It is all or nothing if you are on the bubble of your fantasy football playoffs. Injuries have been tough this season and this week could provide some minor relief via the waiver wire. While there is nobody on the wire who will turn around your fortunes, you may be able to plug a hole or two with the right pickup this week.
Josh McCown, Chicago Bears – Jay Cutler tried to gut it out Sunday but he left early and McCown came in. McCown may be the best backup league in the NFL. The Bears are certainly losing a step without Cutler but it isn’t disaster. Like Tolzien’s situation, there are just way too many weapons around McCown for him not to succeed. I think the Bears will be cautious moving forward with Cutler so you could get a few weeks out of McCown.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tennessee Titans – Jake Locker is done for the year and back comes Fitzy. Fitz put up 25 points in my standard league. Granted it was against the Jaguars but those are not numbers to ignore. He plays an Indianapolis Colts team that were torched and I mean torched by the St. Louis Rams. Check out his next four games? He may have one of the friendliest QB schedules. Two against the Colts, one against the Broncos, and a dandy in week 12 against the Raiders. Grab this man!
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans – It hasn’t come together yet for Hopkins which is a bit of a surprise if you follow the fantasy football experts on social media. They all love the upside here with Andre Johnson getting a lot of attention. I think something is brewing here and while he is giving you okay numbers, I think he is due for a breakout game. He is in a fantastic offense for a wide receiver with his talents and the Texans will be playing a Raiders team this week that is in dismay. He’s a gamble but I love the upside.
Rishard Matthews, Miami Dolphins – Matthews had a killer game on Monday night that came out of nowhere. I think there is something here, especially since Brandon Gibson is hurt. He would probably be one of my last waiver claims this week but if you want to take a shot on a WR3 he may be worth the claim.
Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals – Roberts usually makes the wire the first or second week and then disappears. Roberts had another breakout game this past Sunday but this was due to Michael Floyd leaving with an injury. Here is the deal with Roberts. Floyd is looking like he’ll play this week but it is far from certain. If you are a gambler, pick up Roberts and wait and see. If Floyd is out, stick him in your lineup. If Floyd plays, drop him back to the wire.
Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mike James is the latest Tampa Bay running back to miss time with an injury. He left Monday night’s game and while Rainey wasn’t real impressive, he did get a score. This is a team that likes to run the ball and Rainey could see some goal-line carries over the next few weeks. He’ll be sharing time with Brian Leonard which always worries me. Rainey is not the kind of RB I’d run out to get but if you need help and are desperate, you probably won’t find anyone better on your wire.
Vance McDonald, San Francisco 49ers – This 49ers offense scares me but there is some opportunity here. Vernon Davis is hurt and this is an offense that has a lot of plays scripted for the tight end. Unfortunately they play the Saints who have been great against tight ends this year. This is a guy to put on your radar but he may be a wait and see pickup.
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