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The Skeptic Tank: Week 6

Good morning and welcome to the Monday morning edition of the Skeptic Tank.  Join me as I take a quick look at what happened this weekend and provide you with some food for thought as you prepare to hit the waiver wire later this week.

Packers’ wide receiver Jordy Nelson tied with Greg Jennings for the team lead with seven targets.  Nelson hauled in four of those targets for 64 yards.  With tight end Jermichael Finley out for the rest of the regular season and Donald Driver suffering from a quadricep injury Nelson is definitely a low-cost/high-upside pickup.

Brandon Jackson looked adequate as he carried 12 times for 53 yards.  But as I’ve been saying for weeks, pickup James Starks.  You’ll know by the end of Tuesday if you have a waiver wire gem or a third-string running back.

I mentioned Danario Alexander in yesterday’s column, but in no way, shape or form did I expect him to shine like he did yesterday.  Alexander had four catches for 72 yards and one touchdown and is a must add in dynasty leagues and he has as much upside as anyone on the waiver wire in redraft leagues.

After Patrick Crayton‘s six catch, 117-yard performance he should be a waiver wire darling this week.  But before you go blowing a good chunk of your FAAB remember, Crayton is no better than third in the pecking order behind Antonio Gates and Malcom Floyd.

I doubt that Ravens’ running back Willis McGahee is on your waiver wire, but if he is, you may want to pick him up, if only for a couple of days.  Although, McGahee was active for Sunday’s game against the Patriots, he failed to see the field.  Is it possible that the Ravens’ may be shopping McGahee?  It’s definitely possible.  So, grab him and see what happens.

Those in PPR leagues may want to consider Patriots’ running back Danny Woodhead.  Ben-Jarvus Green-Ellis may have gotten the Pats’ lone rushing touchdown, but Woodhead toted the rock 11 times for 63 yards, while Green-Ellis had 10 carries for 20 yards.  Woodhead is also a factor in the passing game as he hauled in five passes for 52 yards.  I’ll do the math in case you don’t have your calculator with you.  That’s 16.5 points for Woodhead in a PPR league.  Not bad.

Make that back-to-back games with a touchdown for Lions’ wide receiver Nate Burleson.  He sure looks for real sporting that #13, I’m sold. 

In non-PPR leagues the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks brought home a goose egg, three catches for eight yards with a long of seven yards.  Who saw that coming versus the Lions?

After having Kevin Kolb throw for 326 yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Falcons, Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid would be wise to just keep his mouth shut and ride the hot-hand at quarterback all the way into the playoffs.

Peyton Hillis was good for 15 points in PPR leagues.  After what he’s done against the Ravens and now the Steelers, isn’t he a must start?

Speaking of Peyton Hillis, who would be the running back most likely to take over should Hillis get injured?  Mike Bell, nah.  James Davis, Man-genius doesn’t seem to like him.  How about Martell Mallett.  Mallett was the 2009 Canadian Football League Rookie of the Year or whatever they call it up there.  Last year while playing for the BC Lions Mallett rushed for 1,240 yards and six touchdowns while catching 43 passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns.  Mallett is 6-foot, 210-pounds and played collegiately at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.  Wait until Mallett is signed to the 53-man roster, then make your move.
After his six catch, 108 yard, two touchdown performance, Chiefs’ wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is a definite sell-high.  That is, if you can.

Redskins’ running back Ryan Torain looked good Sunday night as he rushed for 100 yards while scoring twice.  But, fellow Redskins’ running back Keiland Williams is also a must own.  Williams was the third down back and was on the field as the Redskins executed their two-minute drill.  Torain is in uncharted waters as he’s never been the featured back before, so how he’ll hold up is anyone’s guess.  But, should he falter, you’ll want to be the proud owner of Keiland Williams.

Thanks for reading and have a great week.

Jim Bukowski is a staff writer for  He can be reached at



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