"Hot Garbage" Waiver Wire Week 11 (Monday Night Wrap)
With the trade deadline looming in most fantasy leagues, the waiver wire is your life blood. Let's get crackin'...
MONDAY NIGHT WRAP: The Green Bay situation hasn't changed much, Rodgers is a gawddamn cyborg, and he'll feed whoever his damn well pleases. Jennings and Finley are at the top of the pecking order, but Nelson is next up in CheeseLand. While his 5 for 5 with 2TDs is fantasy gold, it's tougher to gauge week to week, especially in PPR. He remains a strong flex play, especially in TD heavy leagues. I'd still avoid the Green Bay running game like Justin Bieber CD.
The Vikings are a scary proposition in 2011, beyond anyone named Adrian Peterson. Ponder needs more time, and Harvin can't be counted on week to week with various ailments and maladies. The rest of the WR corps might as well be on the side of a milk carton.
In case anyone was worried about Rodgers and Co. being benched in weeks 14, 15, & 16...DON'T BE, FOLKS. The Niners are legit and have a creamy center of a schedule with only two "tough" games remaining. The Pack will have to keep pace for the number one seed, especially if they end up with an upset in the next few weeks. In any case, the only time Rodgers will see the bench is in a blowout like last night, late in the 4th quarter.
QB: John Skelton/ARZ: This is more of a "I hope Ken Whisenhunt pulls a Belichick" and lets the Fordham product start, even when Kolb is ready to return from a toe injury. Not comparing Skelton to Brady, but sometimes you have to rally around the guy who gives you the best chance to win. Doesn't hurt that he's exponentially better for Larry Fitzgerald's production than Kolb.
RB: Kendall Hunter/SF & Lance Ball/DEN: With injuries to both McGahee (hammy) & Moreno (knee) in the same game, NEXT MAN UP! While I don't expect tons of production,he'll get the bulk of the carries in a run heavy offense. Keep your eyes open in the meantime to see if DEN adds any other running backs off the scrap heap. #UPDATE: Willis McGahee is reportedly going to make a go of it on short rest, but I expect Ball to still get plenty of carries vs. the Jets on short rest, traveling to Mile High to challenge the "Passless Tebows."
Yours truly traded for Hunter in the 2Mugs league this week, and it only cost me Ladanian Tomlinson. It was a hunch based on Gore's gimpy ankle this week, and his history of wearing down & missing time. The very tasty "rest of schedule" for the run heavy Niners was another reason. Hopefully he pans out and saves a lot of fantasy seasons, in a year of bad RB production. #UPDATE: Gore is reportedly "Okay" with a knee bruise, but I expect Hunter to get more work going forward, since Gore is a big part of the Niner's success on offense, and if they expect to make it past the 1st round of the post season, they'll need a potent run game with healthy bodies. Monitor closely.
WR: Leonard Hankerson/WAS: A pre-draft favorite of both "Mugs", Hank just needed a QB who could manage to throw the rock beyond 5 yards a clip, ie., anyone other than John Beck. With Shanahanigans in full swing, Grossman got the start, & delivered the ball to the talented rookie WR. While his production is defined by who's under center in WAS, in the short term, he's a sneaky flex play going forward witha nice Skins schedule going forward. NOTE: Hankerson did come up lame in the game, so it warrants keeping an eye on his situation before you plug him in week 11. #UPDATE: Several NFL outlets are reporting Hankerson is done for the year with a torn labrum in his hip. Forget the "Madden Curse", "Shanihanigans" is far more deadly a sentence.
TE: Ed Dickson/BAL: While I don't trust the boom or bust aspect of Flacco from week to week, you have to like the involvement of the yound TEs, Pitta and Dickson in "Cam-Cam's" offense. Dickson is the more talented pass catcher and bigger target, and should see more red zone work than Pitta. If you have a need at TE, use a high WW claim for the youngster.
QB: Matt Hasselbeck/TENN: Call it a hunch, but I can't imagine the veteran QB lasting much longer into the season, & despite a big win over the panthers, most of the Titan points were posted by Rob Bironas & Chris Johnson finally waking from his not so peaceful fantasy slumber. At some point, with the season lost, Jake Lockerwill see the field, & if you don't need pedestrian points rotting on your bench, trade Hass for a pack of smokes and some turkey jerky.
RB: Chris Ogbonnaya/CLE: Facing a bad STL run defense, all Oggy Doggy could muster was a "Hardesty-like" underwhelming volume day of 19/90, most of which came on a 32 yard scamper. Maybe it's the optimistic me, but even a bad team needs the tender hamstrings of Peyton Hillis, the way the Browns are playing right now. So the thought is that Oggy will end up in the Doggy house soon enough, and Hillis can hopefully salvage an already miserable fantasy season.
WR: Harry Douglas/ATL: Harry had an 8 catch for 133 yards day, his first double digit fantasy day all season. Package him in a trade & get some value in return.
TE: Jacob Tamme/IND: Our buddies over at profootballfocus.com named an index after last season's waiver wire darling, but don't let this floundering offense fool you. No Peyton means that this offense is still a steaming pile of inefficiency, and replacing Curtis Painter with Dan Orlovsky, is like replacing Sheen with Kutcher...it still sucks.
"Flex Luthor" Start of Week 11: Denarious Moore/OAK- "The Door for the Rapport" has finally openened, albeit at the expense of Jacoby Ford being carted off the field against Sand Diego. Moore is now the defacto "Numma 1" in Oaktown, and Carson Palmer is positively giddy with his new toy. An already bad Minnesota defense, now down Antoine Winfield, should be exploited by the speedy WR, to the tune of 8/115 & 2 TDs.