Note: I have only included guys that are less than 60% owned in Yahoo! leagues.
Colin Kaepernick – Kaepernick was a week 12 Waiver Savior, but his performance last week gives him another mention. If you didn’t believe the hype, you better believe it now— I think Kaepernick will start the rest of the way. He passed for just 231 yards and a touchdown last week, but added 27 yards and a touchdown on the ground. His running ability adds another dimension to the Niners offense, one that Coach Harbaugh can’t ignore. He showed he is clearly the best quarterback in San Francisco. He faces a tough Rams defense next week, but the fast track turf in St. Louis guarantees a solid rushing output for Kaepernick. Unless you have a top 5 QB, if he is available in your league, add him immediately.
Knowshon Moreno – The Broncos surprised everyone when they gave the feature back duties to Moreno over Ronnie Hillman last week against the Chiefs. Moreno rushed 20 times for 85 yards, and caught all 4 of his targets for 26 yards. Those numbers aren’t eye-popping, but if Moreno continues to get 20 plus touches per game this season, he is a must own in any league format. Of course, there is no guarantee that the Broncos give the injury-prone Moreno such a heavy workload every week, and Hillman will steal some carries.
Michael Bush – If Bush is available for you, he is worth a roster spot in all formats. With Matt Forte suffering an ankle injury against the Vikings, Bush stepped in for 60 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. Bush is in line for the bulk of the carries next week against the Seahawks if Forte is out long term. Bush has a proven track record, so if Forte is out, Bush is a top 20 back next week, even against the very good Seattle defense.
David Wilson – Andre Brown is now out for the year, so Wilson moves up one on the Giants depth chart. Ahmad Bradshaw’s foot injury seems to be more serious than he is letting on, so Wilson may be in line for 10-plus touches a game. This is a speculative add at best; don’t bet the farm on this one.
Waiver Saviors from previous weeks deserving mention: Bryce Brown, Beanie Wells
Cecil Shorts/Justin Blackmon – Both of these guys have been listed as Waiver Saviors before, but they both deserve another mention. Chad Henne continues to perform well, and has given life to the Jaguars offense. Shorts has been one of the most consistent WRs in the league for the past 6 weeks, and this is Blackmon’s second big game in a row. A veteran QB like Henne knows he has to get the ball to his best receivers, and Shorts and Blackmon accordingly led the team in targets last week against the Titans.
Pierre Garcon – If everyone in your league gave up on Pierre Garcon, add him immediately. Garcon stepped back into fantasy relevance with his performance against the Cowboys. Most importantly, he was able to finish the game without further injury to his foot. 5 catches for 93 yards and touchdown is more than you can ask for, and I think he will do this a couple more times this season. Pick him up and start him with confidence.
Ryan Broyles – With Titus Young in the doghouse in Detroit, Broyles was targeted heavily by Matthew Stafford, to the tune of 6 catches for 126 yards (12 targets). As long as Stafford is passing as often as he has been, Broyles will have fantasy value. The Lions play the Colts next week, who were absolutely torched by New England two weeks ago, so Broyles is a solid play as a flex.
Chris Givens – Givens won’t get you more than 4 or 5 catches a game, but the speedster also leads the league in yards per reception. Last week, Givens caught 5 balls for 115 yards and a touchdown. Add to that the relatively easy schedule for the Rams (Bills, Vikings, Bucaneers), and Givens starts to look like a viable flex play over the next few weeks. Sam Bradford will look deep to Givens a few times a game, and if Amendola continues to struggle to get healthy, even more targets are in store.
Waiver Saviors from previous weeks deserving mention: T.Y. Hilton, Julian Edelman
Marcedes Lewis – Among the many who benefited from the QB change in Jacksonville is Marcedes Lewis. Once upon a time one of the best fantasy options at TE, Lewis has since become a non-factor. However, after a 2 touchdown performance 2 weeks ago versus teh Texans, Lewis hauled in 4 receptions for 56 yards last week against the Titans. Henne likes to target Lewis’s big body in the redzone, and you can expect more of the same next week against a soft Buffalo defense.
Cincinnati D/ST – Next week, the Bengals get the Chargers, and Philip Rivers, who leads all QBs in interceptions and fumbles. The Bengals have a very good pass rush (2nd in the league in sacks), and will get pressure on Rivers all day. I have Cincinnati as a top 10 defense this week.
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