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Waiver Wire Post Week 13

Friday, 9 December, 2005

Is there a little room for your fantasy team to sneak into the playoffs. If so, this is likely the last week to show your fantasy teams true value. What players could help out at the last second?

Quarterbacks

Marques Tuiasasopo
He gets the nod over Kerry Collins for the rest of the season. He has had action before, and from what we remember it wasn’t pretty. It’s been awhile though, and Tuiasasopo has been sitting on the sideline far too long. It’s his chance to shine. He definitely has the weapons to do it, but so did Kerry Collins.

David Carr
He is a commanding leader on the field. If that were a category that was noticed, Carr would be in the top five. There are always sparks of talent shown every week from Carr, but it never generates to the rest of his team. Last week the Texans should have easily beat the Ravens, but lacked the punch to do it. Carr may end the season on a high note and give your fantasy team a great chance at upsetting a powerhouse team.

Brad Johnson
His fantasy days aren’t over yet. The Vikings have found something offensively as of late, and it involves Johnson airing it a bit. If he isn’t doing that he is getting the yards and mega fantasy points on short dump offs to Michael Bennett. He is proving to be a steady couple of touchdowns and okay passing yards every week. You can’t beat that, at this point in the season.

Running Backs

JJ Arrington
Shhh. Arrington’s numbers are actually progressing as of late. How it’s happening is a mystery. Especially considering that the Cardinals haven’t stopped throwing the football a billion times a game. Dennis Green needs to know if Arrington can be the guy in these last four games, and will likely boost his involvement in the offense.

Ryan Moats
Someone has to step into Brian Westbrook’s role, and Moats is the guy. Judging from Philadelphia’s offense last week, Moats will be nothing more than a “must go with” guy. Kind of like when you were in grade school, and were forced to stick the last kid on your team by default.

Jerome Bettis
The Steelers want to get back to their style of play. In order to do that they need to establish the run, and will likely go back to the roots of the bus that’s driven them for the past ten or so years. Bettis can revitalize the Steelers with one carry. The fans appreciate him so much, that it may pump extra blood to get the Steelers finally riled up again.

Wide Receivers

Koren Robinson
He continues to make huge plays for the Vikings. No one wants to talk about it, but since Robinson was signed the Vikings have been winning. Attribute it to Brad Johnson all you want, but Robinson is a huge percentage of reason why the Vikings have turned around their season.

Josh Reed
Eric Moulds isn’t happy, and we all know what can happen with disgruntled receivers. He has already been suspended one game, and who knows if that will turn into the rest of the season. Reed has been somewhat of a dissappointment in his career, but may now have his shot.

Dennis Northcutt
Charlie Frye struggled with the shot and intermediate routes last weekend against the Jaguars. In fact, he was only successful on a couple of long bombs to Braylon Edwards. With Edwards now gone for the season, Frye will need a new deep target to throw at. Antonio Bryant is a solid receiver, but Northcutt is the speed man in Cleveland. Look for the Browns to try to calm Frye down, by trying to hit a big play or two deep to Northcutt.

Post Week 12 Waiver Wire

Thursday, 1 December, 2005

With two fantasy football regular season weeks left, the doors have all but shut on seventy percent of fantasy football teams. Most leagues only have four playoff spots. Just like the NFL the division spots are all but wrapped up most of the time a few weeks in advance of the closing out of the season. Still, there are always those cases of down to the wire battles and teams that have fought their way back into a miracle situation. The waiver wire can’t be any more important than right now if you’re in that category.

Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick is going to be tested, perhaps, for the rest of the season. Jamie Martin has no future value for the Rams, so why not test out the young rookie? They will and they hope he can have repeat performances like last weekend. He is a smart kid (went to Harvard) and has great size. He shouldn’t have a problem connecting with the weapons St. Louis has. In fact, Marc Bulger may want to protect himself next year by staying on the field.

Charlie Frye
The Browns have been whispering about inserting him all year, and now appear to be set to state that. Trent Dilfer has done a fine job this season, and will likely be kept around Cleveland. He is the perfect backup quarterback that won’t make mistakes. But it’s about to be 2006, not 2000. His days in the NFL are dwindling. So Frye needs the experience now.

Philip Rivers
If the Chargers dump the next couple of games, it’s almost a guarantee that Philip Rivers will be inserted. The playoffs are looking dim for the Chargers right now, but isn’t out of the question. Rivers would have a lot to prove and could be a fantasy football playoff difference maker. Especially for teams with a quarterback like Peyton Manning, who’ll be on light duty.

JP Losman
Eric Moulds and Lee Evans are notorious for burning Miami defensive backs. For Moulds it dates back to the late 90’s, and Evans last year as a rookie. Whatever it is, that trend should continue this week. Miami is depleted with injuries that will open up the running game for Willis McGahee. Furthermore, Losman will be able to make big plays down field all day long.

David Carr
He had his best game by far of the season against the Rams. Almost anyone could have pointed out an explosion against the Rams, who’ve been torched by almost every team. Before this season people expected the Texans to contend for a playoff spot. Maybe they’ll start their season in the final five games, and end on a role. If so, Carr will have top ten quarterback stats to finish out the year.

Running Backs

Kevan Barlow
We’re shocked he has been able to hang on to his starting job all season. He started to produce in the last month, and is receiving a steady load. He is just insurance to have in case of an injury on your fantasy team.

Marshall Faulk
He has been rarely used all season. With Fitzpatrick in now, they might give Faulk extra time as Steven Jackson takes on a load. His role has been far too limited for the talent he possesses.

Ron Dayne
Any one week wonder is worth a waiver wire catch.

Wide Receiver

Bryant Johnson
Quietly Johnson is having a decent season behind Fitzgerald and Boldin. The reason why is because the Cardinals have no choice but to throw the football fifty times a game. The Cardinals have the best set of three wideouts statistically in the NFL.

Marcus Robinson
Robinson tends to have those monster touchdown games once in awhile. It’s like a volcano ready to burst, it’s going to happen. Whether it’s one year, two years, or two games, it happens. But like volcanoes, sooner or later, those eruptions become dormant. Robinson’s career appears to be at that stage, but take a look at him anyways.

Darrell Jackson
Assuming there were idiots in your league that let Jackson go, now is the time to pounce on that fumble. Jackson is about a week away from starting, and might get in on a few plays Monday night. Trust us, Matt Hasselbeck can’t wait to have him back. DJ Hackett has tried but will not help the Seahawks get to where they need to be in the playoffs.