Fantasy Football 2011: Waiver Wire Scoops & Rest of the Season Rankings

We're three weeks into the season and there is absolutely no doubt that the value of some players has seen a drastic change. With that thought in mind, here's how I value all of the offensive players (QB, RB, WR and TE) in a standard scoring league. As usual, we're catering this to the deeper leagues since these rankings go all the way to 200.

You will also find a list of the suggested guys to add via the wire at the bottom of this page.

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Rank Offensive Player                                     
1 Ray Rice
2 LeSean McCoy
3 Adrian Peterson
4 Calvin Johnson
5 Darren McFadden
6 Andre Johnson
7 Aaron Rodgers
8 Rashard Mendenhall
9 Roddy White
10 Chris Johnson
11 Arian Foster
12 Maurice Jones-Drew
13 Mike Wallace
14 Matt Forte
15 Tom Brady
16 Drew Brees
17 Larry Fitzgerald
18 Jahvid Best
19 Michael Turner
20 Michael Vick
21 Phillip Rivers
22 Vincent Jackson
23 Hakeem Nicks
24 Stevie Johnson
25 Fred Jackson
26 Greg Jennings
27 LaGarrette Blount
28 Ryan Mathews
29 Felix Jones
30 Ahmad Bradshaw
31 Frank Gore
32 Peyton Hillis
33 Matthew Stafford
34 Wes Welker
35 DeSean Jackson
36 Steven Jackson
37 Jeremy Maclin
38 Tony Romo
39 Miles Austin
40 Dez Bryant
41 Steve Smith (CAR)
42 Tim Hightower
43 Jonathan Stewart
44 James Starks
45 Mike Williams (TB)
46 Beanie Wells
47 Dwayne Bowe
48 Brandon Marshall
49 Ben Roethlisberger
50 Shonn Greene
51 Daniel Thomas
52 Santonio Holmes
53 Mark Ingram
54 Matt Schaub
55 DeAngelo Williams
56 Jason Witten
57 Darren Sproles
58 Jermichael Finley
59 Mike Tolbert
60 Percy Harvin
61 Julio Jones
62 Reggie Wayne
63 Brandon Lloyd
64 Cedric Benson
65 Willis McGahee
66 Santana Moss
67 Vernon Davis
68 Mario Manningham
69 Ryan Fitzpatrick
70 Jimmy Graham
71 Rob Gronkowski
72 A.J. Green
73 Antonio Gates
74 Ben Tate
75 Cam Newton
76 Robert Meachem
77 Dexter McCluster
78 Matt Ryan
79 Brandon Jacobs
80 Anquan Boldin
81 Ryan Grant
82 Nate Washington
83 Josh Freeman
84 Knowshon Moreno
85 Thomas Jones
86 Owen Daniels
87 Michael Bush
88 Delone Carter
89 Lance Moore
90 Sidney Rice
91 Dustin Keller
92 Marques Colston
93 C.J. Spiller
94 Marshawn Lynch
95 David Nelson
96 Roy Helu
97 LaDainian Tomlinson
98 BenJarvus Green-Ellis
99 Jordy Nelson
100 Plaxico Burress
101 Jacoby Ford
102 Dallas Clark
103 Eli Manning
104 Sam Bradford
105 Mike Thomas
106 Joe Flacco
107 Johnny Knox
108 Joseph Addai
109 Michael Crabtree
110 Bernard Scott
111 Reggie Bush
112 Chad Ochocinco
113 Denarius Moore
114 Deji Karim
115 Kendall Hunter
116 Pierre Thomas
117 Malcom Floyd
118 Mark Sanchez
119 Eric Decker
120 Jared Cook
121 Torrey Smith
122
Danny Woodhead
123 Brandon Pettigrew
124 Montario Hardesty
125 Stevan Ridley
126 Deion Branch
127 Nate Burleson
128 Cadillac Williams
129 Javon Ringer
130 Toby Gerhart
131 Brandon Gibson
132 Mohamed Massaquoi
133 Danny Amendola
134 Pierre Garcon
135 Mike Sims-Walker
136 Tashard Choice
137 Antonio Brown
138 Alfonso Smith
139 Jay Cutler
140 Jabar Gaffney
141 Devery Henderson
142 Jerome Simpson
143 Greg Olsen
144 Steve Smith (PHI)
145 Earnest Graham
146 Kevin Kolb
147 Scott Chandler
148 Kyle Orton
149 Jerome Harrison
150 Kellen Winslow
151 Marcedes Lewis
152 Lee Evans
153 Demarco Murray
154 Isaac Redman
155 Justin Forsett
156 Dane Sanzenbacher
157 Kevin Ogletree
158 Donald Jones
159 Marion Barber
160 Fred Davis
161 Emmanuel Sanders
162 Chad Henne
163 Austin Collie
164 Jermaine Gresham
165 Victor Cruz
166 Ricky Williams
167 Rex Grossman
168 Damian Williams
169 Ronnie Brown
170 Davone Bess
171 Chester Taylor
172 Jacquizz Rodgers
173 Aaron Hernandez
174 Michael Jenkins
175 Hines Ward
176 Derrick Mason
177 Andre Roberts
178 Titus Young
179 Roy Williams
180 Kevin Walter
181 James Casey
182 Andre Caldwell
183 Steve Breaston
184 Arrelious Benn
185 Danario Alexander
186 Devin Hester
187 Colt McCoy
188 Matt Hasselbeck
189 Jason Campbell
190 Joe McKnight
191 Matt Cassel
192 Braylon Edwards
193 Preston Parker
194 Brian Hartline
195 Steve Slaton
196 Mike Goodson
197 Marcel Reese
198 Lance Kendricks
199 Alex Smith
200 Andy Dalton
 

 

Waiver Wire Scoops

Running Backs

Bernard Scott- Cedric Benson is facing a three-game suspension from the league for violating the NFL personal conduct policy. He is going to appeal, but nothing is guaranteed at this point. Scott would be thrust into a starting role and could flirt with touches in the high teens and close to 100 yards from scrimmage in his absence. Benson owners have to add him and he should also be owned in 12-team leagues.

Kendall Hunter- Early reports indicate that Frank Gore is "good to go" for this coming week. Even if that is the case, Hunter did get San Francisco's only TD on Sunday and is coming off a stellar preseason. He hasn't quite got the ball rolling just yet with only a 2.7 YPC, but now that the oft-injured Gore has a red flag raised, Hunter is a very desirable handcuff in deeper competitive formats.

Montario Hardesty- Peyton Hillis came down with the death flu or something which kept him off the field in Sunday's win. Hardesty stepped it up with 67 yards on 14 carries. Hardesty also showed his skills in the passing game with three catches for 19 yards. The Browns were all set to hand Brandon Jackson the third-down gig, but he has since been placed on IR. Hardesty has likely earned a role when Hillis returns and could eventually get to 10 touches per game in tandem. What's more, if you believe in the Madden curse, Hardesty might be your man.

Tashard Choice- Choice had a bone-headed play on Monday night by running out of bounds in the last minute or so of the game. Luckily for the Boys, they were able to pull out the victory. Felix Jones had a dominate game and had a season-high 115 yards on the ground. However, he did aggravate his shoulder injury and is probably going to be questionable for Sunday's game.

Alfonso Smith- Some people thought I was being a bit ridiculous when I wrote about Alfonso Smith when Ryan Williams suffered a torn patellar tendon. Well, Smith toted the rock 17 times for the Cardinals on Sunday without Beanie Wells in the lineup. The Kentucky Wildcat was on the practice squad last year and he does know the system better than Chester Taylor. Not to mention Chester Taylor can't endure a double-digit load for the duration of the season. Beanie Wells is expected to be healthy, but this guy has quite the rep for missing games. Smith is just a handcuff for now.

Stevan Ridley- BenJarvus Green-Ellis isn't an NFL-caliber back. The more and more he plays, the more and more evident it becomes. The Law Firm had a pathetic 16 yards on nine carries in the loss to the Bills. Meanwhile, Stevan Ridley had seven carries for 44 yards and was running behind his pads like a veteran. To be honest, I feel I have Ridley conservatively ranked and would probably take him over Green-Ellis. If your team is hurting for running backs, Ridley is a high-upside guy that could be well worth a stash.

Wide Receivers

Nate Washington- Mr. Washington steps into an ideal situation in Tennessee. The Titans are really going to want to stretch the field with Nate's speed to hopefully open up some running lanes. He needs to be owned in every single league.

Torrey Smith- Nothing grabs the attention of the fantasy world like three touchdowns in the first quarter of action. Smith became the first rookie ever to accomplish that feat and he will likely be plucked off the wire in every league. Lee Evans did not play, but he expects to be back soon. It's important to remember that the Ravens acquired Evans because they were worried about Smith, so don't get overly excited about Smith's prospects. You can go ahead and add him, but don't cut someone with proven value.

Steve Smith- Jeremy Maclin is dealing with a hamstring injury. Although it does sound like it is very minor, Smith could become a red-zone favorite and has a high upside.

Dane Sanzenbacher- Sanzenbacher has become one of Cutler's favorite targets in the red zone and he now has two touchdowns. The Chicago WR depth chart is an absolute mess and for all we know Sanzenbacher could emerge from this as the top option.

Donald Jones- David Nelson and Stevie Johnson will get most of the attention for Buffalo, and rightfully so, but Jones did rack up 105 yards receiving on five catches. He would likely have a huge role should something happen to Johnson or Nelson. Oh yes, Buffalo's offense is so good we're talking about WR handcuffs.


Tight Ends

Brandon Pettigrew- The Vikings were kind enough to throw Mr. Pettigrew a coming-out party. Such sweethearts. The Oklahoma State product torched the Vikings to the tune of 11 catches for 112 yards. Pettigrew would be a lot higher in these rankings, but the Lions have this bionic weapon known as Megatron that is a magnet for red-zone looks. BP has the upside to stash though.

Jared Cook- Cook has been a major flop thus far. The loss of Kenny Britt could inject some new life to his value. The Titans did line him up at the X, Y and Z in the preseason and will likely do so from this point forth. He has monster upside and is likely going to lead the team in red-zone targets.

Thanks for reading! You can post your comments below and I'll do my best to get back to you in a timely manner. You can also send me any questions or comments on Twitter @MikeSGallagher

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