Wire Tap: Moats shines for Texans
Now 5-3, and heading into a pivotal stretch of the season, the Texans may be tempted to pull the trigger and give Moats a chance to handle the primary rushing duties moving forward. Coach
The Texans rank fifth in the NFL in total rushing attempts, suggesting an increased role for Moats could make him fantasy gold for those fantasy owners lacking quality depth at the position. At 5-foot-8, 210 pounds, Moats is no smaller than Slaton, and is someone capable of handling the ball 20-plus times, evidenced by his performance on Sunday. One thing for fantasy owners to keep in mind: Moats is not the receiver that Slaton is, suggesting both backs will probably figure into the equation.
Here are a few other waiver wire candidates to consider...
Moats isn't the only Texans player worthy of a look this week. Anderson caught three passes for 51 yards in the win over Buffalo. The reason he may be a good pickup is the Texans' sudden lack of bodies in the passing game. Tight end
Here is a look at this week's buy and sell candidates:
Crabtree is the real deal. Forget about the ego, the injury, the missed practice time ... in just his second game he led the 49ers in catches (six) and receiving yards (81). Alex Smith seemed to favor his rookie target, especially on deep sideline routes, and Crabtree found open space with ease. The 49ers are a team just starting to take shape; fantasy owners should expect Crabtree's numbers to grow in the final month, and it wouldn't be a surprise if he challenged for the most rookie receiving yards in 2009 despite missing the first five games.
It appears Mason has found a second wind. Quietly he has caught a touchdown in four of the last five games. His "worst" performance during that stretch came this past Sunday (four catches for 40 yards). It might be a good time to make a move for Baltimore's No. 1 receiver, especially as he is just two weeks away from a rematch against a Browns secondary he torched for 118 yards the first time around this season.
Coming off of his first loss of the season things won't get easier on Orton and the Denver passing game. Over the next four weeks the team will face three of the top eight pass defenses in the league. If that doesn't scare you, consider that Orton has a poor track record in the month of November (49 completion percentage last year, with three touchdowns and three interceptions in three games).
Rodgers is the league's top-rated quarterback. He's also on pace to accept 71 sacks this season, and it was reported he is dealing with a couple of sprains following Sunday's loss to Minnesota. The good news is that Rodgers will not see