Green Light, Yellow Light, Red Light – STOP!!! There are some
appealing names each week on the waiver wire, I supply my weekly take
on whether these players should be considered or not.
Sage Rosenfels (HOU) - For the second time in his two years in Houston, Matt Schaub has suffered a serious injury. He's out for a month and that means that Sage Rosenfels gets the call once again. He proved worthy last year when called upon and could prove to be a nice short-term fix for owners hurting for quarterback help. The schedule isn't a walk in the park, but it shouldn't scare you away either. My best bet of the new starting QB's.
Brady Quinn (CLE)
– The Browns finally pulled the plug on Derek Anderson, thus beginning the Brady Quinn Era in Cleveland. I am a bit torn on his outlook. For starters, despite the Week 10 match-up it's hard to ignore the fact the young QB is only going to have a few days to prepare for his first start. Plus, I am not sold on the fact that Anderson was the problem. Long-term he's a nice pick-up, but don't bank on starting him weekly just yet.
Tyler Thigpen (KC)
– There's no doubting that Thigpen has breathed some much-needed life into the Kansas City passing game and counting his ReTD last week he has two touchdowns in each of the last two games. A favorable schedule down the stretch may be tempting, but if you are counting on him your team is in trouble. It's going to take a couple more solid games before I can recommend him.
Rex Grossman (CHI)
– Just when I starting to become a believer in the Bears' offense, Kyle Orton gets hurt. Now there are conflicting reports to the extent of his injury and he may not even miss that much time. Best case for Grossman is he gets four starts and they include games against the Titans, Packers, and Vikings and three of those four starts would come on the road. I am going to pass on the Bears' backup.
Ray Rice (BAL) – Many blog readers blasted me when I listed Ray Rice as a top 10 rookie about a month ago, but on Sunday he showed glimpses of why I think so highly of him. Rice had 154 rush yards on 21 carries with 22 receiving yards in Sunday's win over Cleveland, even though Willis McGahee was active. It's unclear how things are going to shape up in the Ravens' backfield, but Rice's talent is clear enough to add him if possible.
Jamal Charles (KC) – Larry Johnson is out for Week 10 and is a huge question mark down the stretch. Kolby Smith was placed on I.R. after injurying his knee in Week 9. Charles broke the 100-yard mark in his absence against a tough Bucs' D. Still, I am not sold on the Chiefs' offensive production being for real just yet. It helps they play in the AFC West though and if LJ sits out long-term, Charles could be worthy.
Petyon Hillis (DEN)
– The Broncos' backfield is a mess to say the least. The team placed Michael Pittman and Andre Hall on I.R. on Monday and now will turn to Ryan Torain as their primary option. In addition, Selvin Young is still in the mix. Just because Hillis had 7 receptions for 116 yards last week against the Dolphins, don't bank on him becoming a consistent fantasy producer anytime soon.
Anthony Gonzalez (IND) – Many fantasy owners got frustrated wiith the Colts' wideout and some of them even dropped them. If that's the case in your league don't hesistate to go out to the waiver wire and scoop him up. Hs two scores in Week 9 were a reminder of what he is capable of and I am projecting the now-healthy Colts' offense to find itself down the stretch. He's not a weekly starter, but a great reserve to have in a pinch.
Michael Jenkins (ATL) – Jenkins found the end zone twice in Week 9, but he hadn't scored prior to that since Week 1. The Falcons' passing game is respectable, but Roddy White is by far the No. 1 option there. Jenkins, a former first round pick, has been disappointing throughout his career. You should still keep your eyes on him though and see if he continues to make strides in living up to his potential.