Shaun Hill, Quarterback, San Francisco 49ers
In his third start of 2008, Hill accumulated a season-high 303 passing yards with two touchdown passes by completing 21 of 33 passes in Week 12. Most of it, as usual, came while the Niners were attempting a comeback against a more relaxed opposing defense.
Regardless of how the stats come, Hill is being more careful with the ball than former starter J.T. O’Sullivan. Hill is still benefiting from offensive coordinator Mike Martz’s system and is spreading the ball around.
With the Niners’ penchant for falling behind in games, Hill should continue to heave the rock. He can be acquired in approximately 76 percent of leagues polled.
Kevin Kolb, Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles pulled starting quarterback Donovan McNabb in Week 12, and in relief Kolb went 10-for-23 for 73 yards with two interceptions against the Baltimore Ravens.
Philly would probably like to see what they have from the mainly untested backup because this could be McNabb’s last hurrah with the Eagles. Kolb’s audition would come while guiding a potentially dangerous offense with wideouts DeSean Jackson and Kevin Curtis, along with banged up but talented running back Brian Westbrook (ankle, knee).
Despite his struggles in Week 12, Kolb could be a great pickup for the fantasy stretch run; if named the starter, he’ll be fighting for a starting spot next year while many other fantasy-relevant quarterbacks could be resting for the NFL playoffs.
The Eagles have upcoming matchups against passer-friendly defenses such as the Arizona Cardinals (Week 13) and Cleveland Browns (Week 15).
You can take a chance on Kolb in nearly every league polled.
Maurice Morris, Running Back, Seattle Seahawks
Seattle finally showed a semblance of a running game against a steady Washington Redskins D in Week 12 – mainly by Morris, who spearheaded the reminder with 103 yards on 14 carries, along with three catches for 10 yards and a touchdown.
Scoring his third touchdown in two weeks, Morris has been more productive than presumptive No. 1 back Julius Jones. He was pegged to share carries with Jones earlier in the season but was halted by a sprained knee.
Now that he’s healthy, the versatile Morris might see more work. He’s on the waiver wire in about 80 percent of leagues polled.
Cadillac Williams, Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Caddy saw 16 carries in his first game of 2008 but compiled just 27 yards in a Week 12 blowout of the Detroit Lions.
Twelve of his carries came in the fourth quarter with Tampa Bay boasting a big lead, but they were willing to throw him in to work that often, meaning they might soon be confident he can start contributing on a weekly basis.
The season-ending injury to tailback Earnest Graham (ankle) should facilitate that plan as undersized and aging running back Warrick Dunn (back) needs a reliable changeup option to keep him fresh.
The opportunity alone warrants a pickup of Williams if you’re hurting at the position. Feel free to buy him off the scrapheap in approximately 49 percent of leagues polled.