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

schedule formula.

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

schedule.

Let’s start with a quarterback coming into his own in

Carolina.

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

With

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

weekend.

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

secondary.

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