I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving and had a chance to gather with friends and family. I’m thankful for all that and the faithful that keep reading us here at FantasySharks.com. Thanksgiving is always a bit of a line as far as waiver wire relevance. With most leagues having closed up the waiver wire, we’ll keep things going with a bit of a different format this week, grouping some newsworthy players by position in what will be more like a round table discussion. Thanks, as always, for reading.
This week’s column was written while hating the fact that so many key fantasy players have been declared out for the season in the last three weeks. Just painful to rely on a player for 10 weeks, only to have them swept onto Injured Reserve and be done for the season. Hopefully you have the depth to continue the fight to your league trophy!
On to this week’s story …
Forced to choose between the lot of quarterbacks likely available, I’d rank them like this: Caleb Hanie, Jake Delhomme (long term), Kyle Orton, Rex Grossman … and that’s about it. Hanie (Chicago) is going to play and his job is safe. All he has to do is not make any mistakes and Matt Forte will do the rest. Nothing spectacular, but again the key here is that the Bears are, for better or for worse, stuck with him for the rest of the season.
In a desperation move, the Texans signed Delhomme. Houston, to go along with a strong running game, has playoff hopes that they weren’t going to trust in the hands of T.J. Yates. Apologies to those that ran out and took Matt Leinart, but now it is Delhomme that will eventually end up with the tools that are at the disposal of the Texans’ starting quarterback.
Orton saw the writing on the wall (actually, ‘Tebowmania’ is being discussed everywhere) and got his ticket out of Denver. His attempt at getting to Chicago failed, and he ends up in Kansas City. While many will scoff that the Chiefs are a terrible place for him to land, I will go in the opposite direction. This is a perfect opportunity, with only Tyler Palko in front of him on the depth chart, for him to get onto the field and showcase himself for 2012. It won’t be long before he’s the starter, somewhere in the area of 200 yards and a couple of touchdowns are the expected fantasy output.
I’d have Grossman further up on this list, but no one can seem to hold the starting quarterback job for the Washington Redskins for more than five weeks at a time. Three strong games in a row, including a 300-plus yard, two-touchdown effort last week, prove that he can put up some fantasy points. A strong short-term play, I am concerned that he will not be able to hold the job for the remainder of the season.
The rest I will take a pass on. Sure, Vince Young can run for a few yards, but otherwise he looks bad. Plus, the Philadelphia Eagles would rather get Michael Vick back onto the field as soon as possible. Dan Orlovsky will get the start in Indianapolis, and there’s nothing else good to add to that comment. The Colts are doing everything they can to lose games, just like the end of their undefeated season when they let the New York Jets into the playoffs.