The next game that is played will actually be in December. And the surprising thing is that this article is still relevant and easy to write. That is because there are still a good number of guys who are definitely on your waiver wires that can help you. Normally by December 1st the wire is picked over and useless, but here in 2012 between injuries and ineffectiveness I will guarantee that you can still find someone below that can help you. Instead of rambling on anymore, let’s get to Waiver Flavor.
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Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos. Ummmm, remember all of that love for Ronnie Hillman in the middle to end of last week? Well, at the end of the week there was rumblings he would start and The Fantasy Alarm Show told you Saturday night that would be the case. It proved true as Hillman owners were left holding their asses Sunday as they lost the carry war 20 to 3 to Moreno. Coach John Fox has already said that there would continue to be a running back by committee, but if that was a committee last week, then I like Moreno’s chances. He is absolutely worth a pick up, and I expect the former first round pick to finish the season as Denver’s starter and for him to be successful more often than not.
Ryan Broyles, WR, Detroit Lions. With Titus Young basically sent home by the Lions, there’s a need for a new WR2 for Detroit and rookie Ryan Broyles has seemingly taken that role and run with it this Thanksgiving. Broyles hauled in six passes for 126 yards against the Texans and the 5’10” second round pick caught the fantasy world’s attention now. With Nate Burleson nowhere near the football field, consider Broyles a great WR3 or flex option for your fantasy team.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta Falcons. Rodgers had a nice touchdown run on Sunday, and ever since he came into the league fantasy players have been waiting for him to make that big impact that he has the potential to show. To date, it hasn’t happened yet but he could have a nice end to the season. With the Saints and Buccaneers losing on Sunday the Falcons are miles ahead of their divisional foes and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rodgers start to get more carries so 30 year old Michael Turner can rest himself some as Atlanta cruises into the playoffs. Turner had 13 carries to Rodgers’ 10 so it seems like it’s already begun.
Michael Bush, RB, Chicago Bears. He reached the end zone for the first time in what seems like forever (Week 3), and actually had 21 carries once Matt Forte left the game. This is the second ankle injury of the season for Forte, so will he miss any time? We aren’t getting any info yet from Lovie Smith or the Bears so right now it’s kind of a wait and see approach as far as picking up Bush. If Forte misses a game or two he is definitely someone that you can start, but if Bush is going to share carries I don’t see the need to have him on your roster.
Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys. Remember Week 1 when we all fell in love with Kevin Ogletree after his huge game? I hate to think that we are going to go through that again. Beasley lit up the Thanksgiving afternoon with seven catches for 68 yards, mostly in the slot. He was targeted 13 times in the game and the Cowboys were without the aforementioned Ogletree and Miles Austin left the game. The speedy rookie brings some elusiveness to the table, but he is just 5’8” and history tells us those receivers don’t have a lasting impact (outside of Steve Smith). If Ogletree and Austin are going to miss another game he could be worth a look in PPR leagues, but other than that look other directions.
Muhammad Sanu, WR, Cincinnati Bengals. Sanu has been making a small impact in the past month, and now has touchdowns in three straight games. Is he now someone that you can actually start on a weekly basis? Well the Great Ginger has been looking like, well, I can’t think of another successful ginger NFL quarterback, but he’s been looking very good in the past month. Even with that being said, he hasn’t broken 50 yards in a game and this was his season high with five catches so there’s no way that I could start Sanu, or really even have him on my roster.
Rob Housler, TE, Arizona Cardinals. There wasn’t much good to say about Ryan Lindley’s performance on Sunday for the Cardinals, but if you ask Housler, he might say we need a lot more of this kid. Housler hauled in a season high eight receptions, for a season high 82 yards but still has not caught a touchdown this season. If you are playing the rotating tight end game I still like Brandon Myers, Martellus Bennett, or even Dustin Keller, but if all of those guys are gone, Housler is probably the best of what’s left.
Justin Forsett, RB, Houston Texans. In one of the most ridiculous referee calls of all-time, Forsett was awarded an 81 yard touchdown run. Now, the way that Arian Foster is playing, I know you are wondering why you should consider Forsett. I know that performance will get some people thinking about him, and then again thinking how the Texans are way ahead in their division and could easily consider giving Foster fewer carries down the stretch. However, Ben Tate is coming back from his hamstring injury and could play in Week 13. Forsett is for those of you who are desperate and hope that Houston wants to rest Foster and don’t think that Tate can come back healthy.
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