Need help? Give these oldies a spin 

Along with the wit and smarts that I’m sure you already possess as a fantasy owner, a lot of luck must also come into play when it comes to finding the hidden gems in the free-agent pool. And while the sexy "up-and-comers" and "where did he come froms" are likely gone, there are still some oldies but goodies that have shown that they still have plenty left in the tank to help turn any fantasy team around.

That said, here’s a quick list of some guys who are likely still available in your league and are definitely worth picking up:

» Derrick Mason: Quick, who’s tied for second in the league in receptions? If you know the answer, you must be in a points-per-reception league. The 33-year-old Baltimore Raven’s 33 catches for 287 yards is tied with the San Diego Chargers’ Antonio Gates. He’s reached the end zone just once this year. But who cares? He’s averaging more than eight catches a game, which is just as good as scoring.

» Bobby Engram: If you’re looking for a poor man’s New England Patriots scheme, the Seattle Seahawks are your team. Seattle likes to spread the ball around and the 34-year-old Engram is a great pickup if Shaun McDonald is already gone. As long as Matt Hasselbeck remains consistent, Engram will produce.

» Morten Andersen: What’s that, you say? You’re playing in a Champions Tour league (50-and-over, for those who don’t follow golf)? Well, you’re in luck. Andersen is 47 years young and in just two games, he’s 6-for-7 in field-goal attempts, including a booming 46-yarder against the Houston Texans.

STONE-COLD LOCK: Marion Barber vs. Bills. We’re now getting the idea of who the main guy is in Dallas. The carries continue to be 50-50 between Barber and Julius Jones, but Barber is doing a lot better with his share (306 yards to Jones’ 176). Barber also gets the goal-line carres, reaching paydirt four times to Jones’ one. Oh yeah, the Bills’ rushing defense is fifth-worst in the league, averaging 148 yards allowed.

Start ’em

» QB: Eli Manning, Giants

» RB: LenDale White, Titans

» WR: Wes Welker, Patriots

» TE: Owen Daniels, Texans

» K: Robbie Gould, Bears

Sit ’em

» QB: Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers

» RB: Kevin Jones, Lions

» WR: Andre Davis, Texans

» TE: Kellen Winslow, Browns

» K: Matt Bryant, Buccaneers

Pick ’em up

» QB: Trent Edwards, Bills

» RB: Michael Pittman, Buccaneers

» WR: Roydell Williams, Titans

» TE: Donald Lee, Packers

» K: Nick Folk, Cowboys

Cut ’em

» QB: Trent Green, Dolphins

» RB: Cadillac Williams, Bucs

» WR: Jason Avant, Eagles

» TE: Robert Royal, Bills

» K: Olindo Mare, Saints

cnavalta@examiner.com

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