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Week 14 Waiver Wire Report


Quarterback

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QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - STL

Fitzpatrick cooled off as expected this week, but he played well and showed some athleticism running for a score. At Harvard, Fitzpatrick put up excellent numbers throwing and running the football. Heís smart, young and a quick study in the Rams offense. He could be the Rams starting QB the rest of the season. If he wasnít scooped up last week, grab him if you still can. He could finish with a bang. The Rams next three opponents are Minnesota, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

QB Charlie Frye - CLE

As expected, Frye made his first NFL start against the Jaguars. Frye was impressive throwing two TDs to fellow rookie Braylon Edwards. Thereís a chance he keep the job for the rest of the season unless Romeo Crennel puts Trent Dilfer back in there. Frye completed 13 of 20 for 226 yards with two TDs, no interceptions and 10 yards rushing. The Browns have a difficult schedule, so thereís a strong chance that Crennel wonít leave Frye in there to get beaten up too bad.

QB David Garrard - JAX

Garrard produced about what we expected starting in place of Byron Leftwich against the Browns. He threw 2 TDs, one interception and completed 11 of 20 for 116 yards with 26 yards rushing. Not outstanding, but solid enough to be useful and the scheduling includes a run of games with good potential for Garrard against Indy, San Fran, Houston and Tennessee.

QB Mike McMahon - PHI

In only two games, weíve already experienced the peaks and valleys of Mike McMahonís fantasy value. Heís completed 45% of his passes (30 of 67) for 389 yards with 1 TD and 1 interception. His 53 yards rushing with a TD give his value a boost. Otherwise, heíd be an afterthought as a quarterback. The schedule is soft and the table is set for McMahon to display his talents. If heís available, heís worth a shot.

QB Ben Roethlisberger - PIT

Since returning from injury Roethlisberger has been reasonably productive considering his thumb is toast and his knee isnít right either. He put up big-time numbers against the Bengals this week throwing for 386 yards with 3 TDs and unfortunately 3 INTs as well. The thumb is definitely a concern, but Big Ben might be able to play through it and remain productive. Weíll see how it plays out this week. The Steelers remaining schedule includes Chicago, Cleveland, Minnesota and Detroit. Roethlisberger is a decent reach in at least two of those matchups.

QB Kurt Warner - ARI

Grab him if heís some how still available in your league. Itís that simple. In the last four games, Warner leads the league with 1,313 yards with seven TDs and three INTs. Heís completed 65% of his passes. He could be an outstanding start against Houston in week 15 and Philadelphia week 16. Against Washington next week, he could be a bit risky, but heís throwing for over 300 yards/gm right now, so he should still be productive.

Add For Depth (Starter potential)

QB Kyle Boller - BAL

Bollerís remaining schedule looks solid against Denver, Green Bay, Minnesota and Cleveland. Even Jamal Lewis is showing signs of life and Chester Taylor may still provide an impact yet if/once heís healthy. Boller has some solid targets in the passing game and he could be reasonably productive in the remaining games. Note: This may be the only time Boller and reasonable are used in the same sentence, so proceed with caution.

QB David Carr - HOU

Carr ranks about 16th to 20th over the last four games depending on the scoring system used. The Texans have a soft schedule down the stretch with upcoming games against Tennessee, Arizona, Jacksonville and San Francisco. Carr could be productive enough in at least two or three of those games to be a borderline starter if you have to scramble for a starter.

QB Jeff Garcia - DET

Garcia proved once again that heís not able to give the Lions much of a lift offensively over deposed starter Joey Harrington. Garcia was inaccurate completing 17 of 35 for just 126 yards and no TDs while getting picked off once (twice but other was for a TD and it was called back). The schedule doesnít look that favorable either with games against the Packers, Bengals, Saints and Steelers.

QB Brad Johnson - MIN

Johnson torched the Lions secondary early connecting with Koren Robinson for an 80 yard TD. He finished 17 of 23 for 256 yards with 2 TDs and no turnovers. The Vikings are playing well with Johnson at the helm. Heís not producing significant fantasy stats, but heís reasonably useful in leagues with 12 or more teams. The next four games feature matchups against the Rams, Steelers, Ravens and Bears. That means Johnson could be worth a look next week, but good luck after that.

QB J.P. Losman - BUF

Losman turned in an entire gameís worth of stats in about one quarter this week against the Dolphins. He connected with Lee Evans for three TDs in the first quarter, two coming from 46 and 56 yards out. Losman made a couple mistakes, losing a fumble and throwing an interception, but the 224 yards and 3 TDs more than made up for it. The Bills next three games are against New England, Denver and Cincinnati. Losman might be able to produce top 15 numbers in two of those games.

QB Sage Rosenfels - MIA

Rosenfels took over for Gus Frerotte (concussion) this week and proved to be a lightning rod for the Dolphins offense. He threw for 272 yards completing 22 out of 37 passes with 2 TDs and an interception. Rosenfels could get the call next week depending on Frerotteís status and whatever decision Nick Saban makes after Frerotte is checked out. The Dolphins have three solid matchups in the last four week with games against the Chargers, Jets, Titans and Patriots. The Jets are the toughest matchup of that group; the other games look like productive situations for Rosenfels or Frerotte if they play up to their potential.

QB Chris Simms - TB

Simms helped the Bucs get a win this week, but he didnít help anybodyís fantasy team much. Heís up and down in the stat sheet, but Simms has the potential to score a big TD in any given week thanks to Joey Gallowayís presence. Unfortunately, thatís about the extent of the Bucs passing game right now. They have the Panthers, Patriots, Falcons and the Saints again on the schedule, so look at Simms as a potential sleeper over the next three weeks. The Patriots, in particular, might be the best game if youíre looking to play the matchup game.

Add for Later (Sleeper potential)

QB Joey Harrington - DET

Jeff Garcia is certainly not the answer for the Lions and thereís a very good chance that weíve not seen the last of Harrington this year (or next). Greg Olson is calling plays for the rest of the season. He took over play calling duties a year ago for Steve Mariucci down the stretch when Harrington had his most productive stretch throwing for over 300 yards twice. Now that Olson has resumed those duties this year, if Harrington gets another chance, he just might actually put up some halfway decent numbers. However, take any advice regarding the Lions with a grain of salt. Anything could happen and Dan Orlovsky could be in there in the bat of an eye.

QB Kyle Orton - CHI

Orton is an effective game manager right now. Heís not being asked to do too much, as long as he doesnít do anything to hurt the team. He only completed six passes for 68 yards against the Packers. He was sacked four times, lost a fumble and he threw a pick. Itís doubtful that heíll be of much value next week against the Steelers, but he could have some worth in really deep leagues against the Falcons, Packers and Vikings.

QB Alex Smith - SF

Smith showed some flashes of his potential this week against the Cardinals. In one stretch during the 2nd quarter, Smith connected with Johnnie Morton for 24 and 26 yards on consecutive plays to start a drive. His next pass went 31 yards to Frank Gore to the 2 yard line. Smith was 16 for 23 on the day with 185 yards and two interceptions. He faces the Seahawks, Jaguars, Rams and Texans to finish the season. You never know with young, talent QBs. He could be productive next week against Seattle and also against the Rams and Texans. If you start 2 QBs, heíd be a nice sleeper as your QB2.

QB Marques Tuiasosopo - OAK

There continues to be talk that Kerry Collins could get benched if the Raiders season doesnít improve soon. Tuiasosopo has bided his time as the Raiders long-time backup QB. If he is thrown into the fire, keep in mind heís mobile and more of a Mike McMahon or David Garrard type, but with the Raiders weapons, he could prove to be a productive passer, too. The Raiders face the Jets, Browns, Broncos and Giants down the stretch. Only the last two games look appealing if Tuiasosopo gets the call.

Add for Insurance (Backup Plan for playoffs)

QB Josh McCown - ARI

The only way McCown will start again for the Cardinals this year is if Kurt Warner gets hurt. If you own Warner, McCown could be a wise pickup to secure all those passing yards from Arizona. If Warner does go down, McCown would have value against Houston and Philadelphia in weeks 15 and 16.

QB Jim Sorgi - IND

If Peyton Manning sits down the stretch then Sorgi might be worth a look, but only if Manning is not playing. Itís difficult to say whether or not heíd be productive or if heíll have the benefit of playing with any of the starting offensive skilled players, but if you have Manning then Sorgi might be worth a pickup.

QB Billy Volek - TEN

McNair is playing well, but heís slightly banged up and even left the field for a short while this week. Volek is itching for an opportunity, so if you own McNair, then Volek should be a no-brainer unless roster spots are an issue.

Add for Next Year (Dynasty potential)

QB Todd Bouman - NO

Itís sounding like Aaron Brooks wonít be back with the Saints in 2006, so Todd Bouman could be a serious contender for the starting job. He could compete with Adrian McPherson and the Saints could also bring in another veteran via free agency like Josh McCown. Donít discount Bouman. McPherson has the most upside given his vast potential athletically, but Bouman is more game-ready to play right away.

QB Matt Cassel - NE

Cassel is a stealthy player for dynasty leagues. There simply isnít a lot of film, stats or game day experience to judge Cassel. He looked great in the preseason for a rookie. The Patriots have a good eye for talent, so you never know if he might blossom. Heís worth a roster spot in deeper dynasty leagues if youíre looking for a QB to groom for down the road.

QB Adrian McPherson - NO

Itís sounding like Aaron Brooks wonít be back with the Saints in 2006, so Todd Bouman could be a serious contender for the starting job. He could compete with Adrian McPherson and the Saints could also bring in another veteran via free agency like Josh McCown. Donít discount Bouman. McPherson has the most upside given his vast potential athletically, but Bouman is more game-ready to play right away.

Others to Keep an Eye On

QB Brooks Bollinger - NYJ

Bollinger has 386 yards with a TD and an interception and 27 yards rushing in the last two games. Heís not a great bet for fantasy purposes, but he could be the Jets starting QB for the last four games, unless Jay Fiedler gets a shot when heís healthy. The matchups include the Raiders, Dolphins, Patriots and Bills. The Patriots look like the best matchup on paper, but he only managed 135 yards and an interception against them this week.

QB Jay Fiedler - NYJ

Fielder could emerge as the Jets starter once heís healthy. Itís a long shot but itís definitely possible. The Jets arenít a hot bed for fantasy points this year, so even if Fiedler does emerge itís questionable if heíll product much as a fantasy QB.

Running Back

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RB J.J. Arrington - ARI

Marcel Shipp didnít play, so Arrington handled most of the rushing load for the Cardinals carrying 18 times for 59 yards and catching 3 balls for 16 yards. He didnít wow anyone, but heís at least showing signs that he could develop into a more productive player. He could be a nice surprise against Houston in week 15, otherwise heís a long shot in the tougher matchups.

RB Michael Bennett - MIN

Mewelde Moore started the game, but Michael Bennett was the one who ran wild on the Lions defense for the second time this season. Bennett replaced Moore almost immediately and he went on to score two TDs and rush for 79 yards on 22 carries with three catches for another 10 yards. Keep in mind the Vikings do this a lot under Mike Tice. Itís hard to rely on the Vikings as a source for fantasy points at the RB position, but if Bennett starts next week, he could be a nice sleeper against the Rams. The rest

RB DeShaun Foster - CAR

Foster went nuts this week against the Falcons after getting another shot to carry the load for the Panthers. He rushed for 131 yards on 24 carries with 49 yards receiving on three catches. He ran for a TD and caught a pass for a TD. Foster could be extremely productive in weeks 15 and 17 against New Orleans and Arizona. Against the Bucs and Cowboys in weeks 14 and 16 he should still be useful, but his chances of being a top back those weeks are slimmer.

RB Samkon Gado - GB

Since emerging as the Packers featured back, Gado ranks around the top 10 or 12 fantasy backs with 3 solid games and 1 poor game. Gado should keep the job for the rest of the season since the Packers seem willing to live with his fumbles. The schedule isnít particularly inviting with remaining games against the Lions, Ravens, Bears and Cardinals. Gado proved to be worthwhile against the Bears tough defense this week, so he could also be semi-productive in any of those four games as well.

RB Greg Jones - JAX

Jones is proving to be an effective runner for the Jags when Fred Taylor isnít able to play. He ran for 103 yards this week on 27 carries and he caught a pass for 9 yards. He isnít flashy. Heís just a hard-nosed runner with the ability to grind out the tough yards and keep the Jags offense going. If Taylor canít start in any of the last four games then Jones could be very productive in those posts, especially in weeks 15, 16 and 17 against the 49ers, Texans and Cardinals.

RB Artose Pinner - DET

Kevin Jones couldnít go this week after he was downgraded mid-week because of his ongoing thigh injury. Pinner and Shawn Bryson handled the load in Jonesí stead. Pinner produced 103 combined yards and he scored a TD. He caught 3 balls for 39 yards and rushed 14 times for 64 yards. If Jones isnít able to play in any of the Lions last four games, then Pinner could be a decent plug-in player. The last four games are against the Packers, Bengals, Saints and Cardinals. Pinner could be useful in all of those matchups if heís starting.

RB Chester Taylor - BAL

Taylor saw more carries than Jamal Lewis this week rushing for 40 yards on 11 carries compared with Lewisí 8 carries for 17 yards. Lewis was more productive as a receiver though, catching three balls for 23 yards compared to Taylorís one catch for 9 yards. The Ravens have a tough rushing matchup next week at Denver, but Taylor could be productive against the Packers, Vikings and Browns in the last three games.

Add For Depth (Starter potential)

RB Mike Alstott - TB

Alstott is a threat to score a TD almost every game. Unfortunately, heís like an all or nothing type player. He could score one or two TDs or fail to touch the football completely. In TD heavy leagues, heís worth a shot as a flex starter; otherwise, heís TD or bust for the most part.

RB Shawn Bryson - DET

Bryson continues to get plenty of snaps for the Lions because of his pass catching and blocking abilities. Bryson combined for 55 yards against the Vikings splitting touches with Artose Pinner since Kevin Jones wasnít able to play. Bryson ran six times for 29 yards and caught 4 balls for 26 yards.

RB T.J. Duckett - ATL

Duckett was dropped in some leagues after he was hurt and sat out for a few games. Chances are, he was already picked up again after turning in pair of solid performances the last 2 games. If heís still out there, grab him for insurance. He only produced 4 yards on 4 carries this week, but heís a threat to score about every other game, and if Dunn gets hurt, Duckett could be huge.

RB Kevin Faulk - NE

Faulk returned to action this week after missing about two months providing a boost to the Patriots backfield. He ran 10 times for 35 yards and caught 4 balls for 46 yards. Faulk could be a decent sleeper in PPR leagues against the Bills next week and possibly against the Bucs, Jets and Dolphins. If Dillon goes down again or misses anytime Faulk would be the first back to get a shot along with Pass and Evans.

RB Frank Gore - SF

Gore had fewer touches compared to Maurice Hicks, but Gore had the biggest plays. He had a 31 yard catch and run while gaining 22 yards on 6 carries. If Barlow isnít ready to return next week, Gore deserves a look. Hicks is getting more touches but keep Gore in mind because of his big play potential. He could be a sneaky play in weeks 16 and 17 against the Rams and Texans.

RB Travis Henry - TEN

Henry is getting more carries over the last two games. He ran 6 times this week for 18 yards and caught 2 balls for 18 yards against a tough Colts defense. If Chris Brown is sidelined during the last four weeks, then Henry obviously becomes a great plug-in play. The last four games on the schedule are against the Texans, Seahawks, Dolphins and Jaguars. The Texans are the best matchup, but Brown will be playing next week.

RB Maurice Hicks - SF

Hicks split playing time with rookie Frank Gore with Kevan Barlow sidelined this week. Hicks ran for only 17 yards on 10 carries, but he did manage a 1-yard TD run. His window will probably be closing soon, but as long as Barlow is sidelined, then Hicks will see a substantial amount of touches with Gore serving as the backup. Hicks could be worth a start in deeper leagues if heís playing much in weeks 16 and 17 considering the matchups are against the Rams and Texans.

RB Aaron Stecker - NO

Stecker continues to be a decent player if youíre in a PPR league with 12 or more teams. He caught 4 balls for 55 yards this week while rushing for 5 yards on 5 carries. Heís producing about 50 to 60 yards a week, so if that might help your squad then he might be worth a look.

Add for Later (Sleeper potential)

RB Marion Barber III - DAL

Barber only carried the ball 2 times for 8 yards this week. Julius Jones handled the bulk of the load for the Cowboys. Barber could re-emerge any given week if Jones gets hurt or fumbles a few times. Keep Barber on the short list if heís been cut in the last couple of weeks.

RB Jerome Bettis - PIT

Bettis scored a TD from 1 yard this week carrying 8 times for 13 yards overall. Surprisingly, he caught 3 balls for 24 yards. His upside is limited as long as Willie Parker is healthy, but if Parker gets hurt, then Bettis could be the primary back for the Steelers ground game again.

RB Ciatrick Fason - MIN

Mewelde Moore canít seem to stay healthy for long and Michael Bennett is a free agent after the season. Fason could easily emerge next year as a viable starter for the Vikings or at least force a platoon with Moore. Fason is serving as the teamís goal line runner at the moment so his value is limited unless heís able to start a game or two.

RB Dominic Rhodes - IND

Rhodes is probably gone in most leagues. He could end up playing a lot in the last three or four games for the Colts once they control their playoff destiny. The last three games are against the Chargers, Seahawks and Cardinals. If Rhodes gets 15 to 20 touches against the Seahawks or Cardinals, he could be worth starting as a RB2 the last two weeks.

RB Duce Staley - PIT

Staley is serving as the Steelers third down back, but his current role is not good for his fantasy value. His value is boosted if Willie Parker is sidelined. Otherwise, Staley is merely good for insurance as is Bettis, if you own Parker.

Add for Insurance (Backup Plan for playoffs)

RB Dee Brown - KC

Brown is the clear-cut backup to Larry Johnson. If your league doesnít allow transactions during the playoffs, then you should probably obtain Brown just to be safe if you have the roster flexibility and youíre not hurting yourself at another position.

RB Rock Cartwright - WAS

Iím sure Rock just inched a little bit closer to a starting job on the all-BlackeyedJoe.com team. Cartwright broke loose this week for 118 yards on just 9 carries against the Rams. He had runs of 52, 28, 25 and 13 yards. If Ladell Betts remains sidelined next week, then keep Cartwright in mind for deeper leagues. He could get enough carries to do some damage as the backup to Clinton Portis.

RB Ron Dayne - DEN

Tatum Bell returned to action this week but Ron Dayne remained active and part of the Broncos game plan. Dayne carried the ball eight times for 26 yards. His upside seems limited unless Anderson and Bell are both hurt, but he could continue to get 5 and maybe up to 10 carries a week for the rest of the season.

RB Tony Fisher - GB

Fisher will be the Packerís third down back for the rest of the season. However, he could regain the starting job if Gado gets hurt or if his fumbling becomes a serious problem. Otherwise, the Packers seem to be content with letting Gado prove himself down the stretch.

RB Cedric Houston - NYJ

The Jets could give Houston a few more opportunities down the stretch, but theyíve stated publicly that one of their goals is to get Curtis Martin 1,000 yards for an 11th straight season. That might not help Houstonís development, but itís good for the teamís fans and good for Martin. Houston could have a larger role next year and possibly even emerge as a starter if the Jets donít draft or sign another player in the off-season. Martinís getting closer to the end and Derrick Blaylock canít stay healthy enough to handle a featured role for too long.

RB Maurice Morris - SEA

Morris has been very productive in his limited opportunities. Heís the clear-cut backup to Shaun Alexander. If Alexander gets hurt, Morris would probably be a strong play as a fantasy starter as well.

RB Adrian Peterson - CHI

Peterson continues to be a highly productive backup RB for the Bears. Heís a tough runner between the tackles and an excellent change up from Thomas Jones. He produced 48 yards this week on 11 carries giving Jones a break on three different series.

RB Michael Turner - SD

Turner could be a lot like Larry Johnson if LaDainian Tomlinson gets hurt, and if you were watching Sunday nightís game then LT gave his owners a brief scare in the 2nd quarter. Turner has been incredibly productive in spot duty serving as LTís primary backup. He scored a TD this week and almost always makes something happen in his limited playing time. If heís forced to start a game or two, he could be an excellent spot starter. At the very least, heís almost must have if you own LT.

RB Shaud Williams - BUF

Williams is a small, but capable back if heís called upon to step in for Willis McGahee at any point. Williams is a good receiver and heís shifty and quick enough to be a decent runner, too. If you own McGahee, Williams is the clear cut backup and player to own for insurance.

Add for Next Year (Dynasty potential)

RB Noah Herron - PIT

Herron was signed by the Packers off the Steelers practice squad last week when they placed ReShard Lee on injured reserve. It was the fifth back to go on IR for the Packers this season. Herron is a rookie out of Northwestern. Heís a solid receiver out of the backfield with deceptive speed and shiftiness. He could be the right kind of player for the Packers system and he could literally be one injury away from playing time in the last four games. As a dynasty option, he could also get a shot to compete for a job next year with Samkon Gado and whomever the Packers re-sign, sign via free agency or draft.

RB Ryan Moats - PHI

Moats is getting more carries later in the season and he could get enough work in the last four games that he might end up being a decent sleeper some weeks. In particular, Moats could be a deep sleeper against the Rams and Cardinals in weeks 15 and 16. He could also serve as Brian Westbrookís running mate next year if the Eagles donít draft another back.

Wide Receiver

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WR Reggie Brown - PHI

Brown could re-emerge at any time given the Eagles soft schedule down the stretch. Heís a good young receiver with size and speed, but heíll be inconsistent from week to week, so consider him a gamble as a starter, but one with good upside.

WR Isaac Bruce - STL

Bruce is back in the lineup with the Rams and a solid play down the stretch if heís still available after missing over a month because of turf toe. The Rams schedule is pretty solid so Bruce could finish strong.

WR Mark Clayton - BAL

If Clayton is still available, then now is the time to grab him. Right when heís heating up for a nice finish to his rookie season. Clayton is back on track and healthy again. He caught 7 balls for 86 yards against the Texans this week. The Ravens schedule has a couple easy matchups where Clayton could prove to be an effective sleeper.

WR Lee Evans - BUF

Obviously, if Evans is available in your league, then heíll probably be the hottest waiver wire pickup in your league after scoring 3 TDs in the opening quarter against Miami. Evans has a nice rapport with J.P. Losman, so look for these two to build on this weekís breakout game with soft matchups against the Patriots and Broncos in the next two weeks.

WR Chris Henry - CIN

Henry has 5 TDs as a rookie. He caught 5 balls for 52 yards last week. The Bengals are featuring him more as they use more three receiver sets. Henry is a big-time talent, so if heís available in your league, heís worth a shot because of his upside and ability to produce TDs. Henry could be worth a look against Detroit in week 15 and Kansas City in week 17.

WR Koren Robinson - MIN

Robinson finally had the breakout game that many people have been waiting patiently for all season. The talented, but troubled receiver broke open the Vikings/Lions game with an 80 yard reception on his way to a 4 catch, 148 yard performance. Heís been more involved in the last few weeks starting in place of the hobbled Nate Burleson. Robinson and the Vikings have an excellent matchup next week against the Rams. He could be worth a look in that matchup, but the three games after that arenít nearly as enticing. For you dynasty leaguers, Robinson hits the free agent market after the season so heís definitely worth a flyer if nothing else.

WR Amani Toomer - NYG

Toomer was almost shut out this week against the Cowboys, but he did score a TD in three straight games before the let down. Toomer is a solid player to have for depth, but he could also come in handy as a WR3/WR4 in PPR leagues. The next two weeks could be nice spots for Toomer and the Giants. They play the Eagles and Chiefs and then close the season against Washington and Oakland.

Add For Depth (Starter potential)

WR Jabar Gaffney - HOU

The Texans have some soft matchups down the stretch and Gaffney has been reasonably productive at times this year. He caught 6 balls for 40 yards this week. Keep him in mind for deeper leagues and more so for PPR leagues.

WR Eric Parker - SD

Parker continues to produce just enough to make himself useful, but not enough to be reliable as starter every week in most leagues. He caught a 1-yard TD this week while finishing with 3 catches for 22 yards. At best, Parker will be the Chargers fourth option in the passing game. LT, Antonio Gates and Keenan McCardell are all more productive players on a consistent basis, but if your WR corps is thin and Parker is available, he could help. Of the Chargers last four opponents (Dolphins, Colts, Chiefs and Broncos), the last two hold good potential for the Chargers passing game, so Parker could be a nice plug in during those weeks.

WR Samie Parker - KC

Parker caught 4 balls for 39 yards against the Broncos and heís caught 11 balls for 138 yards with 1 TD in the last three games. The Chiefs plays the Cowboys, Giants, Chargers and Bengals the rest of the way. Parker is the Chiefs 3rd or 4th option in the passing game, but he could be a decent reach against the Giants and Chargers in particular.

WR Scott Vines - DET

Vines continues to be a steady performer for the Lions in the face of their horrific 2005 season. None of the Lions WRs produced anything this week, but Vines remains firmly in the mix catching 2 balls for 10 yards. Ironically, heís probably as good as or possibly even a better bet to outscore Mike Williams and Charles Rogers both down the stretch. So much for high draft choices, eh?

WR Roddy White - ATL

White is going to be an inconsistent performer knowing the Falcons passing stats tend to be erratic with Michael Vick, but heís emerging as the Falcons best receiver. He had 35 yards this week on 3 catches. That said, the Falcons schedule looks tough down the stretch so White might not yield many dividends until next year.

Add for Later (Sleeper potential)

WR Arnaz Battle - SF

Battle continues to be limited by his injured knee. He returned long enough to have a big game last week only to sit out this week against Arizona. If/when heís finally healthy, Battle is the real deal. Heís a taller Hines Ward and, in time, could prove to be quite a dynasty league WR and a potential sleeper down the stretch this year.

WR Nate Burleson - MIN

Burleson remains in the mix, but he simply hasnít been productive this year. Heís been fighting through an assortment of injuries so donít expect anything big from him anytime soon. Then again, he did play this week and catch 2 balls for 26 yards, but heís been replaced by Koren Robinson in the starting lineup. He could reemerge down the stretch and might even be a deep reach next week against the Rams. Otherwise, heís probably hoping to get back on track next year.

WR Tyrone Calico - TEN

Calico is an oft-injured receiver thatís been battling to stay on the field. He caught 2 balls for 26 yards this week against the Colts. Unfortunately, we just havenít seen enough out of Calico to warrant making a roster move for him at this time. He still has potential, but knee injuries have sapped his explosiveness making him a rather ordinary receiver despite his excellent size.

WR Patrick Crayton - DAL

The Cowboys waived Peerless Price when it was clear that Patrick Crayton would be able to play this week against the Giants. Crayton didnít have a catch, but heís back in the lineup. Heís a good blocker and he gives Drew Bledsoe a big target with great hands in the slot. He could be a sneaky play against the Chiefs next week and against the Rams in week 17. Heís an even better prospect to own in dynasty leagues.

WR Doug Gabriel - OAK

Like the whole Raiders offense, Gabriel seems to be in a funk. Heís been banged up on and off this year and he remains the 3rd wheel in the Raiders WR corps, but heís still a source for big plays and/or a TD every few games. If Randy Moss or Jerry Porter get banged up then Gabriel becomes an excellent sleeper in the last two weeks against Denver and the NY Giants.

WR David Givens - NE

Givens returned to the lineup this week catching 5 balls but for only 27 yards. The Patriots offense is getting the job done somehow, but Givens is too risky to use at this point until we see him get into the action more.

Add for Next Year (Dynasty potential)

WR Devery Henderson - NO

Weíve talked a lot about Henderson over the past couple years. Heís super fast and at 6í2Ē has decent size, too. He seems to be the kind of player that could blossom with a little coaching and the right opportunity. However, so far he remains very much a work in progress. Simply put, heís raw. He doesnít run great routes and heís inconsistent, but he does have that blazing speed, so keep your eyes on him. He could still be worth a gamble down the road.

WR Wes Welker - MIA

Welker could possibly emerge as the Dolphins slot receiver or starter opposite Chris Chambers next year. Heís one of the leagueís best return men already, but heís showing some potential as a receiver, too. Heís not flashy, but heís tough, fast and elusive when he gets the ball. He could be a sleeper down the stretch and a nice buy low candidate in dynasty leagues with expanded rosters.

Others to Keep an Eye On

WR Justin Gage - CHI

Itís difficult to like any of the Bears WRs right now. They simply arenít throwing the ball effectively enough to warrant any fantasy potential Ė even for Muhsin Muhammad. Gage has great size, but until the Bears defense slips or they are no longer able to run the ball, there simply wonít be much of a need to throw the ball enough for Gage to have any serious value. Things might change, but donít count on it this year.

WR Frisman Jackson - CLE

Braylon Edwards looks like heís going to be out for the rest of the year and possibly into next year if he tore his ACL as feared yesterday. Jackson, of course, had a huge week 1 this year and then disappeared. Heís a big receiver with decent speed and heíll be playing the slot role with Edwards sidelined. He could be good for a game or two with Charlie Frye slinging the rock, but the schedule is brutal so it would be a difficult spot for him for sure.

WR Taylor Jacobs - WAS

Jacobs had a slam-dunk matchup and he came up with nothing. That should summarize Jacobís fantasy value. He could have a game or two down the stretch with 40 or 50 yards, but that appears to be his ceiling after whiffing in this weekís game.

WR Justin McCareins - NYJ

McCareins came up short in a soft matchup against the Patriots this week. He and the Jets offense as a whole have been inconsistent and frustrating this year. McCareins could still have some solid games down the stretch, but heís just not reliable enough to count on so heís still a bit of a gamble even in deeper leagues.

WR Quincy Morgan - PIT

Morgan caught a TD pass this week, but heís nobody to get excited about. Heís had numerous opportunities over the years with three teams now to become a difference maker and heís come up short every time so far. Heís working as the Steelers 4th WR right now, so if any of the Steelers top three get hurt, maybe heíll be worth a look. Until then, chalk this one up as a ďone week wonderĒ.

Tight End

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TE Zachary Hilton - NO

Hilton produced this third straight solid game filling in for Ernie Conwell. Hilton caught four passes for 50 yards. At this point, heís worth a spot in the lineup if you donít have one of the top TEs in the league. He is proving to be an effective option if you can get him.

TE Heath Miller - PIT

Miller produced 44 yards on three catches this week and with Ben Roethlisberger ďbackĒ it appears that he could once again be a consistently productive tight end down the stretch. In particular, he faces the Vikings in week 15, which we all know is a haven for tight end production.

TE Ben Troupe - TEN

Troupe appears to be fully back now after catching 5 balls for 67 yards this week. Heís caught 9 balls for 95 yards in the last two games now. If heís still available after missing weeks 10 and 11, then grab him. The Titans will continue to utilize their tight ends as much as any team in the league and a healthy Ben Troupe has a high upside each week.

TE Ben Watson - NE

It took over half of the season, but Watson is finally producing numbers on a consistent basis. Of course, Daniel Grahamís injuries have helped get Watson on the field more, not to mention the injuries to all of the Patriots WRs. Watson caught 2 balls for 43 yards this week. Heís caught 3 balls in four of the last five games and he has 35 yards or more in four of the last five games.

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TE Dallas Clark - IND

If Clark remains available in smaller leagues, then you might find him useful. His upside is tremendous, but he can also disappear some weeks so heís a bit risky as a starter. Still, he has Manning throwing the ball to him, so that lone warrants a roster spot in most leagues. His production might also diminish down the stretch if, as expected; the Colts begin resting their starters.

TE Marcus Pollard - DET

Pollard only caught 2 balls for 10 yards this week in an excellent matchup against the Vikings. Heís still a decent option off the bench if your starter gets hurt of if the matchup is right, but as we saw this week, itís difficult to expect much production or consistency from the Lions this year. He does have two more good matchups where he could be useful in the next two weeks against Green Bay and Cincinnati.

TE Jeb Putzier - DEN

Putzierís role in the offense seems to be growing over the last couple games. He caught four balls for 50 yards this week against the Chiefs. In the last two games he has 8 catches for 119 yards, but unfortunately still no TDs. That seems to be his mantra. The remaining schedule looks difficult, but he could be a worth a look against the Raiders in week 16.

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TE Bryan Fletcher - IND

If Dallas Clark is benched down the stretch then Fletcher could be a serious sleeper. Heís already getting into the act as one of the Colts backup TEs behind Clark. Heís scored 3 TDs in the last month.

TE Doug Jolley - NYJ

Jolley caught 2 balls for 26 yards this week. We were hoping that Jolleyís role would grow, but the Jets offense is limited this year and expecting more out of Jolley at this point might merely be wishful thinking.

TE Donald Lee - GB

Lee continues to be semi-productive despite the Packers playing all three of their tight ends. Lee, third on the depth chart, produced 3 catches for 37 yards. If Franks is sidelined, then Lee becomes a solid sleeper almost regardless of the opponent. He could also get a look for a bigger role next season since heís been a pleasant surprise for the Packers this year.

TE David Martin - GB

Martin, like Donald Lee, has been a solid contributor this year for the Packers when heís been healthy. He caught four balls for 19 yards this week. Bubba Franks has been banged up over the last month resulting in better numbers for both Martin and Lee. Brett Favre is targeting his tight ends consistently each week, so if one of them is unable to play, the other two both make decent reaches.

TE Robert Royal - WAS

Royal redeemed himself this week with a strong game catching 4 balls for 40 yards against the Rams. The Redskins tight end has not been very productive and thereís a good chance he wonít have anymore games like this the rest of the season, too. Chris Cooley gets almost all of the looks out of the Redskins Hback/TE roles with Santana Moss gobbling up almost everything else. If Cooley gets hurt, then keep Royal on your short list.

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TE Bo Scaife - TEN

Scaife filled in for the injured Erron Kinney, who left the game in the first half with an apparent knee injury. Every time Kinney or Ben Troupe has been hurt, Scaife has stepped into the lineup and become immediately productive. The rookie from Texas caught 6 balls to lead the team and finished with 53 yards. If Kinney is unable to play next week, then Scaife is a great short-term play if you can grab him.

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TE Joel Dreessen - NYJ

The rookie tight end caught a 17 yard pass this week. He hasnít played much this year, but he could emerge as a potential starter by next season competing with Doug Jolley and Chris Baker.

TE Michael Gaines - CAR

Coming out of high school, Gaines was consider the top tight end in the state of Florida. He has good size and heís earned a bigger role in the Panthers offense this year with Kris Mangum battling a sprained knee and Mike Seidman also working through injuries. Gaines could be a starter for the Panthers down the road, so he might be a decent long-term player to groom if you have the roster space.

TE George Wrighster - JAX

Wrighster teases us with a few TD grabs each year and then completely disappears for long stretches. He is a natural pass catching TD and Kyle Brady canít keep playing forever, so he has a legitimate shot to earn a starting role in the near future, but thereís also a good chance the Jags will look to the draft for another TE or sign one via free agency.

Kicker

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PK Nick Novak - ARI

Novak is filling in for the injured Neil Rackers, so make use of him while you can. Heís potentially a riskier play than Rackers (who has been money in the bank this year), but the Cardinals remain a poor red zone team so that means Novak could be productive until Rackers returns in a couple/few weeks.

Others to Keep an Eye On

PK Robbie Gould - CHI

Gould has been steady if not unspectacular as the Bears kicker. Itís a tough situation kicking in the windy city, so tread lightly, but the Bears have the defense and running game that generally bodes well for kicking opportunities.

PK John Hall - WAS

Hall has been a solid source for points since returning from his injury. Heís not a top option but heís been consistently productive, which is half the battle when selecting a free agent kicker.

Defense

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TD Jacksonville Jaguars - JAX

The Jags have two outstanding matchups in the playoffs against the 49ers and Texans. If youíre still able to pluck them off waivers in your league, then consider doing it just for those two weeks if youíre playing the defense by committee matchup game.

TD New England Patriots - NE

The Patriots also have some nice matchups down the stretch. They beat up on the Jets this week and they play them again in week 16. They also face Buffalo, Tampa and Miami the rest of the way.

TD Minnesota Vikings - MIN

The Vikings have three excellent matchups in their last four games against the Rams, Ravens and Bears. Theyíve been one of the top 10 fantasy defenses over the last month and could continue producing top 10 numbers down the stretch, too.

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TD Arizona Cardinals - ARI

The Cardinals have a few matchups that could be useful in the last four games. Look for them to be potentially effective against Houston and Philadelphia in weeks 15 and 16 depending on how Mike McMahon plays on the road.

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TD Green Bay Packers - GB

The Packers are playing good football on the defensive side of the ball and they have some good matchups the rest of the way against Detroit, Baltimore and Chicago in weeks 14 thru 16.



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