Waiver Wire Wonders: Mr. Massawho?
Another week, another batch of surprises. Week 4 acted more as a solidifying week with a number of past luminaries cementing their values, but as always we still saw plenty of activity to keep us busy: a newbie with a funny name emerges, a couple of horrible offenses provide D/ST plays, and a number of position players make their way onto the radar.
Mohamed Massaquoi (WR, Browns) - Folks, meet Mohamed Massaquoi. Mr. Massaquoi hails from the University of Georgia, is the cousin of Buffalo Bills tight end and University of Michigan alum Tim Massaquoi, and it's pronounced MASS-UH-KWAH. In Derek Anderson's first game back as the starting quarterback, he found himself a new target in Mohamed Massaquoi, as he caught an astounding 8 balls for 148 yards. While we should not expect to see this level of production every week from the rookie, he looks to be a favorite target for Anderson, so feel free to add him for a bench spot. You know what they say: the proof is in the pudding.
Jerome Harrison (RB, Browns) - Harrison made the list last week after a respectable showing, but he solidified his value this week with over 120 yards rushing and another 31 on five receptions. Given the surprise announcement that the Browns put James Davis on the injured reserve for the season as well as Jamal Lewis' injury and general descent as the starter, Harrison has locked in a good load of carries going forward. We're still not sure how long to expect Jamal Lewis to be out, but even when he's healthy, expect to see a split of the carries.
Kenny Britt (WR, Titans) - Being on a team that gets squashed and throws the ball 48 times can be a blessing for a wide receiver. While Kerry Collins struggled to bring his team back from a massive deficit as the Jaguars rolled right over the Titans' mushy defense, he connected seven times with Kenny Britt for 105 yards in Britt's coming-out party. The Titans offense has not produced consistent fantasy numbers from anyone besides Chris Johnson though, so its worth waiting for a repeat performance before jumping on Britt.
David Garrard (QB, Jaguars) - On the flip side of the equation, David Garrard took apart the Titans defense in a bloody massacre. In past seasons, we have shied away from Garrard when his name gets mentioned in the fantasy context, because the Jags simply did not rely on the passing game much. Games like Sunday however, with Garrard throwing the ball 37 times and racking up 323 passing yards and three touchdowns put those concerns to rest. Garrard seems to be building chemistry with Mike Sims-Walker (7 catches, 91 yards, 2 TDs) and spreading the ball around well (eight players caught passes). If Garrard remains available, he looks like at the very least an ideal backup for bye weeks.
Sammy Morris (RB, Patriots) - While Morris tallied six carries for 21 yards and a touchdown to go along with his five receptions for 35 yards, the impressive performance only goes to show that the Patriots backfield remains a waste of effort. Just when we thought it was safe to expect Fred Taylor to get the bulk of the carries, Morris emerges. Furthermore, all four running backs got at least five carries. Belichick hates fantasy football and we're going to have to learn to live with it.
Whoever plays the Raiders (D/ST) - Seriously, the Oakland offense continues to look just terrible. Not only did the Raiders amass a mere 165 yards of total offense, they also fumbled three times. To make matters worse, Darren McFadden continues to struggle mightily, rushing 6 times for -3 yards total on Sunday.
Whoever plays the Rams (D/ST) - See above. Easily the highest performing fantasy football play in Week 4, the 49ers scored about 42 fantasy points against the Rams as they notched five sacks, an interception, and three defensive touchdowns in their 35-0 shutout. The Rams have literally no passing game and Steven Jackson cannot do it alone.
Seneca Wallace (QB, Seahawks) - With Matt Hasselbeck's injury status uncertain, backup Seneca Wallace continues to find his groove. On Sunday, Wallace completed 73.3 percent of his 45 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown. Wallace also added a touchdown on the ground. Keep an eye on Hasselbeck's progress going forward, but Wallace could grow into his role if he continues to remain the starter.
Hakeem Nicks (WR, Giants) - Steve Smith looks like a Pro Bowler and Mario Manningham asserted himself into the lineup of the future while Hakeem Nicks missed time due to injury. But in Week 4, Nicks quietly outdid Manningham with a long touchdown catch for 54 yards. Keep an eye on Nicks in the coming weeks as he shined in the preseason as well.