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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Is Hines Ward Still Worth A Roster Spot

The Steelers' best fantasy options have been fairly consistent recently - Ben Roethlisberger, Rashard Mendenhall and the defense are owned in just about every league, and if Mike Wallace was ever available in your league, he's long gone now. But I was surprised to learn that Hines Ward is still owned in 98.9% of leagues. Ward has had an amazing career, yes, but he's about at the age when receivers start to fall off a cliff, and Wallace has emerged in the past few weeks as Roethlisberger's go-to target. Ward has had only two games this year with more than 54 yards receiving, and none since the Miami game. He's still good enough that you shouldn't reflexively drop him, but if you're struggling to get production from the wide receiver position, it may be time to get a little more creative than a 34-year-old receiver lumbering through a tough year.

Let's look at ESPN's most-added list. Vincent Jackson and Sidney Rice are owned in fewer than 75% of leagues, and yet both appear more likely than Ward to make an impact the rest of the season. If you want consistency, Deion Branch is owned in fewer than half of all leagues and has at least 70 yards receiving in each of the last three games. Danny Amendola is another decent, consistent option for the back of your roster. Mike Thomas has some upside and is only owned in 20% of leagues. And then there's Danny Woodhead, who might be available as a wide receiver.

Ward is an all-time great in Pittsburgh, but you might be holding your team back if you're still starting him every week. Comb the waiver wire, and you might be able to come up with a more dynamic option.

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