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Waiver Wire Warriors - Week 7
Dennis Leonard
October 19, 2005

Hello again and Welcome back to Waiver Wire Warriors. Two big wins for me last week; just what the doctor ordered. I’m tied with the best record in my local (4-2) and padded my already healthy lead in the points race. Also secured a critical win in a shoot out with last year’s champ in my Huddle league maintaining my numero dos status in the points race, though I lost some ground.  

The bad news is the injury bug – which is savaging countless NFL and fantasy teams – is also nibbling on me like flesh-eating bacteria. But I’m not going to let that get me down. Veteran readers know how this column got started. It was born out of necessity. My necessity. See, here at Waiver Wire Warriors, I don’t just make nifty little observations in an academic vacuum. I actually pick up and play many of the guys appearing here each week, usually with good results. And the way things are shaping up, between the underperformers I drafted, the injuries I’m sustaining, and the bye weeks rolling on top of me, this year won’t be any different. So you can count on more quality research and picks going forward simply because I’m personally invested in the outcome.    

The New Recruits

Kelly Holcomb – BUF QB : I had my doubts about Holcomb, but I’m ready to get on board… at least for the next two weeks. Holcomb’s primary appeal is that he is largely available: only owned in 14% of Fanball leagues. With Marc Bulger, Jake Delhomme, and Brian Griese all recently injured, and Leftwich and Brady on a bye next week, there may be some teams looking for short-term help at QB and I think Holcomb is a legit candidate. His performance over the last two weeks says why:

  • Won those last two games against respectable defenses, namely the Dolphins (allowing the 11th fewest passing yards per game) and the Jets (6th fewest passing yards per game and only permitted 5 passing TDs in 6 games, two of which were to Holcomb);
  • Has already been named the Week 7 starter by head coach Mularkey;
  • Over the last two weeks Holcomb nailed 38 of his 52 passes for a shocking 73.1% completion percentage – Carson Palmer was the only regular starter to do any better (74.2%);
  • 341 passing yards – 18th most during the last two weeks;
  • 3 passing TDs – only five other QBs threw more in the last two weeks;
  • 4th most passes thrown in the red zone – 12 – and that spells opportunities for more passing TDs;
  • Only two INTs in two games – same as Peyton Manning – and less than ten other regular starters;
  • McGahee is a good enough running back that opposing defenses cannot afford to focus solely on shutting down the Bills’ passing game; and
  • He has capable receivers to work with who have been dying to get involved.  

While those stats suggest that Holcomb performed merely adequately, you’ve got to remember that he collected them against good defenses. So against bad defenses, his upside is much higher. Well, looky looky at who the Bills play next.  

Week 7 – Oakland Raiders:

  • Just lost Randy Moss for a spell, which should hurt the Raiders’ chances of putting this game away early;
  • Allowing the 5th highest average passing yards per game – 248.6;
  • Has allowed 7 passing TDs; and Registered only two *TWO* interceptions in five games.  

Week 8 – New England Patriots:

  • Secondary has more holes than OJ’s alibi;
  • Giving up the 9th highest passing yards per game – 228;
  • Bent over for 12 passing TDs in six games, which means the Patriots are giving up more passing TDs per game than the 49ers; and
  • Registered only one *ONE* interception in six games.  

Seriously consider Holcomb if you need immediate help and there are no obviously better options on waivers. The Bills have a bye in Week 9, which would be a good time to dispose of Holcomb, if he’s just scab labor. But on the off chance he surprises, maybe he’s worth hanging on to in medium to large leagues, depending on your situation.  

Aaron Stecker – NO RB : I dogged Stecker last week in my recommendation of Antowain Smith, and rightfully so. Smith did produce useful stats, as hypothesized. But Stecker did, too, which was more of a surprise. The analysis here is pretty straightforward. Stecker took more hand offs (16) than Smith (12). And Stecker was targeted three times in the passing game (caught two), whereas Smith wasn’t targeted at all. Furthermore, Smith lost a fumble and Stecker didn’t.

While the Saints will likely platoon these two for the rest of the season, at least it’s shaping up to be a two man show and both men should have value. I sort of view Smith and Stecker as the poor man’s Duckett and Dunn. (Except Stecker might still be on waivers and Duckett is hurt). The Saints play the Rams next, which could be a productive outing for New Orleans. However, after that it's Miami, Bears, bye week. I’m generally recommending Stecker as added RB depth. However, if you’re desperate for Week 7 help at RB, it looks like Week 7 is going to be his best match up for a while.  

Shawn Bryson – DET RB : I’m not wild about this pick because even if Kevin Jones does sit (questionable with a shoulder injury), Artose Pinner is lurking about just waiting to foil this pick, a la Anthony Thomas last week. Nevertheless, if Kevin Jones can’t play someone is going to have to run the ball against a Cleveland defense that’s allowing 4.3 yards per carry and the NFL’s 4th highest average rushing yards per game (140.2). Lord knows the Lions passing game is inept (and that’s being kind), so Bryson (and/or Pinner) could get called on early and often in a game where either or both could see a fair amount of success. Because in addition to the soft opponent, early reports out of Detroit are that stud blocking fullback Corey Schlesinger should be back in action this week, which would be a big shot in the arm for the Detroit running game.  

Doug Gabriel – OAK WR : Gabriel was a deep sleeper of mine going into the season and he looked like a huge bust after the first couple of weeks. But then Ronald Curry reinjured himself and was finished. Now the media circus that is Randy Moss will be sidelined with a cornucopia of injuries for at least a few games. All of a sudden Gabriel is shoved to the forefront of a struggling team that, in all honesty, seemed to play better last year without Moss. Gabriel was part of that 2004 passing success and now we get to see if he can provide a spark to what most thought would be an automatic points generator for fantasy purposes.

At first blush Gabriel’s 50% reception ratio (7 of 14) this year looks low. But in actuality, that’s an improvement from last season’s 43.3%. Gabriel isn’t a possession receiver who is going to catch a ton of passes, though he was targeted 11 times last week. Instead, he’s a downfield threat with a high lifetime average of 16.8 yards per reception. So if he has improved his hands even a little, is slated to see a massive increase in opportunities as the presumptive starting WR opposite Jerry Porter, *and* he still has his shifty downfield speed, Gabriel could put up some big games. Last week alone he led all Raiders’ pass targets in receiving yards (84) on just 5 receptions. So he obviously has both the opportunity and the potential to make an impact while Moss is out. Though Week 7’s tilt against the Bills could be tough, after that the Raiders face the Titans (allowing the 13 th highest receiving yards per game and an NFL high 13 receiving TDs) then the Chiefs (3rd most receiving yards per game and 9 receiving TDs). So Gabriel could be a nice Band-Aid for a fantasy team hurting at WR.  

Az-Zahir Hakim – NO WR : Mentioned here last week as a guy I thought about recommending in more detail but opted not to, I said Hakim was worth a look *assuming* Joe Horn sat. And sit Horn did. Psst. Here’s a little secret. Over the last two weeks Hakim has been targeted 21 times. Only Keyshawn Johnson (22), Joey Galloway (24), and Santana Moss (27) saw more. He’s also accumulated the 5th most receiving yards – 193 – during that same span. I said it last week, and I’ll say it again: if Horn sits, Hakim is worth a look. A long, hard look.

In fact, both Horn and now Stallworth are nursing hamstring injuries, so Hakim might be a decent play against a soft Rams’ secondary in Week 7, regardless. If either Horn or Stallworth are regular starters of yours, you might actually consider adding Hakim just in case things come down to a game time decision. As a bonus, Hakim is also returning both punt and kick off returns, if you get individual points for that. Hmmm, I think I just talked myself into picking Hakim up for one of my own teams.  

Chris Cooley – WAS TE : I mentioned Cooley last week as a person of interest. Sure, in TE-mandatory leagues he’s owned, starting, and on fire. But he’s just too damn good not to start as a WR/TE flex anymore. Consider that over the last four weeks (three games for Cooley) he amassed 197 yards and 2 TDs on 18 receptions. He’s been thrown to 26 times (69.23% reception ratio, for those of you keeping score at home) and that means that on an average per game basis, in a points per reception league, he outperformed every tight end but Shockey. Amazing. And during that same span, only the top 10 WRs and top 11 RBs outperformed Cooley’s average per game production. Unbelievable.

Here’s the corker: Washington plays the Niners then the Giants next. Grab Cooley now if you can start him as a flex player. This is a whacky, unpredictable time in fantasy football and based on Brunell’s recent play, I have no reason to believe Chris Cooley is going to cool off any time soon. You’d grab Gates, Gonzalez, or Whitten if they were floating around on waivers and could start them as a WR/TE flex. Well, Cooley is besting each of them, so you should have zero hesitation starting him for the next two weeks, at a minimum. I’m not kidding. Quit reading this article and go put your waiver claim in. Now.  

David Martin – GB TE : Desperate for a TE in a TE-mandatory league this week? Martin has been involved in Bubba Franks’ injury-related absence, and Franks may not play this week, either. Martin actually leads all Green Bay tight ends for production and has scored in his last two games, which is sort of a big deal when you consider that Week 7’s opponents – the Vikings – have allowed 17 tight end TDs in their last 14 games. In a points per reception league, I’d rather roll with a someone more consistent like Kinney, Wiggins, or Pollard. However, Martin has undeniable upside due to opportunity and opponent. Though, in leagues that do not award points for receptions, he’s a real slick one-week play.    

Veteran Recommendations

Brandon Jones – TEN WR : Recommended by Waiver Wire Warriors going into Week 4, Brandon Jones is certain to get heavy attention in those leagues in which he is still a free agent. Big picture, Drew Bennett is out for at least two weeks (but probably more) due to thumb surgery on Monday. That leaves Brandon Jones, Tyrone Calico, a trio of tight ends, Chris Brown, and some more rookie WRs for McNair to pass to. Ooof. Brandon Jones, congratulations on your promotion to the new #1 Titans’ receiver.

Jones, who was targeted 12 times in Week 6 (only four receivers saw more passes their way last week), collected 82 yards on 5 receptions, averaging 16.4 yards per catch. Each of those stats represents a personal best in Brandon Jones’ fledgling pro career. While it is fair to assume Jones will continue to see increased looks from McNair, it is equally probable that he will receive added attention from opposing defenses. Therefore, I guess it’s lucky the Titans face Arizona, Oakland, then Cleveland in the next three weeks, all of which are beatable defenses. While I wish Jones’ 51.35% reception ratio was higher, at least he has seen six passes in the red zone. Jones is also reliable at moving the chains, as 78.9% of his receptions went for first downs, which is the 12th highest first down percentage in the NFL.

Stated plainly, if you’re hunting for a WR, Brandon Jones probably offers more upside than most guys on waivers due to the volume of opportunities he’s likely to see going forward. But there is still substantial risk associated with this unproven rookie.  

Patrick Pass – NE RB : if you acquired Pass prior to Week 6 you must be happy with his sudden appreciation in value. And if you were “forced” to start Pass in Week 6, Christmas came early. With Corey Dillon totally absent from the game, Pass took about 55% of the teams’ handoffs (10) for 64 yards and a TD, then caught 6 passes for 89 more receiving yards. While Pass did share the field with Amos Zereoue, Zereoue was largely ineffective, running seven times for a weak 2 yards per carry (14 yards).

Stated differently:

  • Pass led New England in carries and rushing yards against Denver’s defense, who previously was allowing the 4th fewest rushing yards per game;
  • Averaged 6.4 yards per carry against a defense that held all previous rushers to an average of 3.8 yards per carry;
  • led all New England pass targets in receiving yards; and
  • His six receptions were the third most of any Patriots’ pass target, close behind Branch and Given’s seven.

It is impossible to say whether Dillon will resume his role as the Patriot’s featured back after the Patriots’ Week 7 bye. Even if Dillon is healthy, Pass is totally outplaying him. Pass had 153 combined yards in Week 6, whereas Dillon’s best combined yards to date – through 5 games – was only 119. Pass is averaging 6.06 yards per carry while Dillon is averaging only 3.4 yards per carry. Pass is also the superior receiver. However, both Pass and Dillon are averaging 1 TD per game.

It could be a while before we get any useful info on Dillon’s injury status and, thus, at least two more games before Pass *might* be a useful starter. However, until more is known about Dillon, Patrick Pass shouldn’t be on waivers. If he is available, this is probably your last chance get him for free. Pass also has some trade value and right now, so it’s a great time to market him in a 2-for-1 deal. For example, I’m trying to package him with McNair to the Dillon owner in my local in exchange for Bledsoe. But I’m holding on to Pass in my Huddle league, as Pass’ demonstrated ability in Weeks 5 and 6 make him a decent #4 or great #5 RB, as far as speculative investments go. And don’t even get me started on the keeper/dynasty potential here, because Dillon looks slow and old.  

Alvin Pearman/Greg Jones – JAX RB : As with Dillon, it’s hard to say how badly and how long Fred Taylor will be hurt. Until more is known both Pearman and Jones are worth a pick up. While neither would have been expected to produce much against the Steelers impenetrable run defense, both actually performed serviceably. Since they split 33 carries almost evenly, it’s hard to say who will start going forward, assuming Taylor can’t. Given what we saw in Week 6 Jones looks like the goal line back and Pearman is the more active receiver. Thus, in TD-heavy leagues I’d prefer Jones. However, in leagues that award points for either individual return yards or points for receptions (or, ideally, both) Pearman could be the more valuable.

The Jags also have a Week 7 bye, so you won’t be able to use either for at least two weeks, assuming Fred Taylor is still out. However, in the event of a long term injury to Taylor, Pearman and Jones would get to carve up five beatable run defenses (Rams, Texans, Titans, Cardinals, and Browns) in their next six games. While both Taylor and his coaches opined Tuesday that he’d be good to go in Week 8, keep in mind that they said the same thing going into Week 6.  

Dennis Northcutt – CLE WR : I’m tempting fate and going back to the well with Northcutt. He had his best game of the year in Week 6, which isn’t saying much, but it was interestingly also Dilfer’s worst game of the year. Dilfer, by all indications, should get back on track against Detroit and that should benefit Northcutt. While the Lions’ DEF is underrated, the Brown’s offense should see enough time on the field for Northcutt to get some action. And since Cleveland’s offense isn’t coming via their run game (NFL’s 3rd lowest rushing yards per game – 74.2 – and zero rushing TDs thus far) expect the Browns to do their damage in the air. Northcutt will get his opportunities, mark my words. He’s still only useful in large leagues, but he’s got some upside this week.

Baltimore DEF : Not quite a top 12 DEF yet this season, but good enough to use against the Bears. You know it and I know it. Probably the only person who doesn’t know it is Thomas Jones. Still, unless you’ve got access to the Colts’ DEF versus Houston, or the Falcons’ DEF versus the Jets, Baltimore’s DEF versus the Bears is a must-start.  

Washington DEF : Versus my 49ers, every defense looks titanium plated. The Niners’ offense has accumulated the 2nd fewest points per game on offense (passing and rushing TDs, extra points, field goals, and 2-point conversions), the 2nd fewest yards per game, has allowed the 5th most sacks and is tied for 2nd most offensive turnovers despite only 5 games. Injury-riddled on both sides of the ball and now Tim Rattay-free, San Francisco can fully assume the fetal position. While Washington’s DEF only has 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery, and 5 sacks in 5 games, they do a pretty good job of limiting their opponents’ score (allowing an average of 17.2 points per game – 8th lowest in the NFL) and an even better job of limiting offense yardage (allowing an average of 280.4 yards per game – 5th lowest in the NFL).  

Green Bay DEF : only owned in about 11% of Fanball leagues, the Packers’ DEF is my desperation play of the week. The Pack’s DEF is pretty middle of the road, which isn’t too bad considering all the woes the team has faced this season. In five games they’ve:

  • Caught 4 INTs;
  • Picked up 3 fumbles;
  • Bagged 10 sacks;
  • Scored twice on DEF;
  • Limited opposing offenses to an average of 295.6 yards per game – 10th lowest in the NFL; and
  • Limited opposing offenses to an average of 19 points per game – 14th lowest in the NFL.  

However, this week against a Vikings’ team jumping up and down on the self-destruct button, Green Bay should not only bring their A-game to this divisional rival game, but the Vikings will likely pave the way for a Packer victory anyways. In five games the Vikings have:

  • Scored the 5th fewest points per game;
  • Are tied with the Bengals for 2nd most penalties on offense;
  • Have allowed the 2nd most sacks; and
  • Are tied with the Rams for 2nd most turnovers on offense.  

All things considered, if you do your homework (or copy mine) this “reach” pick actually looks pretty solid.  

Jose Cortez – DAL K : Cortez is coming on strong, as no kicker has attempted or made more field goals than Cortez over the last three weeks. He’s gone 9 of 12 during that time, tacking on five more extra points for good measure. And the kicking opportunities should keep on rollin’ as the ‘Boys clash with the ‘Hawks in Week 7. No team has allowed more field goal attempts so far this year than Seattle (16).    

Guys I Thought About Recommending In More Detail, But Opted Not To

Chris Weinke – CAR QB : Delhomme went nighty-night after a cheap hit, which apparently also caused some shoulder damage and/or a concussion. No definitive news yet on who the starting QB will be after the Panthers’ Week 7 bye or how bad the injury is. However, if Weinke starts, I’m not worried. He went 5 of 7 (71.4% completion percentage) for 47 yards, 1 TD, and no turnovers in limited action last week. He also secured a last minute win for Carolina in a fairly scrappy fashion. While Delhomme owners lacking reliable QB depth might consider reaching for Weinke now as insurance, I think everyone else can afford to wait for more news.  

Chris Simms – TB QB : Well, he’s a healthy, starting QB, which seems to be in short supply these days. However, Simms hasn’t done anything special as a pro (or arguably in college) to instill major confidence that he’ll perform at a high level. And yet how many people said the same thing about Griese this time last year? Hate on Simms all you want. But don’t ever underestimate what John Gruden is capable of. He’s like the NFL’s version of MacGyver.  

Jamie Martin – STL QB : Um, no. Feel free to add him if you want to gamble that he works out short-term. But start him? I’ll pass. Bulger should be back in a week or two, which means unless you’re willing to play Martin on blind faith alone this week, there’s little point in picking him up at all. Unless, of course, you think Bulger will be out longer than 2 games.  

Steve McNair – TEN QB : After losing Drew Bennett and failing to score a TD last week, McNair wouldn’t seem to have much appeal. But as bye week sub he’s good to go against Arizona. I’m usually big into research, but this is my “hunch” pick of the week. Both teams can score and both teams have susceptible defenses. McNair is a gamer who, coupled with heavy doses of Chris Brown, should rise to the occasion and keep the Cards in check.  

Nick Goings – CAR RB : Carolina is on a bye and “technically” both Davis and Foster are, to some degree, healthy. Still, if you’re relying on either of those guys as like a #3 RB, you simply can’t let Goings remain a free agent even during the bye. For everyone else, just stay tuned to both Davis and Foster’s injury reports going forward. Neither appears capable of even splitting the load, let alone carrying it solo. With Eric Shelton already out of the picture, Goings is the last healthy body left standing. And we all remember what he did last year, when given the opportunity. So Goings is a decent upside RB investment for teams who can afford to tie a bench spot up with the guy.  

Anthony Thomas – DAL RB : Fine, he got some carries last week. But he didn’t do much with them and everything I’m hearing out of Dallas is that the coaches expect Thomas to accept a role as a situational back; that he isn’t going to be featured. Well, if that’s the case, what’s the point in picking him up? None, I suppose.  

Ricky Proehl- CAR WR : it all depends on whether Weinke or Delhomme gets the start after the Panthers’ Week 7 bye. Oh, and now this year’s chronic under-performer Keary Colbert is hurt with an ankle injury, so Proehl actually has a chance to do more than just play favorites with The Weinke Dinky Dog. It’s worth keeping an eye on in big leagues, at least.  

David Givens – NE WR : I told you going into Week 4 that his numbers looked promising and he simply blew up in Week 6. Givens was a waiver wire pick up I made in my local two weeks ago and I’m real happy with him on my roster. Problem is, now every Tom, Dick, and Harry will see last week’s box score and will scoop him up if he’s available, even though the Pats are on a bye next week. I am still recommending adding him in the event that he’s free, but at this point there should be no need for yet another extended analysis.  

Rob Bironas – TEN K : Rats. Last week’s big game vaulted Bironas into the top 12 echelon of kickers, and thus, out of my range. But he’s a good play against a flimsy Cardinals’ defense that’s allowing a lot of points.  

Last Week's Recommendations

Last year I made a point of evaluating each week’s picks in the Huddle’s Pro Football message forum every Tuesday. Well, I just can’t do that any more due to time constraints. However, I firmly believe in personal accountability.* So I’ve decided to feature a self-evaluation here in the column instead. While I’m all too willing to toot my own horn when I’m right, I’m also not afraid to take my medicine when I’m wrong.  

Mark Brunell – WAS QB : Waiver Wire Warriors was one of the only – if not the only – column recommending Brunell going into Week 3. And all he’s done since then is produce like a man possessed. He’s in for a career year at this pace. While I’ve been recommending adding him, last week – and for the next two weeks – I’ve recommended starting him. Jackpot. Big hit.  

Matt Schaub – ATL QB : I’m going to call this pick a push. While I advised adding Schaub – which I maintain was a good idea until more was known about Vick’s status – clearly he didn’t start. And I conditioned this pick on Schaub starting. Since it was known after last weeks article, but before the Falcon’s Week 6 game that Vick would start instead, I can’t take any credit for this pick. Nor should I be penalized for it.  

Tyson Thompson – DAL RB : Miss. Most everyone got this one wrong. But you guys don’t pay me the non-union equivalent of Mexico’s minimum wage just to parrot what “everyone” says, now do you? You’ve come to expect more from the ol’ Waiver Wire Warriors and I blew it on Thompson.  

Patrick Pass – NE RB : Big ol’ hit. Pass came to play in Week 6 and proved valuable as a handcuff, trade bait, or even a potential stand alone starter. Hard to say what his value will be in a month, but it certainly skyrocketed after he was recommended here.  

Antowain Smith – NO RB : Produced as projected. Hit.  

Chris Perry – CIN RB : Potential stud in the making who was recommended here a few weeks ago, too. Scored his first TD and is catching a lot of passes. Hit.  

Kevin Johnson – DET WR : Push. I only said he’d see more opportunities, which he did. He led the team in pass targets (6) and receptions (4), though his yardage was pretty weak (23), he didn’t score, and he didn’t even get any looks in the red zone. I simply can’t call this pick a hit due to the flaccid production, which I’m happy to blame on Harrington. However, despite the up-tick in opportunities I expected, it doesn’t appear that Johnson is a threat to perform at a useful level, which means I’ve got no business calling this a hit, either.  

David Patten – WAS WR : Damn you, David Patten! Miss. The upside is there, but it just didn’t materialize instantly after my recommendation. Only caught 2 of the 6 passes thrown to him for 22 yards, which is disconcerting coming against a usually limp Chiefs’ pass defense.  

Dennis Northcutt – CLE WR : He led all Browns in pass targets (8), caught four passes (no Brown caught more), and led the team in receiving yards (60). Like I said, he’s a cut above the other trash on waivers. Plus, he registered 38 punt return yards – his first of the year. That all adds up to Northcutt’s best performance of the year thus far, which came against a still respectable Ravens’ defense. All things considered, modest hit.  

Marty Booker – MIA WR : I didn’t recommend playing him last week. Rather, I suggested adding him for depth going forward. I figured the Bucs would shut him down and they did. While I am not encouraged that Booker only caught 1 of the 7 passes thrown to him, I stand by this recommendation for Week 7. I’ll call it a push for now, but we’ll revisit this call next week.  

Josh Brown – SEA PK : Modest hit. I promised that he’d have kicking opportunities and he got six of them. Then Brown connected on all six, holding up his end of the bargain. It wasn’t his fault he wasn’t asked to kick any field goals. He didn’t flounder on you, or anything. So while he may have left you wanting for more, he connected on six freakin’ kicks.  

Rob Bironas – TEN PK : Uh, monster hit. 3 for 3 on field goals and 2 for 2 on extra points.  

Seven hits, two misses, two pushes, and a one deferred adjudication on Booker. Given the non-studs this column limits itself to I consider those recommendations, on average, to have been good ones.  

And that’s that for this week, folks. I hope your match ups are looking better than mine in Week 7. My opponents aren’t particularly visceral, but my squads will be missing some key members, so hopefully I can edge out a win or two until I get my money players back. But for any Week 7 magic to happen I’m going to need a few of the names recommended here to produce for me. So here’s to more hits than misses and victory in Week 7. Game on!

* Non-football note : Speaking of accountability, I wanted to mention that a couple Huddlers have asked if I could get this column out sooner, so as to be more useful to people when queuing up their first waiver wire requests of the week. And I figured for each person who made that request, there were probably ten more that were thinking the same thing but didn’t bother to email me.

Folks, many of the research tools that I use each week aren’t even available until Tuesday morning. So I simply can’t get this puppy to press by Monday or Tuesday, unless I: (1) cut back on the number of players I review each week; (2) cut back on the level of detail I typically include; and/or (3) spend less time trying to make it an enjoyable read. Since I take a lot of pride in writing a good article each week, I don’t view sacrificing quality as an option. However, I do promise that it will never come out as late as Thursday again. So count on Waiver Wire Warriors to appear each and every Wednesday, right here at the Huddle.