead. Moore reasserted his presence in the New Orleans passing game with authority, catching six passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns -- one of which went for 80 yards. Unfortunately, it's hard to envision Moore doing anything like this on a weekly basis.
Roy Williams (WR, Cowboys) - Speaking of resurrection week, another guy who came out with guns blazing was the notorious bad tipper, Roy Williams. Roy caught five passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns in what felt like a single-handed effort to right the 0-2 ship for Dallas. It's been a long time coming for Williams to find his place in Dallas, but we know he has the talent in there somewhere as he did it for years in Detroit. This could be big if Roy keeps up his intensity and builds on his chemistry with Tony Romo.
Kenneth Darby (RB, Rams) - If you feel sorry for yourself for losing out on the Peyton Hillis sweepstakes, Kenneth Darby is your booby prize. In completely unshocking news, Steven Jackson went down with a groin injury which should soon earn him the "busted" tag around fantasy leagues and leaves Kenneth Darby to carry the load. Here's a guy who should get some carries, but the second-best running back playing for St. Louis just doesn't seem that exciting. He's worth picking up, but I'm not promising anything.
Chad Henne (QB, Dolphins) - We've been waiting for a Chad Henne day. I've said this before, but going back to his Michigan days, Henne always convinced me he could be a great pro quarterback. There's something about his poise in the pocket that seems exactly like what the pro teams always talk about young quarterbacks needing to succeed at the NFL level. So yeah, he's got that going for him. Against the Jets' so-called "elite" defense, the Henne-to-Marshall connection finally solidified as the pair connected 10 times for 166 yards and a touchdown. Overall, Henne managed 363 yards passing and two touchdowns (one interception).
Jabar Gaffney (WR, Broncos) - After Week 1, we put Brandon Lloyd on "keep a close eye on him" watch as we wanted to see what happened when Demaryius Thomas returned to action. Well, Thomas turned in a huge performance in Week 2, but Lloyd turned in a huge performance again on Sunday. But, more important than either of those, Jabar Gaffney posted his biggest game yet with 12 catches for 140 yards. The takeaway here is that this is turning into a very good passing game with all three receivers worthy of waiver-wire consideration.
Weeding through those unwieldy waiver wires requires a keen eye and a quick trigger. Thus, Waiver Wire Wonders provides a weekly snapshot of players worthy of consideration who should be available on a good portion of league waiver wires. Enjoy those pickups.