2012 Watch List #1

2012 fantasy football watch listThis year I am back with my fantasy football Watch List contribution to the Fantasy Football Starters Forums. This is a weekly list that provides you some names who might be available on the waiver wire or via free agency. Fantasy owners are known to work the waiver wire on a regular basis. It’s not a “strategy” I subscribe to, as I believe you build your team DURING the draft, not after. But who am I to say how you put your team together?

The players on this list may or may not be available in your league. Some of these players might find themselves on and off this list weekly. I know there are leagues that allow player movement before the season. This too, is something I don’t subscribe to, as you need to start players from those you drafted. The only exception, if a player you draft was cut or went on IR. Outside of that for week one, players you drafted will probably play better than someone you are going to pick up on a hunch. With that said, here are a list of some players to watch as we enter Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season.

QUARTERBACK
Russell Wilson SEA: Wilson played himself into the starting role in Seattle, after they signed Matt Flynn from GB after last season. He was35-of-52 (67.3 percent) for 464 yards (8.92 YPA), five touchdowns, and one interception in three preseason games. He’s tacked on 150 rushing yards and a sixth touchdown on 10 scrambles. No reason to use Flynn if he can put up statistics and wins for Seattle.

RUNNING BACK
Alfred Morris WAS: Depending if you want to ride the ‘Shanny-Go-Round’ this season or not, Morris has been given the nod as starter for week 1. There are no guarantees with his start after week 1, as Helu and Royster are still nursing preseason injuries.

Robert Turbin SEA: The rookie from Utah State has made an impression during preseason. With some uncertainty of the back spasms that Marshawn Lynch is suffering from, Turbin might be a short term solution or handcuff for Lynch owners.

David Wilson NYG: Another impressive rookie showing came from David Wilson, who secured the #2 spot behind Ahmad Bradshaw. He has the potential to cut into Bradshaw’s carries this season and a strong candidate as a handcuff to start the season.

WIDE RECEIVER
Danny Amendola STL: He was a PPR darling 2 years ago, but injury last year cut his season short. He is the uncontested #1 WR for Bradford to start the season and they had a very good rapport together. He does add good depth to the position. He is also in a contract year.

Kendall Wright TEN: With the 1-game suspension handed down to Kenny Britt, Wright should be the spot start to the upcoming season. Depending on how the Titans offense moves in the first week of the season, Wright might carry some fantasy potential. I assume Britt comes back, pushing Wright to the #3.

Doug Baldwin SEA: The best performing WR in Seattle last year was not Sydney Rice, who seemed to be injured more often than not. Baldwin posted 788 yards, 4 TDs last year and has the ability to be the most consistent wide receiver this season in Seattle.

TIGHT END
Lance Kendricks STL: Offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer comes to the Rams from the Jets, where 2010 starter at TE, Dustin Keller led the team in targets. This could be good news for Kendricks to build on his rookie season in 2011.

Joel Dreessen DEN: By virtue of Peyton Manning at QB, Dreessen becomes a fantasy asset. It’s yet to be seen how Denver will platoon he and Jacob Tamme at the TE position. Dreessen put together a solid year last year with 352 yards and 6 TDs.

KICKER
Greg Zuerlein STL: “Greg the Leg” has been getting rave reviews this preseason, hitting from distance. He is a sixth round pick out of Missouri Western State. Could put up big points if he can connect from distance in leagues that have increased scoring the further FGs are made from.

At the conclusion of Week 1 I will post the updated watch list for the upcoming week. If you would like to contribute players, feel free to add their names to the thread that gets posted each week. Good luck in the upcoming fantasy football season.