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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Waiver Wired | Week 11: Spreading the Wealth

My weekly "Waiver Wired" column is up at Rotoworld for Week 11. Summary is below, but click here for the full article. Keep in mind this article is through Rotoworld and is intended for more shallow redraft leagues as opposed to a deeper roster Dynasty league.


With Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard lost for the season, the Chiefs held their nose and handed the reins over to an obviously overwhelmed Tyler Thigpen in Week 8. What happened thereafter was a complete shock: the Chiefs had competent quarterback play for the first time since the beginning of the failed Croyle experiment.

Taking a page out of the Warren Moon era Houston Oilers' run-and-shoot offense of the late '80s, the Chiefs have moved to a spread offense featuring Thigpen out of the shotgun. The raw Coastal Carolina product had a poor feel for defensive pressure under center, so the Chiefs figured the shotgun would give their mobile quarterback a better view of the pass rush and an extra second to locate his targets. Throw in the addition of former second-round wide receiver Mark Bradley to go with future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez and stud receiver Dwayne Bowe, and the spread continues to be the recipe for a fantasy feast in Kansas City.

In another lost season, the Chiefs have found a way to stay competitive on a weekly basis. It may not be a long-term strategy for the franchise, but the spread offense is here to stay for the rest of 2008. Hop on board with Thigpen and Bradley and enjoy the ride while it lasts.

On to the waiver wire. Here is how I rank the likely targets at each position. Full writeups of each player are below.

1. Tyler Thigpen
2. Brady Quinn
3. Matt Hasselbeck
4. Shaun Hill
5. Joe Flacco

1. Selvin Young
2. Benjarvus Green-Ellis
3. Sammy Morris
4. Dominic Rhodes
5. Peyton Hillis
6. Shaun Alexander
7. Cadillac Williams

1. Mark Bradley
2. Bobby Engram
3. Josh Morgan
4. Deion Branch
5. Jerry Porter
6. Justin Gage/Brandon Jones

1. Dustin Keller
2. Kevin Boss
3. Billy Miller

1. Dolphins
2. 49ers

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