Waiver Wire Work

Originally Published: October 11, 2005
By Kevin Rounce | ESPN Fantasy Games
Gus Frerotte, QB Mia
79/145 for 849 yards and 7 TDs
Admittedly, mentioning Gus Frerotte as a potential pickup in a fantasy league seems wrong at first. He's not having a bad year, though. He's thrown for two TDs in three of his four games. He's hit the 200-yard passing mark. Don't expect huge numbers out of him, but the fact that he's running the same offense in Miami that he ran the past two seasons in Minnesota (albeit as a backup) gives him a comfort factor and an incredible advantage in knowledge of schemes. He's not the most gifted QB. But he's still a decent option as a second QB in your lineup or backup for a bye or injured starter. He faces a tough Tampa Bay squad this week, but after that he gets Kansas City and New Orleans in consecutive weeks. He should perform adequately in Weeks 7 and 8.

Chris Perry, RB Cin
26 carries for 121 yards plus 18 receptions for 140 yards
This is not an indictment of Rudi Johnson, but rather just smart fantasy strategy. Perry has big-play potential, and can catch the ball out of the backfield. It's clear that Perry is seeing a series or two per half in order to keep Rudi Johnson fresh and possibly to get Perry ready if Johnson were to go down due to injury. Rudi Johnson's owners should definitely pick him up as insurance to handcuff the two. If Perry gets a chance to be an every-down back, he should excel both as a rusher and a pass catcher. You can expect to see him periodically while Rudi Johnson remains healthy.

Tony Fisher, RB GB
9 carries for 18 yards plus 11 receptions for 68 yards and 1 TD
Fisher has always been the third back in Green Bay and only played when injuries struck Ahman Green or Najeh Davenport. Well, now Green is coming off a thigh problem, and Davenport is out for the year, which means Fisher could see an increase in playing time for Green Bay. An excellent pass catcher, Fisher will be a good third-down back for Green Bay, though will likely give way to Green on third and short. He did have a good yards-per-carry average in his first two seasons at 4.5, but has seen that number decrease recently. He's not the best runner, and will likely be primarily a pass-catching back unless Green goes down for an extended period of time. He can still get an occasional score on swing passes out of the backfield. He's definitely a back to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.

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