Waiver Wire Work

Originally Published: November 22, 2005
By Kevin Rounce | ESPN Fantasy Games
Mike McMahon
21-for-45 for 334 yards and 1 TD passing, 39 yards and 1 TD rushing
An incredibly gifted athlete, McMahon is starting in Philly for the rest of the season. His record aside -- 1-7 as a starter -- McMahon has great mobility, a strong arm and the confidence to make any throw. These are great characteristics to have as a quarterback. Add in the fact that he has a near Michael Vick-like ability, though not as talented, to run with the football out of the pocket, and McMahon does have some fantasy value. He threw for nearly 300 yards in Week 11, and the offense that Andy Reid runs is more of a passing attack. Looking at the Eagles' remaining schedule, they face Green Bay (fourth most points given up to QBs in fantasy), Seattle, St. Louis (ninth most) and Arizona. Even though the 'Hawks and Cards are not in the top 10 in points given up to QBs, they are teams with defenses that can be moved on. There's a place in deep leagues for McMahon.

J.J. Arrington
57 carries for 185 yards and 2 TDs
After being touted as a rookie sleeper in the preseason, Arrington struggled to adjust to the tough NFL style of play. He's a little small as a back (5-foot-9, 214 pounds) to take the normal pounding, but actually caught a break when he was benched for Marcel Shipp. He was able to keep his body in shape for the long NFL season. He has begun to take the lion's share of the carries in Arizona. He has led the team in rushing yards the last three games and carries the last two. He's averaging more than 4 yards per carry the past three weeks and over the final six weeks of the season faces at least two strong matchups. In Week 13, he faces a bad San Francisco team and in Week 15 (generally a key fantasy playoff week) he faces the Texans. He's worth adding now for any team, but in deeper leagues he might be worth a start against the weaker defenses.

Mike Alstott
24 carries for 61 yards and 5 TDs
In Week 11, Alstott rushed for his fourth TD in three weeks and appears to have become the main goal-line back for the Buccaneers. With uncertainty surrounding Carnell Williams, Jon Gruden knows that he can trust Alstott. He's a big back (6-1, 248) and runs the ball tough, especially in short-yardage situations. He has experience being depended on to carry the ball (242 carries in 1999) and lacks any fumble troubles or injury problems of the younger backs. He won't hit any home runs, but if the Bucs have an important short-yardage carry, especially around the goal line, Alstott will get the ball. He has some value in TD-heavy leagues for the remainder of the season. Don't expect him to be consistent enough in the yardage category for a regular fantasy league, though.

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