Waiver Wire Hot List
Derek Hagan, WR, New York Giants: Assuming Mario Manningham is unavailable, owners in need of some wide receiver help should keep an eye on Hagan. He caught three passes for ten yards and a touchdown last Sunday at Philadelphia, but more importantly, Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks are out of the lineup due to injuries. Hagan should see plenty of targets coming his way.
Maurice Morris, RB, Detroit Lions: With Kevin Smith on IR and Jahvid Best underperforming due to a toe injury, look for Morris’ to start getting more snaps in an effort to get some kind of running game going in Detroit. The veteran ball-carrier picked up a season-high ten carries (31 yards) last Sunday at Dallas.
Rusty Smith, QB, Tennessee Titans: This is only a recommendation for owners in deeper leagues. With Vince Young out for the season and Kerry Collins still out of action due to injury, Smith becomes the starter for Jeff Fisher’s Titans. There’s going to be growing pains, so be advised. However, with Randy Moss, Nate Washington and Chris Johnson at his disposal, Smith has plenty of weapons to roll up some decent garbage time numbers.
Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins: Did you know that Hartline has caught at least five passes in four of his last five games and has topped 50 yards receiving in each of his last five outings? If not, you do now. With Brandon Marshall on the shelf due to a hamstring injury suffered in last Thursday’s loss to Chicago, Hartline should see a nice bump in targets.
Kory Sperry, TE, San Diego Chargers: If Antonio Gates or Randy McMichael can’t get back on the field due to their respective injuries, Sperry will step into the starting role. And it’s a real nice starting role, if we may say so. Quarterback Philip Rivers is having an MVP-caliber season and loves to target the tight end position. Sperry picked up 21 yards on two receptions Monday night in limited action against the Denver Broncos.
Brandon Stokley, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Big Mike Williams went down with an injury in Sunday’s loss at New Orleans, meaning quarterback Matt Hasselbeck needs to find a new No. 1 target. Why not Stokley? The guy has a ton of starting experience and posted a nice stat line (6-76-0) in Week 11 against the Saints.
James Davis, RB, Washington Redskins: With all of the injuries that have hit the Washington backfield this season (Clinton Portis, Ryan Torain), head coach Mike Shanahan was recently forced to promote Davis from the practice squad. The second-year back out of Clemson has explosive speed, but will still have to earn his way onto the field with Keiland Williams currently occupying the starting role.
Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams: Prior to Sunday, Amendola had found the end zone in each of his last three outings. Add in the fact that he’s averaging 8.3 targets per game for a St. Louis team that will continue to air it out and you’ve got a serviceable WR3. Already stacked at the wide receiver position? Amendola makes for a solid bench player down the stretch.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Romo did some light throwing before Sunday’s game vs. Detroit and could be set to return to the starting lineup as early as December 12 vs. Philadelphia. If he’s not ready for the Eagles, the Dallas signal-caller could still play in the final two games of the year, which come against Arizona and Philadelphia. If you need some quarterback help/depth for when your team reaches the playoffs, this guy could step in and save the day. ALERT: There’s no guarantee that Romo will be back this season, so keep that in mind.
Blair White, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Unless Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon are ALL IN THE STARTING LINEUP, White makes for a decent fantasy option. The rookie from Michigan State hauled in five passes for 42 yards and two touchdowns Sunday at New England.
Seneca Wallace, QB, Cleveland Browns: With rookie Colt McCoy nursing a high ankle sprain, Wallace could be thrust back into the starting lineup this Sunday vs. Carolina. Remember, this guy threw at least one touchdown pass in all four of his 2010 starts before getting injured.
Cleveland Browns, D/ST: Speaking of the Browns, did you know that this defense currently ranks 13th in scoring among fantasy D/STs? That’s a juicy bit of information considering the fact that Cleveland hosts a Carolina Panthers team this weekend that will likely be starting Brian St. Pierre at quarterback. If you remember, St. Pierre was the guy who threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns in last Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.