Waiver review: Aromashadu has huge game
It’s the final piece of the puzzle. It’s the last
hurrah before we tuck the fantasy football universe back into a box
for several months.
OK, I know you’re already analyzing your squad’s
weekly performances to find the scapegoat for a season gone awry.
There will be ample spreadsheets started this weekend to begin the
analysis of keeper league valuations while considering the NFL
Until then, let’s saddle up for one final run on the
waiver wire. I’m championing the effort to make a two-week
finale the standard in leagues. After all, we’re entering the
seven-month drought before draft season begins in earnest for 2010
and eight months to pine away for the love of a 16-game
Let’s start with a quarterback coming into his own in
Matt Moore, QB, CAR
The Panthers came out and ran over the Giants in Week 16, thus
ending any playoff hopes for New York. Moore shone brightly again,
completing 15-of-20 attempts for 171 yards and three touchdowns. It
was his second consecutive three-touchdown game since assuming the
top spot after
Jake Delhomme’s injury. In the past three weeks,
Moore’s thrown seven touchdown passes without an
interception. He’s a solid play this week against the Saints,
who have already clinched the top spot and home field advantage. I
like his chances, even with top option
Steve Smith sidelined with a broken arm.
Chad Henne, QB, MIA
The Dolphins are airing it out down the stretch, giving Henne a
chance to demonstrate his big arm. He’s averaged 45.5 passing
attempts in the past four weeks, producing an average of 306.5
passing yards per game and scoring five total touchdowns against
six turnovers during this stretch. He’s a solid longshot play
this week against the Pittsburgh pass defense that remains
susceptible to big plays.
Vince Young, QB, TEN
Young failed in a huge spot for fantasy owners last week against
the Chargers, passing for just 89 yards with three turnovers.
Owners received a small bonus with 40 rushing yards and a touchdown
on the ground, but that hardly made up for the lack of downfield
passing production. We put him back on the radar for the finale
against a Seattle team that’s seemingly packed it in. Young
and the Titans are eliminated from playoff contention, but there
are still things to build on for 2010.
Arian Foster, RB, HOU
Houston turned to Foster for a huge workload against the
Dolphins, and he responded with a 19-carry, 97-yard effort and a
touchdown in the win. His bid for additional touches was aided by
Chris Brown’s loss of another fumble. He figures to be
the top option for this finale, as the Texans look to secure a
playoff berth. Ball security is king this week.
Sammy Morris, RB, NE
Morris took advantage of his opportunity against the Jaguars, a
situation created when
Laurence Maroney fumbled at the goal-line. The veteran back
assumed the top spot and rumbled for 95 yards and a touchdown on 12
carries. Morris missed significant time early this season because
of an injury and took a backseat to Maroney upon his return.
However, Maroney’s fumbling issues finally seem to have
caught up with him. I expect to see Morris take the bulk of the
workload this week against Houston.
Mike Bell, RB, NO
Pierre Thomas left the Week 16 loss to Tampa Bay with
bruised ribs, and his status for Week 17 is unknown. He’s
also unlikely to assume a huge role after the Saints clinched the
No. 1 slot with the Vikings’ loss to Chicago. I suspect he
plays minimally, if at all, leaving the carries to Bell and
Reggie Bush for the finale against Carolina.
Lex Hilliard, RB, MIA
Hilliard took the reins from an injured
Ricky Williams in Week 16 and put together a tremendous day
against the Texans and nearly led a huge comeback effort. He
carried the ball just three times for 12 yards, but scored a
rushing touchdown. He also added nine receptions for 74 yards and
scored through the air as well. Williams’ injury status is
unknown as of the early part of the week, putting Hilliard on the
radar for deeper leagues in the finale. It’s obviously not a
tremendous matchup against the Pittsburgh run defense, but Hilliard
could be valuable in the passing game.
Todd Heap, TE, BAL
Heap didn’t rack up a huge reception total on Sunday
against Pittsburgh, but he made his looks count for the second
straight week. The oft-injured veteran tight end has been a solid,
albeit unspectacular, option for fantasy owners during the year. In
the past two weeks, he’s become a red zone beast, as four of
his seven receptions were touchdown grabs. He’s caught
multiple passes in all but two games this season and will most
definitely be on the radar this week against Oakland.
Austin Collie, WR, IND
Pierre Garcon sidelined by a hand injury and the starters
pulled early, Collie shone as the top receiver in Sunday’s
loss to the Jets. He caught six passes for 94 yards, although his
three-game scoring streak came to an end. He’s averaged four
receptions and 49.6 receiving yards in his past five games, and one
would expect the Colts to sit down
Reggie Wayne early against the Bills and put Collie back
into the spotlight.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
Maclin returned to the field in Week 16 against the Broncos and
posted a strong six-catch, 92-yard performance. The rookie from
Missouri’s caught three or more passes in the last eight
games in which he’s appeared, averaging 4.9 receptions and
65.3 yards per game.
Devin Aromashodu, WR, CHI
Aromashodu was among the stars of Week 16 with a breakout
performance against the Vikings. He caught seven passes for 150
yards, including the game-winning 39-yard touchdown in overtime.
He’s scored in two of the past three games, racking up 17
receptions and 236 yards. With the Bears turning to the downfield
passing game with more regularity and Aromashodu past his
early-season injury issues, he could be a big target in the finale
against the Lions.
Josh Morgan, WR, SF
Morgan didn’t post the huge breakout game against the
Lions we anticipated, but he still caught four passes for 21 yards.
He’s been active in the passing game, having caught three or
more passes in five consecutive contests and averaging 5.2
receptions and 39 yards per contest during this stretch. He’s
worthy of a look-see as a deeper play against the Rams this
Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
Wallace continued his strong rookie campaign with a nice
contribution to the narrow win over Baltimore in Week 16. He caught
three passes for 83 yards, his 13th game with at least two
receptions. In the past two weeks, he’s recorded five catches
for 162 yards, including gains of 60 and 45 yards. He’s
definitely on the radar this weekend against the Miami