Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Breakdown: These are guys who are on the rise, moving up from where they’ve been over the first few weeks of the season. They may or may not be on a roster, but likely are, and may even be starting here and there. They are listed here because circumstances are favorable for them to move up in their overall ‘stature’ from a fantasy standpoint. With bye weeks now in season, these are guys who can help you in the coming week, and sometimes beyond!
Matt Hasselbeck (SEA) – Similar to why Marc Bulger was listed here last week, Hasselbeck is here primarily because he faces the Lions this week. However, he’s also a much better quarterback at this point than Bulger, but that’s a different argument. He’s not having a great year and may be on the bench in most leagues, possibly not even on a roster in some shallower leagues, but deserves a start this week. He’s playing at home, has an opponent who has real problems in the secondary, and should have plenty of room to throw. With Deion Branch, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Nate Burleson and John Carlson as weapons, it should be a great day for Seattle’s passing game.
Waiver Wire Radar
Breakdown: These are guys who more than likely are not residing on many, if any, rosters. They are in situations that are favorable for possible fantasy impact in the not too distant future.
Vince Young (TEN) – His stats weren’t spectacular, but Vince Young looked better than he had in quite a long time after being re-inserted into the starting role in Tennessee over a struggling Kerry Collins. The team really had no choice but to see just where they were with Young, as money is going to become an issue with his contract in short order. One game is not much to go on, to be sure, but with San Francisco coming up and a couple of other nice match ups coming down the pike, he could be a better number two option than a lot of the guys in the league currently filling that role. He has a lot of weapons at his disposal, so if he has finally gotten his head screwed on right, he could have tremendous upside. Grab him if you can!
…And On The Slide – Quick Hits
Breakdown: With the season in full swing and bye weeks about to begin, we felt it time to add a bit of the ‘flip side’ to our movers review. These are guys who are relatively well known, but whose stock is most definitely not moving in the right direction – with just a quick hit as to my personal thoughts on the matter.
Eli Manning (NYG) – There should be some concern here for fantasy owners. While he’s going to have solid positive numbers, yardage and touchdowns, he’s also starting to revert to his former ways of throwing a ton of pics. In fact, he has six interceptions in the past three games, not good at all considering most leagues deduct points for them. Add in the fact that he’s only thrown for three touchdowns in that same period and you have serious problems from a fantasy perspective. Will he snap out of it? Maybe. Can you afford to wait it out? That depends on how much depth you drafted!
Chad Henne (MIA) – Henne has had two straight disappointing weeks, disappointing based on expectations of course. He isn’t going to be a gunslinger and we all know it, at least not anytime soon, but with a match up next week against New England he’s going to have a tough go of it. The good news here is that the only solid fantasy quarterback affected by the bye this week is Brett Favre, meaning few if any owners will be forced to start a guy like Henne, but it is still worth noting that he’s not someone you want to bother with at least for the time being.