|Elite Free Agents
||These players will provide immediate production
and have excellent long-term potential.
|Upside Free Agents
||Could emerge as every-week contributors in 1-2
|Long-Shot Free Agents
||Could emerge as every-week contributors in 3-4
|Wait-and-See Free Agents
||They have the potential to repeat their breakout
performance, but hold off on acquiring them for now.
|One Week Wonders
||Others may be singing their praise, but don’t
buy into the hype.
Elite Free Agents
Marcus Robinson, WR, Ravens
Robinson checked into the 2003 fantasy football season
this week, catching seven passes for 131 yards and
four touchdowns. He now has more TDs this season than
Donald Driver, Plaxico Burress and Eric Moulds combined.
The former Chicago Bears wideout is worth acquiring
this week and don’t be afraid to plug him into
your lineup if you have injury issues. Robinson played
with quarterback Anthony Wright in college at South
Carolina, so the two have a natural rapport. The Ravens
likely won’t see another 44-41 shootout anytime
soon, but Robinson has the talent to put up solid numbers
for the remainder of the season.
Kevin Johnson, WR, Jaguars
Johnson was recommended here last week as an Upside Free
Agent. In his first game as a Jaguar, he looked comfortable
and finished the day as Jacksonville’s leading
receiver with 77 yards. He deserves immediate consideration
for a starting spot.
Charles Lee, WR, Buccaneers
As a Green Bay Packer, Charles Lee could never seem to
get playing time. Now with the Keyshawn-less Buccaneers,
Lee has been given the opportunity of a lifetime. He
certainly didn’t disappoint Monday night, catching
five passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Acquire Lee
this week and start him as needed. Tampa travels to
Jacksonville this week to face a Jaguars defense that
ranks in the bottom half of the league defending the
pass. Count on Lee to be involved in a couple more
big plays in Week 13.
Joey Galloway, WR, Cowboys
After starting the season with two 100-yard games in
the first three weeks, Galloway hit the skids. Between
Weeks 4 and 11, he was nicked up with various injuries
and didn’t have a game with more than two receptions.
But last week, he broke out of the slump, catching
three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. While it
wasn’t the type of performance that will have
you polishing a fantasy trophy come January, Galloway
is worth acquiring this week if he’s available.
With a lack of a consistent running game, the Cowboys
will likely rely on Quincy Carter to make plays through
Boo Williams, TE, Saints
With starting tight end Ernie Conwell out for the season,
Boo Williams seized opportunity in Week 12, catching
nine passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. It’s
been tough to get consistent play from the tight end
position all year, so don’t hesitate to grab
Williams this week. The tight end plays a reasonably
significant role in the New Orleans offense. Before
getting hurt, Conwell had put up some decent statistics,
including five straight weeks with four or more fantasy
points (Huddle scoring).
Upside Free Agents
Aaron Moorehead, WR, Colts
The Colts have been besieged with injuries to their receivers
and tight ends. While Marvin Harrison played last week,
Marcus Pollard, Brandon Stokley and Troy Walters were
sidelined. In addition, Dallas Clark suffered a back
injury during the game and will likely miss playing
time in the coming weeks. Amidst all the carnage, Aaron
Moorehead had himself a solid game Sunday, posting
five catches for 71 yards. With the team’s top
two tight ends expected to miss Sunday’s game,
expect the Colts to use more three and four receiver
sets. That could mean another strong week for Moorehead.
Frank Wycheck, TE, Titans
Wycheck has struggled to get on the field all season
because of concussions. Now healed, he looks fresh
and ready to become a major contributor to Tennessee’s
offense. Sunday against the Falcons, Wycheck was a
force inside the redzone, catching two touchdown passes – both
six yards or less. he would be an Elite Free Agent
this week were it not for a significant calf injury
to Steve McNair. Monitor McNair’s progress. If
it looks like he’ll play Monday night, elevate
Wycheck up a notch.
Kurt Warner, QB, Rams
Judging by their record alone, you’d think everything
was just peachy in St. Louis. But despite winning three
straight, Marc Bulger is struggling. In his last four
games, Bulger has just a 62.7 passer rating. Translated
into stats closer to the heart of fantasy owners, over
that four-game stretch, Bulger has only four touchdowns
and he’s been intercepted 10 times. If Bulger’s
struggles continue this week, Kurt Warner may be called
upon to rejuvenate the offense. Warner is a must-have
for playoff teams that typically start Bulger.
Artrose Pinner, RB, Lions
It’s Week 13 and the Lions are in an all too familiar
position. They’re reserving tee times for January.
With the playoffs out of reach, don’t be surprised
to see Artrose Pinner get some carries by Week 14. Starter
James Stewart may have played his last game with the
Lions and could be gone in 2004. Head coach Steve Mariucci
will likely want to see what kind of a player he has
in Pinner before next spring’s draft and free agency.
He likely won’t see action this week because the
Lions will have a short week of practice due to the Thanksgiving
Long-Shot Free Agents
Orande Gadsden, WR, Dolphins
After being rumored for several weeks, Orande Gadsden
finally re-signed with the Dolphins last week. Gadsden
only saw limited playing time Sunday night against
the Redskins, but he may soon reclaim his position
as Miami’s number two receiver opposite Chris
Chambers. Currently that position is held by Derrius
Thompson, who has been a bust since signing as a free
agent. Gadsden has fresh legs and could make an impact
as soon as Thanksgiving Day against the Cowboys.
Wait-and-See Free Agents
Anthony Wright, QB, Ravens
Wright hooked up with the aforementioned Marcus Robinson
for four touchdowns in Sunday’s comeback win
against the Seahawks. I expect Wright to post some
more good games before the season is over, but at this
point I wouldn’t recommend dropping any of the
mid-tier quarterbacks (i.e. Tommy Maddox, or Brad Johnson)
for him until he backs up his breakout game with another
solid effort. However, if you’re holding onto
Drew Bledsoe or Brian Griese, don’t hesitate
to swap in Wright.
One Week Wonders
James McKnight, WR, Dolphins
McKnight caught three passes for 96 yards Sunday night
against the Redskins, including an 80 yard touchdown
reception. I’m chalking up McKnight’s big
night as an aberration. In the three games preceding
performance, McKnight had zero catches, zero catches
and one catch respectively.