Waiver Wire Work

Originally Published: November 29, 2005
By Kevin Rounce | ESPN Fantasy Games
Ryan Fitzpatrick (0.1 percent owned)
19-for-30 for 310 yards and 3 TDs
The first Harvard quarterback ever to throw a pass in the NFL, Fitzpatrick is somewhat of a mystery. He has good size (6-2, 221 pounds) and during the game versus Houston threw a very accurate ball. He placed several passes as well as any veteran. The easy comments about his intelligence are there, since he's a Harvard grad, but there's a more telling football sign: his results on the Wonderlic test (The NFL's own personality test). His score impressed nearly every team that talked with him, such that they were merely concerned with his physical makeup. Now, he's clearly not the quarterback of the future in St. Louis, but at this point in the year, it would behoove the Rams to see what Fitzpatrick gives them opposed to the known quantity that is Jamie Martin. They are not in playoff contention and their remaining schedule provides some interesting matchups. Minnesota in Week 14 and San Francisco in Week 16 could be matchups to consider Fitzpatrick as a second quarterback in fantasy.

Ricky Williams (54.6 percent)
78 carries for 319 yards and 2 TDs
Nothing being smoked here (cheap joke, yes), but Ricky Williams is becoming a legitimate fantasy option. Three of his last five games have seen him rush for more than 80 yards and average at least 4.8 per carry. In Week 12 versus Oakland, he and Ronnie Brown split the carries pretty much evenly, and Williams had the more impressive numbers. Looking ahead at his schedule, he faces the bad run defense of Buffalo in Week 13 and then faces favorable matchups in Week 15 (Jets) and Week 16 (Titans). His rust appears to be nearly gone, and he is running with the same toughness and speed that he did in when he was a near-unanimous No. 1 fantasy pick in 2003. If he is available in your league, he is definitely worth picking up.

Braylon Edwards (45.6 percent)
27 receptions for 426 yards and 1 TD
Edwards saw the first start of his career two weeks ago for the Browns and has clearly established himself as a viable option in the Cleveland aerial attack. He had six receptions against Miami in Week 11 and four more in Week 12 despite a rookie quarterback (Charlie Frye) playing for much of the second half. Edwards is a big target with great speed and a gifted set of hands. His two biggest downsides are his lack of experience and his remaining schedule. Jacksonville, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Baltimore all block his way to sure fantasy pickup. Only a Week 15 matchup at Oakland looks to be favorable. Edwards has the tools to be a great receiver and may enjoy a good game or two the rest of the way, but he's a definite player to add if you are looking for a keeper receiver.


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