We’re finally getting down to the final weeks of the regular season in fantasy football. The injuries continue to mount. Trade deadlines are coming. And, of course, there is that one guy or girl in your league who has stopped managing their team, but is passively hoarding players you could use to bolster your team’s playoff chances. So where to go from here?
If Delanie Walker is still on your waiver wire, he is worth a grab as a solid TE2, one with upside in ppr leagues. He is clearly being sought on the field by Ryan Fitzpatrick. Targets = Opportunities = Potential Fantasy Points.
Another player worth picking up is Pittsburgh WR Jerricho Cotchery. He’s made some noise over the past few weeks. And now with teammate Emmanuel Sanders nursing a foot injury, Cotchery’s potential production improves. If you need a WR3 or a flex option, he’s not a bad one to pick up.
A lot of people are talking about Tampa Bay’s Bobby Rainey after he rushed for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns on Sunday. It might be exciting to jump on that bandwagon, but Rainey should only be considered a flex option until there is a larger piece of work that merits making him an RB2 or even an RB3. Too often, fantasy owners chase after the flashy stock that just took off rather than working towards anticipating the next one. Disappointment often ensues….
Speaking of which, now is the time to finish cashing in on Seattle WR Doug Baldwin. He put up some good points in Percy Harvin’s debut. Despite what you saw on Sunday, Harvin is the guy you want going forward. The Seahawks went easy on him, playing him only a third of the game. And if you are Pete Carroll, you probably didn’t want to tip your hand as to how you intend to use him before the Seahawks all-important game against New Orleans in two weeks. If Harvin is still available in your league, he is a MUST ADD as a WR2 with great upside. Yes, he has a bye next week, but he will be hard to grab, much less find, on the waiver wire the following week.
Mike Glennon continues to be a decent QB2 option for those who need a quarterback. He was 20 of 23 for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns last week. Not bad. His only drawback is that he has a mix of good and tough match-ups ahead of him. So you want to make sure he is going to fit your schedule’s needs before taking him. Also look at Case Keenum. I know he found himself on the bench in the second half on Sunday, but Matt Schaub did no better. Head Coach Gary Kubiak has declared Keenum the starter in Week 12 in a juicy match-up against the Jaguars. Keenum has developed a good rapport with Andre Johnson that can produce serious fantasy points. (He also connects with tight end Garrett Graham, a solid TE2 pick-up if available.) Consider Keenum a low-end QB2 with upside that makes for a decent bye week fill in Week 12.
Finally, fantasy owners should take note of Donald Brown in Indianapolis. He’s producing better numbers than Trent Richardson. That’s not to say Brown is going to become the next best thing when it comes to running backs. He has already disappointed many-an-owner in the past. But he is becoming a reliable flex option, and even an RB3 if the match-up is favorable. Pick him up in deeper leagues or if you are in need of a running back. Just keep your expectations real. He’s only there to add a few points and maybe get you that extra touchdown you are looking for.
As I mentioned last week, make sure you are looking ahead to your fantasy playoffs as you make your waiver wire moves this week. The players that can help you now AND that can help you later in the playoffs are absolute gems at this point. So if you are trying to decide between two players who can help you in the short-term, use their long-term value to help you break the tie.
Good luck on the waiver wire! Feel free to ask me questions here or on Twitter @MurphysGuide as the week progresses.