There were some unusual heroes on Sunday.  There always are.  Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.

QB
JaMarcus Russell
- Russell had a solid game completing 18 of 25 passes for 236 yards and a pair of TDs against Houston.  He finished up on the road against Tampa Bay.  They have been struggling of late, but I imagine Gruden will get the Bucs up to stick it to Al Davis.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Tarvaris Jackson - Jackson had a solid game against Atlanta.  He threw for 233 yards and 2 TDs and added 76 on the ground.  I’m impressed that he performed at that level since I put little stock in his previous six quarters of excellence against Detroit and Arizona.  That said, I wouldn’t trust him next week against the Giants.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

RBs
Cedric Benson
- I hope you took my advice and rolled with Benson last week.  You had to be pleased with the 171 yards he racked up.  He should be solid again this week against Kansas City. 
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Maurice Morris - Morris ran for 116 yards against the Jets.  He finishes up against Arizona, whose D has been soft lately.  He should finish the season on a high note.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

LaMont Jordan - Jordan followed his 97 yard, 1 TD performance against Oakland with a 78 yard, 2 TD performace against Arizona.  He finishes up on the road against Buffalo.  Buffalo should keep the game closer, and I just don’t trust him to do it a third straight time.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

WRs
Dennis Northcutt
- Northcutt had his second consecutive 100+ yard, TD game against Indianapolis last week.  I love the way he’s finishing the season, but I can’t recommend using him in Week 17 (if your league isn’t wrapped up) against Baltimore.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Devard Darling - Darling had 3 catches for 69 yards and a score against Miami.  He has a favorable matchup against Cincinnati next week, but his three receptions last week were a season high.  I can’t endorse gambling on him in a Championship game.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

TE
Anthony Fasano
- Fasano caught a pair of TD passes for the Dolphins last week against Kansas City.  He has three TDs in his past three games.  Next up is a important matchup against the Jets.  He has something on the line next week so motivation should not be a problem.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

There were some unusual heroes on Sunday.  There always are.  Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.

QB
Tarvaris Jackson
- T-Jack looked brilliant with four TD strikes against Arizona.  He’s starting to convince me that he’ll be ready to the Vikings starter next year, but he’s not somebody you can count on in the fantasy football  Super Bowl.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

RBs
Cedric Benson
- He came into last week’s  game averaging 3.0 yards per carry.  He gained 73 yards on 21 carries vs. Washinton and added 88 yards through the air.  With a nice matchup against Cleveland next week, he could be a surprise fantasy Super Bowl star.
Ruling:  Get ‘em

P.J. Pope - Denver’s next flavor of the month.  Pope had a nice game against Carolina with 51 rushing yards on seven carries and 24 receiving yards and a score on three catches.  They face the Bills next week.  If you’re really hurting at the position you can plug him in.  Don’t expect Hillis production though.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

WRs
Dennis Northcutt
- Northcutt grabbed five passes for 127 yards and a score.  Entering the gmae he had 26 recepti0ns for 282 yards.  I have no faith in him next week so don’t waste your time with him.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

James Jones - Jones came into this weeks gave with 12 catches for 101 yard and 1 TD.  His four catches for 132 yards aren’t enough for me to consider him next week.  I do like him for next year, if you’re beginning to plan already
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

TE
Joey Haynes
- Joey took his first catch for 19 yards and a score.  Are you really going to trust a guy with one catch on the season in your biggest game.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em. 

There you have it.  I hope I provided you some good info while you make your fantasy team waiver wire adjustments.

There were some unusual heroes on Sunday.  There always are.  Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.

QB
Seneca Wallace
– Seattle would be wise to let Seneca play the season out so they see what they have in him.  He had a nice game against New England (212 yards, 3 TDs through the air, and 47 on the ground).  With Seattle facing St. Louis next week, he may be a nice start if you’re in a real bind. 
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Playoff Bonus:  Tarvaris Jackson (Don’t Sweat ‘em), Matt Schaub (Get ‘em), Kyle Orton (Get ‘em)

RBs
Darren Sproles
-  Sproles had a nice game (64 total yards, 2 TDs) against the Raiders, but let’s face it, we’re talking about the Raiders.  The Charger destroyed them.  Even so LT still had a heavy workload (25 carries).  Next up is the Chiefs in Kansas City.  Sproles could get some additional touches, but you can’t count on him in the fantasy playoffs. 
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ’em.

DeShaun Foster - It does not look good for Frank Gore owners.  He’s not Gore, but Foster is a capable back.  In deep leagues, you have to grab him. 
Ruling:  Get ‘em

Tashard Choice - You probably figured a rookie RB would factor in for the Cowboys this year.  It wasn’t Felix Jones though.  With MB3 out, the 4th round back out of Georgia Tech rang up 166 yards of total offense against the Steelers.  If Barber is out again, Choice could be your choice.

Playoff Bonus:  Ahmard Hall (Don’t Sweat), Tatum Bell (Get ‘em)

WRs
Deion Branch
- He followed up a five reception performance with a pair of TDs against his former team.  I’d say he’s back.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Jordy Nelson - The fluke factor is probably higher for WRs than any other position.  One good game against a bad pass team doesn’t do it for me. 
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.

TE
Gijon Robinson
- I like that he caught six passes, but I’m thinking the fluke factor is high on Gijon.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

There you have it.  I hope I provided you some good info while you make your fantasy team waiver wire adjustments.

There were some unusual heroes on Sunday.  There always are.  Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.

QB
Joe Flacco
- Flacco turned in a wonderful performance this week with 280 passing yards, a couple of TDs, and even 15 yards on the ground.  He is coming into his own as a QB, but I chalk this outburst up to playing a Cincy team that has already mailed this season in.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

RBs
Cadillac Williams
- With Earnest Graham out for the year I expect the Bucs to work Cadillac intot he mix to gear him up for the playoffs and keep Warrick Dunn fresh.  His 8-yard TD run was encouraging.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Brandon Jackson - Now that the playoffs are here you’re better off keeping guys who would be spectacular if they got the starting nod vs. a starter like Cedric Benson who’s never going to have that big game.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

WRs
Davone Bess
– Lisa Danhof was Ahead of the Curve in calling for Bess.  He did not let her down with a six catch-84 yard performance against St. Louis.  He has favorabe matchups (BUF, SF, KC) going forward.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Amani Toomer - Plaxico’ stupidity should play into Toomer’s favor as evidenced by his 5 catch-85 yard-TD performance against Washington, but I still don’t seem him as roster worthy.  The Giants are very inconsistent in the passing game.  Don’t get me wrong, Eli consistently produces, but he doesn’t consistently use the same cast of charcters to get the job done.  I wouldn’t risk my playoff life on Toomer.      
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

TE
Justine Pelle
- The way Tight Ends have been scoring lately, you may get excited by the 9.8 points (38 yards, TD) Pelle registered this week.  Before you go gaga and burn a roster spot with him, remember his opponent was San Diego.  They have been getting burned by TEs all year long.  Pelle isn’t a strong play going forward.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

There you have it.  I hope I provided you some good info while you make your fantasy team waiver wire adjustments.

There were some unusual heroes on Sunday.  There always are.  Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.

QB
Joe Flacco
- Flacco put up a decent fantasy number this week with 183 passing yards and 2 TDs without throwing and INT.  He was just 12 of 26 passing though.  I don’t see him as worthy of a roster spot though. 
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

RBs
Ahmad Hall & DeShaun Foster - They each scored on late TD passes.  It’s great for them, but it meant nothing for fantasy teams.  If I had to pick which one has more value, I’d take Foster.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

WRs
Josh Reed
- In his first game since Week 8 Reed had five catches for 50 yards and a score.  Even when they were up big the Bills kept passing.  Their upcoming schedule is favorable and their Offense appears to be clicking.  Reed is worth a spot on your roster, but you would have to be hurting to put him in your lineup. 
Ruling:  Get ‘em.   

Mark Clayton - Clayton had 76 receiving yards an a score.  While his yards per catch looks great with only two receptions, that’s not a number that catches my eye when I’m looking to add a player.  He’s had just four catches twice this year with four games with one or fewer receptions.  He had two games, this one and a 4 for 87 and a score in Week 9.  He can’t be counted on. 
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Ashley Lelie - Lelie had a nice game with 92 yards and a score on 4 catches.  Despite the Win, I’m not ready to rely on a Raider WR.  The fact that this game was against his former team may have served as motivation.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

TE
Heath Miller
- Miller has been banged up of late, but his 4 catches for 44 yards and a score after three games off is encouraging.  The fact that he has extra rest because of the Thursday game means he should be ready to go again next week.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

There you have it.  I hope I provided you some good info while you make your fantasy team waiver wire adjustments.

There were some unusual heroes on Sunday.  There always are.  Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.

QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick
- Fitzpatrick held his own vs. Philadelphia.  He built a strong rapport with T.J. Housmandzadeh, which is encouraging.  I wouldn’t necessarily recommed starting him, but he’s a worthwhile backup down the stretch.  
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Shaun Hill - Hill completed 15 of 20 passes for 213 yards and a pair of scores.  This after looking good (aside for the last series) last Monday Night.  Two in a row is good enough to consider for you bench.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

RBs
Ahmad Bradshaw
- The triple-head monster the Giants throw at their opponents is ridiculous.  Bradshaw hasn’t factored in as much as Jacobs and Ward, but that could change down the stretch.  With the G-Men on cruise control Bradshaw could start to play a bigger role to keep Jacobs fresh for the playoffs.  I wouldn’t start him unless one of the other two go down, but he may be worth stashing on your bench.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Peyton Hillis - The Broncos rushing game is so bad that they brought the Bellhop (Tatem Bell) in.  Hillis scored a pair of TDs and is the one you should target as he’s the goal line back.  He’s also capable of catching the ball out of the backfield.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

WRs
Jabar Gaffney
- With Matt Cassel becoming more comfortable with as the starter some things are starting to get cleared up.  Cassel isn’t going to throw the long bombs down the sideline to Randy Moss.  That’s just not his deal right now.  He’s going to get smaller hunks of yardage with the likes of Gaffney and Wes Welker.  The Patriots have three WRs worthy of fantasy rosters again.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Justin Gage - Gage followed up a good game (4 catches for 47 yards, TD) with a great one (4 catches for 147 yards, 2 TDs).  Collins has been airing it out more the last couple of weeks and Gage is his favorite target.  Go ahead and add him for depth.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Hank Baskett - This is about the third time Baskett has had a big game (Week 1 & Week 3).  He also added TDs in Weeks 6 & 9.  He’s too inconsistent though so don’t get wrapped up in his 74 yards this week.  Next week he’ll likely go for 20 or less.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

TE
Benjamin Watson
- Watson also had a nice game for the Patriots.  He scored his first TD of the season and nearly doubled his yardage.  He’s been Missing in Action far too often this year for him to be a reliable option.  I suppose you can add him for depth, but don’t think this game will be the norm going forward.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

There you have it.  I hope I provided you some good info while you make your fantasy team waiver wire adjustments.


Written by Lisa Danhof

Fair Warning: I’m not clairvoyant. I don’t even play one on TV. That said, it really doesn’t take a crystal ball to anticipate some changes for your team. So, with a bit of deductive reasoning, logic, and historical evaluation you can finally stop reacting and start anticipating. For once you won’t be sniped at the waiver wire, but actually be ahead of the curve.

1.  Michael Jenkins, ATL WR 14.5% owned.
Jenkins is apparently the beneficiary of several factors cosmically aligning. First, the Falcons seem to have had, and will continue to have, a soft schedule. Second, rookie quarterback Matt Ryan really seems to be coming into his own, steadily increasing his passing yards and touchdowns. Lastly, as Roddy White emerges as a strong number one wide receiver, defenses will be forced to re-scheme to shut him down, likely freeing up Jenkins for more single back coverage. Jenkins has eight catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games. My guess is that you have someone worse than that on your bench right now. He is worth owning for the rest of the season.

2. Cadillac Williams TB RB 6.3% owned.
The Bucs cut Michael Bennett today to make room for this one time feature back. Earnest Graham (knee) and Warrick Dunn (back) are dinged up and had only moderate success even when they were healthy. A fresh Williams down the stretch could be what the Bucs need to make a playoff push. He may be rusty out of the gate, as would be expected after a 14 month layoff, but should be hitting his stride come fantasy playoff time. If you have a spot he is definitely worth the risk.

3. Tyler Thigpen KC 16% owned.
Let me repeat that 16% owned. Don’t fall into the Win-Loss trap that says just because a team isn’t winning means they aren’t scoring fantasy points. Since their bye week he has averaged 19.75 fantasy points, ironically only .25 points less than his entire offense has averaged in that time. He is also averaging 1.5 touchdowns in that four game span. This week the Chiefs face a porous New Orleans defense, who is allowing an average of 238 passing yards and 348 total yards a game. Buffalo will be a tougher match up, but then they face Oakland, which will be a much easier test.

There were some unusual heroes on Sunday.  There always are.  Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.

QB
Brady Quinn
- Quinn’s first NFL start went better than expected.  If only he could have pulled off the W.  239 yards and a pair of scores.  Sure, Denver has a bad D, but that start was a good sign.  He found a comfort zone in Kellen Winslow.  If you haven’t grabbed him, what are you waiting for?
Ruling:  Get ‘em. 

RBs
Selvin Young
- He didn’t do anything this week, but with RBs in Denver dropping like flies, you might as well pick him up. 
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Jerome Harrison – It was a slow week for surprise RBs.  Harrison had 57 total yards.  Nothing to write home about.  Kind of sums up my feeling for him.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

WRs
Mark Bradley
– I initially said Don’t Sweat Bradley, but I’ve changed my tune.  He caught 5 passes for 42 yards and a score in Week 8.  He followed that up with 4 catches for 65 yards.  This week he had 9 catches for 81 yards and a score.  With Gonzo and Bowe taking the pressure, Bradley is a good option for Tyler Thigpen.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Koren Robinson - KoRo caught 4 passes for 105 yards and a score last week.  This week he caught five passes for 38 yards and scored again.  Seattle is going to be down most weeks.  He’s showed some big play ability.  He’s worth another chance.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

TE
Matt Spaeth
– With Heath Miller out Spaeth caught six passes for 53 yards.  In case Miller isn’t good to go next week vs. San Diego (who has been awful defending Tight Ends) you should grab him.  It could be a great sleeper play.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

There you have it.  I hope I provided you some good info while you make your fantasy team waiver wire adjustments.

There were some unusual heroes on Sunday.  There always are.  Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.

QB
Rex Grossman
- Rex helped the Bears hold off the Lions after Kyle Orton hurt his ankle.  He didn’t look great in the process through throwing for 58 yards with a TD and an INT.  He completed just 9 of 19 passes.  Not only would I not grab Grossman, but I’d lower my expectations for Greg Olsen as long as Rex is at the helm.  I’d rather use the roster spot on Daune Culpepper, and I’m not convinced Culpepper will be a decent fantasy player again.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

RBs
Jamaal Charles
- The rookie looked good this week goign for 106 yards on 18 carries.  He’s averaging 5.7 yards per carry.  Larry Johnson may not carry the ball again for the Chiefs.  Charles is worth a look.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

J.J. Arrington - Arrington hadn’t done much prior to this week’s game, but he combined for 119 yards.  Edge is an afterthought, but this is a pass-first team.  Hightower was roster worthy as the backup because he got the work in the red zone.  Since Arrington won’t get that, he’s not worth having.  Even if Hightower got hurt, I would guess Edge would get the starting gig back. 
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

WRs
Shaun McDonald
- It appears that Dan Orlovsky has a fondness for McDonald.  He’s had 11 catches for 133 yards and a TD the past two weeks.  Those strong games came against decent Defenses in Washington and Chicago.  He’s back to being roster worthy.  Of course having Roy Williams in Detroit helps.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Derek Stanley - I love that he took his first NFL reception to the house for an 80 yard score.  That’s a great way to start his career.  Unfortunately that’s all he did.  Torry Holt showed some life with six catches for 58 yards and a score so don’t expect Stanley to take his looks.  
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

TE
Derek Fine
- Fine caught his first four passes for 43 yards.  He also scored his first TD.  I’ll keep a closer eye on the Rookie, but that’s about it.  Robert Royal had 5 catches for 70 yards, so it’s not like Fine is pushing for his job.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

There you have it.  I hope I provided you some good info while you make your fantasy team waiver wire adjustments.

There were some unusual heroes on Sunday.  There always are.  Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.

QB
Tyler Thigpen
- Tyler completed 25 of 36 passes (69.4%) for 280 yards and a pair of TDs.  He did not throw an Interception and displayed some poise.  He has two solid threats in Dwayne Bowe and Tony Gonzalez.  I wouldn’t suggest playing him, but I’d rather have him on my roster than a Brad Johnson.  That still doesn’t make him roster worthy.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em (unless you have Brad Johnson).

RBs
Antonio Pittman
- With Steven Jackson out, Pittman stepped in nicely.  He ran for 83 yards on 19 carries while adding another 22 yards on 3 catches.  I would guess that S-Jax will be good to go the next time out so leave Pittman on the waiver wire.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Leonard Weaver - Weaver exploded for 13 rushing yards, 116 receiving yards and 2 TDs.  Catches your attention, doesn’t it?  Chalk it up to a fluke though as he had just 54 rushing yards and 6 catches for 43 yards.  Do I see him coming close to his Week 8 performance?  Not a chance.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

WRs
Donnie Avery
- If you were Ahead of the Curve like Lisa Danhof you would already have him.  He’s been doing well with 73 yards and 55 yards and a score the past two weeks.  This week he exploded for 163 yards vs. the Patriots.  He must be owned.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Mark Bradley - Bradley caught five passes for 42 yards and a score for the Chiefs.  He had one catch for 8 yards prior to this game.  Naturally I want to see him do it again before I contemplate using a roster spot on him.  Kansas City looked OK, but they are still a bad team.   
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

TE
Billy Miller
- Miller had a solid game with 7 grabs for 82 yards.  The Saints have three good TD options in Shockey, Miller, and Campbell.  Plus, they have a ton of WR threats.  The Saints have so many weapons it’s hard to predict who will shine from week to week.  That said, Miller is probably worth a roster spot.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

There you have it.  I hope I provided you some good info while you make your fantasy team waiver wire adjustments.


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