It is crunch time and if you are struggling, this could be your make it or break it week in fantasy football. Bye weeks aren’t going to help but lucky for you there are actually some decent plug-ins you can pick up on the waiver wire due to some unfortunate injuries, especially at running back.
Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans – I know Locker has a bye week so you can’t use him if you need immediate help. But he lit up the 49ers on Sunday and he has some phenomenal matchups on the agenda when he returns from the bye. He’ll have the Rams and the Jaguars and who wouldn’t want a QB that gets them both at this point in the season? If you are struggling at QB and can wait a week, Locker is worth the early investment.
Case Keenum, Houston Texans – Keenum came in for the injured Matt Schaub and put up respectable numbers. 271 yards and a TD isn’t bad for a backup coming in to start. The Texans are entering a bye week and it is entirely feasible that Schaub starts when they return. Yet I think Keenum has Gary Kubiak thinking and whether Schaub comes back as the starter or not, his leash could be very short.
Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins – Reed came out of nowhere last week in a shootout against the Bears with 134 yards and a TD. Those are Jimmy Graham numbers right there. Is he going to put up those numbers every week? I can’t imagine he does. However, he is now a legitimate option in a high-potential offense. I am not big on anointing guys as studs after one big week but he is certainly worth a grab.
Roy Helu Jr., Washington Redskins – Helu has been awesome thus far when given significant playing time for the Redskins. Morris is having a nice year but it is not the kind of a year that should keep someone like Helu away from his touches. Are you really surprised there is a running back controversy on a Mike Shanahan team? This is why I stayed away from Morris at my draft. At this point you have to add him and see what happens as the season progresses.
Chris Iovry, New York Jets – He is out there on a lot of wires and is certainly worth the pickup. This Jets backfield is reminding me of the Redskins backfield with all of the inconsistency at running back. It would appear although it is not confirmed that Bilal Powell suffered some kind of injury. Goodson is out for the year. That leaves Ivory as the main bell-cow. I wouldn’t get too excited over what he did to a depleted Patriots defense but there is definitely value moving forward.
Mike James, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – I am not a big fan of using my wire pick on someone just because he is a starter. James is going to get some time in Tampa Bay due to an injury to Doug Martin. The only reason I recommend James is because if you are desperate and need a starting back, he is out there and has the job for the rest of the season. The offensive line here is not very good and the offense is very inconsistent. Stranger things have happened (look at Brandon Jacobs two weeks ago) so if you need a spot at RB, James is worth a gamble. If you don’t I’d pass.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Indianapolis Colts – It seems like one way or another DHB winds up on my waiver wire list every year. This year he is in Indianapolis and could be the big beneficiary of an injury to Reggie Wayne. In this offense DHB has a tremendous opportunity to shine. If you need some help at WR he could be the answer to your WR woes.
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