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Waiver review: Edwards, Hardy connecting

Waiver review: Edwards, Hardy connecting
Week 2 of the NFL season provided more thrills and twists and turns than anything on scripted television.

FOX Fantasy Football


James Hardy, Buffalo

Hardy was drafted to change the Buffalo offense, and we received our first glimpse of his ability Sunday when he caught a nifty touchdown pass from Trent Edwards. He made the catch over his shoulder on the seven-yard touchdown strike and finished the game with two catches for 12 yards. He'll become a bigger target as the season progresses.

Derek Hagan, Miami

Hagan worked with the first-team offense this past week, replacing the inconsistent Ted Ginn, Jr. in the first unit. He caught three passes for 51 yards in the ridiculous blowout loss to the Cardinals. He's virtually unowned (fewer than one percent of leagues) in leagues right now, but he warrants watching as this offense evolves. Ever the optimist, I'm assuming it does eventually.

Tight Ends

1. John Carlson, Seattle

I've been trumpeting Carlson's arrival in Seattle for months, so I won't belabor the point here. Simply put, he's the last man standing in Seattle. He caught six passes for 78 yards to lead the Seahawks in Week 2, and Seattle lost another pair of receivers. Bobby Engram and Deion Branch won't be back until after the Week 4 bye, so Carlson stands front and center for this week against the Rams. I love his chances for a huge game this week. He's inexplicably unknown in 92 percent of FOXSports.com fantasy leagues.

2. Randy McMichael, St. Louis

The Rams found some success downfield with the incomparable Torry Holt. McMichael was called upon to block more frequently against an aggressive front seven for New York. He caught two passes for 24 yards against the Giants. I'm somewhat concerned about his prospects for Week 3, as the Seahawks will be attacking Marc Bulger (they sacked J.T. O'Sullivan eight times). However, I still expect Al Saunders to get McMichael back out in pass patterns this week.

3. Anthony Fasano, Miami

Which was the fluke? Fasano's eight-catch, 84-yard game in Week 1, or his Week 2 shutout. I believe the truth lies somewhere therein. The running game is sputtering, and we've already seen the Dolphins insert Chad Henne into the lineup during the Week 2 blowout loss to the Cardinals. The receiving corps remains a huge question mark, and I believe Fasano will post big days ahead as the check-down option. He's available in 49 percent of FOXSports.com fantasy leagues.

4. Zach Miller, Oakland

OK, so the entry of Miller in this space is in no way, shape or form an endorsement of JaMarcus Russell, who's performance against the Chiefs was disastrous. However, Russell does know enough to dump the ball to his trusty tight end on occasion. Miller caught two passes for 26 yards, nearly half of Russell's production in the air. Sigh. I had to shake my head as I wrote that. Miller remains available in 52 percent of FOXSports.com fantasy leagues.

5. Robert Royal, Buffalo

Following his breakout game in Week 1, Royal was a non-factor in the Week 2 victory over Jacksonville. He finished Sunday's game with only two looks and didn't record a catch. I'm optimistic about the long-term prospects for the passing game in Buffalo, as Trent Edwards appears more confident with each snap. We'll want to see him become a more consistent option, quite obviously, but keep an eye on this unit. He's available in 87 percent of FOXSports.com leagues.

6. Alge Crumpler, Tennessee

Jeff Fisher wanted to get Crumpler more involved in Week 2, but the high winds in Ohio changed the script. It should also be noted that the running game will continue to be front and center, so don't expect Kerry Collins to be airing it out. Crumpler had only two catches for 16 yards in this one, but I'm optimistic his role increases soon. The presence of Bo Scaife makes me a tad nervous. This is more of a "watch" situation. Crumpler's available in 39 percent of FOXSports.com leagues.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 16, 2008

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