Any fantasy owner will tell you that most waiver wire pickups are only worth their weight for a week or two. After that they're likely to fall back into the free agent bin or sit rotting deep down on someone's depth chart.
But each year there are those free agents who offer considerable value for several weeks, sometimes even an entire season. Whether it's an injury that thrusts them into the limelight, or if they simply revive an old spark, these players are the fantasy gold every owner searches for when considering available free agents each week.
This year witnessed a number of such players. To highlight their contributions we've assembled a team of the best pickups at each position. Here is the 2009 all-Wire Tap squad:
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Several players could have filled in as the No. 2 back for this team (
Before T.O. terrorized Dallas it was Bryant, who came out of the University of Pittsburgh with a chip on his shoulder. Never short on talent, Bryant's career was thought to be dead until he re-surfaced in a Week 3 overtime win over the Bears. That day he caught 10 passes for 138 yards and instantly became a fantasy hit. In the past three weeks alone he's hauled in four touchdowns, and his 200-yard performance against Carolina in Week 14 is one fantasy owners will not forget when they consider Bryant in drafts next year.
Most fantasy owners pegged his seven-catch, 78-yard effort in Week 3 as a fluke. But Moore followed that up with a seven-catch, 101-yard and two-touchdown game the following week. This season Moore has managed to gain 90 or more yards in five games, and he's found the end zone eight times. And with two weeks left he might still eclipse the 80-catch and 1,000-yard marks.
The more popular pick here would be the Giants'
Carney's story might trump all others. At 44 he was prepared to call it a career, and had, when New York called to see if he'd be able to replace injured starter