Waiver Wire Work

Tim Rattay
45/76 for 541 yards and 5 TDs
Rattay won't make any fantasy owner confuse him with Brett Favre in terms of his arm strength, but he's an accurate passer and a smart QB. An injury-plagued 2004 and lack of real upside clouds his future with No. 1 pick Alex Smith in his rear view mirror. Last week against a decent defense in Dallas, though, he threw for 269 yards and three touchdowns. His current numbers make him a quality backup option. If you get the right matchups, he can step in for your starter. This week he faces Arizona, who was dismantled by Seattle. If you're in a deep league and looking for a replacement QB because of a bye or injury, Rattay is a good option.

Mewelde Moore
31 carries for 130 yards
This one is definitely obvious, so let's look at how successful Moore can be. Moore is a quick runner who is very tough and also catches the ball well out of the backfield. During the 2004 season, Moore averaged nearly six yards per carry over the course of the season. During the three games in which he received a bulk of the carries, he hit 100 yards twice and never averaged below 4½ yards per carry. Clearly, he has the ability to be successful and as the Vikings play the Falcons this week, he could be a good No. 2 back. But temper expectations for Moore. He only had three games of double-digit carries and had some injury problems as well in 2004. Moore will give fantasy owners some good games, especially against weaker defenses, but don't expect second-round production out of him.

Frank Gore
15 carries for 74 yards
It seems like not too long ago, Kevan Barlow was running well in the stead of Garrison Hearst. The experts propped him up as the next great San Francisco running back. He didn't disappoint in his first full season either, gaining more than 1,000 yards and scoring six touchdowns. Unfortunately, Barlow never realized his enormous potential and Frank Gore has inherited the upside label in San Francisco. Gore is a tough runner with great balance and quickness. Eventually, he will take the running back job from Barlow. The major concern at that point is injury. Gore had two major knee injuries in college. If he can stay healthy, though, Gore can be a very effective every-down back in the NFL.