With only four weeks left in the regular season, many teams are giving it their absolute all with their backs against the wall in order to clinch a playoff berth. Green Bay and San Francisco have already reserved their spots in the postseason by clinching their respective divisions only 13 weeks into the season, while teams like the New York Jets and Denver Broncos are desperately fighting their way into the playoffs.
Week 13 is the last week of the regular season for many fantasy football leagues, which means the playoffs begin next week. As a fantasy football owner, it must have been tough for the teams that continuously struggled to find a consistent quarterback to start with all of the injuries and benchings that have occurred this season.
As we quickly approach the crucial final weeks of the 2011-12 NFL season, take a look at some productive quarterbacks currently available on the waiver wire.
Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins
Although the Miami Dolphins got off to a bad start this season, Matt Moore and company have begun to turn things around, winning four of their last five games. In those last five games, Moore has been quite impressive, throwing a total of eight touchdowns and only one interception.
Also, in three of his last five contests Moore has recorded 18 fantasy points or more. Sure, the Dolphins are already out of playoff contention. However, the upcoming weeks are crucial for Moore and his future job security. If he could perform solidly for the rest of the season and win at least two of the next four games against some talented competition in the Eagles, Bills, Patriots and Jets, Moore will be given a shot at starting quarterback somewhere next season.
Who is the better quarterback?
Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings
Ponder needs to make smarter decisions, and take calculated risks instead of simply throwing and praying for the best. But that will come with experience. Ponder has proved he can air the ball out, throwing for over 200 yards in four of his six starts.
In his last three performances, Ponder has scored a total of 50 fantasy points, making him the best available quarterback on the waiver wire. Only owned by 7.8 percent of fantasy teams, Ponder is an easy add.
Dan Orlovsky, Colts
In his first start of the season, Dan Orlovsky impressed a lot of people, completing 30 of his 37 attempted passes for 353 yards, two touchdowns, only one interception, a 81.1 CMP% and a 113.2 QB rating. This performance earned Orlovsky 20 fantasy points as he almost led the Colts to a comeback victory against the New England Patriots.
I wouldn't start Orlovsky this week against the very difficult Baltimore Ravens defense. However, add Orlovsky and keep him handy with the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars on the upcoming schedule. He should put up at least 17 points against both the Titans and the Jaguars. Owned by less than 1 percent of ESPN fantasy football teams, Orlovsky is the hidden gem of these final four weeks.