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2012 Waiver Awards

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Quarterbacks


Michael Vick, Eagles - Back in the driver’s seat with Nick Foles (broken hand) out, Vick is back on the QB1 radar against a Giants defense allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. Vick will be auditioning for the Jets, Bills, Cardinals, Jags, and Chiefs -- among others -- this week.

Brian Hoyer, Cardinals - Ryan Lindley has shattered the NFL record for pass attempts (171) in a season without a touchdown. The next-closest QB, Ken Dorsey, accrued just 91 attempts. As a result, Hoyer is expected to draw the start in the finale at San Francisco. He’s purely a desperation option in the deepest of leagues.

Colt McCoy, Browns - Brandon Weeden is a question mark for the finale versus the Steelers after sustaining a shoulder sprain last week. Like Hoyer, McCoy is a weak-armed passer only relevant in two-quarterback leagues.

Matt Leinart, Raiders - Cracked ribs and a bruised lung will keep Carson Palmer out at San Diego, leaving Leinart and Terrelle Pryor to handle the snaps. Leinart is an even shakier play than Hoyer or McCoy.

Running Backs

Montario Hardesty, Browns - Trent Richardson is nursing an ankle injury of unknown severity that may or may not keep him out of the season finale against an otherwise stout Steelers run defense that has nothing but pride for which to play. Hardesty has averaged a solid 4.6 YPC this season as a change-of-pace to Richardson. He’s merely a flex option if he draws the start.

Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers - Suddenly out of coach Mike Tomlin’s doghouse, Mendenhall led the Steelers in rushing last week after taking over for a sideways-running Jonathan Dwyer. Mendy is a candidate to reclaim the starting job for the finale, as Dwyer has failed to seize a prime opportunity for this season and the future.

Ryan Grant, Packers - Grant finished fourth in fantasy points last week with Alex Green sidelined, but the Packers expect their lead back to return for the regular-season finale. Grant’s carries will be closer to 10 than 20 against the Vikings.

Lamar Miller, Dolphins - The third-round rookie is averaging an impressive 5.2 yards per on 46 rushes after piling up 73 yards on 10 totes last week. With Reggie Bush due to hit free agency, the Phins should give Miller a long look at New England in the finale.

La’Rod Stephens-Howling, Cardinals - Beanie Wells has apparently quit on the season after being banished to the bench for fumbling last week, telling reporters that his “days are numbered” in Arizona. It’s a sentiment unlikely to sit well with his coaches and teammates. LSH should be the primary back in a tough matchup with the 49ers.

Kahlil Bell, Bears - Matt Forte expects to suit up in a must-win game at Detroit, but he’s now injured the same ankle three times this season. If the injury ends up lingering, Bell would take over as the primary back. Bell closed out last season as fantasy’s No. 16 back over the final three weeks, topping 100 scrimmage yards in two of those games.

Peyton Hillis, Chiefs - Hillis produced just his second quality game in a Chiefs uniform last week, piling up 101 yards on 15 carries against an injury-depleted Colts defense. Don’t expect a repeat against a Broncos defense that is No. 1 in the league in run defense since Week 6.

Wide Receivers

Randy Moss, 49ers - Moss ascends to the starting lineup opposite Michael Crabtree with Mario Manningham out for the season. It would behoove the 49ers to get the veteran on track in Week 17 as a viable third weapon for the playoffs. Moss had topped 50 yards just once all season, so you’re banking on a touchdown if he’s in your starting lineup.

Greg Little, Browns - Outproducing Josh Gordon of late, Little is 23rd in fantasy points and 24th in receiving yards over the past three weeks. He’s a shaky WR3 option for Week 17 versus the Steelers.

Jordan Shipley, Jaguars - Shipley led Jacksonville with 82 yards on 10 targets and five receptions against the Pats last week. With Cecil Shorts on injured reserve, Shipley is a good bet for double-digit targets again at Tennessee.

Emmanuel Sanders, Steelers - A strained hip leaves Mike Wallace’s status up in the air for the meaningless season finale versus the Browns. Should Wallace sit out, Sanders would likely pick up snaps. Keep in mind, however, that Sanders has been limited by a shoulder injury of his own.

Marvin Jones, Bengals - Jones is coming off season-highs in targets (7), catches (5) and receiving yards (65) versus the Steelers. He’s purely a deep-league option for Week 17 against the Ravens.

Tight Ends

Dorin Dickerson, Bills - The former Pitt star saw season-highs in targets (8), receptions (4), and yards (54) after Scott Chandler went down with an ACL tear last week. He faces a Jets defense allowing the 17th-most fantasy points to tight ends.

Lance Kendricks, Rams - The slow-footed Kendricks’ Week 16 stat line was inflated by an fluky 80-yard touchdown, but he’s still in the middle of the most productive stretch of his career. Although fourth in tight-end points over the past five weeks, Kendricks has a tough matchup at Seattle to close out the season.

Delanie Walker, 49ers - The Niners believe Vernon Davis’ “minor” concussion won’t keep him out of the season finale, but he still has to gain clearance from an independent neurologist. If Davis ends up sitting out, Walker is worth a look in deeper leagues. He’s No. 8 in fantasy points over the past three weeks.



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