Waiver Wire Wonders: Hail to the Victors, Mike Thomas
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Mike Thomas, WR, Jaguars - He's the hero of the day, and guess what, he's a good waiver wire pickup too. Not only did Thomas make an absolutely miraculous (read: lucky) touchdown catch today on a Hail Mary pass from David Garrard to win the game, but he also racked up 149 yards on eight catches. What you probably didn't know about Thomas is that this marks his sixth game of the season with over 10 fantasy points. He's definitely the go-to guy in Jacksonville, so with Garrard playing well at quarterback, Thomas is a real value. He's available in 75 percent of leagues.
Matt Cassel, QB, Chiefs - While you could have started just about any player on the field today during the shootout between Denver and Kansas City (nine total touchdown passes combined), nobody racked up the fantasy points quite like Cassel. Despite a losing effort for the Chiefs, Cassel threw for an amazing 469 yards and four touchdowns. More importantly, that makes 12 touchdown passes in Cassel's past five games. He looks like a credible threat for the final stretch.
Javarris James, RB, Colts - In a week that looks a bit light for running back pickups -- unless somebody dropped Shonn Greene in your league earlier this season -- James looks like a decent add. He carried the ball 10 times for the Colts, splitting duties with Donald Brown. He only managed to gain 26 yards on those carries, but running 10 times for a quality team at this point merits some value. He did find paydirt, so he could see more action going forward, assuming Joseph Addai doesn't return anytime soon.
Todd Heap, TE, Ravens - So, Heap is back. Despite taking about 17 helmet-to-helmet hits this season, and struggling with neck and head issues as a result, the man can't be stopped. Heap seems to have snapped back from his problems -- which even led to a collapse in the game against the Bills -- with four touchdowns in as many games. This past Thursday night, Heap caught four passes for 57 yards and a touchdown, and his numbers look to be improving every week.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals - If Todd Heap is not around, here's a guy who has flirted with relevancy a couple of times this season from a fantasy perspective, but hasn't quite made the leap into fantasy lineups yet. On Sunday, Gresham finally posted the eye-popping game that could cause owners to finally pull the trigger, sporting nine catches for 85 yards and a touchdown. Trudging through the tight end mud has been nothing short of a pain in the neck this season, but this is a guy who seems to be improving in a hurry throughout his rookie season.
Mike Goodson, RB, Panthers - Hopefully you listened last week when we tipped you to Goodson as a source of cheap carries. He made us all look good, rushing for 100 yards on 23 attempts and adding three catches for another 13 yards. Goodson did experience fumblitis -- and his value only really remains as long as DeAngelo Williams remains out -- but he merits a close eye this week. Williams is expected to return for Week 11, so this might be a one and done, but if DeAngelo can't return, Goodson is a worthwhile add.
Mike Williams, WR, Seattle - I feel like this is at least the third time we've included this Mike Williams in our waiver wire picks this season, but he can't be ignored this week. He and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck connected 11 times for 145 yards in Seattle's blowout win this afternoon. Starting Williams requires a leap of faith, because if history is any indicator, it's feast or famine with Seattle Mike. But this is actually his third game this season of over 10 catches. In deep leagues where you need a long shot, he makes a quality play.
Reggie Bush, RB, Saints - I know everybody is dying to take on an unreliable running back with a glass leg into the fantasy playoffs, but the thought of sneakily adding Bush is too good to pass up. Bush came back to practice in limited action this week, and the Saints are targeting a Week 11 return for the shifty back. The Saints need to change something up, so Bush will unquestionably get his touches.
Troy Smith, QB, 49ers - Alright, who laughed when we recommended Smith two weeks ago? It's alright, I know who you are. Smith continues to prove his naysayers wrong, as he posted another monster day in the starting role for San Francisco. This time he led the team to an overtime win with 356 yards passing and a touchdown. He really seems to be the spark for the 49ers and he should have no problem keeping the job if he continues to play like this. Plus, it's always nice to have a little extra fantasy firepower from a quarterback via the rushing stats.