Waiver Wire Hot List
Jordan Shipley, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: The rookie out of Texas has only scored one touchdown in his last eight games, but be advised that with Terrell Owens done for the season due to a knee injury, Shipley’s targets are about to increase. Week 16 offers a touch matchup vs. San Diego, but garbage time numbers should be in effect here.
Rashad Jennings, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: He may be Maurice Jones-Drew’s backup, but Jennings is averaging 11.2 fantasy points per game over his last four outings and has found the end zone three times in his last four contests. It’s a risky proposition playing a backup running back, but Jennings has a favorable Week 16 matchup against a terrible Washington Redskins defense.
Rex Grossman, QB, Washington Redskins: Once you finish laughing, I’ll continue. Sexy Rexy threw for 322 yards and four touchdowns at Dallas last Sunday and has a very favorable matchup in Week 16 at Jacksonville. Keep in mind that the Jaguars are currently surrendering 21.3 fantasy points per week to opposing quarterbacks (third-most in NFL). If you need a high-risk/semi-high reward option, this could be your man (Gulp).
Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants: Double-check your waiver wire to make sure the Manningham owner didn’t drop him once Steve Smith came back. If he’s available, make a move. Manningham was targeted 12 times last Sunday vs. Philadelphia and recorded 113 yards and two scores on eight receptions. With Smith done for the year, Manningham will continue to see a healthy dose of targets.
Maurice Morris, RB, Detroit Lions: One week it’s Jahvid Best, the next week’s it Maurice Morris, so keep in mind that you won’t get much consistency here. However, Morris has found the end zone three times in his last four games and has received double-digit rushing attempts in four of his last five outings. After racking up 109 yards on the ground at Tampa in Week 16 (7.3 yards per carry), Morris could be in line for some more touches.
Anthony Armstrong, WR, Washington Redskins: His upside is somewhat limited, but keep in mind that Armstrong has topped 95 receiving yards in two of his last three games and has been targeted seven or more times in three of his last five outings. This guy is a very poor man’s Mike Wallace. He won’t catch a ton of passes, but he has the speed and big-play ability to produce a solid fantasy week with just one catch.
Tony Moeaki, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: The rookie from Iowa hasn’t done much as of late, but be advised that he’s got a very favorable Week 16 matchup against a Tennessee Titans defense that is giving up 8.2 fantasy points per week to opposing tight ends (eighth-most in NFL). Moeaki is only recommended for owners who play in deeper leagues and need some last-second help at the TE position.
Tim Tebow, QB, Denver Broncos: The former Heisman Trophy winner posted 23 fantasy points in his NFL debut, which was good enough to rank eighth at the quarterback position. Tebow is a high-risk start since the Broncos are currently running a very basic offense, but keep in mind that the first-round draft pick takes on a Houston Texans defense in Week 16 that is giving up more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than any other team in the league (23.8 pts/gm).
Toby Gerhart, RB, Minnesota Vikings: The rookie from Stanford managed to rush for 77 yards (4.8 YPC) Monday night against one of the best run defenses in the league (Chicago). Should Gerhart get the start Sunday at Philadelphia, he’ll have a chance to roll up some numbers against an Eagles defense that is surrendering 18.9 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs (16th most in NFL). Be advised that if Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson is healthy, Gerhart will be worthless to fantasy owners.
Dallas Cowboys, D/ST: We recommended this unit for Week 15 vs. Washington and they delivered 11.0 fantasy points (11th in NFL, standard scoring). While Dallas has had trouble slowing down the pass this season, the Cowboys have a very favorable Week 16 matchup with an Arizona Cardinals team that ranks 31st in the NFL in pass offense (181.6 yds/gm). In addition, the Cardinals are surrendering 12.1 fantasy points per week to opposing D/STs (second-most in NFL). Get this unit in the lineup.