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A Seahawk in Every Pot

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

With the holiday season upon us, it's only proper to wish fantasy owners a Seahawk in every pot and a fantasy championship on every mantle, to boot.

A month ago when a feckless Seahawks offense was bumbling its way through another wretched performance against the Redskins, it would have been laughable to suggest that they would have a realistic waiver wire option at every position during the fantasy playoffs. But here we are in Week 16 with the scheduling gods favoring Seneca Wallace as the best available quarterback and Deion Branch as the best wide receiver option in most leagues. There are more exciting running back choices than Maurice Morris, but rookie tight end John Carlson is a Top-3 option if you're lucky enough to play in one of the third of all leagues where he remains available. If it's a waiver pickup you seek, chances are the Seahawks have a solution.

This week's column will feature the best possible solutions for playoff owners. On to the list. Here is how I rank the top players available at each position. Full writeups of each player are below.

Running Backs

1. Tashard Choice, Cowboys
2. Cedric Benson, Bengals
3. DeShaun Foster, 49ers
4. P.J. Pope, Broncos
5. Cadillac Williams, Buccaneers
6. Maurice Morris, Seahawks
7. LaMont Jordan, Patriots

1. Seneca Wallace, Seahawks
2. Dan Orlovsky, Lions
3. Tarvaris Jackson, Vikings

Wide Receivers
1. Deion Branch, Seahawks
2. Devin Hester, Bears
3. Dennis Northcutt, Jaguars

Tight Ends
1. John Carlson, Seahawks
2. Vernon Davis, 49ers

1. Cowboys
2. Patriots
3. Texans

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Running Backs

Tashard Choice, Cowboys - To quote Rotoworld football head honcho Gregg Rosenthal "I don't care that most of his yards have come off screens and shotgun draws with few defenders in front of him." Choice is averaging over 150 yards per game the past two weeks against two of the top five defenses in the league. There's some risk involved with Marion Barber sharing the load against the foreboding Ravens defense, but just ask Pierre Thomas about rolling with the hot hand regardless of matchup or committee attack.

Cedric Benson, Bengals - What to make of Benson's explosion for 161 yards on 24 touches against a Redskins team that had packed it in for the year? You can pluck him off the waiver wire, but mustering up the onions to gamble the entire season on Cedric Benson is step I'm not willing to take take.? I'm weighing the Benson addition this week, if only to block my opponent from grabbing him and using him against the Browns and Chiefs the next two weeks.

DeShaun Foster, 49ers - Frank Gore's Week 16 status is up in the air as of press time. Against the tissue paper Rams defense, the worst case scenario is a clearly hobbled Gore attempting to play while killing his own value along with DeShaun Foster's. If Gore is ruled out late in the week, however, Foster will be a solid RB2 play in St. Louis. The Niners are using a ball control attack and will continue to give their starting running back a heavy dose of carries as well as a handful of check-down targets.

P.J. Pope, Broncos - Pope began the Week 15 matchup against Carolina as the backfield option of choice on passing downs, and he acquitted himself quite well. As the game went along, he also proved to be the best option on the ground. With an undefined role, Pope would be a risky flex play this week against the Bills. But if he can establish a stronger foothold on the feature back role for Week 17, Pope would be a decent start against the Chargers.

Cadillac Williams, Buccaneers - Caddy out-carried Warrick Dunn for the first time in Week 15 against the Falcons. Though he's still lacking explosiveness, he's taking over more of the early down duties as he gets re-acclimated. I wouldn't risk playing Caddy against the Chargers this week, but he could get a heavy playoff-prep workload in Week 17 against an awful Raiders defense.

Maurice Morris, Seahawks - MoMo's best chance for value was last week against the Rams, but that game highlighted his low fantasy upside. While he posted an impressive 86 rushing yards on just 15 carries, he lost snaps to Julius Jones and a touchdown to T.J. Duckett. With Jones and Duckett hanging around just enough to be annoying, Morris won't be an appetizing option against the Jets or the Cardinals the next two weeks.

LaMont Jordan, Patriots - Jordan dropped 97 yards and a touchdown on the Black Hole with just 12 carries last week. Though he did receive a season-high 16 snaps, much of his damage came in garbage time. It's possible that Jordan carves out a larger role, but the smart money is on him being a Sammy Morris handcuff the rest of the way.

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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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