Short-term lineup help for your keeper team

by Jim Coventry

Sometimes when talking about keeper leagues, we neglect the short-term help that helps us win the yearly titles, so I wanted to spend a little time talking about some roster help to help us get to another level of success. The following is a list of players that you can likely pry from someone and in leagues with smaller rosters, maybe you can snag one or two on the waiver wire.  QB:  Jeff Garcia (QB, TB) is off to a decent start under QB guru Jon Gruden, even though the weaponry is limited to Joey Galloway. Gruden has done wonders with older QB’s in the past (Rich Gannon and Brad Johnson,) so there’s no reason to think that Garcia won’t be able to throw for 2 TDs most weeks. A nice fantasy backup for bye weeks or injuries. 

Trent Green (QB, Mia) should find himself playing from behind quite a bit this year, and the running game looks poor, so Green may be forced to throw the ball a lot. Remember the great years he had in KC- he did that with next to nothing at WR. He can be a serviceable backup for you.  RBs: 

Sammy Morris (RB, NE) has great value if Laurence Maroney should get hurt. Maroney) hasn’t exactly shown himself to be the model of durability and Morris has already shown good power and explosiveness running the ball for the Patriots. If the Maroney owner hasn’t handcuffed him yet and if you have some roster space, this moves makes sense for RB depth.  Selvin Young (RB, Den) looked very good spelling Travis Henry on Sunday and since the Broncos like to send the RBs up the middle of the field, the chance for injury in far greater than teams that send runners to the outside. Young has a good chance to get a game or two as lead back and if he does, you could start him with confidence. 

Brian Calhoun (RB, Det) could find himself as a nice option in a PPR league, especially if Tatum Bell struggles or gets hurt and if Kevin Jones is not productive upon returnng from injury. This is a very deep move if you have empty spots and the waiver wire is barren.  WRs: 

Chris Chambers (WR, Mia) is usually one of those ‘feast or famine’ guys, but he has a solid pro in Trent Green throwing him the ball. Green realizes that Chambers provides the Dolphins the best chance to move the ball through the air. The Dolphin defense looks a bit shaky this year, so it is very probable that Chambers will not be ignored most weeks.  Shaun McDonald (WR, Det) is a #4 WR on the potent Lions passing attack, but a #4 playing for Mike Martz is equivalent to a #2 on most other teams. The Lions use 4 WR sets most of the time and it seems obvious that they will throw the ball over 30 times (if not 40) in every game they play. With McDonald’s great knowledge of the system and the fact that he draws very suspect cover guys, he will be open often and Jon Kitna will find him often. 

Ronald Curry (WR, Oak) picked a great time to have a poor game (the Denver corners had everything to do with that), because owners that left Curry on your waiver wire waiting to see if he would repeat week one, will still leave him there, which is their loss and your gain. If you’re in a PPR league, this guy should be a goldmine.  As we all know, building a keeper franchise not only works with long-term players, but a nice balance of keepers and one-year players. The players I listed could be nice supplemental parts to a championship team. 

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