Waiver Wire Hot List
Tyler Thigpen, QB, Miami Dolphins: With quarterbacks Pennington and Henne done for the year, Thigpen becomes the man in Miami. Not only does he have a talented supporting cast at his disposal (Marshall, Bess, Hartline), but he’s got some legitimate starting experience to boot. Back in 2008, Thigpen averaged 213.1 passing yards and 1.55 touchdown passes per game with an awful Kansas City squad. The big upside here is that Thigpen and the Dolphins have a very favorable fantasy playoff schedule.
Mike Thomas, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Thomas has been mentioned repeatedly in these columns over the last few weeks, but despite my best efforts, he’s still un-owned in far too many fantasy leagues. The second-year wideout is coming off a season-best eight receptions for 149 yards and one score against the Houston Texans in Week 10 and has found the end zone in each of his last two outings. Be advised that Thomas won’t be a consistent producer, but you should get him in the lineup when he’s facing a favorable matchup.
Mike Goodson, RB, Carolina Panthers: Goodson was on this list last week and even made an appearance in Friday’s “Starts & Sits” column. How did the second-year running back perform in his first NFL start? By carrying the ball 23 times for 100 yards and catching three passes for 13 yards in a 31-16 loss at Tampa Bay. Not bad. If running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart continue to miss playing time with injuries, this guy could serve as a nice flex option down the stretch.
Todd Heap, TE, Baltimore Ravens: If this guy is somehow available and you need help at the TE position, make a move NOW. Head has scored four touchdowns over his last four games and is currently averaging 5.4 targets per game. In addition, quarterback Joe Flacco loves to look his way in the red zone.
Shaun Hill, QB, Detroit Lions: We weren’t kidding when we recommended Hill last week and then gave him a high ranking heading into Week 10. The backup quarterback responded by completing 29 of 50 passes for 323 yards and one touchdown at Buffalo last Sunday. In five full starts this season, Hill is averaging 290.6 passing yards per game with nine touchdown passes. The Lions may not win many games, but there is definitely plenty of fantasy talent in Detroit this year.
Justin Forsett, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Marshawn Lynch’s inability to lock down the starting job in Seattle has opened the door for Forsett to earn some more playing time. Against a terrible Arizona defense on Sunday, Forsett stepped up and totaled 95 yards and a touchdown on just nine touches. Be advised that the Seahawks have been using multiple backs a lot this year (Lynch, Forsett, Washington) and that Seattle doesn’t have the luxury of playing a clunker like the Cardinals every week.
Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants: With wideout Steve Smith on the shelf due to a pectoral injury, Manningham stepped in and caught ten passes for 91 yards and a touchdown on a season-high 16 targets Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Reports are beginning to surface that Smith could miss the next few games, so owners are advised to make a move for Manningham ASAP.
Delanie Walker, TE, San Francisco 49ers: After going unnoticed during the first seven weeks of the season, Walker has now hauled in nine receptions for 165 yards over his last two games. Credit the quarterback switch to Troy Smith for the increase in production. Walker won’t be an every-week starter, but for owners in deeper leagues with TE issues, this guy could serve as a nice situational start.
Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: If you’re in need of some QB help and Freeman is still available, make a move. The second-year starter has thrown at least one touchdown pass in each of his last six contests (4 TDs in last two games) and is averaging 236.5 passing yards per game during that same time span.
Jerome Harrison, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Harrison made the list this week only so that we could advise you to NOT PICK HIM UP. Despite racking up 124 total yards and a touchdown on just 12 touches Monday night vs. an awful Washington defense, Harrison will only have serious fantasy value if something happens to starter LeSean McCoy. Make sure you keep that in mind.
Keiland Williams, RB, Washington Redskins: He made this list two weeks ago due to injuries suffered by Clinton Portis and Ryan Torain. Making his first career start against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night, Williams picked up 139 total yards and three touchdowns on just 20 touches. It may have come during garbage time, but it would be tough for head coach Mike Shanahan to keep Williams off the field after the way he played in Week 10.