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Working the Wire: Greene's Still on Top

Shonn Greene held off the competition in training camp and is still the starter in Tennessee, defying the conventional wisdom.

Working the Wire: Early Look at the Waiver Wire

For leagues that have drafted, it's time to think about the waiver wire, which means finding potential diamonds like Markus Wheaton, who could be primed for a breakout year.

Working the Wire: One Last Shot

The Raiders are turning to Terrelle Pryor this week for one last look before heading into next season.

Working the Wire: Championship Week

Is it time for Eli Manning to take a seat? If so, is Ryan Nassib the answer in two-quarterback leagues?

Working the Wire: Streaking Streater

Rod Streater is no lock to continue putting up big receiving numbers, but he's worth the gamble.

Working the Wire: Lost Season, Found Runner

Antone Smith has looked explosive for the Falcons, and it would make sense if coach Mike Smith gave him more opportunities as the Falcons finish a lost season.

Working the Wire: Time to Think Playoffs

Toby Gerhart could see more action in the coming weeks as the Vikings rest a banged up Adrian Peterson.

Working the Wire: Breakout Game for Floyd

Michael Floyd flashed his No. 1 receiver upside Sunday, but in many leagues he remains on the waiver wire thanks to his previous shoulder injury.

Working the Wire: Who's Got Next in Tampa?

Brian Leonard looks to be next in line in Tampa Bay after Mike James went down with a broken ankle in Monday night's game, but Bobby Rainey might have something to say about that.

Working the Wire: Oh Deer, What a Weekend

The New England offense finally came alive, making now the time to go after Shane Vereen on the waiver wire as the running back should be active soon.

Working the Wire: Saints Provide Options

Lance Moore and Kenny Stills are giving Drew Brees, and fantasy owners, more options in the passing game.

Working the Wire: Injury Means Opportunity

With Doug Martin out, rookie Mike James takes center stage for the Buccaneers, and for fantasy owners needing running-back help.

Working the Wire: The Unsexy Pick

Brandon Weeden's not a sexy waiver-wire pick, but he has some fantasy potential for owners in the quarterback market.

Working the Wire: From Bucs to Vikes to Fantasy Worthy?

Released by the Buccaneers, Josh Freeman is now a Viking. But does that make his fantasy prospects any better?

Working the Wire: Buying Low on Schaub

Matt Schaub is under fire in Houston, but he has favorable upcoming schedule, making him a decent waive-wire option.

Working the Wire: Worth A Buc or Two

With two starting receivers gimpy in Tamp Bay, Kevin Ogletree could be a sneaky play this week if he draws the starting assignment.

Working the Wire: Rivers' Revival

Philip Rivers has reignited his fantasy value and on a team with a porous defense should be in plenty of shootouts this year.

Working the Wire: Send It In, Jerome

His history with Christian Ponder and soft coverage as defenses focus elsewhere make Jerome Simpson a solid waiver-wire target after his Week 1 breakout.

Working the Wire: Hunter Bags Backup Role

A strong preseason and an injury to LaMichael James makes Kendall Hunter the backup to Frank Gore in San Francisco and a good Week 1 pickup.

Working the Wire: Kevin Payne Looks at the Best of the Undrafted

Zach Sudfeld could become a favorite target of Tom Brady.

Working the Wire: Season Finale

Vernon Davis' head injury is not the only reason Delanie Walker is a good pickup this week.

Working the Wire: Three is a Magic Number

Three shutouts, three rushing TDs for Russell Wilson and a three-way tie atop the NFC East

Working the Wire: Does anyone want the last playoff spot in the AFC?

The lowly Jets and Chargers still mathematically alive...

Working the Wire: Year of the Rookie QB

Emergence of RGIII, Luck, Wilson will make drafting QBs a challenge next year

Working the Wire: Another Super Bowl for San Francisco?

Mark Stopa (@MarkStopa) says the Niners should be favored to win it all

Working the Wire: Worst 9-1 Team Ever?

Mark Stopa (@MarkStopa) on the unimpressive Falcons, plus this week's waiver picks

Working the Wire: Dealing with QB Injuries

Mark Stopa's (@MarkStopa) waiver picks for Week 11.

Working the Wire: Stopa's Picks for Week 10

Even with Darren Sproles injured, Mark Ingram is finding touches difficult to come by.

Working the Wire: Time to Cut Bait

Philip Rivers can probably return to the fantasy elite, but it's not likely to happen this year for fantasy owners.

Working the Wire: Keep Stashing High-Upside RBs

MJD's injury makes Rashad Jennings a must-have

Working the Wire: Parity Rules

No team is capable of winning this year's Super Bowl.

Working the Wire: This Year's Top Teams Have Great Balance

Texans, Pats and Niners look like the class of the NFL

Working the Wire: Let's Talk Quarterbacks

Matty Ice and RGIII among the elites

Working the Wire: Week 4 Waiver Picks

Aaron Rodgers' slow start shouldn't be a concern

Working the Wire: Week 3 Waiver Picks

The Niners are looking like the NFL's best team...

Working the Wire: Week 2 Waiver Wire Picks

The NFL's opening week offered some breakout performances. Who is the next Cam Newton?

Working the Wire: Preseason Wire Moves

Now is the time to stash players with upside

Working the Wire: Separating the Contenders from the Pretenders

Ben Roethlisberger's Steelers are one of four teams with a legitimate chance to win the Super Bowl this year.

Working the Wire: Week 16 Waiver Picks

Sanchez Solid Against Suspect Giants Secondary

Working the Wire: Week 15 Waiver Recommendations

Gronkowski: Best fantasy receiver ever?

Working the Wire: Week 14 Waiver Recommendations

Matty Ice should be a good start against the Panthers' suspect D.

Working the Wire: Week 13 Waiver Picks

Playing matchups against the league's worst defenses will be crucial during the fantasy playoffs

Working the Wire: Week 12 Waiver Picks

Freeman could be a good get with two games against the Panthers during the fantasy playoffs.

Working the Wire: Waiver Picks for Week 11

With the reeling Chiefs visiting Foxboro, all Patriots look like good plays...

Working the Wire: Week 10 Waiver Recommendations

Pittsburgh's D hasn't put up huge fantasy numbers this season, but check their next few opponents...

Working the Wire: Waiver Suggestions Week 9

Santonio Holmes could be available after a string of subpar outings.

Working the Wire: Week 8 Waiver Picks

Lots of options at running back, but watch the matchups.

Working the Wire: Week 7 Waiver Picks

Santana Moss (remember him?) could have a big week against Carolina.

Working the Wire: Week 6 Waiver Picks

Colts' passing offense gets an upgrade...

Working the Wire: Week 5 Waiver Recommendations

Can Sanchez rebound against a suspect Patriot pass defense?

Working the Wire: Week 4 Waiver Picks

Time for the Vikings to Look at Christian Ponder?

Working the Wire: Week 3 Waiver Picks

With Jamaal Charles out for the season, Dexter McCluster becomes an automatic pickup.

Working the Wire: Don't Overreact to Week 1

Most players aren't as good, or as bad, as they looked in the season openers. But some, like Joe Flaccco, are worth a pickup for Week 2.

Working the Wire: This Season's Waiver Wire All-Stars

The right waiver claims could have won you a title last season. What about this year?

Working the Wire: Looking at Vince Young, Tim Hightower and Ronnie Brown

RB values you may have overlooked

Working the Wire: Targeting Upside

Working the Wire: Who's trying, who isn't?

Which teams have something at stake in the season finale?

Working the Wire: Week 16 Waiver Tips

Vincent Jackson is Back

Working the Wire: Week 15 Waiver Wire Tips

Miami's RBs should be a good play against Buffalo

Working the Wire: Week 14 Waiver Tips

Option abound at wide receiver this week as the fantasy playoffs approach.

Working the Wire: Week 13 Waiver Tips

Toby Gerhart is a must-start this week if Adrian Peterson can't go because of an ankle injury.

Working the Wire: Week 12 Waiver Picks

Would you trade Ryan Fitzpatrick for Carson Palmer, straight up?

Working the Wire: Week 11 Waiver Tips

No more bye weeks - fill your bench with upside plays

Working the Wire: Week 10 Waiver Tips

The Jaguars' passing game is worth a look

Working the Wire: Cutler, Freeman, and Bills' Opponents

Eight weeks into the season, the defenses to target are well-established

Working the Wire: Keep an Eye on the Bills -- And Their Opponents

Buffalo's defense is giving up numbers, but Buffalo's offense has come alive

Working the Wire: Week 7 Waiver Suggestions

Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb are both worth a roster spot

Working the Wire: Roethlisberger Returns This Week

Ben Roethlisberger returns from suspension for Week 5

Working the Wire: Week 5 Waiver Suggestions

Tomlinson can't keep this up, can he? Time to stash Shonn Greene

Working the Wire: Stopa's suggestions for Week 4 pickups

Dustin Keller is still available in far too many leagues

Working the Wire: Marshawn Lynch, back from the dead?

Week 3 Waiver Recommendations

Working the Wire: Mark Stopa with This Week's Suggested Pickups

How many teams are wishing they'd signed Vick?

Working the Wire: Taking Advantage of Roster Cuts

Working the Wire: Who to Target and Avoid

Mark Stopa believes Calvin Johnson's overpriced

Working the Wire: The Best Players Left Undrafted

Working the Wire: Don't Overvalue Recent Performance

Working the Wire: Players to Draft Late

Working the Wire: Target Upside

Can Matt Leinart emerge as a viable early waiver-wire pickup and take advantage of the weak defenses he'll face in the NFC West this season?

Working the Wire: Week 17