Out with the new, in with the old?
This weekend a couple of old faces came to the rescue of their respective teams --
The shoulder injury that ripped
Likewise, Bears starter
Can fantasy owners seriously consider either Grossman or Leftwich, both of whom have proven to be no less lethal than strychnine in past years? To be frank, yes.
In the case of Grossman, no one can be sure just how long Orton will sit, and the Bears offense is taking shape as it heads into a dogfight to win a hotly contested NFC North race. Leftwich's window of opportunity is likely to be shorter, but as he showed on Monday, he can offer respectable fantasy numbers, if only for a week or two.
Neither player is fantasy starter material, but both are serviceable, especially for those fantasy owners feeling the short-term pinch placed on them by the growing number of injured NFL quarterbacks.
Here are a few other waiver wire candidates who offer value to fantasy owners:
Fantasy owners are used to seeing Denver backs emerge in the rushing game, not as receivers, but the rookie out of Arkansas had one of the most dynamic Bronco debuts in recent memory with a seven-catch, 116-yard effort against Miami. Prior to Week 9 Hillis had just four career touches to his credit. Fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited -- at a position as thick as running back few fantasy owners can afford to reserve a roster spot for Denver's rookie fullback. Still, Hillis is worth keeping an eye on.
OK, so 90 of Robinson's 105 yards on Sunday came on Seattle's first offensive snap -- even so, his performance suggests he can still offer fantasy owners a big day every now and then. The Seahawks passing game has been desperate with
Filling in for
Miami's offense is not something fantasy owners could get excited about, but Carpenter might be one Dolphin worth considering. He connected on all four of his attempts on Sunday (two from 45 or more yards) and scored in the double digits for a second straight week. Carpenter has now joined the ranks of 'viable fantasy candidate' and should be heavily considered by those who have been burned by the likes of
No one was sure whether Addai would play against New England but he shook off the rust and accepted a hefty workload (19 touches as compared to just five for
Owens has struggled with
Hightower has already been named the starter again for next week after gaining 109 yards against St. Louis. The reason fantasy owners might want to consider unloading him, however, is that Hightower will face a number of the league's stoutest run defenses (Giants, Eagles, Vikings, Patriots) in the final few weeks of the season when fantasy owners will need to rely on him most. Trade him now while he's fresh off his breakthrough performance.
Gonzalez has been boom or bust this season, with two huge games and five in which he was held below 50 yards receiving. Indianapolis has plenty of weapons to throw to, and now that fantasy owners are reassured that