Just because those trade deadlines passed doesn't mean it is time to rest on your laurels and ride out the rest of the season with the team you currently hold. On the contrary, the unavailability of the trade option makes the waiver wire all that much more important. And while we likely will not see another week with the potential fantasy impact of last week yet again this season, there is still plenty to do before playoff time.
This week, the biggest waiver wire benefactors came as a result of some huge passing efforts. Among others, we witnessed two scoops for scores from a tight end, a two-catch, two-touchdown effort by a repeat waiver wire wonder, and a rookie play-maker with a solid performance.
Kevin Boss (TE, Giants) - In the Giants' high falootin' shootout against the Falcons, Boss stepped up with the big-time game the Giants needed offensively. Boss scored on separate occasions during Eli Manning's career best 384-yard passing day, catching five passes for 76 yards. Who knows what happened to the Giants defense, but at least Boss and the offense showed up to secure a win.
Percy Harvin (WR, Vikings) - Particularly in leagues that score return yards, Harvin officially looks like he deserves a roster spot. Not only has Harvin caught two touchdowns in four weeks, but Sunday he caught a respectable five passes for 79 yards. Harvin looks quick and fearless over the middle, providing a nice option for Favre, who continues to surprise as one of the league's most productive passers.
Chris Chambers (WR, Chiefs) - Hate to beat a dead horse here, but with Dwayne Bowe's absence and Matt Cassel starting to look decent, Chambers becomes the clear choice to take advantage of the Chiefs' situation. Chambers caught four balls for 119 yards against Pittsburgh and these numbers should only continue to improve. On the flip side, if you have the depth and a safe playoff berth, work the opposite angle and grab Bowe if somebody drops him in your league.
Pierre Garcon (WR, Colts) - Haven't heard enough stupid waiter jokes this year? Well, Garcon reemerged in the Colts' offense with six catches for 108 yards. At this point, you can probably find a better "sleep well at night" receiver and Anthony Gonzalez might be back as soon as Week 12, but in deep leagues, anyone catching balls from Peyton Manning makes a good pickup.
Brandon Pettigrew (TE, Lions) - Nothing makes me happier than getting to recommend a Lion for a pickup, and this week we finally got one. Pettigrew not only caught six passes for 72 yards and a touchdown, but it was the game-winner that led the Lions to their second win of the season. It's sad to be excited about two wins, but at this point, us Lions fans will take anything. Look out Green Bay, here we come.
Mohamed Massaquoi (WR, Browns) - Another repeat offender, Massaquoi made good on the Lions' soft secondary with five catches, 115 yards and a touchdown. It's tough to feel confident starting this youngster on a weekly basis, but he continues to show up and more importantly, the Browns face two more cupcake matchups in Weeks 15 and 16 (Chiefs and Raiders), so he could repeat with this type of performance in the fantasy playoffs.
Matt Stafford (QB, Lions) - Stafford gets the mention based on his five touchdown passes and 422 yards, but this comes courtesy of the Browns. Nothing to see here.
Brady Quinn (QB, Browns) - See above. Quinn pulled off a similar feat, tallying four touchdown passes and 304 yards, but this is simply the flip side of the Stafford story. Both quarterbacks posted massive numbers thanks to the terrible defenses and general badness involved in this football game. Move right along.
Rock Cartwright (RB, Redskins) - With both Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts out due to injury, some guy named Rock Cartwright toted the "rock" 13 times for 67 yards in one of the most boring games ever. I think they might have found this guy on the set of Police Academy 8. In all seriousness, Cartwright looks like a decent add if Betts and Portis continue to miss time, but he does not have the value of a Jason Snelling or Justin Forsett.
Laurence Maroney (RB, Patriots) - In a nice rebound after losing a clutch red-zone fumble in the loss to the Colts last week, Maroney helped lead the Pats to a 31-14 rout of the Jets, scoring twice and covering 77 yards on the ground. Most importantly, the Patriots backfield finally seems to have a consistent fantasy producer.