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Week 6 Waiver Wire: Should Owners Add Derrick Mason?

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 09:  Derrick Mason #85 of the New York Jets is tackled by  Brandon Spikes #55 of the New England Patriots on October 9, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Andrea HangstContributor IIOctober 12, 2011

The news that wide receiver Derrick Mason was dealt from the New York Jets to the Houston Texans is fairly unsurprising.

The receiver had just 13 receptions in five games and was benched in Week 5 in favor of rookie Jeremy Kerley.

But just because Mason's now part of a higher-caliber offense does not mean that fantasy football GMs should add the receiver to their rosters.

It is obvious that the Jets didn't just move Mason because of his comments criticizing their offense—his poor performance was the main reason he's no longer with the team, and it's likely the reason his former team, the Baltimore Ravens, was willing to part ways with him even though it appeared that they would still need him.

He may get a bit of an up-tick in playing time in Houston while Andre Johnson continues to recover from hamstring surgery, but it won't be significant enough to warrant his addition to your fantasy roster.

He is nearing 38 years old, and his number of receptions has significantly declined each of his last three seasons in Baltimore. His speed and ability to separate from coverage also dipped.

This stint in Houston is likely the last stop for Mason before retiring. He's on their roster to provide veteran leadership and a measure of injury insurance, and little more.

He won't find a second life with the Texans, despite their being a major step up from the Jets, just because he doesn't have much left in the tank.

There's little reason you to pick up Mason, even in the deepest of leagues. It's a temptation you should avoid—he has no fantasy value and you'll just waste a roster spot on the increasingly-irrelevant player.

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