Week 11 is officially in the books. We saw a lot of injuries and some new talent step up big. With injuries to fantasy-studs like New England tight end Rob Gronkowski and Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy, as well as starting quarterbacks Jay Cutler, Alex Smith and Blaine Gabbert; fantasy owners are left scrambling to fill big holes in their lineups right before playoff time. So, lets take a look at the waiver wire, and find some key players to help make that final playoff push.
Definitely pick these guys up:
If you have holes at running back or wide receiver, these guys are great pick-ups and will add much needed security and value to your team.
Bilal Powell, Running Back, New York Jets
The Jets are scrambling to save their season, and with Shonn Greene continuing to struggle to punch it in from the goal line, Powell looks to see more action on third down and in the red zone. At this point the Jets are going with a “whatever works” game plan, so look for Powell to continue to see an increased roll as long as he produces.
Bryce Brown, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles
With LeSean McCoy out indefinitely with a concussion, Brown will likely get the bulk of the carries in the run game in his absence. In limited action on Sunday, Brown amassed 35 yards on five carries: good for seven yards per carry. Brown is a dynamic runner and good receiver and could add a bit of a spark to a floundering offense. With a rookie quarterback and battered offensive line, Brown could easily have 35-40 touches next week.
T.Y. Hilton, Wide Receiver, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton has had a solid season so far, averaging a little over eight fantasy points per game. Sunday at New England, Hilton had his third double-digit fantasy point game of the season, and biggest yet at 22 points. He has emerged as a dependable number two option for quarterback Andrew Luck, opposite Reggie Wayne. Hilton is a solid addition if you’re in need of a receiver, and look for him to continue to have big games as the Colts make their playoff push.
Worth a Shot
If you’re really hurting, or have an abundance of severe-under-performers on your roster, these guys could help you out.
Danario Alexander, Wide Receiver, San Diego Chargers
Alexander would be listed above as a definite pick-up if he didn’t play for the Chargers and the ever-inconsistent Philip Rivers wasn’t his quarterback. After not playing much for the first nine weeks of the season, Alexander has come on big in the last four weeks. He is a solid second or third target for Rivers, and if the chargers are playing well, he will have good numbers. Worth the risk if you’re hurting at receiver.
Julian Edelman, Wide Receiver, New England Patriots
Another player that could be listed above, if he didn’t play for the Patriots. Edelman has played sparingly thus far, but had a big game on Sunday, racking up 5 catches for 58 yards and a touchdown. Good for 17 fantasy points. With tight end Rob Gronkowski out for the next four to six weeks and Aaron Hernandez still out, Edelman could see quite a few more looks from Tom Brady next week. But, New England likes to mix things up and constantly add new receiving targets for Brady; so it’s a bit of a gamble. If you need a receiver, it’s worth the risk.
Aldrick Robinson, Wide Receiver, Washington Redskins
Robinson had a huge first week, with four catches, for 52 yards and a score, but since then has been relatively quiet. This week he had one catch, for 49 yards and a touchdown, good for 11 fantasy points. With Fred Davis out, and Pierre Garcon still hobbled by an injury suffered in week one, Robert Griffin III could look to throw Robinson’s way more often in the coming weeks. Again, if you’re in need; he’s worth the risk.
With Gronkowski probably out for the remainder of the fantasy season, teams are scrambling to scrape up something at the bottom of the tight end barrel. These two can definitely help out if you don’t have many options.
Joel Dreessen, Tight End, Denver Broncos
Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning already has established targets in Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Jacob Tamme, but Dreeseen has had a solid season, managing to average just under 5 fantasy points per game. He can definitely be of benefit to your team if you’re in need of a tight end.
Nate Byham, Tight End, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman already has three established targets in Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams and Dallas Clark but Byham is a solid goal-line tight end and could be good for a few points in the coming weeks. Byham had 1 catch for 3 yards and a touchdown this past Sunday.
Colin Kaepernick, Quarterback, San Francisco 49ers
Kaepernick did a great job last week (17 fantasy points) after Alex Smith went down with a concussion, and had a breakout performance (19 fantasy points) tonight on Monday Night Football. 49ers’ Head Coach Jim harbaugh has not said yet who will start next week, but Kaepernick would be a solid pick up just incase he is named the starter for the second week in a row.