NFL fantasy football: Matt Cassel chief among waiver picks
- Published: Aug. 30, 2012 at 06:54 p.m.
- Updated: Sept. 3, 2012 at 04:28 p.m.
Now that your draft is finished, you've likely looked over your roster and found some deficiencies. To the waiver wire with you! There are plenty of quality names that escaped the notice of fantasy football drafters. Here's a look at ten players who went undrafted in most NFL.com leagues, but can be impact players on your roster.
Before a hand injury prematurely ended his season, Cassel was a quality reserve fantasy football QB. Had he stayed healthy, he was on pace to finish as the 20th-ranked signal caller -- ahead of Jay Cutler and Carson Palmer. He also has help around him with Jamaal Charles and Tony Moeaki returning from knee injuries. It's easy to forget he's there, but it's also a mistake. (Tom Gannam/Associated Press)
So much attention has been paid to Mike Wallace's holdout and Antonio Brown's expected emergence that Emmanuel Sanders has been an afterthought in Pittsburgh's passing game. With the Steelers struggling to find healthy running backs, they'll have to throw a lot. Sanders can do many of the same things Brown can -- even if he doesn't do them quite as well -- and has sleeper potential as Pittsburgh's No. 3 wideout. (G. Newman Lowrance/Associated Press)
Last season, off-the-field issues prevented Baldwin from ever being an on-the-field factor. This year, the Chiefs have been happy with the way Baldwin has matured emotionally. He's also done his best to learn from some of his veteran teammates and used Dwayne Bowe's absence to take advantage of extra reps. He's an athletic playmaker who should make an impact in 2012. (Ed Zurga/Associated Press)
Yep, another Kansas City Chief. After a nice rookie season, Moeaki was on track to move up the ranks of fantasy football tight ends before being derailed by a preseason knee injury. Like his teammate, Jamaal Charles, Moeaki's had a full year to rehab from his injury. Besides, as a No. 2 TE, you'll likely only need him for one or two weeks -- not 13. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)
Possibly the guy with the biggest upside on this list. As a short RB, he's hard to find among the giants along the offensive line. Plus, he's a better pass-catcher than Michael Turner. That's key in a Falcons offense that plans to throw the ball more in 2012. This 'Quizz could be the answer for many fantasy football rosters. (John Bazemore/Associated Press)
His name hasn't been mentioned very often among top fantasy football handcuffs. But Turbin has had a very good preseason and plays behind Marshawn Lynch, who is a prime candidate for a letdown in 2012. Plus, if you believe in Pete Carroll's "Always Compete" mantra, Turbin could play his way into extra touches. (Ed Zurga/Associated Press)
Speaking of playing oneself into extra opportunities, Edwards did a lot to set himself up as a potential No. 2 receiver in Seattle. He won't be a 1,000-yard receiver (otherwise he would have been drafted), but is certainly capable of 600-700 yards and a couple of scores. Perfect for a waiver wire find. (Ed Zurga/Associated Press)
In a battle for the third receiver spot in Dallas, Ogletree has been a bright spot. In a high-flying offense like Dallas', there should be plenty of passes to go around -- especially with the spotty injury histories of Miles Austin and Dez Bryant. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Assoicated Press)
While most of the Raiders top receivers have been relegated to the sideline with injuries, Streater has made the most of his opportunity. The undrafted free agent has built a rapport and earned rave reviews from Carson Palmer. He could see quite a few targets this year. (Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)
Last season, Nelson was Buffalo's second-leading receiver and finished with more fantasy points than Demaryius Thomas and Donald Driver. Nothing's changed with the Bills offense, so why wouldn't Nelson be able to duplicate last year's production? He's definitely worth a look. (Greg Trott/Associated Press)