Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business,
but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious
selections to help your team from week to week while you strive
to collect fantasy wins, reach your league playoffs, and win the
elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp. While
I’m a big proponent of making trades to bolster your roster,
the waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes
to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll
target both offensive and defensive players — sometimes breakout
stars that eluded your team’s draft — as well as players
who can help your squad that may still be lurking in deeper leagues.
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Off the Top - Includes my premier
recommendations — sometimes players available either only
in more shallow leagues, and occasionally guys more readily available
who’ve been thrust into the fantasy spotlight.
Digging Deeper - Covers the next
tier of quality waiver wire specimens, usually players available
in a majority of online leagues.
Scouring the Barrel - Chronicles
the deepest of fantasy adds — and sometimes highlights players
being tacked onto fantasy squads who I don’t have much confidence
Each week, I’ll also provide a brief update on the 30-40 players
I covered the previous week. It’s the best one-stop waiver-wire
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Note: Each player’s
next two matchups are listed in parentheses ()
Off The Top
Vince Young, TEN (SD, @SEA) – Young, banged up during the
previous week’s 47-7 win over the Rams, threw for a career-high
three TDs and a solid 236 yards in Sunday’s 27-24 overtime
win over Miami. He’s been impeccably consistent in his starts
this season (90.0 passer rating or higher in six of his eight
starts this season), and has shown great maturity.
SF (DET, @STL) – Smith has looked decent during the second half
and should be able to rip apart the Lions’ secondary. He’s a decent
start in deep leagues at QB1, and should be okay to deploy Week
17 (if your league is into that sort of thing).
Scouring The Barrel
Chad Henne, MIA (HOU, PIT) – Henne threw for a career-high
349 yards last week, and is averaging more than 300 yards a game
in his last three. While the Texans defense is playing better,
this game could be a big-time shootout. And since the young QB’s
wire availability has been much like the loose change at the Quickie
Mart (Take a Henne/Leave a Henne), he’s a decent option
if you’re still looking for that solid QB2.
Jason Campbell WAS (DAL, @SD) – Campbell threw a couple
picks and didn’t have much time to work in the 45-12 drubbing
at the hands of the Giants, but he picked up a score, 192 passing
yards and 36 yards on the ground.
Mark Sanchez, NYJ (@IND, CIN) – It was another pretty bad
outing for Sanchez, who threw three INTs and had just one score.
I wouldn’t count on him against the Colts if he can’t
light up the Falcons.
Josh Freeman, TB (@NO, ATL) – Freeman had a respectable
game in a win over Seattle with over 200 yards and two TDs (one
INT). If the Bucs how up to play versus the Saints, he could be
a fine deep-league sleeper.
Off The Top
Harrison, CLE (OAK, JAC) – On his 22 second-half carries,
he ran for over 200 yards, finishing with 286 on the day. Even
though it was against the Chiefs, games like that change careers
and make people forget about rookies named Chris Jennings. I’d
say he needs to be picked up in every format possible since he’s
facing the Raiders.
Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG (CAR, @MIN) – Bradshaw was explosive
and effective in all aspects Monday night and should get the majority
of touches against the Panthers unless something changes regarding
his status or tenuous health before the weekend.
Jason Snelling, ATL (BUF, @TB) – Snelling isn’t an
every–down back but looks to be the goal line maven and
starting running back for the Falcons, who face the RB-friendly
Bills. Plug him in as an RB2 this week.
Williams, TB (@NO, ATL) – He’s still a viable start base don
his ability to take it to the house and remains the best RB option
in Tampa Bay. The matchup should help produce okay yardage totals
and at least one score.
Scouring The Barrel
Michael Bush, OAK (@CLE, BAL) – Bush exploded last week
for 133 rushing yards and a TD on just 18 carries last week and
appears to be the guy who’ll get the workload facing the
Jerious Norwood, ATL (BUF, @TB) – As long as he’s
healthy, Norwood should get the ball on third down and on every
third series, and in PPR leagues could put up decent numbers out
of the flex spot.
Jamaal Charles, KC (@CIN, @DEN) – Charles wasn’t
the best fantasy RB on Sunday, but with 170 total yards and a
TD, he was in the Top 5. Continue to use him as an RB1 against
Wells, ARI (STL, GB) – Wells finished among the Top 10 fantasy
RBs in Week 15 with 123 total yards and a score, and should get
plenty of opportunities on Sunday facing the Rams.
Justin Forsett, SEA (@GB, TEN) – Forsett didn’t break
out as I expected, but he managed 69 total yards against a Bucs
team that decided to show up. He’s a worthy flex play this
week against the Packers, but nothing more.
Quinton Ganther, WAS (DAL, @SD) – By no fault of his own,
Ganther didn’t have a great day. He found paydirt again
but tallied only 40 total yards.
CLE (OAK, JAC) – On Sunday, Jennings wasn’t the feature back —
an honor that went to Harrison. And we all know what he did.
HOU (@MIA, NE) – Foster fumbled on the opening drive and sat the
rest of the game while Ryan Moats struggled to fins space. Gary
Kubiak is a fickle, whimsical man.
Morris, DET (@PHI, KC) – Morris provided an unexpected boost
to deep-league lineups with 161 yards and a score. His five receptions
allowed him to eclipse the performance of both Charles and Jonathan
Stewart in PPR leagues.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Off The Top
KC (@CIN, @DEN) – He didn’t drop any passes on Sunday and should
benefit once again from the return of Dwayne Bowe — as well as
the emergence of Jamaal Charles. Look for more solid numbers this
week in Cincinnati.
Earl Bennett, CHI (MIN, @DET) – If your final is Week 17,
it might be time to grab Bennett. While his production in Week
16 depends largely on which Minnesota defense shows up, it’s
important to point out that the Bears won’t likely be running
it too much against the Vikes, and Hester’s still nursing
a calf injury. He’s got big play potential, and last week
returned a punt for a TD and tallied 50 receiving yards on just
Scouring The Barrel
Josh Morgan, SF (DET, @STL) – Morgan should benefit greatly
from the Niners’ Week 16 matchup with Detroit and post solid
WR3 numbers. Last week he put up 7-61-1 and he’s getting
consistent targets. The young WR is also nearly universally available,
so give him a shot if you’re looking for a guy with some
WR Santana Moss, WAS (DAL, @SD) – Three catches for 55
yards in a game that demonstrated without question just how terrible
a coach Jim Zorn is.
WR Hakeem Nicks, NYG (CAR, @MIN) – Nicks left the game in
the second quarter with a hamstring injury (probably as a precaution,
since the game was already out of hand) and had just a couple
catches, albeit for 66 yards. The rookie WR was on pace for a
big day and is expected to be fine this week.
WR Antonio Bryant TB (@NO, ATL) – 3-35-0, five targets.
He should put up better numbers in New Orleans.
TE Dustin Keller, NYJ (@IND, CIN) – Despite seven targets
from Sanchez, Keller finished with just 3-33-0 in the loss to
TE Fred Davis, WAS (DAL, @SD) – Davis had a solid game with
5-65-1 and was targeted nine times. He should be a big part of
the offense against Dallas.
WR Malcom Floyd, SD (@TEN, WAS) – Floyd was okay with his
nine targets and 4-63-0. If he had found the end zone, my recommendation
would have been monumental.
WR Greg Camarillo, MIA (HOU, PIT) – Camarillo was targeted
a whopping 10 times but finished with just five catches for 46
yards. Not terrible, not great.
Off The Top
LB Kirk Morrison, OAK (@CLE, BAL) – You can’t do
much better than Morrison’s next two matchups, which feature
teams who’ve been running the ball effectively and could
sustain a few long drives against the Raiders. Morrison isn’t
out there in too many leagues, but he’s available in some
and provides a heckuva lot of value as an LB1 over the next two
DL Aaron Schobel, BUF (@ATL, IND) – Schobel’s got
a solid matchup facing the Falcons and is due for bounce-back
game after a dismal performance against the AFC East rival Patriots.
LB Lawrence Timmons, PIT (BAL, @MIA) – Timmons last two
matchups are tailor-made for his aggressive style of play. He’s
one of the better young LBs in the AFC and these are impact games
where he’s bound to flourish in spoiler mode.
DB Dashon Goldson, SF (DET, @STL) – Goldson’s still
getting no respect in fantasy despite a pretty huge season (86
tackles, three INT, three FF, sack, five PD). Go to him a couple
more times and expect more of the same.
Scouring The Barrel
Jenkins, NO (TB, @CAR) – Jabari Greer is still out and Jenkins
is still being picked on. He’s got the ability to make tackles
and defend the pass, racking up some garbage points on PDs and
the occasional INT against a couple of inexperienced QBs.
DL Jay Ratliff, DAL (@WAS, PHI) – Ratliff has the most
value as a DT in leagues that require one. He’s a master
of the bull rush and can play as a three-technique tackle, stunt
as an end rusher, or shed blockers and move outside to cut down
a toss. His ability to rush the QB is atypical for a 3-4 DT/DE,
and he’s still available in plenty of formats.
DB Antrel Rolle, ARI (STL, GB) – Weak performance with
just three total tackles, but should be deployed the next two
weeks without question.
DL Mario Williams, HOU (@MIA, NE) – Two tackles and a fumble
recovery helped fill the void left by his lack of sacks.
LB David Bowens, CLE (OAK, JAC) – Seven total tackles (six
solos) was an average day for this veteran. Start him with confidence
DL John Abraham, ATL (BUF, @TB) – One tackle, one sack against
his old team. I knew he’d get to Sanchez at least once.
LB James Anderson, CAR (@NYG, NO) – Anderson exploded for
11 total tackles (nine solos), a sack and a PD against the Vikes.
He’s an excellent play this week as well.
DB James Butler, STL (@ARI, SF) – Seven solo tackles on
Sunday — which tied for his season-high.