The regular season has come to an end for most of us. Now it’s time to look ahead to the fantasy playoffs. The final week of the fantasy regular season wasn’t without its casualties though. After finally returning to action, both Andre Johnson and Peyton Hillis re-injured themselves.
Then there was the knee injury to Matt Forte that has some fantasy owners limping into the playoffs without one of their best players. We’re getting down to the end, but the waiver wire still has a few options left for you to consider as owners prepare for a run at a fantasy championship.
Dan Orlovsky, QB, Indianapolis – Well, we found out just how truly bad the New Englanf Patriots’ pass defense is on Sunday when the Colts’ third-string quarterback torched them for 353 yards and two scores.
On the bright side, Orlovsky looked better than Curtis Painter. Granted, that’s not the hardest thing in the world to do, but at least Orlovsky allowed his receivers to make some plays down the field and showed some command in the pocket.
On the downside, a lot of Orlovsky’s yards came in the fourth quarter when New England was protecting a 31-3 lead. So for fantasy purposes Orlovsky’s stat line looks pretty good, but for most of the game the Colts’ offense was only able to put up three points.
Orlovsky does have some weapons around him but we’ve almost certainly seen the best he has to offer this season.
The Final Call: If you play in a two-quarterback league Orlovsky is worth picking up, but if you need him in regular formats your season probably ended on Sunday anyways.
Brandon Saine, RB, Green Bay – With Ryan Grant struggling and James Starks hurting, Saine is a guy to keep an eye on. I thought Saine was underused at Ohio State and he’s a great receiver out of the backfield.
Catching the ball is where Saine is going to do the most damage right now, so he really only has value in points per reception leagues. Luckily the Packers throw the ball more than anyone, so with Saine emerging as Green Bay’s pass catching back it means he’ll be on the field more.
Listen, Grant is all done. The guy goes nowhere every time he touches the ball. Saine looks fresher and he adds more explosiveness in the backfield, similar to what Starks did for the Packers late last season.
Saine doesn’t have a ton of value right now but he plays on one of the NFL’s best offenses and his arrow is definitely going up. Saine could be a nice sleeper running back in points per reception leagues should you get desperate.
The Final Call: With Starks’ ankle likely keeping him out at least a week, Saine will get more opportunities to show what he can do. He’s worth adding in deeper leagues at this point.