The package of players and undisclosed draft picks that got Braylon Edwards to the Big Apple was mostly nameless; Chansi Stuckey was by no means meant to be Edwards' even-up replacement, and even if Browns fans had heard of the third-year Clemson receiver, they'd heard little.
Now, almost two months removed from that trade, the Browns are starting to see results from Stuckey, who has fit in better in Cleveland than Edwards has in New York so far.
Last Sunday, Stuckey led all Browns receivers in catches and yards (eight targets). In Week 11 he caught five balls for 76 yards and a score against Detroit.
Stuckey could be a solid pickup for fantasy owners, and may hold value as a fill-in play late in the season, especially in Cleveland's upcoming games against low ranked pass defenses Kansas City and Oakland.
Here are a few other waiver wire candidates to consider...
QB Matt Moore, Carolina
With Jake Delhomme expected to miss this weekend's contest against Tampa Bay, fantasy owners may wish to consider Moore, the Panthers' No. 2 quarterback. Despite having thrown just 123 career passes (just 12 this season), Moore has never been given an opportunity quite like this one. Carolina has plenty of weapons; if anything, Delhomme has been the reason for the passing game's ineffective ways.
WR Sammie Stroughter, Tampa Bay
Stroughter has not caught more than three passes in any one game this season (his best effort being a 65-yard day against Carolina in Week 6). He has gained more attention in the passing game, however, and on Sunday was targeted seven times by Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman. Stroughter's a long shot, perfect for fantasy owners in desperate need of help at wide receiver.
WR Sam Aiken, New England
New England could probably pull the gas clerk in off the street and get him a half-dozen catches, but Aiken's performance against New Orleans was nonetheless an eye-opener. Tom Brady threw to him more than any other Patriots receiver (yes, that includes catch machine Wes Welker), helping Aiken to snag seven balls for 90 yards. The Patriots tend to find playoff help in December, meaning Aiken could have more opportunities coming in these next few weeks.
Here is a look at this week's buy and sell candidates:
QB Matt Schaub, Houston
No joke. Houston's next three games favor the passing game -- Jacksonville (26th against the pass), Seattle (25th) and St. Louis (22nd). Schaub performed well against Indianapolis, and should have had a third touchdown on a ball Andre Johnson dropped in the end zone. For those in need of quarterback help, Schaub is a cheap pick up with a bright December in store.
RB Fred Jackson, Buffalo
What the heck, if you sold him already buy him back! Marshawn Lynch has been given every opportunity to win the job in Buffalo but has failed to do so. Jackson's performance in the win over Miami (116 yards from scrimmage, two touchdowns) speaks volumes about where this team is at. Jackson not only averaged more per carry than his counterpart (4.9 to 2.0) but he was given five times as many touches. Best to buy before it's too late.
TE Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta
Gonzalez was targeted 12 times in the win over Tampa Bay on Sunday, helping him to post his highest catch total (nine) of the year. If Matt Ryan's injury keeps him out for an extended period of time it will only work in Gonzalez's favor, as quarterbacks fresh off the bench tend to go conservative, favoring their backs and tight ends in the passing game.
RB Ricky Williams, Miami
It's been fun, Ricky, but we're afraid the party's over. The Dolphins will host a motivated New England defense next week before consecutive road trips to Jacksonville and Tennessee (both top 10 run defenses). Williams' three straight 100-yard efforts is a remarkable story, but his fade in December will wound those fantasy owners that do not act soon.
WR Devery Henderson, New Orleans
Henderson is a big-play receiver, capable of stretching the field. The Patriots had no answer for Henderson on Monday, as he torched them for 116 yards on just three catches. But this is rare, and Henderson is more bust than boom. Fantasy owners hanging on to the Saints' one-dimensional wideout may want to shop him now while New Orleans fever is at an all-time high.
WR Kenny Britt, Tennessee
Vince Young may have rounded up five straight wins for Tennessee but he remains a very unsteady, unpredictable quarterback. While he is building chemistry with his rookie wideout (evident by Britt's 128-yard effort against Arizona) fantasy owners can assume there are going to be high and low points as the two continue to work with one another. Britt has a bright future, but he has not arrived quite yet. Deal him now while he has value to offer.
Mike Beacom is a contributing writer for FootballDiehards.com.