Joey Harrington a new starter in Miami? Larry Johnson having his head twisted around like an owl’s? Multiple teams passing for less than 100 yards? The NFL is never short on action, that’s for sure. And with six teams being on bye this week, you can bet that there will be plenty of action on the waiver wire this week. Read on and learn how to have your squad screaming louder than T.O.!!
Travis Henry RB Tennessee Titans
OK, so maybe Henry’s not a future Hall-of-Famer, but getting a starting RB off of the waiver wire in Week 6 is no mean feat. Henry ran for 123 yards against a supposedly stout Colts defense this past week in a suprisingly strong Titans effort. Travis has posted some respectable numbers in the past, both as a Titan and a Bill, and he’s slipped under the radar of many. Candy-bone Chris Brown was shelved again and the Titans are surely growing weary of his ability to get hurt more easily than Randy Moss’ feelings. Until we see Lendale White running hard, Henry’s the Titans back to have, and makes a decent fill-in start against a beatable Redskins defense this Sunday.
Bryant Johnson WR Arizona Cardinals
Uber-talent Larry Fitzgerald blew out a hammy this weekend and initial reports have him potentially missing multiple games. In his absence, former first-rounder Johnson had a nice game, snaring 6 balls for 106 yards and a TD against a decent Chiefs defense. Johnson is a big target and has talent but has been buried on the depth chart behind Fitz and Boldin up until now. Zona plays the rock-solid Bears defense this week, but they’re at home and funny things happen in the Monday night games.
Maurice Morris RB Seattle Seahawks
If there’s ever a week to have Morris, it’s this one! This may be his final week with the starting gig, and coming off of a bye and rough outing against the Bears, MoMo may have become a forgotten man in your league. But with 2 weeks to think about the thrashing they got from Chicago, the Hawks may be taking out their aggressions against the Rams this week. Look for Morris to have a productive game and put up #2 RB numbers for your squad.
Bruce Gradkowski QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This Bruce is the new Boss in Tampa…at least until Simms the Younger returns. Which might be later than sooner. In any case, the Bucs aren’t the hopeless 0-4 mess that the Titans and Raiders are, and Gradkowski had a nice debut against a good Saints defense this week. He threw for 225 yards and 2 TDs, and perhaps most impressively, no interceptions. He’s a mobile guy and even ran for 19 yards. Yeah, he’s a rookie QB and expect some rough patches over the course of the season. But lots of you are in a bye-week pinch this week and Grad might be startable against a Bengals D torched for 38 points in their last outing. You might not be able to spell his name, but if he can spell your starter for a week, you could do worse.
Jerramy Stevens TE Seattle Seahawks
He may be long-gone in your league, but he’s available in many leagues where teams don’t want to burn a roster spot on a second tight-end. Stevens is supposedly back this week and has top-10 potential on a dangerous Seahawks offense that will surely be passing a lot more with stud Shawn Alexander sidelined with a bum foot. Be the first in your league to remember what others have forgotten!
Noah Herron RB Green Bay Packers
Noah who? Just after a week after I was touting Vernand Morency as the guy to have if Ahman Green is out, along come Herron and takes most of the carries, running 20 times for 106 yards and a TD, along with grabbing 5 catches for another 20 yards. A very solid outing! But there are so many question-marks…will Green be back this week? Will the Pack ride the hot hand every week? Or will this become a full-out RBBC if (when?) Green is out? This uncertainty plus the Packers bye this week keeps Herron from Smokin’ Hot status.
Az-Zahir Hakim WR Detroit Lions
Apparently Martz + Hakim = Production! With Hakim becoming a fantasy afterthought the past few years after leaving Martz’s Ram juggernaut offense, he had a rock-solid performance filling in for injured Roy Williams against the Vikes this weekend. Az caught 8 balls for 92 yards and may be startable against a demoralized Bills defense this coming week. Hey, at least the Tigers don’t suck!
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Leon Washington RB New York Jets
It’s hard to judge the action of a team getting blown out 41-0, but Washington got most of the carries for the Jets and responded with good numbers…23 carries for 101 yards. It’s hard to say what his role might be in the future, but participation in a RBBC with Barlow looks like a likely outcome. Washington was mentioned here last week and if you want him, you’ll likely have to get him this week after his performance. I’m not yet sold on the guy, but he’s one to watch. By the way, Curtis Martin is eligible to come off of IR in another week, but temper your expectations there.
Dee Brown RB Kansas City Chiefs
Hey, wasn’t this guy pumping up his Reeboks in the NBA Slam Dunk contest about 15 years ago? Ahh, the memories! With Larry Johnson getting brutally face-masked this past weekend, the starting RB for the Chiefs may be in question for their matchup against the Steelers. Since backup Michael Bennett is hurt again…shocker!!…the starter may be Brown. With the Chiefs line playing horribly this year and the Steelers D being tough, Brown probably isn’t a great start in any case, but if you’re hard-up for a bye-week fill-in, Brown might be worth rostering.