Is it really possible for there to be players out there on the waiver wire that can help your team this late in the season?
Pickups After Week 11
Chad Henne – QB – Jaguars – Henne stepped in for an injured Blaine Gabbert and was able to finally get Justin Blackmon involved in the offense to a huge degree. He finished the game with 354 yards, four TD passes, no interceptions and had the offense moving against a very tough Texans defense on the road. In my opinion, Henne just took the starting job from Gabbert which is a boon to the owners of WRs Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon.
Bryce Brown – RB – Eagles – LeSean McCoy was carted off the field with what was confirmed after the game to be a concussion. Bryce Brown would be the replacement for McCoy if he misses any time and from the looks of the hit, he will probably miss next week’s Monday night game. McCoy hasn’t really been able to get off behind this offensive line, so don’t expect a ton of production out of Brown; though Brown did have five carries for 35 yards in relief against the Redskins.
Ronnie Hillman – RB – Broncos – When Willis McGahee left the game with a knee injury in the second quarter, Ronnie Hillman stepped in and saw the most playing time he had seen all season finishing the game with 43 yards on 12 carries while adding another 16 yards on two catches. With reports coming back that McGahee both tore his MCL and fractured a bone in his lower right leg, Hillman suddenly becomes a sure-fire starting fantasy running back, so there's no doubt he'll be one of the best pickups of the week. It is still unclear how much time McGahee will miss, but if it turns out to be 6-8 weeks, then Hillman needs to be grabbed and can be used as a regular RB2 in this dynamic Broncos offense.
Jalen Parmele – RB – Jaguars – Supposedly the Jaguars coaching staff got sick of Rashad Jennings’ ineffective play (i.e. – his one touchdown and 2.86 YPC on 77 carries), so they decided to go with backup Jalen Parmele instead. My guess would be that Jennings’ failure had as much to do with the rest of the NFL being completely unafraid of QB Blaine Gabbert, but now we’ll never know. Parmele, however, will not have to deal with the same disrespect for his QB as Jennings because it looks like Chad Henne will take over under center for the time being. If the rest of the RBs on this list are already taken and you need a flex option for the next week or two until Maurice Jones-Drew comes back, Parmele wouldn’t be the worst guy you could pickup this week as the Jags next two opponents (Tennessee and Buffalo) happen to give up the first- and second-most fantasy points to running backs this season.
Marcel Reece – RB – Raiders – It may have been a massive, lopsided defeat for his team, but Reece certainly made an impression on Fantasy owners after his explosion on Sunday. Not only did Marcel finish the day with a game-high 103 yards rushing, but he also added a game-high 90 yards on four catches as well. Granted this was the Saints defense he was putting these numbers up against, but the only better option for a fantasy player to face out there just might be the Raiders, so he can look forward to doing that in practice this week. Either way, after a performance like that, Reece is going to continue to be utilized in this offense for the rest of the season.
LaRod Stephens-Howling – RB – Cardinals – LSH was very impressive running against the Falcons, touching them up for a ripe 127 rushing yards plus a TD. The Falcons may not have a very good run defense, but LSH still showed he can be explosive with two long runs of 40 and 52 yards. The bummer about snagging him is that Beanie Wells is eligible to return next week, so LaRod is undoubtedly going to lose some carries, but I still believe he is going to be a part of the Cardinals plans in the backfield.
Danario Alexander – WR – Chargers – Alexander backed up his big game in Week 10 with a seven-catch, 96-yard, and two-TD performance on Sunday. DX has quickly become Philip Rivers’ favorite receiver and has seemingly become the biggest playmaker on the team – as was evident on his one-handed, 21-yard TD catch this week. With Alexander looking like he will continue to see love from Rivers the rest of the way, he’s definitely one of the best adds of the week... if he’s still available.
Justin Blackmon – WR – Jaguars – Blackmon finally made his mark on both the NFL and Fantasy with his earth-shattering performance in Week 11. The first-round rookie finished the game with 236 yards on seven receptions (including an 81-yard TD catch) and showed more speed than anyone ever thought he had… and did it all with Chad Henne under center! As long as he’s been mentioned, I believe Henne will be the starter from here on out which would definitely make Blackmon worth taking a shot on; especially with the rapport and he and Henne displayed against the Texans.
Julian Edelman – WR – Patriots – Edelman was all over the field in Week 11. He had five catches (on seven targets) for 58 yards and a TD as well as a 47-yard run and a 68-yard punt return for a TD on special teams. With TE Rob Gronkowski suffering a broken forearm in the game and likely to be out 4-6 weeks, I expect Edelman to have an increased role in the weeks ahead.
T.Y. Hilton – WR – Colts – We’ve been mentioning this guy most of the season and yet again, Hilton showed again why he’ll continue to be a big hit-or-miss candidate as he hit again on Sunday. The Colts little speedster out of Florida International ended up with six catches for 100 yards and two TD grabs of 14 and 43 yards this time and if his fellow rookie QB has anything to say about it, it won’t be his last big game. T.Y. is still going to be hit-or-miss, but he is developing a nice rapport with Andrew Luck right now and has the skills to be a home run hitter for your fantasy team down the stretch.
Garrett Graham – TE – Texans – Graham had a breakout game on Sunday with eight catches for 82 yards and two TDs. In fact, this was an absolute explosion of a game in general as we saw Matt Schaub throw for 527 yards (tied for second-most in modern NFL history) and the two teams combine for 80 points in a three-hour and 49-minute overtime marathon. Graham is going to be a hot pick-up, but don’t expect this type of performance to happen again this season.
Tony Moeaki – TE – Chiefs – Moeaki is finally starting to make an impact this season. He was coming off a three-catch, 68-yard game last week and did well to follow it up with 73 yards on another four catches on Sunday. Moeaki is a deep option at the position, but his performance over the last two weeks and the injury to Dwayne Bowe (head/neck) should keep him on his current pace.
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