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Week 10 Waiver Wire Report


Quarterback

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QB David Carr - HOU

Carr actually had a solid day in week 9 on the road against the Jags. He completed 22 out of 30 passes for 219 yards and a TD. He also ran for 8 yards. For Carr, that kind of production looks great compared to his first 8 weeks. Andre Johnson is getting healthy and Jerome Mathis is showing signs of becoming a big play threat in the slot. Carr could still turn things around. In the last four games, Carr has 584 yards with 4 TDs and 2 INTs on 62% passing and 71 yards rushing. He's still not a great bet to consistently finish among the top 10 most weeks, but at least he's showing some signs of life and his go-to WR is getting healthy again.

QB Jeff Garcia - DET

As soon as Garcia is healthy, Steve Mariucci will almost certainly put Garcia back in as the starter. Harrington turned the ball over too much again this week throwing two picks and losing a fumble. Whether Garcia regains the job in week 10 or he's not ready until week 11 or 12, Harrington still looks terrible.

QB Brad Johnson - MIN

In two games since taking over for the injured Daunte Culpepper, Brad Johnson has completed 28-of-50 for 298 yards with 3 TDs and no interceptions. He did lose a fumble though. That's not great fantasy numbers, but it's not bad either. He ranks around 18th over the last two weeks, but might be the best available free agent QB right now in most leagues.

QB Kurt Warner - ARI

Warner threw for 334 yards this week, but he was intercepted three times. Warner looked statuesque at times. His lack of mobility hurts him in the pocket, but he could keep throwing for 300 yards a game if Green keeps him as his starter. If the matchup is right, Warner could be a solid fantasy start, but most weeks he's going to be hurried often, throwing frequently and making as many turnovers as he is throwing TDs.

Add For Depth (Starter potential)

QB Kyle Boller - BAL

Anthony Wright will probably go back to the bench when Boller is healthy enough to start. He's close to returning and probably available in many leagues. The Ravens offense isn't doing much this year, but they could improve in the second half and Boller still has a snowball's chance in hell of becoming a middle of road fantasy QB.

QB Brooks Bollinger - NYJ

Bollinger replaced Vinny Testaverde this week throwing for over 100 yards and a TD against the Chargers in about one half of work. The Jets have some talent offensively and Bollinger at least gives the Jets some mobility at QB, not to mention some youth. He's a long shot to have any real fantasy value, except in 2 QB leagues, but Bollinger might get on a roll if he starts next week and has another decent showing.

QB Kelly Holcomb - BUF

In his last three starts, Holcomb has completed 57 of 86 for a 66% completion rate with five TDs and three interceptions. He's in the top 15 to 20 range in most leagues. The Bills offense at least shows some signs of life with a few big plays under Holcomb's guidance, but there's still a lot of grumbling. The Bills could give J.P. Losman another shot, but he's been unimpressive in his starts. If Holcomb plays well coming out of the bye, then he's a solid backup as long as he's starting. There's just a decent chance that he could be benched if he slips at all.

QB Kyle Orton - CHI

In Orton's last four starts he's thrown for 629 yards completing 54% of his passes with 5 TDs and 3 interceptions. The question is whether Orton has done enough to keep the starting job when Rex Grossman returns in a few weeks. Orton isn't quite productive enough to be of much use in most leagues, but he's improving and he could still be a decent sleeper in the 2nd half if he keeps the job.

Add for Later (Sleeper potential)

QB Rex Grossman - CHI

Grossman might only be a couple of weeks away from returning. Whether the Bears go back to him remains to be seen. It looks like they could stick with rookie Kyle Orton as long as his play doesn't go downhill quickly over the next few weeks. Grossman could certainly be a decent pickup if he regains the job at some point. Keep an eye on him over the next few weeks.

QB Joey Harrington - DET

Let's face it. The Lions are a train week and Joey Harrington seems completely incapable of doing anything to right the ship. It's not all his fault, but he just doesn't make plays when the team needs him to make plays. Jeff Garcia will almost certainly regain the starting job once he's able to play. So, Harrington's on a short leash and might not even be worth a roster spot if Garcia is able to play this week. If Garcia remains out, Harrington could still throw for 200+ yards, but his receivers are soft (except for Scottie Vines) and the offensive line is horrible.

QB Josh McCown - ARI

The way Kurt Warner played this week, McCown shouldn't get too relaxed on the sideline. Warner's a great bet to either get hurt again or get benched again. McCown isn't the grand prize either, but at least he's mobile enough to elude the rush sometimes and make something happen when nothing is there. McCown was probably cut in many leagues after Warner regained the starting gig. Keep McCown on the short list for now, but he could be worthwhile in some games down the stretch if he's playing.

Add for Insurance (Injury or bye week replacement)

QB Charlie Batch - PIT

Batch produced a measly 65 yards on 9 of 16 passing against Green Bay this week. That kind of production means that even if Ben Roethlisberger isn't able to play next week, Batch might not even be worth a flyer - even for a week. He's serviceable as a backup QB in the NFL, but clearly he's no Big Ben either.

QB Cody Pickett - SF

In his first NFL start, Pickett completed 12 out of 21 for 102 yards. He didn't throw a TD and was intercepted once while running for 15 yards. Pickett might get another start if Alex Smith's sprained knee isn't ready for week 10. Pickett's a long shot to have any real value, but he could get another shot next week to start for the 49ers.

Add for Next Year (Dynasty potential)

QB Dan Orlovsky - DET

There's no telling what the Lions will do for a QB next year. There's a distinct possibility that Joey Harrington and Jeff Garcia won't return in 2006. If that happens, the Lions would look for a veteran free agent and/or draft a QB in the first couple of rounds next year. Orlovsky would still get a shot to compete for the job. He's a serious long shot to emerge as the Lions starter, but you never know.

Running Back

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RB J.J. Arrington - ARI

Arrington is showing some signs that he might be worthwhile in the second half of the season. In the last two games, Arrington has 9 carries for 45 yards with 5 catches for another 30 yards. Marcel Shipp remains the starter and has 25 carries in the same two games, but he only produced 64 yards (2.5 yds/att). As the Cardinals fall out of the playoff hunt, Arrington could get a lot more touches if Green wants to give him an audition for next year.

RB Marion Barber III - DAL

In Barber's last two games, he's carried the ball 49 times for 222 yards (4.5 yds/att) with 2 TDs. He's also caught three balls for 16 yards. Bill Parcells is playing some mind games with Julius Jones and he's definitely talking up Barber after his recent performances. It's hard to say if he'd actually keep Barber in a featured role if Jones is healthy. Probably not, but as long as Jones isn't playing, Barber is producing great numbers and should be snapped up quickly if he's still available in your league.

RB Cedric Benson - CHI

Don't look now, but in the last two games Cedric Benson has rushed 17 times for 114 yards for a 6.7 yard average. Thomas Jones didn't finish Sunday's games after his sore ribs forced him to the sidelines just before halftime. Benson split carries with Adrian Peterson and both played well in the second half. Benson ran 14 times for 79 yards. He's not going to catch any balls and he remains behind Jones, but he's going to be getting more opportunities in the second half of the season. He looks more comfortable and he's been productive the last two games. If Jones continues to nurse sore ribs and a balky knee, Benson will keep getting more carries.

RB Sam Gado - GB

Gado went from obscurity to the Packers starting back on Sunday. Tony Fisher was downgraded during the week and didn't play. ReShard Lee lost a fumble and was sent to the bench giving Gado his big shot. He ran hard and carried the ball 26 times gaining 62 yards with a TD. Gado could be a decent pickup if the Packers go back to him next week. Tony Fisher could be relegated to third down back and Gado could be the Packers new primary runner with any luck. He's still pretty raw and inexperienced, but he's showing some talent and he's running hard.

RB Greg Jones - JAX

Fred Taylor injured his ankle this week and Jones remains first in the pecking order when Taylor is inactive. Jones could be the primary back next week if Taylor's ankle keeps him out of action. If Taylor plays, then Jones doesn't have much value, except for the occasional goal line carry. Let's see what Taylor's availability for next week looks like first.

RB Artose Pinner - DET

Kevin Jones hurt his shoulder again this week and didn't finish the game. Pinner gained only 11 yards on six carries, but he did score a TD and produce 26 yards on two catches. If Jones can't go next week, then Pinner could be the Lions starter. Shawn Bryson will remain a factor as the team's third down back, but Pinner might be worth a look next week against the Cardinals. He's good in short yardage and he can catch the ball well, too.

RB Duce Staley - PIT

Willie Parker rolled his ankle this week and left the game leaving Duce Staley to clean up on the Packers in the second half. Staley looked good in his first action of the season. He carried the ball 15 times for 76 yards and a TD. He also caught two balls for 9 yards. If Parker's ankle keeps him sidelined next week, Staley could get the start. Jerome Bettis was inactive this week, so Staley has a window of opportunity to get some carries over the next few games, especially if Parker's ankle is a problem.

RB Jonathan Wells - HOU

Starting in place of the injured Domanick Davis, Jonathan Wells ran 13 times for 56 yards with a TD and 5 catches for another 45 yards. Wells combined for over 100 yards against the Jags. Vernand Morency carried the ball eight times. If Davis isn't able to play in week 10, then Wells once again would be a nice option to pick up and play off the waiver wire.

Add For Depth (Starter potential)

RB Michael Bennett - MIN

Mewelde Moore sprained his wrist against the Lions and didn't return to the game. Bennett finished the game getting the bulk of the carries while giving way to rookie Ciatrick Fason in goal line and short yardage situations. The final chapter isn't written yet for Bennett yet. If Moore is out for a while, it's possible that he could emerge as a viable #2 or #3 fantasy RB. Ironically, while Bennett didn't start, he ran for 106 yards on 18 carries while also catching a 5-yard pass for a TD.

RB Frank Gore - SF

Gore carried 7 times for 33 yards this week including a nice 22 yarder. Kevan Barlow was bottled up for 4 yards on 10 carries, though he did produce 6 catches for 41 yards. Gore is looking good in his opportunities. As the 49ers continue to lose football games, Mike Nolan must be getting an itch to see what Gore can do as the featured back. If Barlow gets hurt, Gore might be a nice second half sleeper and emerge as a very good dynasty league player.

RB Travis Henry - TEN

Henry isn't seeing much action (if any) since returning from his four game suspension. Chris Brown is running the ball well of late and he's staying healthy for the time being. Henry is still capable of being a nice sleeper if Brown isn't able to play for any unforeseen reason.

RB Vernand Morency - HOU

Morency saw his first extension action of his rookie season this week as Domanick Davis was inactive. Morency ran hard gaining 24 yards on 8 carries. Morency is a solid runner and he could have a nice future with the Texans if something happens to Davis. Otherwise, he's still third dog on the Texans so his value this year is limited unless both Davis and Wells get hurt. Wells clearly was the featured back this week with Davis sidelined.

RB Alvin Pearman - JAX

Fred Taylor injured his ankle this week as Pearman and Greg Jones finished up the game for the Jaguars handling the running back duties. Of course, Pearman is a nice third down back who can catch the ball and create big plays. He caught 5 balls for 34 yards this week while rushing for 7 yards on two carries. Jones will get all the goal line love and as long as Taylor is sidelined, the bulk of the carries, too.

RB Antowain Smith - NO

If for some strange reason Smith is still available in your league, then grab him. He's running strong in McAllister's place. He ran for 110 yards this week on only 17 carries while catching 2 balls for 7 yards. Catching the ball isn't his strong suit, but Smith is a good bet to produce solid RB2 or RB3 stats the rest of the season while splitting carries with Aaron Stecker.

Add for Later (Sleeper potential)

RB Shawn Bryson - DET

If Kevin Jones is unable to play, then Bryson goes from being a fringe player in PPR leagues to someone worth considering. Bryson caught 6 balls this week for 30 yards while running 3 times for 15 yards. He would split carries with Artose Pinner if Jones is unable to play. He would continue to serve as the team's third down back, so he'll always be a decent bet for a couple catches each week.

RB Ciatrick Fason - MIN

The Vikings rookie scored his first NFL touchdown this week replacing the injured Moe Williams as the Vikings short yardage back. He carried 5 times for 10 yards. Mewelde Moore left the game with a sprained wrist. If he's unable to play next week, Fason could see even more carries and serve as the Vikings primary backup with Michael Bennett starting in Moore's place. Fason has a shot to emerge as a starter for the Vikings down the road, so he's worth keeping an eye one.

RB Patrick Pass - NE

When healthy, Pass was productive this year. He had a bad hamstring right now, but with Dillon struggling to stay healthy this year and Kevin Faulk out for a few more weeks, Pass could still have value down the road once he's healthy and available.

RB Adrian Peterson - CHI

Peterson broke off some nice runs filling in for the injured Thomas Jones in the second half against the Saints. Peterson scored a TD while rushing for 58 yards on just six carries. If Jones is sidelined next week, or even limited, then Peterson and Cedric Benson would both be sleeper plays while splitting carries.

RB Lee Suggs - CLE

Suggs is close to returning and it could be at the right time. Reuben Droughns was slowed by cramping this week, but still had a big game and played well as the Browns featured back. Suggs could jump right into the starting job if Droughns gets hurt since William Green is also on the mend. Keep an eye on Suggs. He can't stay healthy, but when he is and he's starting, he's proven that he can be productive.

Add for Insurance (Injury or bye week replacement)

RB Mike Cloud - NE

The Patriots cut Amos Zereoue and signed Mike Cloud last week to backup Corey Dillon. Patrick Pass is sidelined with a bad hamstring. Once he returns, he'll probably resume being Dillon's primary backup. Cloud is a physical runner and he could have some value if Dillon is unable to go and Pass is sidelined. Otherwise, he's worth keeping an eye on.

RB Cedric Houston - NYJ

Houston is the primary backup to Curtis Martin and he could be quite a productive back if he were forced into a starting role because of injury. He has much more value in dynasty leagues knowing that Curtis Martin's not getting any younger.

RB Derrick Ward - NYG

Ward carried three times for 22 yards this week in mop up duty as the Giants coasted to another win this week. Ward is seeing some extra work in games where the Giants have a sizeable lead in the second half. If Tiki Barber went down, Ward would probably split carries with Brandon Jacobs and would certainly give way to Jacobs on short yardage situations.

RB Jason Wright - CLE

Wright went from practice squad to playing in Sunday's game due to injuries. William Green was inactive and Droughns suffered from leg cramps at times. Wright filled in well rushing for a TD and 19 yards on 8 carries. He also caught 3 balls for 15 yards. He's not going to see much playing time going forward unless Droughns, Green and Lee Suggs (who is on the mend) are all inactive or can't play.

Wide Receiver

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WR Reggie Brown - PHI

With Terrell Owens suspended for the season, rookie Reggie Brown has an excellent opportunity to establish himself as a possible #1 receiver for the Eagles long term. Brown responded well this week catching 5 balls for 94 yards including a 56 yard TD. Brown's definitely on the short list of guys you want to pick up if you can. In most leagues, he was probably drafted late, but could've been cut since the draft.

WR Antonio Chatman - GB

Chatman only produced 43 yards on 4 catches against a tough Steelers secondary this week. It was a tough matchup, for sure, so don't discount Chatman too much. Chatman looks like a solid bet to produce every week he starts, or as long as Robert Ferguson isn't able to start. That could end as soon as next week though, so keep an eye on Ferguson's status. Chatman is still a decent long shot if Ferguson plays, but he's a solid WR3 play if Ferguson isn't active.

WR Bobby Engram - SEA

Engram returned to action this week for the Seahawks and he caught 3 balls for 24 yards. We might have expected better production against the Cardinals, but it's his first week back so we'll extend him some slack for now. Darrell Jackson remains sidelined, so Engram and Joe Jurevicius are the starters. Jurevicius has emerged as Hasselbeck's favorite WR in the red zone, but Engram could regain his stature as the team's reliable third down and possession target.

WR Brian Finneran - ATL

Finneran is on a roll. That's hard to say for a Falcons receiver that catches balls from someone as erratic as Michael Vick each week. Yet Finneran has been productive more often than not in the past month. He's the Falcons leading receiver not named Crumpler and with his great size, Vick looks for him in the red zone. Finneran rung up 92 yards on 8 catches with a TD this week. He's definitely worth a roster spot at this point, but don't be surprised if he's inconsistent moving forward.

WR Greg Lewis - PHI

With Terrell Owens suspended, Lewis has a great chance to be a productive fantasy WR. He caught five balls for 57 yards this week against a tough Redskins defense. Not all matchups will be as tough, so look for better production in weeks ahead, especially with Owens out of the picture.

WR Scott Vines - DET

Vines is on fire right now. He caught 9 balls for 109 yards this week, but he's only as valuable as Roy Williams and Charles Rogers are hurt or ineffective. Vines is playing hard, practicing hard and doing everything the coaching staff wants, but he's still a short term play whose run will come to an end as soon as Williams and Rogers are ready to do something. So, who knows, maybe Vines will have a starting job for a while (sarcasm).

WR Ernest Wilford - JAX

Wilford produced a big game for the second straight week. He caught 4 balls for 89 yards and a TD against the Texans. He looks like he could keep the starting job opposite Jimmy Smith. Byron Leftwich calls him a "playmaker". As long as he keeps making them (and catching TDs) then he's a great midseason find and player to put right into the lineup if you can get him.

Add For Depth (Starter potential)

WR Keary Colbert - CAR

Colbert remains a hit or miss player with the way Jake Delhomme is hooking up with Steve Smith. Smith is playing so well that he's singled handedly killed the value of Gardner, Colbert and the rest of the Panthers receivers and tight ends. Colbert is a good young player, but for now you'll have to settle for his potential upside and hope that as teams continue rolling more coverage to Steve Smith that Colbert will take advantage.

WR Braylon Edwards - CLE

Edwards is getting more playing time and remains a nice sleeper for the second half of the season, but this week it was Dennis Northcutt who had the honors of making the big plays. If you can gamble with a roster spot for some big games potentially in the last month of the season, then Edwards is a guy to target.

WR Robert Ferguson - GB

Ferguson is close to returning to action. If he's able to play and start for the Packers, then he should be bumped up the priority list of players to pick up. For now, Ferguson's value is low because he's not healthy.

WR Doug Gabriel - OAK

Gabriel has a solid rapport with Kerry Collins, but his best shot of being a decent fantasy receiver would come only if Randy Moss were declared inactive. The past couple of games it's been all Jerry Porter as he's taking advantage of Moss playing more of a decoy role. Gabriel remains in the mix and plays in their 3 WR sets, but he'll be somewhat unreliable unless Moss or Porter are sidelined.

WR Justin Gage - CHI

Replacing Mark Bradley in the starting lineup, Gage caught a TD pass this week and produced 28 yards on 4 carries. The Bears passing game isn't much to get excited about, but Gage is a super sized receiver who should be a decent red zone option. The problem is that Muhsin Muhammad is also a great red zone option and Desmond Clark is getting looks, too. Gage needs to show some consistency, but he's worth a flyer if you're league's waiver wire is bare.

WR Bryant Johnson - ARI

Bryant Johnson is a much better short term player than he is a receiver you can count on for the rest of the season. He's long on talent and short on production, but with Anquan Boldin now healthy right now, Johnson has the opportunity to produce nice numbers for a week or two. He makes some big plays, but misses far too many for a player who was drafted in the first round. The talent is there, but it's questionable whether he can cash in on his short window with Boldin sidelined.

WR Brandon Jones - TEN

Jones was looking good up until he sprained his knee. The Titans WR corps is extremely young and Jones looks like a kid who could start opposite Drew Bennett for the long term. Until he's healthy, his value will be low. He could return soon, so if he's available because somebody picked him up and didn't have any patience, then take a chance on him. He could be a solid #3 or #4 fantasy WR down the stretch.

WR Eric Parker - SD

Parker seems to be losing ground to Reche Caldwell, but he hasn't been completely healthy either. When healthy, Parker appears to still be the Chargers starting receiver, but there's only so much trimmings that can go around after LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates have satisfied their appetites. Parker's worth a roster spot when he's healthy, but right now he's probably available in most league.

WR Courtney Roby - TEN

With Drew Bennett, Brandon Jones and Tyrone Calico injured, Roby stepped up last week with a big performance. This week, he only caught one pass for 29 yards while fellow rookie Roydell Williams caught 5 balls for 61 yards. The Titans WR corps is in a constant state of flux because of injuries. It's hard to expect much out of Roby or Williams, but if they keep getting playing time both are worth a look in deeper leagues.

WR Amani Toomer - NYG

Toomer is like the fourth wheel for the Giants offense. He's in line after Shockey, Plaxico and Tiki, but he's still capable of producing decent numbers. He came really close to scoring a TD this week but he was ruled down at the 1-yard line. He finished with 3 catches for 38 yards.

Add for Later (Sleeper potential)

WR Arnaz Battle - SF

Battle is said to be close to returning to action. He began practicing this last week, but he still didn't see any game action. Even if he's back in the starting lineup, it's tough to project him for a lot of stats with Cody Pickett, Alex Smith and Ken Dorsey all proving to be quite challenged as NFL QBs. Still, Battle is a talented young player that could be the kind of possession receiver one of them need to be a little more productive as QBs, too.

WR Corey Bradford - HOU

Bradford made a big play this week for a TD while catching 5 balls for 71 yards on the day. He's been a long-time starter for the Texans, but he's always been injury prone, if not extremely unreliable. He'll have some strong games here and there, so only consider him if the matchup is right and your other options are thin.

WR Mark Clayton - BAL

Clayton has been slowed by a hamstring the past few weeks. Once he's good to go, he should be a pleasant surprise in the second half of the season. Clayton is incredibly quick in and out of his breaks and he was just beginning to make his mark when he got hurt. The Ravens QB play is uninspiring, of course, and with Boller possibly returning soon, there's no guarantee that Clayton will be productive at all if the Ravens can't get him the ball. Look for him to possibly be a fast finisher this year.

WR Andre Davis - NE

Davis is finally healthy and he could see some playing time on Monday night. He still has plenty of upside as a big play receiver because of his great speed, decent size and open field running ability. The problem seems to be keeping him on the field. If he shows signs of breaking out this week, then you might consider gambling on him in deeper leagues if you have a roster spot to play with.

WR Rod Gardner - CAR

Gardner has been slowly emerging as a red zone threat for the Panthers, but Steve Smith gobbles up all the balls on this team. After Smith, Keary Colbert and Ricky Proehl remain solid targets, so Gardner's best chance of having any real fantasy value would be in the form of an injury or two. Otherwise, he might catch a couple TDs the rest of the way, but won't be very consistent so it will be tough predicting when to play him.

WR Az-zahir Hakim - NO

Hakim was extremely productive while Joe Horn was sidelined and Donte' Stallworth slowed by nagging injuries. However, Horn is back now and Hakim will go back to being a part-time player as the Saints slot WR.

WR Charles Rogers - DET

Rogers isn't winning any friends this year. After returning from his four game suspension, Rogers apparently wasn't valuable enough to make active. Mariucci opted to activate undrafted free agent Glenn Martinez from the practice squad and leave Rogers at home. This comes after a sloppy week of practice. One has to wonder if/when the light bulb will go on for Rogers. It's a shame. He truly has untapped potential, but until he shows up something in an actual game, his press clippings are getting older and older.

WR Roddy White - ATL

Michael Jenkins has missed the last two games because of an injured hamstring. With Jenkins sidelined this week, White got his first significant action of the year. He responded with three catches for 50 yards. Michael Vick actually threw for 228 yards with 22 completions. If Vick could sustain that sort of passing production, both White and Brian Finneran would be nice receivers to consider as second half surprises off the waiver wire.

Add for Next Year (Dynasty potential)

WR Vincent Jackson - SD

Jackson made his first catch of the season, an 18-yarder, in the 2nd quarter against the Jets on Sunday. Jackson was slowed during the preseason after injuring his Achilles tendon. He may not do much at all in the second half of 2005, but as a dynasty league player, he's definitely worth a roster spot in the offchance that he develops into a starter for the Chargers. He's got excellent size and pretty good speed.

WR Jerome Mathis - HOU

Mathis is the fastest receiver in the NFL. He's already a dangerous return man, but as he learns the finer point of playing WR in the NFL, he could develop into a super sleeper for dynasty league owners. He has the big play ability to some day emerge like a Joe Horn, Isaac Bruce or Rod Smith type of player, but he's got a long way to go and it's questionable whether he'll ever play on a team that is productive enough to sustain a pair of good fantasy WRs. David Carr and the Texans haven't been able to do that yet.

Tight End

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TE Bubba Franks - GB

If it weren't for a knee sprain that sidelined Franks for a few weeks, there's a possibility he'd rank among the top 5 or 10 fantasy tight ends in the league. With so many of the Packers skilled players injured, Franks is one of the few left standing with experience. There's no question that Brett Favre trusts him. He's a red zone option and a solid pickup if you can still get him. In the last four games, Franks has 13 receptions for 122 yards and a TD.

TE Erron Kinney - TEN

Kinney's been on fire all season long. Amazingly, he's still hanging around in some smaller leagues, or those that don't require a TE in the starting lineup. Heck, even in those leagues, Kinney deserves consideration as a third WR or flex player. He's consistently producing around 40 yards or more with a handful of catches each week. Only Antonio Gates is catching more balls at the tight end position this year.

TE Heath Miller - PIT

Miller finally cooled off this week catching just 2 passes for 11 yards. Chalk up some of that to Charlie Batch's less than stellar performance. If smaller leagues, Miller might still be hanging around. He's looking like a solid option in the red zone the rest of the season, especially when Roethlisberger returns in a week or so. Over the last four weeks, Miller has 15 catches for 159 yards with 4 TDs.

TE Bo Scaife - TEN

Ben Troupe's down with a high ankle sprain. Typically, such an injury can sideline a receiver or tight end as long as 3 or 4 weeks depending on the severity. Troupe wasn't active in this week's game against Cleveland and Scaife, a rookie out of Texas, filled in quite nicely. He caught 5 balls for 59 yards. The Titans TE position has been rich in fantasy production all year. With Troupe slowed by this ankle injury, Scaife is an excellent source of production as his replacement. In the last three weeks, Scaife has 12 catches for 92 yards (10 for 78 in the last two).

TE Alex Smith - TB

Smith made some nice plays this week catching 3 balls for 41 yards. We're not sure how long Chris Simms will remain the starting QB, but he seems to look for Smith a bit more than Griese did. If Rattay emerges as the starter, that shouldn't be a bad thing either. Rattay looked for his tight end frequently as the 49ers QB, so maybe that trend would continue in Tampa, too, if he gets a shot.

Add For Depth (Starter potential)

TE Desmond Clark - CHI

Over the last four weeks, Clark has caught 10 balls for 86 yards with 2 TDs (both against the TE friendly Vikings). He has four games left against TE friendly defenses (GB twice, Minnesota and Carolina), too. Certainly, he's not starting material in most leagues, but he might be a decent backup if you need somebody in a pinch.

TE Doug Jolley - NYJ

Chris Baker broke his ankle against the Chargers this week and head coach Herm Edwards said, "he's done" when referring to his 2005 season. Jolley finally gets a chance to do something after losing the job to Baker in the preseason and never doing enough to overtake him during the season. The Jets pass attack is one of the worst in the league so don't expect much. Either way, he's a starter now and his chances are better than at any other time this year.

TE Jeb Putzier - DEN

Putzier has 8 catches for 90 yards in the last three games. He and the Broncos were off in week 9 because of the bye. He's splitting time with Stephen Alexander. He's a better big play threat as a receiver, but Alexander is more reliable as a blocker and gets more targets in the red zone as a result. Putzier got a nice contract last offseason, but he's still developing and isn't quite a reliable source of fantasy points yet. He could get hot though and he's still productive enough to own in deeper leagues.

TE Ben Troupe - TEN

Troupe might be cut free by owners now that he's suffered a high ankle sprain in week 8. He may not be ready to contribute again for a couple weeks. The Titans are on the bye in week 10. It's possible that he could be ready for week 11, but he might need another week or two. He could still be worth a look down the stretch if you need a nice backup with some upside. For now, he's strictly bench material and may not be productive for a few weeks.

Add for Later (Sleeper potential)

TE Zachary Hilton - NO

Replacing the injured Ernie Conwell, Hilton caught two balls for 13 yards against the Chicago Bears. Conwell will miss anywhere from two to five more weeks giving Hilton a nice opportunity over the next month possibly. Hilton is strictly a gamble. The Saints like his size and he could be a sneaky play if Aaron Brooks rights the ship.

TE Donald Lee - GB

David Martin didn't play this week and Lee filled in catching 3 balls for 21 yards. The Packers are getting decent production out of two tight ends on a regular basis with all their injuries. If Martin isn't able to play next week, then Lee would be a decent gamble in deeper leagues.

TE David Martin - GB

When healthy, Martin is a decent play in deeper leagues or those that are heavy on TD scoring. Favre loves looking for his tight ends near the goal line, so Martin could still score a few more TDs over the second half of the season (optimistically). This week he didn't play after being listed as questionable with a groin injury.

TE Ben Watson - NE

Watson remains slowed by a knee injury and was questionable in week 9. He's got the goods physically, but he's just not producing enough to be an option. He could still emerge down the stretch, but the Patriots have several other options in the passing game. Watson and Graham splitting their production don't help matters. Keep an eye on him, but both he and Graham are almost worthless in regular 10 or 12 team leagues until we see some consistency.

Add for Next Year (Dynasty potential)

TE Eric Edwards - ARI

Edwards is a solid prospect, but he's rehabbing his knee and won't be ready until next year. He's from the "U" and could be a better than average prospect for dynasty leagues with potential top 15 range within a year or two, especially if the Bills get some better play from their QB position.

TE Michael Gaines - CAR

Kris Mangum sprained his knee this week, so Gaines might have an opportunity to start for the Panthers next week. Gaines is 6' 3" and 275 pounds. He caught two passes for 67 yards a week ago, but didn't have a catch this week against the Bucs. He could be a nice sleeper for the next few weeks if Mangum isn't in the lineup.

Kicker

Add Immediately (Impact potential)

PK David Akers - PHI

Akers is back in action and could be a very nice option down the stretch, especially if Terrell Owens is done with the Eagles. Akers has been one of the best fantasy kickers going for the last several years, so if he's healthy enough to handle the FG duties, he's good enough to be on a roster.

PK Matt Stover - BAL

Stover is producing again even though the Ravens offense isn't getting into the end zone. Stover should be a steady producer considering that he's probably the best means of scoring the Ravens have right now.

PK Lawrence Tynes - KC

Through the first half of the 2005 season, Tynes has been an extremely consistent and reliable fantasy kicker. He booted kicked two more FGs this week along with three PATs. He looks like a top 5 or top 10 kickers at worse the rest of the way.

Defense



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