Pickups and Drops
The truth sometimes hurts and right now, the fantasy reality is that if you are looking for a waiver wire QB to save your playoff hopes, you are probably kidding yourself. Nevertheless, we owe it to you to roll through some names: Guys like Derek Anderson, Troy Smith and Bruce Gradkowski are unstable and inconsistent. Avoid them. Favre is beyond done and probably shouldn’t be mentioned but it gives me a chance to think about Jenn Sterger some more. Back on track, and sad as it is to say, your best hope is that someone dropped a Shaun Hill or Ryan Fitzpatrick recently. In fact, I’ve even seen a Jay Cutler or Josh Freeman out there in some leagues. Again, not great when your likely playoff matchup will have a top-6 guy going against you, but at least these last dudes can have the big game.
Matt Hasselbeck - He has back-to-back 300-yard games (333, 366), with a TD in each one. As my boy Rumford Johnny pointed out to me, Matt Hasselbeck has a nice fantasy playoff schedule if nothing else.
Chris Ivory - Pierre Thomas may not be back for another 3 weeks and it is very possible that someone dropped Ivory during the Bye. Yet another example of RB fungibility, Ivory could be a top-8 back for the stretch. He had a TD yesterday and was a yard short of the century mark.
Reggie Bush - was supposed to be back this week, and would have played if it were his choice. He should be back this week, and who knows, may have a great close out to the season.
Mike Goodson - was mentioned here last week and responded with a 120 yards rushing and 151 in total. As long as Jonathan Stewart is out, he's going to get the totes on a run-first team run by a rookie QB.
Danny Woodhead - He may not have hit puberty yet, but no matter, the kid simply makes big plays and Tom Brady loves him. What he lacks in touches, he gains in making the most of his opportunities.
Donald Jones - In his second game in the lineup for the injured Roscoe Parrish (on IR), the guy went for 5/70/1TD. With Fitzpatrick looking like Dan Fouts of late, maybe Donald can become Charlie Joyner.
Nate Burleson - Nate has 37 catches for 433 yards and 3 TDs over his last 5 outings. While few players have burned fantasy owners over the past 5 season more than Nate, Hill seems to like the guy.
Blair White - The Blair White Project is a big target at 6'2", and he has Peyton Manning throwing him the ball. Not much else needs to be said, but he did score two TDs yesterday. Collie is out again and looking a little messed up, while Garcon seems to be dropping a lot of passes and blowing a lot of routes during games. I'd rather start this guy than Steve Smith on Carolina at this point in the season.
Andre Roberts - Six catches for 52 yards this week and scored a TD last week. I can't with a straight face tell you to pick someone up on the Cardinals not named Larry, but if you are looking to pick up a WR in a 20-man league or just want to hand your opponent a victory this week in some sort of collusion scheme, Andre could be your guy.
Derek Hagan / Duke Calhoun - With Hakeem Nicks announced to be out for the next three weeks and Steve Smith still on the shelf, either Derek or Duke could be getting the opportunity of a lifetime here. Derek will likely be the first to start opposite Mario Manningham next game, and with a Manning under center in what is now a pass-first offense, you could do worse if you're looking for a receiver on the waiver wire.
Joel Dreessen - That long TD was some kind of busted coverage so don’t get crazy.