Hey, EP, what’s with the back-to-back Tuesday waiver post lateness?
I have no excuse, just an apology, and a look at some potential waiver wire adds. Your deadline and the starting time of my real job creep ever closer, so short and fast this week:
Davone Bess – Yes, Ricky Williams had a great game, but the Dolphins only ran the ball 31 times. There are going to be a couple more passes going around without Ronnie Brown around and Bess, who had six catches for 63 yards is a potential Pee-Pee-Aaaaarrrgh pirate. Sorry, I’m tired.
Rock Cartwright – So, Ladell Betts is done for the year with torn ligaments. Cartwright had 13 carries for 57 yards and led the team with seven catches, 73 receiving yards and eight targets.
Mohamed Massaquoi – We’ve touted him here off and on, but in that ridiculous Browns-Lions tilt, he had five catches for 115 yards and a TD. He led the team with 12 targets, twice as many as anybody else. For reference WR Chansi Stuckey, WR Josh Cribbs and TE Michael Gaines scored the other receiving TDs for the Browns. If you’re really hurting, you could think about adding Stuckey and Cribbs.
Brandon Pettigrew – Had six catches for 72 yards and the game-winning TD. More importantly, he was second on the team with eight targets. Only Calvin Johnson had more. Again, for the record, RB Aaron Brown and TE Will Heller scored receiving TDs, but I don’t think they’re worth owning.
Brady Quinn – It came against the Lions, but this will definitely boost Quinn’s confidence. He was 21-for-33 for 304 yards, 4 TD passes and finished with a 133.1 QB rating.
Matt Stafford – Wasn’t as impressive as Quinn, but still threw five TDs and for 422 yards. A Rookie QB on a team that trails a lot is going to throw 17 incompletions and two picks in games. He’s also going to top 300 yards and throw a TD or two in garbage time.
JerMichael Finley – He’s liked here at the Chinstrap Ninjas offices, and didn’t disappoint Sunday with seven catches and 54 yards. He led the team with 10 targets.
Brandon Jackson – Only had four catches for 16 yards, but had six catches for 65 yards and seven targets. I’m not buying him right now.
Chris Chambers – After his four-catch, 119-yard performance against the Steelers on Sunday, he should be owned in every league.
Justin Forsett – Had a TD, but also only nine yards on nine carries. He did, however, lead the team with eight catches, 80 yards and 9 targets.
Jason Snelling – Hope you guys picked up on Snelling last week. He had 89 total yards, 2 TDs on 28 touches. You’re going to have a tougher time getting him this week.
Kevin Boss – Hasn’t been used much in the Giants passing game this year, but broke through with a career day on Sunday. He had five catches for 76 yards and two TDs. He was targeted eight times.
Pierre Garcon – Garcon had six catches for 108 yards and had eight targets. Austin Collie caught his only target for 12 yards. Own Garcon.
Matt Leinart – Went 10-for-14 and amassed 74 yards. Leinart didn’t throw any TDs or picks in relief of an injured Kurt Warner. Warner might be able to go for the next game, but Warner owners want to handcuff Leinart before they absolutely need him.
Brandon Gibson – While Donnie Avery led the Rams with 65 yards receiving, Gibson had 10 more targets than him (17-7). Gibson finished with five catches and 61 yards.
Mike Tolbert – The Chargers fullback had seven carries for 58 yards and a TD. Both Tolbert and Jacob Hester were more productive than Darren Sproles as San Diego tried to run out the clock.
Bernard Scott – Impressive in the preseason, Scott carried some marginally high expectations into the season. He may not continue an ascension to superstar status, but Scott’s 119 yards rushing and three catches for 32 yards are a nice start.
Bruce Gradkowski – Went 17-for-34 with a pick, two TDs and 183 yards. More importantly for the Raiders, he got a win. That’s bad news for the Ninjas – no more JaMarcus Russell jokes.
Kahlil Bell – Had a nice 72-yard run for the Bears. He had three other carries and only got 9 yards out of them. But with Matt Forte’s inconsistency this year, don’t be surprised if Bell gets significant touches the rest of the way.
Jason Avant – Only targeted five times and only had four catches for 26 yards, but he did score a TD. Jeremy Maclin had six catches for 64 yards on nine targets, the second most targeted by Donovan McNabb. This feels like it could be Collie vs. Garcon-lite. I’d rather own Maclin.