Chris Gingrich: Claim these waiver wire contributors
November 12, 2008
We’re halfway through the NFL season, and it’s time to take a look at what moves have paid off for my top fantasy football teams, and a few players to claim off the waiver wire for Week 11.
After I drafted all four of my fantasy football teams in August, I was pretty sure I had four contenders on my hand. Now, it looks as if I will have two teams in the playoffs competing for the top spot in one Yahoo league and one ESPN league.
My Yahoo team that is in third place has been competitive because I have three very good running backs in Marshawn Lynch, Marion Barber and Earnest Graham.
I believe the combination of a solid running backs corps I picked up in the early rounds and the Jay Cutler pick in the fifth round helped put my team in contention. The best moves that I’ve made off the waiver wire for this team come at the wide receiver position for me. I picked up Kevin Walter from the Texans and Lance Moore from the Saints early on, and they have been putting up great numbers for me all year.
My ESPN team has remained at the top of the pack because of two waiver wire pickups I made in the early going. Tim Hightower and Chris Johnson have been invaluable to this team’s success. With Hightower’s consistency and Chris Johnson’s high scoring outputs, I’ve managed to stay ahead of the game in the running back department. Tony Gonzalez, Donovan McNabb and the Steelers defense turned in a very good season to contribute to this team’s success.
Now, let’s get the goods on some players who you might want to pick up for Week 11.
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Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons quarterback – Ryan has nine touchdown passes in his last five games and is looking great for a rookie quarterback. He’s still available in about 20 percent of leagues and is a great play for the rest of the year.
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs running back – Don’t let his 26 fantasy points fool you, Charles has some value. When Larry Johnson comes back he’s facing a three-game suspension and Charles will get a chance to shine in the starting role. Charles is averaging 4.5 yards per carry, which could translate very well when he starts for Kansas City in the near future.
Mushin Muhammad, Carolina Panthers wide receiver – Muhammad has slowly turned in a respectable season and warrants a spot on fantasy rosters. With Carolina’s Week 11 opponent being the Lions, now is a prime time to pick up Muhammad.
Good luck with your teams in Week 11.