Week 12 proved to be another wild one in the world of fantasy football.
Does anyone else realize that kickers Nate Kaeding, Dan Carpenter and David Akers outscored the coveted quarterback entity Drew Brees in Week 12?
Week 10 recommendation Jacoby Ford embarrassed the Miami Dolphins special teams and defense en route to a 32-point effort, although the Raiders lost.
But who actually had the guts to start him on their virtual team?
If he is still available, Ford is easily the hottest commodity on the waiver wire this week.
He has flourished with both Jason Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski under center, and a looks a lot more like the teams number one receiver than Louis Murphy does.
In a similar scenario, how many owners benched running back Mike Goodson when they heard Jonathan Stewart was off the injury report?
This proved to be a huge mistake, as Goodson had 14 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown, and actually was the teams leading receiver with 8 catches for 81 yards.
Goodson’s 32-yard catch and run late in the fourth quarter was something special; unfortunately for the Panthers kicker John Kasay missed a field goal as time expired to edge out a narrow victory.
Stewart owners were not completely left in the dust though, as he had an impressive 98 yards on just 12 carries.
The Panthers rush attack finally produced the way fans had expected in the preseason…it only took until Week 12; better late than never right?
Finally, who thought Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe would be two of the hottest commodities in fantasy football with the playoffs right on the virtual horizon?
Cassel has been terrific for teams who took a chance on him. The former Trojan’s 22:4 touchdown to interception ratio is second in the league to only Tom Brady (23:4), and has also proved to be the fourth-most efficient QB in the league with a 99.7 QB rating.
Furthermore, who honestly expected Dwayne Bowe to be this good in 2010? Bowe leads the league with 14 touchdowns; keeping in mind he only crossed the paint once between Weeks 1-5.
Since then, Bowe has scored 13 times in seven weeks and has simply been impossible to defend in any defensive scheme.
In those seven games, Bowe has gone over 100 yards receiving five times and has also scored multiple touchdowns five times.
Bowe will easily finish the season with over 1,000 receiving yards (currently at 885) and could easily end the year with 20 touchdowns at this pace.
He has been the surest receiver to find the end zone at this point, and will certainly lead a lot of fantasy owners to league titles in December.
Of course, not every fantasy owner is fortunate enough to have these aforementioned players, so let us take a look at some respectable options just sitting on the waiver wire ripe for the picking.