Chris Gingrich: Possible pickups for playoffs

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This week I've noticed a few quarterbacks and a couple running backs who could help out fantasy football teams headed into the playoffs. The fantasy football playoffs start with week 15 and go through week 16, so if you're looking for some last-minute talent to help you with your run, now is the time to scour the waiver wire in search of help.

Let's start with quarterbacks.

Matt Cassel, quarterback, New England Patriots - Cassel is owned in just over two-thirds of leagues right now, but after Sunday's 415-yard, three-touchdown performance, expect those numbers to jump. In his past four games, Cassel has a Quarterback rating of 97.7 and has thrown six touchdown passes. It seems like Cassel and Moss are clicking right now, and that could mean some great numbers down the final leg of the season.

Tyler Thigpen, quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs - Thigpen is rated 41 in the Yahoo game right now and has been among the weekly leaders at the quarterback position for three straight weeks. Thigpen has thrown nine touchdowns in his past four games to go along with a 90.5 Quarterback Rating. If you're willing to take a chance right now, it just might pay off during playoff time.

Shaun Hill, quarterback, San Francisco 49ers - Another quarterback I've noticed on the waiver wire who has been showing up in the weekly leaderboard is Shaun Hill. He's thrown seven touchdowns in the last four weeks and only three interceptions. He's a solid pickup for the rest of the season, and he'll likely be on that weekly leaderboard a few more times before it's all said and done.

Now, let's head to the backfield where some talent has gone unclaimed on the waivers.

Peyton Hillis, running back, Denver Broncos - After Denver went through its entire depth chart at running back, they finally ended up with Hillis. Hillis is a tough running back, and he's had a couple good games since being named starter. In his past four games, he's had three rushing touchdowns to go along with one receiving touchdown. I'm going to bet that he gets a few more looks in the red zone for touchdowns, but I don't see him getting a lot of yards. I moderately recommend him at this point in the season.

Derrick Ward, running back, New York Giants - With Brandon Jacobs sitting out Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Ward filled in and racked up 69 yards and a touchdown for 12 fantasy points. He's a good pickup if anything happens to Brandon Jacobs.

That's it for this week's rundown of waiver wire talent; look for another fantasy football column just in time for the fantasy football playoffs.

Craig resident and Fantasy Fix columnist Chris Gingrich can be reached at hops2008@gmail.com.

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