The Wire – Week 12: Bottom of the Barrel

Here are our waiver wire candidates for week twelve. As usual, you’ll find players who are either [Startable], a [Stopgap] to get you past a BYE or injury, [Worth a look] and spot on your bench, or [One-week-wonder]s who don’t warrant a roster spot, so you make your roster moves accordingly. You’ll also see the percent owned (in Yahoo! leagues) in parenthesis. All I can say about the cast of characters on this week’s list is that hopefully you don’t have to rely on them too much…otherwise you’re in big trouble.

Wide Receivers
  • [Startable] Chris Chambers, SD (64%) – Chambers has been just what the doctor ordered for the Chiefs. The team is now on a two game win streak, in large part due to his solid play the last few weeks.
  • [Startable] Laveranues Coles, CIN (58%) – Coles has either scored a touchdown or caught for over 60 yards in each of his past five games. He now plays the following teams: Cleveland, Detroit, Minnesota, San Diego and Kansas City. Can you say JACKPOT?!
  • [Stopgap] Pierre Garcon, IND (66%) – After a few poor games from week five to eight, I’ll admit that Pierre Garcon fell off my radar. However, his 108 yard performance against the Ravens yesterday snapped me back to reality to realize that he has 18 catches for 271 yards and a touchdown over his past four games.
  • [Stopgap] Devery Henderson, NO (66%) – As soon as I give him the “startable” tag, he goes and catches one pass for negative yardage! He’s still a member of the high-flying Saints offense though and should rebound next week, even if it’s against the Patriots.
  • [Stopgap] Patrick Crayton, DAL (58%) – He’s still only really useful in leagues that award for kick returns, but he did have the only touchdown in the Cowboys 7-6 domination (note: sarcasm) of the Redskins on Sunday.
  • [Stopgap] Donnie Avery, STL (56%) – He’s the top receiver in a bad passing offense, for whatever that’s worth to you.
  • [Worth a look] Robert Meachem, NO (48%) – I crazily recommended someone start Meachem over Mike Sims-Walker this past weekend and thankfully he scored two touchdowns, because his 10 yards receiving were going to make me look like a complete idiot. However, Robert Meachem now has six touchdowns this year and is slowly proving that he’s not just a guy who catches long touchdown passes.
  • [Worth a look] Joshua Cribbs, CLE (22%) – Remember, he played against the Lions, but he has value in leagues that award for kick returns.
  • [Worth a look] Davone Bess, MIA (11%) – I think he’s the number one receiver on the Dolphins, but who really knows. He hasn’t found the endzone all year, but Bess does have some value in PPR leagues, as he has 46 catches this year.
  • [Worth a look] Jason Avant, PHI (7%) – Avant had 156 yards receiving in week ten and caught a touchdown this past weekend. He’s still the third most valuable receiver on the team (fourth if you include Brent Celek), but the Eagles throw the ball A LOT.
  • [Worth a look] Brandon Gibson, STL (5%) – Maybe I underestimated the rookie, who now has 12 catches for 154 yards in two games for the Rams. Don’t start him this week, but he does have some favorable match-ups in the near future (13-CHI, 14-TEN, 15-HOU.)
  • [One-week-wonder] Mohamed Massaquoi, CLE (16%) – Welcome back to The Wire Mr. Massaquoi. Will you be staying long this time? Most likely not, as you racked up major yardage against the lowly Lions.
  • [One-week-wonder] Chansi Stuckey, CLE (2%)See Mohamed Massaquoi.
Running Backs
  • [Startable] Jason Snelling, ATL (79%) – If you’re a Michael Turner owner and didn’t pick up Snelling last week, you’re screwed. It looks like Turner will miss at least three more games (leading right into the playoffs!) and there is a potential he won’t be back for over a month. Snelling racked up two scores yesterday and looks to be a decent RB2 for a while.
  • [Startable] / [Stopgap] Fred Jackson, BUF (83%) – I don’t usually include players that are already owned in the bulk of the leagues out there, but with Marshawn Lynch’s shoulder injury on Sunday, I figured it was worth listing Jackson here in case he was available in your league. He’s worth a lot more if Lynch misses some action obviously.
  • [Stopgap] Mike Bell, NO (64%) – I’d like to know how annoyed all the Pierre Thomas owners were with Bell’s two touchdown performance on Sunday? Mike Bell isn’t consistent, but he’s always a threat to score some decent points for your squad and if you’re really struggling, maybe he fills in the RB2 or flex spot for your team.
  • [Stopgap] Jamal Lewis, CLE (61%) – Against the worst defense he’ll face this season, Lewis racked up 88 combined yards. He’s only an emergency play at this point, as his team is horrible.
  • [Stopgap] Bernard Scott, CIN (59%) – He delivered in the absence of Cedric Benson, rushing for 119 yards and catching three passes for another 32 yards. If Benson doesn’t return in week 12, look for Bernard Scott to get the bulk of the carries again as the team slowly works Larry Johnson into the line-up.
  • [Stopgap] Rock Cartwright, WAS (19%) – If Portis misses another game due to his concussion, Cartwright will continue to start for the team now that Ladell Betts is out for the year.
  • [Worth a look] Larry Johnson, KC (72%) – He had a whopping two carries for five yards in his first game as a Bengal. I doubt he has much fantasy value this year, but just keep an eye on the situation.
  • [Worth a look] Kahlil Bell, CHI (1%) – With starter Matt Forte running poorly this year, Bell is someone to keep an eye on, after he racked up 81 yards on just four carries in the Bears loss to the Eagles.
  • [One-week-wonder] Mike Tolbert, SD (0%) – The Chargers got all of their running backs involved in the action while dominating the Broncos on Sunday. Don’t expect a repeat performance when they play a team that remembers how to play football.
Quarterbacks
  • [Stopgap] David Garrard, JAX (67%) – You don’t want to start him, but if you’re in a two quarterback league and really struggling to find someone…
  • [Stopgap] Matt Cassel, KC (49%) – Cassel seems to appear, disappear, then re-appear on this list every couple weeks. He’s on here this time due to a solid near-250 yard, two touchdown performance against the Steelers. I like him more than Garrard at this point.
  • [Stopgap] Alex Smith, SF (28%) – Three touchdown passes AT Green Bay is pretty impressive. He now has nine touchdowns and seven interceptions over the five games he’s been the team’s starter.
  • [Worth a look] Vince Young, TEN (21%) – Let’s see if he can keep up his winning ways tonight against the Texans.
  • [Worth a look] Matthew Stafford, DET (17%) – It was against the Brownies, but 422 yards and five touchdowns is impressive against any NFL team in my book. If he was good enough to make the famous “Team of the Week”, he’s good enough to keep an eye on. He’s definitely someone to look at in a keeper league.
  • [One-week-wonder] Brady Quinn, CLE (5%) – It was against the Lions, but 304 yards and four touchdowns is impressive…you know, never mind. Quinn has had his chances and hasn’t done anything to warrant consideration in any fantasy football league.
Tight Ends
  • [Startable] Kevin Boss, NYG (43%) – After a huge 76 yard, two touchdown performance, The Boss Man now has four touchdowns in the past three games. He’s definitely startable, especially in touchdown-heavy leagues.
  • [Stopgap] Dustin Keller, NYJ (53%) – He didn’t do anything special against the Patriots (who does?!) but he’s still getting looks each week and can put up numbers for your team if you’re struggling to fill the TE spot.
  • [Stopgap] Jermichael Finley, GB (20%) – Finley, returning from injury this past weekend, was one of Aaron Rodgers main targets and caught seven passes for 54 yards. He hasn’t earned the consistency tag yet, but he’s definitely shown potential in the limited number of games he’s played this year.
  • [Stopgap] Brandon Pettigrew, DET (14%) – He now has 15 catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns over his past three games and is worth a look in most leagues out there, especially keeper leagues.
  • [One-week-wonder] David Thomas, NO (0%) – Jeremy Shockey.
  • [One-week-wonder] Tom Santi, IND (0%) – Dallas Clark.