It can be hard to find suitable bodies for your roster this time of year. But there are still a few gems out there worth pursuing. So let’s get to it so you can keep making your preparations for a playoff run.
The first player worth grabbing this week is Detroit WR Nate Burleson. He showed no signs of having fallen behind during his time on the sidelines. Stafford kept finding him on Sunday, and he will continue to look to him over the coming month. Consider Burleson a solid WR3 going forward. Pick him up if you need him.
Another useful waiver wire grab is Houston’s Dennis Johnson. His teammate, Ben Tate, is clearly not getting the job done in Arian Foster’s absence. The Texans finally reached this conclusion and turned to Johnson on the ground, where he gained 74 yards on 13 carries. Johnson is only a flex play at this point. But a decently productive RB is pretty good for a flex play. So don’t lose sight of what he can do for your roster, especially if Fred Jackson or Andre Ellington have been your flex options of late.
Speaking of the Texans, TE Owen Daniels is due to return in the next couple of weeks. There is some risk involved in getting him because you never know how good he will be coming back. But he’s worth a pickup to stash for your league playoffs. Perhaps more important, owners of Garrett Graham need to be aware that they will have to replace him soon at tight end. For those not comfortable with making the switch to Daniels, Baltimore’s Dennis Pitta is also scheduled to return in the next couple of weeks. Again, you don’t know how productive he will be coming off a long-term injury. But at least he won’t be in the middle of the offensive meltdown Houston is facing.
Green Bay quarterback Matt Flynn stepped in during the middle of Sunday’s game and brought his team back from a 16-point deficit. Aaron Rodgers is unlikely to return by Thursday. And though the Packers haven’t announced their starter yet, it’s a good bet that it will be Flynn. Flynn isn’t a QB1. But he plays Detroit this week – the same team he torched for 6 touchdowns and 480 yards two years ago on his way out of Green Bay. So Flynn is a good QB2 option in 2-QB leagues for Week 13. Just keep in mind that he probably won’t keep the starting job much longer than that.
Mike Glennon continues to play well. He is a solid QB2 option in all leagues – and is still widely available. His match-up isn’t the greatest this week. But keep in mind that he threw for 275 yards against this same Carolina defense in Week 8, and he has a favorable game in Week 14 at home against the Bills. So sweep him up if you could use him.
Another enticing player still out there on many waiver wires is Tennessee’s Delanie Walker. He is seeing a lot of targets from Ryan Fitzpatrick. Walker is a solid TE2 with upside going forward. And Fitzpatrick is worth using as an Aaron Rodgers replacement this week at Indianapolis. He also has a big passing day ahead of him next week in Denver, and a juicy fantasy situation at Jacksonville in Week 16.
Finally, for those looking for a sneaky DST pickup (especially those concerned about their Kansas City DST vs. Denver), try snagging the Cleveland Browns. They play host to Jacksonville this week. The Browns are a solid DST in their own right. They have a great chance of putting up some points this week, points that could pole vault your fantasy team to victory if you are in a close one.
There are certainly many other waiver wire considerations out there, depending on your league settings. Feel free to ask questions on how to handle your specific situation. You can reach me here or on Twitter via @MurphysGuide.