Waiver Wire Hot List
Brian Westbrook, RB, San Francisco 49ers: With Frank Gore out for the season due to a fractured hip suffered in Monday night’s win over the Arizona Cardinals, B-West will become one of the featured ball-carries for the Niners. The former Philadelphia Eagle picked up 136 yards and one touchdown against a lousy Arizona run defense in Week 12, so taper your expectations for the coming weeks. Remember, rookie Anthony Dixon will be getting some burn as well.
Anthony Dixon, RB, San Francisco 49ers: If you think back to August, you may remember that this was the guy who led all NFL running backs in rushing yards during the preseason. Dixon has more value for owners in touchdown leagues, as he is a power back that will likely handle the bulk of San Francisco’s goal line work.
Ben Obomanu, WR, Seattle Seahawks: With Mike Williams sidelined in Week 12 due to injury, Obomanu stepped in and caught five passes for 159 yards and a touchdown on six targets against the Kansas City Chiefs. His value will take a hit when Williams returns to action, so owners should view Obomanu as WR3/bench player who can add some nice depth to the roster.
Toby Gerhart, RB, Minnesota Vikings: After Adrian Peterson went down with an ankle injury at Washington on Sunday, the rookie from Stanford carried the rock 22 times for 76 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota’s 17-10 win. A.P. is expected to play in Week 13, but owners should still target Gerhart as insurance AND to prevent the Peterson owner from landing a potential replacement.
Jacoby Ford, WR, Oakland Raiders: We mentioned Ford a few weeks back after he shredded the Kansas City Chiefs secondary. We’re mentioning him again this week because he just got done torching the Miami Dolphins for 108 yards and a touchdown on just four receptions. Owners who play in leagues that award points for return yardage should pay extra attention to Ford, who took the opening kickoff 101 yards to the house on Sunday.
Maurice Morris, RB, Detroit Lions: Somebody has to run the ball in Detroit this season and with rookie Jahvid Best still nursing a toe injury (zero carries in Week 12), Morris has become the man. Against New England on Thanksgiving, the veteran running back totaled 75 yards and two touchdowns on 14 touches.
Chad Henne, QB, Miami Dolphins: Henne returned to the starting lineup on Sunday at Oakland to throw for 307 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-17 win that could be described as his best performance of the season. This guy has proven to be inconsistent, but he has an awesome playoff schedule that features remaining games against the Browns, Bills and Lions.
Kevin Boss, TE, New York Giants: There’s no way Boss should still be available in your league (since we told you about him last week), but if he is, make a move. The New York tight end caught three passes for 74 yards and a touchdown in the first game quarterback Eli Manning played without star receivers Steve Smith AND Hakeem Nicks. Boss will continue to be targeted frequently with both of those guys out of action.
Javon Ringer, RB, Tennessee Titans: With the recent injuries to Adrian Peterson and Frank Gore, Johnson owners can’t afford to take any risks at this point in the season. Get Ringer as a handcuff and sleep well at night knowing you’re in good hands with your insurance policy.
Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore Ravens: We don’t expect much from Mason in Week 13 due to his matchup with the Steelers, but keep in mind that this guy has found the end zone in three of his last four games.