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Waiver Wire: Cobb, Spiller among top fantasy pickups

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Justin Boone, TSN.ca
9/11/2012 7:08:55 PM
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Each week, TSN.ca NFL Editor Justin Boone will run down the top waiver wire pickups with a focus on the coming week and rest of the season.

QUARTERBACKS 

Mark Sanchez (at Steelers)
Last Week - 19/27, 266 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
With everyone assuming Tim Tebow would take over as the starter at some point early in the season, Sanchez came out and tightened his grip on the job. Sanchez still needs to prove he can be consistent, but it could be worth a low bid.

Christian Ponder (at Colts)
Week - 20/27, 270 yards
Ponder struggled early last week, but then came on strong leading the Vikings to the win. With the multi-purpose Percy Harvin, emerging tight end Kyle Rudolph and a relatively healthy Adrian Peterson, the Vikings' offence could be better than expected, especially against the Colts this week.

Others to consider - Matt Cassel (at Bills), Alex Smith (vs. Lions)

RUNNING BACKS 

C.J. Spiller (vs. Chiefs)
Last Week - 16 touches, 194 yards, 1 TD
The Bills' backup is owned in most leagues, but if he isn't empty your waiver budget to get him since he will assume the lead role with Fred Jackson out for the next month. Spiller flashed the same big-time skills in Week 1 that he showcased down the stretch last season.

Michael Bush (at Packers)
Last Week - 12 touches, 42 yards, 2 TDs
Bush is the goal line back in Chicago's offence and will see a decent amount of carries in any game the Bears get a lead. Bush may not score two touchdowns each week, but he will be valuable throughout the year.

Alfred Morris (at Rams)
Last Week - 28 touches, 96 yards, 2 TDs
The roulette wheel that is Washington's backfield stopped on Morris and anyone who had him on their team won big. Rolling with any Redskins' back is a gamble, but when the payoff is a potential fantasy starter, it's a risk you have to take.

Dexter McCluster (at Bills)
Last Week - 6 catches, 82 yards
McCluster lined up as the slot receiver in the Chiefs' offence and posted a nice day as a pass catcher. The speedy hybrid could be a sneaky pickup this week.

Others to consider - Jonathan Dwyer (vs. Jets), Jacquizz Rodgers (vs. Broncos), Mikel Leshoure (suspended)

WIDE RECEIVERS

Randall Cobb (vs. Bears)
Last Week - 9 catches, 77 yards, 1 Return TD
Cobb was electric in limited snaps last year and the Packers noticed as they made certain to get him involved this season. Cobb's touchdown came on an 80-yard punt return, but he is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball.

Kevin Ogletree (at Seahawks)
Last Week - 8 catches, 114 yards, 2 TDs
Last Week - It seems like an afterthought now, but Ogletree was all the rage last Thursday after his two touchdowns helped the Cowboys knock off the Giants. Ogletree is still the third or even fourth option in Dallas' receiving game, but he should have some nice weeks this season.

Alshon Jeffery (at Packers)
Last Week - 3 catches, 80 yards, 1 TD
Playing across from Brandon Marshall, the rookie Jeffery looked the part of an NFL receiver right away. Jeffery will see plenty of single coverage thanks to Marshall and with Jay Cutler at the helm, the Bears' offence will be potent.

Stephen Hill (at Steelers)
Last Week - 5 catches, 89 yards, 2 TDs
The second round pick is a very raw talent, who struggled with drops in the pre-season. With everything going right for the Jets in Week 1, Hill found the end zone twice and put together a nice day.

Others to consider - Brandon LaFell (vs. Saints), Nate Burleson (vs. 49ers), James Jones (vs. Bears)

TIGHT ENDS

Marcedes Lewis (vs. Texans)
Last Week - 5 catches , 52 yards, 1 TD
In 2010, Lewis had 10 touchdowns for the Jaguars, but followed that up in 2011 by not reaching the end zone once. With Blaine Gabbert showing signs of life in Jacksonville, Lewis might be able to restore his value in fantasy.

Kyle Rudolph (at Colts)
Last Week - 5 catches, 67 yards
Rudolph has stepped in behind Percy Harvin as the Vikings' second option in the passing game. Rudolph is a poor man's Rob Gronkowski and could be a low end TE1 all season.

Others to consider - Martellus Bennett (vs. Buccaneers), Coby Fleener (vs. Vikings)

Randall Cobb (Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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