The start of the NFL season means the start of fantasy football, which also happens to mean the start of mass waiver wire pickups. In any given week, there is generally going to be at least one player that comes out of nowhere to have a big performance. These players are generally owned by a minority of fantasy football owners, which means everybody is hoping to grab him off the waiver wire.
We are only one game into the 2011 NFL season and we already have that guy. Packers rookie wide receiver Randall Cobb filled up the highlight reel in his debut game as he had a receiving touchdown and a 108-yard kick return touchdown. While most leagues don't give points for kick return yardage, it was still an awesome sight to behold.
Cobb was considered a solid receiver coming out of college but slipped as some questioned his speed and whether he had elite explosion. It's only been one game, but I guarantee there will be fantasy owners pouncing on Cobb this coming Tuesday or Wednesday. Cobb only had 35 receiving yards, but the two touchdowns are like big bright shiny pennies. Actually, they're more like shiny silver dollars given the six points for each.
So at this point, should you be jumping all over Randall Cobb on your waiver wire? In a keeper or dynasty league, I'd say add him if you can afford to drop a guy at the end of your roster. Cobb will not be this explosive every week as a rookie, but how can you not like his long term potential? When a guy does the things he did with the ball in his hands Thursday night, offensive coordinators will figure out ways to get him the ball. The Oakland Raiders did it last year with rookie Jacoby Ford and I suspect the Packers will do the same thing with Randall Cobb.
For single season leagues, it's a bit tougher to say. You'll want to see how this weekend plays out in terms of bigger performances and injuries. If you're wide receiver depth is weak, maybe you go for him. However, rookie inconsistencies can be tough to handle in a single season league.